Wednesday Morning Quarterback: Bookends

September 30, 2008

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The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, buy cialis 000, case John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=tooth looking north from Hadley, infertility was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, buy cialis 000, case John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
By Steve Klinger.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a crowd gathered at a rally in Mesilla Monday for Sen. Barack Obama that it’s not enough to vote for change: “We need to be the change.”

A crowd of about 200 on the historic plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was signed in 1854 roared its approval when the second-term Democratic governor of a predominantly Republican state assured her listeners Obama is looking out for working men and women: “We need a president who understand that the best way to get Americans back on track is for all of us to prosper.”

Sebelius said that while Obama would give an income tax break to all Americans making less than $250, cure
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John McCain would do even worse than follow the failed policies of the Bush administration and give $300 billion to the wealthiest corporations “and nothing to hard-working Americans.”

The biggest response to her words came when she said, cialis “It is time for the richest country on earth to make sure that every American has access to health care,” after eight years of the Bush “non-health plan” that has provided less money for preventive and emergency care.

“To keep doing what we’re doing over and over again, even if it isn’t working, is insanity,” Sebelius said.

Even worse, she said, under McCain’s plan employers will have to pay taxes on health care benefits, thus discouraging participation.

“We need to get rid of rules that allow insurance companies to choose who has health care in America,” Sebelius added, generating more enthusiasm from a Democratic crowd that included numerous elected officials: state Reps. Joni Gutierrez, Jeff Steinborn, Joseph Cervantes, and state Sens. Mary Helen Garcia and Mary Jane Garcia, as well as Democratic National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney.

Sebelius told the gathering the nation desperately needs an energy policy and that Obama would advance support of renewable energy such as the abundant sunshine in New Mexico and the prevailing steady winds in Kansas.

Loud applause greeted her declaration, “We have to end the war that we’re in,” spending $10 billion a month in a country that has a huge oil surplus, and, “We need a foreign policy that builds more friends and fewer enemies.”

Sebelius closed by emphasizing the importance of New Mexico in the electoral process:
“If New Mexico elects Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, “he will be the next president of the United States. There is no scenario that doesn’t go through New Mexico in electing the next president.”
Whether you are a Republican, information pills Independent or Democratic voter one of the important considerations in voting for candidates for state legislature and Congress should be if they support the Citizens’ Wilderness and National Conservation Area Proposal for the Organ Mountains. This is the only concrete way to preserve the beautiful Organ Mountains for future generations.

However, pharmacy we have some candidates:  Stanford Locke, tuberculosis Kent “Spaceport Tax” Evans, Leonard Lee Rawson and Edward R. Tinsley III who support Congressman Stevan Pearce’s odious anti-Wilderness proposal.  This  is a throw-back to the notorious New Mexican Senator and Interior Secretary Albert Fall of the 1910s and 1920s, who, like Congressman Pearce and his cohorts are advocates for selling off all public lands to the highest bidder or biggest campaign contributors. These candidates want to open the Organ Mountains and its foothills to exploitation by greedy developers and mineral extraction  speculators for a quick buck and easy money. They support a pseudo-wilderness scheme pushed by a vociferous minority. There is no way  ranchers will be greatly affected by Wilderness despite the exaggerated clamors of some extremists.

An overwhelming number of Las Cruces residents support the proposal. We should vote for candidates who support our view as a community. Historians have noted that President Teddy Roosevelt, a rancher,  was a conservationist and  preservationist, who envisioned the importance of Wilderness areas for Americans.  As he stated: “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation.”  We have a number of worthy candidates on this issue: Jeff Steinborn, Nate Cote, Steve Fischmann and Harry Teague. It is time to stand up and protect our distinctive Organ Mountains or as our Spanish forbears called them – La Sierra de la Soledad!

Greg Lennes

Las Cruces
Whether you are a Republican, eczema Independent or Democratic voter one of the important considerations in voting for candidates for state legislature and Congress should be if they support the Citizens’ Wilderness and National Conservation Area Proposal for the Organ Mountains. This is the only concrete way to preserve the beautiful Organ Mountains for future generations.

