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Trump rally in Albuquerque next week

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Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump will make an appearance in New Mexico next week according to the schedule on his campaign website.

Trump’s campaign announced an event at pm on Tuesday, May 24, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It will be the first campaign appearance by a Republican in New Mexico this...

Conservation Voters NM endorses area politicos

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SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based political nonprofit, is formally endorsing incumbents Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, of the New Mexico Senate, and, D. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, of the state’s House of Representatives, officials announced May 10.

“(CVNM) continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work for resilient New Mexico families and sustainable families,” Liliana Castillo, a spokeswoman for CVNM, said.

Castillo noted that the endorsements are connected to New Mexico’s June 7 primary. Shendo is an attorney and graduate from the University of Colorado. Shendo’s...

State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog

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Audit Aims to identify causes of statewide backlog

SANTA FE – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced May 5 that the Office of the State Auditor is conducting a statewide audit of the inventory of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly referred to as “rape kits.”

The OSA will survey all law enforcement agencies statewide regarding their practices for handling rape kits and has selected certain law enforcement agencies around the state for a special audit to perform a detailed review of policies and procedures related to the kits.

The special audit will outline best practices needed to clear the backlog and prevent it from happening again.

“Clearing the backlog...

San Juan County AG takes lead on Muñoz petition investigation

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Adams, Muñoz, Johnson engaged in District 4 state Senate race

Kurtis Donisthorpe, the assistant district attorney in San Juan County, told Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, in an April 5 memorandum that “…the Office of the District Attorney has received your request for an investigation regarding potential voter fraud. At this time, our office will begin our investigation into the authenticity of the signatures and upon finding good cause will ask the McKinley County Clerk’s Office to make a determination regarding the signatures’ authenticity. If they are determined to be false, we will ask law enforcement to begin a criminal investigation. If probable cause exists to...

Jeff reinstated; incumbent Shendo says ‘race is on’

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SANTA FE – Former State Representative Sandra Jeff is back on the 2016 legislative ballot for the District 22 seat in the New Mexico Senate.

Jeff, a Democrat from Crownpoint, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, reached a deal with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday that required her to pay a $100 fine. Jeff was disqualified in late March for violating the state’s Campaign Reporting Act. Reportedly, she failed to pay upwards of $1,050 stemming from matters over the past two years.

“They had no legal authority to do this,” Jeff’s attorney, Zach Cook, said April 5 after a hearing in Santa Fe District Court.

Jeff argued in court papers that Secretary of State Brad...

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