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Gary Johnson's Record in NM

Unedited, from Albuquerque Journal Dec 22, 2002

Time line of notable developments and moments during Gov. Gary Johnson's eight years in office:

1994

November

* Johnson, a 41-year-old Albuquerque construction business owner with no previous political experience, wins a three-way election, defeating Democratic incumbent Bruce King and Green Party candidate Roberto Mondragon. Former state Sen. Walter Bradley is Johnson's lieutenant governor.

December

* Among Cabinet and staff appointments, Johnson appoints Albuquerque lawyer Fred Ragsdale to begin negotiating Indian gambling compacts, even though the Legislature has not yet legalized casino gambling.

1995

January

* Johnson is sworn in on New Year's Day, his 42nd birthday.

* In his first State of the State address, Johnson vows to hold the line on state spending and the number of state employees while cutting taxes.

February

* Johnson signs first-ever gambling compacts with several New Mexico Indian tribes.

* Complaining about the level of spending in the Legislature's public schools budget, the governor accuses Democratic leaders of "living in la-la land."

March

* Johnson signs legislation to cut the state gasoline tax by 6 cents a gallon by 2003.

* Johnson signs bill to allow package liquor sales on Sunday.

* The governor gives himself a "C+" grade for his first legislative session.

April

* Johnson signs legislation to create a state lottery.

* Johnson vetoes 200 bills passed by the Legislature, setting a record for vetoes in a single session.

* Johnson holds the general fund spending increase for state government to about 6 percent. Over his eight years in office there will be only one double-digit increase a notable restraint on annual growth compared with previous administrations.

June

* Johnson flies off the Sandia Mountains on a tandem hang glider to promote the Sandia Classic International Hang Gliding Competition. He later remembers this as his best day as governor.

July

* The state Supreme Court rules Johnson exceeded his authority by entering into the casino gambling agreements with New Mexico tribes without the approval of the Legislature.

August

* The state Supreme Court nullifies state-tribal gambling compacts.

September

* Fifty-three percent responding to a Journal poll say they approve of Johnson's job performance.

November

December

* The state Supreme Court rules that Johnson can't withhold part of already appropriated monthly budget allotments to state agencies.

1996

January

* Johnson proposes a welfare reform plan that would cut off cash aid to recipients after 30 months over a lifetime.

February

* The governor undergoes surgery after seriously injuring his left knee in a ski race at Red River.

* After lawmakers refuse to confirm several of his appointees, Johnson responds at a Capitol news conference by saying, "Nanny-nanny, boo-boo."

March

* Legislators adjourn a special session without approving a bill sought by Johnson to eliminate state tax exemptions on gasoline sold on Indian reservations.

July

* A federal judge rules Indian casinos may stay open while they appeal that judge's ruling that Indian gambling is illegal.

September

* Forty-five percent in a Journal poll say they approve of Johnson's job performance.

October

* Johnson reveals he bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle earlier in the year to try to "squeeze as much fun out of my life as I possibly could."

November

* The state's first privately run motor-vehicle satellite opens at a supermarket in Albuquerque, beginning another Johnson administration privatization effort.

1997

March

* Three health care companies win contracts to provide managed care to Medicaid patients in New Mexico, fulfilling a Johnson administration mission to control skyrocketing Medicaid costs.

April

* Johnson signs a bill legalizing casino-style gambling in New Mexico.

July

* Johnson signs new state-tribal casino gambling compacts with Indian tribes.

October

* Johnson competes in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.

December

* Johnson becomes the first governor to be held in contempt of court by the state Supreme Court when he fails to comply with a court order in a welfare reform case.

* Johnson says he plans to wear a ski helmet after hitting a tree with his left leg on a Taos slope.

1998

February

* Johnson signs the New Mexico Works Act, a compromise measure requiring welfare recipients to work in order to receive cash assistance.

* Johnson gets frostbite during a ski race marathon at Santa Fe Ski Area.

March

* Johnson signs a state tax-cut package worth nearly $60 million.

May

* Legislators override a Johnson veto for the first time.

* Wackenhut Corrections Corp. opens the first unit of a private prison near Hobbs.

* Johnson signs legislation banning drive-up liquor window sales statewide.

August

* Johnson and a State Police officer help victims in an accident on Interstate 25, about 20 miles south of Santa Fe.

