“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.”
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.
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.
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.