Morning Word: Explosions Terrorize Churchgoers
Gov. Martinez calls bombers 'cowards'Morning WordMonday, August 3, 2015
NMPolitics.net publisher Heath Haussamen was quick to call on residents of southern New Mexico to unite after the weekend explosion.
At the White House today, President Barack Obama is expected to announce new rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Opponents in multiple states plan to ask a federal judge to halt the implementation of the rules, intended to cut carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Democrat Hillary Clinton says she'll defend and implement the program if she's elected president in 2016. Marco Rubio says he won't.
"They will do nothing to address the underlying issue that they're talking about, because as far as I can see, China and India and other developing countries are going to continue to burn anything they can get their hands on," Rubio said at a conservative conference Sunday organized by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch.
New Mexico has decided it isn't going to battle the new carbon dioxide caps.
The Martinez administration wants to avoid a repeat of that episode and instead devise a homegrown plan based on what’s best for New Mexico, rather than what federal regulators deem necessary regardless of costs.
“We know the consequences for failing to submit a state compliance plan from the last time, which put us at a major disadvantage and ended up hurting the state,” Flynn said. “At the end of the day, we’re in a strong position to create our own plan to meet the new standards.”
Meanwhile, officials at the New Mexico Game and Fish Department have rejected a US Fish and Wildlife Service request to insert wolf pups into established dens on US Forest Service land in New Mexico.
Critics say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t need state permission to carry out its mandate for wolf recovery and should just forge ahead.
The high price of medication used to successfully treat thousands of patients suffering from hepatitis C in New Mexico over the past few years is driving up Medicaid costs after the drug manufacturer decided to stop offering financial assistance to patients diagnosed after July 1.
If you missed it on Friday afternoon, we discovered the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to ignore New Mexico's medical cannabis laws and ripped up 150 marijuana plants during its investigation into a gas extraction explosion at New MexiCann's licensed dispensary in Santa Fe last week. No one from the federal agency would answer SFR's questions about the warrantless seizure. Still no word on who called the federal agents to the scene in the first place. For now, New MexiCann founder Len Goodman told his registered patients over the weekend that he's received the green light to reopen the clinic's doors this morning.
After the resignation of Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Garcia last week, journalist Milan Simonich says he thinks the next chief should be an outsider to effectively repair the police force's "dissension, dysfunction and disorganization."
SF Mayor Javier Gonzales thinks a leadership change at SFPD will offer the department a "fresh start."
The change “will allow for the police department to come together and focus on their number one job, which is to keep Santa Fe safe and to assure that we’re meeting on some of the broader goals that I promised the community: reduction in property crimes, a reduction in domestic violence, building a stronger presence in neighborhoods.”Daniel Chacón has an interesting piece on the rookie mayor's other challenges.
Economic Development Secretary John Barela says the department's new policies to attract businesses and jobs to the state are starting to show progress.
Our new business-friendly environment is also putting more New Mexicans to work. In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported New Mexico had seen the best export-related job growth in the country. The increase of goods and services from New Mexico sold internationally has supported or created more than 16,000 jobs in our state.