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To: Paladin2

Not quite, but close. The northern half is leftist, the southern half is pretty darn conservative. Without Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, it would be a solid ‘Red’ State.

We have a halfway decent Governor, and some good State Legislators from that southern half.

If we had some big private sector employers, I think the state would shift back to the conservative one it was in my youth, but the Federal and State governments are the largest employers, so way too many people vote for their own short term benefit.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 2:54:22 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt; Paladin2
Not quite, but close. The northern half is leftist, the southern half is pretty darn conservative. Without Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, it would be a solid ‘Red’ State.

Considering that, it's kinda a shame that the Congress forced us to retract some "anti-populist" provisions in the original draft-form of the State constitution, from Wikipedia:

As originally drafted and sent to the United States Congress, the New Mexico Constitution contained a number of limitations on the process for making amendments. These included
  1. a requirement of a two-thirds vote of the legislature in order to propose amendments,
  2. that in addition to a bare majority, all amendments must be ratified by at least 40% of those voting in the election, with a 40%+ vote in at least half of the counties, and
  3. a limitation on the total number of amendments that could be submitted to the people per election.
Congress was not sympathetic to these anti-populist provisions, and as a prerequisite to admission as a state required that the people ratify an amendment that would provide for a simple majority vote in the legislature, for ratification by simple majority vote of the people, and do away with the limitation on the total number of amendments.

On the other hand, that itself wouldn't make a difference when whole governments [municipal/county/state] ignore the Constitution; but that is going to be inherent in any Constitutional system.

We have a halfway decent Governor, and some good State Legislators from that southern half.

Very much agreed; though I was very very disappointed with my State Representative over her utter hand-wave dismissal of my inquiry into the legitimacy of NMSA 30-7-2.4 [prohibiting firearms on campus].

If we had some big private sector employers, I think the state would shift back to the conservative one it was in my youth, but the Federal and State governments are the largest employers, so way too many people vote for their own short term benefit.

Heck, the state re-elected Gary Johnson who was a pretty solid conservative (and Republican) while the State was going solidly Democrat -- so given it's status as a "purpleish state" it's already begun to swing that way.

31 posted on 02/24/2013 3:20:49 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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