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Letter to the Editor: Responding to Lies in Super-PAC Mailers

on October 17, 2012 - 9:56am
By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Dear Voters,

As a mother and a teacher, I find the recent tactics employed by Reform New Mexico Now unacceptable, no matter how grave the stakes are in our race for State House.

Many of you have received the recent mailers claiming I would support the largest tax increase in New Mexico history, yet none of the attacks cite actual facts.

That is because it couldn't be further from the truth.

Oppenheimer Place Residents Host Candidate Chats

on October 16, 2012 - 7:52am

From left, hostess Frances Kendall, Ann Wells, Moderator Bob Wells and Mary Ella Buckland at Oppenheimer Place during Saturday's candidates chat. Photo by Don Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

In an effort to ensure that all residents at Oppenheimer Place, known as the "senior condos" have every opportunity to be informed voters, they organized and hosted two "chat with the candidates" events.

Frances Kendall and Bob Wells hosted a tea and cookies event Saturday in which residents chatted with County Council candidates and Dist. 43 House candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard.

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Governor to Attend Jim Hall Campaign Rally Sunday

on October 15, 2012 - 5:35pm
ELECTION 2012 News:
 
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will travel to Los Alamos this weekend to attend the "Rally to Keep Jim Hall in the Roundhouse."
 
The community is invited to join the governor from 2-4 p.m., Sunday Oct. 21 at the rally for Hall at the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.
 
Martinez is attending the event to support Hall’s election campaign for House District 43 - Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.
 
All residents of District 43 are invited to this political event to meet the governor, Representative Hall and other local and state officials.
 

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Achieve Goal

on October 15, 2012 - 4:08pm
By Ralph L. Phelps
Former County Councilor

When I was selected to join the Charter Review Committee, I approached the task very cautiously and conservatively because any changes that might be recommended required a very thorough vetting process to ensure the right decisions were made to our community’s fundamental law.

My fellow committee members were equally dedicated, and we had many open and transparent discussions at public meetings that explored the issues from all aspects, bringing out researched facts and practical examples of what needed to be changed.

In the end, our report to

Letter to the Editor: The Ballot Questions

on October 15, 2012 - 12:35pm
Councilor Mike Wismer
 
By Mike Wismer & David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilors

As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments. 

We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration. 

The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue. 

We support the proposed changes and would like to

Letter to the Editor: We Deserve Better - Vote NO on Charter Amendments

on October 15, 2012 - 8:12am

By Robert Pelak

I recently participated in a League of Women Voters forum to express my opposition to the four proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter that are on this year's election ballot.

The Los Alamos Daily Post recently published a letter from Kyle Wheeler stating that, at that forum, I said that "the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense." I am writing this letter to explain that the above statement is
an exaggeration of my comments.

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 14, 2012 - 6:39am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
 
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
 
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas and

Column: Hope isn't Enough

on October 14, 2012 - 6:15am
By Allen E. Weh
New Mexico Businessman and former Candidate for Governor

Webster’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment,” but hope is not a plan.

Regrettably, this country’s foreign policy has been largely based on hope during the past three plus years, and it shows.

People can desire this, and hope for that, but without good policies these things can never be fulfilled, and the recent violence in the Middle East reinforces this indisputable truth.

The brutal murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya by radical Islamists, along

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Clarify and Unify the Process

on October 13, 2012 - 2:15pm
By Kyle Wheeler
Los Alamos

The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.

The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.

Column: Closing Corporate Tax Loophole is Win for New Mexico Businesses

on October 13, 2012 - 11:32am
Column by State Sen. Peter Wirth
District 25-Santa Fe

Developing a vibrant, diverse private sector economy is critical to getting New Mexicans back to work. 

While our national labs and large, multi-state corporations are important to our economy, 98 percent of New Mexico businesses are small or medium sized with less than 100 employees. 

To create jobs, policy makers must focus on our local businesses and give them the tools they need to grow and compete. 

Key to the success of any small business is a fair tax code that lets it compete with the multi-state competitors down the street.

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

on October 12, 2012 - 9:17am
Councilor David Izraelevitz
 
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let's talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.

Logrolling

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Charter Amendments to Improve Local Government

on October 11, 2012 - 7:32am

By Lawry Mann

The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council. 

The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade. 

The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council. 

After vetting the proposals with the

Get Answers to Charter Questions at Farmer's Market

on October 10, 2012 - 8:13am

Chris Chandler, left, discusses charter amendments with Heather McClenahan at a recent Farmer's Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

LOS ALAMOS CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT News:

Members of the Charter Review Committee will be available 9:30-11:30 a.m Thursday at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions about the proposed Charter Amendments that will be on the fall ballot

Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday through the Nov. 6 election day.

