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  • Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm

    03/27/2015 5:10:14 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    The New American ^ | March 27, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A massive U.S. military drill dubbed “Jade Helm 15” lists Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill is causing widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may be some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government. During the exercises, which will take place over the summer, Special Forces from various branches of the military will work with local law-enforcement in scenarios that, to critics at least, sound suspiciously like they are aimed at subduing rebellious...
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 96 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • New Mexico Nixes Civil Asset Forfeiture: Leviathan Can Be Defeated

    03/25/2015 10:38:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 25, 2015 | George Leef
    ... Civil asset forfeiture is one of those issues where Americans of all political persuasions grasp the truth that government has grown far too powerful and arrogant, with officials serving their own interests rather than those of the public. Some officials have badly overreached, using their power to engage in what Frederic Bastiat called “legal plunder” and thereby awakened a huge cross section of the populace to the fact that government is often more about helping itself than about serving the public interest. The silver lining to civil asset forfeiture is that it helps people to understand that, as Albert...
  • Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

    03/20/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies
    FuelFix ^ | 19 Mar 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is set to issue the first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing on Friday, with new mandates targeting oil and gas wells on public land. The Interior Department rule reflects years of work by regulators seeking to balance environmental interests and economic imperatives in setting baseline standards for the way wells are constructed and stimulated for oil and gas production. But the final version, set to be unveiled Friday by Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, according to stakeholders familiar with the timeline, is unlikely to appease environmentalists who have argued for strong protections or oil...
  • Western states coalition disputes ‘biased’ federal science on sage grouse

    03/18/2015 10:28:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    predation, not human activity, has reduced bird’s numbers. A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on “selective, false and biased” research. Denver attorney Kent Holsinger filed three Data Quality Act challenges Wednesday with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the coalition, which includes the Western Energy Alliance, ranchers, mining and drilling companies and 19 counties in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. “We’ve documented real issues with transparency and scientific integrity ... The...
  • Jeb Bush, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy (Common Core)

    03/18/2015 8:33:28 AM PDT · by shortstop · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin Web Site ^ | 03/17/15 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club...
  • Taos sheriff hires officer who left state police after controversial shooting

    03/17/2015 6:34:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    Taos News ^ | 3-17-15 | Andrew Oxford
    Sixteen months after leaving the New Mexico State Police amid controversy surrounding an officer-involved shooting in which he fired at the tires of a fleeing minivan carrying a woman and her five children, Elias Montoya is wearing a badge again. Montoya is among the Taos County Sheriff’s newest deputies. Chosen from among 17 candidates who applied for two open positions, he is expected to be back on patrol by month’s end. While describing Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe’s decision to hire him as “a gutsy move,” Montoya was unreserved Monday in discussing the incident Oct. 28, 2013 that ended his career as...
  • No more ‘prommunism’ for Albuquerque seniors

    03/12/2015 12:25:01 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 40 replies
    KRQE-13, Albuquerque ^ | March 10, 2015 | Tina Jensen
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Seniors at an Albuquerque high school whose plans for an unusual prom theme sparked interest and criticism from around the country have landed on a new prom theme: Prom. It’s their way of taking back ownership of their prom theme, after the suggestion of a communism connotation created a backlash they weren’t anticipating. After KRQE News 13 reported that students at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School voted on “Prom-munism” as the theme for their spring formal dance, news traveled fast. Some headlines pointed out the irony of the theme: “Students democratically pick communism-themed prom.” Others were outraged. According...
  • Cop-killer’s sister writes to board, asks that he not be paroled (NM)

    03/12/2015 11:59:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 12, 2015 | Patrick Lohmann
    The state parole board has received 500 letters in anticipation of a hearing today over whether convicted cop-killer Joel Lee Compton will be released from prison. But to the widow of Albuquerque police officer Gerald Cline – who Compton shot and killed 32 years ago – one particular letter stands out. “We were very touched, and we appreciate it,” said Yolanda Cline. “You’re not defined by what your relatives did. You can’t choose them.” In fewer than 200 words, Sharron Compton, sister of Joel Lee Compton, spells out why her brother should not be released from prison despite three decades...
  • Democrats block GOP abortion bill effort (NM Senate)

