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  •  Thank you for posting this! (17+ / 0-)

    I've been aware of this sickening move by the forced birthers yet haven't had much luck getting people to pay attention. It just makes me weep that my mostly liberal minded city is being invaded like this.

    Sadly, it's scheduled for a special election which means turnout  will be low which in turn always favors the RWingers because they bus their people in from churches and all that nonsense.

    Blech, a thousand times blech.

    I'v e queued this for New Mexico Kossacks group, but someone else will have to publish which I hope happens soonest.

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    by jan4insight on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:36:22 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, Jan4 (9+ / 0-)

      I didn't know how to queue for NM Kossacks, so I was hoping someone would find the diary and do that. Thanks so much!

      Turnout will be low, which plays perfectly into their hands. It's sickening. And I'm in the county, so I can't vote!

      "You can't write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent." - Philip Roth

      by jancw on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:42:11 PM PDT

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      •  jancw - do you have access to the City Attorney's (7+ / 0-)

        analysis/opinion on the issue of constitutionality?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:48:38 PM PDT

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        •  I don't... am looking for that. (7+ / 0-)

          The ABQ Journal article doesn't have it. Behind Firewall, but it says this:
          "City Council President Dan Lewis said the council was simply following the law on Monday by picking an election day and format.

          “We’re following the (City) Charter,” he said. “It’s not really our purview … to decide whether this is constitutional or not.”

          Others disagreed, especially after a City Council policy analyst – and lawyer – said similar measures in Arizona and Utah had been struck down in court.

          “Every court that’s reviewed this type of law has decided it’s unconstitutional,” Councilor Roxanna Meyers said. “I think it would be irresponsible of us to move forward” with an election that would trigger litigation.

          Ultimately, the election resolution prevailed with support from Lewis, Ken Sanchez, Brad Winter, Janice Arnold-Jones and Don Harris. They generally said they had no discretion over whether to send it out for election because supporters had gathered enough signatures.

          So I am not sure who the City Council policy analyst and lawyer is, they didn't say. ABQ J Article

          It's a 20 week ban.

          "You can't write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent." - Philip Roth

          by jancw on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:53:59 PM PDT

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          •  It is going to cost Albuquerque lots of money on (4+ / 0-)
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            attorneys.  ABQ is already reeling from paying out on APD abuse and killings.
            I hope is is finally ruled unconstitutional.  Women are running out of safe places to go take care of themselves.

            •  Agreed... (3+ / 0-)
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              Pay now because the petitioners would sue, pay later for legal proceedings because it is unconstitutional, pay pay pay.

              "You can't write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent." - Philip Roth

              by jancw on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:03:07 PM PDT

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