Tuesday, October 31, 2006
My opponent has really helped in that too. He is at it again saying the I caused the Land Office to lose a hundred million dollars when I was Commissioner. Of course he fails to mention that 98% of all revenues are brought in by oil and gas and that plummeting oil prices in the 80's and 90's caused that. If he wants to blame me for that then you should blame him for $3 dollar a gallon gasoline for most of the year. Oh, thats right, it dropped to $2 a gallon for a few weeks until the election is past.
Monday, October 30, 2006
I must remember to find time to buy more candy. Bobbi and Noelle bought some but I know it wont be enough after experiencing the last two years. When I wake up I hope I remember. I would give the kids a bumper sticker, but the tricksters would burn the house. Cant blame them. The above pumpkins were carved by my son Justin and his girl Karly in Syracuse.
These campaigns in New Mexico take a whole year to conduct and are akin to 'running the guantlet'. You must start collecting signature petitions in October of the year before the general election. Those are filed in Marchof the next year. Then you have to endure the questionable effectiveness of the Pre Primary Nominating Convention which has a mediocre record of picking the eventual Primary winner. Then the Primary campaign starts. That is the most lonely part of the whole campaign because your party members are automatically split and many are unwilling to commit for fear of losing friends. Then the Primary in June and it starts all over for the General Election. The General Election is more fun because then you run as a team and the candidates attempt to help each other out. Even so, you can see the strain in the last three weeks on every ones faces. Everyone is sort of at the point of saying, "Be over."
Well, we are one week away of this being over and then we an our families can get back to our lives outside the modern day equivalent of 'running the gauntlet.'
Win or lose next week Bobbi and I will travel for a week to Puerto Vallarte for a rest.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
In the meantime we had two strong editorial endorsements today. One in a column by V.B. Price in the Albuquerque Tribune and a very good endorsement in the Santa Fe New Mexican.
These articles paint a much different picture than Pat Lyons lies do.
Friday, October 27, 2006
We all made this tour including the big guy, (now getting slimmer) and Senator Bingaman.
Here is my faithful chase car driver and campaign Treasurer Rodger Beimer listening to our speeches for the third time in three hours.
Tomorrow we take the bus to Las Vegas, Mora, Taos, Espanola and Santa Fe.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tomorrow we do Rio Rancho, Laguna Acoma Pueblos, Gallup and Zuni on a bus tour with the Governor. Saturday we do the bus tour to Las Vegas, Mora, Taos, Espanola, and Santa Fe.
While I was on the road today this story appeared in the Tribune. I find it strange that a land office employee is answering campaign related questions. She also set up the bogus TV commercial with the public school in question, while an employee of the land office I assume. Other candidates have been lynched by the media for this so I think this story may be around for a while.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I was really happy to see the Albuquerque Journal story on my opponents scandalous mailing accusing me of getting ready to ban hunting from state lands. It is a lie and the story pretty much lays out the issue. Here is my original news release from last June on my hunting access policy.
Now, I am off to fill prescriptions at Walgreen's for Bobbi.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
As Kristoff said, "Just to put that $2 trillion in perspective, it is four times the additional cost needed to provide health insurance for all uninsured Americans for the next decade. It is 1,600 times Mr. Bush’s financing for his vaunted hydrogen energy project."
Bobbi is still doing well at the hospital.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I am pretty happy with these results. It may turn out that Lyon's incredibly negative campaign ads are not catching voters for him. He has spent a lot of money in the last two weeks and has seen little change. Now, back to the hospital room with Bobbi.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
I will be out of pocket tomorrow as my lovely wife Bobbi will be undergoing major surgery at the Women's Hospital. You all pray for her.
Friday, October 20, 2006
6:45 am I discover I am at the wrong airport
7:00 am The planes flies from the ABQ Airport and picks me up
8:15 am We arrive at Hobbs for a rally
9:15 am We board a bus for Carlsbad
10:15 am We have a rally
11:30 am We board the bus to Roswell
12:45 pm We have a rally
2:45 pm We board the bus for Ruidoso
4:15 pm We arrive Ruidoso
Two more rallies in Ruidoso tonight.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Please send money here to help keep it on the air.
