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Morning Word: Hundreds Vote Early in Santa Fe

October 12, 2016, 7:40 am
Early Voting Popular in Santa Fe 
You might have seen a lot of people sporting those “I Voted” stickers on Tuesday. It looks like a lot of eligible voters showed up at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office to register to vote. The New Mexican reports that almost 900 people also cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting.

Toulouse Oliver Outraises Espinoza
The latest campaign finance reports show that Democrat Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver outraised Rep. Nora Espinoza, her Republican opponent, by more than $70,000 between September 5 and October 3. New Mexico In Depth, which has published a great new online portal that makes it easy for the public to track campaign finance data, is tracking the secretary of state’s race along with 16 key legislative races and several big super PACS.

Democratic Party Chair Under Pressure to Resign
Republican Party officials in New Mexico have joined Bernie Sanders supporters to put pressure on Debra Haaland, the head of the Democratic Party of New Mexico chair, to resign. They claim she showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton during the primary campaign.

Open Records Lawsuit Set for Trial
SFR’s First Amendment and open records lawsuit against Gov. Susana Martinez is getting closer to trial. Independent journalist Jeff Proctor takes a long look at the contentious relationship between the newspaper and the administration.

Martinez Appoints Economic Development Secretary
Matt Geisel will replace Jon Barela as the new secretary at the state Economic Development Department. Barela resigned in September to become the chief executive of the Borderplex Alliance, a Texas nonprofit that promotes commerce on the US-Mexico border.

A Checkered Past
SFR reporter Steven Hsieh reports the Singaporean firm that plans to purchase the Santa Fe University of Art and Design has a spotty track record complying with regulations in at least three other countries and left students with unrecognized degrees.

Mistrial Declared in Police Officers' Murder Trial
An Albuquerque jury voted 9 to 3 to acquit two Albuquerque police officers of second degree murder. Without a unanimous verdict, the judge declared a mistrial Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors will regroup and decide whether they want to retry the case.


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