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Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

House votes to abolish the death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Unmarried couples bill stalls again

By Steve Terrell A domestic partnership bill on Monday fell short of the votes it needed to clear a state Senate committee. The tie vote meant the Senate Judiciary Committee remains a roadblock for backers of legislation allowing unmarried partners in New Mexico — same-sex and otherwise — many of the same rights and privileges […]

Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

CNJ staff Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary to […]

Ute bill makes progress in Senate

A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed 66-22. The second […]

Board finalizes vote count

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Canvas Board finalized the votes of the Nov. 4 general election on Friday, according to Election Manager and County Clerk-elect Coni Jo Lyman. She said the final tally of votes totaled 14,506. The final tally included 20 absentee in lieu of and two provisional ballots the board approved. The […]

Roosevelt County election results

The Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office reports the following preliminary election results, with 21 of 21 precincts reporting. The results also include early voting, but do not include absentee votes. These ballots include a total of 5,965 voters. Straight party ballots included 914 Democrat and 1150 Republican. Totals do not include early and absentee votes, which […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick take county seats

CNJ staff Caleb Chandler is returning to county government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick will join him on the Curry County Commission. With 37 of 37 precincts reporting, the former county sheriff and state senator took 60.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,340 to 1,549 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes. […]

Bailey County says no to alcohol

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Bailey County will remain dry. Voters have defeated a proposal that would have allowed the packaged sale of liquor, beer and wine.The proposal was defeated by 232 votes, with 1,241 voting against.Barry Cowart, president of Concerned Citizens of Bailey County,