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Santa Fe votes to decriminalize marijuana

Santa Fe votes to decriminalize marijuana

In a vote that not many people — if any — saw coming, the Santa Fe city council voted to decriminalize marijuana. The vote came on a narrow 5-4 vote on Wednesday evening and means that voters will not weigh in on the controversial proposal. Organizers had collected enough signatures to put the issue in front of voters and that was the plan. Just the day before, the Santa Fe County Commission voted to allow it to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe

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

GOP infighting latest interparty fighting

GOP infighting latest interparty fighting

The Albuquerque Journal reported that State Rep. Zach Cook is at odds with the Republican Party of New Mexico chairman, John Billingsley. As with most interparty disputes, it goes back to a primary. This one was June’s primary where Cook defeated Jim Lowerence in the primary. The primary itself wasn’t particularly close; Cook received nearly 65 percent of the vote. But Cook says that Billingsley was anything but neutral in the race, as party chairmen are supposed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House, Treasurer

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

While headlines have said that the effort to put a question of reducing penalties for possession of marijuana in Santa Fe to the voters, the efforts haven’t failed yet. The Santa Fe clerk’s office validated more than 3,500 of 7,000 signatures turned in by Reducing Marijuana Penalties in an effort to put the question on the November ballot. The effort requires 5,673 signatures for the question to go to voters. With 3,569 valid signatures, the group is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Santa Fe

Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

There are some ballot initiatives that could help Democrats in elections this November. The ballot initiatives are in three of New Mexico’s four largest cities. Two of the initiatives are marijuana reform initiatives, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The other is a minimum wage increase initiative in Las Cruces. The issues can all be described as wedge issues in favor of Democrats in these areas. Decriminalizing Marijuana New Mexico … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Economy, Elections, Featured, Las Cruces, Santa Fe

Audio shows conservative group trying to register a foreign national

Audio shows conservative group trying to register a foreign national

A conservative group functioning in New Mexico was caught on tape trying to register a foreign national to vote, even after he told them that he had only been in the country two weeks. The group also asked if he needed to “renew” his voter registration. The group in question is New Mexico Competes, a non-profit group that operates in the state and that has defended Susana Martinez in the past. The group ProgressNow New Mexico posted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

Groups hope to lessen marijuana penalties in Albuquerque, Santa Fe

Groups hope to lessen marijuana penalties in Albuquerque, Santa Fe

Groups filed petitions in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to lessen the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The petitions would ask voters to approve changes including lowering the penalties to a $25 fine for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. It would also eliminate incarceration for the offenses. Currently the law allows for a fine of up to $50, or imprisonment of up to 15 days, for the first offense. Subsequent arrests would … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Featured, Santa Fe

Reports: MVD has voting registration problems

Reports: MVD has voting registration problems

Reports say the state is having problems with voter registration at Motor Vehicle Department offices around the state. The state is required, by federal law “to provide individuals with the opportunity to register to vote at the same time that they apply for a driver’s license or seek to renew a driver’s license, and requires the State to forward the completed application to the appropriate state of local election official.” Oriana Sandoval, the policy director of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

New ad criticizes Martinez over leaked audio

New ad criticizes Martinez over leaked audio

A TV ad criticizing Gov. Susana Martinez was announced today, though it isn’t from one of the Democrats hoping to unseat her. The ad is from the Better New Mexico PAC which is associated with ProgressNow New Mexico, a group that has been heavily critical of Martinez during her time in office. ProgressNow New Mexico produced the ad. The transcript and video of the ad is available at the bottom of the post. The ad features a Hispanic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says that Steve Pearce hired the person — or perhaps one of the people — behind the infamous @Politixfireball account to be his next press secretary. The Santa Fe Reporter says that Rebekah Stevens is behind the Twitter account and the website PoliticalFireball. Pearce’s office announced she was hired as the new press secretary in an email to reporters yesterday. “I’d like to introduce Rebekah Stevens, Rep. Pearce’s new press … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, Social Media