Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.

Special election

Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase.

See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times.

Quirky quote of the day

“Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away from things they don’t understand, such as working for a living.” — P. J. O’Rourke

Website of the day

Portales Municipal Schools lunch menus for May are available at the district website: http://www.portalesschools.com/

Fast fact

Ronald Reagan was once spotted in the lobby of the Hotel Clovis, reading a newspaper while waiting for a train.

Celine Yelverton, a sales clerk at the hotel dress shop, spotted the future president.

She said she recognized Reagan from his movies.

She estimated the year was 1957, but wasn’t sure.

Today in history

On this day in 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, Calif., is walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerves out of control, striking and killing her.

Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which would grow into one of the country’s most influential non-profit organizations.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/madd-founders-daughter-killed-by-drunk-driver

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 68.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 41.

Looking forward — Sunny and warm all week.