Under oath, state employees say Martinez officials ordered them to change papers to deny food stamps to hungry, poor

“In a scene of high drama reminiscent of the TV drama “Law and Order,” three prominent state Human Services Department officials invoked their fifth amendment rights nearly 100 times in federal court Friday afternoon…” A huge new scandal – this time with potential criminal implications – erupted in a Las Cruces courtroom on Friday as a series of Martinez administration officials refused to answer questions under oath in federal court about whether they were directed to change food stamp applications to deny help to children, families and seniors out of food and out of help. Under oath in the civil hearing, they had two choices: say it didn’t happen or avoid answering the question by admitting that doing so might implicate them in criminal fraud or other actions. We know Governor Martinez doesn’t get it and, quite frankly, too many New Mexicans give her a pass on decisions that put struggling families farther and farther behind. We’re not letting that happen again. 
This story has been blowing up our Facebook and website since it was first reported by the NM Political Report, so I came in on a Saturday to get an update and share with our members.

Dianna Duran’s top lieutenants resign suddenly leaving many surprised

In surprising news out of Santa Fe today, Bobbi Shearer and Rod Adair have resigned from their positions at the Secretary of State’s office, “effective immediately.”

From the NM Political Report:
After four years, Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer will leave her position. Shearer will stay with the office on a short-term basis to work on “legislative initiations and other election related issues” according to an email from Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Chief of Staff Ken Ortiz confirmed to New Mexico Political Report that Rod Adair, most recently a spokesman for the Secretary of State, is also no longer at the office. Duran made the announcement about Shearer, obtained by New Mexico Political Report, in an email to county clerks throughout the state. Shearer’s departure may be surprising because she just oversaw the statewide election that saw her boss, Secretary of State Diana Duran re-elected to another four-year-term.