At last check today the oil and gas industry has put into my opponents T.V. account three times what we have for T.V.
This kind of campaigning didn't exist the last time I ran for office. It really has been honed into an art by the republicans who will stop at nothing to control the country. I don't know what the negative mail campaign that is being waged against us will ultimately do to our races, but I don't think they are helping.
I had a friend call me and enlighten me about my opponents campaign. His websites and literature fail to mention he is a Republican. Anywhere! I am sure I have put out some pieces that might not identify me as a Democrat, but I am certainly proud to be one and not afraid to let folks know. My opponent knows he can't win without Democratic votes so he feels it necessary to do this.
Be sure and look at the video in the last post. It is still very telling and funny.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I am enveloped in the campaign and pay some attention to others, but sometimes I don't think hard enough about the things that are really important to this nation. Those 69 lives and the innocents who have died should be our main concerns. We simply must change the Congress this year if we don't do anything else.
Jim Baca, Democrat
The land commissioner's race this year is really a contest about who can look out better for the long-term best interests of New Mexicans and the state's public-trust lands, whose revenues go to schools across New Mexico. Both candidates can lay claim to good backgrounds for the office. But Baca has the foresight and inventiveness to serve New Mexico the longest and the best.
Though Baca is the challenger this time around, he has considerable relevant experience. He was New Mexico's land commissioner twice, from 1983-86 and 1991-93. From 1993-94, he headed the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He was mayor of Albuquerque from 1997-2001 and a state Natural Resources Trustee from 2003-06.
Generally, he has proved to be an innovator. The Tribune is particularly impressed with his bold and surprisingly successful efforts to turn the Land Commissioner's Office from its traditional emphasis on exploiting trust lands to get revenues from oil, gas and other extractive industries and from grazing leases. Instead, Baca began attending more diligently to conserving and protecting trust lands for recreational uses.
It's not that Baca abandoned money-making ventures. On the contrary, he pressed oil and gas companies and ranchers for higher revenues and initiated planning for the development of Mesa del Sol in south Albuquerque. But he recognized that oil and gas supplies are running out in New Mexico, and the ranching business has been declining under various pressures. In the long run, recreational uses are taking more prominent revenue-producing roles, and Baca is about encouraging this. This time around, Baca is promoting an interesting new round of innovations.
The current land commissioner is making money from trust lands, but for how long? We think the future, in the long run, lies with Baca's approach.
Don't believe the lies you see in bush republican hate mail. Remember the lies about "mission accomplished?" Please contact the Secretary of State's office to complain about this illegally mailed materiel.
My position on sportsmen access was made clear in this news release last June.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I cant think of a better reason for protecting places like Valle Vidal and Otero Mesa than these statistics. We really must think sixty to one hundred years ahead on everything we do. The chances of protecting these places with New Mexico's population growth during that time get slimmer and slimmer. New Mexico will probably grow faster than much of the country due to in migration from other parts of America and South America.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Having said that, I still think the reporters and working journalists at the Journal are fair and accurate when they turn in their stories. I have a lot of old friends there from years past.
The rest of the state's newspapers will start endorsing next weekend. The Weekly newspapers are getting more and more influential too and will probably endorse right before the election.
Friday, October 13, 2006
This ad by Demesia Padilla, Republican Treasurere Candidate, is a new low. I have watched Demesia and the rest of the Republican statewide candidates all slowly morph into John Dendahl. My opponent has done the same kind of stuff, but his campaign is being run by Dendahl on the side and Dendahl's wife works for the Land Office. I had always liked Demesia but this is horrible. What is happening here is a full frontal assault on the lower Democratic constitutional office candidates by Dendahl forces. The problem is, this kind of hateful stuff works quite often.
