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on certain contributions for political parties and PACs.
At issue were caps on contributions to political action committees for use in federal campaigns and contributions used for independent expenditures, which would include spending that isn’t coordinated with a candidate. State Republican Party Chairman John Billingsley said Wednesday he sees the decision as a victory for free speech.
It is a victory for Republicans and Republican-aligned PACs that want to weaken campaign finance laws in the state.
I guess Aubrey Dunn has made up with Gov. Susana Martinez.
Aubrey Dunn announces for Land Commissioner w/Gov Martinez endorsement. #nmpol#nm2014
. KRQE looked at the provision that costs the state "hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue."
In 1943, lawmakers approved a measure to compensate tobacco distributors the cost of affixing tobacco stamps on every pack of cigarettes. By law, every pack sold in New Mexico must have a cigarette tax stamp. "It was to defray or offset the cost of applying those stamps that can be fairly labor intensive, and so I think the intent was to do that," said Taxation and Revenue Deputy Director Shannon Baxter. Nathan said the law made sense in the 1940s, but in an age when everything is mechanized, Nathan said the law is unnecessary.
It will be interesting to see the lobbying trying to stop legislators from taking this provision away.
Those figures don’t include the employees and dependents that have enrolled for coverage beginning Feb. 1, Nunez said, a figure that isn’t available yet. Nor does it include the 934 New Mexicans who have enrolled in individual policies on the federal exchange.
Under the approved plan, Public Service Company of New Mexico will buy 50,000 megawatt-hours of wind energy credits in 2014. PNM also will buy wind energy from the Red Mesa Wind Energy Center under a 20-year contract when the facility opens in Cibola County in 2015, and it will build solar photovoltaic facilities near Albuquerque with a capacity of 23 megawatts to meet state renewable energy requirements in the future.
[Johnny] Naize was charged with 10 counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy by the tribe's special prosecutors in criminal complaints filed Dec. 3 in Window Rock District Court in Window Rock, Ariz. "It is my belief that when these issues are resolved, I will have been exonerated and my name will be cleared," Naize said in the statement.
The ACLU is suing the federal government on behalf of a Lovington, NM woman who