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  • New Mexico Lawmakers Reject Bloomberg-Endorsed Ban on Private Gun Sales

    03/15/2017 9:38:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/15/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Democrats’ last-ditch effort to pass a Michael Bloomberg-endorsed ban on private gun sales was rejected on Monday, bringing an end to any chance that such a measure could be passed this legislative session. On March 12, Breitbart News reported that State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) sponsored HB 50. It mandated universal background checks on gun purchases throughout New Mexico. The bill failed, and instead of accepting failure, Democrats moved to change the number on the gun control bill, from HB 50 to HB 548, in hopes of getting it through the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. Their efforts...
  • Oil advocate: Industry under assault in NM; state is prime target for environmentalists

    02/27/2017 10:12:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Roswell Daily Record ^ | February 26, 2017 | RDR Staff
    SANTA FE — Opposition to the shale oil extraction process known as fracking is growing, particularly among minorities, threatening the political viability of the oil industry in New Mexico, an oil and gas industry expert told state lawmakers Thursday. Claire Chase, the government affairs director for Mack Energy of Artesia, said while state government is heavily reliant on oil revenues, New Mexico is the most vulnerable state in the nation to increasing opposition to fracking and fossil fuels in general. She said a new culture of protests and activism has the oil and gas industry in its sights. Chase said...
  • VIDEO: Someone got shot at HWNDU?! (Shooting sounds caught on camera shuts down LaBeouf project)

    02/23/2017 6:32:45 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 23, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Shooting / gunshots heard at HWNDU. Will it get shut down again? VIDEO
  • The Cartels Next Door: Cartels’ roots run deep in NM

    02/22/2017 12:37:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | By Mike Gallagher
    Mexico’s drug cartels earn billions of dollars in profits as they funnel heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into drug-hungry countries, including the United States. Crime, death and ruined lives flow right along with those drugs to places as varied as New York City, West Virginia coal country, Albuquerque, Española and western Europe. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the cartels rival international corporations in size and reach. The drugs they peddle are cheaper and more plentiful than ever before, claiming thousands of victims every year. The Albuquerque Journal today begins a six-part investigative report on a criminal enterprise wreaking havoc...
  • BLM Agent Daniel P. Love Named in Investigation [ Cliven Bundy family and more ]

    02/20/2017 6:36:29 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    The truth is being revealed, as we all prayed that it would. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agent Daniel P. Love has been breaking the law for years. Using and abusing his authority to run his own personal fiefdom. Bullying citizens until they commit suicide. All while believing he was above the law. Or so a report released last month seems to indicate. ... On February 14th, a letter from U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, named Daniel P. Love and questions an investigation that points to the deletion of hundreds of documents the day before a...
  • ICE: 949,382 illegals with 'removal orders' still free, raids get just .07%

    02/20/2017 7:24:49 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/20/17 | Paul Bedard
    Despite media reports of a massive crackdown by President Trump on illegal immigrants, just a tiny percentage of the nearly 1 million on the government's deportation list have been arrested, according to statistics provided to Congress. The 680 seized in recent sweeps by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents represent just .07 percent of the 950,062 with deportation orders as of May 21, 2016. ... There are an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants with criminal records in addition to their illegal status and the administration has said it will make them a priority for removal. The numbers in the ICE...
  • Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Exhibit relocates to New Mexico

    02/18/2017 8:51:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    PageSix ^ | 2-18-2017 | Liz Calvarlo
    Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, creators of the anti-Donald Trump “He Will Not Divide Us” exhibition, have relocated their project after it was shut down by New York’s Museum of the Moving Image earlier this month. In a joint statement posted on LaBeouf’s website, the trio called out the museum for its “lack of commitment to the project.” “On February 10, 2017, The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US. Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning,” the statement reads. “From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing...
  • Torrential Rain Will Threaten The Desert Southwest This Weekend

    02/17/2017 3:58:38 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Accuweather.com ^ | Alex Sosnowski
    The storm producing torrential rain in coastal Southern California into Friday night will also threaten lives and property in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada this weekend. In a sense, the rainfall will be like a fast-moving tropical system. A general 1 to 3 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts over the south-facing slopes of the mountains into Saturday night. "Much of this rain may fall in a few hours' time, which is more than enough to cause significant runoff, flash and urban flooding due to the landscape in the region," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan...
  • Senate OKs gay conversion therapy ban (NM Dem Legislature on a roll)