September

* Sixty-one percent in a Journal poll say they approve of Johnson's job performance.

October

* Johnson's highway and transportation secretary, Pete Rahn, kicks off construction on a long-awaited widening of a 118-mile stretch of N.M. 44 now U.S. 550 between San Ysidro and Bloomfield.

November

* Johnson wins a second term as governor, defeating Democratic challenger Martin Chavez 55 percent to 45 percent.

December

* Wackenhut Corrections Corp. opens a private prison in Santa Rosa.

1999

January

* Johnson is sworn in for his second term and celebrates his 46th birthday on New Year's Day.

April

* Fifty-five percent of New Mexicans surveyed in a Journal poll say they approve of Johnson's job performance.

May

* Legislators overwhelmingly reject Johnson's school voucher plan in a special session.

June

* Johnson calls the federal government's war on drugs a "miserable failure" and says decriminalizing drug use should be on the front burner of public debate.

July

* The state's collective bargaining law for public employees expires after Johnson vetoes an extension.

* A federal judge ends the Duran consent decree, a federal court order that governed state prison conditions since 1980.

October

* Johnson draws national attention when he stumps for drug legalization at a conference in Washington.

November

* Public Safety Secretary Darren White resigns, citing disagreement with Johnson's stance on drug policy.

2000

March

* Johnson signs legislation to phase in voluntary, full-day kindergarten across New Mexico over five years.

* The governor's voter approval rating plunges to a new low of 35 percent, according to a Journal poll.

April

* Johnson, a day after appearing on "60 Minutes" and advocating the legalization of heroin and marijuana, says he thinks only marijuana should be legalized.

May

* The governor helps extinguish fires at a house and trailer in Los Alamos as the massive Cerro Grande wildfire burns into the mountain town. He stays on the scene for 55 hours straight.

June

* Johnson's highway and transportation secretary Pete Rahn kicks off construction work on the $293 million Big I rebuilding project in Albuquerque. The project will be completed ahead of schedule in less than two years.

August

* Johnson pushes drug legalization in Philadelphia while the Republican National Convention takes place across town.

September

* Forty-six percent in a Journal poll say they approve of Johnson's job performance.

December

* Johnson calls the state Human Services Department a "mess." He attributed some of the problem to what he called the agency's "revolving door" seven people running the department during his two terms and the Legislature's refusal to confirm many of his nominees to lead the agency.

2001

January

* Johnson is hospitalized with a spine injury after falling on the ice while running.

* Johnson acknowledges he lobbied Republican senators to oust Democratic leader Manny Aragon, his chief legislative foe, as Senate president pro tem. The Senate narrowly elects Sen. Richard Romero, D-Albuquerque, to the leadership position.

March

* Johnson says he is not "disheartened" by the mixed outcome of his drug reform package. Legislators approved three of his proposals, including expanded drug treatment, while rejecting the more controversial plans.

April

* Johnson signs a bill to allow New Mexicans to carry concealed handguns. The New Mexico Supreme Court later strikes down the law.

* Johnson vetoes an income-tax relief bill that was not as big or broad as he wanted. Johnson later says he regrets not signing the bill. In his two terms, he achieves little of his tax-relief agenda.

* Johnson vetoes a sweeping school reform bill, saying it's too costly.

June

* Johnson takes a spill while kayaking on the Rio Grande, ending up in a section of the river called the Toilet Bowl.

October

* Johnson signs a new state gambling compact that reduces revenue-sharing payments from 16 percent to 8 percent while requiring back payments of revenue-sharing money already owed.

* Johnson's competition in the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race ends when dicey weather forces him and pilot Richard Abruzzo to land in a manure-strewn cow pasture in Wisconsin.

* Johnson says Terry Clark deserved to be executed for killing 9-year-old Dena Lynn Gore of Artesia. Clark becomes the first convict to be put to death in New Mexico since 1960.

December

* Construction of a four-lane, 118-mile stretch of U.S. 550 from San Ysidro to Bloomfield is completed.

2002

March

* Johnson signs into law several drug reform bills he sought, including a measure to grant judges more discretion in sentencing nonviolent habitual offenders.

* Johnson signs into law a bill requiring ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of certain convicted drunken drivers.

