- Judge Alan Malott granted the county clerks intervenor status in the same-sex marriage lawsuit brought on by the ACLU of New Mexico. This paves the way for the lawsuit to move forward to the appellate level.
- A judge ordered Los Alamos county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the law firm of Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, filed suit.
- The Curry County Clerk wants the state Supreme Court to rule on the legality of same-sex marriage.
“I just want clear direction from the state,” Riley said. “I am not afraid to say that Curry County is not going to issue same-sex marriage licenses until the law forces us to do that.” Riley said allowing same-sex marriage is like, “opening Pandora’s box. If they can force county clerks into giving same sex-marriage licenses what’s next? Incestual marriage? Bestiality? Where does it stop? … I think it’s wrong. It doesn't matter what I think. It matters what the law says.”
- A mayoral poll for Joe Monahan's website done by Bruce Donisthorpe shows mayor Richard Berry has a large lead over Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh. More important is that Berry is polling at 56 percent -- above the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
- The mayoral candidates disagree on a proposed rule that would require union workers for city construction projects. See if you can guess who is for it and who is against it before clicking on that link!
- Former Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Javier Gonzales announced he would run for mayor in Santa Fe.
- The Santa Fe Reporter calls it a "ridiculously crowded field." Gonzales is the seventh candidate to announce a run for the city's high office.
- Sanchez-watch, 2013 continues.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is still on the fence on whether or not he will run for governor next year.
He said he had concerns about how to approach a statewide race in terms of strategy and hiring a campaign staff.
Sanchez said Republican Gov. Susana Martinez can be defeated. In an interview with four reporters from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he criticized her for not being open on issues ranging from cutting funding to mental health agencies to expenditures for her husband's trip to Louisiana to hunt alligators.
- Drought and Fire Digest:
State officials and local irrigators faced off in San Juan County over the Navajo Water Settlement.
- In light of federal officials saying they won't go after states where marijuana has been legalized, KRQE looks at efforts to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- The State Supreme Corut upheld a decision by the PRC in a case involving PNM.
The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility’s energy conservation programs.
- The Albuquerque Police Department has no plans to use dashboard-mounted cameras, KRQE reports.
- The state is considering changes to special education funding according to the Los Alamos Monitor.
After the meeting, Wolfe told the Los Alamos Monitor that this is only a recommendation and that so far, no legislation has resulted from the report. He said he and other school officials will be watching closely to see whether or not the state legislature acts on the recommendations, which were presented in a report by the Legislative Finance Committee.
If that were to happen Wolfe said the district could stand to lose $270,000 in special education funding. “This would have a negative impact on those districts that would exceed the census right now,” he said at the meeting.
- V.B. Price spoke to former state Senator Dede Feldman about the behind the scenes of lobbying in New Mexico.
- Drug use among teens in Rio Arriba County was very high -- above state and national averages.
- Almost a quarter of younger New Mexicans don't have health insurance.
- The Las Cruces Sun-News spoke to the newest Dona Ana county Commissioner, Ben Rawson. Rawson, the son of a former state Senator, was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez after another commissioner left for a job in Texas.
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