The candidates for this years primary election had to file their financial reports yesterday. Most news outlets reported on the Governor's races and Lt. Governor races but not the rest of the contests. One that was left out was the race for State Land Commissioner. As I write this one thing is still obvious. The special interests who run the land office under Commissioner Pat Lyons are now throwing their money at various other candidates. Ranchers and oil field interests still control this race from a financial aspect. This is their last time around as special interest financing of campaigns will become tougher in the next set of elections in 2014.
As of this writing not all of the candidates reports have been posted, but the biggest fund raiser right now is democrat Sandy Jones. I have always felt he has a good shot at this if he doesn't let big oil run his life.
I have always liked republican Doug Turner as a person. But yesterday he got on the big oil and coal band wagon by filing a court action against a carbon cap and trade policy from Governor Richardson. Just like yesterday, I will again recommend that everyone read Paul Krugman's article on cap and trade in the New York Times magazine.
The sad thing is this move on Turner's part has turned off a lot more people than he will ever rally to him in a republican primary for governor. And it shows he is not wise on climate change.
You can go to this new site to see the reports. Just put in the office your are interested in to see how the candidates did.