Posted by Rachel Pulaski on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
therepublic.com -Closing the New Mexico State Fair on Mondays and Tuesdays over the past few years hasn't saved as much money as hoped, so the commission that runs the annual event might shorten the fair from 17 days to 12. "The dark days obviously were a failure," interim general manager Dan Mourning told State Fair commissioners Monday during their first meeting of 2012. More News New Mexico
krqe.com - New Mexico’s education system ranks 35th in the nation, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s 17th Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform is a comprehensive report that ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to data from national test scores, state education policy, charter school regulation, and other benchmarks of quality. New Mexico improved from 48th in 2010 based on student performance and progress on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams. More News New Mexico
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koat.com -About 400 immigrant-rights activists surrounded the capital Tuesday morning to protest what they said was a controversial push by the governor to do away with driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. With the exception of one counter-protester, all were in favor of letting illegal immigrants continue to have driver's licenses, which they said improves the driving standards on our streets. "We can't tell people that they can't have a driver's license. This is a safety issue. They need it to get to work. What is going on?" protester Sharon Argenbright said. More News New Mexico
The Governor's bi-partisan bill beefs up prison time for child abusers, increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill kids, and defines new crimes where certain behavior toward children is predatory.
Martinez wants to increase penalties for first-time and repeat child abusers, allowing for additional prison time in child abuse cases even those that do not result in great bodily harm or the death of the child.
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|Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich|
A little irony of history is in order. Clinton began to aggressively pursue the idea of higher taxes on the job creators and Hillary-Care right after his inauguration. The public was horrified that the man who ran as someone with common sense could propose such a massive government takeover of our health care and punishment of the business community.
“The League of Women Voters clearly has not included any top supporters of requiring photo identification when voting in New Mexico,” State Senator John Ryan said. “I suspect the forum will be supplying biased information that is not useful because of it being so partial.”
Senator Ryan is one of many elected officials supporting legislation requiring New Mexicans to show a photo ID when voting in New Mexico elections. Ryan said that while Republican Senators were invited to the event, most of the panelists selected have expressed opposition to voter ID. The panelists include members from the ACLU and the UNM Political Science Department.