Morning Word: Back on SFR; elections tomorrow
November 3, 2014, 6:30 am
- Today is the first day of the the renewed partnership between the New Mexico Telegram and the Santa Fe Reporter -- the Morning Word is back on the Santa Fe Reporter's website and, if you're reading this via email, on a new Santa Fe Reporter/NM Telegram branded email.
And in more site news, we will be doing a live blog with our friends over at the Santa Fe Reporter again on election night. I'll be liveblogging while appearing on the KNME election coverage, as I did two years ago. So tune into KNME on Tuesday night and read the live blog.
- Here's the Albuquerque Journal story on the agreement between APD and the DOJ on reforms. And the story from KRQE on the same agreement. The two have been the top news sources for the APD/DOJ story in recent months. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry spoke to KOB.
Berry believes the city can absorb the costs of the reforms, while the city council believes taxes may have to be raised to pay for it.
- New Mexico Telegram will have a post on the final absentee/early voting numbers up sometime today, likely in the late morning. The full numbers aren't in as I write this, but I can say the latest numbers from the Secretary of State's office shows that just one of New Mexico's 33 counties had a higher rate of returned absentee or early votes through November 1 this year than in 2014: Los Alamos County. That number is 32.65 percent turnout with dozens of absentee ballots still out there. The numbers are unofficial, but it only two other counties are even within one percent of their 2010 rate (Sandoval and San Miguel counties).
- Low turnout tends to favor Republicans and be bad news for Democrats in New Mexico, Thomas Cole writes.
- New Mexico News Port, in a timely piece, wrote about voter ID as an issue in the race for Secretary of State. The Secretary of State's office announced a potential case of voter fraud in Rio Arriba County this weekend. The Secretary of State's office sent a press release about it.
- A PAC tied to Conservation Voters New Mexico bought ads in the race for Secretary of State.
- Is this the worst election, when it comes to negative ads, that Steve Terrell can remember? Terrell mentions 2008 and the vicious Heather Wilson/Patricia Madrid ad as one example of a really bad race when it comes to negative ads. I think any presidential race where New Mexico is in play trumps even this year.
- Milan Simonich takes a quick look at the ten house races that will decide control of that chamber. And it looks at how ads from outside groups have been peddling not-true things in ads.
- Democrats spent the final weekend before the election campaigning heavily in Northern New Mexico. The area is a Democrat-heavy area and is also an area of the state where election-day voting has been much more popular than early and absentee voting.
- Martinez and King answered questionnaires for the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, as did the candidates for Secretary of State and the candidates for Attorney General.
- A District Court judge blocked new work requirements put into place for those receiving SNAP benefits -- at least temporarily.
- Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson was in the national news again, this time for his role in the release of US Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi from jail in Mexico. Richardson helped negotiate the release, according to a statement by the family and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement.
- Michael Coleman looks at Martin Heinrich weighing in on the debate over transferring federal lands into state control.
- There was a complaint filed over an unsponsored campaign sign. Such anonymous campaigning is legal, according to a US Supreme Court ruling. New Mexico state law forbids the practice, but it is unenforceable.
- Political consultant Juan Carlos Holmes says important down-ballot races have been ignored by the media. I'm not sure I agree, as I have seen many stories in local newspapers about the races for Secretary of State and State Land Commissioner this year -- seemingly more than in the past. I don't think that TV news has been covering them, but that's a whole other story.
- The US Attorney's office says claims by the defense of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella that witnesses committed perjury are unfounded.
- A report by the Legislative Finance Committee says poverty alone is not the only factor for low-performing students.
- Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert after a test flight went wrong. The pilot died while the co-pilot was severely injured. The investigation into the crash could take up to a year.
- The city of Albuquerque released the report on mental health after a series of community meetings.
- Former State Land Commissioner, Albuquerque mayor and member of the Bill Clinton administration Jim Baca posted his predictions for tomorrow's elections. Of course, he doesn't predict what is likely to be the closest race, the race for Secretary of State.
- The Rio Rancho Observer runs down the races in the area.
- Rio Rancho Public Schools and the union that represents teachers were oredered by a judge that they have to go back to the negotiating table over raises.
- A former official of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts says there is evidence that the group donated funds to the Red Cross for tsunami relief.
- Bernalillo County does not have a spot on the Innovate ABQ board but may in the future.
- The village of Questa says a $63,000 bill for ink is a mistake.
- Former Gov. Gary Johnson spoke to KOB about his new career as a marijuana entrepreneur.
- The copies of old Atari games, including the infamous E.T. game, that were dug up from an Alamogordo dump are now up for sale.
There will be nine different titles of games available which are Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede, and of course E.T. the Extra-terrestrial. The city and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society state that the games being sold might not be in working condition as they were unearthed from thousands of pounds of waste and dirt from 30 years ago.
- Albuquerque Business First lists the largest brewers in the state and the largest winemakers.