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State GOP (and a handful of Sanders supporters) call on state Democratic Party chair to resign

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The Republican Party of New Mexico says the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico should step down because of her actions at the Democratic pre-primary convention earlier this year.

The state Republicans say that the cancellation of a non-binding presidential preference poll at the pre-primary convention in March...

Poll: Double-digit lead for Clinton in N.M.

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A poll for KOB-TV by SurveyUSA shows a double-digit lead for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in New Mexico.

The poll also showed a new low for Gov. Susana Martinez when it comes to approval ratings and a wide lead by the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State.

The poll shows the Democratic presidential nominee leads the Republican nominee 46 percent to 33 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, has the support of 14 percent while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has the support of 2 percent.

In a Research and Polling, Inc. poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal that was released earlier this week, Clinton lead 35 percent to 31...

President Begaye’s line-item vetoes determined to be invalid

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Oct. 3, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates informed President Russell Begaye that the resolution passed by the Navajo Nation Council approving the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Nation would be in place, despite Begaye’s overreaching of the line-item authority.

Begaye denied funding for Navajo elders, the Nation’s 110 chapters, grazing officials, and many other employees and programs for the Navajo Nation.

Begaye used the presidential line item authority on Sept. 27 to deny funding for the crucial programs that provide services to senior citizens, the 110 chapters, grazing officials, veterans, Judicial Branch, and Legislative branch despite the fact that...

Udall, Heinrich announce $344,325 to UNM to support Native American educators

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Oct. 5, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the University of New Mexico will receive a $344,325 grant to provide training, licensing and induction services to Native Americans interested in pursuing a career in education.

The purpose of the grant is to train more highly qualified Native American teachers and administrators to serve Indian student populations throughout New Mexico. The grant was awarded through the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education under the Indian Education Discretionary Grants Program.

Udall said that while all children deserve the best possible education, “Native children often...

Martinez to call to bring back death penalty in special session

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The death penalty debate will be coming to the Legislature sooner than many expected.

Susana Martinez announced Sept. 20 that she will add the death penalty to the call for the upcoming special session, adding a contentious piece of debate to a special session that already promised to hold heated debates over fixing the state’s massive budget deficit.

Martinez still has not set a date for the special session.

“I will ask the legislature to reinstate the death penalty as an option for those who murder children and police officers, as well as correctional officers,” Martinez wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Those horrific crimes deserve the ultimate punishment.”

She says...

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