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Martinez weighs in on pot politics

Martinez weighs in on pot politics

Susana Martinez said she opposed changes to marijuana possession penalties at an event in Bernalillo on Tuesday. Her opposition to reducing penalties for marijuana possession should come as no surprise. Martinez is a former prosecutor and has made no secret of her feelings on marijuana — even the medical version. In her initial campaign for governor, Martinez said the medical marijuana program should be repealed. From the Santa Fe New Mexican in 2010: “It is against federal law to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque Elections, Elections, Featured, Santa Fe Elections

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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NM FOG seeks details of Brooks resignation

NM FOG seeks details of Brooks resignation

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced on Tuesday it would be seeking the details of Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent Winston Brooks. Brooks resigned from his position as superintendent on Friday. Brooks had been involved in controversy for months before his resignation — that said, it isn’t immediately clear why he resigned. As part of his resignation agreement, Brooks will receive a $350,000 buyout. His contract would have paid him over $600,000 over the next two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Featured, Open Government

Udall’s new ad concentrates on bringing water to Navajo community

Udall’s new ad concentrates on bringing water to Navajo community

Tom Udall has a new ad out and it is about bringing running water to a portion of the Navajo Nation that previously did not have any. The ad refers to a family in the Navajo Nation where the father lost his leg and the mother her sight because of diabetes. The ad says, “Their children brought their water to them.” “But now,” the ad continues, “they just come by to say hello, because Tom Udall got … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Senate

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 CAFĂ© proposal, a city initiative, on the November ballot … Read entire article »

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Marijuana penalty reduction has enough signatures to head to voters in Santa Fe

Marijuana penalty reduction has enough signatures to head to voters in Santa Fe

An effort to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession in Santa Fe will head to the voters. Reducing Marijuana Penalties, the group heading up the effort, made the announcement on Monday. The group says they submitted nearly 11,000 signature. Of those, 5,754 were called valid by the Santa Fe city clerk. The number needed to send the question to voters is 5,673. From the Albuquerque Journal: [Santa Fe city clerk Yolanda ]Vigil said a total of 10,925 signatures … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Santa Fe

New ads from both campaigns in gubernatorial race

New ads from both campaigns in gubernatorial race

As election day slowly draws nearer, more and more ads will be up on TV — and now both gubernatorial campaigns announced ads on the same day. Late Friday, each of the campaigns announced ads that will be airing on TV throughout the state. Video and transcripts of each of the ads is available at the bottom of the post. King’s ad raised eyebrows with his claim that Martinez mad “cuts to teachers and classrooms.” His ad … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Education, Featured, Governor

ABQ Journal poll: Udall has big lead over Weh

ABQ Journal poll: Udall has big lead over Weh

A poll by the Albuquerque Journal shows that Tom Udall has a large lead over Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The poll shows Udall, the incumbent, has a 53 percent to 35 percent lead over Weh. There are 11 percent who are undecided. A big part of Udall’s lead comes from his popularity among his base — the Democratic Party. Udall has the support of 79 percent of Democrats according to the poll. He also … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Polling, Senate

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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ABQ Journal poll: Martinez leads King by 9

ABQ Journal poll: Martinez leads King by 9

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal shows that Susana Martinez leads Gary King 50 percent to 41 percent in the race for governor. The Journal refers to the results as a “comfortable lead” for Martinez. Other recent polls have been criticized for being biased and/or done with poor methodology but showed anything from a tied race (Rasmussen Reports) to a 16 percent lead (Martinez internal poll). This poll was conducted by Research and Polling, Inc., the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, Governor, Polling