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Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Just ahead of the long Labor Day weekend, Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry vetoed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Berry announced the veto in a YouTube video. The full video is embedded below. Supporters had collected thousands of signatures in an attempt to place the question of decriminalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on the ballot in November. There were not enough signatures to automatically put the question to Albuquerque … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Albuquerque Elections, Featured, Video

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 »

Filed under: Courts, Education, Featured

Update on the NM Telegram Patreon fundraiser

Update on the NM Telegram Patreon fundraiser

It has been two weeks since the last update. Since then, the fundraiser has gone up from $97 to $122 $127 per month, a pretty good showing from you readers considering I am the worst at reminding you about the Patreon fundraiser. This fundraiser is important to NM Telegram. This is, and there is no hyperbole here, something that will make sure that NM Telegram keeps running for the foreseeable future. I don’t have a big newspaper with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Site News

Commentary: Please, no more elected officials on sunshine group’s board

Commentary: Please, no more elected officials on sunshine group’s board

By Heath Haussamen Albuquerque school board member Martin Esquivel resigned a long-held position with an important sunshine group last week. While I respect his 20-year service to the N.M. Foundation for Open Government, I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. More importantly, I hope FOG keeps elected officials off its board in the future. As I wrote last year in a column calling for FOG to become insurgent, “Government officials shouldn’t oversee a group that holds … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Open Government

More groups announce opposition to work requirements for SNAP

More groups announce opposition to work requirements for SNAP

More groups are saying that reinstituting work requirements to get SNAP benefits in New Mexico is a bad idea ahead of a public hearing in Santa Fe tomorrow. The Martinez administration said they would be applying for a pilot program that will allow ten states to reimpose work requirements for those who receive SNAP benefits. The opposition is to the work requirements being imposed while New Mexico struggles to recover from the recession. “Cutting SNAP resources is not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured

Santa Fe votes to decriminalize marijuana

Santa Fe votes to decriminalize marijuana

In a vote that not many people — if any — saw coming, the Santa Fe city council voted to decriminalize marijuana. The vote came on a narrow 5-4 vote on Wednesday evening and means that voters will not weigh in on the controversial proposal. Organizers had collected enough signatures to put the issue in front of voters and that was the plan. Just the day before, the Santa Fe County Commission voted to allow it to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe

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

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