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Morning Word: Anniversary of same-sex marriage licenses being issued

Morning Word: Anniversary of same-sex marriage licenses being issued

One year ago yesterday, a county clerk in southern New Mexico began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Four months later, same-sex marriage was declared legal in New Mexico by the state Supreme Court. Some big supporters of Susana Martinez are not fans of the teacher evaluations or, rather, how difficult it is to understand how they’re calculated. It’s Friday — not a bad day to donate to the NM Telegram Patreon fundraiser. Your monthly donation won’t … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: A look at police militarization

Morning Word: A look at police militarization

NM Telegram looked at the militarization of equipment in local police departments, including many in Albuquerque. A judge will rule on allegations of voter fraud among absentee ballots in Sunland Park during the Democratic primary in a House race where a multi-term incumbent lost. Another Democrat who lost a close race for the Democratic PRC nomination has a separate suit. Right now, NM Telegram is just $8 away from reaching the next milestone on the Patreon fundraiser. … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: ABQ ballot measures likely to be vetoed by mayor

Morning Word: ABQ ballot measures likely to be vetoed by mayor

Will the ballot measures the city council wants to be placed on the ballot actually make the ballot? Dan McKay at the Albuquerque Journal looks at the question. That said, it looks like mayor Richard Berry will veto them. Susana Martinez opposes proposed changes to marijuana possession penalties. Martinez said at an event in Bernalillo that marijuana possession in illegal under federal law and she believes that’s the way it should remain. She called current penalties appropriate. The … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Min wage increase to head to Cruces voters

Morning Word: Min wage increase to head to Cruces voters

Officials in Las Cruces say placing a minimum wage increase question on the ballot in November is an option. With the right kind of agreement among the city, the county clerk’s office and the Secretary of State’s Office, the measure “perhaps can be” added to the November election ballot, Connelly told city councilors. Previously, the city clerk’s office had indicated it didn’t believe it could place the NM CAFé proposal, a city initiative, on the November ballot … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez, Udall lead

Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez, Udall lead

A poll by Research and Polling, Inc. for the Albuquerque Journal finds Susana Martinez leads Gary King by 9 percent. Tom Udall has a very large lead over Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race according to the same poll. The poll shows Udall leads 53 percent to 35 percent. Expect the Journal to release more findings from the poll throughout the week. Have you donated to the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser yet? The monthly donation … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Health audit to remain a secret for some time

Morning Word: Health audit to remain a secret for some time

A judge once again ruled that the behavioral health audit can remain secret. And it might stay secret for a long time. The Attorney General’s Office has estimated that it could take another six and a half years to complete its investigations into all 15 organizations. Since June 2013, the AG has cleared one of the 15 organizations – The Counseling Center of Alamogordo. Have you donated to the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser yet? For a … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Debating gubernatorial debates

Morning Word: Debating gubernatorial debates

Will there be any actual debates for governor this year? Or will Martinez be emulating the former governor who she still frequently invokes in negative campaign pieces, Bill Richardson, and not have any debates with Gary King? From Steve Terrell at the Santa Fe New Mexican: In other debate-related news, Jeffrey Paul, president of Congregation Albert Brotherhood in Albuquerque, told me that while King accepted “almost immediately” an invitation to debate, nobody at the Martinez campaign … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: CYFD slow to implement home visiting program

Morning Word: CYFD slow to implement home visiting program

CYFD is being very slow in getting a home visiting program started. CYFD received the two-year grant in September 2011 to set up pilot programs at sites in Luna, Quay and McKinley counties and Albuquerque’s South Valley. The state’s original plan called for home visiting programs to be in operation at all four sites by September 2012, the report said. “The evaluation we conducted shows that, after two years, a small amount of progress has been made” toward … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: DOE secretary visits New Mexico

Morning Word: DOE secretary visits New Mexico

Department of Energy secretary Ernest Moniz was in New Mexico on Monday. He vowed to get the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant back up and running. It has been closed since February because of a radiation leak — one that investigators were able to locate the barrel it came from but not what caused the leak. During a meeting on renewable energy in Santa Fe earlier Monday, Moniz estimated it will be a year to 18 months … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Independents may get to vote in primaries

Morning Word: Independents may get to vote in primaries

All signs point towards independents being allowed to vote in Democratic and Republican primaries. A clinic that provides abortions in New Mexico near the Texas border has become a central part of the debate over a Texas law reducing access to abortion. Opponents of the law said that having Texas encourage women to go to an out-of-state clinic where its new regulations do not apply undermined the law’s patient-safety arguments. And critics say the law’s purpose is … Read entire article »

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