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martinez’s legacy still up in the air heading into final regular session


new mexican file photoafter seven years in office, gov. susana martinez is poised to leave a legacy that is mostly undefined.gov. susana martinez leaned in, and a discernible vigor crept into her voice.speaking at a news conference earlier this month about her proposed state budget, the former prosecutor seemed in her element, discussing an issue that has come to define her two terms in office: crime.she started her presentation on the state’s spending plan talking about a crime wave, and when a reporter asked about bail reform, she eagerly lambasted new court policies as creating a “revolving door at the jail.”yes, there was talk of tax reform and education, too.but if there is any issue martinez has felt most comfortable railing about in front of the cameras, it is crime.in murmurs, legi






martinez, lawmakers end session in bitter standoff over budget


luke e. montavon / the new mexicangov. susana martinez addresses the news media at the capitol at the close of the 2017 legislative session, which ended at noon saturday.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansenate president pro tem mary kay papen delivers closing remarks saturday at the end of the 2017 legislative session.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansen. cliff pirtle, r-roswell, center, along with his wife and children, greets with sen. ron griggs, r-alamogordo, following the close of the 2017 legislative session on saturday at the state capitol.a legislative session that began 60 days ago with calls for bipartisanship to balance the state’s quavering budget ended saturday with bitterness, acrimony and a promise by gov. susana martinez to bring lawmakers back for a special session to cr






here’s how the special session is likely to end


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.there’s no certainty about how and when the special session of the new mexico legislature will end, but wednesday’s action by the house and senate makes the most likely path forward clear.the legislature will adjourn having voted to restore the funding for higher education and the legislature that gov. susana martinez vetoed in march. lawmakers sent that bill to the governor on wednesday, and it awaits her action.lawmakers also approved a complex bill that would use the state’s bonding ability to borrow as much as $100 million to plug the budget hole in the fiscal year that begins july 1. that money would have to be paid back over the next decade or two, so it’s essentially borrowing from the future. that legislati






martinez criticizes lawmakers, says special session coming ‘soon’


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state legislature adjourned a 60-day session on saturday after earlier approving bills that attempt to address the state’s budget woes and sending voters a long-sought proposal to create a state ethics commission.gov. susana martinez immediately criticized the work of the legislature, saying many lawmakers “failed to do their job.” she has yet to act on legislation to fund state government for the next fiscal year, which includes a number of tax increases. but she promised to call a special session on the budget “soon.”“i will never allow lawmakers to raise taxes on our families in order to bail out government spending,” martinez said at a post-session news conference.martinez’s staff has said the governor is a






lawmakers sue to try to overturn 10 martinez vetoes


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.as promised, the legislative council on monday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn 10 of gov. susana martinez’s recent vetoes based on an argument that she didn’t provide a necessary explanation for her disapproval in the time required.“if successful in the court, we will not only have succeeded in maintaining separation of powers — but in enacting these ten bills our state can better prepare students for high-paying careers in stem, support small businesses to grow and thrive, and provide opportunity to new mexicans everywhere,” house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe, and senate president pro tem mary kay papen, d-las cruces, said in a joint statement.the petition was filed in district court in santa fe. you can re






lawmakers sue to try to overturn 10 martinez vetoes


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.as promised, the legislative council on monday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn 10 of gov. susana martinez’s recent vetoes based on an argument that she didn’t provide a necessary explanation for her disapproval in the time required.“if successful in the court, we will not only have succeeded in maintaining separation of powers — but in enacting these ten bills our state can better prepare students for high-paying careers in stem, support small businesses to grow and thrive, and provide opportunity to new mexicans everywhere,” house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe, and senate president pro tem mary kay papen, d-las cruces, said in a joint statement.the petition was filed in district court in santa fe. you can re






it’s special session time! here’s what you need to know.