    03/11/2015 12:18:16 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Deborah Baker
    SANTA FE – The Democratic-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected a move by Republicans to keep two abortion bills out of a committee they say will bury the legislation. The bills – which have passed the House – would require parents to be notified when their minor daughters seek abortions, and would ban late-term abortions. Senate Republicans hoped they could pick up enough Democratic votes to pass the bills if the full Senate were voting. But Republicans said the parental notification bill would “never see the light of day” if it went first to the Public Affairs Committee, which historically has...
  • Senate committee tables right-to-work bill (NM Democrats)

    03/11/2015 12:13:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – A New Mexico right-to-work bill that has reignited old economic arguments and fanned partisan flames was shot down Tuesday in a Senate committee, leaving its path to final approval blocked with less than two weeks left in the 60-day legislative session. The proposed change in state labor laws was derailed on a 5-3 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee, after majority Democrats thwarted a GOP attempt last week to have the House-approved legislation sent to the full Senate for a vote. Labor union leaders lauded the vote but said they will be on the lookout...
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • School Votes for Communism-Themed Dance Dubbed 'Prom-Munism'

    03/06/2015 11:34:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/06/2015
    Seniors at a New Mexico high school have voted to hold a prom with a communism theme, which they've dubbed "prom-munism." KRQE-TV in Albuquerque ( http://goo.gl/x2zXLb ) reports that Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School students voted online this week for the theme.
  • Communist prom theme chosen for U.S. high school: ‘Prom-munism’

    03/10/2015 12:42:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    Students at an Albuquerque, N.M., school decided that communism should be the theme for their prom — now dubbed "Prom-munism." The decision by seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School has upset some members of the school. One student who spoke to local CBS affiliate KRQE, but asked to remain anonymous, said "I hope that Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom."
  • Woman scammed with fraudulent check while looking for work babysitting

    03/06/2015 7:30:56 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 03/05/2015 | Danielle Todesco
    An old scam is popping up in a new place. This time it's targeting people who make a living taking care of children and seniors. Arielle Wohlberg put a post on Care.com offering to be a baby sitter. She is a college student at CNM looking for some extra income. She says she got an email from a man claiming his wife had breast cancer and they needed a sitter for their daughter. He even sent her pictures that he said were of his family. Then, he mailed her a $3,000 check and told her to cash it and wire...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • New Mexico: House Approves Two Right-To-Carry Reform Bills

    03/03/2015 6:39:27 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies
    NRA-ILA.org ^ | March 3, 2015 | NRA-ILA
    https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150303/new-mexico-house-approves-two-right-to-carry-reform-bills | New Mexico: House Approves Two Right-To-Carry Reform Bills On Monday, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved House Bill 106 by a 48 to 19 vote, with the measure receiving unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus and roughly a dozen members of the minority party. HB 106, sponsored by state Representative Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from 60 to 90 days before and after it expires, removes the fingerprint requirement for license renewals and eliminates the mid-term two-year refresher course. Additionally, the House approved House Bill 189 by a 39...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • 8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test ‘Opt-Out’ (Santa Fe NM)

    03/02/2015 10:29:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 02 2015 9:05 am
    A New Mexico eighth-grader was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state’s new online standardized test. 12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school’s website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal’s office. Adelina and her mother, Jacqueline Ellvinger, appeared on “Fox and Friends” this morning to explain what happened and why Adelina was punished. “I wanted the parents to know that they had the option to let the student either take the test or not,” Adelina said. …
  • BLM Officer Mistaken for Man Impersonating Police Officer ( Arizona )

