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New Mexico Liberty, September 2010

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NEW MEXICO LIBERTY
“Let Freedom Ring” 
The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Table of Contents
Page 1Libertarian Media from New MexicoNotes from the Editor by Mike BlessingThe Unanimous Consent ChallengePage 2Events at a GlanceThe LPNM's CandidatesOther Groups to Network With, and Their EventsPage 3Extend government transparency to NewMexico schoolsby Paul Gessing, Rio Grande FoundationPage 4As the Melting Pot Meltsby Becky AkersPage 5The Friends of the “Free MarketAre ItsWorst Enemies, by Kevin CarsonPage 6Contacts / Internet ResourcesPage 7AdministriviaThe Unanimous Consent ChallengePage 8Enrollment / Renewal Form
Libertarian Media from New Mexico
(not necessarily endorsed by LPNM)
The Weekly Sedition
– Thursdays at 8 PM(July – August – September 2010)kcufmedia.xanga.com
 Adam vs. The Man
Monday – Friday, 3-4 PM on 1550 KIVA-AMadamvstheman.com / 1550kiva.com 
Hemp TV 
 – Tuesdays at 7PMmyspace.com/nmhemptv
The One Party State
 – Wednesdays at 11PMContact Lance Klafeta [lklafeta@yahoo.com] for details
Reeferhead 
 – Saturdays at 6PMmyspace.com/reeferheadtv
The Fringe Element 
thefringeelement.net / postpubco.com
Do-Or-Die Time for the LPNM
OK, folks, this is it. Due to extenuating circumstances, theLPNM is at a point where we have to choose between theorganization's continued existence, and going on our merry ways.If we choose to continue the LPNM's existence
as theLPNM 
, we need substantial donations, and
we need themimmediately
. Please send whatever you can to the LPNMmailing address listed on page 8 of this issue [ LPNM c/oRon Bjornstad, 918 Ivory Rd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124 ].
Special Convention – Sunday, 12 September 2010
Speaking of do-or-die time for the LPNM, we will behaving a Special State Convention on Sunday, 12September at the same Quarters BBQ where we had our regular Convention back in April of this year. See Page 2for details about the time and directions.What will we be covering in this special Convention?Simple – we will be discussing the continued existence of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.
New Mexico Liberty – September 2010 – Page 1Notes from the Editor 
http://lpnm.usV.2.2 N.26September 2010
 
Other Groups to Network With
Wednesday, 15 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio GrandeFoundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Santa Fe at the RioChama Steakhouse. See this page for details tinyurl.com/2cmf4gb.Wednesday, 15 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio GrandeFoundation hosts Liberty on the Rocks in Farmington at the St.Clair Winery – 5150 East Main Street – in the San Juan Room.See this page for details – tinyurl.com/29gmw9o.  Thursday, 16 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundationhosts Liberty on the Rocks in Albuquerque at the Chama River Brewing Company. For details, see this page tinyurl.com/2esszae.Tuesday, 24 September, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundationhosts Liberty on the Rocks in Las Cruces. The location haschanged from the Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant to aprivate residence. For details, see this page tinyurl.com/2b4oy8w.
The New Mexico Patriot Alliance 2010 Fall Summit
The New Mexico Patriot Alliance's mission is to support PatriotPreparedness, Education and Action, and Patriot groupinteraction throughout New Mexico in order to restoreConstitutional governance to New Mexico and the United States.
Fall Summit Schedule
Friday Evening, 15 October – Speech by Michael Badnarik, freeand open to the public – donations gratefully accepted.Saturday, 16 October – Michael Badnarik's famous ConstitutionClass. Seetinyurl.com/28j9qlt for registration details, including costs.Facebook page –tinyurl.com/2fref7k Myspace pages –tinyurl.com/2ac6hto/ tinyurl.com/25u6ekn  New Mexico Liberty page –tinyurl.com/2b6wo7z 
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THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CHALLENGECASH Ø10,000 PRIZE
To the first person to write a logical and documented essayshowing one of the following to be compatible with theDeclaration of Independence:Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906Federal Communications Act of 1934National Firearms Act of 1934Banking Act of 1935The Internal Revenue CodeControlled Substances Act of 1970RICO Act of 1970Federal Elections Act of 1970Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974Plumbing Products Efficiency Act of 1992Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992USA PATRIOT Act of 2001Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002This challenge is also on the web attinyurl.com/hn982To claim your prize, contactMike Blessing at 505-515-7015 or 
send an email to mikewb1971@gmail.com  New Mexico Liberty – September 2010 – Page 2
Events at a Glance
Bernalillo County
The BCLP stages one no-host dinner meeting per month, on Thursday, 2 September, 6:00 to 8:00 PMat Fiesta's Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE).Contact Mike Blessing for details [mikewb1971@gmail.com / 505-515-7015 ], or see the BCLP website –lpnm.us/bernalillo.Mike Blessing and Bill Koehler host
The Weekly Sedition
onThursdays at 8 PM on Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27. For those not subscribed to ABQ Comcast, the show can be viewedlive at the Channel 27 website (
NOTE
this requires MSWindows Media Player!) [ quote-unquote.org ].
Dona Ana County –
The Central Committee met on Saturday,14 August 2010.Please contact the chair or check the LPDAC website for moreinformation –lpdacnm@lpnm.us/ 575-571-6881 /lpnm.us/dona-ana.
If you live in a county with an inactive affiliate and want toget involved, contact the county chair. See Page 7 for a listof county chairs, campus contacts and Central Committeemembers.
Special Events
Special Convention – Sunday, 12 September 2010
Lunch at 12:00 PM, Business Session from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
AllCaucus members are requested to attend. County Chairsand Contacts and candidates are encouraged to attend!
Location – Quarters BBQ at 3700 Ellison NW in Albuquerque –seetinyurl.com/27rhyrnfor map and directions.
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The LPNM's Candidates
State Legislature
State Representative, District 16
State Representative, District 19
Mark Curtis –macurtis@webtv.net
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The Law by Frederic Bastiat
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“If you're not a little bit uncomfortable with your position, it isn'tradical enough. How can you be
too
principled? Take the mostextreme position you can – you're claiming territory you won'thave to fight for later, mostly against your "allies." – L. Neil Smith,
Tactical Reflections
 lneilsmith.com/tactical.html 
 
