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Groups criticize ‘race to the bottom’ to attract Tesla

Groups criticize ‘race to the bottom’ to attract Tesla

Groups from the five states being considered as locations for a new massive battery plant say a “race to the bottom” in giveaways isn’t helpful for any of the states in an open letter to those five states. The groups were critical of the scope of tax incentives that will likely be required of any state that wishes for the Tesla “gigafactory” to be built there. One of the signatories was Javier Benavidez, the executive director of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured

County commission votes to allow Santa Fe to vote on pot penalty reduction

County commission votes to allow Santa Fe to vote on pot penalty reduction

The Santa Fe County Commission voted to put a marijuana penalty reduction on the city of Santa Fe’s ballot this fall. The commission made the decision on Tuesday, but this isn’t the final step it has to go through. Now the proposed ballot initiative must go to Secretary of State Dianna Duran, whose office must sign off on adding it to the ballot. The length of the question may preclude it from being put on the ballot, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe Elections

Morning Word: Scope of military gear in NM police departments revealed

Morning Word: Scope of military gear in NM police departments revealed

The Associated Press reports that New Mexico law enforcement agencies have more than $10 million in military surplus gear. Documents obtained by public records requests from The Associated Press show the Defense Department’s “1033 program” has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police. Meanwhile, larger agencies like the Albuquerque Police Department have received weapons, utility trucks and mine-resistant vehicles. A meeting of the Future Majority Project, part of … Read entire article »

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GOP group meets in Santa Fe, highlights NM race among those to watch

GOP group meets in Santa Fe, highlights NM race among those to watch

At a Republican meeting in Santa Fe, a group announced over a dozen legislative races to watch around the country — and one from New Mexico landed on the list. The Future Majority Project, part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, held its meeting in Santa Fe. Gov. Susana Martinez is one of the co-chairs of the FMP board along with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. The two are the country’s only Hispanic governors and the New … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, New Mexico House

Esquivel resigns from FOG board

Esquivel resigns from FOG board

Albuquerque attorney Marty Esquivel announced today last Wednesday that his resignation from the board of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. Esquivel is a past-president of the organization. Esquivel told NM Telegram he resigned primarily to spend more time with his son. In Esquivel’s resignation letter, first publicized by Peter St. Cyr, objects to a press release sent by the open government organization about an investigation into former Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent Winston Brooks. Esquivel sits on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Featured, Open Government

Adair leaves SOS office to join SOS’ reelection campaign

Adair leaves SOS office to join SOS’ reelection campaign

Secretary of State Dianna Duran lost her right-hand man in Secretary of State’s office but gained a new veteran campaign worker according to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rod Adair resigned from his high-paid position in the Secretary of State’s office to help run Duran’s reelection campaign. Duran is the first Republican to hold the Secretary of State position in decades. Duran’s office created a new position for Adair to run elections early last year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Secretary of State

Udall’s new ad focuses on domestic violence prevention efforts

Udall’s new ad focuses on domestic violence prevention efforts

Tom Udall’s campaign announced a new ad today, focused on his efforts to prevent domestic violence. The ad features girls citing domestic violence statistics and finishes with Udall saying, “These are the reasons I worked to pass a tough anti-stalking law as Attorney General, and the Violence Against Women Act as New Mexico’s Senator.” “Since serving as Attorney General and now as U.S. Senator, Tom Udall has been working hard to do what’s right for women and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Courts, Featured, Senate

Morning Word: $285 million in new revenue for next year

Morning Word: $285 million in new revenue for next year

A projection by the LFC and the Susana Martinez administration says there will be $285 million in new money for next year. U.S. Senate candidate Allen Weh is facing criticism for an ad that shows the killer of journalist James Foley. Weh is standing by the ad. Gary King says that Martinez is lying about his education platform. “When the governor tells people what my education platform is, she’s telling an unmitigated lie,” King said at a news … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Weh criticized for web ad that shows journalist’s killer

Weh criticized for web ad that shows journalist’s killer

A web ad by Allen Weh that went up today would likely have gone mostly unnoticed, except for a brief showing of the killer of a journalist by Islamic extremists. The web-only ad was critical of Barack Obama, and by extension Tom Udall, over his response to various foreign policy problems. The ad features President Barack Obama playing golf and vacationing with shots of problems in the Middle East and elsewhere. But the only part of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Senate

Martinez spox downplays meeting with anti-abortion activists

Martinez spox downplays meeting with anti-abortion activists

The Susana Martinez administration downplayed a meeting with members of Protest ABQ, a high-profile anti-abortion group. The group wrote that they had met with Martinez in a blog post today. The meeting came on August 16, after a gala for the Baby Brianna Foundation. The “meeting” description of the discussion by Operation Rescue may be overstated. According to a spokesman for Martinez, the meeting wasn’t anything significant. The emailed statement came in response to a question from NM … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health