I remember in 1985 I lost a Mayor's race to Ken Shultz because his supporters spread rumors that my wife and kids hated hispanics and didn't have my last name. It wasn't true but it was enough to garner a couple of thousand votes. This thing has actually cropped up again in this race. A comment in the Santa Fe New Mexican comment section opened it up again. Never underestimate the lows some people can descend to in politics.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I can't really believe the stuff in this ad is something that Pat Lyons himself would agree to sending out. I always felt he was a pretty decent guy.
My schedule for the next few days is hectic.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Other than that, it was a civil evening in Roswell. I am told by some of the Democrats here that the Republican Party is in disarray. They say the moderates are fed up with the neo cons. Tonights events at the First Baptist Church seem to bear that out. There were candidates there, but no support apparatus. The Democrats had a loaded down table of signs, literature, bumper stickers and pins. The Republican table had nothing. The Democratic County Chair, Tom Jennings and his vice chair were in attendance, but so far as I could tell no Republican party officials were there. This all indicates to me a suppressed republican party turn out on November 11th.
We will do a candidate forum in Roswell tonight and then travel Highway 70 to Las Cruces tomorrow for a half hour TV show.
Monday, October 09, 2006
One really has to question the competence of the Lyon's administration for not checking out the people they are doing business with.
My erstwile treasurer Rodger Beimer, who is assistant manager at the State Fair, just got back from touring by car a bunch of other state fairs from Iowa to Texas. He said he saw very little evidence by the roadside about the impending election. There were few political signs. This is the biggest one he saw. This could be deemed a dead end political office.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
This is Brian Cobble and Julie Kutz. Brian is brother of Steve Cobble who I think is one of the smartest guys I have ever known, except for that thing about his support of a guy name Nader a few years back.
Brian is an incredible artist and if I win this race I will buy one of his pastels.
Anyway, were sitting there talking when the subject of the cheesy lights on the mountain came up. Julie said that when she was a child her first attendance at a political protest was with her father. They were protesting the building of an unnecessary road through the forest on the east side of the Sandias. That battle was won and Julie and Brian are now accomplished activists.
Julie's dad Jack and her mom Ladonna were pioneering rock climbers in the Sandias and were the first to scale many of the sheer faces of the mountain. This is a photo of Julie and her dad.
I just thought this was all an interesting juxtaposition of occurrences. Blog about the mountain, meet political activists who helped save the mountain, and have a good time at Greek Festival. And pick up some support from all those Greek voters.....
I am sorry, but I think those lights on the Sandia Mountains are kind of cheesy. When I first learned they would be up there for a few days I thought it might look interesting. But they just look cheesy. It is good they won't be there for long. It is one of those things that just didn't work out. We should all shrug and turn them off asap.
Friday, October 06, 2006
There was a good editorial in the Ruidoso News today.
Now, I have to run home to set my recorder to record Battle Star Galactica on the Sci Fi Channel. It is a really good show and I have been following it for two years. I can't watch the season premiere tonight because I have a fundraiser in Santa Fe sponsored by the Governor and Lt. Governor. It is from 6-8PM at the Lodge of Santa Fe. Come on by.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
1. Candidate forum with my opponent. He says disabled students will suffer because I want to protect state lands. (I denied it.)
2. KOB-TV taping of Eye on New Mexcio with my opponent. He says I will put radical environmentalism in front of the well being of children, teachers, their parents and the state economy.(in that order, I denied it) You should really watch this show if you want to see the clear differences between my opponent and me. It will air at 10AM this Sunday morning. It was a lot more fun for me I think.
3. Interview with Taos News from my cell phone driving to Santa Fe. Yes, I have a handsfree device. I talked about my platform for change at the Land Office.
4. Interview with KKOB Radio's Art Ortega for 15 minute taped show. It was mainly me talking in five minute spurts from my cell phone in the House of Representatives Chambers in the state Capitol
5. Interview with endorsement board of the Santa Fe Reporter. I had to defend my self against charges by my opponent that I was guilty of radical environmentalism. They had a pop quiz for me and I think I answered most of the questions correctly.
