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Latino Democratic voters place high importance on 2020 presidential election

New Mexico has largest percent of Latino voting population in the country

As the first 2020 primaries and caucuses near, the vast majority of Latino registered voters who are Democrats or lean toward the party see the 2020 presidential election results as of particular importance, and over half have a good or excellent impression of their own party’s candidates, according to a national Pew Research Center survey of Latino adults conducted in December.

Capitol Update for January 22, 2020

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As a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature prepared to take-in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s state of the state address to begin the 2020 30-day session, a major question-mark issue is cannabis legislation.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Immediately after last year’s 60-day New Mexico Legislative session adjourned, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham went on record saying legalizing cannabis would be an issue for this year’s session.

Democrat Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is the Senate Majority Leader:

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A legalization bill passed the House of Representatives last year, but got stuck in a Senate Committee. Wirth says one of the issues within the Senate caucus is that members don’t want approving legal cannabis just as a means to raise revenues.

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Of course, THE issue this session is crafting a state budget, a task made much easier by New Mexico’s surplus funds this year thanks to the booming oil and gas industries.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge 

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Lawmakers to debate different proposals, including changes to laws involving guns

One proposed change has support from both sides of isle

Bill Rehm is a retired captain from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. “Crime is absolutely out of control,” he said. Rehm has also been a Republican lawmaker for more than a decade. This year, his name popped up on message from the governor, a Democrat.

Nationwide Group of Faith Leaders To Hold Anti-Detention Event at Otero County Processing Center

Chaparral, N.M. – NM CAFe will host faith leaders from across the country for a week long Border Encounter. LA RED and LIVE FREE, the immigrant rights and gun violence and mass incarceration programs of Faith in Action, are joining area community and faith leaders to stage a public action at the Otero County Detention Center in support of ending privatized detention and incarceration on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. MT. 

Sandia National Laboratories Reports Record Economic Impact

Sandia National Laboratories Director James Peery announced recently that Sandia pumped an all-time high of nearly three-point-seven billion dollars into the economy in fiscal year 2019…. This, by spending on goods, services, payroll, taxes and other payments. Peery said in a news release that, quoting: “Sandia is proud of the past success but will not rest, we will keep building on these successes and seeking partnerships with highly qualified, diverse suppliers that can contribute to Sandia’s national security mission and spur economic growth in New Mexico and across the country.”

Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border

Illegal border crossings have plummeted after the Trump administration made more asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The drop has been most striking on Arizona’s western border, a pancake-flat desert. Border arrests there fell 94% from May to October. A Border Patrol official says traffic plunged after asylum-seekers learned they couldn’t stay in the U.S. while their cases wound through court. More than 55,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico to wait for hearings through November, 10 months after the policy was introduced in San Diego.

Thousands show up for women’s rights rally and march

Event gives people of all backgrounds opportunities to make their voices heard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thousands of people turned out at Civic Plaza on Sunday for Women Rising. The annual rally and march promoted women’s rights and drew attention to issues women face today.

New Mexico Governor Announces Priorities For Legislative Session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced her agenda for the second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature.   Here is a statement from the Governor’s office: The governor’s call for the 30-day legislative session scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, encompasses the priority areas of education, the economy, public safety, health, and the environment. “Year One was a tremendous start, and I’m incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to keep building on that foundation over the next month – indeed, over the next year and beyond,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “My call for this legislative session underscores the work we are undertaking on two fronts: addressing urgent needs and strategically investing in sustainable improvements over the long term. 

Snow, rain move north across New Mexico on Thursday

Rain, wintry mix and snow are moving north this morning, causing school delays and potentially slick road conditions through the commute. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect across the northern half of NM through Friday.

NMED discovers more potential methane emission violations

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced more possible emission violations produced by oil and gas operations around the state. The department said it acquired video footage collected by citizens using forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras documenting methane and other air contaminants. NMED believes the emissions depicted in the video footage are “potential violations of existing state permits or regulations,” the department said in a statement.

Lawmakers from New Mexico hold out on review of nuke plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are finding themselves in an awkward position as watchdog groups claim the U.S. government is skirting one of the nation’s key environmental laws.

Black Hawks to start border flights in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters will start flights over a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border including New Mexico and Texas for border enforcement and search and rescue operations, federal border agency officials said.

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