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Three Ground-Breaking Progressive Initiatives That Are Under the Radar This Election

On November 8th, citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. Initiatives in three states stand out as having a potentially broad national impact — California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail.

October 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton

Reuters/Ipsos States Of The Nation: Clinton Leads In Florida

Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in Florida and New Mexico, strengthening her position, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

September 27, 2016
Susana Martinez

Latina GOP Governor Susana Martinez To Trump: ‘I Will Not Be Bullied’

When the chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association and the only Latina governor in the United States failed to endorse Donald Trump before he campaigned in her state on Tuesday night, Don didn’t take it lightly. One Trumper tantrum later, a spokesman for Susana Martinez’ office said simply, “Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her.”

May 25, 2016
Donald Trump

Trump Slams New Mexico’s Republican Governor At Rally

During a 65-minute speech in Albuquerque last night, Donald Trump laced into New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. He blamed her for the state’s economic problems, for the growing number of food stamp recipients and for not doing more to reject Syrian refugees. The billionaire even mused about moving to the state to run for governor himself.

May 25, 2016
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Kasich And Cruz’s Coordination May Be Too Late To Stop Trump

Republican presidential candidates John Kasich and Ted Cruz announced today that their campaigns would coordinate to keep party frontrunner Donald Trump from securing the necessary votes to win the nomination. A look at the agreement’s fine print indicates there is more than meets the eye.

April 25, 2016

New Mexico’s Secretary Of State Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

New Mexico’s top election officer, a Republican, embezzled office funds to gamble at casinos.

October 23, 2015
Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near the abandoned Gold King Mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, in this picture from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department taken August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department/Handout

Restrictions To Remain For Rivers Hardest Hit By Colorado Mine Waste Spill

The rivers will remain closed for at least another week for irrigation and drinking water.

August 12, 2015

The 5 Worst States For Women’s Health

Five states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy, female homicide, women living in poverty, and limited health care access.

July 31, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
arizona wetland

With New EPA Water Rule, Obama Again Takes Executive Action On Environment

The administration’s latest move is another example of President Barack Obama taking executive action on environmental and climate issues regardless of whether he has the support of Congress.

May 26, 2015

Chance Of ‘Megadrought’ In U.S. Southwest Now 50 Percent, Study Concludes

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times The chance of a “megadrought” gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50 percent, scientists say, which means bad news for California’s already parched landscape. The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern United States have increased to 80 percent, according to a new […]

August 29, 2014

Cause Of New Mexico Nuclear-Waste Accident Remains A Mystery

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream and laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct […]

August 26, 2014

Republican Rebranding Hits Sad New Low

After GOP candidates across the nation fell flat in the 2012 elections, the Republican National Committee released a report stressing the urgent need for the party to rebrand itself as kinder, gentler, and more inclusive if it hopes to compete in any non-red states in the future. Unfortunately, that turned out to be hard work. But […]

August 8, 2014

Aboard ‘The Beast,’ Migrants Fear Texas Crackdown

Apizaco (Mexico) (AFP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry’s plan to send troops to reinforce the Mexican border was enough to deter Salvadoran couple Edwin and Sandra, who decided to make a difficult trek through New Mexico instead. The young couple, who are expecting a baby in six months, are crossing Mexico aboard an infamous freight […]

July 24, 2014

Albuquerque Police Release One Minute Of Video In Controversial Shooting

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Residents expressed outrage Wednesday that police released less than one minute of video in an hours-long standoff that ended with an officer-involved fatal shooting — the most recent incident in a series of deadly police shootings that have prompted a federal investigation. A crowd is anticipated to […]

May 8, 2014

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal Of New Mexico Gay-Bias Case

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a New Mexico photographer who claimed a free-speech right to refuse to shoot a wedding album for a same-sex couple. The photographer was charged with violating the state’s anti-discrimination law, […]

April 7, 2014

Albuquerque Police Chief Defends Actions After Protest Turns Violent

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Albuquerque police acted with restraint in dealing with a demonstration over the weekend, Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. said Monday, but as the group evolved into a “mob mentality,” authorities were forced to use tear gas to control the situation. At one point during the protest, which began about noon […]

April 1, 2014

Radiation Leak Forces Closure At New Mexico Waste Burial Site

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times The Energy Department suspended normal operations for a fourth day at its New Mexico burial site for defense nuclear waste after a radiation leak inside salt tunnels where the material is buried. Officials at the site, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, activated air filters as […]

February 18, 2014

Alleged 12-Year-Old U.S. Shooter ‘Planned’ Attack: Police

Los Angeles (AFP) – The 12-year-old gunman accused of wounding a teacher and two students when he opened fire at a New Mexico middle school planned his attack, police said Wednesday. “We found evidence to believe it was thought out, and planned, prior,” New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas told reporters. In the latest […]

January 16, 2014

Suspect Caught After Shooting At Roswell, New Mexico Middle School

By Michael Muskal and John Glionna, Los Angeles Times ROSWELL, N.M. — There has been a shooting at a middle school in Roswell and the shooter has been taken into custody, police said Tuesday. Two patients, identified only as minors, were being “treated and evaluated” at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, said Brooke Linthicum, spokeswoman for […]

January 14, 2014