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Control of public square by social media troubling

Most rational people could quickly stipulate Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut, Milo Yianopolous is a provocateur who solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures for feedback and story ideas and Louis Farrakhan has a history of anti-Semitism as a...

 

NMAA within rights to shut down contest

Any parent whose child competes at anything knows the feeling: the stomach-clenching anxiety, the blood-boiling righteous indignation when you feel your kid was robbed — likely outstripping the level of emotion of the actual competitor. They might...

 

Enforcement major issue with gun law

An informed observer could have spotted this showdown a mile away. Democrats took the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Governor’s Office, bolstering the majority they already had in the state Senate. As one mass shooting after another do...

 

Udall's presence in delegation will be missed

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico without Tom Udall in elected office. Nearly 30 years have passed since the now-70-year-old was first voted in as New Mexico’s attorney general. He went on to win a seat in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District...

 

Another viewpoint: Homelessness should be higher priority for delegation

A bocce court. Public murals. A dog park. There are more than 100 Albuquerque projects funded in the 2019 Legislature’s capital outlay bill. A long-term solution to the metro area’s rampant homelessness problem is not one of them. And so,...

 

Udall won't seek third term

Two-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election to a third term in 2020. "I'm confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done...

 

The Legislature's accomplishments at a glance

Legislators passed bills with wide-ranging implications for New Mexico’s future. What they did: The 2019 legislative session was one of the busiest in recent state history. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 5 to act on bills passed...

 

Marijuana added to 2020 agenda

SANTA FE — Lawmakers can expect to take up a proposal next year to make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she will add the issue to the agenda of the 2020 legislative...

 

Minimum wage proposal heads to governor

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are sending Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a proposal that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. It’s the product of a late-night agreement struck in the final days of the legislative...

 

Lawmakers reject anti-abortion law repeal

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have repealed the state’s 1969 anti-abortion law — an issue that emerged as one of the most emotional of the session. The legislation, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Gris...

 

Income tax hike proposal wins approval at eleventh hour

SANTA FE — A proposal to raise income taxes on high-earning New Mexicans — as part of a broader tax package — won approval in the final minutes of the 2019 legislative session. The last day also included final passage of legislation for a new...

 

Governor urged to veto parole bill

Darci Pierce in 1987 kidnapped a woman who was 8 months pregnant. She drove her to a remote area in the East Mountains where she strangled her, cut out her baby with a key, then tried to pass the baby off as her own. Frank Martinez and two other men...

 

Oil production up 17 percent in 2018

Southeastern New Mexico is riding a monster wave of oil production, with output flooding into a record of 250 million barrels in 2018. That’s up 46 percent over 2017, when the state produced 171 million barrels, also a record at that time. And...

 

Governor signs background check bill

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law a high-profile bill that will add New Mexico to the list of roughly 20 states that require universal background checks for gun purchases. The governor, who pushed for gun control measures...

 

Senate approves gradual minimum wage increase

SANTA FE — The Senate voted late Friday to approve a plan to gradually increase New Mexico’s minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2022, despite concerns about its impact on small business in rural parts of the state. The final 27-15 vote came after...

 

Marijuana legalization getting closer for NM

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers late Thursday pushed the state closer than ever toward legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. In a late-night debate on the House floor, Democratic Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque unveiled legislation craf...

 

Opioid event both awful and important

“My sister deserves better. My family deserves better. My friends deserve better. All of us deserve better.” — Serina Serna, who lost her sister last summer to Xanax laced with fentanyl It’s the kind of event that’s so important in what it...

 

Senate blocks proposal to take money from permanent fund

SANTA FE — A proposal to take more money from New Mexico’s largest permanent fund for early childhood programs hit a brick wall again in the Roundhouse on Monday, when three Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to block it from moving forward...

 

Bill expanding background checks sails through House

SANTA FE — A proposal to expand New Mexico’s background check requirement for gun sales is almost on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham — an enthusiastic supporter of the bill. The proposal, Senate Bill 8, won approval 42-27 in the House...

 

House adopts tax changes

SANTA FE — The state House late Friday adopted legislation that would reshape New Mexico’s tax system and raise about $356 million a year in new state revenue for public schools, government operations and roads. The 134-page proposal would...

 

Former state representative takes on new work as lobbyist

SANTA FE — A familiar name provided lunch for the state Senate last week. Former Rep. Debbie Rodella, a Democrat who represented Española, lost her re-election bid last year, but she’s still a presence in the Roundhouse. Now she’s a lobbyist...

 

Tax changes would remove 2003 cuts

SANTA FE — Personal income tax cuts signed into law in 2003 by former Gov. Bill Richardson would be essentially wiped off the books under a sweeping tax package that’s headed to the House floor. Members of the House Taxation and Revenue...

 

New Mexico residents gun-shy on gun bills

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY — John Villareal, an electrician whose family has owned ranchland in Alcalde for a century, pops into La Cocina New Mexican restaurant in downtown Española on a recent day to catch up with his cousin — a regular at the restaura...

 

Marijuana bill headed to full House

SANTA FE — A bill that would make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use is headed to the full House for the first time in state history after passing its second committee hurdle Saturday. An alternative...

 

Minimum wage proposals move forward

SANTA FE — Competing proposals to raise New Mexico’s statewide minimum wage for the first time in a decade are moving forward in the state Senate. And they’re becoming more alike as they move along, with the potential for still further...

 

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