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First Day of Absentee Voting Draws Crowd

on October 9, 2012 - 8:22pm

A group of local voters marched from the Democratic Party Headquarters in Central Park Square to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office this morning to cast their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Voters can park close to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while casting their absentee vote. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Voting booths stand ready in the Los Alamos Clerk's Office to accept absentee votes. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

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Absentee voting (In Person or by mail) began today at the Los Alamos

UNM-LA Student Government Sponsors Forum

on October 9, 2012 - 4:30pm
 
UNM-LA News:
 
The public is invited to attend a candidates forum sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the new Lecture Hall-Building 5.
 
Candidates for Los Alamos County Council will share their philosophies on the K-20 education continuum and strategies for achieving effective education opportunities in Los Alamos.
 
2012-13 Student Government Association members will pose questions and moderate this forum.
 
All UNM-LA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend as well as the general public.
 

Voter Registration Closes Today and Absentee Voting Begins

on October 9, 2012 - 9:58am

ELECTION 2012 News:

Voter Registration closes at 5 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office.

Residents who would like to make changes to their voter registration or register to vote, may do so in the Office of the County Clerk at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

Voter registration forms are also available at the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Field Office and at the Los Alamos and White Rock Libraries.

Absentee Voting begins today by mail or early in person in the Office of the County Clerk.

Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the noon hour)

Address: 2451

Senior Center Forum at Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept. 28 [Audio with Photos]

on October 9, 2012 - 9:58am

Below is an audio recording of the candidate forum held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept 28. All six county council candidates participated. Still photos of the event are included here. Forum topics ranged from a question about the UNM-LA Bond and lowering taxes (28 minutes in), Charter Amendment proposals (42 minutes in), school facilities and whether Los Alamos is over-building (59 minutes in), free bus service in Los Alamos (1 hour 15 minutes in) and discussion about restoring the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir (1 hour 21 minutes in.) Morrie Pongratz hosted the forum: 

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League of Women Voters Sponsors 3rd Forum Oct. 11

on October 9, 2012 - 9:44am

LWV News:

The 3rd Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters this election season is set for 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. refreshments) Thursday, Oct. 11 at the White Rock Baptist Church, #80 on N.M. 4.

The forum includes:

  • Supreme Court Candidates Barbara Vigil and Paul J. Kennedy
  • Court of Appeals Candidates Monica Zamora and Miles Hanisee
  • NM House District 43 Candidates Stephanie Garcia Richard and Jim Hall


The public is invited to attend the Forum.

 

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Northern New Mexico Tea Party Forming Thursday

on October 9, 2012 - 8:28am
By Rose Stephens
 
Are you satisfied with the current state of affairs of our country?
... the debt?
... foreign aid to our enemies?
... lack of jobs?
... etc., etc., etc.
 
Do you believe in fiscal reasonability (balanced budgets)?
Do you believe In free market capitalism (equal opportunity for all)?
Do you believe in limited federal government (more local control)?
 
If so, attend the first organizational meeting of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party of Los Alamos, Santa Fe & surrounding communities.
 
We can make a difference in the November election!

Where: Southside

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Letter to the Editor: Issues or Emotions - PAC Activities Pollute the Political Process

on October 7, 2012 - 4:07pm
Letter to the Editor by Rep. Jim Hall-R
Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties

Voters need to know about an issue raised in a recent Letter to the Editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Political Action Committees (PACs) are conducting phone surveys and sending out mailers—and may do other campaign activities in the future. 

These activities are independent of candidates, usually emotion-laden, and often misleading.  

PAC activities are neither sponsored by, nor coordinated with, any candidate or candidate committee. By law, fundraising and spending by candidates must be transparent.

Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Conversations - Marc Clay

on October 4, 2012 - 6:07pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post concludes its series of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

Los Alamos County Council candidate Republican Marc Clay is featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted this Wednesday  at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle was scheduled for the conversation, but was unable to attend.

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Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Conversations - Sheehey & Redondo

on October 4, 2012 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Daily Post continues its series of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

Los Alamos County Council candidates Democrats Pete Sheehey and Michael Redondo are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted Wednesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The Council candidates were paired at random and answered questions about topics that affect the lives of the people throughout the community.

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Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Conversations - Girrens & Henderson

on October 4, 2012 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Daily Post continues its series of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

Los Alamos County Council candidates Republican Steven Girrens and Democrat Kristin Henderson are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted this Monday at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The Council candidates were paired at random and answered questions about topics that affect the lives of the people throughout the community.

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Letter to the Editor: Straightening Record on Several Levels

on October 4, 2012 - 10:58am
By Jim Hall
State Representative, District 43

I noticed the column by Ms. Gunther in the Los Alamos Daily Post. It is an unfortunate combination of rehashing a past issue and conflating political posturing with practical policy.

Since I strongly support New Mexico based businesses (see the business-related bills that I advocated) and have a strong record of encouraging New Mexico business development, the column is particularly disingenuous.

A forthcoming column (perhaps columns—this is not a simple subject) will discuss my corporate tax policy position in detail.

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