Morning Fix - Free Education and Free Flicks

• Want to bone up on your past studies or learn something new? That's about to get easier as UNM offers web-based courses for free to the masses. 

• ABQ Tea Party, and two dozen other Tea Party groups, are suing the IRS for unlawful targeting.

• After three years of drought, there just isn't enough water in the Rio Grande. State and federal officials are discussing plan to reduce river flows to stretch the water supply into the "rainy" summer season.

Florida company buys NM Gas Company... says customers shouldn't expect change in their gas bills "for now".

FBI investigating Gov. Martinez over casino/racetrack deal. 

• No "free lunch"? Well at least there are free movies. Check out the city's Movies in the Park this summer. 

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Comment by shotsie on May 30, 2013 at 8:11am

A couple of comments:

1)  I'm always amazed that the Tea Party would claim non-profit status when they say they hate the government so much.  Can't they just "pass the hat" or hold a bake sale so they can print up "Kill Obamacare Now" pamphlets and signs?  Y'know - a true grassroot effort, instead of being helped out by the government...

2)  The drought basically killed our garden rows at the Rio Grande Community Farm - we normally plant rows of tomatoes and peppers, but the thought of having to hand water 100 plants when the authorities shut off the water is just too overwhelming.  I really feel that the state needs to ween users away from flood irrigation and into drip - the side benefit is that weeding is drastically reduced.

3)  Gas company being sold to a Florida company - great - can't wait for those bills to rise during every cold snap.  And never, ever lower....  (something about local ownership prevents price gouging)

4)  What are the chances that the FBI was directed to look into all the payments for the race track/ casino deal?  I think the odds are better than the IRS looking into all those Tea Party non-profits being setup prior to the election....  Maybe the Martinez election committee should have been smarter and set up a Tea Party non-profit first, so the $80K could have been hidden from the Feds better.

Comment by Adelita on May 30, 2013 at 8:27am

Amen Shotsie!

Comment by PJH on May 30, 2013 at 8:55am

You know, there might be more water in the river if so much weren't used to flood-irrigate fields of alfalfa to feed cattle, thus satisfying the palates of carnivores.  I'd much rather see the water used to grow food directly for human consumption.

Comment by once banned twice shy on May 30, 2013 at 9:35am

Another irony is that the Tea Party claims to hate government waste and their lawsuit is just going to suck more resources and money out of government to defend against the lawsuit.  Ah, hypocrisy.  What also is being left out of the Tea Party target outrage story is that all of the organizations being investigated were blatantly engaging in political activity, which is prohibited, prompting further investigation by the IRS.  

I also shudder at the idea of a non-local owner of the gas company.  Expect higher prices and less service (although the PRC is still supposed to be in charge of any rate hikes, no?)

Comment by MarketPlace Media on May 30, 2013 at 12:59pm

Now, upon news of the purchase of NM Gas Company, TECO's stock has been downgraded.

Comment by Lahjik on May 30, 2013 at 8:28pm

It does kind of seem to me that the IRS would be correct in investigating the tax status of groups who are loudly and belligerently anti-tax and anti-gubmint?   Aren't these the same folks who say we should concentrate our investigations on all those "radical Muslims" cause "they're the ones who're doing all the bad stuff? 


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