THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Will Powell’s 40 Attorneys Manipulate Your Vote?

UPDATE: Dec. 8, 2014
An update to the original post, below. A weekend decision meant that today’s NM Supreme Court hearing of Powell’s petition on how to verify the voting machines was postponed until Wednesday, Dec. 10th. The justices said that would allow the NM State Canvassing Board to resolve the issue when they meet on Tuesday, Dec. 9th in the Governor’s office. They will certify the election results for all races, except the Land Commissioner. Once the parties have agreed on how the voting machines’ accuracy will be verified, hopefully in that meeting, the State Canvassing Board will set a date for the recount of all votes for Land Commissioner from the Nov. 4th election.

We need your help. As that recount date is set, our campaign needs volunteers in each county to monitor the recount process and watch while votes are recounted. We also need donations to help offset the fees of attorneys that we were forced to engage to fight Powell’s lawsuit. This fight isn’t over. Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the election process in New Mexico and defend the votes that were cast in this race. Please help as you can. We’ll continue to post updates here, and on our Facebook page. Thank you for your prayers and your support.

Original Post: Dec. 2, 2014
My opponent in the New Mexico Land Commissioner race, Ray Powell, is doing his very best to overturn the popular vote that elected me on November 4th. I hope you’ll help me fight the legal battles that he and the Democratic party are continuing, as they try to manipulate the outcome of the election.

On election night, I held a lead of approximately 2,200 votes; that’s been chiseled away to just 704 votes due to the provisional ballots that have been counted so far. Isn’t it interesting that in the popular vote of nearly 500,000 ballots, I had a 50.4% lead to his 49.6% lead, but when provisional ballots have been added, they have apparently been 100% for the Democratic candidate?

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Pat and Sue Mullane Respond to Santa Fe New Mexican Article

A response to the recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican on the use of Dixon Apple Orchard in Aubrey Dunn’s TV commercials. This is written by Patrick and Sue Mullane, Becky Mullane’s in-laws, who experienced the devastation of the orchard through their son and daughter-in-law’s eyes. Note that the Santa Fe New Mexican reporter, who quoted current Land Commissioner Ray Powell, did not contact either Aubrey Dunn or Becky Mullane for the story.

We cannot write about what happened to a beloved New Mexico icon without feeling pain and frustration. The Dixon Apple Orchard was a very special place for all of New Mexico for over 60 years.

The last 3 years has been a nightmare for the Mullane Family. First, there was the fire in June of 2011. In August of 2011, flooding of biblical proportions destroyed the rest of the farm and orchard. After that came politics at its worst from Ray Powell and the State Land Office. Below we have tried to outline what has occurred the last 3 years.
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Enough Rhetoric from Environmentalists: It’s Time to Stand Up

Aubrey Dunn and granddaughter
This is my response to recent attacks from my opponent and from New Mexico’s freshman Senator, Martin Heinrich, who posted on his Facebook page “how devastating it would be for New Mexico if Aubrey Dunn is elected as our Land Commissioner”. After being raised on an apple orchard near Cloudcroft, I’ve spent my adult years as a rancher and businessman. Truly, who understand how to best care for land– those who’ve spent their careers in taxpayer-funded jobs or extreme environmentalism, or someone like me who must ensure that the land is cared for sustainably and preserved for future generations?

ENOUGH OF THE RHETORIC BY THE GREEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS; IT’S TIME FOR TRUE BLUE CONSERVATION
Aubrey L. Dunn, Candidate for New Mexico State Land Commissioner

On one of the walls in the New York Natural History Museum is a partial quote from 1910 by President Theodore Roosevelt, which in its full form states that Continue reading »

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The Pino Fire in Jemez Springs

A large smoke plume from a managed fire spreads across the Jemez mountains northwest of Albuquerque Tuesday afternoon. (Greg Sorber/Journal)

The Pino Fire in Jemez Springs.

A lightning-sparked wildfire is burning in the Jemez Mountains and a large column of smoke could be seen as far away as Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

An estimated 164 acres have been charred already and again instead of using resources to manage and apply watershed enhancement on our forest, we are spending millions of dollars fighting fires and risking property, life,  and wildlife.  It is time we start using conservation practices in our forest and work to enhance the watersheds instead using fire which causes erosion, loss of top soils, contamination of water supplies with damage to the watershed and devastation to animal life. Not to mention all the air pollution.