    02/17/2017 4:20:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | Dan McKay and Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – A bill that would make New Mexico the latest state to limit gay conversion therapy is headed to the state House. The Senate approved the bill 32-6 Thursday, after several Republican senators questioned whether it would target religious teachings. Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, the sponsor of Senate Bill 121 and the first openly gay man to be elected to the Senate, insisted it would not, saying it would merely make it illegal to be paid for providing conversion therapy to someone under 18 years old.
  • New Mexico’s Bishops: Trump immigration draft act of ‘war’ (AP fake news stirs illegal's supporters)

    02/17/2017 3:50:35 PM PST · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 17, 2017 | AP
    Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Friday the Roman Catholic Church in the nation’s most Hispanic state would strongly oppose any effort to use National Guard troops to find and deport immigrants. He says using the National Guard on a peaceful population would be like declaring a war within the U.S. borders.
  • Millions Missing, Misspent or Unused to Build Navajo Housing

    02/15/2017 3:37:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KOB4 ^ | February 14, 2017 | Chris Ramirez
    Clara and Chee Begaye built their Shiprock home in 1969 from timber they harvested in nearby mountains. They raised their children in that home and are now living out their senior years in the dwelling. Through the years, rain has eroded the timber. Rainwater also flows under the home’s foundation during storms, which has caused the floors to buckle and the tiles to break off. The home lacks basic heating and cooling systems. The couple’s bed is placed next to the home’s wooden stove so that the couple can sleep with some warmth. As members of the Navajo Nation, the...
  • N.M. HB 50 Gets Worse, Passes House Committee(NM FReeper Alert!)

    02/15/2017 10:26:41 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    americas1stfreedom.org/ ^ | 2/13/2017 | Unknown
    We told you last week about New Mexico’s House Bill 50, which criminalizes most private firearm transfers by law-abiding gun owners. Late last week, an even more restrictive committee substitute of the Bloomberg-backed measure passed the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to a vote by the full House. The substitute bill actually erases many of the confusing exceptions from the earlier version and simply requires that any transfer or loan of a firearm lasting more than five days be conducted with a federal background check. In the case of a loan, when the gun is returned, another background check...
  • Fourth suspect in Alamogordo attempted break-in arrested (NM home invasion)

    02/09/2017 11:47:32 AM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    KOB TV4, Albuquerque ^ | February 8, 2017 | KOB.com Web Staff
    New Mexico State Police have arrested a fourth suspect in an attempted home invasion in Alamogordo. Authorities apprehended Crystal Silva was taken into custody after, police say, armed gunmen tried to storm a home. Police are still searching for one more suspect, 35-year-old Jason Enjady. Three people have already been arrested -- Dominic Roberts, Dustin Williams and Ross Sanders.
  • Firearms bill to face amendments (NM bills to outlaw private sales without background checks)

    02/09/2017 11:04:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dan McKay
    SANTA FE – The sponsor of a firearms proposal working its way through the House says she’s willing to amend the bill so it applies to fewer law-abiding gun owners. As it stands now, the proposal by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, would require background checks when people sell, lend or give firearms to one another in private transactions. But she said Saturday that she wants to focus on gun sales, not lending a firearm to a neighbor or someone else for personal protection. A similar bill, meanwhile, has cleared its first committee in the Senate. Supporters and opponents...
  • Heavily armed Home Invasion (Alamogordo, NM) captured on CCTV

    02/06/2017 9:25:26 PM PST · by LegendHasIt · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 6 Feb 2017 | Valerie Edwards
    ..... Alamogordo Police released the surveillance camera video from the incident that took place shortly after 9pm Thursday night. The surveillance footage from a home's front porch in the 200 block of Stanford Avenue shows a woman approaching the door to speak with the person inside...... Moments later a man carrying a handgun walked up to the home and the resident quickly shut and locked the door. The man then pulled the door open as two other men ran up to the porch..... One man appeared to be armed with an assault rifle.
  • Air Force base: 1 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico training

    02/01/2017 9:11:12 AM PST · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 2-1-2017 | Fox News
    A pair of F-16 jets struck two members of a ground-control party -- killing one -- after a training exercise went awry on Tuesday night, officials said in a Wednesday statement. The F-16s were using unspecified munitions when the incident occurred at a range that's part of the White Sands Missile Range complex near Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Members of a ground-control party are controllers who provide guidance to military aircraft, including fighters attacking ground targets. The person who was injured was released from a hospital after being treated for unspecified injuries, the statement said. Neither...
  • YouTube Disables MILO Livestream Hours Before Immigration Speech in New Mexico

