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US: New Mexico (News/Activism)

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  • NM rated near bottom for retirement (50 out of 50 in property crime)

    01/16/2018 3:22:38 PM PST · by CedarDave · 109 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 16, 2018 | ABQJournal News Staff
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico has been ranked the eighth worst state in which to retire by the financial website WalletHub. The site ranked the states using 41 metrics on affordability, quality of life and health care. New Mexico fared especially poorly on property crime, ranking 50th. It did better on adjusted cost of living, where it ranked 18th; the percentage of population aged 65 and older (19th); and on health care facilities per capita (19th). The state ranked just ahead of Louisiana and just below Hawaii.
  • Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

    Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That's according to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
  • UNMHSC suspends fetal tissue research (New Mexico)

    01/06/2018 2:19:33 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 6, 2018 | Colleen Heild
    In 2016, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center told a congressional panel that some of its most significant discoveries have come from its research involving fetal tissue. Now, that research has been halted while the university investigates a prominent pediatrics physician who was the sole researcher at HSC using fetal tissue from induced abortions at a private Albuquerque abortion clinic. “We’re not conducting research with fetal tissue samples at this time,” said Alex Sanchez, spokeswoman for HSC, on Friday. Asked when such research might resume, Sanchez said, “It’s all pending at the moment.” UNM’s decision to suspend the...
  • [New Mexico] Attorney General: Fetal tissue transfers for research legal

    01/05/2018 2:27:01 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 5, 2018 | Colleen Heild
    The transfer of fetal tissue from an Albuquerque abortion clinic for research at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center violated no state law, according to a letter from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office to a congressional committee. The AG’s letter dated Thursday comes more than a year after the now-disbanded Select Investigative Panel of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent criminal referrals to Balderas’ office alleging potential criminal violations in the collaboration between university researchers and Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque. The special committee, which ended its work a year ago, was created to...
  • State senator wants lawmakers to weigh in on statewide soda tax

    12/31/2017 11:09:03 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kob4 ^ | Dec. 28, 2017 | Marian Camacho
    New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino has introduced a joint memorial, asking the Legislative Finance Committee to study the potential positives and negatives of a statewide tax on sodas and other sugary drinks. Governor Susana Martinez weighed in on the idea Wednesday, posting her thoughts on Facebook. “Liberal Democrats are pushing a soda tax again…Less than a year after voters in the state’s most liberal city easily rejected a tax on soda, Senate Democrats want to raise taxes on soda statewide. No matter the budget situation, Senate Democrats have tried to raise taxes every year since I’ve been...
  • Court sides with New Mexico officer in minivan shooting (Traffic stop video linked)

    12/28/2017 11:30:40 AM PST · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a New Mexico police officer did not violate the constitutional rights of a woman and her five children when he shot at their minivan as they fled a chaotic traffic stop in 2013. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling in the case filed by Oriana Farrell, who was pulled over for speeding and led officers on a high-speed pursuit through the tourist enclave of Taos. The appeals court found that the case against Elias Montoya, the officer who fired three times at the van and later left...
  • Trump Supporters Vandalize Mosque In New Mexico, Misspell Words

    12/21/2017 6:37:09 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 68 replies
    Law and Crime ^ | Dec. 20, 2107 | Colin Kalmbacher
    A small, southwestern mosque was targeted last weekend by spelling-challenged vandals. Neighbors woke up Monday morning to find that someone with a can of red spray paint paid an unwelcome visit to the Golden Mosque in the City of Clovis, New Mexico. That spray paint reads: “Happy Birthday Jesus Christ! From a real Christain [sic]” On the front of the mosque, near the door, was the word “Trump” scrawled twice in blue. The vandal(s) misspelled “Christian” again on the mosque’s marquee. One such neighbor, Toni Pop, spoke with local KRQE News 13 about the incident. She said, “I pass by...
  • Pelosi’s super PAC keeps donations from owners of child sex trafficking site Backpage

    12/17/2017 5:13:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    After California’s then-Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced felony pimping charges last year against the two owners of Backpage.com — a classified-ad website that is a hub for sex trafficking and prostitution, one of the men cut a $10,000 check to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s super PAC. Mrs. Pelosi’s political action committee, House Majority PAC, has resisted giving the money back, and an aide to Mrs. Pelosi said the California Democrat knows nothing about the contribution. The uproar over sexual harassment that began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal has intensified the scrutiny of political contributions linked to Backpage, which...
  • Democrat Accused Of Sexual Harassment (says) Pelosi Knew And Did Nothing About It

    12/06/2017 12:05:34 PM PST · by Strac6 · 27 replies
    A first-term Democratic congressman accused of sexual harassment said that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew about the allegations while he was running for office and supported him anyway, putting millions of dollars behind his 2016 congressional campaign. During his campaign, Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen allegedly propositioned a female staffer for sex on multiple occasions and touched her thighs. The staffer resigned during Kuhen’s primary campaign as a result of his harassment, she told BuzzFeed. Pelosi was quick to demand Kihuen’s resignation after the allegations became public, but she actually has known about the harassment allegations for a while, Kihuen...
  • Second Woman Accuses House Democrat Of Sexual Misconduct

    12/14/2017 2:43:57 AM PST · by x1stcav · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/17 | Peter Hasson
    A second woman has now accused Democratic Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen of sexual misconduct. Kihuen repeatedly touched the women’s legs or buttocks without her consent, the woman told the Nevada Independent. The anonymous woman also showed the paper hundreds of suggestive text messages from Kihuen that included comments such as, “I’m sure you look even better naked.” In one message, he asked her “What color are your panties?” She declined to tell him, which Kihuen said made him “sad,” claiming his “day can’t go on without knowing.”
  • Nevada Democrats blast party chair for ‘racist’ actions against black women

