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Morning Word: Las Cruces minimum wage increase heads to the city council

Morning Word: Las Cruces minimum wage increase heads to the city council

The city clerk in Las Cruces certified enough signatures for a minimum wage increase. The city council will likely vote against raising the wage and then the question will go to voters in Las Cruces. Minimum wage increase advocates are hoping it will be placed on the November general election ballot. Meanwhile, devastating news for those who hoped to get a question on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana on the ballot in Albuquerque — they … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Roundhouse evacuated after suicide threat

Morning Word: Roundhouse evacuated after suicide threat

The state capitol was evacuated for a threat today. A man threatened to kill himself in the building. A legislative interim committee that was going on was postponed. Gov. Susana Martinez was not in the building when it happened and was evacuated. The man who allegedly made the threat is from Taos. More polling! This time, a poll for CBS News and the New York Times polled the Senate and governor’s race and found Susana Martinez and … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: NM to stay on federal exchange

Morning Word: NM to stay on federal exchange

New Mexico will stay on the federal healthcare exchange in 2015 after the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange board said a state-based exchange wouldn’t be ready in time. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports on the large markups for procedures in hospitals. According to an analysis by The New Mexican of hospital pricing data from 2012, released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals in the state set prices for outpatients 547 percent higher … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Griego role in sale of state building questioned

Morning Word: Griego role in sale of state building questioned

State Senator Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is at the center of controversy after profiting from the sale of a state building he voted to approve. The Here’s the Santa Fe New Mexican’s report on the Griego controversy. Comedian Stephen Colbert featured statements by Rep. Steve Pearce on immigration as part of his show earlier this week. An advocate for immigrant families in Artesia says the children are not getting proper medical care and being deported before they … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Study shows film incentives’ benefits

Morning Word: Study shows film incentives’ benefits

A state-mandated study finds that film incentives have helped with job gains and New Mexico’s economy. New Mexico’s tax incentives to attract moviemakers and television productions created about 15,850 full-time jobs from mid-2009 through the first part of this year, the state-sponsored study says. The findings list the average annual salary of New Mexico residents working on movie and TV productions at $52,723. Each job created from film production came at a net cost of $8,519 in taxpayer … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Gov. Susana Martinez says she will not send National Guard troops to the border right now. This came after Texas governor Rick Perry said he would do so. Knell said Martinez disagreed with federal decisions in 2008 and 2012 to stop funding programs that had National Guard troops supporting the Border Patrol with non-law enforcement duties to help deal with border violence. Non-profits are going to target the immigration detention center in Artesia. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry offered … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Martin Heinrich is becoming a go-to Democrat to talk about immigration. In that interview, Heinrich said that Senate Dems would oppose Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s call for ending deferred deportation for “Dreamers” — children who were brought to the country illegally as children. Heinrich said that notion is an “absolute nonstarter.” Said Heinrich: “We are not going to allow Ted Cruz to use this as an opportunity to punish Dream kids.” Heinrich rejected the GOP argument that … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: National GOP groups to target House races

Morning Word: National GOP groups to target House races

The Republican group GOPAC outlined nine Republican candidates it will be helping in this November’s elections. The Republican State Leadership Committee is also going to target New Mexico’s House. Also Thursday, the Republican State Leadership Committee reaffirmed its interest in state House races in New Mexico. Of the top 14 individual races the group is eyeing nationwide, two of them are for state House seats in Albuquerque. An internal poll for Gary King puts him just six percentage … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya was one of four men charged for fraud by the SEC. Anaya settled with the SEC, who said he was cooperative. Here’s the story on Anaya from Winthrop Quigley at the Albuquerque Journal. Rep. Steve Pearce said most immigrants who have left Central America left for economic reasons, not to flee the violence. Pearce said this after he was part of a group of Representatives who traveled to Guatemala and Honduras. Sen. … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Immigration news from NM and beyond

Morning Word: Immigration news from NM and beyond

Harry Reid name-checked Martin Heinrich when talking about the border. “The border is secure,” he told reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch. “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.” Missed this yesterday (and I’m not the only one), but Winthrop Quigley looked at how past immigration policies have come home to roost tonight. Three campaign contributions to … Read entire article »

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