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12/06/2012

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Diane Denish

Milan: It's not the President, it is the Pro-tem. The President of the Senate is the Lt. Governor.
Just a technicality but one worth noting.

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OUR REPLY:
Dear Madam Lieutenant Governor,

Thanks for your note. I am aware of the distinction, which is why my lead paragraph says: "Democrats in the state Senate will meet Sunday in a session that could determine who becomes president pro tem of the chamber."

But using pro tem in every succeeding reference strangles the story. The concept is similar to saying "agent" on subsequent references to FBI special agent in charge of the Albuquerque field office.

Thank you for reading and for your commitment to exactness.

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Milan Simonich writes about New Mexico politics and government from the Santa Fe Bureau for the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership.

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