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Morning Word: State Democratic Party Chair Won't Seek Re-election

November 23, 2016, 12:00 am
Haaland Won’t Seek Re-election
New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, who was accused of favoring Hillary Clinton during the primary campaign, has decided not to seek a second term. Andrew Oxford reports that Vice Chairman Juan Sanchez of Belen plans to campaign for the post “to help unify the party and ‘bring back people that feel they’ve been left out in the cold.’”

Business Doesn’t Want Trump Supporters
The owner of an Albuquerque-based internet marketing company says Donald Trump’s supporters should not patronize his online business. Matthew Blanchfield tells KOB that “he has a moral obligation to stand up for what he believes is right and against injustice.”

Spaceport Transitions to Commercial Space Ops
Under new executive management, Spaceport America is transitioning from construction to transport and commercial space operations, according to Susan Montoya Bryan over at the Associated Press.

Contractors Frustrated with Facebook Data Center Construction Standards
Construction subcontractors, who had hoped to get lots of new business at Facebook’s new data center, are generally upset with standards being imposed by the social media giant’s Oregon-based general contractor. They claim they’ll essentially be disqualified from working on project in Los Lunas.
Roxanne Rivera-Wiest, president of the industry group Associated Builders and Contractors of New Mexico wants to see legislation that creates guidelines for construction projects that receive Local Economic Development Act money – including guarantees that only New Mexico contractors will be used.
Outside Investigator Will Review Allegations Against Police Department
After originally saying the Albuquerque Police Department would investigate allegations that police lapel camera videos were deleted or altered itself, City of Albuquerque Attorney Jessica Hernandez has now agreed to hire an outside investigator to conduct an independent review. Meanwhile, Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg thinks the allegations “warrant a federal investigation.”  

Solano Donates Kidney to Former Judge Vigil
“Former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, who was convicted of five felonies for the sale of county-owned items on eBay, donated a kidney Tuesday to retired state District Court Judge Michael Vigil, according to a Facebook posting by a sister of Solano,” and reported by Rebecca Moss. Both men are said to be doing well.

Homeless Work Program Questioned
Jeremy Reynalds, the director of Joy Junction, a homeless shelter in Albuquerque, is raising concerns about the city’s program to offer day jobs to panhandlers and raises questions about what kind of background checks are being done and whether taxpayers would be on the hook if someone commits a crime or is injured. He’s also concerned about the program’s emergency shelter referral process. Read his excellent essay at

Something to be Thankful For
Close to two dozen homeowners stuck with large utility bills have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Homewise and the Solar Opportunity Loan Fund have connected them with low-interest loans and private solar contractors to design and install solar-voltaic systems on their homes.
“For the most part, their monthly payment on solar is less than they were paying for electric,” said Rachel Silva, the marketing manager for Homewise, a not-for-profit in Santa Fe that builds energy-efficient homes and works with low- to moderate-income families to finance purchases.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we’ll be off tomorrow but back with the Morning Word before you head out to shop for some deals on Black Friday.


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