    01/27/2017 4:03:22 PM PST · by SSS Two · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jan 2017 | CHARLIE NASH
    YouTube disabled Breitbart News Senior Editor MILO’s livestreaming ability on Friday, just hours before his speech on immigration at the University of New Mexico. MILO’s ability to host livestreams was withdrawn from YouTube after his video “MILO At UC – Colorado Springs: Democrats Are The ‘Party Of The Cuckold,'” was flagged and subsequently removed. “Your video ‘MILO At UC – Colorado Springs: Democrats Are The ‘Party Of The Cuckold’ was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines,” YouTube declared in a notice to MILO. “We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike,...
  • Bill would make NM sanctuary state (Dems control legislature)

    01/25/2017 10:19:37 AM PST · by CedarDave · 69 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 24, 2017 | Dan McKay
    Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, is sponsoring a bill that aims to prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws. The move is somewhat symbolic, as police departments and sheriff’s offices say they already focus on enforcing local laws ... and county jails in New Mexico generally don’t honor immigration holds requested by federal agents. A 2011 executive order by Gov. Susana Martinez directs State Police to inquire about immigration status after someone’s been arrested, but Roybal Caballero’s bill doesn’t directly address whether that would still be allowed. Practical impact aside, the legislation is at odds...
  • New Bill Aims to Expand Background Checks in New Mexico

    01/25/2017 9:24:45 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 1/25/2017 | Erika Haas
    A new bill was introduced this week that aims to extend background checks to almost all private firearm transactions in New Mexico, reports KOB 4. Currently, a buyer only needs to undergo a background check if he/she is purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. If they were to purchase a gun online, at a gun show, flea market or from any other private seller, a background check would not be necessary. However, if the bill, known as House Bill 50, passes, a licensed firearms dealer would be required to carry out all firearm transfers, which would include issuing a...
  • Trump Admin to hold EPA accountable for massive toxic river spill

    01/24/2017 8:35:00 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 58 replies
    The Free Range Report ^ | 01/22/2016 | Chris White
    Republicans and Democrats have criticized the agency’s decision to ignore victims associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which released 3 million gallons of dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic into the Animas River. Citizens of the Rocky Mountain state are relying on the incoming Trump administration to require that the EPA pay damages in the wake of a massive agency-caused toxic water spill in Colorado. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, a tribe whose water supply was affected by spill, said he’s hoping Congress and the Trump administration will force the EPA to take responsibility. “There is no reason...
  • Trump to nominate ( Heather ) Wilson for Air Force post ( New Mexico )

    01/23/2017 8:19:45 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2017
    President Donald Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. A White House statement said Monday that Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position, if confirmed. Wilson served in Congress from 1998 to 2009, where she was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.
  • Trump signals he's softening on immigration as he says he's 'working on a plan' that will make DREA

    It wouldn't allow the full title. Anyways, the subtitle: "He called the plight of children who were brought into the country illegally by their relatives 'a very tough situation' and suggested that he's thinking about letting them stay."
  • Autopsy: Girl strangled, dismembered on 10th birthday as mom watched

    01/13/2017 6:56:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 73 replies
    KCRA-TV ^ | January 12, 2017
    Medical examiner: Victoria Martens tested positive for STD SOURCE: KOAT A New Mexico girl was strangled to death on her 10th birthday before she was dismembered and her remains set on fire, according to an autopsy released months after police uncovered the sexual abuse they say she suffered at the hands of her mother and others leading up to her killing. The slaying of Victoria Martens sent shockwaves across the state in August and made national headlines as her mother, Michelle Martens, the mother's boyfriend and his cousin were charged. They have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges...
  • EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill

    01/13/2017 3:23:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:51 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it. The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments. But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government. …
  • New Mexico Attorney General Raids District Attorney's Office

    01/11/2017 6:19:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 1/11
    New Mexico Attorney General agents have raided the office of a southwestern New Mexico district attorney in connection with a suspected DWI traffic stop. The Attorney General's office on Tuesday seized documents and a state car driven by Francesca Martinez-Estevez. The search warrant at the Grants Country office is linked to the district attorney's June traffic stop. Martinez-Estevez, the district attorney for Sixth Judicial District, had faced calls to resign after a video of the traffic stop showed her swerving across several lanes of traffic and stumbling during her conversation with officers.
  • NM hunting guide wounded in gunfight near border (TX-Mexico border)

