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Owner of ranch for troubled youth backs off comments about Morales

Owner of ranch for troubled youth backs off comments about Morales

By Rene Romo The owner of a controversial youth ranch program is dialing down comments about a gubernatorial candidate’s role in helping the ranch during the recent legislative session. Scott Chandler now says Democratic gubernatorial candidate Howie Morales, a state senator from Silver City, did nothing but meet to hear his concerns about the state’s treatment of Tierra Blanca Ranch, which has been the target of a yearlong police investigation into abuse complaints. Morales’ campaign says the same … Read entire article »

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Reactions to DOJ report on APD

Reactions to DOJ report on APD

The Department of Justice released a highly critical report on the Albuquerque Police Department. The report was a year and a half in the making and was critical of APD in use of force cases from the highly publicized lethal cases to others that did not involve any deaths. The report also recommended reforms for APD to implement in order to fix the constitutional problems that the Department of Justice found. Politicians from the area responded to … Read entire article »

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DOJ issues scathing report on “unconstitutional” use of force by APD

DOJ issues scathing report on “unconstitutional” use of force by APD

A report by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the Albuquerque Police Department violated the constitution in its use of force against those in Albuquerque. A letter telling mayor Richard Berry about the report’s findings also found these are not isolated incidents, but is “systemic.” From the letter to Berry on the report: Albuquerque police officers too often use deadly force in an unconstitutional manner in their use of firearms. To illustrate, of the 20 officer-involved … Read entire article »

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Jeff ballot case going to state Supreme Court

Jeff ballot case going to state Supreme Court

A challenge to the candidacy of Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, will be headed to the state Supreme Court next week. The hearing is scheduled for April 16. The case was appealed after a District Court judge ruled that those serving Jeff with the lawsuit over her signatures did not make enough of an effort to serve Jeff with the lawsuit. The lawsuit says that Jeff did not collect enough valid signatures from registered Democrats in House District … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, New Mexico House

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal on same-sex ceremony photography case

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal on same-sex ceremony photography case

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a case where the state Supreme Court ruled a wedding photographer may not reject a job of doing photography for of a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation. The state Supreme Court ruled last year that when Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, refused to photograph the commitment ceremony because she said it went against her Christian beliefs it violated state anti-discrimination laws. The commitment ceremony took place … Read entire article »

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Conservation Voters, King respond to Rep. Jeff on ballot case, racism charges

Conservation Voters, King respond to Rep. Jeff on ballot case, racism charges

Conservation Voters New Mexico responded to a District Court judge dismissing a case to remove a state representative from the ballot and also to comments the representative made after the dismissal. CVNM financed the suit, but it was brought by House District 5 resident Larry King against Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint. “This is about ensuring a fair process and making sure no one gets a free pass moving forward,” King said. “This is Rep. Jeff’s fourth … Read entire article »

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Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling that once again weakened campaign finance laws and opened the door to allowing more spending in political campaigns. SCOTUSblog says the Supreme Court “struck down the two-year ceilings that Congress has imposed on donations by individuals to presidential and congressional candidates, parties and some — but not all — political action groups.” The ruling was in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The Court struck down were “aggregate limits.” Again … Read entire article »

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Jeff says those trying to remove her from ballot are racist

Jeff says those trying to remove her from ballot are racist

Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, celebrated the dismissal of a suit that could have taken her off the ballot and had some harsh words for those who made the attempt, accusing them of being racist against Navajo voters. Judge Louis DePauli dismissed the case because of a technicality and not on the facts of the case itself. Conservation Voters New Mexico indicated it that would take the case to the Supreme Court, so Jeff’s victory post may … Read entire article »

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Sandra Jeff stays on ballot despite challenge

Sandra Jeff stays on ballot despite challenge

Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, will remain on the Democratic primary ballot for House District 5 — for now, at least. A judge in Gallup ruled that a lawsuit alleging she did not have enough valid signatures was not delivered to the representative in time for her to defend herself. Republican National Committeeman Pat Rogers, a prominent Republican attorney, spoke on behalf of a person who signed the petitions for Jeff. Jeff herself did not appear in … Read entire article »

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Lawsuit says state isn’t adequately funding education (updated)

Lawsuit says state isn’t adequately funding education (updated)

A lawsuit against the state of New Mexico claims that the state is not adequately funding education in New Mexico. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Rosebrough Law Firm, in Gallup, are representing New Mexican parents and students in the lawsuit. “New Mexican children and their families have had enough of being short-changed and are demanding an equitable education,” attorney Bob Rosborough said. The lawsuit asks for greater spending per-pupil and greater funding for … Read entire article »

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