April

* Johnson competes in his first Boston Marathon.

May

* Lawmakers, after the governor refuses to call them back for a special session, call themselves back to the Capitol for the first "extraordinary session" of the Legislature in state history. They override his veto of their budget bill. Of Johnson's 742 vetoes, it is only the second time legislators override him.

* Construction of the $293 million Big I in Albuquerque is completed.

June

* Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, Johnson's second-in-command for eight years, is defeated for the GOP nomination for governor by freshman lawmaker John Sanchez.

September

* Forty-five percent say they approve of Johnson's job as governor.

October

* Johnson and Richard Abruzzo win the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race.

* Johnson competes in his fourth Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.

November

* Johnson fires or forces the resignation of several members of the state Racing Commission to prevent the commission from voting on a new racetrack in Hobbs. Johnson says a new track would jeopardize the state's gambling compacts with Indian tribes.

December

* Johnson says he plans to split his time between residences in Albuquerque and Taos and climb Mount Everest after his second term ends Dec. 31.

Keep in mind, his popularity dropped from 61% to 35% and then rebounded over time specifically because he announced that he was pro-legalization. Even so-called "liberal" Democrats were shocked and appalled. In any case, there you go.

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great post

only thing i disagree with is.....
"Johnson signs legislation banning drive-up liquor window sales statewide."

i'll give him a pass this time as it was probably politics and he kind of made up for it by.....

"Johnson signs bill to allow package liquor sales on Sunday"

politics is give and take but i personally would not have given in on banning liquor drive-thru's .

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Was researching GJ & what he did for New Mexico

hehehe.....he's kind of accident prone, isn't he?

I'm from NM but wasn't there when he was in office.

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after reading a few posts

about gary johnson here,i get the feeling
they are not liberty minded at all
correct me if i am wrong
but where were they when Ron Paul was running?
i ask as if they all wanted true freedoms
and sound money ect ect,wouldn't they have backed him?
but no this did not happen
what happened is this,RP supposedly dropped out
suspended his cmpaign,call it what you like
makes no never mind
then after this comes about,the DP is swamped
with gj supporters looking for more support
from here
just as mittens can't win without us,neither can he
now if they were so freedom loving folk,wouldn't you all been on the band wagon already?
what did not happen was all freedom loving folks backing one who could and still might
so it is not freedoms or anything that goes with it,but it is
about saving face,and not supporting the one
with the proven track record
this is your own faults,not ours,we picked the right side
and the right candidate,and the only one who should be the next president
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Case in point. My responses

Case in point. My responses get voted down but not a single reply to what I've said. Either spineless or not educated enough to make a counter point. It saddens me to see how some within this movement are acting.

Really? Not a single reply?

So why did you post this AFTER I replied to TWO of your comments..Sounds like you might be the spineless uneducated one. It saddens me to see that people like you are stuck on Gary Johnsons nuts.

De criminalize Liberty!

Again, nothing of substance.

Again, nothing of substance. You're a joke.

Hey Stray...

I know how to tell time...You posted a LIE...I posted a FACT...I usually like jokes, but you're turning out to be a really bad one. Interesting how you associate TRUTH with "nothing of substance"...Funny, my "nuts" comment was takin from what you wrote, so essentially you're confirming that YOUR post had no substance..Thanks for the verification

De criminalize Liberty!

Point out a single lie I 've

Point out a single lie I 've posted and I'll gladly admit it. Fact is it didn't happen. You've resorted to mindless banter and sensless attacks on myslef as a person, not what I've said. And you can call me a coward if you want. I know the truth. I'm a two tour veteran that got out of the military solely due to Dr. Paul. I gave up everything in my life for this. If that deifnes cowardice, then so be it. I was also a delegate for him in my state. The problem is that when you have nothing educated to say you resort to personal attacks. And I hope that people here that criticize others in this movement have done everything they could in this fight. The bottom line is that if we keep fighting amongst ourselves we'll never get anywhere, and that is what many seem content doing. So show me my lies. You'll be hard pressed as it's not something I make a habit of doing.

I resort to senseless attacks??

