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Clerk says Las Cruces minimum wage increase movement has enough signatures

Clerk says Las Cruces minimum wage increase movement has enough signatures

The city clerk of Las Cruces validated enough signatures in a minimum wage increase petition to likely send the question in front of voters. New Mexico CAFé announced the news in a press release on Tuesday afternoon. The group collected more than the 2,257 valid signatures needed to place the question of whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017 in front of Las Cruces voters. There is still a chance that it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Las Cruces

Morning Word: Roundhouse evacuated after suicide threat

Morning Word: Roundhouse evacuated after suicide threat

The state capitol was evacuated for a threat today. A man threatened to kill himself in the building. A legislative interim committee that was going on was postponed. Gov. Susana Martinez was not in the building when it happened and was evacuated. The man who allegedly made the threat is from Taos. More polling! This time, a poll for CBS News and the New York Times polled the Senate and governor’s race and found Susana Martinez and … Read entire article »

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CBS/NYT poll: Martinez, Udall lead

CBS/NYT poll: Martinez, Udall lead

A new battleground poll of states by YouGov shows that Susana Martinez leads the New Mexico governor’s race while Tom Udall leads in the U.S. Senate race. The poll was conducted for CBS News and the New York Times surveyed 3,712 930 registered voters in the state and showed that Martinez, a Republican, leads Democratic candidate Gary King 52 percent to 44 percent. The poll also found that Udall, a Democrat, is leading Republican candidate Allen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congressional, Featured, Governor, Polling, Senate

Group turns in signatures for ABQ marijuana possession penalty reduction

Group turns in signatures for ABQ marijuana possession penalty reduction

The group seeking to reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana turned in over 16,000 signatures to send the legislation to voters. The group needs 11,203 valid signatures to get the question on the ballot. The goal is to put the question on the November ballot along with the regular election questions. Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico told NM Telegram that he is “cautiously optimistic” that there will be enough signatures to get … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Courts, Featured

Rasmussen poll: Udall has large lead over Weh in Senate race

Rasmussen poll: Udall has large lead over Weh in Senate race

A poll by Rasmnussen Reports shows that Tom Udall has a large lead over Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The poll shows that Udall leads Weh 54 percent to 33 percent. The poll finds that three percent prefer another candidate and ten percent are undecided. There are no other candidates in the race. Udall is the incumbent in the race and is facing his first reelection bid after being elected to an open seat … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Polling, Senate

NM FOG names open government award winners

NM FOG names open government award winners

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced the winners of its annual awards dedicated to open government. The group announced three recipients of the Dixon First Amendment Award, one lawyer, one journalist and one in government. Charles “Kip” Purcell will be given the award for lawyers, Colleen Heild of the Albuquerque Journal will be given the award for journalists and State Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, for members of government. “The battle against government secrecy is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Open Government

Morning Word: NM to stay on federal exchange

Morning Word: NM to stay on federal exchange

New Mexico will stay on the federal healthcare exchange in 2015 after the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange board said a state-based exchange wouldn’t be ready in time. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports on the large markups for procedures in hospitals. According to an analysis by The New Mexican of hospital pricing data from 2012, released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals in the state set prices for outpatients 547 percent higher … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

While headlines have said that the effort to put a question of reducing penalties for possession of marijuana in Santa Fe to the voters, the efforts haven’t failed yet. The Santa Fe clerk’s office validated more than 3,500 of 7,000 signatures turned in by Reducing Marijuana Penalties in an effort to put the question on the November ballot. The effort requires 5,673 signatures for the question to go to voters. With 3,569 valid signatures, the group is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Santa Fe

New Mexico to stay on federal health insurance exchange in 2015

New Mexico to stay on federal health insurance exchange in 2015

The state of New Mexico will remain on the federal exchange for individuals in 2015, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board announced today. Albuquerque Business First reported the news just before noon today. The board made the decision after a vote at today’s NMHIX board meeting. From Albuquerque Business First: Board members were told by its IT vendors that the project completed on time, but there were other problems. The NMHIX did not have a contract … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health

Morning Word: Poll shows dead-heat in governor’s race

Morning Word: Poll shows dead-heat in governor’s race

A poll by Rasmussen Reports found that the gubernatorial race between Gary King and Susana Martinez is tied at 43 percent. It’s coming to the end of the month — so it’s about time to donate to the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser if you haven’t already. The fundraiser is just $8 per month away from reaching the first goal. The first goal is getting rid of Google ads on the site — so hurry up … Read entire article »

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