Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bipolar?

One would think the registered voters in the Journal poll might be a little bipolar.  They are throwing incredible support to our rightwing Governor, but at the same time they overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage.  What  gives?  She doesn't want to raise the minimum wage.

The result could be parsed in so many different ways.  People who don't support King do support a higher minimum wage. It actually comes down to just a couple of things in my mind.  One is that the Governor's opponent Gary King is incredibly ineffectual and made more so by being buried by negative TV ads,  and secondly that most people want something approaching a livable  paycheck for everyone.

This poll should give some real legs to a legislative effort to raise the minimum wage statewide and it will actually force the Governor's hand in signing such legislation.  I think it could happen.

In the  meantime other niggling little things are happening.  Gary King's epic and tragic meltdown in the Governor's race continues to the bitter end.  Three campaign managers have now come and gone and none of them have broken into Gary's bubble.

The Bernalillo County Commission wanted people to speak on some non-binding ballot questions at the last second, and have only ended up delaying the voting process for everyone with law suits.  The Supreme Court ordered the county not to mail absentee ballots until they hear the case.  This whole thing turned into a circus.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gary King's performance as Att. General has been relatively poor, and he lacks the political savvy and influence of his father, Bruce. Geez, one would think NM could find a stellar opponent against Martinez. NM politics suck.

Anonymous said...

Berry got elected by a landslide a year ago and he too opposed the minimum wage, he also supported the anti-abortion and late term abortion initiative, is against same sex marriage and opposes compressive immigration reform not to mention being the most anti-union Mayor in Albuquerque's history all the while destroying APD. Democrats did not care and only 19% of eligible voters voted in the Mayor's race. Democrats stayed home, which is going to happen in the Governors race. Problem is, voters believe all the negative ads and now the bets are on the spread of the King loss. As far as finding a "stellar opponent", that laughable given the amount of money that must be raised and people usually do not donate unless its a sure thing.

Michelle Meaders said...

Why should Susana be more willing to raise the min. wage? She can win easily without it. I think she's more interested in pleasing the Republican National powers than helping the people of New Mexico. Being popular as a Republican candidate doesn't seem to be related to how well your state does under your leadership. This would be just another example.

Bubba Muntzer said...

On the bright side she doesn't do much except fund raise out of state. In other states Republican governors are mandating brown school uniforms and outlawing salaries.

Anonymous said...

Why have the city council and county commission continued this non-binding vote baloney? Either make it an official initiative in which the prevailing side gets the change or status quo it wishes, or how about showing some actual leadership (in a state woefully short of it at the moment) and making a decision as elected "leaders". Stop hiding behind garbage like this and make a call and defend it.

Anonymous said...

One would think so, but many Dems thought running against Susana would be a waste of time and money since the polls showed that she was so beloved. NM politics do "suck." But it seems New Mexicans like it that way. A shame....

Anonymous said...

The voters of Albuquerque are definitely bi-polar and just do not vote. Berry won by a landslide a year ago yet Berry opposed the minimum wage that was enacted by a 68% margin, Berry favored the late term abortion initiative limiting a woman's right to choose, Berry believes marriage to be between a man and a woman and is against same sex marriage, and Berry is opposed to immigration reform and is the most anti-union Mayor in the City's history. No stellar opponent could beat Berry or Martinez without at least an equal amount of money to spend and as long as Democrats vote against their own best interests and vote for people they think are doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

It is well-known that the average citizen (1) is very ignorant about public policies and (2) compartmentalizes his/her thinking. The former makes them susceptible to propaganda such as TV ads. The latter means they separate personalities from issues and policies. There is very little "issue voting" and much partisan and personal characteristics (image) voting.