You should probably take a good long hard look in the mirror...Well let's see, one lie would be saying that NOONE replied to your comments even though I had commented on TWO of them..You LIED..Didn't you suggest that people here need to "get off ron pauls nuts"? Didn't you comment that people here didn't have spines? You seem very content with what you are doing. If you're willing to lie about not getting attention to your posts, what else are you willing to lie about? I only attack when provoked. Perhaps if you weren't disrespectful, you wouldn't be disrespected.

I don't know why, but when you say "I know the truth. I'm a two tour veteran that got out of the military solely due to Dr. Paul. I gave up everything in my life for this", for some reason it doesn't feel like it's coming from a veteran. If you've served, I thank you very much for you service, and I apologize for my misunderstanding. I have family and many friends who have served and are currently serving, both here at home and abroad. This is why I find it so weird that a veteran would seem to jump ship so quickly from Dr. Paul to Gary Johnson. I don't buy it. Sorry. But If you served, again, thank you.

De criminalize Liberty!

First of all, I made the post

First of all, I made the post about not getting responses before you made your replies, so again, I'm not a liar. Secondly, and I'd say for the last time, but I seemingly have to keep repeating it, I didn't jump ship. I was a delegate and I'm going to support Ron for life, but I'm also a member of the Libertarian party and I have to work on getting our party more recognition. That's not jumping ship, that's continuing the fight for liberty. And if you don't believe that I'm a vet then that's on you. I don't have to prove anything to anybody, especially a perfect stranger on the internet. I'll never meet you so I don't particularly care if you believe me or not. Bottom line is, I never lied and I never jumped ship. I support Dr Paul as well as my party and it's perfectly acceptable to do so, even though some people can't grasp the concept.

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i am not so sure about that

myajace has been responding and rather well
you are just mad,and are not handling it well
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Yeah, like American Indians weren't broke and drunk enough

Now, thanks to GJ, they can gamble anywhere they want in the state on Saturday nights and if they aren't broke yet by Sunday morning, they can finish the job by washing their misery of losing down with a bottle.

IOW, you can't blame Gary

IOW, you can't blame Gary Johnson. Blame the Feds. They created this whole "nation state/not nation state" problem.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Aside from that being their

Aside from that being their choice, it was the Federal government that was going to make that happen.

Gary just saw the writing on the wall and decided to embrace it rather than fight it and try to make it work for the state. If it weren't for reservations, gambling as a business would still be illegal.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

And it's their choice to do

And it's their choice to do so! That's liberty.

A state lottery is different

than say, granting the right to play poker. State lotteries are legalized by giving people the impression that the lottery can help the state's schools. I did an essay on it a couple of years ago in college. The amount of revenue lotteries provide relative to the amount of law enforcement is needed because of them and the costly dependency they create doesn't cause the state to come out on top that much.

But, even if it was economically beneficial. The money that comes out of a lottery is coming out of fathers' pockets who should be providing for their families instead of wasting their money on lottery tickets. Yeah, I know, binge gamblers and addicts only make for about 15%-20% of gamblers. But, it's not right for the government to take advantage of human weakness in order to gain revenue.

You're on the wrong forum.

You should be on the Neo-cons for Jesus forum.

In New Mexico, the lottery has actually dropped the price of secondary education to almost free.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

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john ashman

here in our state the lottery was set up under the guise of helping
the schools with more money
but what the fed gov did was reduce the amount of fed assistance
they received,so they were getting just as much as they did before
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

What's a Neo-con?

Do you even know?

Okay, I was being a jackass,

Okay, I was being a jackass, I'm sorry.

I agree with you, government shouldn't be in the business of basically defrauding people.

That's why I don't like gambling. But what I meant to say is that as much as I hate lotteries, it DID draw money for higher education. A lot.

My first reaction was because I failed to distinguish between the freedom of business to do things people want and government to do the same questionable things as representatives of the people.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Voting this thread down is

Voting this thread down is horeshit. This was posted in the liberty forum. Some of the people here are on Dr. Pauls nuts so bad it's sickening. This is a MOVEMENT! It's not about one person. What happens when Dr. Paul is done? Are you all going to be completely lost or unwilling to move forward? People here down vote anything they disagree with or doesn't pertain Dr. Paul directly. I can't imagine how many people have been turned off from this place after the recent weeks. It's not helping the movemnt by being so closed minded. Just because some people want to support other people while they support the good Dr., it doesn't make them turncoats or summer soldiers or whatever people have been so kind to call others. If you disagree, state the reasons instead of just voting shit down, unless your only reason is that it's not just about the Doc. What a joke.

