Morning Word: Drunk Driver Kills Three
'He needs to pay for what he did,' family saysMorning WordMonday, November 30, 2015
Another holiday in New Mexico ends with yet another fatal drunk driving accident, despite free ride shares and reduced cab prices. Jacob Jaramillo, 23, was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide after running a red light in Albuquerque early Sunday morning.
The New Mexico Association of Counties want state lawmakers to meet their legal obligations and financial responsibilities, as more counties around the state struggle to keep up with the cost of housing inmates headed to prison, parole violators and offenders who are jointly supervised by probation and parole officers.
Thomas J Cole reports state judges could deny bail to defendants to protect the community if a proposed constitutional amendment is passed. The New Mexico Supreme Court also wants voters to consider allowing some nonviolent offenders to stay out of jail, even if they don’t have the money or resources to post very low bonds.
‘Sweetheart Deal’ Questioned
Former New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid and her husband, Mike Messina, are under the microscope in Vermont after brokering a deal between a private law practice and that state’s attorney general, who filed a groundwater contamination lawsuit against 29 oil and gas companies. Messina and Madrid deny their donations to Attorney General William H Sorrell resulted in a sweetheart deal.
Paul J Gessing, the Rio Grande Foundation’s executive director, is encouraging government employees to speak up in favor of honest and ethical government and to expose corruption when they know about it. Gessing suggests:
Public employees at every level of an organization’s hierarchy have the right and the responsibility to ensure government is lawful and proper in its activities. If they see something, they should say something, without fear of retaliation. In that spirit, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed the Whistleblower Protection Act in 2010.Secrecy over Transparency
New Mexico In Depth Director Trip Jennings suggests New Mexico lawmakers and government officials appear to prefer secrecy over open government, especially when it comes to capital outlay funding, which isn’t always divvied up fairly, according to analysis by Sandra Fish.
Journalist Steve Terrell suggests politicians and elected leaders could use some good public relations strategies.
Real ID: Myth versus Fact
New Mexico isn’t the only state out of compliance with federal Real ID regulations. Some 28 other states face similar challenges.
It looks like the Lobos may be headed to a bowl game after all. UNM ran past the Air Force Falcons, 47-35, on Saturday.
Lobo Louie will be on the sidelines rooting for the Lobos if they’re invited to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, but it looks like the university is going to be getting a complete marketing makeover to attract new students.
Thanksgiving weekend ended well for Broncos’ fans. Denver topped the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 30-24, last night in overtime.
After a cloudy holiday weekend, we’re going to have a lot of sunshine this week. Rain and snow don’t show up in the forecast until Saturday.