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Morning Word: Final Morning Word for NM Telegram

Morning Word: Final Morning Word for NM Telegram

Yes, this is the final Morning Word on NM Telegram. More at the bottom. Something that everyone had expected for the last three weeks came to fruition on Tuesday: There will be a recount in the State Land Commissioner campaign. The automatic recount comes because Aubrey Dunn leads Ray Powell by under one-half of one-percent (so, 0.5 percent) of the total amount of ballots cast. It is the first statewide recount since the automatic recount law went … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: One more day of Morning Word at NM Telegram

Morning Word: One more day of Morning Word at NM Telegram

I announced on Monday that the Morning Word will soon be shutting down. The reason is that I will be running a new news website that will have a small team of reporters to cover New Mexico news and politics. It is a great opportunity and one that I would not have been able to do without my experience here at NM Telegram. And I would not have been able to keep NM Telegram running … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Cabinet shakeups continue

Morning Word: Cabinet shakeups continue

A lot more changes are coming to the cabinet of Susana Martinez. She named nominees for four more positions, as the traditional turnover from the first term to a second continues. The Cabinet-level positions are head of the Human Services Department, State Engineer, Indian Affairs Department and the Department of Homeland Security. The HSD has been embroiled in controversy over recent years and current secretary Sidonie Squier announced her resignation earlier this month. House Democrats named Rep. … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Obama’s big immigration executive order

Morning Word: Obama’s big immigration executive order

President Barack Obama made his big immigration announcement on Thursday night. The New Mexico delegation all responded to his executive order and, predictably, it fell along party lines. The Democrats were largely supportive while the lone Republican was adamantly against it. All said that they preferred for Congress to pass immigration legislation, but House Republicans have shown no indication that they have any desire to pass such legislation. Immigration advocates are preparing for the changes here … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: NM, country prepare for Obama immigration executive order

Morning Word: NM, country prepare for Obama immigration executive order

The Associated Press looks at immigrants in the state and around the nation making preparations in advance of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order. Allegra Love, a Santa Fe-based immigration attorney, said she expects her services will be in high demand after Obama’s announcement. In response, she will be participating in immigration legal clinics to help potential applicants get their paperwork in order. Three immigrants, with the backing of immigrant rights groups, are suing San Juan County … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Officer in Boyd shooting to retire

Morning Word: Officer in Boyd shooting to retire

One of the Albuquerque Police Department officers who shot and killed a homeless person who was illegally camping has filed his papers to retire. He is just shy of 19 years of service and can buy up to 20 years of service. So what does this mean? After 20 years of service, APD officers can retire and get about 70 percent of their pay in an annual pension. A year less, and Sandy would have to … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Luján tapped to head the DCCC

Morning Word: Luján tapped to head the DCCC

Rep. Ben Ray Luján will head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee through the 2016 cycle. It is a very high profile position for Luján, a young Congressman who can serve for a long, long time in the House in a safe Democratic district. From the Santa Fe New Mexican: Luján said in an interview Monday that he and Pelosi first talked about the position a week ago. Pelosi asked him to keep it quiet, he said. “My … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Report outlines LANL role in radiation leak

Morning Word: Report outlines LANL role in radiation leak

The Santa Fe New Mexican has a great piece on the role that Los Alamos National Labs had in the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. And, well, it doesn’t look good for LANL. Instead, the lab and its various contractors took shortcuts in treating the acidic nuclear waste, adding neutralizer and a wheat-based organic kitty litter to absorb excess liquid. The combination turned the waste into a potential bomb that one lab chemist … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Crude oil prices something to watch

Morning Word: Crude oil prices something to watch

A huge story to be watching for as the legislative session comes: The price of crude oil continues to drop. Oil is a major part of New Mexico’s budget and lower prices mean lower revenues, which could mean tax increases (pretty much impossible with a new Republican House and a Republican Governor) or budget cuts. How much? For every dollar that oil prices drop, New Mexico loses $6 million in revenue. An expert predicts oil will … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Sandia Labs misused taxpayer funds, report says

Morning Word: Sandia Labs misused taxpayer funds, report says

A report from the Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General finds that Sandia National Labs misused taxpayer funds to lobby for the extension of Lockheed Martin to run the labs. A consultant involved is former US Rep. Heather Wilson. Albuquerque Business First looks at five things that Sandia Labs will have to do according to the report. Heather Wilson denied the claims. “I was not a lobbyist for Sandia and I did not contact any federal … Read entire article »

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