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Morning Word: Dem Convention Opens in Philadelphia

July 25, 2016, 7:30 am
Philadelphia Story
Hillary Clinton on Friday selected Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, and there's no doubt they have the votes needed to win the Democratic Party nomination. But as the DNC gets underway in Philadelphia, party leaders' hopes for a peaceful, united convention turned grim Sunday as Bernie Sanders supporters staged loud protests.
[Bernie] Sanders crowds, already angry over WikiLeaks' posting of 19,000 DNC emails that suggest Democratic officials favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders during the nominating contests, erupted in joy upon hearing that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would step down after the convention. Sanders had called for her resignation hours earlier.
No Love for Trump
Even before the Democrats take a floor vote, we know two things: The Washington Post and fellow New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg won’t be endorsing Republican Donald Trump this fall. In an extraordinary move, The Post declares that Trump is unfit for the presidency and "a threat to democracy."  Bloomberg, who briefly considered an independent campaign himself, and who has been critical of Trump’s views on immigration, says he'll endorse her, arguing "Clinton is the best choice for moderate voters."

State Employees Fear Retaliation
The state of New Mexico is paying out millions to settle employees’ civil rights cases. Agency staffers worry about retaliation or being blackballed if they speak up or ask for a job transfer, Staci Matlock reports. Sonya Quintana quit her job as human resources director at the New Mexico Game and Fish Department after detailing sexual harassment by the secretary, who also resigned. 

Call Centers Saturate Albuquerque Job Market
The Albuquerque Journal has an interesting news feature on the 28 call centers operating around the Duke City. We didn’t know this, but the industry employs about 12,000 people in the metro area. Supporters say call centers provide "economic base jobs" 
that bring new money to the state.

For the Record
Arthur Alpert, a frequent critic of the state’s largest daily newspaper, says he’s frustrated that some guest editorials are not properly identified as being penned by individuals and organizations funded by the Koch brothers' various companies and foundations.

Veterans Up Front
With most of New Mexico’s Bataan Death march survivors now in their 90s, The New Mexican Hispanic Culture Preservation League is pushing lawmakers to honor the men with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Living the Dream
This weekend local baseball sensation Alex Bregman got the call he’s dreamed about since he was a young boy. He’s been called up by the Houston Astros and will make his major league debut Monday against the New York Yankees.

Early Harvest
Here’s some good news to start your week off: Chile farmers are already starting to harvest green chile and they say the crops look great this year.


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