New Mexico health officials warned that the smoke could affect residents in Los Alamos and the Espanola Valley during the late afternoon through the early morning hours. It is also expected to flow down from the fire overnight and could reach Jemez Pueblo and possibly Bernalillo.

We need sound management of our natural resources, the current path is leading to only more destruction of our New Mexico Lands.

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Aubrey Dunn Says

Aubrey Dunn says it’s time for a change of management at the State Land Office – and that he’s the man for the job
August 26, 2014
By Carroll Cagle

Aubrey Dunn is quite clear that there should be changes made at the State Land Office, the second largest landowner in the state (after the Federal government), with control over nine million acres of surface and 13 million acres of subsurface land. While not expressing over-confidence, he said in an interview with the New Mexico Prosperity Project (NMP2) that he thinks he has a good chance at beating incumbent Ray Powell, Jr., who is seeking his fourth (non-consecutive) four-year term as State Land Commissioner — the elected position serving as landlord over those millions of acres.

Dunn, a Republican who lives on a ranch 45 miles northwest of Roswell, expresses concern about the policies and style of Powell’s regime, and thinks it is time for a change. Given that another recent commissioner, Pat Lyons, showed, twice, that a Republican could be elected as Land Commissioner – unlike many other state elected offices which have gone Democratic for many decades — Dunn’s confidence that he has a shot at it might well be reasonable.

Dunn in his interview with NMP2 took aim at some things wrong with the Powell administration, and says he would change things for the better if he takes over the office. Dunn says:

1. That Powell is too rigidly ideological, leaning far to the left and in favor of ill-founded environmental notions that work against the State Land Office’s mandate to maximize revenues from energy, mineral and grazing leases, to the detriment of the schools and other state beneficiaries that get the funds. Dunn says Powell plays up to not only environmentalists but to “labor unions, lawyers and the Santa Fe crowd.” He says that he, himself, is a conservationist who has a reverence for the land, both for its own intrinsic value and also for its ability to produce greater public benefit than have been forthcoming from Powell’s approach. “I would optimize revenue while protecting the land for future generations,” Dunn said.

2. That Powell has been apparently trying to counter the notion that he is too ideological and anti-business by promoting that the Land Office has generated a record amount of revenues ($2.3 billion during Powell’s three and a half years of his current term). Dunn says any “record” was not of Powell’s doing, but largely due to the private sector’s technological advances, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, which have enabled a boom in oil and gas production from the storied Permian Basin of southeastern New Mexico. If Powell & Co. were not so hard to deal with, the production companies could have produced more petroleum and perhaps as many as $200 million more dollars for the state, Dunn says.

3. A specific manifestation of Powell’s ideological resistance to commercial operations on state land, Dunn said in his interview, is that permitting and leasing processes that used to take two weeks under Pat Lyons now are more likely to take six months under Ray Powell.

Both candidates are the sons of prominent political leaders also of the same name. The late Ray Powell Sr. was executive vice president of Sandia National Laboratories and later Democratic Party chair and Democratic candidate for Governor (although losing to Republican Garry Carruthers during the Reagan era). The late Aubrey Dunn Sr. was a memorably powerful and effective State Senator whose feats of legerdemain as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee are marveled at years later.

The elder Dunn was an exemplar of a breed that is now scarcer, in New Mexico and elsewhere, known as a “conservative Democrat.” But a Republican founder of modern conservationist politics, Theodore Roosevelt, influenced both father and son. In an Albuquerque Journal column, the younger Dunn wrote this: “As a lifelong conservationist, I belief just as President Teddy Roosevelt did in 1910 that ‘conservation means development as much as it does protection.’” Whereas hanging on the wall of Dunn’s father’s State Senate office was the memorable “Man in the Arena” Teddy Roosevelt speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, also in 1910: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” etc.

As for the politics of the campaign, Dunn is challenging an incumbent who previously won in 1992, 1996 and 2010. Dunn thinks that that length of time may have built up some opposition to Powell rather than being only a sign of strength. “I think I have a very good chance, from what I’m seeing,” Dunn told us. While not revealing his campaign’s polling results, he says he is encouraged. Dunn thinks success in November will largely spring from “how many Republicans and independents vote.” But he also says “we’re going to get some crossover votes from Democrats who aren’t too happy with Ray Powell.”