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.a legislative special session aimed at resolving a budget standoff and restoring funding for higher education and the legislature begins at noon wednesday.the session comes after gov. susana martinez’s march vetoes of funding for the state’s public colleges and universities and the legislature for the fiscal year that begins july 1. martinez also vetoed a bill that would have raised the tax on gasoline and other taxes and fees to help balance the budget and put some money in reserves.there’s no certainty policymakers will reach an agreement during the session. martinez, a republican, has said she wants the senate to confirm her university regents appointees as part of a deal. senate president pro tem mary kay papen






budget comes together, but veto pen hangs in the balance


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the final pieces of a 2018 fiscal year budget were falling into place thursday with just enough money to balance spending and send lawmakers home without the need for a special session.those measures were advancing even as other bills — such as an effort to increase the tobacco tax or raise money by closing tax loopholes — died in committees and looked to jeopardize any final agreement.one of the developments came as hospital executives met with gov. susana martinez to discuss a section of house bill 202, which increases taxes and fees in several areas. one of its provisions would equalize the gross receipts tax on all nonprofit and for-profit hospitals, with the money earmarked for medicaid.the new mexico hospital






new mexico gov. susana martinez is calling a special legislative session for may


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presssanta fe, n.m. (ap) — new mexico gov. susana martinez is calling a special legislative session for may 24 to resolve a state budget crisis.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






angie martinez visits female rikers inmates for mother's day


legendary media personality angie martinez visited the rose m. singer center on rikers island for a book signing and donation on wednesday (may 10).read: angie martinez sets eyes on television with first development dealmartinez read excerpts from her memoir, my voice, which recounts her childhood growing up and her journey to become who she is today.“some people here made mistakes, but they’re still trying to be better,” she said. “that one moment or period in life doesn’t have to define who you are forever.”martinez also held a q&a session with the inmates, where they discussed the ups and downs of motherhood.in addition to signing copies of her book for the inmates, martinez also made a donation of her memoir to the women’s library inside the rose m. singer center.read: the titan of tal






governor threatens special session over spending plan


new mexico’s 60-day legislative session doesn’t end until noonsaturday, but gov. susana martinez already is preparing to call a special session because of ongoing budget problems, her staff said friday night.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinez“a special session could be called as soon as monday or tuesday,” said the governor’s spokesman, chris sanchez.keith gardner, martinez’s chief of staff, said a special session is almost a certainty.“if something doesn’t change dramatically from tonight, yes,” gardner said at the capitol on friday night. “the budget that’s passed and is on the way to the governor’s desk is not balanced.”gardner also said other holes remain in the state’s finances, for which he blamed the democrat-controlled legislature.“we’ve got a ’17 cash problem tha






ladies and gentlemen, meet governor veto


gov. susana martinez isn’t one to shy away from a fight. she’s clearly waging a war in the final days of the legislative session, vetoing several bills without any explanation.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezbut why?a woman who has billed herself as the most transparent governor in new mexico’s history isn’t explaining the vetoes. meanwhile, she’s killing bills that passed with widespread bipartisan support related to economic development, education and other issues.martinez killed six bills on wednesday alone without giving any explanation in her veto messages. and her spokesmen didn’t respond when asked by nmpolitics.net why martinez vetoed the bills.the governor has reason for anger. the chair of the senate rules committee, linda lopez, d-albuquerque, hasn’t held con






public hasn’t yet seen massive tax-reform bill governor wants


we know gov. susana martinez wants reform of the state’s swiss-cheese gross receipts tax as part of a budget deal in the special legislative session that begins wednesday.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezand the author of the bill, rep. jason harper, r-rio rancho, on tuesday released a summary of the bill to the albuquerque journal.but there’s much we don’t know. the public hasn’t seen the legislation being pushed by martinez and house republicans, which is more than 400 pages. neither have house democrats. it doesn’t appear senators have seen it either.and in a chaotic special session, it’s unclear how much time there will be for policymakers to read the bill or staffers to provide solid fiscal analysis.martinez, a republican who has called herself the most transparent






