March 1, 2016

Odds and Ends: Martinez won’t commit to Trump

Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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—Martinez still won’t commit to voting for Trump.

The Associated Press again asked Martinez about voting for the Republican nominee, which increasingly looks like it will be businessman Donald Trump.

But the chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s only Latina governor said Tuesday she’s “definitely not” voting for Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

The DGA loves needling Republicans over Trump; just look at his upside-down approval ratings (Hillary Clinton’s aren’t much better).

Still, the current governor’s lack of a take on Trump is a far cry from that of the previous Republican governor, Gary Johnson.

—There won’t be a Avenida César Chávez in Roswell.

The sponsor of a resolution that would have renamed a road in the city after the civil rights icon withdrew that resolution and another that would rename a recreation center after Chávez from the agenda according to the Roswell Daily Record.

NM Political Report wrote in November about an effort to honor Chávez and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city that is changing demographically. We wrote a short series on the growing Latino population.

—If you’re anywhere close to being popped for your eighth DWI, watch out.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill that will increase mandatory prison time for people with their eighth offense for driving while intoxicated from two years to 10 years. The same bill also ups mandatory prison time for vehicular homicide while intoxicated from six years to 15 years.

In a prepared statement, Martinez called getting tough on repeat DWI offenders “the right thing to do” and criticized the state Legislature for not doing “enough of it over the years.”

“Too many families have suffered pain, loss, and tragedy from those who make the reckless decision to drink and drive,” she said.