A minion

for Big Gamboling??

I don't like gambling, I

I don't like gambling, I think it's stupid. That doesn't minimize my suport for Gary, short of me being the candidate.

Gary made a decision. Gambling was coming because the Feds have more power of the reservations than the state does. So he could either embrace it and make it work for the state, or get blind sided by it and have a huge money vacuum sucking money out of the state.

That's pragatism. it is what it is.

I believe in the freedom to gamble, I don't believe businesses should be free to gamble. I am a pragmatic libertarian. Individual rights first, corporate rights second. I believe in ho's and johns, not pimps.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Well, join the...

... Religious Right... they are trying to turn us into a theocracy... I'm a Christian (almost hesitant to say it because war-vangelcials are the biggest cheerleaders for our oil wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people; hard to reconcile with Christ's teachings) and Gary gets my vote. if you want to reform society, preach the gospel and don't suck up to politicians for a seat at the table.

Can't figure out why this post is voted down. It provides an enormous amount of information on a key player in the 2012 election. Are there people here who hate the truth and facts?

Plano TX

Yeah, it's weird, I think

Yeah, it's weird, I think libertarians and quasi-libertarians have become amazingly intolerant.

And god forbid you don't believe in the endgame of eliminating government entirely.

Rothbard's solution to immigration is to eliminate public property and let every individual set his own immigration rules. Really? REALLY? How many VISAs do I need to visit Grandma? How many tolls do I have to pay to get to the grocery store?

Nevermind that he said that women who wanted to vote were just a bunch of trouble making lesbian agitators.

No wonder we can't get traction!

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Can't y'all wait til after convention for all the Gary stuff?

It's really starting to turn me off to him, and it's not even his fault. Most people on this site will vote for him if Dr. Paul does not win the nomination. Tone it down, or you are going to get lots of people not even wanting to see his name.

I appreciate your honesty, but the thing is...

there is some urgency in this situation.

See, we have a dilemma here. The GOP has set its convention to occur in late August. The CPD has set its deadline to decide who goes to the debates in early September, based on support in national polls.

Therefore, waiting until the day after the convention to begin to sell Gary Johnson to the public is just too little, too late if he already hasn't reached the goal at that point.

So we're stuck in a really, really bad place. We need the help of Ron Paul's supporters to get him to the debates, but their unwilling due to the fact that Ron Paul still hasn't given up yet. Therefore, most of Ron Paul's supporters are resistant to any message that isn't about Ron Paul himself.

So, if none of Ron Paul's people embrace Gary Johnson, then their predictions about him getting 1% of the vote could, sadly, come true.

BUT, if people decide that they can continue to support Ron Paul WHILE still being supportive of Gary Johnson, then we could easily push Gary Johnson to the place he needs to be--the debates. And, if he gets there, then the sky is the limit!

It's in everyone's best interest for Gary Johnson to get into the debates, especially considering that Mitt Romney is likely within a week away from getting the needed number of delegates, even by the nicest of estimations, see thereal2012delegatecount.com.

I hope you're a reasonable person. I don't see the Gary Johnson people as trolls, like some people do, but rather honest, rational people who want to give liberty every opportunity that they can, and, as much as I love Ron Paul, heck, WE ALL love Ron Paul, he has almost reached the end of the path, but he's left an impact that will resonate for years to come--if we let it.

I have no problem with trying to get him in the debates

It's just that all of the posts are becoming wars over here and people are fighting and name calling. It just seems to bring a negativity towards Johnson with all of the posts. They are starting to catch up to all the Rand posts people here are tiring of. Every other post is about one or the other and turns into a battle.

Also...

I understand that you folks are still trying to pull off the impossible. I support the effort because there are side benefits beyond the impossible. But it's still impossible. Not trying to dampen the spirit of "trying anyway", but really, if you want to be angry at a buzzkill, that's Rand Paul.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Okay, so we're a bit excited.

Okay, so we're a bit excited. Don't blame him for our behavior, it's not like he put us up to it.

I just felt there was an ENORMOUS amount of negative attacks on Gary, especially after the Robert Wenzel interview so I thought I'd put out the truth and let people see him for who he is.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"