In recent years, there has been a big push fotransparency in government throughout New Mexico. TheRio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for OpenGovernment, along with a large and bi-partisan group of legislators, have generated some major successes.This initiative has been driven in part by new technologiesthat make information more accessible to the averagecitizen and easier for governments to disseminate. It hasgathered particular support in New Mexico because of rampant corruption and the realization that "sunshine isthe best disinfectant."So, coming in July 2011, New Mexicans will have accessto a brand new "Sunshine Portal" that will create a publiclyaccessible, online database of financial information fromgovernment agencies in New Mexico. The database willinclude the names and salaries of exempt employees (butnot the names of classified employees) and will allowaverage citizens to scrutinize the state's checkbook in aneasy-to-navigate, online format.That is not all. In 2010, the New Mexico House finally joined the New Mexico Senate and the rest of the countryin posting its floor votes online; the legislature beganwebcasting floor proceedings; and just recently thelegislative council decided to start webcasting legislativeinterim committee meetings.Great progress has been made. But, as the foundation puttogether its new public websitewww.newmexicospending.com which is designed tofurther enhance open government and citizenengagement in determining how their scarce dollars arespent, we discovered that government-run, taxpayer-financed school district bureaucrats are often unwilling topart with supposedly public information. Even if they arewilling to part with the information, they often demandexorbitant amounts of money even for electronicdocuments.First and foremost, the specifics of our requests: theseincluded payroll and vendor information for the last threeyears. The idea is that this is all taxpayer money and thattaxpayers should have specific information on how their money is being used. Also, there is the opportunity - oncethis information is public across several school districts -for some comparison and for districts to learn from eachother to wring out further efficiency.While Roswell, Hobbs, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, andFarmington were relatively cooperative and theiinformation has been uploaded to our site, Santa Fe andRio Rancho were inconsistent. At times they cooperatedby providing needed information, but at other times theydemanded upwards of $1,200 for relevant publicinformation.
Extend government transparencyto New Mexico schools
by Paul Gessing[pgessing@riograndefoundation.org]1 September 2010tinyurl.com/28vaznz
Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity
Worse still were Albuquerque Public Schools and LasCruces Public Schools which refused to part with anyinformation at all. Mind you, this is all public information.But, tactics included not returning phone calls andcorresponding only via U.S. mail as opposed to viatelephone or e-mail.Ultimately, we were unable to obtain any information fromeither district.(Editor's note: Salaries for Las Cruces Public Schoolsemployees can be found at lcsun-news.com)Thus, taxpayers in New Mexico's two largest schooldistricts will continue to be left in the dark about thespecifics of how their money is spent. The good news isthat our efforts to shed some light on the way schooldistricts spend your money has captured the interest of abi-partisan group of legislators who are now consideringlegislation adding school district salary and vendor transaction information to the Sunshine Portal.Instead of being a burden on the districts, greatetransparency could actually be an important step towardgreater efficiency. This is more important than ever asNew Mexico continues to struggle with budget cutbacks.Hopefully the recalcitrant districts will not pose an obstacleto legislative reform efforts, but I expect push-back if theymaintain their current, uncooperative stance.Citizens should be empowered and we encourage thosewho live in districts that have willingly released informationto thank them for doing so. For those living in recalcitrantdistricts, I hope you'll let them know that you expectgreater transparency and openness.
Paul Gessing is the President of New Mexico’s RioGrande Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is anindependent, non-partisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promotin prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.
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