This land is whose land? Debate over federal land heats up in West

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Federal Government, National, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE, N.M. — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may have brought the fight to the forefront, but western states’ public officials for some time have battled to get control of federal lands back in the hands of the states.

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Militarized police may be in a town near you

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Arkansas, California, Featured, Georgia, Local Government, Minnesota, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

ROLLING OUT IN ST. CLOUD: A retrofitted armored military vehicle is in use by the police department in the town of St. Cloud, Minn. Photo by Jim Maurice of

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In [...]

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Two NM senators getting plenty of green from environmentalists

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Environment, Environmental, Featured, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

GETTING SOME GREEN FROM THE GREENS: Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich finish high in a list of top recipients from environmental groups.

As Earth Day celebrates its 44th birthday, the environmental movement has become an increasingly larger presence in Washington, D.C.

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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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