Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Clippings From The Newsroom Floor 

Well, it sounded like fun. But advocates of marijuana legalization say it wouldn't do them much good to try to get a measure legalizing pot in the city of ABQ on the November statewide election ballot.

They say even if they were to win, state law trumps city law. That means law enforcement would follow the state statute.

The prospect of a city pot initiative in November brought about by petition signatures--in part to spark Dem turnout for the Governor and House races--was floated on the blog this week. . . .

The legislative session has come and gone, but the stagnant New Mexican economy goes on:

Las Cruces city administrators lowered revenue expectations by $1.76 million last month and now estimate zero growth in gross receipts tax revenue, down from an earlier estimate of 2.7 percent growth.. . A lack of recovery in the construction sector. . . tepid retail sales and weakness in the public sector. . . .

The Navajo gaming compact calling for three more casinos failed to get legislative approval this session. They will try again in '15, but does anyone really believe the state needs even more casinos?. . .

That controversial bill that would have raised your household electric rates in order to let PNM and El Paso Electric offer rate incentives for businesses to locate here died in the final moments of the session. Cheers in the bleacher seats over that....

Now that the legislature is adjourned, the campaign for Governor picks up the political slack. State Sen. Howie Morales--seeking the Dem nod for Guv--didn't waste anytime lambasting Susana. In a fundraising email at the end of the session, he wrote:

Today marks the end of the last legislative session besmirched by Susana Martinez's fear mongering and obstruction. This time next year we will have a new Governor. . . .

At the starting gate of the NM Guv race, political analyst Larry Sabato at the U of Virginia rates the contest as "likely Republican." Will that change?

That's always the question in politics, isn't it?

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