My role in this august enterprise is to provide moral support and watch the back of the blog administrator. From my extensive acquaintance with him, he’ll need a lot of both.
Beyond that I’m about as useful here as a screen door on a submarine.
— William Tecumsah Hatch, Adm. Asst.
The big meeting of folks trying to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief running through northern New Mexico and Albuquerque has come and gone with nary a peep in the state’s biggest city.
There’s a mayoral election here in three weeks, so you’d think the prospect of Albuquerque losing rail passenger service would be an issue. Well, think again. It’s called a nonpartisan election although that thin veneer peeled off several elections ago. The all-business Republican incumbent is silent on the issue, perhaps in part so as not to stir up trouble for the Republican governor, and the openly Democratic challenger and a third candidate, both well behind in the polls, seem unable to recognize an issue when it’s handed to them. Continue reading →