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Morning Word: Toulouse Oliver Heads to Santa Fe Early

December 1, 2016, 12:00 am
Early Start for Toulouse Oliver
Interim Secretary of State Brad Winter has decided to leave Santa Fe early, so that means that Secretary of State-elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be sworn in and take over the duties on Dec. 9.

Gutierrez No Longer Treasurer
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports, “Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez was stripped of his elected title and duties Wednesday evening after he was found guilty of public corruption or gross immorality by public official” for offering a female staffer thousands of dollars in exchange for sex in August 2014.

Luján Keeps Leadership Post in Washington
US Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, has been reappointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on her leadership team as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Domenici Returns as Senior Land Office Adviser
Retired US Sen. Pete Domenici is returning to New Mexico to serve as a “senior adviser” to state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Jr., a move, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports, that “could raise Dunn’s political profile among state Republicans as he pushes to win state control over federal lands and possibly considers higher office.” Meanwhile, Andy Lyman reports that Dunn plans to meet with state lawmakers at an American Legislative Exchange Council summit and ask conservative members of congress, like US Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, to support the transfer of federal mineral rights on private lands back to the state.

OPEC Cutback Could Be Good For New Mexico
OPEC’s decision to cut back on daily production could boost oil prices past $50 a barrel, which could eventually help generate more oil and gas production in New Mexico. The extra royalty revenue could help offset the state’s budget deficit.

Obama Talks Pot with Rolling Stone
President Barack Obama tells Rolling Stone he thinks cannabis should be treated as a public health issue in the same way alcohol and tobacco are, and he’s not sure the Drug Enforcement Agency is even close to recognizing the medical benefits of marijuana.

The NFL’s ‘Disappointing Decision’ on Pot
The National Football League also has a dim view on the herbal medicine, and suspended Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson for 10 games after he tested positive for using medical cannabis for relief from Crohn’s disease.
Henderson’s agent, Brian Fettner, called the league’s decision “heartbreaking,” and added he cannot appeal the suspension because the NFL doesn’t allow an exemption for medical marijuana use.

“His situation is unique, but the drug policy doesn’t line up with the uniqueness. It’s disappointing,” Fettner said. “The reality is, the NFL’s position has been if you need medical marijuana then you’re too sick to play,” he added. “But that’s just not the case for Seantrel Henderson.”
New Mexico State a Top School for Hispanics
New Mexico State University is one of the best institutions for Hispanic students in the country, according to a list compiled by Higher Education Magazine.
Using 2014 data from the Department of Education, NMSU ranked in the top 30 in both first major bachelor’s degrees granted (26th) and first major master’s degrees granted (21st). NMSU awarded 1,302 bachelor’s degrees (48 percent) to Hispanics, and 305 Hispanic students (38 percent) were awarded master’s degrees.

Additionally, NMSU ranked 32nd in undergraduate enrollment for four-year schools with 7,738 Hispanic students (49 percent).


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