NM’s top 10 political stories of 2011


  1. wedum59 says:

    On #2, you fail to mention that Martinez has a bad habit of overstepping her executive powers, and has lost 4 cases so far in the Supreme Court:  
    (1)  The SC ruled against her when she attempted to prevent the implementation of both a rule aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and a measure which would control pollution from the dairy industry.
    (2)  The SC invalidated her changing an appropriation of $150,000 to $50,000, unanimously ruling that this was the equivalent to writing legislation.  (Note this was for a low-income housing program.)
    (3)  The Court ordered that two members of the Public Employee Labor Relations Board be reinstated, declaring her arbitrary removal of them to be an unconstitutional abuse of her authority.  (They were legal representatives of the labor unions as I recall.)

    (4)    The SC also rejected the Martinez veto of an estimated $128 million tax increase on businesses to pay for unemployment benefits. Both the Association of Commerce and Industry and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce strongly supported this bill. 

    BTW, she also vetoed ALL of Senator Tim Keller’s sucessfully adopted legislation.  This wasn’t illegal, but his bills, and many others she vetoed, had passed both Houses with unanimous or near-unanimous votes.  IMHO, this demonstrates her lack of respect for ALL the sitting legislators and what appears to have been a personal vendetta against Senator Keller.

  2. Dr. J says:

    JusticeP, I was just joking there, since many on this blog consider business people evil, since they don’t pay their “fair” share of taxes.  Small businesses, as defined by the SBA thusly:

    Manufacturing: Maximum number of employees may range from 500 to 1500, depending on the type of product manufactured;
       Wholesaling: Maximum number of employees may range from 100 to 500 depending on the particular product being provided;
        Services: Annual receipts may not exceed $2.5 to $21.5 million, depending on the particular service being provided;
        Retailing: Annual receipts may not exceed $5.0 to $21.0 million, depending on the particular product being provided;
        General and Heavy Construction: General construction annual receipts may not exceed $13.5 to $17 million, depending on the type of construction;
        Special Trade Construction: Annual receipts may not exceed $7 million; and
        Agriculture: Annual receipts may not exceed $0.5 to $9.0 million, depending on the agricultural product.

    Do create the most jobs in America.  However, it is the Fortune 500 firms that really have the most well paid and lucrative jobs and long term careers.  They are generally the ones who employ the best educated and brightest in our society.

  3. erikhawkes says:

    I disagree. Why ask for feedback if you won’t publish the comment?

  4. JusticeP says:

    Dr. J. “most all evil business people”.
    What do you mean by this?  You might realize that real and small business people are carrying the load; creating the jobs that regulation does not forbid.

  5. Skeptic says:

    Looks like you may need to update the list:


    The veto vato has my vote.

    Go Gary! 

  6. Dr. J says:

    Here, here, I agree with Qui Tam, and this should replace #10 on the list above, redistricting disputes and partisan bickering over same are certainly not news.  I also think the Occupy movement is a typical 15 minutes of fame story, now that nobody covers them anymore, they are moving on and shutting down, winter didn’t help the campouts either.  As I suggested earlier, and as a new report has shown, they should be occupying DC, as the true elite 1% all work there in the Congress and White House. Their pay and wealth has gone up much more over the last 10 years than most all evil business people.  And they have far more power than any business people ever dreamt of having.

  7. Qui Tam says:

    Excuse me Mr. Haussamen but you are far, far too modest. The content of the following link should certainly be included in your top ten list: