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Old 10-05-2008, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Boise
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I am doing a college project on swing states this election and drew New Mexico. I'm doing the issues portion of this project and what better way to get info than ask the people, trust me, google and the internet in general has been little help.

So what are your main issues for this state that might stand out more down there, than in other states? What is important to New Mexicans?

Be as lengthy and detailed as possible, please. Thank you.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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Having lived in New Mexico, and possibly again, I'd guess you'll hear about such things as the cost of living, education and immigration.

Possibly not as much about what is adversely affecting New Mexico and its citizens (all of them, human or otherwise) even now and will increasingly do so: Global Climate Change. Spelled out that would be: w-a-t-e-r.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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From my prespective I think besides the obvious that everyone is concerned about (economy, education and national security) I think one of the things that alot of folks that I have talked to are concerned about is the 2nd Amendement and gun control in general. There are alot of states that this issue is not really a concern because they have pretty much already turned over and played dead on the issue.
Like it or not NM is an armed state.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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Being a border state, illegal immigration is an issue. I support strict laws and enforcement of those laws, but I know there are people here who don't as well.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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You are a college student and you are going to cite a bunch of anonymous people at a web forum? You are lucky that I am not your professor.
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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From my prespective I think besides the obvious that everyone is concerned about (economy, education and national security) I think one of the things that alot of folks that I have talked to are concerned about is the 2nd Amendement and gun control in general. There are alot of states that this issue is not really a concern because they have pretty much already turned over and played dead on the issue.
Like it or not NM is an armed state.
Gun laws are a major concern in New Mexico? Come on, Cat.....that's so far down the list it barely rates mentioning.
I'm a gun owner and have been since age 13, some 40+ years ago, and have 9 firearms, none of which I'm worried about having the government taking from me.
Hey...how about international terrorism, a stupid war in the wrong place, indulging "capitalists" who turn into "socialists" as soon as they're the one needing the financial (100's of billions of our tax dollars) help, energy use and production, climate change, land and water use...I could go on and on.
"gun control" is a political canard, not a source of genuine concern for most people (with the possible exception of gun dealers and manufacturers) when there's so much more to actually worry about.
I like my shooting guns and my collecting guns, and have some of both, but they're way down my list of important issues. Nobody is trying to take them away anyway....
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1. Water
2. Illegal immigration
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:43 AM
 
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I am doing a college project on swing states this election and drew New Mexico. I'm doing the issues portion of this project and what better way to get info than ask the people, trust me, google and the internet in general has been little help.

So what are your main issues for this state that might stand out more down there, than in other states? What is important to New Mexicans?

Be as lengthy and detailed as possible, please. Thank you.
It's protecting our 3 Air Force bases along with our 2 National Labs and the USA's only Laser and Missile testing facility (WSMR) and a fully funded Border Patrol on our border that i believe are important to the state from the national level.

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Old 10-06-2008, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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As NM receives over twice as much income from the federal Government as it pays in Federal taxes, keeping the federal expenditures intact is a really big deal. I do not remember the website that provided this info.

I live, for now, in New Hampshire and keeping our federally supported high tech and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (nuclear submarine repair facility) in business is similarly important to us.

I would think that water is the major environmental concern for NM.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:35 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Gun laws are a major concern in New Mexico? Come on, Cat.....that's so far down the list it barely rates mentioning.
I'm a gun owner and have been since age 13, some 40+ years ago, and have 9 firearms, none of which I'm worried about having the government taking from me.
Hey...how about international terrorism, a stupid war in the wrong place, indulging "capitalists" who turn into "socialists" as soon as they're the one needing the financial (100's of billions of our tax dollars) help, energy use and production, climate change, land and water use...I could go on and on.
"gun control" is a political canard, not a source of genuine concern for most people (with the possible exception of gun dealers and manufacturers) when there's so much more to actually worry about.
I like my shooting guns and my collecting guns, and have some of both, but they're way down my list of important issues. Nobody is trying to take them away anyway....
Under "normal" circumstances I would agree with you. But when a candidate claims to want to outlaw ALL semi automatic firearms (not just the evil black ones) this of course would include my favorite shotgun I use for bird hunting and the majority of my handguns this concerns me and alot of other people. Then when he states that he thinks the 2nd amendement applies in different ways in different parts of the country and wants to make concealed carry illegal by federal law in spite of what state law says tells me that this man has no concept of the Constitution or States rights!
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