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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‚Äôs new press … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, Social Media

Poll: Bushee leads Santa Fe mayoral race but many undecideds remain

Poll: Bushee leads Santa Fe mayoral race but many undecideds remain

A poll in the Santa Fe mayoral race shows city councilor Patti Bushee leads the crowded field — but nearly 40 percent of those polled were undecided on the race. The poll was conducted by Third Eye Strategies for ProgressNow New Mexico. The Santa Fe Reporter first reported on the poll. The poll shows that Bushee has the support of 24 percent of likely voters. Next in the poll are former Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe Elections

Public Policy Polling: Pearce leads, but loses lead when told he supports shutdown

Public Policy Polling: Pearce leads, but loses lead when told he supports shutdown

ioll A poll by Public Policy Polling for progressive groups ProgressNow NM and the Center for Civic Action shows Rep. Steve Pearce leads by three percent over a generic Democratic opponent. However the poll finds a generic Democratic opponent leads by two percent after being told Pearce supports the government shutdown. Pearce has said he does not support the shutdown but does not want to fund the government unless an exemption from the Affordable Care Act for … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured, Polling

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Former police officer and political activist Pat Davis resigned from his spot as the chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers this weekend, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Davis was arrested for aggravated DWI this weekend. Davis has been a foe of conservatives for his work as executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico. Once news of Davis’ arrest came out, the Republican Party of New Mexico and Republican Party of Bernalillo County called for Davis to resign from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured