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Candidates line up for US Senate and House seats

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two candidates have dropped out of the race for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, but candidates on both sides of the aisle will still face competitive primaries in June. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of Albuquerque and Las Cruces Tea Party candidate and local businessman Greg Sowards filed their [&hellip...

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Legislative standoff dooms immigrant license bill

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t giving up on her proposal to stop New Mexico from granting licenses to illegal immigrants but her top House ally predicts the issue is dead for this year’s legislative session. The...

New Mexico lawmakers send state budget to governor

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $6 billion budget plan but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez warned she’ll consider vetoing the proposal if the Legislature fails to agree on tax cutting measures Martinez issued...

NM flight center ordered to pay workers back wages

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department has ordered the German Air Force Tactical Training Center based at Holloman Air Force Base to pay eight workers nearly $34,000 in back wages after investigators found violations of the overtime provisions of...

Man cited in NMSU incident faces more charges

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a man arrested at New Mexico State University for allegedly causing a campus disturbance by pepper spraying students is facing felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. State police arrested...

Forest Service suing New Mexico, Otero County

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service filed a lawsuit against the state and Otero County over management of forest lands, after the county passed a resolution last year saying it intended to begin following an 11-year-old state law on the issue....

NM Hispanic ranchers, once ignore, showing clout

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Once shunned and largely ignored, Hispanic ranchers and other descendants of people who received Spanish land grants are flexing their political muscles in New Mexico. In recent years, the activists have persuaded state lawmakers to...

NM activist bowing out of race for US Senate seat

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque political activist Andres Valdez says he’s dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate. Valdez announced in a news release Monday that he decided to bow out because of “the outrageous amount of money needed to...

Senate approves corporate income tax change

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to lower New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate but change the tax treatment of large corporations with income from operations nationwide. The measure passed the Senate on a 28-13 vote on Monday...

Legislature approves anti-corruption proposal

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal is heading to Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen penalties for elected officials convicted of public corruption. The measure allows for a fine equal to the salary, pension and other fringe benefits paid to the official from the...