special session to start may 24, martinez proclaims


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.gov. susana martinez issued a formal declaration on friday that a special session of the legislature will begin may 24 to address the state’s budget standoff.the proclamation that formalized the special session came two days after martinez announced a budget “agreement” that lacked the agreement from house democrats or republicans and democrats in the senate.democratic legislative leaders responded to the news with yawns.“i remain very disappointed that the governor has not put forward any details of her proposal,” said house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe. “until she shows the details to the people of the state and the legislature, it isn’t possible to know whether there can be an agreement.advertisement“the gove






special session to start may 24, martinez proclaims


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.gov. susana martinez issued a formal declaration on friday that a special session of the legislature will begin may 24 to address the state’s budget standoff.the proclamation that formalized the special session came two days after martinez announced a budget “agreement” that lacked the agreement from house democrats or republicans and democrats in the senate.democratic legislative leaders responded to the news with yawns.“i remain very disappointed that the governor has not put forward any details of her proposal,” said house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe. “until she shows the details to the people of the state and the legislature, it isn’t possible to know whether there can be an agreement.advertisement“the gove






minnesota lawmakers work overtime to finalize $46b budget


st. paul, minn. — minnesota legislators went into overtime tuesday to wrap up work on a $46 billion state budget and conclude a nearly five-month session, but slow progress on final spending agreements left lawmakers with no guarantee they'd meet even their extended deadline.democratic gov. mark dayton and the republicans who control the legislature struck an agreement shortly before midnight monday — the mandated end of the regular session — on how to use a $1.65 billion surplus. they agreed to put $650 million toward tax relief, $50 million to expand preschool offerings and $300 million to fix roads and bridges.but even with compromises in place, the legislature still faced a logistical crunch to get the remaining bills drafted — a process that can take up to 10 hours for some bills — an






allow minnesotans to review final budget deal


at this writing, 30 hours remain in the 2017 legislature’s regular session’s constitutional life span. its main mission has not yet been accomplished. the republican-controlled legislature and dfl gov. mark dayton have not agreed on the next two-year state budget.by all accounts, they are close. a deal reportedly has been slow in coming in part because — as dayton predicted — the inclusion of policy provisions backed only by republicans in budget bills is impeding an accord. but lawmakers have already blown several days past a deadline they did not set, but should have. they should have arranged their work to allow for public posting of final bills several days before the constitutional deadline, so that minnesotans could react before the budget is set in law.as it stands, enacting a $46 b






martinez hits grand slam, drives in 6 as d-backs rout giants


phoenix — j.d. martinez has no intention of letting up, even though the final few games of the regular season are essentially meaningless to the arizona diamondbacks. he wants to be in peak form going into the playoffs.the streaking slugger hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, leading the diamondbacks and their lineup of regulars to an 11-4 win over the san francisco giants on tuesday night.martinez continued a torrid september in which he has 15 home runs, 35 rbis and seven doubles with a .414 batting average. he has 28 homers since the diamondbacks acquired him from detroit, tied with miami slugger giancarlo stanton for most in the majors since july 19.the six rbis tied a career high, and martinez's total of 103 rbis on the season is a career best."now is the time to go. now's not the






essential ph-1's camera gets portrait mode


during its most recent q&a session on reddit, essential promised that the camera app on its ph-1 smartphone will shortly get an update, enabling portrait mode as well as bringing along some other changes. well, that update is now live.in addition to portrait mode, the update also includes reduced jpeg compression (aimed to improve image quality) and some stability fixes. it also adds exposure compensation for all regular camera modes.during the session, the company also announced that android oreo beta v2 will rollout next week. for all details related to the ama, head here.grab the updated camera app by heading to the google play link below.google play






plane in paris heading to london is surrounded by police


captiondodgers fan group, pantone 294, follows the los angeles dodgers year-round. their final regular season trip of the 2017 season was to san diego. dodgers fan group, pantone 294, follows the los angeles dodgers year-round. their final regular season trip of the 2017 season was to san diego.






