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Brooks buyout approved by judge

Brooks buyout approved by judge

A state district court judge agreed to a buyout agreement for former Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent Winston Brooks on Friday. The approval is another step on the process to APS being rid of Brooks, who has had a controversial tenure as head of the state’s largest school district. The buyout comes as part of Brooks’ resignation. APS has already chosen an interim replacement for Brooks, Albuquerque city councilor Brad Winter. The school district successfully argued that the … Read entire article »

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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

Judge rules against overturning state House primary result

Judge rules against overturning state House primary result

A District Court Judge decided against overturning the results of a close primary race in southern New Mexico. The District Court Judge, Jim Martin, made the decision on Friday afternoon. The ruling means Bealquin “Bill” Gomez defeated the incumbent Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces. Gomez beat Garcia in a very close three-way race in June’s primary. He won by just 16 votes. A third candidate finished with 52 votes, well behind Gomez and Garcia in the House … Read entire article »

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Groups sue feds over deportation process in Artesia

Groups sue feds over deportation process in Artesia

A number of groups including the ACLU announced they are suing the federal government over the deportations of families who have fled Central America. The groups made the announcement on Friday on behalf of mothers and children being held at a temporary immigration facility in Artesia, New Mexico. The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center are the groups filing the lawsuit which says … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Courts, Featured, Immigration

Same sex marriage in New Mexico, one year later

Same sex marriage in New Mexico, one year later

One year ago today, Doña Ana County Lynn Ellins began issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples. It wasn’t the first time a county clerk had done so — but it was the first time the effort stuck. Ellins’ issuance of the marriage licenses turned out to be the catalyst that accelerated other efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. It all ended in a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that said same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, LGBT

Rodella says charges are retaliation from US Attorney (updated)

Rodella says charges are retaliation from US Attorney (updated)

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella is living by the adage that the best defense is a good offense. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the embattled, lame-duck sheriff is saying charges brought against him are because of personal retaliation from the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico. The charges against Rodella, and his son Tommy Rodella Jr., are for assault on a man after a road rage incident. The indictment says Rodella then lied about it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Española, Featured

Marijuana penalty reduction has enough signatures to head to voters in Santa Fe

Marijuana penalty reduction has enough signatures to head to voters in Santa Fe

An effort to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession in Santa Fe will head to the voters. Reducing Marijuana Penalties, the group heading up the effort, made the announcement on Monday. The group says they submitted nearly 11,000 signature. Of those, 5,754 were called valid by the Santa Fe city clerk. The number needed to send the question to voters is 5,673. From the Albuquerque Journal: [Santa Fe city clerk Yolanda ]Vigil said a total of 10,925 signatures … Read entire article »

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FBI arrests Rio Arriba County sheriff, son on assault charges

FBI arrests Rio Arriba County sheriff, son on assault charges

A northern New Mexico sheriff who has been at the center of controversy for one reason or another for years was arrested by the FBI on Friday. Tommy Rodella wasn’t arrested for his infamous scholarship fund (his deputies allowed people to make $500 donations to the scholarship fund instead of a traffic ticket) or the handful of other issues that have popped up over the years — but for assault. The FBI says Rodella and his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Española, Featured, Local News

Momentum swinging towards opening primaries to independents

Momentum swinging towards opening primaries to independents

It looks like there is a decent-sized chance that independents will be allowed to vote in primary elections soon. Currently, only a registered Democrat or Republican can vote in their own party’s primary elections, leaving declined-to-state voters without a say in primaries, some of which effectively decide an elected position because there is no candidate from another party in the race. In recent years, more and more voters have been registering as declined-to-state, or more commonly known … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Elections, Featured, Roundhouse

Health organization sues NM for ‘acting in bad faith’

Health organization sues NM for ‘acting in bad faith’

By Trip Jennings A health organization battling state fraud allegations is accusing the state of acting in bad faith by “improperly withholding” more than half a million dollars it contends it is owed. In a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe this week, Easter Seals El Mirador has asked a judge to order the state Human Services Department (HSD) to release the funds, saying it was cleared of fraud allegations by the Attorney General’s Office in late April … Read entire article »

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