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Current location: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
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Torres Small is apparent winner in 2nd District

Source: Albuquerque Journal

LAS CRUCES – Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is the new projected winner over Republican Yvette Herrell in the hotly contested race for southern New Mexico’s congressional seat following a hand count of 8,000 absentee ballots in Doña Ana County on Wednesday. She is the first woman and Latina to represent the state’s second Congressional District. Torres Small’s apparent victory means Democrats make up New Mexico’s entire congressional delegation – both senators and all three members of the U.S. House.

The absentee ballots were not included in the election night returns that showed Herrell with a lead of 1,972 votes over Torres Small out of the 186,000 votes counted at that point. At least one national news network and the Journal along with local pollsters called the race at that time, not aware that the absentee ballots had not been counted.

Results of the hard-fought race were then hanging in the balance until the envelopes containing all the absentee ballots cast in Doña Ana County could be opened and counted.

The unofficial totals as of late Wednesday, according to the secretary of state, gave Torres Small 99,440 votes and Herrell 96,712 votes.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1243372/outcome-of-cd-2-race-up-in-the-air.html



This is my District, which has been held by a Repub for a long time. It's the area of New Mexico that houses a large number of Texas transplants. It's largely rural and covers a huge swath of land (the entire Southern portion of our state). The previous trumpian Representative, Steve Pearce, retired to run a losing campaign for governor. Last night, the race was called prematurely for the Repub by 2000 votes. Today, our Secretary of State (Democrat) located a large batch of uncounted ballots from Dona Ana County. Now, Torres-Small leads by 3000 votes, with an estimate of only 1100 ballots left to count.

Every other Federal office in our state is held by Democrats, including our new flip of the Governor's office. Now, the lone Repub in our state Congressional delegation is gone!

My county, Valencia, as well as the entire District has been a 10 point Republican advantage for a very long time. I can't tell you how much I and my friends are rejoicing. We not only have a Democrat for the first time in ages, its a woman and she's Hispanic!!! I'm so proud of my state! We've turned from purple 20 years ago to a solid Blue stronghold!

This unexpected turn of events adds another seat to the Democratic majority in the US House!

Woo-hoo!

Legislators prepare to sue Governor over vetoes.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s legislative leaders authorized their attorneys on Thursday to sue Gov. Susana Martinez over her veto of funding for state universities and the Legislature itself.

And they directed their staff to begin gathering signatures for an extraordinary session – a legislative session called by lawmakers themselves and open to any topic.

It would take signatures from three-fifths of the Legislature to enter such a session, which has happened only once in New Mexico history, officials said.

Top Democrats in the Legislature have repeatedly questioned whether the Republican governor had authority to reject funding for an equal branch of government and for universities mentioned in the state Constitution.


Read more: Legislators prepare to sue Governor over vetoes


Gov. Martinez vetoed 145 bills, while signing 132. The legislature is lead by Democrats. Several bills were vetoed that had broad bi-partisan support.

“In the coming weeks,” Martinez said Friday, “I will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe to finish the job they were supposed to do in the first place. I believe that by working together, we can balance the budget – without tax increases. While I’m disappointed in them, I am optimistic that we can come together.”

Gov. Martinez was disengaged from the legislature while they were in session. She spent precious little time working with the legislators to compromise. Instead, she simply vetoed bills that had support from both parties, claimed they were "wasting time", and now wants to spend extra money for a special session, even though the state is in financial trouble right now.

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Cross-posted in Latest Breaking News.

Legislators prepare to sue governor over vetoes

Source: Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s legislative leaders authorized their attorneys on Thursday to sue Gov. Susana Martinez over her veto of funding for state universities and the Legislature itself.

And they directed their staff to begin gathering signatures for an extraordinary session – a legislative session called by lawmakers themselves and open to any topic.

It would take signatures from three-fifths of the Legislature to enter such a session, which has happened only once in New Mexico history, officials said.

Top Democrats in the Legislature have repeatedly questioned whether the Republican governor had authority to reject funding for an equal branch of government and for universities mentioned in the state Constitution.


Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/987469?utm_source=abqjournal.com&utm_campaign



Gov. Martinez vetoed 145 bills, while signing 132. The legislature is lead by Democrats. Several bills were vetoed that had broad bi-partisan support.

