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Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says emails find that the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Susana Martinez may have used public resources to look up information on political opponents. The report uses some emails recently recovered by ProgressNow New Mexico, a liberal advocacy group, as well as quotes from former Martinez campaign staffer Anissa Ford. The pieces says the campaign used “a research process normally reserved for suspects under investigation by law enforcement.” One case, … Read entire article »

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DPNM files ethics complaint against Jeff

DPNM files ethics complaint against Jeff

The executive director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico filed an ethics complaint today against State Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint. The ethics complaint says that Jeff received reimbursements for travel from both the state of New Mexico and from her political campaign. The complaint has been forwarded to both the offices of the Secretary of State and state Attorney General. Jeff was taken off the Democratic primary ballot for not having enough valid signatures from registered … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

BernCo commissioners want Supreme Court to decide ballot dispute

BernCo commissioners want Supreme Court to decide ballot dispute

The Bernalillo County Commission, on a party-line vote, voted to ask the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide on a ballot dispute about advisory votes’ place on the general election ballot. The vote happened on Monday morning. From the Albuquerque Journal: Bernalillo County attorneys contend Duran doesn’t have authority to determine what goes on the ballot. Furthermore, they believe it’s legal to put advisory questions before voters. County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, meanwhile, told commissioners this morning that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

The Secretary of State ruled on Wednesday that Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties cannot put advisory questions about decriminalizing marijuana on November’s ballot. Duran rejected the ballot provisions as unconstitutional, saying there is no place for non-binding, advisory votes on the ballot. “As Secretary of State, if I were to place such extra-legal issues on the ballot then I would be taking an active role in accepting this kind of use of the ballot as lawful and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, Local

Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Just ahead of the long Labor Day weekend, Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry vetoed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Berry announced the veto in a YouTube video. The full video is embedded below. Supporters had collected thousands of signatures in an attempt to place the question of decriminalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on the ballot in November. There were not enough signatures to automatically put the question to Albuquerque … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Albuquerque Elections, Featured, Video

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