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Got a problem? Let’s raise taxes!

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:56

We at RGF haven’t done a whole lot of commenting on the recent police shootings in Albuquerque. Although we do work on criminal justice policy from a predominantly fiscal perspective, the issues of mental health and police policy are not in our “wheelhouse.” What is in that “wheelhouse” is tax policy and we were asked to comment for a recent KRQE Channel 13 story on Albuquerque city councilor Klarissa Pena’s proposal to raise the local gross receipts tax by 1/8th of a cent to pay for additional mental health services. Unfortunately, due to a separate incident, we were not able to get on camera.

This is the first statement by anyone that I’ve read or heard about inadequate spending being the problem with APD shootings and our community’s efforts to work with the mentally ill. Interestingly, according to the Kaiser Foundation, New Mexico as a state is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to mental health spending per-capita. So, what will the additional money be used for, specifically? What problems are being caused by inadequate funding particularly given the fact that New Mexico’s courts have struck down “Kendra’s Law” which would allow involuntary commitment of the mentally-ill.

In other words, no one knows if more money is a viable solution for our mental health woes. If someone comes up with valid research indicating that such funds are needed, then a discussion will be worth having. Until then, it would appear that the court system, APD, and the law itself need to be the primary focus points. This proposal would spend money for the sake of spending it and “doing something” no matter whether it solves the problem or not.

Search crew finds location but not source of leak at New Mexico nuclear waste ... - World Socialist Web Site

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:52

Search crew finds location but not source of leak at New Mexico nuclear waste ...
World Socialist Web Site
On April 16, more than two months after an underground air monitor detected airborne radiation underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) nuclear waste burial site in Carlsbad, New Mexico (see “Thirteen workers exposed to radiation in New ...
WIPP officials close to knowing cause of radiation leakKOAT Albuquerque

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New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay facing rape charges, suspended indefinitely

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
The University of New Mexico says running back Crusoe Gongbay is facing rape charges and has been suspended from the team.
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She brought Belgian waffles to NYC's 1964 World's Fair _ but she's not giving up the recipe

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
The notion of introducing a new food to the American public is almost inconceivable in an era of TV chefs, global cuisine and foodie websites.
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Where Are Tornado Hot Spots Outside of the US?

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
The United States is not the only country that possesses the prime ingredients and topography to harness these often life-threatening storms.
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Small western towns to lose Amtrak service if states can't pay up

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
Amtrak says customers along a 600-mile stretch of the famous line will lose service in 2016 unless the states they live in cough up enough cash to upgrade aging track.
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Golf Tidbits: Wie starting to meet expectations

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - For non-golf fans, it seems as though Michelle Wie been around forever
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John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal, none greater than embrace of Legion of Christ

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:00
Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.
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Silver Alert cancelled for missing 87-year-old man - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 15:20

KOAT Albuquerque

Silver Alert cancelled for missing 87-year-old man
KOAT Albuquerque
The New Mexico State Police Department said 87-year-old John Roger Houghton was found Sunday, four days after he was reported missing. Related. Officer honored for work with child abuse victim · Videos released in APD officer-involved shooting ...
Missing man found stranded in SocorroKRQE News 13
87-year-old man found alive after more than three days missingAlbuquerque Journal
One Silver Alert canceled.KOB.com
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That time subterranean aliens killed 60 people in New Mexico - Huffington Post

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 13:49

That time subterranean aliens killed 60 people in New Mexico
Huffington Post
Dulce, New Mexico is located right on the Colorado-New Mexico border. It's a quaint town, with a population just under 3,000. It's the tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. It's also the alleged location of a secret underground alien ...

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Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico below US average - Washington Times

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 11:57

Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico below US average
Washington Times
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico dipped in 2013, continuing a downward trend that started in 2010. The clerk's office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque says the state overall had a rate of two bankruptcy filings per ...
New Mexico Bankruptcy Filings Below U.S. AverageKRWG

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Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico below US average - KFDA

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sun, 2014-04-20 11:46

Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico below US average
KFDA
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico dipped in 2013, continuing a downward trend that has been going on since 2010. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1jWwxAI) that the clerk's office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in ...
New Mexico Bankruptcy Filings Below U.S. AverageKRWG
Unenviable distinctionAlbuquerque Journal

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Editorial: The hits on Susana are coming from within

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Sun, 2014-04-20 08:32

Rob Nikolewski. Photo courtesy of Santa Fe New Mexican/Clyde Mueller.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE – It’s been said you need to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

For Gov. Susana Martinez, the difficulty comes in trying to keep your frenemies away.

Politicos all around the state are still buzzing about a secret audio recording, showing the governor and staffers from the 2010 gubernatorial campaign swearing and deriding political opponents while advisor Jay McCleskey discusses how the administration could respond to criticism by posting “a YouTube video that no one will ever see.”

It all seems like a scene from “House of Cards.”

The audio cuts came from a scathing article appearing in the liberal magazine, Mother Jones that calls Martinez petty, vindictive and weak on policy.

Within an hour of the story being posted, the Martinez campaign responded with an email bomb to supporters and potential donors, saying the article “shows just how far the Left is willing to go to stop reforms in New Mexico.”

