Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Lobbying Data Needs Fix - Las Cruces state representative introduces bill to require more lobbying transparency ]]>
By: Justin Horwath

Navigate to the lobbying reports in the secretary of state's online campaign finance disclosure database, and the website will tell viewers that, in 2014, lobbyists spent $1.6 million on food, drinks, gifts and parties for the officials New Mexicans elected to create state laws. Yet the state admits that's the wrong figure.



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<![CDATA[ACLU Defending Former ISC Director - Group says lawsuit by Interstate Commission against Norman Gaume is illegal and retaliatory]]>
By: Joey Peters
The New Mexico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is coming to the legal defense of an activist who accused the Interstate Stream Commission of violating the Open Meetings Act.]]>
<![CDATA[Audit Public at Last - New Mexico attorney general releases behavioral health audit]]>
By: Joey Peters
 Nearly two years after its completion, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the controversial audit that led to the state's shutdown and takeover of 15 behavioral health providers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Banking Study Clears Council amid Budget Concerns - Ron Trujillo blasts city for wasting money on studies]]>
By: Justin Horwath
 Before City Council approved the award of a $50,000 contract to a private company to study the feasibility of a public bank in Santa Fe late Wednesday, District 4 Councilor Ron Trujillo had something to say. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Rose for Santa Fe - The Santa Fe episode of The Bachelor airs Monday]]>
By: Joey Peters
With just one week until the premiere of The Bachelor's Santa Fe-filmed episode, both proponents and opponents of the city and state's subsidy to get the show filmed here are taking notice.]]>
<![CDATA[Council to hear Public Bank Proposal - City officials are awaiting councilors to approve $50,000 contract ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe's city council is scheduled to decide in its Jan. 28 meeting whether to award a private company a $50,000 contract to study the feasibility of a publicly funded bank. ]]>
<![CDATA[2015 School Elections - SFR ENDORSEMENTS]]>
By: SFR
VOTING continues weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm through Friday, Jan. 30, at Santa Fe Community College Room 209 (6401 Richards Ave.) and Santa Fe Public Schools Educational Services Center Conference Room A (610 Alta Vista St.). Election Day is Feb. 3.
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<![CDATA[Goodbye, J.Crew - Longtime Lincoln Avenue tenant closes doors]]>
By: Enrique Limón
The sound of packing tape unrolling and cardboard boxes being assembled flooded the air of J.Crew’s lone Santa Fe location at 130 Lincoln Ave. last Tuesday.
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<![CDATA[Front Line - City plan to find community solutions to shelter problems is behind schedule]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Solutions to Santa Fe’s most prominent not-in-my-backyard dispute are emerging slowly, as the city plans another community meeting on its emergency shelter.
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<![CDATA[School Elections - Early voting underway for school board and community college]]>
By: Joey Peters
Though local education positions don't pay a salary, some candidates on next week's ballot are raising and spending money to secure the seats.
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<![CDATA[Updated: PNM mailers: Keep Santa Fe Moving Forward - Company calls proposal to purchase PNM's power system 'misguided']]>
By: Justin Horwath
Public Service Company of New Mexico mailers are urging locals to "help PNM keep Santa Fe moving forward" in a public relations blitz against creating a publicly owned utility in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Voter ID To The Future - Senator wants state to study thumbprint, eye-scan technology for voter ID]]>
By: Joey Peters
 A Republican state senator wants to take a different look at the contentious idea of requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls. 

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<![CDATA[Back On The Table: Abortion - Bills curbing abortion rights are expected to go far this year]]>
By: Joey Peters

At least three bills restricting access to abortion are likely to be introduced, and activists on both sides of the issue expect them to go much farther than before in recent years. 


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<![CDATA[Public Hearing On City Campaign Reform Wednesday - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
On Wednesday evening, the city's Ethics and Campaign Review Board (ECRB) will continue its discussion about reforming Santa Fe's public campaign finance system after it's first test in last year's mayoral election. The ECRB revived the topic last month in its first meeting since the March 2014 election.

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<![CDATA[State of the State - Late was better than never, and Gov.'s speech focused on tomorrow]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The first day of the legislative session is typically marked by the type of ritual especially reflective of the Land of Mañana, and Jan. 20 was no exception. Early in the day, the governor’s o]]>
<![CDATA[Trade Groups Want Out of PNM Agreement - Plan for replacing power from coal remains under fire from public as PRC hearings continue]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Two energy organizations say they will no longer support the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s controversial power replacement plan.
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<![CDATA[School Choice - Two contested seats dot next month’s local schools election]]>
By: Joey Peters
Much is often made of the porous state of New Mexico’s education. Next month, area voters get a chance to weigh in on it.]]>
<![CDATA[Court Pursuit - Federal lawsuit is next chapter in email scandal]]>
By: Justin Horwath
A dozen high-powered attorneys are beginning to wage a pitched legal battle in federal court involving Gov. Susana Martinez and her most outspoken critics.]]>
<![CDATA[New Normal - GRT revenue is falling in Santa Fe, and it will likely stay that way]]>
By: Joey Peters
 Gross receipts taxes are getting less reliable for Santa Fe. 

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<![CDATA[Revisiting the Dream - MLK gathering in New Mexico capitol building is chance to talk about nation's ongoing challenge]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
When Amy Poehler and Tina Fey delivered their final Golden Globes opening monologue earlier this month, Fey deadpanned that the nation’s Civil Rights Movement “totally worked and now everything's fine.”]]>