Category: Politics

Luján wins Senate seat

Luján wins Senate seat

From the Las Vegas Optic Democrat Ben Ray Luján defeated Republican Mark Ronchetti and Libertarian Bob Walsh Tuesday to win New Mexico’s open seat in the U.S. Senate. Luján took an early lead Tuesday as ballots began being counted, and held a narrow lead throughout the evening. The Associated Press declared Luján the winner just…

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City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

From the Las Vegas Optic San Miguel County has seen a steady rise in positive coronavirus cases throughout October, with 17 new cases Friday through Sunday alone. By contrast, the county reported just 19 cases for the entire month of September. At least one of the county’s recent COVID-19 cases has come from inside Las…

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City leaders raise concerns over LVPD involvement in political parade

City leaders raise concerns over LVPD involvement in political parade

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas police officers escorted a parade supporting President Donald Trump through the streets of Las Vegas Saturday. The escort was authorized by top members of the Las Vegas Police Department, but some city leaders are voicing concerns about that decision. City Councilor David Romero told the Optic his main…

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LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas City Schools has again violated the state’s public records law, according to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. The district was chided by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in late January for charging illegal fees for access to…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — They are struggling, often at the lowest point in their lives. Then they’re arrested. Charged with a crime, they face fines, fees and maybe even a lengthy sentence behind bars. They come from varied backgrounds and walks of life. The events that led them into the courtroom…

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Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

From the Las Vegas Optic More than 14,000 New Mexicans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, but the number of people tested in San Miguel or Mora counties is difficult to determine. Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health does not detail the number of tests given in particular counties, and according…

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Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Rep. Muffy Davis won her seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in November 2018, capturing more than 56% of votes to become one of just 14 Democrats serving in the 70-member Idaho House of Representatives. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Davis said, “but it’s very hard work.” Davis knows…

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Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

From the Las Vegas Optic Voters in this June’s Democratic primary election will have to choose between two candidates for the position of district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. No Republicans filed to run, placing more importance on the results of the primary election since the winner will run unopposed in November’s general election.…

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