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Richardson talks ISIS, guns, immigration

Richardson talks ISIS, guns, immigration

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was on This Week, a Sunday morning talk show on ABC, this weekend and discussed a number of prominent national political issues. Included among the topics were President Barack Obama’s response to ISIS, whether there will be gun reforms in the wake of a nine-year old killing her shooting instructor in an accident with an Uzi and the current state of immigration reform. On ISIS, Richardson says the Obama is right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Featured, Immigration, National News

Big name Democrats appear in Dinelli ad

Big name Democrats appear in Dinelli ad

With absentee voting already underway in Albuquerque, Mayoral Candidate Pete Dinelli is enlisting some big name Democrats to appear in his second campaign television spot. New Mexico Telegram was given an early look at the ad. The ad is embedded at the bottom of the post. Former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and even President Barack Obama appear in file clips to talk about raising the minimum … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Albuquerque Elections, Elections, Featured

NM Senators support expanded background checks but can’t overcome filibuster

NM Senators support expanded background checks but can’t overcome filibuster

The U.S. Senate voted down all attempts to curtail gun violence, including an amendment that would have expanded gun background checks to all sales at gun shows and on purchases made on the internet. To be more accurate, the Senate voted against breaking a filibuster on the amendments — a majority voted to move forward, but it was unable to break the filibuster. Both New Mexico U.S. Senators voted to move forward. There were other amendments that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured

NM Senators vote to break filibuster on debate of gun bill

NM Senators vote to break filibuster on debate of gun bill

The U.S. Senate voted on a 68-31 vote to proceed on debate of a gun background check bill that would expand background checks to all commercial sales but still have some exceptions, such as transfers to family members. Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico were among those who voted to break the filibuster and allow debate on the bill to begin. In all, 50 Democrats and 16 Republicans, as well as both independents, voted to invoke … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured

Report: NM has 7th highest rate of gun violence

Report: NM has 7th highest rate of gun violence

A report by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, shows that New Mexico has the seventh-highest rate of gun violence in the United States. One thing that New Mexico has in common with other states at the bottom of the rankings is weaker-than-average gun laws. New Mexico has been given an “F” rating by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The study examined rates of gun violence including firearm homicides, firearm suicides and overall … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News

Rep. Herrell says background check bill “stupid,” still supports controversial abortion bill

Rep. Herrell says background check bill “stupid,” still supports controversial abortion bill

Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Ruidoso, referred to a bill to close the gun show loophole as “stupid” and said that she still supports a controversial bill that many said would originally have criminalized women getting an abortion for a pregnancy that came from rape or incest. Herrell made the comments to the monthly meeting of the Republican Party of Otero County. Herrell was a cosponsor of the original bill that incited a national firestorm over language that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate, Roundhouse

Gun background check legislation runs out of time

Gun background check legislation runs out of time

While it appeared a bill that would close the gun show loophole had enough momentum to pass the Legislature this year, the legislature adjourned at noon on Saturday without it clearing the Senate. The bill had multiple long hearings in the House and Senate and was changed drastically from the original version, which would have required background checks on all sales of guns. The bill was changed so it would only apply to sales at gun … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

Bill to close gun show loophole on to Senate floor

Bill to close gun show loophole on to Senate floor

A bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-4 party-line vote. All Democrats supported the legislation while all Republicans voted against the measure. The bill was one of the more contentious pieces of legislation in this year’s session — but is also one that Gov. Susana Martinez has indicated she will sign. While it had hearings that were many hours long in House committees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate, Roundhouse

Bill to fix gun show loophole poised to clear committee

Bill to fix gun show loophole poised to clear committee

A bill that would close the gun show loophole and require background checks for all purchases is poised to clear the Senate committee where it stalled earlier this week. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted on a 4-4 vote against passing the bill, HB 77, along to the next committee; that means that this bill failed, as it requires a majority to move on. The bill is not dead because it can be brought back for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

Senate Public Affairs took center stage last night

Senate Public Affairs took center stage last night

The Senate Public Affairs Committee had a late-night meeting that took center stage. The legislators did not take a break for dinner, instead eating through the hearing. Committee chair Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, advised those watching the committee to ignore the sounds of chewing from the committee members. The committee’s marathon meeting almost lasted into the early hours of this morning ending when the committee voted to pass the “tax reboot” that would institute a 2 percent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Economy, Featured, Immigration, New Mexico Senate