UPDATE 6/6/12: FULL (UNOFFICIAL) PRIMARY RESULTS HERE.
NM Film Workers Union Reaction:
Dodging A Bullet
There were mixed results for progressives last night, but film really dodged a bullet with our #1 “protect” Senator Phil Griego and the surprising but welcome defeat of Rep. Kintigh in Roswell. While we at 480 are not going to take all the credit for this I would say that not only were we one of the biggest contributors in both races we went above and beyond even suspending operations yesterday to work on GOTV for Senator Griego. Some extreme pro film candidates were defeated (Mayor Coss, Rep. Eleanor Chavez) and we will miss them but we have replaced them with Christine Trujillo in the House and Joseph Candelaria in the Senate. We also are happy to see our friends Sheryl Williams Stapleton back and Andrew Barerras win a hard fought primary in Valencia County – we will have to be there to help him win the general election too. Again Local 480’s PAC donated substantial amounts to each of these candidates and worked on their behalf.
While we cannot overemphasize the huge loss we took with the retirement of Speaker Lujan I think last night can be characterized as a wash and these days that is not bad for us. Now we have the general election coming up and we need to try to win seats there for our solid allied like John Sapien who is in a tough race on the west side and Michael Sanchez who will no doubt be targeted by the Governor in Valencia County. We also can use this as an opportunity to educate new candidates as to the value of film. We will be looking at the elections and coming up with a plan of attack. Some of the material we developed over the last few years documentaries and pieces like “made in New Mexico” will be very useful to help us work with these new faces.
Thank you to those of you who voted and to those who didn’t shame on you. Last night was the opening salvo in what will be a battle to November, let’s get to work.
-The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, New Mexico Local 480
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From The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee:
Tomorrow could be one of the most important days in the history of New Mexico’s film business if things don’t go well for us.
It looks like several pro film candidates are in trouble in the primary. This coupled with the retirement of Speaker Lujan and two of the four pro-film Senators puts us in a precarious position. Frankly we had 2 back stops, Speaker Lujan and Senate Corporations Committee Chairman Phil Griego.
Senator Griego has been targeted by conservation groups and one of my fellow unions and is in danger of losing his seat if we don’t get out and vote. Mayor Coss here in Santa Fe is in a tight race for Speaker Lujan’s seat and we need to make sure we get out the vote for him as well. Eleanor Chavez running for Senate and Sheryl Williams Stapleton are both in the fight of their lives yet they were there for us in the Labor Committee taking on Rep. Kintigh.
We need a motivated film community here using social media we know so well to urge our friends, family, and supporters to take this election seriously and get out there and vote. Many of these races will be very tight. Below is the list of candidates that IATSE Local 480 has endorsed.
The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates:
New Mexico House of Representatives
Andrew Barreras House District 7 (Valencia) √
Miguel P. Garcia House District 14 (Bernalillo) √
Antonio Maestas House District 16 (Bernalillo) √
Sheryl Williams-Stapleton House District 19 (Bernalillo) √
Christine Trujillo House District 25 (Bernalillo) √
David Coss House District 46 (Santa Fe) -
Brian Egolf House District 47 (Santa Fe) √
Bob Wooley House District 66 (Chaves/Lea/Roosevelt) √
New Mexico Senate
Richard Martinez Senate District 5 (Los Alamos/Rio Arriba/Sandoval/Santa Fe) √
Eleanor Chavez Senate District 14 (Bernalillo) -
Larry P. Martinez Senate District 35 (Dona Ana/Hidalgo/Luna/Sierra) -
Phil A. Griego Senate District 39 (Bernalillo/Lincoln/San Miguel/Santa Fe/Torrance/
Maggie Hart Stebbins Bernalillo County Commission District 3 √
Kathy Holian Santa Fe County Commission District 3 √
Virginia Vigil Public Regulation Commission District 3 -
Briana Zamora 2nd Judicial District Court √
M. Monica Zamora New Mexico Court of Appeals √
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From our sisters in bitchery:
“Let’s face it Ladies… Sometimes you act like a Crazy Bitch… you don’t know why and you can’t help it. We know, we’ve been there! At times like this you need a little help… and no, not psychological help!
We know that when you are feeling good you make the world a better place. So take a moment to have a cup of tea and a laugh with assurance that this formula was created with the greater good in mind, and remember… you really only want to unleash your inner Crazy Bitch when you need her!
Our Master Tea Blender and sister Crazy Bitch, Lynn Higgin, has created this special formula to assist you in maintaining balance and reclaiming your divine feminine power. Blended with love and acceptance, the ingredients included in this tea were specifically chosen to gently maintain your body’s natural balance, particularly when taken at regular intervals.”
