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State Fair Commission Takes Turkey Off Menu (NM-Richardson's last hurrah denied)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Thomas J. Cole

Posted on 12/29/2010 11:15:24 AM PST by CedarDave

The State Fair Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, had been scheduled to consider an eleventh-hour, back-room deal enabling the Downs at Albuquerque to build a new slots casino.

Craig Swagerty, general manager of Expo New Mexico, the agency that runs the fair, said the meeting was canceled because he didn't expect a quorum of commissioners to attend.

Maybe commissioners realized the deal just didn't look good with Richardson leaving office Friday.

The Downs and its officers — including Richardson good buddy Paul Blanchard — contributed more than $300,000 to Richardson's two campaigns for governor. Blanchard also was a major fundraiser for Richardson.

I had hoped not to write another word about Richardson before he leaves office, but the Downs deal made that impossible.

Let me take you back briefly to remarks by Richardson in an interview he gave last week to Dan Boyd of the Journal Capitol bureau.

Asked about news media coverage of his eight years as governor, Richardson said the Journal had been "unfair," "biased" and "driven by a political agenda." He also said the pay-to-play investigations of his Democratic administration were "so unfair" and "politically motivated."

Another vast right-wing conspiracy, I guess. Never mind that it was a Democratic president, Barack Obama, who dumped him for a Cabinet job because of a federal investigation. Perhaps it's the Clintons who are after Richardson.

The truth, however, is that no one has been more responsible for the tarnish on this administration than the man himself, his oversized appetite for campaign cash and what he believed money would do for his national political career.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: billrichardson; casinos; racing; richardson
There is one more action item the Richardson administration is trying to accomplish - moving the state DNA center and database from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It is opposed by just about everybody including the incoming governor, ABQ city officials, the state AG (a Democrat), legislators, prosecutors and the state's DNA Oversight Committee. It is supported by Richardson-appointed DPS Secretary John Denko. The opposition to moving it says that says that DNA samples could be mixed up with samples in the DPS crime lab making prosecution of criminal cases less certain. The move is scheduled to take place today, but ABQ officials say paper files are not going anywhere without an inventory which will not be completed by close of business tomorrow. If the computers are moved, the new governor says they will be moved back on Monday.

Read more: ABQJOURNAL NEWS/METRO: Clock Ticking on DNA Center Subscribe Now Albuquerque Journal

1 posted on 12/29/2010 11:15:32 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Whew! I thought for a second that they were talking about those giant fried turkey legs. Those suckers are good!

2 posted on 12/29/2010 11:17:21 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

NM list PING!

(The NM list is available on my FR homepage for anyone to use. Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list. For ABQ Journal articles requiring a subscription, scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the article for free after watching a short video commercial.)

3 posted on 12/29/2010 11:17:23 AM PST by CedarDave (Tagline being updated...)
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To: CedarDave

I love it when I hear New Mexico has done something right!

NM is my favorite place to vacation: as my 10-year-old read the sign entering the state:
“Land of Enhancement!”

(No wonder so many folks vacation there! lol)

4 posted on 12/29/2010 11:19:23 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Yeah, I was thinkin’...”Why wouldn’t you want turkey at the State Fair???”

5 posted on 12/29/2010 11:27:25 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Yeah, the title doesn’t exactly fit the story.

6 posted on 12/29/2010 11:32:22 AM PST by CedarDave (Tagline being updated...)
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