To quote Anchorman, that escalated quickly.
No sooner than a press release from ProgressNow New Mexico went out to the media than a media firestorm that New Mexico is not used to enveloped the state -- all over a bill that critics said as originally written would make criminals of those who were raped and became pregnant from that rape if they chose to have an abortion
Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, introduced the bill and quickly said it was due to a drafting error
But it was too late. The Democratic Party of New Mexico ("Republican lawmakers continue their war on women by introducing this atrocious piece of legislation"), Young Women United ("HB 206 criminalizes survivors and gives the government further reach into our bodies and lives") and others issued press releases denouncing the bill.
The national attention that the bill received resulted in Brown removing her contact information from the New Mexico legislative website -- but good luck erasing anything from the internet.
On to the Word:
- Monday's Morning Word may be truncated, as I am out of the state and will be back in the state Monday afternoon.
- Here is the January 25 edition of the Roundhouse Roundup from the Santa Fe New Mexican.
- KUNM covers if there is a drivers license compromise in the cards.
- Should there be more unmarked government cars? Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, has introduced a bill to make just that happen -- because some people don't like the government. From the press release sent announcing the bill to the media:
“Sometimes we don’t want to advertise “I’m from the Government and I am here to help,” Senator Sander Rue said as he quoted the nine most terrifying words in the English language from President Ronald Reagan. “Sometimes advertising they are a state employee can put those employees working in the field in jeopardy and can jeopardize the critical work they are doing for the state.”
- Coco (aka Cocoposts, aka @Cocolaboca) writes about the "thirsty sleeping giants" of water issues.
- Movie incentives will again be a topic of discussion in this year's legislative session, New Mexico Capitol Report says.
Sen. Timothy Keller, D-Albuquerque, said Thursday that informal discussions are under way about bills that would eliminate the $50 million annual limit on subsidies.
Keller said one idea could be to create separate rebate categories -- one for TV and the other for movies.
- Gov. Martinez says the graduation rate jumped to more than 70 percent in 2012.
- Think New Mexico, fresh off their 2012 victories in their efforts to send constitutional amendments to reform the Public Regulation Commission to thew voters, is attempting to cut regulations on taxis and shuttles.
- A Rio Rancho legislator's bills related to DWI failed in committee the Rio Rancho Journal reports.
- The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce wants the minimum wage to stop growing in Santa Fe.
The chamber wants Santa Fe’s mandated minimum wage — set to rise to from $10.29 to $10.51 on March 1 through an annual cost-of-living increase — frozen for three years while its effects on the local economy, employment, businesses and more are studied. Beyond that, it says, the City Council should decide each year if the wage will go up.
- The power supplier for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative says they will sue in federal court over a proposed investigation into a rate increase.
- A bill described as an anti-corruption bill was tabled in a committee, Capitol Report New Mexico reports.
- Some in Eastern New Mexico have concerns over wind energy and a Local Growth Management Committee heard their concerns.
- Dr. Drew is weighing in on the decision to try Nehemiah Griego as an adult. Griego is being charged for killing his parents and three siblings.
“Anyone charged with a first degree homicide who is 15, 16, or 17 can be tried as an adult,” Brandenburg said. “What is important to know is that he won't be sentenced as an adult. The judge will have more discretion to determine what is an appropriate sentence.”
Brandenburg argued is [sic] she doesn’t try Griego as an adult he would automatically be released from prison at the age of 21.
- A public event on bullying at a Rio Rancho high school turned religious.
Although the district did not sponsor the nighttime event, that was not clear to attendees, as flyers for the public event were handed out to students after the Future Champions assemblies at each school. The flyer makes no mention that Future Champions is a faith-based group or that the evening event will have a religious component.
During the last 15 minutes of the event, Future Champions representatives took to the microphone and begin preaching, according to attendees.
- A solar energy company is investing $15 million in a solar cell plant, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
- Compromise over a potential battle over the contract of the Luna Community College President.
[A] last-minute compromise avoided that showdown, with the board voting 6-1 to grant Campos a one-year contract extension, meaning that Campos will be at the school’s helm through at least June 30, 2014.
- A group hoping to rally for the 2nd Amendment and Bill of Rights had to cancel its rally because of a scheduling conflict.
- A retired Carlsbad pastor named Gene Harbaugh is distantly related to the brothers coaching in this year's Super Bowl.
- CAR CHASE!
Believing the visitor was her uncle Andy, who lived at the residence with his mother, Maria Martinez, Maestas got up with intentions of scaring her uncle. She closed the bedroom door and, according to witnesses, jumped out from behind it as Andy Martinez opened it.
Read the whole Rio Grande Sun story.
Juliette Martinez said at this point she heard a single gunshot.