Sad news on the local blogosphere front, as Mary Ellen Brodrick from Democracy for New Mexico announced that she has written her last post from Albuquerque for Democracy for New Mexico
Broderick is moving back to Massachusetts, citing a lack of jobs in the area (and she makes sure to let Rep. Steve Pearce know that she can pass a drug test and, yes, is looking for a job).
Democracy for New Mexico was the blog run by Broderick and her late partner Barbara Wold. It became a clearinghouse for progressives and Democrats from around the state -- an indispensable place for the party and the politicians to get the word out to their base.
I've said before that Mary Ellen and Barb were more than helpful when I was starting to blog over at New Mexico FBIHOP. I've changed the way that I've blogged since those days -- but have never forgotten the kindness and generosity that they showed to me when I was just a young blogger trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing.
Now I'm just a slightly older blogger -- still trying to figure out what the heck that I'm doing. One thing that I know is that the New Mexico blogosphere will be a lesser place for Democracy for New Mexico no longer being from New Mexico.
On to the Word:
- Here is the Santa Fe New Mexican's Roundhouse Roundup for January 24.
- The governor is giving mixed signals on drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants according to the Santa Fe New Mexican and wire reports.
- The Associated Press writes about the newly-introduced bill to protect spacecraft parts suppliers from litigation.
- And here is the take from Albuquerque Business First.
- The Santa Fe Reporter looks at a controversial bill related to abortion
But in the state Legislature, opponents of abortion rights have crafted a proposal that imposes new limits on abortions in New Mexico. State Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Chaves, has introduced a bill called the “Woman’s Right to Know Act”—which, among other things, would require doctors to show and describe ultrasounds to women seeking abortions. .
- Over 2,000 people attended a vigil for the Griegos.
Wednesday night, his family's church tried to come to grips with the family's terrible tragedy.
Police have arrested Nehemiah Griego, the son of the pastor at Calvary Church, for allegedly killing his parents and three of his siblings.
Joined in song and prayer, many people gathered at Calvary Church in Albuquerque to honor the life and ministry of former Pastor, Greg Griego and his family.
- The Albuquerque Journal was there as well.
- Leslie Linthicum, no shrinking violet, wades into the gun control debate using the Griego shooting as a jumping-off point.
There are two parts of gun violence – the violence and the gun. Of the 16,000 or so homicides in this country each year, about 11,000 are committed with guns. Of the 38,000 or so suicides in this country each year, about 19,000 are committed with guns.
Those letters to the editor should be fun.
That’s the gun side of the equation. Simple arithmetic would tell you that if some of those angry, depressed or impulsive people hadn’t had access to the gun at the critical moment, those numbers would go down.
- The Los Alamos Monitor has the second in a two-part series on gun laws.
“I know some states are talking about now having mandatory background checks on all weapons whether it’s through a dealer or an individual,” Covell said. “How are you going to make that work? If you go down to your local department of motor vehicles office, you begin to have your doubts about the state running any kind of program.”
- State Fair commissioner Charlotte Rode -- a thorn in the side of Gov. Martinez - has filed an IPRA lawsuit against Expo New Mexico and the state Racing commission.
- Kudos to John Fleck.
- A Santa Fe Reporter cover story from my Weekly Word co-host Joey Peters: "Have chickens driven Eldorado clucking crazy?"
- The state of New Mexico is withholding some Medicaid payments to hospitals because of a dispute with the federal government.
- The Senate voted to establish April as a month to commemorate the men who fought at Bataan and Corregidor Island in World War II, New Mexico Capitol Report reports.
- The legal challenges to the Secretary of State's office under Rebecca Vigil-Giron aren't all dead.
Joseph Kupfer, a lobbyist and consultant to then Secretary-of-State Rebecca Vigil, and Corpus Christi election consultant Armando Gutierrez are on trial for the next two weeks in federal court on charges that reach back to 2004. They include conspiracy to steal money under the Help America Vote Act, a congressional fund intended to help states avoid the voting problems that became evident in the 2000 presidential election, as well as actual theft and obstruction of justice charges.
- Rep. Ben Ray Lujan cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act and wants swift passage from the House.
- An ERB trustee says the bills in the legislature pertaining to pension reform aren't enough, Capitol Report New Mexico says.
- APS superintendent Winston Brooks got a contract extension through 2016.
- The position of city manager in Rio Rancho has a lot of applicants -- 30. The city manager position in Rio Rancho is a very powerful position in the city.
- The city of Albuquerque is being sued over its impact fees -- specifically that since the new fees are so low, companies that got in during the old program say their credits earned under the new system are worthless. Dan McKay at the Albuquerque Journal tries to unravel it all.
- Walgreens will make sure that individual religious beliefs of its pharmacists does not stop women from being able to fill prescriptions for birth control, the AP reports.
- PNM is beginning work on a solar plant in Los Lunas.
- The burning of Zozobra will remain on a Thursday, the Santa Fe New Mexican writes,but the price of admission dropped to $10. The New Mexico tradition has been criticized for how it has been run in recent years.
- A store in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque may have to pay for chopping down a tree that was on city property.
- Steven Seagal is a Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
Doña Ana County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson said that Seagal is a considered a reserve officer. According to New Mexico law, he can only carry out police work while with a commissioned peace officer. She said Seagal is expected to take part in a border security training in the coming months.
Publicity stunt: successful.
"Mr. Seagal has spent decades in law enforcement training, and has a special interest in the unique challenges our department faces along the border," Undersheriff Eddie Lerma said in a statement. "He has been an asset to other border communities, where he believes public safety is of particular concern. We are honored to bring that experience to this department as well." A spokeswoman said the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has no plans of deputizing Seagal despite what neighboring counties have done.