Xochitl Torres Small supports inquiry
US Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, has come out in support of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Torres Small has been one of a handful of Democrats in the House who had not publicly supported the inquiry. Like most of them, she represents a district (NM House District 2) that carried Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Torres Small has received complaints from Democrats for not supporting impeachment proceedings. She also has been targeted by Republicans in a national campaign supporting Trump. Torres Small says the White House's announcement this week that it would not cooperate with the inquiry and its blockage of witness testimony helped shift her decision to support the inquiry.
Lobbyists spend half a mil on NM lawmakers
Chevron contributed more than $175,000 to lawmakers over the last five months as part of its lobbying expenses in the state. Campaign finance reports show lobbyists contributed more than half a million dollars overall for the reporting period ending Oct. 7; most was spent on political contributions, with approximately $50,000 going to food and drinks. According to Albuquerque Journal reporting, most of the donations to legislators came in $2,600 allotments; the election cycle donation limit is $5,000.
Trujillo’s seat draws interest
Several local lawmakers are considering a run for the Legislature for the seat held by state Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-NM. Trujillo, 81, recently announced he would not seek re-election in 2020 for District 45. Current District 4 Santa Fe City Councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler says she is considering a run ($ TNM). Former District 3 City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, who served three terms on Council and one on the school board, says he will run, and wants to return to public service. And District 3 Councilor Chris Rivera, who is unopposed in next month's city election, says he hasn't ruled out running for the Legislature next.
ACLU files tort for SUN journalist
Rio Arriba County sheriffs' employees allegedly retaliated against Rio Grande SUN journalist Tabitha Clay, according to a tort claim filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Clay's behalf. The tort claim says county "employees, officials or affiliates" have retaliated against Clay since her May 29 SUN story reporting that former Deputy Jeremy Barnes tased a student three times at Española Valley High School. The student's family also has filed a complaint against the department and Sheriff James Lujan. Clay's tort claim reports three different incidents of retaliation.
Schools chief running for state senate
Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica García announced ($TNM) she will challenge Republican Sen. Mark Moores for the state Senate seat representing Albuquerque's District 21. García's school district contract ends June 2021; she says if she wins the election, she will do both jobs. Garcia lives in District 21, but spends three to four nights in Santa Fe for her job here.
Former New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program manager Dominick Zurlo returned to the program last summer as co-director. SFR caught up with Zurlo to talk about the program and other cannabis-related topics. According to Zurlo, the state's supply and demand is in decent shape, as several producers have yet to reach the 1,750 plant limit for growers.
Thanks for reading! The Word wants to double down on recommending the above SUN story about the ACLU tort claim, as well as SUN publisher Robert Trapp's op-ed celebrating National Newspaper Week. "We're stubborn and here to stay," Trapp writes. "We hope people will curb their electronic fascinations and give facts a try." Hear, Hear!