Gov & Politics

Expert: ‘Life-threatening’ health care lapses inside the jail even before Corizon took over

BY: - January 11, 2022

A corporation with a history of lawsuits over dangerously bad and abusive health care practices was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract in September to provide medical care at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County. Corizon Health was contracted years ago to provide medical care in the state’s prisons, but after hundreds of inmates filed lawsuits, […]

Sexual assault measure would change consent standards in public schools

BY: - January 10, 2022

I asked Rep. Elizabeth Thomson if she would be comfortable sharing her experiences with sexual assault.  She said yes.  It was a subtle and simple practice in affirmative consent. She didn’t have to say anything, didn’t even need to meet my request. I would not have pushed her to share, but she did, and we engaged […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 8, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

Albuquerque advocates say the attack on democracy is still unfolding

BY: - January 7, 2022

People aiming to protect voting rights and recall the full measure of what happened a year ago in the U.S. Capitol carried signs and filled out petitions in the cold on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Thursday evening as part of simultaneous gatherings marking Jan. 6 around the country. “What do we have to do to make […]

City seeking information from anyone connected to Albuquerque Indian School

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Albuquerque Indian School era lasted nearly 100 years and it’s going to take a community effort to truly understand the scope of the effects it had on the city. Next week, Albuquerque officials will host a series of public conversations, inviting people who have any connection to the school to speak up and give […]

COMMENTARY

BernCo DA wields the state’s records law to try and track the movements of felony defendants

BY: - January 7, 2022

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez made a public records request and — this won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever filed one — received only some of the information he was after.  On Dec. 2, the DA’s Office sought a list of all defendants on GPS monitoring. What came back was a […]

‘We thought that we would die’: Lawmakers probe painful Jan. 6 memories

BY: - January 6, 2022

Democrats in Congress marked the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol Thursday recounting the terror they experienced first-hand — and argued that it gives them even more reason to pursue voting rights legislation. They remembered the desperate scramble to hang on to the boxes that held the presidential vote tally, the rush to […]

Historic APS board of all women commits to collaboration

BY: - January 6, 2022

The congratulatory environment was evident beyond the electoral success of the four new Albuquerque Public Schools Board members.  It was also celebratory in the history of the moment.  Three of the four members were present in-person with family and sworn in by Judge Catherine Begaye (Diné).  After Courtney Jackson was sworn into office, the board […]

COMMENTARY

I’m worried most ‘by the Jan. 6 that could still happen,’ says Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle

BY: - January 6, 2022

One year ago on this day, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle was at his desk at the Longworth House Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, when he heard an enraged mob, fueled by a former president’s false claims of fraud, making its way up Independence Avenue. Boyle, a Democrat, and other Pennsylvania lawmakers had been asked by U.S. House […]

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

BY: - January 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Thursday morning warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election.  “We are in the battle for the soul […]

Big-money candidates to shift the future of APS board

BY: - January 6, 2022

New Mexico’s most expensive school board seats were filled Wednesday. Danielle Gonzales, Crystal Tapia-Romero, Josefina Dominguez and Courtney Jackson were sworn in to take their seats as the newest Albuquerque Public Schools Board members during a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. The four new members raised a staggering amount of money compared with other candidates […]

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

BY: - January 6, 2022

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon. Enrolled citizens of the Navajo Nation can expect funds in the coming weeks with $2000 for every adult and $600 for minors, after Navajo Nation Tribal leaders signed […]