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V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011

Answer Me This

What do you know about last week?
V.20 No.29 |

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Martinez requests proof of residency from 10,000 undocumented immigrants

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Motor Vehicle Division sent letters to 10,000 foreign nationals with state driver's licenses to request proof of residency. Letter recipients will have 30 days to contact the MVD and schedule an in-person appointment to verify their New Mexican address.

According to the guv's July 19 news release, there are about 85,000 foreign nationals with N.M. driver's licenses. The letters were sent to one-eighth of them, selected at random.

Martinez is seeking data on the percentage of driver’s licenses that have been issued to people from other countries who are no longer residents of New Mexico, according to the news release. If results indicate many licenses are held by nonresidents, the Tax and Revenue Division and the MVD will investigate the residency of more people.

Since passing a 2003 law, New Mexico is one of two states that allows drivers to obtain licenses without a Social Security number. The other state, Washington, permits residents to sign a declaration of their legal foreign worker status to obtain a license. Although Utah allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, they cannot be used for identification purposes.

Since Martinez took office earlier this year she has fought to repeal policies that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Advocates of the practice argue that licensing is beneficial for public safety and the economy.

V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011

Neverending Stories

“Please Save Us”

Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory

Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.
V.20 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks

The Daily Word

Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.

A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.

Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.

Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?

Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.

The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.

The world's first totally synthetic pop star.

The seas are rising.

Potatoes make Americans fat.

FDA says breast implants won't last for life.

The end of gender?

V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011
The Otero County Processing Center
Emily Carey

Talking Points

Prison or Processing Center?

An immigrant detention facility in southern New Mexico faces sharp criticism from the ACLU

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V.20 No.12 | 3/24/2011
Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Playing Chicken With Millions

Senators battled as the final moments of the 2011 legislative session ticked away

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V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011
Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the 2011 legislative session. It’s slated to adjourn on Saturday, March 19, at noon. The brunt of the work usually happens during the last hours, and lawmakers debate well into the final nights. Here’s what’s happened so far.
V.20 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word: Dalai Lama, Muslim hearings, Julianne Moore as Palin

The Daily Word

Charge up your electric car at Third and Marquette in Downtown Albuquerque.

Feds bust three clinics they say were dealing pills.

For the first time, Gov. Martinez uses the state plane--not the state jet.

Driver's license measure "eviscerated" in committee.

Richest person in the world now 38 percent richer. Guess where he lives? (Rhymes with Schmexico).

BBC reporters captured an tortured by Qaddafi's security.

Wisconsin union leaders promise two things: 1) a lawsuit and 2) the ousting of politicians who would snuff out their bargaining rights.

The Dalai Lama wants to give his political power to an elected representative.

Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearings begin today. He's said most mosques are run by radical imams.

Tucson shooter pleads not guilty. A victim still recovering from gunshot wounds went to the hearing to represent.

Nato forces may have accidentally killed the Afghan president's cousin.

Wait, we still care about Lindsay Lohan? She may go to jail today. In other tabloid-y news (same link), something something Britney Spears and Brangelina. (Seriously, it's been like a decade on Brangelina).

The celebrity contagion.

France shakes hands with Libya's rebel government.

Black people are leaving big cities and changing voter politics.

Julianne Moore is slated to play Sarah Palin on HBO.

V.20 No.9 |

News

The Daily Word: Roundhouse, APD $$$, plastics release estrogen?

The Daily Word

Libyan rebels won the oil port yesterday, but Qaddafi launched an airstrike this morning. Civil war could be around the corner.

Prime minister appointed by Mubarak quits; protesters plan Friday demonstrations about unmet demands.

Rio Rancho father of a fallen soldier reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that allows people to picket funerals. A Kansas-based church protested outside his son's funeral years ago.

APS superintendent and governor spar over budget.

Serious procedural throwdown in the House over driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants late last night.

A bill to limit state film $$$ made it out of the House.