    01/10/2017 10:47:54 AM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 9, 2017 | Lauren Villagran
    Five miles north of the Mexican border on a remote West Texas ranch, a New Mexico hunting guide and his client were wounded over the weekend in an alleged gunfight that a family friend described as an attack by “illegal aliens” and an attempted kidnapping. The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office appeared to question that account in a statement Monday, saying “there is no evidence to support allegations of ‘cross-border violence.'” A Border Patrol spokesman called the alleged incident “highly unusual for our part of the border.” The following is an account of the events. Hunting guide Walker Daugherty, 26, of...
  • EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill

    01/06/2017 4:41:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2017 7:33 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday in a new report on the 2015 blowout that turned rivers in three states a sickly yellow. The total amount of metals entering the river system was comparable to levels during one or two days of high spring runoff, although the concentration of metals was significantly higher at the spill’s peak, the report said. […] New Mexico Environment Secretary Butch Tongate accused the EPA of...
  • Chicago's crime epidemic: How you can help

    01/04/2017 6:00:17 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2017
    "In the six days we were in Chicago, 55 people were shot, 16 were killed. We were struck by just how routine it all felt. The dead and wounded were removed with grim efficiency — right down to the hazmat crews that cleaned away the blood. Murder seemed almost normal."
  • 10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.

    12/29/2016 8:01:37 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | Devon Thorsby
    U.S. News compiled data on car thefts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2014 – the most recent year for complete data from the bureau – to determine which of the 100 largest metro areas in the country had the highest rate of car theft. Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot for highest rate of car theft, with a total of 6,131 thefts in 2014 and 676.9 thefts per 100,000 people. The City of Albuquerque acknowledges its high rate of auto theft on its website, noting New Mexico’s shared border with Mexico gives car thieves added incentive because...
  • 70 staff members ill after Department of Health luncheon (Irony!)

    12/21/2016 9:51:45 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | 12/20/2016 | By Andrew Oxford
    Epidemiologists at the state Department of Health are investigating their agency’s own annual holiday luncheon after dozens of employees reported falling ill after the party last week. About 70 staff members claim to have experienced gastrointestinal issues following the catered event at the Harold Runnels Building attended by more than 200 employees, according to a spokesman.
  • Bill Richardson: The Russians interfered with the election

    12/13/2016 2:15:28 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 80 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Dec 13 2016 | Cavuto
    Former 2008 Presidential Candidate Bill Richardson on whether the Electoral College should meet over the alleged Russian hack of the 2016 election.
  • Tucker Carlson vs. CEO refusing to do business with Trump supporters

    12/09/2016 7:42:24 AM PST · by No_More_Harkin · 42 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 23, 2016 | Tucker Carlson
    Tucker Carlson takes on Mathew Blachfield, the anti-Trump CEO of "1st in SEO" who is refusing to do business with anyone who supported Donald Trump. (November 23rd, 2016)
  • County settles suit over traffic stop by cross-commissioned officer ( NM )

    12/07/2016 9:38:43 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | Dec 1, 2016. | Phaedra Haywood
    Santa Fe County has agreed to pay $75,000 to a man who claims a Pojoaque Pueblo police officer assaulted him after a traffic stop seven years ago. Tribal Officer Glen Gutierrez was acting under authority of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office when he pulled over Jose Luis Loya of El Paso on a claim that the motorist was driving recklessly. The settlement, reached last month, is the final installment in a years long dispute over which government agency is legally responsible when officers from other jurisdictions who are cross-commissioned by the sheriff are sued. Santa Fe County since then...
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Supreme Court Finally Makes HUGE Move Against EPA For Endangering Thousands Of Americans…

    12/07/2016 5:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 6, 2016 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The EPA is without a doubt the most corrupt agency in the Obama Administration. That’s saying something when you consider the fact that there have been over a dozen scandals during his reign. Remember when the EPA accidentally dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste into the drinking water that was used by thousands of people? They’ve never been punished for it in a meaningful way and apparently that could change very soon. From The Daily Signal: “New Mexico and Colorado are both suing the EPA, and now the Supreme Court has asked the acting solicitor general of the United...
  • Abortion clinic sued over disclosure of fetal remains research (ABQ NM)

