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New Mexico Democrats Take Back State House

November 9, 2016, 7:35 am
Trump Shocks the World
President Barack Obama has invited Donald Trump to the White House after the Republican shocked the world with an astonishing campaign victory Tuesday night. If you went to bed early, here's a video with Trump's victory speech.

Hillary Clinton supporters are unleashing their fury on FBI Director James Comey this morning.  

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson picked up 3 percent of the national vote and a little more than 8 percent in New Mexico. The impact of all the third party candidates still isn’t clear. 

All three of New Mexico's congressional incumbents, Steve Pearce, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan, easily won re-election.

The Quickest State Election Recap...anywhere
New Mexico Democrats won back control of the state House and kept control of the state Senate. Still, longtime Senate leader Michael Sanchez lost to Greg Baca, a political newcomer, and won’t return to the Roundhouse in January.

KRQE reports, “Now that Democrats have the majority in both the State House and Senate, it may seem like the possibility of passing new policy is promising, but experts say that’s not necessarily the case.
“The governor’s going to still have veto power and she’s going to use it very effectively, so I don’t expect there to be major shift or change. In fact, you’re just going to have more of the same, a lot of gridlock and not a lot of policy that’s going to happen,” explained KRQE News 13 political analyst and professor Gabe Sanchez.
Justice Judith Nakamura will keep her seat on the state’s high court after narrowly defeating Michael Vigil.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be sworn in as New Mexico Secretary of State on Jan. 1.

SFR reports that Marco Serna, a Democrat who rose to prominence championing diversion programs for addicts, will be the new top prosecutor for Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. In Doña Ana County, Mark D’Antonio won a second term after defeating Republican challenger Brad Cates. 

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow judges the option to deny bail to the most dangerous defendants.
Until now, the state constitution guaranteed people the opportunity to get out of jail before trial, with the narrow exception of those accused of the most serious felonies. Critics said the system routinely allowed violent defendants out on the streets.
Voters legalized marijuana for adult social use in California, Nevada and Massachusetts, and for medicinal use in Arkansas. In Colorado, voters approved a measure that will allow physicians to assist a terminally ill person in dying, but defeated a first-in-the-nation universal health care measure. 


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