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Morning Word: College Republicans Abandon Trump

State party sticks with foul-mouthed billionaire

October 11, 2016, 7:30 am
Young Republicans Back Johnson
While the state Republican Party has decided to stick with Donald Trump, younger members, including New Mexico’s college Republicans, are denouncing the candidate’s “locker room” talk and tossing their support to Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

Jury Deliberations Resume in Officers’ Murder Trial
After taking the Columbus Day holiday off, an Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to consider murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers charged with killing a homeless man.

Sign of the Times
The Hobbs Public Defender's Office isn’t accepting any new clients because it says it “does not have the resources to adequately represent” a spike in felony cases.
The decision to deny public representation to criminal defendants in Hobbs may just be the beginning of a trend in courthouses where strained budgets have become a way of life because of the state’s budget crisis. Other areas of the state could face the same problem of not having the means to provide lawyers to indigent defendants, said Ben Baur, New Mexico’s chief public defender.
Migrants Flee Gang Violence and Poverty
The Texas Tribune spent a year looking at why migrants are crossing the border into the United States. As expected, a ton of people are fleeing domestic violence and gang wars, while others look to escape extreme poverty. Meanwhileand this isn’t in the Tribune’s reportdid you know that all six Americans who won a Nobel Prize this year are immigrants? 

Seniors Going to Pot
So it turns out folks who’ve already received their AARP membership invite mailer are the fastest growing segment of new cannabis consumers. The LA Weekly reports it’s not teenagers rushing out to vape or down a THC-infused edible.
Regular weed use among people between the ages of 55 and 64 is up 455 percent since 2002. Yes, 455 percent. Among seniors 65 years and older, cannabis use is up 333 percent. Now compare that to only 7.4 percent of Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 years old who admitted to smoking pot recently. Suddenly, teenagers seem like puritans compared to their parents and grandparents.
School District Plans to Ask Voters for $100 Million
The Santa Fe Public School district wants to build a new middle school and some new athletic fields, but first voters will have to approve a $100 million property tax bond when they cast ballots in the February 2017 board election.

Clowning Around
You’ve still got a ton of time to decide on a Halloween costume, but it turns out a lot of people are planning to dress up as creepy clowns.


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