Morning Fix: Imagine this jailhouse conversation--"Is that $2500 per…or for the pair?"

    •    Two New Mexicans implicated in for-hire plot to kill and castrate Justin Bieber.  Two men later arrested in New York with pruning shears and a paisley necktie.

    •    Study shows agricultural and municipal conservation the cheapest and fastest ways to solve our water shortage.  Saving irrigation water costs less than one tenth the price of importing water from other places.

    •    1000 luminarias to light up the ditch bank behind Holy Family Church on Atrisco SW for Saturday night event.

    •    New Mexico Senators land plum committee assignments.

    •    The probing investigative team at KOAT (Channel 7) delve into the roll of "flush-able" wipes in clogging up your toilet.

    •    City chasing after citizen input concerning buses having dedicated lanes on Central Ave.  They call it BRT, Bus Rapid Transit.

    •    Channel 4 seems to bemoan the cost of fixing this perversion of democracy:  winning the mayorship with only 40% of the vote.  (Partisan elections have primaries to sift through bunches of candidates before the general election.  Non-partisan elections need run-offs to do the same thing.)

    •    Here's another situation that could be solved by people using DIY head-cam photography at weddings.

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Comment by RunLikeADog on December 13, 2012 at 8:36am
Ah. Nothing like plum and pork.
Comment by misterhinkydink on December 13, 2012 at 10:47am

Justin Bieber has testicles?

Comment by Benny the Icepick on December 13, 2012 at 11:09am

Could someone please explain the whole 40% petition thing to me?  I feel that requiring a candidate to win 50% or more of the vote would eliminate the possibility of a third party.  Am I mistaken in thinking that plurality is better than majority?

Comment by Krista on December 13, 2012 at 12:37pm

I love the idea of using reclaimed water coupled with just conservation.  We need to get serious about water issues as a community if we want to still be in existence a few decades down the road.

Comment by Phil_0 on December 13, 2012 at 2:53pm

Benny, the city elections the runoff petition addresses are officially non-partisan and have no primary, which means that you frequently end up with multiple candidates who share broadly the same political views splitting the vote among their supporters. The best specific example would be the 2009 mayoral race, where the left-leaning (OK, we'll call them "Democrats") Chavez and Romero split 60+% and allowed Berry to win without receiving a majority. But theoretically you could have the same thing happen between 2 Republicans and a Democrat in a right-leaning City Council district. The 50% petition is designed to eliminate this kind of situation by ensuring that the winning candidate actually receive a majority of the vote.

Comment by Adelita on December 13, 2012 at 4:12pm

Thank you for making me bust out laughing misterhinkydink!

Comment by hettie on December 13, 2012 at 10:13pm

"The idea behind all the ideas is to add more water somewhere" Always quality writing from the Journal....
 

I must say, I have no earthly idea why the proposed 50% law is written so that a second election has to be held to have a runoff. If we instead used instant runoff ballots, people could rank the candidates when they vote and only have to go to the polls once. Then, if they vote for a candidate and it's clear he's going to lose, he'd be knocked out of the race and his voters' second choice becomes the vote that's tallied. It's a system that's used quite successfully in other places in the US (and was recently adopted in Santa Fe). It's touted as a way for people to vote for who they truly want, essentially 3rd party candidates at either end of the spectrum, because they don't worry that they're "throwing away" their vote.

 

The notion of holding an entirely new election is unnecessary and, frankly, stupid. It's disappointing that a group would go to all the effort of gathering signatures to change the law and not advocate for instant runoff voting.

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