However, price we have some candidates:  Stanford Locke, discount Kent “Spaceport Tax” Evans, Leonard Lee Rawson and Edward R. Tinsley III who support Congressman Stevan Pearce’s odious anti-Wilderness proposal.  This  is a throw-back to the notorious New Mexican Senator and Interior Secretary Albert Fall of the 1910s and 1920s, who, like Congressman Pearce and his cohorts are advocates for selling off all public lands to the highest bidder or biggest campaign contributors. These candidates want to open the Organ Mountains and its foothills to exploitation by greedy developers and mineral extraction  speculators for a quick buck and easy money. They support a pseudo-wilderness scheme pushed by a vociferous minority. There is no way  ranchers will be greatly affected by Wilderness despite the exaggerated clamors of some extremists.

An overwhelming number of Las Cruces residents support the proposal. We should vote for candidates who support our view as a community. Historians have noted that President Teddy Roosevelt, a rancher,  was a conservationist and  preservationist, who envisioned the importance of Wilderness areas for Americans.  As he stated: “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation.”  We have a number of worthy candidates on this issue: Jeff Steinborn, Nate Cote, Steve Fischmann and Harry Teague. It is time to stand up and protect our distinctive Organ Mountains or as our Spanish forbears called them – La Sierra de la Soledad!

Greg Lennes

Las Cruces
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=this web looking north from Hadley, was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
'Road to Nowhere'? 14th Street, <a href=rheumatologist looking north from Hadley, oncology was paved using state capital outlay funds in 2005.” width=”300″ height=”159″ />
The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyrighted story published Sunday, Sept. 28, reported that District 37 Senate Democratic candidate Steve Fischmann is charging his Republican opponent, incumbent Leonard Lee Rawson with a conflict of interest in connection with state capital outlay funds of $111,000 he obtained in 2003 and used outside his district, on a street where he owns property.

Fischmann, founder of Quality Growth Alliance, and his supporters made public last week documents showing Rawson requested $127,097 for improvement and construction to 14th Street, which runs between West Hadley and West Picacho and was unpaved at that time.

The Journal reported that Rawson, a senator since 1987 and currently Republican minority whip, owns a commercial development built by his late father, Barney Rawson, the primary access to which is provided by 14th Street.

Fischmann told the Journal that obtaining funds for paving the street appears to be a conflict of interest because the street is not in Rawson’s district and the improvement enhanced the value of his property. Rawson’s district runs north and south on the east side of Interstate 25 and includes the East Mesa.

The Journal reported that Rawson said he has not “directly benefited” from the improvement project. “It’s not like it enhanced the value of the property,” he was quoted as saying by Journal Southern Bureau reporter Rene Romo. Rawson did not immediately respond to an e-mail from Grassroots Press seeking comment.

Fischmann told Grassroots Press, “This move is self-serving. Rawson has miles of unpaved roads off of Highway 70.”  He said it would have been more appropriate for Rawson to use the state funds to improve roads in his own district and described 14th Street as Rawson’s “Road to Nowhere.”

According to the Journal account, “Rawson said he obtained the capital outlay funds to pave 14th Street between Picacho Avenue and Hadley Avenue so that the city of Las Cruces could complete the street project and fulfill a 1994 commitment made to his late father, Barney Rawson. The senior Rawson received approval in 1994 to develop Buildtek Court, a commercial subdivision with access from Fourteenth Street.

“Rawson said the Buildtek Court development’s value was enhanced by the 1994 agreement with the city, not by the Legislature-funded 2004 paving project itself.

“’The city didn’t fulfill its responsibility,’” said Rawson, who is president of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. ‘The entity that benefited was the city because the city didn’t hold up its end of the commitment. That’s the entity that received value.’”

Las Cruces Door LLC, owned by Rawson, is listed as owner of a commercial property at the corner of Hadley and Fourteenth, with access to the back from 14th, according to the County Assessor’s Office.