6. Fundraiser at Senator Dede Feldman's house. She lives right around the corner from us so it wont require a long drive.
The rest of the month will be like this, or worse in the terms of hectic schedules. Just expect to hear anything about me from the Karl Rove inspired campaign team of my opponent.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
My opponent is obviously worried about my growing support amongst hunters and sportsmen. He had attempted to trade off to corporate interests some our our best hunting lands early in his term. Governor Richardson and Attorney General Patsy Madrid stopped him. Now he is out with some news release stating I gave away 68,000 acres of hunting land when I was Commissioner. I have no idea what he is talking about, unless it was land we traded to the BLM to create the Bisti and De-Na-Zin wilderness areas. Senator Pete Domenici favored that wilderness designation. Here is the news release I issued last June about protecting hunting access.
I feel good about the results of the Albuquerque Journal Poll today. Despite being heavily outspent by my incumbent opponent I am still leading him with just five weeks to go. I am at 43% and he is at 39%. He will most certainly start spending quite a bit of his oil and gas industry donations over the next five weeks, but so far he still hasn't been able to move. It is gratifying to see his first negative commercials had so little effect. I hope the public will understand that every bit of his media buy will be funded by those who do business with the State Land Office. Once again, that is a good reason for public financing of this race in the future.
I still need to raise money in the next couple of weeks for TV buys. You can donate at jimbaca.com
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Here are the stories in the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican. I especially like the New Mexican's comment section.
Monday, October 02, 2006
I opted for Ruidoso because Pat Lyons had agreed to be there and we could go head to head on the Moon Mountain controversy. So, I ran down to Ruidoso instead of going to Santa Fe. It was a totally one sided debate in Ruidoso before about 60 people. Pat Lyons didn't show up. He was in Santa Fe at the NMOGA meeting before 60 people, where I didn't show up, but only after calling them two weeks ago and telling them I couldn't make it. My campaign manager Mike Davis did go to Santa Fe for me. The Ruidoso folks were surprised that Lyons didn't appear since he said he would be there. When it was announced I wouldn't appear in front of NMOGA there were applause. Ouch! Well, here is my pledge. If I am elected, I will work fairly and evenhandedly with anyone who does business with the Land Office.
For the record, I have received no campaign contributions from oil and gas and my opponent has recieved around $500,000 more or less. We will soon know exactly how much since the next reporting date for contributors to state wide races is next Monday.
Apparently Pat Lyons and John Dendahl both reiterated big time support for drilling in Otero Mesa, and surprisingly, Valle Vidal. Lyons supported drilling in Valle Vidal by saying that Ted Turner's ranch had been drilled and it didn't look so bad. Ted didn't own the mineral rights there. Ted Turner sent me a $2000 check today. How is that for timing?
Apparently at the end of the NMOGA session the moderator asked all assembled to donate money to my opponent and to Heather Wilson. No surprises there.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
What is it with Republican candidates that they always have to resort to calling names? President Bush & Vice-President Cheney are calling their Iraq War opponents names. John Dendahl calls school teachers socialists, for crying out loud. And now Pat Lyons is using his 900,000 dollars in special interest money, mostly raised from the oil-and-gas industry, to call me a "radical environmentalist". I guess he doesn't have anything positive to say about his pro-oil-and-gas policies.
Let me define radical for you from my standpoint. If I am a radical for not giving in to the oil and gas industry's every wish at the expense of our landscapes, watersheds and wild life, then yes, I guess I am radical.
If I am a radical for believing in science being able to help make decisions on land and water use, then yes, I am radical.
To borrow from Al Gore, it may be an "inconvenient truth", but scientists do believe it is a truth--we are going through one of the hottest periods in world history. It would be interesting if some reporter would ask Pat if he believes those scientists--does he believe in global warming? Does he believe that global warming is a crisis? Does he agree with the scientists who say that we only have a few years to deal with climate change? And if he says he does, what has he done in his term to help?
I think the one thing the voters who are paying attention to this race can be thankful for is that the lines are clearly drawn in the race and that you know where the candidates stand.