in martinez’s absence, lieutenant governor oks court funding


courtesy photojohn sanchezstaving off a breakdown in the state justice system, lt. gov. john sanchez signed a bill thursday to provide short-term funding for new mexico’s courts.sanchez was acting as the state’s chief executive while gov. susana martinez traveled to washington, d.c., for meetings of the national governors association and republican governors association.sanchez’s signing of house bill 261 ends a battle over the judiciary’s budget that had dragged through the 60-day legislative session.advertisementthe bill includes $1.6 million to pay for jury trials through the end of the fiscal year in june and $80,000 to avoid furloughs at the state supreme court.chief justice charles daniels had warned that, without the money, courts around the state would be unable to afford trials by






in martinez’s absence, lieutenant governor oks court funding


courtesy photojohn sanchezstaving off a breakdown in the state justice system, lt. gov. john sanchez signed a bill thursday to provide short-term funding for new mexico’s courts.sanchez was acting as the state’s chief executive while gov. susana martinez traveled to washington, d.c., for meetings of the national governors association and republican governors association.sanchez’s signing of house bill 261 ends a battle over the judiciary’s budget that had dragged through the 60-day legislative session.advertisementthe bill includes $1.6 million to pay for jury trials through the end of the fiscal year in june and $80,000 to avoid furloughs at the state supreme court.chief justice charles daniels had warned that, without the money, courts around the state would be unable to afford trials by






governor ‘will absolutely act’ on pending legislation by friday


gov. susana martinez “will absolutely act” on legislation that is sitting on her desk by the noon friday deadline, her spokesman says.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezthere are approximately 200 bills awaiting action by martinez before that deadline. any she doesn’t sign or veto are nixed by pocket veto.“since the end of the legislative session, she has spent the bulk of her time reviewing each bill, one by one, with staff,” martinez spokesman chris sanchez said. “she’s still in the process of reviewing the budget and will announce her decision in the coming days. as she has said in the past, though, she will not raise taxes on our families.”the governor was scheduled to take a trip to tennessee this week for a law enforcement conference and return wednesday. she ended u






here’s what you’ve paid — so far — for the special session in olympia


legislators can take a $120-a-day stipend. the money draws special scrutiny during a special session, which is held because lawmakers couldn’t finish their work on time.olympia — lawmakers are racking up extra pay as they continue negotiating a budget in special session this year, sticking taxpayers with a growing bill that reached more than $87,500 halfway through the current 30-day overtime.with no compromise in sight, a second ot and climbing costs are all but certain.records show lawmakers took roughly $75,500 in stipends between april 24 and may 7. the money typically pays for session expenses such as rent and dry cleaning.legislators also pocketed around $11,600 in reimbursement for travel related to legislative work. that might be an incomplete figure, because senators have up to 60






an analysis of the martinez administration’s tax cuts


commentary: as the 2017 regular legislative session ends, new mexico finds itself in familiar territory — with no money in a slow-moving economy. the same tired rhetoric of no tax increases — a pledge made by governor susana martinez since she has taken office — has led to deep cuts in essential services like education, public safety, and health care.courtesy photoraphael pachecobecause we often hear the administration touting the 37 tax cuts made since governor richardson left office in 2011, obviously the executive believes we can cut our way to prosperity. but in reality, these cuts helped put our state in the red.all tax cuts serve a fundamental purpose — to change behavior. for example, if you were able to deduct all purchases you made on pizza from your personal income taxes every ye