Some APD officers make more than the mayor by doubling their salaries with overtime.

Someone called a Gallup jail pretending to represent the sheriff and got an accused murderer out of jail.

Lasers can be tractor beams.

Idaho: The caviar state.

EPA studies edited by the oil and gas industry through political pressure.

Most plastics release chemicals that are like estrogen, according to a study.

Nano spy-cam hummingbird.

V.20 No.4 |

news

Guv orders state police to check immigration status

Gov. Susana Martinez today issued an executive order mandating state police look into the citizenship of people arrested for crimes. Officers will be barred from investigating the immigration status of victims. They also won't ask about the status of drivers stopped for speeding. "This order takes the handcuffs off of New Mexico’s law enforcement officers in their mission to keep our communities safe," the governor wrote in the order.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the move will invite racial profiling and that it offers "an incentive to police to arrest people who look and sound 'foreign.' " ACLU-NM Director Peter Simonson also called the directive "SB 1070-like."

V.19 No.50 | 12/16/2010
Menozda first talking to, then getting cuffed by the officer near the intersection of Sunport Blvd. and I-25

Newscity

Citizenship Stop

He was pulled over for speeding and then escorted to the border

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The Daily Word 12.09.10: Gov. Richardson, Slim Thug, Oprah

The Daily Word

The Dream Act passed the House last night and got tabled in the Senate today. Dems are stalling to try and gather the votes.

Gov. Richardson’s going to North Korea.

10 weirdest new animals of 2010.

Hackers threaten amazon.com in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Slim Thug on a plane diverted to Albuquerque because another passenger tried to jump out. Slim Thug Tweets need for sympathy sex due to the ordeal.

$10,000 gasoline heist in Bernalillo caught on tape.

Investigators tell a strange and sad story of ritualized sexual abuse in the East Mountains.

The worst bathroom in N.Y.C.

London tuition protests grow violent.

House Dems reject tax cut deal struck by President Obama.

Some chaplains may resign if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed.

Another case of parking tickets on a car with a dead body inside.

Howard Stren goes on and on and on. For at least five more years on Sirius.

Oprah’s not even a little bit lesbian.

Tipping has little to do with quality of service.

V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Jeff Drew jeffdrewpictures.com

news

White House calls on Congress to pass the Dream Act

The nation’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, has called two press conferences in the last 12 days in the hopes of lighting a fire under Congress about the Dream Act. Duncan says it has to happen during this lame-duck session before elected Republicans flood in on Jan. 3.

The act would forge a path to citizenship for people who immigrated here illegally at a young age, allowing them to attend college or serve in the military. Read our in-depth coverage here, and find out where New Mexico’s Congressmen stand here.

Duncan says it should be a nonpartisan issue. But if passed, the Dream Act could shore up votes for Dems in 2012. Or maybe the GOP should make a grab for Hispanic voters and support the bill as well.

V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010

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The Daily Word 11.11.10: R.I.P. Dino De Laurentiis, Gov. Martinez, Bernie Madoff’s boxers

The Daily Word

Today is Veterans Day, and veterans make up 20 percent of our homeless population.

Brain-damaged troops are often re-deployed.

Help homeless female veterans tonight at Andaluz.

A Pentagon study concludes that there’s little risk in ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Six more medical marijuana producers approved by the Department of Health.

Martinez says she’ll fire political appointees shifting into civil service jobs.

And she’ll sell the state’s jet, even if she has to do it at a loss. (Also, Heather Wilson is heading up her transition team.)

APS won’t ask students about their immigration status.

Bed bugs back in Burque.

Peggy of Maryland becomes king of a village in Ghana.

Marilyn Monroe’s stuffing recipe.

Dino De Laurentiis died. R.I.P., scary little film producer.

L.A.’s Hollywood eating club. Horse tacos come up.

Be a part of history. Buy Bernie Madoff’s boxers Saturday.

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