    03/02/2015 5:06:09 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Tombstone News ^ | Feb 06, 2015 | Meredith Stahler
    According to findings from The Tombstone Marshal’s Office (TMO), a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officer was mistaken for a man impersonating an officer.. On January 28th, while traveling east on Charleston Road, a sixteen year old driver reported to the Tombstone Marshal’s Office that she observed a male driver in a white truck look at her as he passed and then turned around and begin travelling eastbound behind her before pulling her over with emergency lights flashing on the dashboard. The female advised that she pulled to the side road and the male exited his vehicle and approached her...
  • 7 GOP governors elect not to fight Obama's amnesty

    02/26/2015 12:34:08 AM PST · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    More than two dozen states have joined the Texas lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, but more eye-opening is the list of Republican governors whose names still do not appear on the suit. The seven Republicans who have thus far elected not to join the suit aimed at reining in Obama are Chris Christie of New Jersey, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Matthew Mead of Wyoming, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Bruce Rauner of Illinois. Five of those seven states – Maryland, Iowa, New Mexico, Massachusetts and...
  • 30 House Republicans Press House Leaders To Continue DHS Fight Against Executive Amnesty

    02/25/2015 5:58:56 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Caroline May
    Thirty House Republicans are calling on their leadership to continue to stand firm against calls for a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill — or one free of House-passed riders blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty. In a letter dispatched Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) the lawmakers, led by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), argued that the House must continue to fight against Obama’s executive actions using the “power of the purse.” “American voters supported our position of opposing executive overreach during the November elections, and are solely...
  • New Mexico audits taxpayers, but no one can audit state

    02/25/2015 9:48:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brigette Russell
    Things got very wonky indeed last month when Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford, Deputy State Treasurer Ricky Bejerano and State Auditor Tim Keller all tried to explain to the Legislative Finance Committee exactly how much money the state wasn’t sure it had. The state, which requires all citizens to file tax returns and has the power to audit those returns to make sure they are correct, has not passed an audit of its own books since 2007. It holds taxpayers accountable for the accuracy of their returns, all the while spending more than $6 billion of their...
  • Butterfly Garden Hinders U.S. Border Patrol ( San Diego, CA )

    02/25/2015 6:50:01 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Michelle Moons
    U.S. Border Patrol agents are expressing frustration that a multi-million dollar park project in San Diego’s Tijuana River Valley region, including a butterfly garden, will make it harder for them to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border in that area. Among the obstacles of concern are snowflake barriers, rebar-lined irrigation systems, low-posted bollards and iron gates. The project is shaped in accordance with an environmental impact report from 2006. Much has changed since then, according to National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 spokesman Gabe Pacheco. “These obstacles are going to make securing the border more difficult and more dangerous,” Pacheco said. “Agents...
  • Driver’s license law still gets thumbs down (NM-70% oppose licenses for illegals)

    02/23/2015 8:36:47 AM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexico voters continue their long-standing opposition to a 2003 law that allows the state to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, a new Journal Poll found. Seven in 10 registered voters surveyed last week said they opposed the law – results that mirror those of earlier Journal Polls. Respondents were asked: “Do you support or oppose New Mexico’s state law that allows driver’s licenses to be issued to immigrants who are in the country illegally?” Support is strongest among Democrats, Hispanics and younger voters, the poll showed. But even among those groups, a majority...
  • Illegal Alien in National Guard Busted for Aiding Mexican Drug Gangs [ Arizona ]

    02/22/2015 8:17:07 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Radix News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    members of the Arizona National Guard, including military recruiters were discovered working as “muscle” and “traffickers” for Mexican drug gangs .. About 12 National Guard were identified as suspects in one of the FBI’s biggest government corruption cases ever, which was almost totally ignored by government officials in Washington and major national news outlets On Friday in federal court, a non-commissioned officer (non-com) with the border-state Arizona’s Army National Guard was sentenced to federal prison for his role in protecting drug traffickers by using his military position to provide security for shipments of cocaine being transported from Mexico into the...
  • DA to seek murder charges in James Boyd shooting