The paving project was finished in 2005, the Journal reported, and included new sidewalks, drainage improvements, and the installation of five street lights and new eight-inch water mains. The city of Las Cruces spent $159,000 on the improvements, including $111,000 in capital outlay funds from the state.

The Journal story can be found at:

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/28105425state09-28-08.htm
By David Evans.

The 29th and 11th of last month (September) are the charybdis and the scylla, anabolics … no wait… the omega and the alpha,… no wait… make that the time we noticed we didn’t need this administration’s guidance and the time when we found that going faster in bigger circles left us in pretty much the same place. The two dates will bookend the first part of the grade school history of the twenty-first century.

There is an SEC proposal to help the meltdown. They say that factors other than market worth can be used to value assets. This applies only to quadruple entry accounting systems, but three or four no votes on Monday’s bailout were probably related to mark-to-market rules. This may seem trivial but a switch of only twelve votes on the EESA (Wall Street and financial corporations welfare without a five-year limit or work requirements bill) could be consequential.

Some believe we should guarantee depositor accounts for 250,000 dollars. The 70’s move from 40 K to 100 K helped bring about the S & L chicanery of the eighties. So perhaps the lesser parties candidates could distinguish themselves by proposing that the 100 K guarantee go to 80 K. This way, if you want the higher rate of a jumbo CD, you are insured for eighty percent of your principal. You could call it a mark-to-market proposal. As things stand, what incentive did Washington Mutual depositors have to pull their money out of that house of cards? What was the percentage rate of the perverse incentive? Is there a branch of microeconomics called moral hazard? Can we bookend both proposals as the pragmatic and disastrous opening gambits? How much did the CEO buyouts on the takeovers cost? Secretary Paulson, with all due respect, could begin by prohibiting any past, present, or future Wall Street executive from taking a cabinet position. Or would this be interfering with free market-rigging, crony capitalism, and the revolving door Robert Rubin, Roger Altman, and others have walked through? Next we will have generals at Foggy Bottom and defense contractors fattening up on long-term contracts approved by their former-Pentagon executives. Thank you for the diplomatic initiative, Secdef Gates. True reformers are America’s unsung heroes.

Early voting with same-day registration is underway in Ohio as of Tuesday. Of all the bellwether states, Ohio has given us the most presidents. After that upstart Florida reared its ugly head, Ohio was quick to regain its crown. The same-day part is new, but it is the mechanism that elected Jesse Ventura in Minnesota. The early voting part is going on in eight states. Colorado voters should vote on October seventh, it will take a while.

Wilder and wilder Virginia will be an interesting test. One of the eleven breakaway states, the old dominion has two former governors running hard for a Senate seat. Like Mexico, Virginia’s chief executive cannot be re-elected. Governor Warner should veto Governor Gilmore in this one. Governor Allen will not be much of a factor as he is now teaching slang. The present Governor may be less of a factor than future Governor Jim Webb, now cooling his heels as a United States Senator. Virginia has given us the best known governors.

Al Franken is closing ground on Norm Coleman in Minnesota but there is a lot of ground to make up. He should ask Lorne to get Danny to make an appearance, right after Chevy’s cameo. Dennis may not do the news so Eddie can do a cameo. Bill and Mike have hit the big time so maybe Adam can do a cameo. On the other hand, Norm Coleman lost to Jesse Ventura, then won narrowly against the collective memory of Fritz Mondale and Paul Wellstone. Same-day registration redux.

Joe Biden debates Bullwinkle Thursday evening. Joe is preparing in Delaware. The moose is in the squirrel’s state, getting debate tips from the ’88 nominee. I’m glad Bruce Babbitt is staying out of this one, but I’m sorry Mo Udall isn’t here to see it. We could have quite a laugh. Arizona passed a law in 1952 requiring the senior member of the opposition party to run for president every twelve years. Jon Kyl could be up in 2012, as things now look. Kyl and John Cornyn are immigration bookends. They want less at a greater profit. It is a curious stance for those who purport to represent border states. It is clear we should build a fence around Peter King’s congressional district, but when ideology trumps pragmatism on the border, these two have to go.