miffed by pace of confirmations, martinez withdraws appointees


setting up a constitutional showdown with the legislature, gov. susana martinez has withdrawn most of her appointees awaiting confirmation in the state senate but will keep the officials in their posts across new mexico government.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezaides to the governor accused lawmakers on wednesday of moving too slowly in confirming her nominations, leaving more than 70 unconfirmed as the session enters its final weeks.but some senators suggested martinez was attempting an end run around the confirmation process that would undercut the legislature’s role as a check on the executive branch.“the governor cannot circumvent the senate’s authority,” senate president pro tempore mary kay papen told the chamber wednesday afternoon after a clerk read aloud a let






miffed by pace of confirmations, martinez withdraws appointees


setting up a constitutional showdown with the legislature, gov. susana martinez has withdrawn most of her appointees awaiting confirmation in the state senate but will keep the officials in their posts across new mexico government.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezaides to the governor accused lawmakers on wednesday of moving too slowly in confirming her nominations, leaving more than 70 unconfirmed as the session enters its final weeks.but some senators suggested martinez was attempting an end run around the confirmation process that would undercut the legislature’s role as a check on the executive branch.“the governor cannot circumvent the senate’s authority,” senate president pro tempore mary kay papen told the chamber wednesday afternoon after a clerk read aloud a let






thousand friends of martinez to host public meeting – the mercury news


martinez — thousand friends of martinez, a nonprofit formed in september whose mission includes defense of local parks and open spaces and conservation of natural areas and historic elements in the greater martinez region, will hold its fall public meeting sept. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the veterans memorial building, 930 ward st.the meeting will feature a session by city councilwoman lara delaney on the “state of the city” and a presentation by the thousand friends on the city’s general plan update.thousand friends was conceived, in part, to help martinez residents elect informed, conscientious representatives; promote open government; enhance quality of life, defend parks and open spaces and conserve natural areas and historic elements in the greater martinez region. some of its leaders ha






alex snitker previews florida’s legislative session, sets date for liberty lobby


share thistagsalex snitker interviewbudget crisiscampaign debtcampaign fundscampaign funds personal expensesdebt crisisfloridaflorida newsflorida stateflorida state senatefootball stadiumgovernment regulationsgovernor rick scotthealth carelibertyliberty first networkmedical careoccupational licenseregulate marijuanareligious libertyrick scottrick scott obamacarerick scott voter suppressionsnitker for senatesports news“i am for peace” campaignfriends,the opening day of the 60-day regular session will begin on tuesday january 9th. this means the legislature can begin to debate and vote on bills for final passage in each chamber. committees will continue to meet and vote on bills that have not been approved already through the committee process.photo/urbantallahasseeso far 2,547 bills have be






storm needs just one more win to clinch playoff spot


seattle is at washington on friday and chicago on sunday to wrap up the regular season.heading into the final weekend of the wnba regular season, a few paths remain for the storm to advance to the postseason.seattle (14-18) could clinch the league’s final playoff berth with a win in one of its two remaining games. or the storm could back into the playoffs if chicago and atlanta — which are tied at 12-20 — fails to win its final two games.“we treat everything as a playoff game,” interim coach gary kloppenburg said before friday’s 4 p.m. pdt contest at washington. “we don’t want to depend on someone else to get in. we want to get ourselves in there. fridaystorm @ washington, 4 p.m., nba“we battled here late in the season to get ourselves in position to get in and we want to get in under our






here’s the legislation martinez signed and vetoed on thursday


with a friday deadline looming to act on legislation approved in the recent session, gov. susana martinez signed dozens of bills into law on thursday — and vetoed many others.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezmartinez has yet to act on the budget lawmakers approved for the 2018 fiscal year and a separate bill that contains a number of tax increases to help fund that budget. she’s expected to either sign them with line-item vetoes or reject the bills in their entirety, and has already pledged to call lawmakers back into special session to address the state’s budget woes.the governor signed approximately 67 bills and vetoed 30 on thursday. in all, she’s signed 98 bills, including 60 from the house and 38 from the senate. she’s vetoed 54 bills, including 31 from the senate a