    02/21/2015 7:49:43 PM PST · by Marie · 28 replies
    koat.com ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Regina Ruiz
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The district attorney is seeking criminal charges against the two officers who shot and killed James Boyd last spring. Police said officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez fatally shot Boyd last year. District Attorney Kari Brandenburg submitted paperwork Monday to move the case forward. The next step would be a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would make their case to go to a full trial. A judge would have the final say on whether the case moves forward. "In this case we do believe that we have probable cause," Brandenburg said. The DA is seeking murder charges. Brandenburg also...
  • The Border Patrol Continues to Act as if a Federal Judge Hadn’t Just Blocked Obama’s Amnesty

    02/20/2015 2:29:29 PM PST · by Crazieman · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/20/2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    While a federal judge’s injunction has halted the implementation of President Obama’s sweeping executive actions from November, it appears U.S. Customs and Border Protection never got the news. According to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, the relaxed border enforcement guidelines that accompanied Obama’s executive actions should continue apace, unaffected by the judge’s ruling. In an email sent to CBP agents on Wednesday and later obtained by NRO, Kerlikowske conceded that the federal judge’s action meant agents “should not consider” Obama’s new and expanded deferred action guidelines when processing illegal immigrants. But border protection and enforcement are apparently a different matter. Kerlikowske’s...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • City to negotiate with union that has no members

    02/17/2015 7:35:28 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 13 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/17/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has no dues-paying members on the Moriarty, New Mexico police force, but that’s not stopping the union from demanding the city negotiate with it anyway. The city’s police officers voted in 2011 to create a collective bargaining unit affiliated with AFSCME to negotiate employment contracts on their behalf, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Two officers joined, the majority did not. Those two have since left the department. The seven officers currently employed by the city are not union members, though the union still claims to represent them.
  • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps

    02/16/2015 12:23:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 2/16/15 | Erika Rawes
    3. New Mexico Number of food stamp recipients: 430,622 Percentage of the state’s population on food stamps: 20.65% Total cost of just these benefits alone (That is, how much do just the money on those EBT cards cost the state?): Around $53.12 million Cost of benefits alone per capita in this state: $25.47 per person
  • New Mexico: Measure to Ban Firearms, in the Roundhouse, Returns

    02/16/2015 11:33:09 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 12 replies
    NRAiLa.org ^ | February 16, 2015 | NRA
    "The Roundhouse," New Mexico Government Building NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action New Mexico: Measure to Ban Firearms...Returns Concealed Carry Reform Bills Continue To Move Last week, state Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) introduced House Resolution 4 to amend House rules and ban the possession of firearms in the House chamber, galleries, lounge, hallways and committee rooms by anyone except law enforcement or concealed carry license holders. In 2014, he filed a similar measure which passed out of the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote and then died in the House Rules Committee. This solution in search of a...
  • ACTION: Tell 10 New Mexico senators to support SB 192 and enforce election laws

    02/16/2015 6:59:35 AM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    netwmd.com, LLC ^ | 2/15/15 | netwmd.com, LLC
    This link allows you contact 10 legislators to support New Mexico Senate Bill 192 (SB 192) - SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR ELECTION VIOLATIONS with one mouse click. Your support will be expressed to all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (all their contact info is listed on the action page). Please consider calling each member to follow up. Please act as soon as possible as the Judiciary Committee is discussing the bill today (2/16/15).The people of New Mexico have been frustrated with the lack of compliance from local governments concerning election law compliance. Complaints filed are hitting road blocks because our...
  • State House likely to vote on driver's licenses for immigrants Thurs. night (New Mexico)

    02/12/2015 5:35:36 PM PST · by MAKOTHEDOG · 3 replies
    KOB ^ | 02/12/2015 | Stuart Dyson
    A vote is expected this evening in the state House of Representatives on legislation that would stop the state from issuing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. It's a political dispute that has been simmering and occasionally boiling over for a half-dozen years. Susana Martinez made this a key issue in her first campaign for governor back in 2010, urging state lawmakers to repeal the state law allowing the licenses. Tonight it looks like she will finally have the votes to move the license legislation through the House. Republicans are now the majority party there, and they expect to pick up...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Democrats are fighting for Obama, not illegal immigrants

