2/9/14 — Audio Saucepan: “The Episode Disguised as a Gentleman” includes poems by Barbara Tran (from In the Mynah Bird’s Own Words, Tupelo Press) and “Aunt Lillian” by Bart Schneider (from Morning Opera, Kelly’s Cove Press), and “How the Water Feels to the Fishes,” a flash fiction piece by Dave Eggers (from One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box, McSweeney’s)
Incumbent Third-District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan will have an opponent in this year’s Democratic primary. The Journal North reports Albuquerque Assistant District Attorney Robert Blanch filed as a Democratic candidate for the Congressional seat, as did Lujan. Republican rancher Jefferson Byrd of Tucumcari—who lost to Lujan two years ago--also filed to run for the post again this year.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says while New Mexico needs to be very careful about what we put in the State Constitution, he favors at least two Senate Joint Resolutions introduced during the current legislative session. Sanchez, a Democrat from Belen, says voters should decide on a proposal regarding early-childhood education. *****020414-Sanchez-2 :23***** Sanchez also favors a proposed amendment calling for annual adjustments to the state's minimum wage. Twenty-one Senate Joint Resolutions have been introduced this legislative session.
2/2/14 — Audio Saucepan: “The Myth of the Earth Episode” includes the poems “Staff Sgt. Metz” by Dorianne Laux (from Breaking the Jaws of Silence, University of Arkansas Press); “Ceprano Man, Part IV” by dg nanouk okpik (from Corpse Whale, University of Arizona Press); and “Address” by Sohrab Sepehri (from The Oasis of Now, BOA Editions, Ltd.)
The interim chief of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, Mike Nunez, now says problems with the federal “healthcare-dot-gov” website when it was rolled out last fall slowed New Mexico’s efforts to promote enrollment in the exchange. Nunez telling the New Mexican the results will be lowered enrollment expectations by as much as one-half. The state had expected up to 83,000 people to enroll in insurance plans through the exchange this year. Nunez says the state is now estimating between 40-thousand and 50-thousand will enroll.