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Udall, Haaland announce New Mexico delegation’s votes at DNC

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On July 26, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Deb Haaland teamed up to cast the state’s votes for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

New Mexico cast 27 votes for Clinton and 16 votes for...

Martinez ignored Trump’s phone calls to vet her for VP slot

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New Mexico journalists shouldn’t feel too upset that Gov. Susana Martinez’s office doesn’t return phone calls or emails—the governor reportedly did the same to Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

That’s part of a story in The New York Times about how Trump came to choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

A list of 16 names put together by then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, did not include Martinez. It did include five women.

From the Times story:

Before the list was drawn up, Trump also expressed interest in Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, but after Martinez did not return repeated phone calls from Lewandowski, Trump...

‘Fireball’ Ginsburg will be in NM next month

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United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be in New Mexico next month for an annual law convention.

Ginsburg will serve as the keynote speaker for the State Bar of New Mexico’s Bar and Bench conference in August.

State Bar executive director Joe Conte said the organization is “excited and grateful” that Ginsburg is willing to come and speak to the legal community.

“She’s a woman who’s got decades of life to share with us,” Conte said.

Ginsburg recently received immense media attention after she made disparaging remarks about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump responded, saying her comments were inappropriate and called on...

Expert: Court documentation of HSD scandal ‘unprecedented’

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Two things about New Mexico’s scandal over the state allegedly falsifying applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program stand out to Samuel Chu.

The first is documentation of the scandal in federal court, which in May included three top state Human Services Department officials refusing to answer a total of nearly 100 questions from lawyers. Instead, they asserted their Fifth Amendment rights, which allow people to avoid possibly incriminating themselves.

“We generally don’t see that,” Chu, the national synagogue organizer with Mazon, a California-based anti-hunger organization that tracks food stamp issues across the country.

The Fifth Amendment pleadings...

GGEDC attends summit in Washington, DC

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Obama, Kerry speak at meeting

Patricia Lundstrom, the executive director of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, attended the third annual SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. The event was held June 19 - 21 as part of a major effort to recruit businesses to Gallup and McKinley County, and to market the state of New Mexico as a whole.

For the past two years, the GGEDC has been the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Those funds allowed for the trip, Lundstrom said.

SelectUSA is the highest profile event dedicated to promoting direct foreign investment in the United States. The affair saw some 2,500...

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