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'Transparency' guv declines to release schedule

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post notices of their meetings 72 hours in advance and promising quick responses to requests for public...

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Lt. Gov. drops bid for US Senate

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate. Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed...

Senate leader blocks NM regulatory agency revamp

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez has blocked all measures to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for elected members. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

ACLU suing NM city over Ten Commandments monument

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Bloomfield residents over a Ten Commandments monument displayed at City Hall. The lawsuit alleges that the monument is a government endorsement of...

2 NM men arrested in alleged kidnapping of woman

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s say two men wanted for allegedly kidnapping and beating a woman last weekend now are in custody. They say 45-year-old David Grill and 42-year-old Michael Strubhar surrendered to authorities Wednesday...

House approves New Mexico immigrant license repeal

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses setting up a showdown with the state Senate where a similar measure died last year. By a vote of 45 to 25, the full...

NM District judge says he’s resigning this month

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district judge accused of bribery says he’ll resign from his position. Judge Michael Murphy announced Wednesday that he will retire from the bench, effective Feb. 24. Murphy was indicted last year on bribery...

Senate confirms governor’s nominee for energy post

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed John Bemis as secretary of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Bemis, an attorney with experience in oil and natural gas law, won confirmation unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday....

Senate confirms Indian Affairs Sec. Arthur Allison

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Indian Affairs Secretary Arthur Allison won Senate confirmation Wednesday despite questions about allegedly illegal cigarette sales at his family’s store on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. The Senate voted...

NM House approves $5B state budget proposal

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers. The...