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Morning Word: Special Session Still in Limbo

September 9, 2016, 7:30 am
Blame Game 
It doesn’t look like Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers are any closer to agreeing on a special session and are spending most of their energy exchanging blame for inaction on the state’s growing budget deficit.

Snuffed Out
State fair officials have changed their mind and won’t allow a medical cannabis grower’s patient education booth this year. Ultra Health’s display, which featured a three-week old plant, was ordered removed Thursday. It isn’t the first time cannabis plants have been at a state fair; Oregon fair officials were the first in the country to allow them. Meanwhile, the licensed grower here is also under investigation by the New Mexico Department of Health for allowing a rap music group to record this video inside their Bernalillo green house.

School Test Freeze
Interim Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica C Garcia is putting a voluntary freeze on non-mandatory testing throughout the district. Some parents have started home schooling their children because of all the testing.

Sick Pay Measure Won’t Be on Fall Ballot
Bernalillo County Commissioners decided not to allow to City of Albuquerque measures on this fall’s ballot, including questions about requiring most businesses to offer paid sick leave and increasing the amount of public campaign finance money provided to mayoral candidates.

Johnson Brutalized after Gaffe
After admitting he didn’t know the Syrian city Aleppo during a television interview, Gary Johnson is scrambling to maintain campaign momentum as pundits bash his qualifications to be in the White House.

Montoya Under Pressure to Resign
Protesters in Bernalillo County want Ramon Montoya, a deputy county clerk, fired or asked to resign after a female co-worker alleged he harassed her by continuing to send her text messages after she asked him to stop. KRQE reports, “The county issued Montoya a letter of reprimand, and ordered him to take sensitivity and anti-harassment training, which he completed over the summer.” In June, Montoya lost a primary race to replace Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running for New Mexico Secretary of State.

Swit Heads to Las Cruces
Actress Loretta Swit, the Emmy Award-winning M*A*S*H actress, is on her way to becoming an honorary Las Crucen during a visit to the border town this month. She’ll teach a master class at New Mexico State University’s Theatre Department, ride in a parade with the mayor to celebrate a new downtown plaza, and perform in a benefit stage production of Me & Jezebel.


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