Pam Wolfe, AFP’s Field Representative in New Mexico, confirmed late last week that AFP was in fact “reallocating their resources elsewhere” and will no longer have any “boots on the ground” in New Mexico.As one could imagine, there was some spiking of the football from ProgressNow New Mexico, which is ideologically opposed to AFP.
“Buster screwed us,” read the first message to Andrea Goff, a Hobbs-area fundraiser who at the time was working for Martinez and McCleskey, raising money for SusanaPac. She is also the daughter-in-law of then-State Fair Commissioner Buster Goff, who had cast the key vote that day to delay approval of a new 25-year racino lease with the Downs at Albuquerque.
“He has just really hurt the governor,” McCleskey wrote. In a later text he said, “The gov is furious … It is VERY bad.”
But behind the low-flying demeanor, the panel newcomer has emerged as a leading voice in calls for reining in the NSA programs. It’s a role that has him breaking ranks with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who heads the committee, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who first suggested Heinrich should become an Intelligence Committee member.
“I think Tom Udall’s more forceful stances have increased his national standing and national prominence,” said Brian Sanderoff of Albuquerque-based Research & Polling Inc.
“Clearly, his stature has benefited,” agreed Jeff Bingaman, a fellow Democrat who served 26 years as a senator from New Mexico before stepping down a year ago.
After paying his legal bill, Ellins estimated a few thousand dollars are leftover. And he said he's giving that money to a campaign called New Mexico Unites for Marriage Equality.
In the clerk’s minutes of a hearing held Jan. 2 on the civil lawsuit brought by Han’s family against the city and Albuquerque Police Department personnel, attorneys for both sides agreed to a settlement conference Jan. 24 in Las Cruces before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory Wormuth.
A settlement would effectively close down the best chance the public has to learn further details into how Han died, how her case was handled and who should be held accountable.
Barbati, a native of the Detroit area who has been with the newspaper since October 2008 as the organization's crime and political reporter, will replace Michael Johnson, who is leaving to become editor of three daily newspapers in Ohio and West Virginia with Civitas Media, a new company based in Davidson, N.C.
“As we emerge from this recession, we are finally beginning to see a little bit of light at the end of this tunnel,” Cisneros said. “It’s taken us four years to get through this recession and start to see some positive revenues coming into the state coffers.”
In 2011, New Mexico collected $15.5 million in tolls and user fees, $239.5 million in fuel taxes and $137.8 million in license fees, the study said. That amounted to $189 per person. However, the state spent $570 per person in road spending that year. Some of that difference was made up through federal gas tax and other revenue.