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Morning Word: Death Penalty Reinstatement Bill Advances

October 6, 2016, 7:30 am
Death Penalty Bill Advances  
Early Thursday morning, after a long debate outside of public scrutiny, the New Mexico House of Representatives voted 36-30 to reinstate the death penalty, which was repealed in 2009. It now heads to the senate with no guarantee for a hearing or a vote as Democrats return to the Roundhouse today to consider budget matters and a tax package also approved in the House.

Mailers Target Democrats Who Don’t Support Death Penalty Reinstatement
Even before Senate Democrats decide whether to take up Gov. Susana Martinez’ crime reform bills or vote on the death penalty reinstatement measure, the governor’s political team is mailing postcards criticizing incumbents for their opposition to the death penalty.  

Republicans File Ethics Complaints
The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office has received complaints against two lawmakers who didn’t remove re-election campaign donation links from their websites while they’ve been in Santa Fe for the special session.

Johnson Schedules Albuquerque Campaign Event
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, who is polling well in New Mexico, plans to campaign in Albuquerque on Saturday. At the same time, it looks like Donald Trump's folks are putting up billboards for the Republican candidate in Las Cruces.

Rodella’s Appeal Won’t Be Heard by High Court
Former Rio Arriba County Sherriff Tommy Rodella won’t be getting out of prison after terrorizing a motorist with a gun during a traffic stop. Staci Matlock reports the US Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal.

Going Green in November
So it looks like marijuana legalization measures on the ballots in several states including California, Arizona, Maine and Massachusetts are trending favorably in public opinion polls.


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