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Gov confirms FBI spoke to her, staff about investigations

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Gov. Susana Martinez dismissed complaints that have led to an FBI investigation of her top political operative, speaking publicly Monday afternoon for the first time in person to reporters about the matter since it rocked news headlines over the weekend.

In doing so, she acknowledged to reporters that federal authorities...

Lujan’s statement on Manhattan Project National Historic Park

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SANTA FE – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Nov. 10 on the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.  The MOA officially establishes the Manhattan Project National Historic Park as a unit of the National Park System.

“Today’s signing of the Memorandum of Agreement to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is the culmination of the tireless efforts by so many to preserve the story of the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos’ contributions to...

Big PAC spending in Las Cruces elections gets national attention

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LAS CRUCES –The big spending by a political action committee in the recent Las Cruces elections is receiving national attention.

USA Today cited the spending by GOAL WestPAC in trying to defeat incumbent mayor Ken Miyagishima as one way that money is increasingly flooding into local elections.

In New Mexico, the focus of the Goal WestPAC is “the economic and business climate” in the state, said Mark Murphy, the PAC’s chairman and president of Strata Production, an oil-and-gas exploration company in Roswell, N.M., about 180 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Murphy and his company also have donated $35,000 to the super PAC, records show.

PAC officials decided to target...

Downfall: How the campaign finance enforcer became a law breaker

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SANTA FE – Minutes after pleading guilty to multiple felonies on Oct. 23, former Secretary of State Dianna Duran hardly acknowledged her wrongdoing to reporters outside the courtroom in Santa Fe.

Instead, she repeatedly emphasized how her criminal behavior—which included using campaign money to pay for personal use at casinos—had nothing to do with how she “preserved the integrity of the electoral process” in her five years as head of state elections. She characterized her embezzling and laundering of campaign money as “poor personal financial decisions” that didn’t have “anything to do with the integrity of the office.”

“I know and believe that I have done a...

Is the latest REAL ID threat for real?

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New Mexicans may not be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses to board airplanes by next year, according to a letter from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The federal agency recently rejected a waiver the state applied for to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Congress passed the law 10 years ago in an attempt to shore state driver’s licenses into a national I.D. program follow the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

The Associated Press first reported on the DHS letter, which was addressed to New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Demesia Padilla.

“New Mexico has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the REAL ID...

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