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Morning Word: Campaign Ad Spending Increases in Final Week

November 2, 2016, 12:00 am
Presidential Ad Campaign Spending Increases in Final Week
With her lead slipping in New Mexico, Michael Coleman reports that Hillary Clinton is making a big advertising buy in the final week of the campaign.
In addition, the Hillary for America campaign also released a radio ad today that features an endorsement from Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. The radio ad is airing on Navajo Nation stations — in both Arizona and New Mexico — through Election Day and features Begaye talking in both English and Dine.
Donald Trump’s also reserving more commercial air time in the Land of Enchantment. The Republican’s team spent $196,814 on ad time with local TV stations between now and Tuesday.

‘Outright Lies’
Senate leader Michael Sanchez says he’s never been to Hawaii and attack ads produced by Advance New Mexico Now that claims he went to the islands at taxpayer expense are ‘outright lies.’
Founded in 2014 and linked to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, Advance New Mexico Now has developed a reputation for making demonstrably false claims against candidates it opposes.
Independent Voters Boost Registration Numbers
The Associated Press did some digging and reports that there are 3 percent more registered voters in New Mexico this year than in the last presidential election year, and a lot of the new registrations aren’t declaring any party affiliation.
Independent and small-party registration accounted for most of the increase, reinforcing a gradual shift away from major party registration. New Mexico's total population grew by just 1.3 percent between 2010 and 2015.

Democrats still dominate most of the state at 47 percent of registrations. Republicans follow with 31 percent, Independents with 19 percent and minor parties have 4 percent.
Santa Fe Councilor Seeks Marijuana Citation Data
SFR’s Stephen Hsieh reports that City of Santa Fe police continue to charge some residents caught with small amounts of pot under state laws that carry heavier penalties. That has city councilor Joseph Maestas asking questions and seeking more citation data.
Just this year alone, city police have issued nearly 60 state citations to people carrying less than an ounce of marijuana. Each of those offenders faced up to 15 days in jail and fines ranging between $100 and $1,000, depending on how many times they’ve been caught with pot.

More than half of the cases included additional state charges for possessing pot paraphernalia, like pipes and grinders, which would carry the same $25 penalty as possession under the city ordinance. In one case, a homeless man got a paraphernalia charge for a tin container holding two joints. Two of the cases were strictly for marijuana-associated paraphernalia.

During the same period, officers issued four municipal citations for the same offense, according to police spokesman Greg Gurulé.
British Newspaper Looks at Los Alamos’ Millionaires
The Guardian’s Claire Provost has an interesting story about how Los Alamos has become an enclave to millionaires “even as toxic waste threatens its residents and neighbouring Española struggles with poverty.”

Chef Ruiz Wins Big on “Chopped”
Santa Fe Chef Fernando Ruiz of Santacafe competed on the Food Network’s cooking competition show Chopped, which aired last night. He beat the competition and walked away with $10,000.
Ruiz says he grew up selling drugs and went to jail when he was younger before finding his calling as a chef. He faced four other chefs during the competition.
Eat Your Way Through Town 
Speaking of lauded chefs, SFR’s cover story, with a nod to the 2016-2017 Restaurant Guide (which comes out today), features the back-of-house crews working for local restaurants to make things perfect for diners.

Cubs Still Alive
The World Series is headed to Game 7 and the Cleveland Indians, which had a 3 to 1 series lead, have to regroup quickly after Chicago routed them, 9-3, on Tuesday.


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