    12/06/2016 11:29:33 AM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 5, 2016 | Chris Quintana
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At 21, Jessica Duran conceived a child she hadn’t planned for, and abortion, she said, felt like her only option. It was 2012. The father of the baby, and Duran’s parents, all said she should terminate the pregnancy. So she did. She went to Southwestern Women’s Options, signed a document that among other things allowed the fetal tissue of her 12- to 13-week aborted pregnancy to be used for medical research. She now says she didn’t read the document closely, but that she was distraught. In 2015, Duran learned her aborted fetus could have been used in...
  • Police chief: 3 young children, ages 5 through 9, killed in Four Hills shooting (ABQ NM)

    12/06/2016 11:11:30 AM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 6, 2016 | Elise Kaplan, Robert Browman and Nicole Perez
    Three children, ages 5, 6 and 9, were killed in a shooting in the Four Hills neighborhood Monday night and the suspect is dead, according to Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden. Eden said a man broke into a home on Stagecoach SE and laid in wait for a 36-year-old woman who lives there to arrive home with her three children. When they arrived, he gunned them down. The three children died, and the woman was rushed to the hospital where she was in critical condition Tuesday morning. The suspect, a 45-year-old man, was also rushed to the hospital with a...
  • Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill

    12/05/2016 8:16:30 PM PST · by 198ml · 22 replies
    Gazette ^ | 12/5/16
    The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.
  • CHANGES IN BAIL SYSTEM BENEFICIAL

    12/05/2016 10:31:23 AM PST · by View Out West · 4 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 12/4/16 | Jeff Clayton
    Changes in bail system beneficial By Jeff Clayton / Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 12:02am There has been a lot information – and misinformation – written about New Mexico’s new constitutional amendment on bail. Therefore, it is important to understand just what happened and what the amendment will actually mean for the state. As a person on the front line of this issue, I wanted to share my thoughts on the ramifications of this amendment. First, the idea that bail bondsmen or monetary conditions of bail is somehow going away is not the case. Of...
  • EPA plans to withdraw pollution rule for 7 Texas power plants

    11/30/2016 7:33:46 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 30, 2016 | By Ryan Maye Handy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw a rule that would require seven Texas coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution coming from their stacks, providing at least a short-term reprieve for power companies fearful that the costs of ever stricter regulations would doom their plants. The rule would have mandated that the Texas plants, as well as eight others in Oklahoma, update scrubbers and other air pollution control devices to preserve air quality near national parks and wilderness areas, including Big Bend National Park on the Texas border with Mexico, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the...
  • More White People Are Dying Than Are Being Born in 17 States

    11/30/2016 5:38:12 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 76 replies
    Time ^ | 11-29-2016 | Josh Sanburn
    More white Americans are now dying than being born in a third of U.S. states, according to a study released Tuesday, which shows white deaths outpacing births in a record 17 states stretching from California to Maine. The study, by the University of New Hampshire, found natural decreases in the white population across 17 states in 2014, including Florida, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which together comprise 38% of the U.S. population. That’s a big shift from 2004 when only four states had more white deaths than births. The declines, exacerbated by the Great Recession, are largely driven by...
  • Secretary of state says no widespread illegal voting in NM (Not true)

    11/29/2016 12:03:50 PM PST · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    SANTA FE — Outgoing New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter said today state residents can be confident in the outcomes of this month’s general election, disputing a suggestion from President-elect Donald Trump about widespread illegal voting. Winter, a Republican, said there have been isolated incidents of voter fraud in New Mexico, but said the state has ample safeguards in place to prevent irregularities. “We have such a great system, because everything is backed up by a paper ballot,” Winter told the Journal after a meeting of the State Canvassing Board. “There’s nothing on that scale,” he then added, referring...
  • Police: Victim shoots, critically wounds carjacker (ABQ NM)

    11/29/2016 11:44:22 AM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 12:14pm | Nicole Perez
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect who police say tried to carjack a man with two accomplices Monday night was in the hospital in critical but stable condition Tuesday after the driver of the car shot him. The driver acted in self defense and is not facing charges, according to Albuquerque police spokesman Fred Duran. Officers were called to the shooting, which was outside an apartment complex on the 3900 block of Montgomery NE near Montgomery and Carlisle, around 6:30 p.m. They learned that three men had tried to to carjack a couple in a parking lot. “The driver fired his...
  • Business owner refusing service to Trump supporters [Albuquerque]

