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Tribes weigh in as New Mexico redistricting bills advance

SANTA FE – Efforts to shore up Native American political influence in New Mexico through the redistricting process got a boost on Thursday as legislators advanced a state Senate map that inc...

Democrat-led New Mexico delves into political redistricting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political maps in New Mexico are beginning in earnest as a Democrat-led Legislature converges Monday on the state Capitol for a special legislative session.

New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at...

Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide

SANTA FE – A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico is sowing uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American...

New Mexico hospitals struggle amid push to vaccinate youths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Hospitals in northwestern New Mexico were grappling Wednesday with a surge in coronavirus cases that has left only a handful of intensive care beds available and led to a rationing of care.

New Mexico imposes firearms ban at state Capitol building

SANTA FE – Firearms are being banned at the New Mexico state Capitol building with few exceptions starting in early December, under rule changes approved Monday by leading Democratic lawmake...

New Mexico governor returns contribution, amends filing

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign for re-election on Wednesday amended its October campaign finance report and returned $4,200 to a corporate contributor after a donation exc...

New Mexico explores public financing for cannabis businesses

SANTA FE – Small-scale marijuana businesses in New Mexico would receive access to publicly financed loans of up to $250,000 in an effort to promote social and economic fairness, under a prop...

New Mexico races to spend federal rental assistance

SANTA FE – State agencies spent federal pandemic aid at a furious pace during the month of August, channeling about $630 million in efforts to bolster unemployment reserves, provide emergenc...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

SANTA FE – A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico’s political map to boost Indigenous voters’ influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexi...

Native Americans draft redistricting proposals in New Mexico

Tribes seek greater self-determination in future elections

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production.