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Papen in the running for Senate's top job

Mary Kay Papen

Add another Democrat to a growing list of those running for Senate president pro tem: Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces
Papen, who was just elected to a fourth term, joins at least four of her Democratic colleagues in seeking the Senate’s top job. It’s open because Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, lost his seat in the Nov. 6 election. 
Papen said Tuesday that she was asked by Democrats and Republicans to run for the position. It’s voted on by all 42 Senate members. 
A self-described moderate, Papen says she could readily work with the GOP minority. She also says that she has known Republican Gov. Susana Martinez — former district attorney in Doña Ana County — for years, and that while they have their differences, the relationship has not been adversarial.


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Lawmaker apologizes for rude gesture
NM job growth rate still down
Unions petition teacher evaluation system
Officials bust illegal driver's license ring


Officials bust illegal driver's license ring

New Mexico state officials may have broken up another illegal driver's license ring. 
Three Eastern-European men are in custody. Authorities say the men admitted to coming to New Mexico because they heard undocumented immigrants could get a driver's license. The three men are from Poland. At least one allegedly told authorities he lives in Illinois and had no intention of living in New Mexico
The men are in jail facing felony charges, accused of doing what others have gotten away with in New Mexico: Getting a driver's license without living here. 
Court records show the men applied for a New Mexico drivers license in Albuquerque on November 16. The men each presented Polish passports, Bank of America accounts and an Albuquerque apartment lease. The criminal complaint said all three men went to the MVD on Central and San Mateo where undocumented foreign nationals are sent for license applications.


NM job growth rate down

New Mexico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 6.3 percent for October, but state labor officials say the job growth rate remains negative.  
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the negative 0.7 percent over-the-year job growth rate represents a loss of about 5,900 jobs. The current round of job loss started in June after 10 months of positive growth.
 Those industries that are losing jobs include construction and professional and business services.


Newly elected official apologizes for rude gesture

Phillip Archuleta

A newly elected state lawmaker in New Mexico is facing heat after a newly posted YouTube video showed him giving an opponent's campaign worker a vulgar gesture on Election Day.  
State Rep.-elect Phillip Archuleta apologized Monday following news about the online video where he is recorded flipping his middle finger at the campaign worker.
 In the video, the 63-year-old Democrat, who won the District 36 House seat by defeating the incumbent, Hatch resident Andy Nunez, also is heard threatening a photographer while at a polling station. 
Archuleta said he regretted his actions and should have been more professional.