    02/12/2015 12:00:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2015 | S.A. Miller & Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats’ filibuster of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would block deportation amnesty is not about the immigration issue but about respecting President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. “This is not a question of protecting illegal people in our country, it’s a question of respecting the authority of the president of the United States,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, told reporters at her weekly press conference at the Capitol. Current funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out Feb. 27, but Senate Democrats are blocking the spending bill that includes a prohibition...
  • Albuquerque man must pay nearly $180,000 restitution at VA

    02/11/2015 1:32:28 PM PST · by MAKOTHEDOG · 6 replies
    KOB ^ | 02/11/2015 | The Associated Press
    An Albuquerque man has been ordered to pay nearly $180,000 in restitution for the theft of government funds. Prosecutors say 57-year-old Scott Till was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation in the case. Till pleaded guilty last October to taking money in November 2011 from the Department of Veterans Affairs that he wasn't entitled to receive. Prosecutors say Till isn't a veteran. They say he kept open a bank account into which the Department of Veterans Affairs was depositing money and he maintained sole access to the funds. Till was ordered to pay $179,491 in restitution to the VA.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR IMMIGRANTS SPUR DEBATE IN NEW MEXICO

    02/11/2015 11:21:25 AM PST · by MAKOTHEDOG · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | VIK JOLLY
    Opponents say New Mexico has become a haven for those seeking to fraudulently obtain driver's licenses. "These fraud operations involve the trafficking of humans to our state for the purpose of committing crimes; and with no intention to live here, they snatch up our license to take elsewhere, to places unknown and for purposes unknown," said Mike Lonergan, spokesman for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez, the nation's only Latina governor and a rising figure in the Republican Party, has been pushing to repeal the driver's license law since she was first elected in 2010. The governor and others have said...
  • In New Mexico Background Check Bill Dies Quick

    02/10/2015 10:17:31 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 2/10/2015 | RRangel
    Thankfully, Democrats in New Mexico, didn’t fair so well in their recent push for gun control. The Bloomberg initiated “universal background checks” failed in the Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee, 4-3 along party lines.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

    02/10/2015 6:43:07 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 140 replies
    Ben Swann.Com ^ | 2/7/2015 | Priscilla Jones
    The first Republican elected sheriff in Eddy County, New Mexico, became the first sheriff in 25 years to stand up to the IRS. He physically stood at the gate of a troubled citizen's property while US Marshals threatened his arrest. The landowner filed an appeal with the court and expects his case to receive due process before his land is publicly sold. The sheriff agrees. The judge does not. (Sheriff Scott London says he learned more about the Constitution in the year he spent campaigning for his job than in all of his years of schooling combined.) WASHINGTON, February 7,...
  • ‘Better Call Saul’ premiere scores highest debut ratings in cable history

    02/10/2015 7:18:33 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 10, 2015 | David Hinckley
    AMC’s “Better Call Saul” set a new record for a cable series premiere audience Sunday night, drawing 6.9 million viewers. That’s down from the 10.3 million who watched the finale of its parent series, “Breaking Bad,” but it’s well above the audience “Breaking Bad” had averaged for every episode before the finale. As late as the end of its fourth season, “Breaking Bad” averaged fewer than two million viewers. “Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the sleazy lawyer who facilitated Bryan Cranston’s Walter White in “Bad.”
  • ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in America-Marking territory

    02/10/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Dawn Perlmutter
    ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in AmericaPosted By Dawn Perlmutter On February 10, 2015 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments On February 4, 2015 the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Michael Steinbach said that the FBI has seen children as young as 15 recruited by the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL. Two days later FBI Director James Comey said there are open cases looking into individuals who may be connected to ISIS in every state in the Union except Alaska. Evidence of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting efforts in America is literally written on...
  • Late-term abortion ban has bipartisan support at Roundhouse (New Mexico)

