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George Orwell New Mexico exhibit bares 'doublespeak' legacy

Nov. 5, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Those were the slogans of the Party in George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984" that allowed the superstate of Oceania to keep its population under control. The Thought Police thwarted dissent. The Ministry of Truth promoted lies....

Udall: Dems will need to 'blow it' to lose New Mexico in '20

Oct. 8, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Democrats would have to "really blow it" to lose New Mexico, the nation's most Hispanic state, to President Donald Trump in 2020, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said. In an interview with The Associated Press last week, the state's senior senator said Democrats still have a...

New Mexico relaxes basic requirements for driver's licenses

Oct. 1, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is making it easier for residents to obtain a basic driver's license that is recognized by state agencies and private businesses but will not be valid for commercial airline travel starting in October 2020, taxation and motor vehicle officials announced Tuesday....

New Mexico improves financial disclosures as debts loom

Sep. 24, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's government is making progress toward more accurate accounting but still earned a "D'' grade on Tuesday from a government finances watchdog group, largely because of unfunded pension and retiree health care obligations. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting estimated that New...

New Mexico enters fray over vehicle emission standards

Sep. 24, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will set its own fuel economy and pollution standards for cars, pickup trucks and SUVs in a break with federal authorities, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday from New York where she was participating in climate talks with other governors. The move aligns New...

Test scores, teacher attendance dropped from evaluations

Sep. 23, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials say test scores and teacher attendance will no longer be included in the state's teacher evaluation system. The Albuquerque Journal reports the state Public Education Department recently released an outline of an interim teacher evaluation system that...

New Mexico weighs tuition-free college for local students

Sep. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would eliminate tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate and community college students of all ages under a proposal Wednesday from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that requires legislative approval. The "opportunity scholarship" would tap the state general fund...

Report: New Mexico needs to boost mental health services

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The need for mental health services in New Mexico is significant given its high rates of suicides and overdose deaths, but many counties in the sparsely populated state lack licensed providers that serve patients who rely on government assistance, independent U.S. investigators...

Former GOP governor says Trump can win her border state

Sep. 17, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's direct appeal to Hispanic voters in New Mexico for support ahead of the 2020 election was greeted enthusiastically Tuesday by former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who said she believes the president could carry the state this time. Trump campaigned in New...

University post draws interest from top political aides

Sep. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top political aides and a couple local government officials are among those interested in a new high-paying job at the University of New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports the state's flagship school is in the process of hiring its first chief government relations officer....