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Morning Word: Pence Plans Campaign Stop in New Mexico

October 19, 2016, 7:45 am
Pence to Campaign in New Mexico
On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders encouraged students at the University of New Mexico to go vote. Now we’re hearing that Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, will make a campaign stop in Albuquerque on Thursday.
Pence, in more recent comments, has defended Trump, calling recent sexual assault claims against the Republican nominee “unsubstantiated allegations.” He has also raised questions about media coverage of the presidential election but has said he will accept the election’s results.
Poll: Johnson Leads Trump in New Mexico
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, is polling one point ahead of Donald Trump with at least Albuquerque-area voters. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is way up in the same poll with 47 percent of likely voters saying they support her White House bid. Ten percent were undecided.

Candidates Plan Appeal to Undecided Voters
For those 10 percent, tonight’s third and final presidential debate, which promises to be ugly, may help them decide.
For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away from him. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory. His supporters remain intensely loyal, but there are few signs he’s attracting the new backers he desperately needs.

Clinton takes the stage facing challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favor, the Democrat is facing a new round of questions about her authenticity and trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign. The hacking of her top campaign adviser’s emails revealed a candidate that is averse to apologizing, can strike a different tone in private than in public, and makes some decisions only after painstaking political deliberations.
Video Shows Wrong Way Driving on I-25
It’s been a problem for a long time, but new video from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office shows just how dangerous wrong way driving on a portion of I-25 in Santa Fe has become. Watch it here.

Senators Wants Artifacts Protected
US Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will host a hearing at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center today to discuss the STOP Act, legislation which would increase penalties for and raise awareness of the trafficking of important Native American cultural artifacts.

Santa Fe County District Attorney Candidates Previewed
SFR previews the Santa Fe County District Attorney campaign in this week’s paper and writes that the Democrat and Republican candidates have two distinctly different visions for the office.
Democrat Marcos Serna sees a pulpit to expand cooperation between prosecutors and treatment programs, part of a mission to funnel addicts out of the criminal justice system. His ideas resonated among Democrats in this drug-ridden district, particularly Rio Arriba County, whose voters helped propel him above two opponents in a close primary race. Republican Yvonne Chicoine, who kicked off her Santa Fe career working for Republican state representatives, wants to “restore respect for the rule of law,” which she says has been tarnished in the district by selective prosecution.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico House Clerk Denise Ramonas left town before sending one of the five budget tweaking bills passed in the special session, and that it still hasn't reached Gov. Susana Martinez' desk.

Wolf Recovery Plan Settlement Plan Approved
Lauren Villagran reports, “A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement requiring the US Fish and Wildlife Service to finish a long-overdue recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf within a year.”
The settlement compels Fish and Wildlife to complete a species recovery plan by the end of November 2017 that sets parameters for its management of the Mexican wolf reintroduction program, including where wolves should be allowed to roam as well as population targets.


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