    02/09/2015 7:19:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    krqe.com ^ | February 6, 2015, | Tina Jensen
    SANTA FE (KRQE) – It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Albuquerque became the center of the national abortion debate. Now, New Mexico itself is set to be front and center. On Friday, lawmakers announced a new bill to ban late term abortions in a state with one of the only known late-term abortion clinics in the nation. The bill would ban abortions after five months and once the fetus is capable of living outside the womb. Unlike the failed November 2013 measure in Albuquerque, the bill provides exceptions for rape, abuse, incest, and when the mother’s life is...
  • Hispanic women account for majority of abortions in NM for 2013

    02/08/2015 12:46:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    life dynamics ^ | February 6, 2015 | life dynamics
    According to New Mexico 2013 state population estimates, 46.4% of New Mexicans were Hispanic, and 41.3 % were White, so why do Hispanic women account for the majority of abortions in the state? Hispanics in New Mexico In New Mexico, reporting of legal induced abortion became law in 1977, and 1978 was the first full year of reporting. The number of abortions reported in New Mexico in 2013 was 3,408. This is an 8.7% increase from the 2012 number. In 2013, 67.6% of abortions in New Mexico were to women who were less than nine weeks pregnant and 86.0% of...
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Police Discover $33,000 in Momaday Artwork at Abandoned Meth Lab

    02/07/2015 8:17:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elise Kaplan
    Police discover valuable Momaday art in condemned apartment Art showed up in a surprising place last week, when a police officer discovered more than $33,000 worth of prints by renowned artist Al Momaday in a condemned property in the Northeast Heights. According to the incident report, an Albuquerque police officer accompanied city officials who were boarding up an apartment known to him as a site for stashing stolen property. He spotted a portfolio box on the floor containing 72 prints by Momaday, a Native American artist from the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma. The artist lived on the Jemez Pueblo for...
  • Ron Paul: A border fence might be used to keep Americans from fleeing to Mexico, or something

    09/08/2011 9:30:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    And now for a lighter moment from last night’s debate, or at least the weirdest moment. Jim Hoft calls this Ron Paul’s Checkpoint Charlie moment, but it’s really more like an apex of Paul’s paranoid band of libertarianism. In this exchange, Paul opposes building a border fence because he doesn’t believe it represents American values, which is a fair enough argument that one usually hears from Democrats. He then tips over into hilarity when he suggests that the US government might use it to stop Americans from fleeing to, er, Mexico:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO I immediately noted on...
  • Ron Paul: Border Fence Will Be Used To 'Keep Us In'

    09/08/2011 3:21:33 PM PDT · by mnehring · 67 replies
    Rep. Ron Paul has a problem with the idea of a U.S. border fence.“The people that want big fences and guns, sure, we could secure the border,” the congressman noted. “A barbed wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don’t believe that is what America is all about.” “Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people...
  • Cruz: ‘In Effect, They Are Counterfeiting Immigration Papers’

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    CNS ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    - 4:42 PM (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that contrary to what attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that illegal aliens do not have a right to work in the United States and that by printing work authorizations for them the Obama administration is effectively “counterfeiting immigration papers.” CNSNews asked asked Cruz: Do you believe illegal aliens should have a right to work in the United States as Loretta Lynch told Senator Sessions? Cruz responded: Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working....
  • Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

    01/29/2015 2:27:48 PM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/28/15 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday. In the recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from invading the oil-rich nation and brags to his wife that the passing of secrets would make him wealthy.
  • Another New Mexico immigrant license repeal effort begins

    01/29/2015 9:21:19 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 2 replies
    KOB.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Russell Contreras
    (AP) - A House panel is expected to discuss efforts to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss two bills aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws. One proposal by Rep. Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque calls for creating a "two-tier" driver's license system. But Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says that would only create "scarlet-letter" licenses from immigrants. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the...