Gov. Susana Martinez has largely been teflon in her term as governor -- but as Martinez's status grows on a national scale, so does the focus on everything she does.
For example, a veto of a bill that would have provided help for domestic partners of veterans
went national, at least in liberal news outlets. It was covered by the Huffington Post
and Rachel Maddow's show
Martinez's office says the problem with the bill was that it did not define what domestic partners meant.
A lot of this could have been avoided if Martinez had used her veto pen to reject the bill -- instead she pocket vetoed the bill, which means there was no explanation.
On to the Word:
- Outgoing Democratic Party of New Mexico chair Javier Gonzales says it will take $8 million in fundraising to defeat Gov. Susana Martinez.
- Martinez vetoed a B-corporation "social responsibility" bill that would allow certain corporations to consider things other than shareholder profits.
- KUNM took a stab at reporting on the last minute tax bill -- focusing on the corporate income tax cuts.
- The secretary of the Workforce Solutions Department responded to complaints over the computer system that doesn't seem to work on a regular basis.Bussey told KOB an expiration caused the message to pop up. “There was an expired certificate that was affecting some browser but not all browsers,” added Bussey.
But many KOB spoke to used all kinds of browsers to log in. So was this really the only issue? “They might have an expired password. They may have entered their password incorrectly too many times,” said Bussey.
- Santa Fe Community College says that a line-item veto won't hurt the school's planned Higher Education Center.
- Martinez signed a bill to help victims of human trafficking.
- A bill in the Navajo Nation aims to remove the Nation's Attorney General.
Co-sponsors of legislation to oust Tsosie say he hasn't adequately served tribal lawmakers. They say he has disregarded their suggestions on negotiations for a settlement of the tribe's water rights to the Little Colorado River basin, the potential purchase of a coal mine, and a lease extension for the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page.
Shelly said he is open to hearing the lawmakers' grievances but doesn't know specifically why some want to remove Tsosie. Shelly said lawmakers should consider whether the move would best serve the Navajo people.
- The Albuquerque Journal's Michael Coleman speaks to the state's congressional delegation on immigration reform.
- Your Daily Drought:
The Santa Fe New Mexican is the latest to report on the possibility (or at this point perhaps probability) of a big blaze.
The fire will come, the foresters say. The only question is whether it will start in a place that allows firefighters to protect the municipal watershed — a significant source of Santa Fe’s drinking water — and nearby residents.
Meanwhile, John Fleck continues his drought tour of the state and, in a column, says that cooperation is key.
Two years ago, the Pacheco Fire almost became the big one, erupting near the Santa Fe ski basin. But it was in a spot where firefighters were able to get a handle on it. The larger, more brutal Las Conchas Fire burned a swath through the Jemez Mountains west of Pacheco at the same time. That wildfire was so large its smoke plume cast a shadow that gave firefighters an edge.
- The Weekly Alibi wrote about the scandal involving the CNM Chronicle and... made a mixtape?
- El Grito uses the scandal over the CNM Chronicle's sex issue to say that sex ed is important.
These articles are also helping open important doorways for discussions of how sex education should be taught in today’s society. Abstinence is extremely valuable, but abstinence-only methods are controversial and not always proven to be effective. Sex education should include several aspects like sexual identity, practices, health, anatomy, emotional relationships, reproductive rights and responsibilities, and birth control.
- New Mexico Compass previews this week's Bernalillo County Commission hearing. And the newspaper reports on the Albuquerque City council hearing.
- The Clovis News Journal has a good roundup of local officials and organizations in Curry County giving updates on what is going on in the county.
- The Rio Rancho Observer reports on the Rio Rancho governing body taking the final steps towards relaxing zoning laws in a way they believe will bring more business to the city.
In one major change, the new ordinance would permit land uses from lower-intensity zoning in higher-intensity zoning, according to Wilkins and city information. For instance, single-family housing would be allowed in multi-family residential districts, and anything allowed in a Commercial-1 district would be permitted in Commerical [sic]-2 or industrial areas.
The reverse would not be true.
- Meanwhile, the capital outlay bill will help Rio Rancho's aging water system, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
- The AP reports on a federal appeals court upholding the right of a school to stop a religious anti-abortion group from handing out rubber fetuses.
- The Santa Fe New Mexican's Steve Terrell writes about his thoughts on the non-profit New Mexico Prosperity.
- Media news: The Farmington Daily-Times has hired a new city editor, Magdalena Wegrzyn.
She was news editor of the University of Northern Colorado's school paper in Greeley before joining the Longmont Times-Call in Longmont. Both cities are in Colorado.
Wegrzyn worked at the Times-Call for four years as a reporter covering features and news. Her responsibilities expanded to include improving the paper's online presence.
- NM Capitol Reprot reports that former New Mexico Garrey Carruthers will be a finalist for the job as President of New Mexico State University.
- The Raton Range reports on capital-outlay requests that were in the bill approved by the governor.
The seven projects in Colfax County communities to receive funding from state severance tax bonds include water-system upgrades in Cimarron, Springer, Maxwell and Eagle Nest, as well as major upgrades to the Springer Dam. The final version of the bill that was sent to Gov. Susana Martinez following its passage by the Senate and House did not contain any of Raton’s requests for funding.
- Insight New Mexico, an interview series from New Mexico Mercury, speaks to nuclear waste expert Don Hancock.
- The Town of Taos will revisit the town's sign code.
- UNM star Tony Snell is officially entering the NBA draft; he signed an agent which means there is no going back.