Feds' threat to pull road funds prompts Lujan to remove sign

Full story: The Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan has removed the illegal billboard from his property along U.S. 84/285 south of Espanola, the speaker confirmed Monday.
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There are ugly, offensive and illegal signs all over New Mexico. Why did this congressman get targeted?

Sounds like political retribution to me.
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you are a lying thieving coward. How dumb do you think we are? You didn't know it was an illegal billboard? Sure pal. The truth is that you were in love with the monthly checks coming in to deposit in your bank account. I hope the Feds still hold back the money on your "Magical interchange to nowhere". The people of La Puebla needed this more than you. I hope J. Don Martinez holds back federal funding based on safety and traffic data. Who's lives around your interchange but the snakes and coyotes like you. The Rio Grande Sun put it best, "don't fret Ben, at least you got 16 years of illegal income". Face it you are a greedy pig!!! You've "lujaned" us for too many years. Your time will come old man.
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HouseSpeaker Lujan did the right thing in removing his billboard. He should be compsensated for the loss of his billboard.
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Gnarlodious wrote:
There are ugly, offensive and illegal signs all over New Mexico. Why did this congressman get targeted?
Sounds like political retribution to me.
When they invented that little CLUELESS light bulb you're the one they were thinking about.
PlacentaBoy

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Gnarlodious wrote:
There are ugly, offensive and illegal signs all over New Mexico. Why did this congressman get targeted?
Sounds like political retribution to me.
It wasn't the congressman, it was his dad, come on, pay attention.
FREE TAOS

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Gnarlodious wrote:
There are ugly, offensive and illegal signs all over New Mexico. Why did this congressman get targeted?
Sounds like political retribution to me.
YOU should hook up with TAOS MAN you'll have really smart children.
John Martinez

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Gnarlodious wrote:
There are ugly, offensive and illegal signs all over New Mexico. Why did this congressman get targeted?
Sounds like political retribution to me.
He's not a congressman. His son is.
I bet

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How much are you willing to bet he will put it back up after the project is complete?? He a crook just ike the rest of big Bill's buddies. They have trouble living within a few rules. They think they are bigger then Newv Mexico!

Only people are too ignorant to see through the smoke. Vote these crooks out!
Umm Helloooo

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Taos Man wrote:
HouseSpeaker Lujan did the right thing in removing his billboard. He should be compsensated for the loss of his billboard.
..knock, knock. Compensated? What do you not understand about the word, "illegal"?
Recovering Santa Fean

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John Martinez wrote:
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He's not a congressman. His son is.
Isn't he a state congressman... He is a member of the state house of representatives, no?

The sign is illegal. He shouldn't have been profiting from an illegal sign, much less had it up in the first place.

He has the nerve to ask why everyone is asking about his sign. Does the state turn a blind eye to all people flagrantly breaking the law or just the lucky, politically connected few? Does the state compensate LAWBREAKERS when they break the law?? If Lujan is compensated won't the state have to compensate every owner of every illegal sign in the state? I'll bet Lujan's lawyer will ask for the value of the revenue stream that he would have been collecting if the sign had not been taken down. What chutzpah!
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If he is compensated on an illegal sign it will set a trend next thing you know they will want compensation when they stop getting bribes down at the roundhouse.
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It's sad when the Federal government has to step in to stop an illegal activity because New Mexico State government lacks the ethics or moral character to do so.

Two questions, why do we have elected officials who break the law with impunity? Why do we have a state government that refuses to take action about such illegal activity?
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Leo Martinez wrote:
Two questions, why do we have elected officials who break the law with impunity? Why do we have a state government that refuses to take action about such illegal activity?
Because we re-elect the same criminals over and over and over again.

If you don't want institutionalized corruption in government, vote against every incumbent at every election.
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did lujan pay income tax on the income generated from the illegal billboard?
Funny

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It wasn't the congressman, it was his dad, come on, pay attention.
Hey i call my bro-in law Placenta Boy too....funny $h!t!
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bob chilton wrote:
did lujan pay income tax on the income generated from the illegal billboard?
Kinda doubt it and it's probably not the only income "overlooked".

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What billboard was that? What did it advertise?
Why

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Didn't Terrell inform the readers that this old man has re-directed an interchange AWAY from a very dangerous intersection and placed it near his property to increase value? That is the real story here because it is a safety issue that he has subverted in order to increase the value of his land. Lujan is a PUNK!

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I don't know why I'm drawn to read these stories. I get so upset I just about explode. As a native, you'd expect I'd be used to it, but it's just the opposite.

The dishonesty of our politicians is just getting worse. And now this man's well trained son is starting another generation of it.
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"Gnarlodious" Liberal needs a haircut.

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