--2 IN SESSION: Entertainers, legislators fill the lulls
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IN SESSION: Entertainers, legislators fill the lulls

January 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
By Matthew Reichbach
The legislative session is filled with small lulls and times where not much is going on.

Early in the session, it comes when they are waiting for the clerk to get information to move on to the next order of business, maybe waiting on messages from the governor or a number of other reasons. Later in the session, a committee might be running long and legislators are waiting for their colleagues to finish up and get to the floor.

The legislators don't want to be on the floor any longer than they have to either -- if they had a bill to discuss, they would do it. But early in the session, bills haven't made their way through the committee process and things are still kicking into gear.

As a way to pass the time, lawmakers host entertainers from all around the state: mariachis, singers, dancers and musicians of all types who are happy to perform in the chambers.

The Senate hosted three such events on Wednesday. Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, invited the "Silver Stompers" from his hometown:

Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, welcomed, and apologized for mispronouncing names of, members of the Zuni band, and members of the satirical Roundhouse Comedy Revue performed a scene from their upcoming performance.

Of course, legislators are also well-versed in entertaining themselves.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez loves to grill his fellow Senators with questions about pop culture.
Last year, Sen. Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, fielded inquiries about the previous night's Academy Awards. Keller, for his part, could not remember Jennifer Lawrence's name, showing he is not an aficionado of Tumblr GIFs.

On Wednesday, Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, was Sanchez's foil.

The Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night and Sanchez asked Rue if he had watched them. And he asked if Rue knew who took home Record of the Year.

Rue did not know.

And then was the first and likely only time you'll hear the Senate Majority Leader say the words "Daft Punk" and "Get Lucky" on the Senate floor.  Rue said that if Sanchez asked questions about pop culture from the 1960s or 1970s that Rue would likely have a better chance of getting the answers correct.

A couple of hours later, Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, proved that he was also well-versed in popular culture when he said a guest of the Senate was on his way "to Florida to reclaim Justin Bieber."

There you have it, Daft Punk and Justin Bieber, both mentioned on the floor of the state Senate.

It doesn't just happen with pop culture -- legislators also like to make fun of each other when a high school team in their district beats another team.

When honoring the 3A champion Robertson Cardinals high school football team, somehow the subject that Keller defeated the Cardinals while he played quarterback at St. Pius came up.  So, of course legislators gave him a hard time about all the other teams who beat him that year.


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