    11/23/2016 5:00:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 94 replies
    KOB TV ^ | 11/23/16
    There has been so much divisiveness in the two weeks since the presidential election, but an Albuquerque business is going a step further by refusing to have any dealings with Donald Trump supporters.Matthew Blanchfield runs 1st in SEO, an Albuquerque-based internet marketing company. He's making his case pretty clear in a blog post, writing “if you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st in SEO and we ask you to leave our firm."In an interview with KOB Tuesday, Blanchfield said he has a moral obligation to stand...
  • FBI investigating suspected arson at pro-life ministry (ABQ NM)

    11/23/2016 2:40:09 PM PST · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 23, 2016 | Nicole Perez
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The FBI’s Albuquerque office has launched an investigation after a suspected arsonist set several fires at a pro-life ministry near San Mateo and Marquette. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the fires sparked shortly after midnight, damaging the office of Project Defending Life at 625 San Mateo NE. A chapel inside the building was also damaged. Nobody was injured in the fires, and firefighters quickly put it out. The Project Defending Life sits directly across from a Planned Parenthood clinic. The FBI is working with the Albuquerque Fire Department on the investigation, and Fisher asked the public for...
  • NM legislators seek to end use of fetal tissue

    11/23/2016 2:40:03 PM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 23, 2016 | Chris Quintana
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of 25 New Mexico Republican lawmakers is calling on the University of New Mexico to halt research involving fetal body parts that have come from abortions. The group also requested in a letter to the board of regents that UNM suspend the transfer of fetal body parts to or from the university until administrators can prove they’re not violating the law that bans profiting from the sale of such material. The lawmakers also expressed concern that UNM may have improperly entered an agreement with Southwestern Women’s Options, one of a few clinics nationwide that provide...
  • New Mexico Business: If You Support Trump, Get Out (Matthew Blanchfield, 1st in SEO)

    11/23/2016 8:06:15 AM PST · by maggief · 128 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 23, 2016 | Blake Neff
    A business owner in Albuquerque has announced that, due to his opposition to “fascism,” he will henceforth refuse to do business with Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump supporters. According to KOB 4 News, Matthew Blanchfield runs the online marketing company 1st in SEO, and he’s so upset about the presidential election he’s willing to shed customers to show his disgust. “America has elected Donald Trump, a racist, sexist, fascist, to be our next president,” Blanchfield says in a blog post two days after the election. “If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any...
  • Wary of Trump immigration threat, NY may erase ID card data

    11/15/2016 6:55:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 9:32 PM EST | Deepti Hajela and Jennifer Peltz
    When New York City launched the nation’s biggest municipal ID card program last year, advocates said it would help people living in the U.S. illegally to venture out of the shadows. But since Donald Trump was elected president, city officials are instead fielding questions about whether the cards could put those same people at greater risk of being deported. The city has vowed to protect cardholders’ personal records and might even delete them using a kind of self-destruct provision that allows for the information to be destroyed at the end of the year. At least one state lawmaker has criticized...
  • Star is Born? Donald Trump, Jr.’s Impressive Morning Joe Appearance

    11/08/2016 7:34:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ivanka has attracted attention as the Trump most likely to have a significant political future. But don’t sleep on Donald Trump, Jr. Appearing on today’s Morning Joe, Trump, Jr. was impressively thoughtful, articulate, substantive and nuanced, without for one second backing down from making his case forcefully and unapologetically. For a taste of Trump, Jr., view the video as he unblinkingly attacks the double standard, asserting that any average American who had done what Hillary did with her email would be in jail. And when Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post scoffs at his assertion that African-Americans and Hispanics speak...
  • Exclusive–Breitbart/Gravis Swing State Poll Roundup: FL, NM VA, NC and MI

    11/07/2016 5:55:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 7 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    These Breitbart/Gravis five swing state polls show a nation in flux as America’s 2016 presidential election ends Tuesday night. VirginiaDemocrat Hillary Clinton leads her GOP rival Donald Trump with 47 percent to 42 percent for the New York City developer in the battle for Virginia’s 13 electoral votes, according to the Breitbart/Gravis poll conducted Nov. 1 through Nov. 4 with 1,362 registered voters there. The poll carries a 2.7 margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence. Libertarian Gary Johnson has the support of four percent of the poll participants with Green Party nominee the choice of one...