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Morning Word: Governor Makes Nice with Trump

November 10, 2016, 7:30 am
Governor Congratulates Trump
Gov. Susana Martinez, who questioned Donald Trump’s fitness to be president and never endorsed him, is now trying to make nice with the President-elect.
In a written statement through a spokesman, Martinez said, “I may have taken issue with some of the rhetoric on the campaign trail, but I believe that President-elect Trump was a better choice than Hillary Clinton, and I congratulate him on his hard-fought victory.”
Anti-Trump Protesters Take to the Streets
Hillary Clinton’s desire for Americans to give the President-elect a chance to govern were ignored by protesters around the country, including in Albuquerque, where more than 100 anti-Trump protesters took to the streets and temporarily blocked traffic on I-25 last night.

Peso Drops After Trump’s Win
Along the border, Lauren Villagran reports, there is “a mix of despair and optimism amid uncertainty over how much of [Trump’s] harsh campaign rhetoric will translate into policy.”
As the peso hit historic lows against the dollar and the Mexican government said it will not pay for a border wall, New Mexicans and Mexicans reflected on what a Trump presidency will mean for an intertwined region where residents on both sides often say they have more in common with each other than with their respective nations.
Federal Delegates Consider 2018 Gubernatorial Bids
With the presidential election in the history books, Michael Coleman reports, “Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, both New Mexico Democrats, told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday they are seriously mulling gubernatorial bids in 2018. Rep. Steve Pearce, the delegation’s lone Republican, also said he would at least consider the prospect of a run for the powerful fourth-floor office at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe."

Officials Prepare for Vote Recounts
New Mexico Political Report editor Matthew Reichbach reports that three legislative races are so close that officials will spend a few weeks re-tallying the votes.

Egolf and Wirth Consider New Leadership Roles
Two Democrat Santa Fe lawmakers are looking at running for for new legislative leadership roles. Now that the Democrats have regained control of the state House, Rep. Brian Egolf, 40, is expected to replace outgoing Speaker of the House Don Tripp (R-Socorro). And Sen. Peter Wirth is looking to replace the void left by Sen. Michael Sanchez in the Senate, but he may face competition Senate Majority Whip Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque), who is also considering running for Sanchez’ position.

Super PACs: Winners and Losers
New Mexico In Depth data journalist Sandra Fish took a look at how Super PACs' campaign spending turned out. Fish reports that overall “union cash defeated oil and gas money.”

Payday Lender Owes Customers Millions
“A state court judge has ordered payday lender FastBucks to pay $32.2 million in restitution to New Mexicans for circumventing a state law designed to curb payday lending and putting customers into installment loans they couldn’t pay off,” according to an ABQ Free Press report.

Lobos Still in Contention
University of New Mexico football fans are excited that the team, with six wins and three losses, is still in the hunt for the Mountain West Conference season title and are bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season. The Lobos head to Utah State this weekend.


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