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There’s nothing free about Tax Freedom Day

By Rob Nikolewski on April 8, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE— Hey, New Mexico, it’s time to celebrate Tax Freedom Day 2014.
Well, maybe “celebrate” isn’t the right word.
But Tuesday — April 8 — marks the day residents of the Land of Enchantment have worked long enough to pay their tax obligations on the federal, state and local levels.
The [...]

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Supreme Court lets ruling stand on NM wedding photographer and same-sex couple

By Rob Nikolewski on April 7, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – It looks like the same-sex couple has won and the wedding photographer has lost.
The legal dispute over a wedding photography studio in New Mexico that refused to photograph a ceremony involving a same-sex ceremony will not be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court after all.
The justices on Monday refused to hear [...]

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Editorial: A union for college football players? It’s too late

By Rob Nikolewski on April 6, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
Big-time college sports has been a mess for decades but a establishing a football players’ union won’t fix things. In fact, it will probably lead to more headaches.
A little more than a week ago, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that players at Northwestern University (where I once [...]

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Republican Senate hopeful regrets NRA ‘flub’

By Rob Nikolewski on April 3, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — David Clements, who is running to win the Republican nomination and the right to take on Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, this fall, said he mistakenly told listeners on a talk radio program he got an A rating from the National Rifle Association.
“It was a flub,” [...]

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Three studies, three bad results for New Mexico

By Rob Nikolewski on April 1, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — It’s been a rough week for New Mexico when it comes to national studies.
Three surveys came out, and all three put the Land of Enchantment in a less-than-enchanting light:
1. Dependence on the feds
Wallet Hub, a website aimed at small business owners and consumers, came out with [...]

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New Mexico brings up the rear in personal income growth

By Rob Nikolewski on March 26, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – The weather in New Mexico may far surpass that of the frigid prairies of North Dakota, but when it comes to economic climate, the Land of Enchantment lags far behind.
A federal study released Tuesday shows New Mexico finishing 48th in the nation in personal income growth [...]

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Editorial: The Taos incident and some kvetching about who’s really a kid

By Rob Nikolewski on March 22, 2014

Robin Poague seems like a stand-up guy but he and the U.S. Forest Service have some explaining to do.
On Feb. 22, four Forest Service law enforcement agents wearing flak jackets and carrying side arms descended on the Taos Ski Valley accompanied by a drug-sniffing dog  and performed a drug sweep that turned up very little: [...]

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Cartoon spoofs Taos Ski Valley flap

By Rob Nikolewski on March 17, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
New Mexico Watchdog’s story late last week about the controversial drug sweep that ticked off patrons at the Taos Ski Valley — including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — has prompted an editorial cartoon.
Mike Shelton of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and www.watchdog.org offers this take [...]

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It will be Rocky Lara vs. Steve Pearce in November

By Rob Nikolewski on March 12, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – Prepare for Rocky vs. Steve this November in the battle for the 2nd Congressional District in southern New Mexico.
On Wednesday, Democratic challenger Leslie Endean-Singh dropped out of the race after losing to Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in the Democratic Party pre-primary convention. Endean-Singh received 14.82 percent of the vote [...]

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Editorial: Here’s one way to deal with Putin

By Rob Nikolewski on March 9, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
Vladimir Putin may be a bully, but he’s no dummy.
He has sent Russian forces into Ukraine and has taken control of the Crimean Peninsula — Ukraine’s strategic warm-water port – and he likely won’t give it back.
In 2008, Putin did roughly the same thing in Georgia. The U.S. and European nations may have [...]

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