The reaction was predictable: Martinez opponents swooning and getting into high moral dudgeon at the sound of politicians talking like, well, politicians (as if conference calls involving, say, Bill Richardson or Rahm Emanuel or Bill Clinton would never include such coarse exchanges) and Martinez supporters decrying the recordings as exercises in the politics of personal destruction (as if Republicans wouldn’t take advantage of a similar incident involving a Democrat).

But the larger question centers on the fact that, obviously, the recordings came from someone inside the Martinez camp who then turned them over to the author of the article in the first place. Who did it?

An FBI investigation into allegedly stolen emails led to federal charges and a pending case against former Martinez campaign manager Jamie Estrada. But the article says the recordings come from October of 2010. Estrada was gone from the Martinez campaign by December of 2009.

Could it be Anissa Ford, another former Martinez campaign employee, who got crossways with the governor’s staff? She won’t confirm or deny it. Maybe the recordings come from someone else.

The editors at Mother Jones wouldn’t tell Steve Terrell of the New Mexican who supplied them.

The incident is similar to one that put Martinez chief of staff Keith Gardner in an embarrassing spot. In September of 2012, Gardner was caught on audio tape saying how he avoids putting anything on his state email account and cussing like a sailor, calling then Senate Pro Tem Tim Jennings a … well, let’s just say it’s a word that, if directed to a referee by any NBA coach, leads to an immediate ejection.

But in each case, what’s telling is the information that damaged Martinez and/or her staff did not come from an outside agency. It wasn’t like a cabal of liberals had installed a Soviet-style recording system into the Martinez inner sanctum.

That certainly fuels fire that while the Martinez team may be politically effective, it leaves plenty of hard feelings in the process.

A highly critical article from the National Journal last fall was most noteworthy because it got Harvey Yates — the former chairman of the state Republican Party — to go on the record with his complaints about McCleskey, urging Martinez in an email to make “it clear that you run the government and he does not.”

Whether all this will really matter to New Mexico voters come November is an open question.

Intraparty infighting and handicapping elections make for lively discussion in a state long consumed with political intrigue but Martinez has a substantial campaign war chest and the five Democrats fighting for the gubernatorial nomination seem oddly unfocused with little more than six weeks to go until the June 3 primary.

But it’s safe to say one thing about the latest round of secret recordings of Martinez and her staff: It sure doesn’t help her.

 This editorial first appeared in the Sanata Fe New Mexican on April 20, 2014. Contact Rob Nikolewski at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski

Venom drop second straight in loss at New Mexico, 70-49 - Amarillo.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 22:41

Venom drop second straight in loss at New Mexico, 70-49
Amarillo.com
There was no deja vu Saturday night on the road as the Amarillo Venom dropped their second straight game, falling to the New Mexico Stars 70-49 on the road. The Venom fell to 2-2 and have given up 70 points in back-to-back gamess. In the first meeting ...
Rookie QB frustrates NM Stars coachAlbuquerque Journal

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Beneficial Rain for parts of New Mexico… - KRQE News 13 (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 22:00

KRQE News 13 (blog)

Beneficial Rain for parts of New Mexico
KRQE News 13 (blog)
Fortunately, the severe threat is over for tonight, but there is a shot for some more thunderstorms around lunch time into the evening for much of Northern and Eastern New Mexico. Like Saturday, Easter won't be a complete washout but we will have the ...

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New Mexico sheriff's deputy going 114 mph when she struck, killed pedestrian - khon2.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 21:45

New Mexico sheriff's deputy going 114 mph when she struck, killed pedestrian
khon2.com
LAS CRUCES, NM (KVIA/CNN) – A sheriff's deputy in New Mexico is accused of driving more than 114 miles per hour when she hit and killed a woman earlier this month. New Mexico State Police are now recommending Eden Terrazas be charged with ...
New Mexico deputy accused of vehicular homicideKRQE News 13

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Historic Santa Fe railroad hotel where Teddy Roosevelt once entertained guests ... - Daily Mail

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 20:57

Daily Mail

Historic Santa Fe railroad hotel where Teddy Roosevelt once entertained guests ...
Daily Mail
The wallpaper may be peeling off the walls and the once grand dining room has seen better days, but this historic New Mexico hotel is about to be restored to its former glory. Built in 1898, The Castaneda was the center-piece of a chain of hotels ...

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Reader View: New Mexico needs new job growth ideas - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 19:10

Reader View: New Mexico needs new job growth ideas
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
... about how best to diversify our economy. Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state — and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to ...

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Lobos Overwhelm Fort Lewis in 6-1 Win - New Mexico Official Athletic Site

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 16:28

Lobos Overwhelm Fort Lewis in 6-1 Win
New Mexico Official Athletic Site
TAOS, N.M. – It was an avalanche of goals for the New Mexico Lobos in their 6-1 exhibition victory over the Fort Lewis Skyhawks on Saturday afternoon. Niko Hansen recorded a hat trick and Ben McKendry chipped in a pair of goals as the Lobos ...

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New Mexico schools fear lawsuits by stocking medication - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-04-19 14:18

New Mexico schools fear lawsuits by stocking medication
Las Cruces Sun-News
ALBUQUERQUE >> A new law taking effect this summer requiring New Mexico schools stockpile medicine to treat students for severe allergic reactions or asthma attacks has officials concerned, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1hXHX7X ).
Schools Concerned About New LawKRWG

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