Thousands rally during National Day of Action, urge gun control

From - "Shame on us," President Obama said Thursday. "If we've forgotten the kids killed at Newtown." Still, his push for gun control is in trouble. Fewer Americans want stricter regulation of firearms.
     Rallies were held across the country Thursday, part of the push by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's's for tougher laws. The campaign includes television ads featuring Newtown parents as well.
     The goal: A ban of assault weapons and high capacity magazines and comprehensive background checks. There were counter-demonstrations as well. "It's my right to have this firearm and I don't have to defend, to show a need for this firearm to own it," shouted one man carrying an assault rifle at one rally.
     After 20 children died in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in December support for stricter gun control surged, but it's dropped 9 to 10 points in new polls. President Obama tried to reawaken the outrage during an address at the White House.
     "Why wouldn't we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40% of all gun purchases to take place without a background check?" he asked.  On that least controversial proposal, backed by 80% in some polls, at least six senate democrats from conservative states could vote no.
     Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said, "We can go after and prosecute criminals without the need to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding North Dakotans." That leaves a defeat in Congress on gun control looking more likely. Read more

Gov. signs meeting agenda change into law

New Mexicans will have more notice about public meetings under legislation that has been signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. 
Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.
 Supporters say the new law will foster greater openness in government and may allow more people to attend meetings by giving them a longer notice of what will be discussed or acted upon.
 The measure takes effect June 14.


Aggie football moves to the Sun Belt Conference

 The Aggie football program made it official Wednesday, announcing its move to the Sun Belt Conference as a football-only member for the 2014 season. 

Such a transition seemed almost essential, with the program set to play an independent schedule in 2013 after the WAC folded as a football conference. 

 During a Wednesday evening press conference at the school, NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said providing a structured schedule with guaranteed home and away conference games was the No. 1 benefit of getting re-secured in an FBS league. 

The Aggies and the University of Idaho were announced as football members into the Sun Belt, moves that were made in conjunction with the additions of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as conference members in all sports. 

Such additions allows the Sun Belt to get closer to a 12-team football model, with a football-championship game at season's end.


Santa Fe introduces same sex marriage resolution

Wednesday night, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss introduced a resolution saying same-sex marriage marriage is legal in this state.
 The resolution recognizes same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico and encourages New Mexico county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 
But not everyone in attendance was on-board with recognizing marriage as the term for any two people in love. 
The resolution alone does not have a lot of teeth, but supporters are hoping it will encourage the Attorney General to issue an opinion on whether marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples.