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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday implored Senate Republicans not to act on President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until after the American people finish selecting their next president.

"There are Senate Republicans out there who know in their hearts that if they shut out the voices of those during a voting period, during an election, they're closing the door on American democracy thereafter," Biden said during a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

Republicans expect President Trump to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source with knowledge of the process, but the source cautioned that Trump could change his mind.

The source declined to be named, because the individual was not authorized to confirm the selection before the president announced it.

The White House declined comment.

Voice Of The Public - Voting And Voter Suppression

Sep 25, 2020

Today's program looks at voting and voter suppression. 

There are grave concerns about the election during the pandemic, as voter suppression has increased across the nation. 

Guests include: Dr. Christa Slaton-Government Professor at New Mexico State University and Eileen VanWie, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters across New Mexico have submitted nearly 250,000 absentee ballot requests with especially strong demand among Democrats for alternatives to in-person voting amid the pandemic.

State election regulators on Thursday also said initial vote tallies could extend beyond Election Day if voters wait until late in the cycle to mail or hand deliver ballots. Fewer than 8,000 absentee ballots were cast statewide in the 2016 presidential election.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Republican State Representative Rebecca Dow running for re-election. Resident of Truth or Consequences in Sierra County, New Mexico, she and her husband, Aaron Dow, are c-owners of Dow Technology, a multi-faceted technology firm. In addition, she provides consultation services to for-profit and faith-based early childhood providers operating in the Rocky Mountain region. Dow’s professional experience includes being the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center which provides early care and education for youth and adult learners. She has served on various commissions, councils and task forces for Democrat and Republican Governors, and currently serves on the Early Learning Advisory Council. More information available at Ballotpedia.org and on her website rebeccadow.com.

Election 2020 – NM State Senate District 34

Sep 24, 2020

 

Election 2020: State Senate District 34 with moderators Fred Martino from KRWG and Eileen VanWie from the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico. The show features Democrat Darren Kugler and Republican Ron Griggs.

Election 2020 – NM State Senate District 31

Sep 24, 2020

Election 2020: State Senate District 31 with moderators Fred Martino from KRWG and Eileen VanWie from the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico. The show features Democratic candidate Joseph Cervantes. We were unable to reach Republican candidate John Roberts.   

 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans in Texas are suing Gov. Greg Abbott over extending early voting by a week for November's election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit filed Wednesday escalates the backlash Abbott is facing from his own party over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 15,000 people in Texas. Conservatives activists in Texas have fumed for months over Abbott's statewide mask order and not allowing businesses to fully open. Abbott's office did not immediately comment on the lawsuit. Early voting begins Oct. 13 in Texas.  

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Senate allies are misrepresenting the facts about Supreme Court nominations as he prepares to push ahead with a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Told about Ginsburg's dying wish to have the presidential winner in November pick her replacement, Trump asserted that Democrats fabricated the claim and insisted it was his constitutional imperative to name nine justices to the Supreme Court. Both claims are groundless.

New Mexico voters will be asked on Nov. 3 to approve several general obligation bond questions, including two that will provide critical funding for the New Mexico State University system. There is no tax increase associated with approval of these bonds.

If approved by voters, GO Bond C will provide $30.46 million for construction, renovation and modernization projects across the NMSU system, including $18 million for biomedical and agricultural facilities at its Las Cruces campus. GO Bond B will provide $3 million statewide for university library resources, of which the NMSU system will receive a portion.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Democratic State Representative candidate, Karen C. Whitlock. Resident of Grant County, New Mexico, she is an educator and social worker interested in helping get resources to individuals, small businesses, and local rural area hospitals. Three key messages of Whitlock’s campaign are education, healthcare, and economic development. She has been on the board for Grant County Community Partnership for Children and other state and national boards. District 38 serves Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra Counties. More information available at Ballotpedia.org.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of mass death and sickness, what could possibly count as a success story against the pandemic?

President Donald Trump would have you believe Americans are already living that success story, even as the death toll approaches 200,000 and infections spread by the tens of thousands a day.

Trump's latest revisionism on the pandemic came during a week when he unleashed a torrent of misbegotten claims about mail-in voting, a monthslong preoccupation growing more intense with the approach of the Nov. 3 election.

While Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden laid out a broad and largely supported case that Trump has underplayed the severity of the pandemic, the devil was in the details: No, Trump did not call the coronavirus a hoax.

Commentary:  With an entire nation on edge about ballot integrity via mail-in voting this November, The Republican Party of New Mexico is demanding that the New Mexico Secretary of State end its association with vendor Automated Election Services after the company made an inexcusable blunder in mailing out absentee ballots in Grant County.

The Rio Rancho company failed New Mexico voters when it sent out the ballots with incorrect first names. The Grant County Clerk says more than 14,600 such errors were made.

Schedule Released For El Paso Candidate Forums

Sep 17, 2020

The League of Women Voters El Paso announces its 2020 CANDIDATES FORUM on National Voter Registration Day September 22, 2020 sponsored national partner Alamo Drafthouse.  A Voter Registration Drive-thru will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo.

WHAT: The candidate forums will include District Forums for District 2, 3, 4, and 7 followed by a Mayoral Forum.

WHO: League of Women Voter El Paso and Alamo Drafthouse at Montecillo.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2020. District 2 candidate forum at 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. District 3, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m., District 4, 2:45 p.m. MAYORAL FORUM 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse at Montecillo. https://drafthouse.com/theater/montecillo

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  President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his monthslong campaign against mail-in voting this November by tweeting critically about the practice, building on complaints he has made all week. The president has recently been trying to distinguish between states that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters and those that make voters request a mail ballot, but even there he’s badly distorted the practice.