“In the coming weeks,” Martinez said Friday, “I will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe to finish the job they were supposed to do in the first place. I believe that by working together, we can balance the budget – without tax increases. While I’m disappointed in them, I am optimistic that we can come together.”

Gov. Martinez was disengaged from the legislature while they were in session. She spent precious little time working with the legislators to compromise. Instead, she simply vetoed bills that had support from both parties, claimed they were "wasting time", and now wants to spend extra money for a special session, even though the state is in financial trouble right now.

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Cross-posted in New Mexico forum.

A ballot measure requiring businesses to provide sick leave to all employees is being challenged

Lawsuit filed over proposed sick leave ordinance

Businesses don't like to provide sick leave. Read the comments: When are the Democraps going to understand to STAY OUT OF BUSINESS. Let a business run as the owner wants it to run.

Repubs, who say they love the Constitution, don't seem to understand the obligation of our government to REGULATE COMMERCE.

The ugliest, meanest and greediest people I know in this town are all Small Business owners. They are full of greed and bereft of humanity and compassion.

Pearce pitches Trump administration on new NM refinery - Lectures lawmakers on "poisonous" politics

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) is the lone Republican in the NM delegation to Congress, and he's MY representative!

He has to balance a fine line in our largely Hispanic state. But, he has praised Trump and criticized our bitter partisan divide (like it's not his fault in the first place).

Now, he wants to allow construction of a new oil refinery in NM. He says it will bring high-paying jobs and take advantage of our state's high-quality oil.

Of all the things he could support to promote job creation, he touts an old industry that desperately needs to be replaced. He advocates further destroying our environment so he can pander to the oil lobby, which provides major funding for his campaigns.

I call Pearce at least twice a week and give him a piece of my mind. He needs to know he will not hold his seat. If Pearce is your representative, too, please call his office OFTEN!

SANTA FE, N.M. — Congressman Steve Pearce — the lone Republican in New Mexico’s delegation — said Thursday that he has pitched the idea of building a new oil refinery in New Mexico to the Trump administration.

It would inject high-paying jobs into the economy, he said, and the purity of local oil would be a tremendous asset on the market.

“We will have the strongest oil economy in the world,” Pearce said. “My friends, that is something to be proud about.”

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“I think the poisonous attitudes that exist right now in politics are damaging the very structure of self governance,” Pearce said.


https://www.abqjournal.com/946379/pearce-pitches-trump-administration-on-new-nm-refinery.html

See how easy it is, and CHEAP, to be NICE?!?! Good for the LDS, even if their motives may be...

Even if their motives may be questionable, there is no doubt that people who are gay have won the battle of hearts and minds in America.

I'm no fool. I realize that the LDS church is playing long in an effort to eventually become the predominant religion in the US. I, for one, will work against them and their effort to proselytize everyone. Their exclusive, misogynistic fantasy religion will always be just that.

But when a bad player does a good thing, or when a sinner repents, or when a criminal changes their way, I will always be the first to offer kudos and gratitude.

Perhaps the very christ-like message of love and tolerance that the gay community has been practicing all along is starting to rub off onto the crum-bums who need it the most. At least, I'd like to think so.

Now, let's see if some of that love and tolerance rubs off on the Southern Baptists. Probably not, but I can dream!

What would the cost have been if the terminally ill defendant passed before The Bobby Bunch acted?

This is not the most imporatant election since the origin of man. Honestly, we're past that. But....

This IS the most important election on OUR time here in the United States.

We have won the war. Somehow, Obama has won the war and with such a humbleness as to barely claim victory. We have survived NineEleven! We have survived the junta that subjugated our very government to pull our economy down to nothing. We have, with our smallest grasp, held on to the hope for tomorrow. We have lived the dream, and in spite of our fortunes, have demanded the best future for us all.

WE are America's past, present and future! This is not an abdication. This is a resurrection. This is a fulminating froth from the middlings of our very selves to say that WE WILL NOT subject ourselves to the most profitable amongst us. WE WILL NOT inter our souls to the rivers of nowhere without a PURPOSE OF WILL. We WILL that we (not I, but WE) be held amongst the best amongst us, regardless of money or power or lust. When we hold ourselves to our highest ideals, we uplift all of our strengths and weaknesses to ... well, to emerge. To combine. We condone our combination! In other words, we decide to love ourselves more than hate ourselves! Now, is that so f'cking difficult to understand, eh?
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