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TODAY’S TOP STORIES: Palin impresses
Some of New Mexico’s top Republican lawmakers are praising Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Heather Wilson and Pete Domenici are both in Minnesota for the Republican National Convention and both had words of praise for the Alaska governor while talking to the Silver City Sun-News.
"She’s a real person and she has handled real problems… there was enthusiasm on the convention floor (Tuesday night) for Governor Palin," said Domenici. Wilson agreed and added, "She’s a really tough cookie." Domenici said that after attending 10 Republican conventions, "Palin’s nomination demonstrated progress for his party," according to the report.
The New Mexico Independent also talked to delegates and found a similar sentiment among the party faithful in St. Paul.
A nonprofit at the center of an election-year controversy did not register as a political committee by a state-ordered deadline and the issue appears headed to court, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Secretary of State Mary Herrera told nonprofit New Mexico Youth Organized in a letter mailed last month that it had to register as political committee.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss spoke to nearly 300 people in his second annual State of the City address yesterday. The event took place at the soon-to-be-finished Santa Fe Community Convention Center, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican
Coss talked about "the largest public-works projects in modern Santa Fe history," in referring to the $50 million convention center and the development of the 40-acre Santa Fe Railyard, both to be opened this month. Coss lauded city officials but also addressed the controversial aspects of his tenure including the city’s "living wage" which sets the minimum wage for the city at $9.50 an hour. The mayor also addressed the challenges the city faces in terms of affordable housing.
A unanimous decision by the Albuquerque City Council struck down a "no-knock list" aimed at keeping unwanted door-to-door solicitors away, according to KOAT. "We just did not have a defined plan to enforce this legislation," City Councilor Ken Sanchez said in the report.
The measure was in reaction to a double slaying of a Korean couple last December in the Northeast Heights. Two traveling salesmen have been charged with the homicides. The council had put off the vote for months so the Mayor’s Office could iron out the logistics. Sanchez said the Mayor’s Office "couldn’t come up with answers to make the list work," according to the report.
The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department is trying to give back nearly $110 million in unclaimed property at this year’s State Fair, according to KOB. Taxation Secretary Rick Homans says people can come by the agency’s booth and have a look during the Sept. 5-21 fair. According to the report:
State law requires holders of unclaimed property to turn it over to the state after a specific time, and the state holds it until an owner claims it. Money or property might have been turned over by utilities, insurance companies or banks, and includes everything from refund checks to jewelry.