jose martinez has 2 hrs; cards beat brewers 6-0 in dh opener


st. louis — playing time in the st. louis outfield has been hard to come by for jose martinez lately. he earned some more tuesday afternoon.martinez hit two solo homers and the st. louis cardinals beat the milwaukee brewers 6-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.martinez connected in the fifth and eighth innings for his first multi-homer game. he added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning."he's doing a nice job, even in the outfield," cardinals manager mike matheny said. "he's doing everything we ask and you talk about dangerous hitters, i think you can count him in that category."martinez had just one at-bat in since june 7 entering the game. the 28-year-old had finally earned regular playing time earlier this season, before a groin injury sidelined him for three weeks. since then,






dayton fends off attacks on buffer strips, environment board


minneapolis — in the closing days of the 2017 legislative session, gov. mark dayton managed to fend off attempts to gut his top clean water accomplishment — a requirement for buffer strips of vegetation between farm fields and waterways.dayton even got some things he wanted on the environment and outdoors fronts.his administration turned back efforts to abolish the environmental quality board. and it won increases in hunting and fishing license fees to ensure continued funding for outdoor programs.several environmental groups say the compromises in the final days of the regular session and during the special session weaken protections and undermine public participation, so they've urged him to veto the big environmental and natural resources budget bill. however, that appears unlikely.






it’s war: legislature to sue governor, try for extraordinary session


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.legislative leaders on thursday approved a lawsuit against gov. susana martinez to try to overturn vetoes of funding for the legislature, higher education and other bills. they also directed staff to begin gathering signatures for an extraordinary session at which they might try to override some of her vetoes.democratic leaders said they’re still trying to negotiate a deal with martinez, a republican, to address the state’s budget crisis. but they don’t sound optimistic, as evidenced by their decision on thursday to fight.“her action in unilaterally rejecting the bipartisan plan that was sent up there — and then trying to selectively veto pieces of the budget — has created a constitutional crisis,” senate majority






a decade of beavers (mostly) in martinez – the mercury news


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);martinez — it started in 2007, when downtown martinez denizens noticed alhambra creek was flowing slow, and that trees along the banks had been gnawed down to little points. the furry, buoyant culprits were elusive at first, but their first dam of sticks, leaves and mud near marina vista avenue told the, er, tail.after winning an early fight over their very lives, given concerns about downtown flooding, the beavers went from cause celebre to cause for adoration. there were (and are) “martinez beavers” t-shirts and bumper stickers, and the 10th annual beaver festival will take place in august.ten years later, it’s a story that still has teeth. although the celebrity beavers have long since died or moved on —  the beaver population here currentl






new mexico governor reconvenes lawmakers in budget showdown


santa fe, n.m. — republican new mexico gov. susana martinez ordered a special session of the legislature on friday to resolve a grinding state budget crisis, with no sign of a compromise with leading democratic lawmakers.calling lawmakers to the new mexico capitol on may 24, the governor's proclamation asserts that lawmakers approved a $6.1 billion budget in march that was out-of-balance. the governor last month vetoed tax and fee hikes that many lawmakers say are necessary to shore up funding to public schools, courts and essential public services.the decision to reconvene lawmakers comes as the supreme court weighs accusations that martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the democratic-led legislature and all state universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning july 1 —






mri pioneer and nobel laureate sir peter mansfield dies


image copyrightuniversity of nottinghamimage caption professor sir peter mansfield pioneered mri technology a nobel laureate who failed his school exams before going on to pioneer body scanning technology has died aged 83.sir peter mansfield led a team in the 1970s that developed magnetic resonance imaging, one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine.the son o as fitter, he left school at the age of 15 before embarking on a career at the university of nottingham.vice-chancellor professor sir david greenaway said his work "changed our world for the better".rocketrymri scans generate 3d images of the body's internal organs without potentially harmful x-rays by utilising strong magnetic fields and radio waves.sir peter shared the nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2003 wi