This crazy bitch strongly recommends taking two, and not calling anyone till’ morning…but seriously any love potion brewed with helpful and caring intent sings of independence worth celebrating to me!
Go New Mexico – and calm that crazy bitch in all of us!
On the bias we’ve been discussing what seems to be a toxic mix of either overwhelming fear, extreme disinterest and/or discontentedness over just who will be the next leader of our great state. Thanks so much for your comments and retweets over on FB and Twitter – some venting and the sharing of your POV has really helped keep me off the ledge over the issue(s).
But the most glaring concern remains and that is whether or not peeps and tweeps are actually gonna get out and vote. So as a matter of public service I’d like to offer up one of my final attempts to git’ y’all out to do just that!
If you don’t feel like doing any further investigating into either candidates’ platforms (where they may be available, like here, here, here, here or here) and if you like many will simply continue to tune out to their political ads here are quick reference routes to come to some decision and hopefully motivate you to get out to the polls and make your choice count.
Here goes…in the category of Soft Science take a look at the candidates logos (above).
Diane Denish in soft, yet authoritative blue, supported by her running mate’s name, with the New Mexico zia symbol centered, and outstretched toward potential and growth.
Susana Martinez, her name and her name alone, zia symbol off center and skewed….hmmm. Dark, nay black background, sharp, glaring white NAME and deep yellow (the color of warning/caution flashing) symbol.
-OR- if you want to go the more superficial route…take a gander at both these ladies’ eyebrow game (above). As beauty is in the eye of the beholder (tweezer and/or pencil holder) take the visual and apply your own sensibilities to the thought that how these ladies treat their brows is how they may treat our state…and VOTE on November 2nd.
Friends of equality and human rights, you deserve to know that your candidates for Governor of New Mexico stand very divided on this as well as most other important issues:
“I have fought to eliminate discrimination of any kind throughout my career and I support the domestic-partnership bill,” – Diane Denish
“I would not sign the domestic partnership bill. It is unnecessary and ill-advised…Rushing this bill through the Legislature demonstrates that the Richardson/Denish administration has its priorities misplaced,”
- Susana Martinez
Above, New Mexico’s Own Jesse Tyler Furgeson (JTF) and his co-star Eric Stonestreet accept the HRC’s National Arts and Culture Award for their Emmy winning series, Modern Family.
From sea to shinning sea – not so much. More like from G.O.P. to OPP.
You’ll pick my religion, my life partner and reign over my body?!?!?
Whatever your label, don’t scream “No big Government” with one face and force your religion, orientation and hypocrisies on my body, heart and soul out the other!
If the money you’re incensed over is stamped “in MY God only we trust”, you don’t agree that we’re free to love he or she, and you want to regulate the very body that is me, then I cannot drink your tea, join your GOP or ignore your OPP.
Listen to the teaser here…
The New Mexican of the week is ALL OF US:
Oy! It’s an ELECTION year & New Mexico will have its first Governess come November!!! It will be Diane Denish or that other lady, (I keed, I keed) but either way the facts are out there for the taking…The candidates have their own sites and there are political bloggers in town that have tons of great info. to help inform and inspire us! So get your VOTE ON, we all gotta do it and make it count!
Check your voter registration status here.
And now how to spend your Labor Day weekend:
ALL weekend is the 23rd Annual New Mexico Wine Festival Sept. 4, 5, and 6th over in Bernalillo.
The biggest wine fest in the state is a great Summer wrap party – music, arts, food and of course great wine. It’s always a hot crowd, fun peeps, good times…
ROCK OUT in the Q East to West:
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Temp poll workers and election staff needed! (pi)
“It’s election year, meaning a couple hundred temporary jobs will be created in Bernalillo County as the county clerk looks for help running the election.
Work starts in mid-September and ends the last week of November. The county needs at least 220 people who must first pass a drug test and background check. Officials say the jobs pay $10-$13 an hour.
Hiring is through Spherion Staffing Services— and although by Monday’s broadcast they had not listed the vacancies— all who are interested should create a profile and complete an application here.” via KOB
Apply directly to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office for Poll positions:
* You must be a registered voter in Bernalillo County.
* You cannot be a candidate or related to any candidate on the ballot.
* You cannot be a law enforcement officer.
* You must be mentally and physically able to perform the assigned tasks.
* You must be able to attend one 2-3 hour training course prior to the election (our office will notify you of available times).
Full deets here
Don’t forget to get your vote on! Give-up your vote, give-up your voice. Register here today.