Voices Behind the Vote

Local News
6:55 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 12: Head and Heart

This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.

In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque  man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy.  He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.

Tom Tomasi is a bit soft spoken but he has strong opinions about politics. He spends most days working for the federal government, but he also runs his own business as a firearms instructor in Albuquerque.

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7:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 11: Family Values

Norma Vazquez and Mary Houdeck in their Rio Rancho home.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the KUNM News team has been exploring the lives and politics of  New Mexicans- in frank and intimate conversations.

This next installment in the KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series took us to visit with a couple in Rio Rancho.  Marriage equality for same-sex couples is the number one issue for them this year.

When Mary Houdeck and Norma Vazquez went on their first date in the late 1980s marriage for same sex couples was like a fantasy dream for many in the gay and lesbian community. 

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10:25 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 10: Gut Instinct

As we close in on the last few days of the election season, the KUNM News Team has been hitting the streets, trying to get a sense of what's propelling New Mexicans to cast their votes.

“My name's Romeo Rocha…”

Romeo says when his mom was pregnant with him, his dad took her to see Romeo and Juliet, hence the name.

Romeo: “Yeah when you are younger and everyone is making fun with you it seems like a curse but after awhile you get used to it.”

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7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 9: The Country is Changing

Carol Lovato

Carol Lovato was born in Chicago. Her father was in the military so the family moved around a lot – to New Mexico, California, and Germany.

When it came time for her to choose a place to live as an adult, she went to the place where she felt the happiest as a child – Albuquerque. And she found a job that was just right for her.

CAROL: I was a history teacher at bulldog city, Albuquerque high for 30 years.

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7:31 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us

Ermond 'Mustafa' Overton and Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din at the Olympia Cafe in Albuquerque.
Elaine Baumgartel

The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque. 

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6:43 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 7: Romney's the One

Elaine and Richard Evans with friend

Richard and Elaine Evans moved from Michigan to New Mexico for one...ok maybe two reasons. Aside from their grandchildren:

It was the flying that brought us to New Mexico. You have beautiful skies, and you can fly almost everyday. Richard and I had both flown, for years, small airplanes. And it's just been our passion.

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6:46 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three

Brianne Bigej and Eric Tomala with daughter Kaia (left).
Sarah Gustavus

Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.

BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….

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7:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 5: A House Divided

Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas with their children Isabel and Isaac
C. Jung


Our Voices Behind the Vote Series continues with Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas  who use their political disagreements to stay informed this election season...


When the 3rd period bell rings at Los Lunas High School...about 30 students make their way across campus to room B10 for Ms. Jessica Montaño's senior English class.


Ok this is the deal....we're going to take this step by step today.

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Local News
7:45 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 4: A Single Issue

Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas.
Rita Daniels:  On a drizzly afternoon, I'm making my way into Texico, New Mexico, 16 miles east of Clovis, seeing signs for Romney/Ryan; no Obama signs out here.
On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss
Twilla Koss:  I'm Twilla KossMark Koss:  Mark Koss

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7:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 3: Defying Stereotypes

Wahlesah Dick and her daughter, Macy Ridge in the prayer garden at the St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

We've been profiling New Mexican families in KUNM's Voices Behind the Vote series.  We're asking people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.  

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6:56 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 2: Father and Son

Jason (l) and Tony (r) Orosco

If it’s a school day, chances are you’ll find crossing guard Tony Orosco manning his post on the corner of Lomas and Edith, keeping a keen eye out for school zone speeders. Armed with a small stop sign, a day-glow orange vest and one very loud whistle. Tony does his best to remind drivers to slow down when passing Longfellow Elementary School.

Tony and his fellow crossing guards are an essential part of a safe commute for many young students here, because this section of Lomas is 6 lanes wide and that 15 mile an hour speed limit is not always observed.

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7:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 1: Small is Beautiful

Ted Berthelote and Marcia Hoeman of Placitas.
Credit Sarah Gustavus

Elections are about people and choices. In the weeks before Election Day, KUNM is profiling families around New Mexico.

The Voices Behind the Vote includes perspectives that represent the diversity found within our state. We’ve asked people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.

Today, Sarah Gustavus introduces us to one couple who value independence and are focused on economic issues.

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Voices Behind the VOTE
6:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote: A KUNM News Election Series

Elections are about people and choices. They’re about the relationship between a government and its policies and the ordinary citizens who vote that government in - or out.

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