NM judges to decide on pay raises … for themselves

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Ethics, Judiciary, Judiciary, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court have a case before them that would grant all judges in the state an 8 percent raise.

The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court may find themselves in a position most American workers can only dream of: giving themselves a raise.

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New Mexico a little bit poorer in this year’s ‘Rich States, Poor States’ survey

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

DOWN FOUR NOTCHES: New Mexico fell four places in the annual "Rich States, Poor States" survey.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Land of Enchantment did not prove to be much  of a land of opportunity in the past year, dropping four places in the  “Rich States, Poor States” ratings.
After moving up in recent years in the study,  New Mexico dropped from 33rd in the nation to 37th in [...]

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Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  law enforcement, Local Government, National, New Mexico, News, Public Safety  /  No Comments

SHOCK AND AWE: The Hobbs, N.M., Police Department is looking for a few bad asses to join their ranks.

 
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s a commercial that’s been playing across New Mexico for weeks now: A 30-second spot encouraging people to apply to the Hobbs Police Department, offering high pay and good benefits.
But the images in the commercial — of  cops shooting guns, helmeted officers bursting into a home, an [...]

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On tape: Did NM Democratic candidate for governor break a campaign promise?

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Elections, Featured, New Mexico, News, State Politics  /  No Comments

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?: Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor, Alan Webber, has committed more than $450,000 of his own money to his campaign.

Campaign filings released Monday show that Alan Webber, one of five contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor, has so far committed $450,000 of his own money on his campaign.

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Most public pensions may run out of money in 30 years

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE, N.M. — Public pension systems across the country may be heading toward a financial meltdown, according to a series of stress tests conducted by a respected hedge fund.

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