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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NOVEMBER SUNDAY ANALYSIS GOP in crisis Iraq gas prices Hurricane Katrina has Republicans struggling with power By Steven Thomma Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Whats hap pened to the Republicans After running the federal government with unprecedented discipline and unity for five years theyre falling apart Their vision of bold changes com ing out of last years election victories hasnt come true Overhauling Social Security is dead Extending and expanding tax cuts is stalledRestruc turing the tax code has been put off until next year with prospects quite dicey Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling is stalled if not killed Instead of enacting big bold changes Republicans are finding it hard simply to run the government Republicans in the House of Rep resentatives finally passed a plan to curb federal spending early Friday but still face a fight on it with Senate Please see GOP Page A6 AFRICA First female president signals new milestone By Shashank Bengali Knight Ridder Newspapers NAIROBI Kenya On a continent where women suffer in nearly every measure of health and welfare Ellen JohnsonSirleafs apparent election to the presidency of wartom Liberia is raising hopes Its a breakthrough for African said Florence Butegwa West Africa director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women We havent had a role model in terms of political leadership at that highest level JohnsonSirleaf would be Africas first elected female president Until now political power on this vast and resourcerich continent has been wielded exclusively by men whose legacy has been one of corruption discrimination despotism and war But today women hold key gov ernment positions in South Africa Please see AFRICAN Page A5 DWI With the new ignitioninterlock law in place to curb drunken driving early reports indicate it will be an effective tool A blow for Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Martin of Santa Fe who didnt want his last name published sits in his car after blowing into his ignitioninterlock device In 2OO2 a Santa Fe magistrate ordered Martin to have an ignition interlock in his car for 1O years He credits the device which monitors whether he has alcdhoi on his breath with helping him recover from more than two decades of alcoholism Breathalyzers put to the test New Mexican5 compares overthecounter product with Santa Fe County sheriffs machine By Henry ML Lopez The New Mexican The same technology law enforcement agencies use to detect alcohol on the breath of drunken drivers on the highways has become avail able to consumers through the Internet and to a lesser extent through retailers The New Mexican tested one such device the Sen tech AL5000 alcohol breath tester Six volunteers spent two hours drinking beer and mixed drinks earlier this month Periodically during the twohour period volunteers were asked to stop drinking and wait between 10 and 15 minutes before blowing into the AL5000 Results concerning the accuracy of the tester were Please see TEST Page A7 Cpl Joe Mclaughlin of the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Depart ment administers a breathalyzer test to a New Mexican employee Newspaper workers tested a breathalyzer device the Sentecfc AL5OOO aicohol breath tester By Henry RS Lopez The New Mexican hen Martin a Santa Fe chef steps into his sportutility vehicle he reaches into the center console of his SUV and pulls out a slender black plastic device tethered to the dash board by a coiled cord He slips a key into me ignition and turns it nothing happens He raises the device to his lips and blows into a white tube on its face and it beeps He turns the key again and the engine roars Martin didnt want his last name published Its not that hes ashamed that in 2002 a Santa Fe magistrate ordered him to have an ignition interlock installed in his car for 10 years On the contrary he credits the device which moni tors whether he has alcohol on his breath with helping him recover from more than two decades of alcoholism But its his own affair and he plans to keep it that way If s made my family very he said Earlier this year New Mexico adopted a law mandating judges to sentence Please see DWf Page A7 INSIDE Frequently asked questions on interlock devices Cause for concern when it comes to His panic youth Page A7 DonTrell Moore and the Lobos were dealt a big bow biow Saturday when Air Force picked up a 4224 MWC victory Sports Bl Index Annies Horoscope Dl Mutual IRTViSIT mm i Monks from a motion I I monastery in southern India are in Santa Fe as part of a tour Sunday Inside Police Week in HORSEMEN LEAP INTO AAA SEMIFINALS St Michaels defeats Ruidoso sets up annual meeting with Lovington Sports Bl Main Late News Mostly sunny High 52 low 25 Page C8 Eleven sections 112 pages Sunday magazine 40 pages 156th year issue No 324 Publication No 59644O A locally owned and independent newspaper Serving New Mexico for 156 years X