Arizona also has some initiative decisions, but the Grand Canyon state could send a majority Democratic delegation for the first time since Bob Stump changed parties in the late 70’s. The late great Barry Goldwater would advise “neither moose nor squirrel.” Talk about changing with the times, even ASU has installed solar panels. Now if they would just plug de-humidifiers into them.

Continental Illinois and Lincoln Thrift both had the protection of influence for too long, so It is likely the meltdown will favor neither candidate in Thursday’s slurring match. Both Arizona and New Mexico will elect candidates for their statehood centennial. Little remembered is the curious truth that Barry Goldwater was born in the Territory of Arizona. John S & L McCain opened a Tucson office last week. If all goes as expected, he should make it to Fort Huachuca in mid-November for the annual vigil.

McCain was a Biden staffer in 1974, so one set of Thursday observations will be accurate. Wasilly will have to get in line to see Obama, just like the rest of us. That frosty humor provides comic relief, but so did Agnew’s.

Bierce said of Hearst, “publishers drink wine from the skulls of writers.” Less famously, my publisher gave me five weeks notice and the usual severance package today. He said I should stick to what I know. In five weeks, I will tell you what I said. I may go to cooler pastures for a little while, just to get the lay of the land or watch the mass ascension. If you would like to offer an opinion, please register and vote, this week if possible. This means you, state with a red name.

Tuesday is another presidential debate. We will know something about the trillion-dollar meltdown suppression package by then. The world’s greatest deliberative body has yet to see a starting point, but they will lard it up and tighten it down before sending it on to the cipher’s probable signature. There are legacies in the balance. Four Senators will be defeated on election day, reserving the right to revise and extend.

Bozeman and Billings and Helena and Great Falls could be the focus of national media attention on election night. Jon Tester and Brian Schweitzer and Mad Max Baucus could make for a closer than expected outcome. Their ballot is shorter than Colorado’s too. Big Sky country has become increasingly shrewd at winnowing out pretenders. Baucus and Schweitzer are safe.

Historically, the mountain states have contributed cabinet members at Energy and Interior. It is probably about time for one to crack the big three: State, Defense, Justice. Colorado’s Senator Salazar was Colorado AG and could do well at Justice. So could Gary Hart. Bill Richardson was UN Ambassador and every New Mexican knows his diplomatic accomplishments. So do North Koreans. State would be well-served by Big Bill or the best candidate of 1984, if he is available. Finding a defense reformer in the mountains may be a tougher scrub. McGovern’s campaign manager, three dozen years wiser, is still in the region and could perhaps be persuaded to consider it. At least Secdef Gates has started to clean up after that Rummy. Janet Napolitano and Dave Freudenthal will make short lists for cabinet spots, but it is not clear they can be replaced. In New Mexico, Diane Denish may be ready to step up.

Energy and Interior should still be western preserves. The next Secretary Udall or Richardson or Babbitt could come from anywhere, blue state or red, as long as they’re green.

Department of Homespun Senility could be offered to the other party, so long as they don’t try to build any fence/walls. They might also let us board with our shoes on and carry those cute little bottles the airlines used to offer. They also have to throw out the old color scheme in favor of green.

To look on the brighter side, forty years ago, nobody said “hey, hey LBJ, how many banks did you close today?” However, of all the memorable Jesse Jackson phrases, one that seems especially pertinent is “economic injustice is nothing but violence in slow motion.” Things are speeding up.

It is fiscal year 2009. Nothing is different and everything looks bleaker. Dark Cheney must have his hand in this somehow. Whether stovepiping worst-case pessimism or matching sneers with Phil Gramm, we could always count on him for measured recklessness. Hey! Cheney is still registered in Wyoming. Let’s make him secretary of the smirking chimps. He has been in charge of them for eight years. The current and Ford administrations would thus be, you guessed it, bookends.

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