Mark Ronchetti / Courtesy photo

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political clashes about the role of climate change in catastrophic West Coast infernos are spilling into a U.S. Senate race in New Mexico, where a Republican meteorologist is campaigning for an open seat. U.S. Congressman and Democratic Senate nominee Ben Ray Luján accused rival Mark Ronchetti on Monday of engaging in dangerous climate denialism. Ronchetti responded Monday with an acknowledgement that climate change needs to be addressed and that both “human activity” and drought are responsible for the vicious wildfires. In a visit to California, Trump ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast wildfires.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is prepared to spend millions of dollars in federal recovery funds to install drop boxes for absentee ballots as election regulators encourage voters to participate in the general election in ways that minimize human contact and reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission. The secretary of state’s office spokesman Alex Curtas on Monday said the agency is encouraging the state’s 33 counties to install ballot drop boxes while offering reimbursements from a $6 million reserve of federal funds that also pay for personal protective equipment and publicity about voting. Many counties — though not all — have shown interest in drop boxes.

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can end humanitarian protections for some 300,000 immigrants living in the United States, clearing the way for their potential deportation starting next year.

The 9th Circuit Appeals Court's decision affects citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, have U.S.-born children and have been considered essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján says work on a potential COVID-19 relief bill may keep him away from an early October U.S. Senate debate against Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti.

Luján's campaign told The Associated Press on Sunday that his work in Congress to pass a coronavirus relief package and rescue the U.S. postal service may prevent him from joining a scheduled October 5th debate on KOB-TV.

Doña Ana County Clerk to Send Absentee Ballot Applications to Eligible Voters

Sep 14, 2020

LAS CRUCES, NM – Pursuant to changes enacted by the New Mexico State Legislature during the 2020 special session, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office will begin sending absentee ballot applications to more than 90,000 eligible voters on Monday, September 14.

The mailing will include voters who have voted, registered to vote or updated their voter registration since December 31, 2015. It will not include voters who already successfully applied for an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election before August 31.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly.

Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn’t exist, asserted that COVID-19 was “rounding a corner” despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn’t hold.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — Explaining his deceptive assurances about the pandemic, President Donald Trump suggested he was doing what Winston Churchill had done, soothing the public in a time of danger. That's not how it went down in World War II.

Churchill did not tell Britons that Nazi Germany was “under control ” or that, "like a miracle, it will disappear,” to cite Trump's words on the virus.

The British prime minister spread fear, as well as resolve, as he summoned Britons to national purpose against the “hideous apparatus of aggression” enslaving swaths of Europe and soon to be “turned upon us.”

KRWG-TV to air various forums and debates through October

Sep 11, 2020

KRWG-TV will broadcast a variety of state and federal candidate forums and debates through October.

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) today released its recommendations to voters on 65 judges, one New Mexico Supreme Court justice and 64 District Court judges, who are standing for retention in the upcoming election. To remain on the bench, these judges must receive at least 57 percent voter approval under state law.

“This was a very extensive evaluation process for us and included a number of difficult decisions because we did make three ‘do not retain’ recommendations,” said Denise Torres, chair of JPEC. She continued, "The Commission takes its responsibility very seriously and does not make a ‘do not retain’ recommendation unless the judge does not improve from his or her interim evaluation to the final evaluation, if his or her scores continue to drop, and/or if he or she does not express a desire or commitment to improve."

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is muddying up claims about clean air and dirty election ballots in the U.S., falsely taking credit for lower gasoline prices and misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden’s stance on the suburbs.

Updated at 6:56 p.m. ET

President Trump is vehemently defending himself against allegations that he has privately disparaged veterans for their military service during his time in office even as his campaign has sought to showcase his support for those in uniform.

The characterization of Trump as a commander in chief who privately denigrates veterans even while he publicly lavishes praise upon them and claims them as part of his voting base is freighted with political risk ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2020 presidential race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden heats up, Attorney General William Barr warned of the potential of substantial fraud in voting by mail — but he omitted necessary context, and states that rely on the process say there is little evidence of such activity.

He also suggested that China poses more of a threat to election security than Russia, even though that was not the conclusion of an official intelligence assessment last month.

Updated at 3:08 p.m. ET

President Trump, who has frequently criticized mail-in voting, on Wednesday took his attacks on the process a step further, telling supporters in North Carolina they should go to polls even after voting by mail to "make sure it counted."

Voting twice would be a felony under North Carolina law — as is inducing someone to vote twice — warned Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, who issued a statement Thursday morning.

Santa Fe – The AARP New Mexico Las Cruces Chapter is virtually sitting down with Dona Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin, PhD., to talk about all the ins and outs of voting and will be taking questions from the public. 

This special event will take place twice. The first conversation is set for Thursday, Sept. 10 and an encore presentation with be held Monday, Oct. 5. Both are from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conversations are part of AARP’s “Protect Voters 50+” campaign, an initiative to ensure that, however people choose to vote this election, they are able to do so safely.

The U.S. Postal Service's inspector general has outlined a number of ongoing concerns about the agency's ability to manage the influx of mailed ballots for the 2020 election — separate from the recent controversial actions by the postmaster general.

The internal watchdog said in a report that it found several potential problems in the way mail was being processed, including ballots mailed without bar code mail-tracking technology and out-of-date voter addresses.

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