Dunn has been crisscrossing the state, speaking to groups and meeting with people. His campaign contributions have been at a healthy level and he plans to start TV commercials in September. He has a pair of Percheron draft horses, which he plans to have hitched to a buggy at the State Fair next month, promoting his campaign. Not content with traditional means of outreach, his campaign also is utilizing social media, including Google+ and Facebook. He says his campaign’s Facebook page is averaging 100,000 reaches, and his campaign’s website went from 1,200 visits during June to 10,000 during August, with a week still to go when he made the assertion.

Dunn has been the CEO of First Federal Bank of New Mexico, vice chairman of the Coalition of Conservation Districts, and Chairman of the Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District. He has an animal science degree from Colorado State University.

[This is the first in a series of candidate profiles we will be publishing before the November election. Is there a

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Joe Monahan picks up Google Ad

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Mountainair Meeting at P & M Signs

 

Gerald, Ted, Aubrey, and some great food

Aubrey and Phil in the sign shop

Phil Archuletta  hosted meeting at his P & M Sign business in Mountainair, NM.  Ted Barela and Gerald Chaves cooked up some great Fajitas and lots of good  food and discussion. Thanks for the great Hospitality.

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Opponent loses endorsement

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service T or C, NM Meeting August 13

Chad Smith, Farm Bureau CEO, Aubrey, and John Diamond, BeaverHead Outfitters

Attended USFWS Public Comment meeting in T or C, New Mexico. The new proposed rule would expand the Wolf Recovery Area to everything south of Interstate Highway 40 to the Mexico Border.  Many of those who spoke in favor of the new rule wanted the expansion to include the entire state.  USFWS seemed to indicate that it would be in the next proposal.  If you have an opinion you need to comment.  http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/

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I am a lifelong conservationist. I believe just as President Teddy Roosevelt
did in 1910 when he said: “[c]onservation means development as much as it
does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to
develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize
the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful means, the generations that
come after us.”

As a part of my efforts to become New Mexico’s next Land Commissioner, I
have visited every corner of the state. I have talked to people of all walks
of life from across the political spectrum. I have listened to their
concerns. Over and over, I hear the same basic themes:
. New Mexicans want their children to be better educated;
. New Mexicans need job opportunities; and
. New Mexicans want their land care for responsibly.

I have also learned that most don’t really understand what the Land
Commissioner does. I take a jar of crude oil with me to help explain the
job: “to responsibly turn this crude oil into jobs and education.” (And the
same hold true for our natural gas, mining, and agricultural resources.) It
is not magic. But, it is managing lands for job creation and for raising
funds to educate New Mexico’s children by making balanced, business-savvy
decisions. It shouldn’t involve knee-jerk political decisions based upon the
philosophical preferences of career politicians.

My opponent has made political decisions, such as trying to ban coyote
hunting on state lands instead of recognizing legitimate wildlife management
decisions for predator control have negative unintended consequences and are
not responsible management. Or even worse, he prioritizes wildlife issues
such as a wolf, a mouse, or a prairie chicken over cultural concerns and
human well-being. These examples represent extreme political decisions that
hurt our economy and take tax dollars away from our children’s education.

Your State Land Commissioner should be a conservationist. It is that
person’s job to optimize the revenues generated by our state lands.

Your Commissioner should be a person that recognizes that responsible
management carries with it two fiduciary duties. The first, being the
ability to make wise decisions that increase revenues and create job
opportunities in a timely fashion-just as a decision-maker in any business
would do. Second, that person needs to recognize that the lands must be
protected and cared for in a way that balances current use against
sustainability for future generations. Good stewardship encompasses both of
these considerations, and, personally, that is how I have run my ranch, as
well as the businesses in which I have been involved.

New Mexicans recognize that our agricultural and natural resources
industries must thrive in order for the state’s economy to grow so that we
may create more jobs for our citizens and revenues to educate our children.
This isn’t about a choice between Republicans or Democrats, this is about a
decision between a conservationist land manager that knows how to
successfully manage a business versus an incumbent career politician with an
extreme environmental agenda.

Our future depends on making a change for responsible, sustainable,
businesslike land management. Extreme, special interest driven, political or
philosophical decisions will not take New Mexico forward.

Anyone who has lived on the land, as I have, understands the importance of
responsible management of our enchanted lands-rather than a Land
Commissioner who caters to environmental politics. New Mexico needs true
Teddy Roosevelt-style conservation.

As your Land Commissioner I will protect and develop our natural resources.
I will not rob from future generations by wasting the opportunities that are
available to us.

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