NM: Obama 53%, McCain 42%, NV Too Close to Call

Two state polls in the West provide further evidence that Barack Obama has consolidated his bounce into Electoral College gains. First, a new PPP poll of New Mexico indicates that the Land of Enchantment is no longer a battleground state.

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NM-02: Talking About Guns, Tinsley Says He Has a "Rude Awakening" for Obama

Ed Tinsley, the GOP's Congressional candidate in NM-02 who's running against Democrat Harry Teague, has been caught in the act again. Tinsley's latest inflammatory remarks -- and what can be perceived as a threat to Barack Obama -- came at a recent candidate forum in Roswell. Tinsley was asked about his views on gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Instead of talking about his or his opponent's positions on the issue, Tinsley launched into a disturbing attack on presidential candidate Barack Obama, as you can see in the video clip above. Ed Tinsley said:

Well, I'll say this, somebody that certainly doesn't get it is Barack Obama when he says that our district clings to our guns and our religion out of frustration.  I have a rude awakening for him and we'd love to have him as a guest at our ranch.

Check out Tinsley's demeanor when he says the words "rude awakening." What do you think he has in mind when he says it? What do you think his words are meant to convey?

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Obama supporter asks tough questions to McCain, Palin

Hat tip, once again, to Democracy for New Mexico for catching this. Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

Jim, a Corrales resident and AMERICAblog reader was at El Pinto restaurant on Sunday when John McCain and Sarah Palin came in to get some salsa. The two candidates shook hands and had their good photo-op at the restaurant. McCain also visited the restaurant during his July visit, so he must like the salsa.

He shares that with George W Bush who visited the restaurant in both 2000 and 2004. The restaurant was also the backdrop to an episode of SportsCenter in 2005.

But McCain had this interaction with the AMERICAblog reader:

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NM-01: C4O Spotlights Martin Heinrich

(Proudly cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

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As you all know by now, New Mexico will be critical to a Barack Obama victory this fall. However, what you may not know is that New Mexico will also be a critical battleground for us to strengthen our majority in Congress. Fortunately, we have Tom Udall running for the open Senate seat here. And even better, we also have Martin Heinrich running to turn blue a House seat that's been red for 40 years.

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Local Progressive Non-Profits Under Fire

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP

I know this is a hyper-local diary and so will get little attention -- but for those who read it, you should question whether this is happening in your area and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

State Attorney General Gary King first sent a letter to Secretary of State Mary Herrera telling her to change the status of a non-profit.  Then he said never mind.  Then he flopped back again, and said he was standing by the letter from his office.

The two non-profits -- the Center for Civic Policy and New Mexico Youth Organized -- issued a statement rebutting King's letter and subsequent statements.

The United States Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that election officials are only permitted to regulate public statements that explicitly address elections.  They are not permitted to regulate public statements that relate to officeholders' conduct, even though those officeholders may be running for re-election.  This is fundamental to the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.  The Attorney General's statement that he recognizes what can be regulated on the basis of whether it 'walks like a duck' is an indication that he doesn't understand the law in this area, and he is inviting entirely unnecessary litigation against the State of New Mexico.

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