It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, so decided to just jot down some thoughts on the 2012 election:
Locally: It was a virtual coup d’tat at the Third Judicial District courthouse in Dona Ana County. First and foremost, District Attorney Amy Orlando was unseated by challenger Mark D’Antonio in what was probably the most contested local race in recent memory. Also gone are Judges Riedel, Goodin, and Palomino. All were appointed to their positions by Governor Susana Martinez, formerly District Attorney of Dona Ana County. Obviously the local Democrats came out to vote and took the county courthouse back. I believe nearly all of the state district judges here in Dona Ana County are Democrats and I think the only county office still held by the Republicans is Sheriff.
Statewide, it was a very bad night for Governor Martinez and the Republicans. Heinrich defeated Wilson. Martinez’s other judicial appointees to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals were similarly voted out of office. And there’s the aforementioned disaster in Dona Ana County. It will be interesting to see how she responds to these setbacks, though I suspect the Democrats are in for a fight in the next few years.
National: President Obama wins. The presidential election ended up not being as close as I thought would be. I didn’t expect we would have a clear winner before midnight. So, Obama has another four years. Let’s just hope he can get this mess turned around. If he doesn’t turn the economy around, that will be his legacy.
Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana. I truly believe that this is the beginning of the end of the War on Drugs.