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Morning Word: Udall’s Citizens United repeal fails

Morning Word: Udall’s Citizens United repeal fails

As expected, a Republican filibuster blocked the passage of a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Sen. Tom Udall was the sponsor of the amendment. After the vote he said he was “encouraged” by the growing support for the Citizens United repeal. The debate over the exclusion of advisory questions regarding marijuana from the ballot in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties continues, and Dianna Duran called into the KUNM Call In … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: No advisory votes on pot penalties, SOS says

Morning Word: No advisory votes on pot penalties, SOS says

The Secretary of State said that advisory votes on marijuana decriminalization can’t go forward because state law doesn’t provide for such advisory votes by the public. An opinion by the Attorney General’s office from last week disagreed. A Santa Fe County Commissioner says this isn’t the end of the push for the vote. Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics tells SFR she’s disappointed with the news from Duran and says both county governments are considering a court … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: King ‘Latino heart’ video makes the rounds

Morning Word: King ‘Latino heart’ video makes the rounds

Gary King caught flack for a comment he made at a fundraiser this weekend about Susana Martinez not having “a Latino heart.” King says it was taken out of context and that he was quoting labor leader and Latina activist Dolores Huerta. Sen. Tom Udall has a large lead over Allen Weh according to a poll conducted by YouGov for the New York Time and CBS News. New Mexico In Depth takes a look at the fundraising … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Fundraising totals come in, Martinez still has big COH lead

Morning Word: Fundraising totals come in, Martinez still has big COH lead

Susana Martinez still has a huge cash on hand advantage over Gary King in the gubernatorial race. NM Telegram also recapped all of the campaign finance reports for major statewide races. The Las Cruces city council approved a minimum wage increase for the second time this year. Here is the Las Cruces Sun-News take on the vote. And the Albuquerque Journal shows why advocates aren’t so happy with the result: Miyagishima said he is calling for a mid-October work session … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Latest on pot decriminalization votes

Morning Word: Latest on pot decriminalization votes

The Bernalillo County Commission will hear two hot topics at a special meeting today. One would ask voters if they want to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. The second is to see if voters are on board for a tax increase to fund mental health programs in the county and was their main focus Sunday. The pitch is a one-eighth cent gross receipts tax increase to pay for behavioral health resources like a mental health … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Aftermath of Tesla decision begins

Morning Word: Aftermath of Tesla decision begins

Nevada’s offer to land the Tesla plant? It could end up costing the state $1.3 billion. The Nevada legislature will go into a special session. The Martinez administration was able to talk about losing out on the plant. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said her state offered a competitive economic development package to electric car maker Tesla Motors but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: New Mexico loses out on Tesla plant

Morning Word: New Mexico loses out on Tesla plant

The massive Tesla gigafactory that would have gone a long way toward turning around New Mexico’s dismal jobs picture will instead be located in Nevada. The $5 billion plant would likely have needed the state of New Mexico to pitch in at least $500 million but would have employed up to 6,500 people. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry said he wished Tesla well while the governor’s office said it could not comment until Tesla officially made a … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: New GOP Super PAC aims for GOP control of House

Morning Word: New GOP Super PAC aims for GOP control of House

Former District Attorney in the 9th Judicial District Matt Chandler is running a new Super PAC that aims to help Republicans take control of the House. “Although I can’t discuss our internal strategy, we will file all appropriate paperwork and reports with the New Mexico secretary of state, which of course will identify our donors and expenditures used to help elect Republican candidates to the state House,” Chandler said in an email. He did not respond to … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Election season kicks into high gear following Labor Day

Morning Word: Election season kicks into high gear following Labor Day

I hope that everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is past and now more and more attention will turn towards November’s elections — so you’ll start to see more and more pieces here at NM Telegram. Speaking of NM Telegram, thanks to everyone who has donated to the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser. We are now at $142 per month — so you’ll start seeing opinion pieces rolled out and you can say … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Immigration news from around the state

Morning Word: Immigration news from around the state

The immigration detention facility that holds families in Artesia is not approved by the state for childcare. But a records request filed by KUNM to the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department shows that nearly two months after immigrant children began arriving in Artesia, the state of New Mexico has not licensed the detention center as a legal childcare provider. The request also said the federal government had no correspondence with CYFD regarding licensing requirements … Read entire article »

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