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Morning Word: King opens investigation into deleted emails

Morning Word: King opens investigation into deleted emails

Attorney General Gary King says that he is launching an investigation into the deleted emails in the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office. There “appears to have been a concerted, directed effort at permanently doing away records or information that belong to a state government agency,” in the office of the Third Judicial District Attorney, according to what King’s General Council Dave Pederson told reporters at an Albuquerque press conference. From the Albuquerque Journal: “This is nothing more … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez, Udall with big leads

Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez, Udall with big leads

Rasmussen Reports released results from a new poll. Susana Martinez has a large lead in the gubernatorial race and so does Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate race. Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella was convicted of two federal charges on Friday and faces up to 17 years in prison. Rodella still has his supporters in Rio Arriba County. Rodella is appealing the case. The dispute over whether advisory questions belong on the ballot is basically because of … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Duran says no to Chaves County ballot questions

Morning Word: Duran says no to Chaves County ballot questions

Secretary of State Dianna Duran rejected advisory questions on the ballot for Chaves County. In the letter to Chaves County, Duran repeatedly bashed the state Supreme Court. Gary King is trying to make the deleted emails in the 3rd Judicial District by the DA appointed by Martinez case part of the gubernatorial campaign. The Albuquerque Journal also covers the issue. Mark Bentley looked at the deleted emails case in his piece on Thursday. On the part where Amy … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: LFC blasts mental health spending

Morning Word: LFC blasts mental health spending

A report by the Legislative Finance Committee blasted the state Human Services Department over mental health spending, saying that very little money is going towards programs that have worked. Even after what the committee staff called four “transformations” of the behavioral health system in the last 20 years and more than $500 million allocated for the annual budget year that runs through next spring, treatment programs have not led to better results, its report said. The HSD … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Lackluster gov forum, disagreements in SOS forum

Morning Word: Lackluster gov forum, disagreements in SOS forum

Sorry for the lack of Morning Word yesterday. I wasn’t feeling well all day and staying up until 12:45 am or so working, as I normally do to get the Morning Word out each morning, didn’t hold much appeal to me. I got a good night’s sleep and while I’m still a bit under the weather, let’s go ahead and have a Wednesday Morning Word. Oh, if any stories get repeated I blame the Nyquil. Even … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Supreme Court allows advisory ballot questions to stay

Morning Word: Supreme Court allows advisory ballot questions to stay

The State Supreme Court ruled that advisory questions by local goernments are allowed to be on the ballot. The ruling basically said that the Secretary of State could not unilaterally remove questions from the county side of the ballot. Susana Martinez toured areas of Eddy County that are being flooded from storms that have hammered the area. Residents in Carlsbad spent Sunday night preparing to evacuate. Carlsbad Caverns remains closed becuase of road conditions from the flooding. Steve … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: ABQ city council approves police oversight overhaul

Morning Word: ABQ city council approves police oversight overhaul

In a late night vote, the Albuquerque city council approved a “historic” overhaul of the city’s police oversight system. However… But neither the police union nor civil-rights activists seemed particularly happy with the proposed measure, which now goes to the mayor. The union, in fact, predicted that passage of the ordinance will result in litigation for jeopardizing the rights of officers and violating the terms of their contract with the city. Marijuana legalization, a step or two beyond … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Supreme Court to hear ballot case on Friday

Morning Word: Supreme Court to hear ballot case on Friday

A Supreme Court hearing on whether or not advisory questions can be on the Santa Fe County general election ballot will be heard this Friday, a day after a federal suit. Bernalillo County has filed a similar lawsuit with the Supreme Court over advisory ballot questions, but Secretary of State Dianna Duran is trying to shift it to federal court. A federal magistrate judge has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque on Duran’s request. Tapping the … Read entire article »

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Secretary of State Dianna Duran says four advisory questions on the ballot in Chaves County can't be put on the ballot. An Albuquerque Journal poll says a large majority support holding back 3rd graders who aren't proficient in reading. A majority in the same poll oppose basing teacher evaluations partially on student tests. A Journal Poll found 74 percent of voters – about three of every four – said they would support holding back third-graders who don’t … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: King loses another campaign manager

Morning Word: King loses another campaign manager

Gary King lost a third campaign manager as Keith Breitbach left to spend more time with his family. The Albuquerque Journal poll finds that a higher minimum wage is very popular in New Mexico. A total of 68 percent said they supported some sort of increase versus 27 percent who opposed an increase. Likely voters were then asked in an open-ended question what the minimum wage should be. Overall, 53 percent of the full sample of voters said … Read entire article »

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