    12/15/2017 10:34:37 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 12/14/2017 | Victor Joecks
    A meeting last week of the Clark County Democratic Party descended into chaos amid charges that party chair Donna West had engaged in “racist” behavior. This summer, Democrats elected Erika Washington, an African-American woman, to the CCDP’s No. 2 spot. One of her jobs was to fill the party’s Political Organizing Committee, which works on voter outreach and mobilization. Washington selected three African-American women to serve. That wasn’t acceptable to West, a white woman, because she felt it would put too many black women on the 13-member committee. “Also per the bylaws, the Political Action shall reflect the diversity of...
  • GOP outreach to Hispanics is paying off in Las Vegas

    12/12/2017 9:49:23 AM PST · by 198ml · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 12/12/17 | Jesus Marquez
    The Republican Party is working diligently to support Hispanics who are eager to become civically engaged leaders in their communities. Last month, I led a Republican Leadership Initiative event in Las Vegas to teach local activists how to mobilize their communities around issues that affect them. The training — tailored to a Spanish-speaking audience — was an opportunity to share our conservative message as we work to earn the widespread support of people from all backgrounds, nationwide. To win elections in 2018 and beyond, we must ensure that Americans know that our values of limited government and economic freedom are...
  • Kihuen’s Future in Question After Second Accuser Comes Forward (NV-D)

    12/14/2017 4:23:27 PM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 14. 2017
    Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s future remains in question amid calls to resign and a second accuser alleging he sexually harassed her while he was in the Nevada state Senate. The Nevada Independent reported Wednesday night that a lobbyist claimed Kihuen sent her hundreds of text messages, some of them suggestive, and touched her inappropriately. Two weeks ago, Buzzfeed reported allegations that Kihuen harassed a former campaign staf
  • Kihuen, accused of sexual harassment, says he won’t seek re-election

    12/16/2017 10:47:27 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Gary Martin
    Rep. Ruben Kihuen said Saturday he would not seek re-election following accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior with women. “I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen, D-Nev., said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and look forward to clearing my name.” Democratic Party leaders have called for Kihuen to step down over the charges. On Saturday, Kihuen said he would serve out his two-year term. But he added that the allegations would a distract from a thorough discussion of issues in...
  • New Mexico School Shooter Had Secret Life on Pro-Trump White-Supremacy Sites

    12/16/2017 8:30:58 PM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 15, 2017 | BRANDY ZADROZNY, BEN COLLINS
    For years before William Edward Atchison killed two students and himself, he lived a shadow life online—one full of crude alt-right memes and praise for school shooters. In real life, William Edward Atchison—people called him Bill—lived in a little yellow house with his parents, about a mile away from the Giant gas station where he worked and from Aztec High School, where he shot and killed two students and then himself last Thursday. At the murder scene, police found a thumb drive with a note that read, “If things go according to plan, today would be when I die. I...
  • New Mexico school shooter disguised himself as student to get into building, police say

    12/08/2017 10:57:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/8/17 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said Friday the gunman, identified as William Atchison, entered Aztec High School around 8:00 a.m. local time with a backpack and a .9mm Glock with multiple magazines on him. Christesen also shared a message the gunman had written before the shooting that included a timeline of what the gunman had planned. Christesen called the shooting at Aztec High School a cowardly act and said the shooter was determined to create as much carnage as he could. Authorities said the gunman lived with his parents in Aztec and had worked at a gas station. In...
  • Nevada Dem says he won’t resign despite calls from party leaders

    12/05/2017 5:08:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | December 5, 2017
    Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) said Tuesday he will not resign from his post amid allegations of sexual harassment from a former staffer. Kihuen asserted in an ABC News interview that party leaders knew last year about the woman's allegations of sexual misconduct, but did not take action against his campaign. A woman who previously worked as the finance director for Kihuen alleged that she was harassed by the Nevada Democrat while working on his 2016 campaign, BuzzFeed reported last week.
  • Pelosi calls on Nevada Democrat to resign

    12/01/2017 11:04:29 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2017 | AP
    The top Democrat in the House is calling on a Nevada congressman to resign amid an allegation of sexual misconduct. In a statement early Saturday morning, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she spoke to Rep. Ruben Kihuen Friday night. She says the allegation against him from a former aide was convincing and in light of the accusation, “Congressman Kihuen should resign.” BuzzFeed News had reported that Kihuen is alleged to have repeatedly made sexual advances toward an aide during his 2016 congressional campaign.
  • Three dead in School shooting. New Mexico

    12/07/2017 9:54:48 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 95 replies
    multiple ^ | 12/7/2017
    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a New Mexico high school (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Authorities say three people are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school. San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters that three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School. He says the shooter also was dead but didn't say if the suspect was among the three. Authorities said they had cleared all the buildings at the school and that students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their...
  • New Mexico Seeks New Payments From Medicaid Patients

    12/06/2017 10:07:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    KOB4 ^ | December 06, 2017 | Morgan Lee
    Low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico may soon have to pay more for certain brand-name drugs or if they visit the emergency room to receive routine medical care, under a reform plan submitted Wednesday to federal regulators. The state Human Services Department applied for federal authorization of new copayments and monthly premiums in an effort to conserve state spending on Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled. Human Service Secretary Brent Earnest said New Mexico's waiver application also would expand services for substance abuse disorders and phase out retroactive health care coverage by 2020 for newly enrolled patients.