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Morning Word: New Mexico Leads Nation with Number of Children on Food Stamps

October 17, 2016, 12:00 am
Close to 200,000 Children Get Food Aid in New Mexico
New data shows that New Mexico has the most children of any state receiving food stamps via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including half of youngsters age 4 and under.

Sanders Heads to UNM for Rally
US Sen. Bernie Sanders will rally students at the University of New Mexico on Tuesday.
Sanders will speak at Mesa Vista Hall on Tuesday beginning at 11:00 a.m., as part of a final push by the Clinton campaign to widen its lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump as much as possible in the final weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8.

According to RealClearPolitics, an average of multiple national polls shows Clinton clinging to a five percent lead as of Saturday.
Johnson Greets Supporters in Santa Fe
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson held a rally in Santa Fe over the weekend after he rode his bicycle from Taos to Santa Fe.

Judge Rules Against More Polling Sites
San Juan County will not have to add additional polling sites on the Navajo reservation next month.
U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish struck down a Navajo group's request for a court order requiring the county to quadruple the number of polling places because of a switch to a mail-only voting system.

In her opinion, Parrish said the plaintiffs, the Navajo Human Rights Commission, failed to show why Navajo voters would be at a greater disadvantage if there will still be polling places within reach.
Marcantel Retires 
New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel will retire, “ending a stormy time in which scandals enveloped his department and unionized guards overwhelmingly voted no-confidence in him.” Marcantel plans to retire by the end of the month. 

Arkansas Looks To New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program
Residents in Arkansas are getting ready to decide whether to legalize cannabis for medicinal use. Before next month’s vote, a local television station sent one of their reporters to New Mexico to see how the state’s nearly 10-year-old program is working for patients here.


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