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Morning Word: Rain and Snow Hit New Mexico

November 21, 2016, 7:30 am
Storms Move Across New Mexico
It looks like the holiday-shortened work week will start off with a mix of rain and snow storms across Northern New Mexico. Weather forecasters predict it will be sunny again by Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Democrat Lawmakers Choose New Leadership
Santa Fe Sen. Peter Wirth was elected Senate majority leader by his Democrat colleagues this weekend and Rep. Brian Egolf, another Santa Fe Democrat, was nominated to be speaker of the House when the legislature reconvenes in January. Egolf says one of his priorities will be passing a higher minimum wage. Steve Terrell reports, “Another goal of House Democrats is a substantial increase in funding for early childhood education, possibly by changing the distribution formula of the state’s land grant endowment.” But everyone in Santa Fe will have to deal with the state’s budget crisis when they return to the Roundhouse.
Albuquerque Rep. Nate Gentry, who had been the house majority leader, will now become the Republican minority leader.

Sanchez: No Regrets
Outgoing Senate Leader Michael Sanchez, who lost his re-election bid earlier this month, has been reflecting on his successes in the legislature over the last two decades. He tells New Mexico Political Report editor Matthew Reichbach that “he wouldn’t do anything differently.”  

State’s Electors
While people around the country debate the merits of the electoral college picking a president who doesn't win the popular vote, Maggie Smith went to find out exactly who will cast the state’s five electoral votes for Hillary Clinton next month.

Santa Fe Plans to Collect Unpaid Debts
Daniel J Chacón reports that Santa Fe residents who are late paying parking fines and water bills better start paying up. The city is negotiating with a new firm to collect the unpaid debts.

Immigrants Seek Asylum
Laura Villagran says while many Central American families still make illegal border crossings, many others are waiting in line asking for asylum in the United States.


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