Records: NM politico pushed judge appointments

May 6, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KOB-TV

Records show that a political figure at the center of a Las Cruces judicial scandal was in regular contact with then-Gov. Bill Richardson's office to offer his input on appointments to the bench in Dona Ana County.

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fscott

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 6, 2013
They don't come any more corrupt than El Gordo.
Right

Santa Fe, NM

#2 May 6, 2013
fscott wrote:
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La Tejana packs the environmental oversight boards with polluters and you are comparing that huge level of corruption with real consequences on our land and water with the ex-governor seeking advice from a friend in another part of the state.
fscott

Albuquerque, NM

#3 May 6, 2013
Susana Martinez can't be compared to Bill Richardson. I'm not sure there is anyone in New Mexico more corrupt than Richardson and that my friend is saying something since we are the home of Manny Aragon.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#4 May 6, 2013
Right wrote:
La Tejana packs the environmental oversight boards with polluters and you are comparing that huge level of corruption with real consequences on our land and water with the ex-governor seeking advice from a friend in another part of the state.
Not to mention the blatant violation of the state constitution she committed with Skandera.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#5 May 6, 2013
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Not to mention the blatant violation of the state constitution she committed with Skandera.
Off topic there Susana Martinez hater!

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#6 May 6, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
<quoted text>
Off topic there Susana Martinez hater!
Sorry, CD, but that is a clear double standard. You have no qualms turning every thread you come across into your own political soapbox. If it's fair for one, it's fair for all.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 May 7, 2013
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry, CD, but that is a clear double standard. You have no qualms turning every thread you come across into your own political soapbox. If it's fair for one, it's fair for all.
Good point<smile>.
bill

Albuquerque, NM

#8 May 7, 2013
Have you ever seen one of those large foot- long Florida snails that could eat your arm off, or your puppy in one gulp?

Have you ever seen a tubercular rash that will not desist?

Have you ever seen Big Bill Richardson?
more

Santa Fe, NM

#9 May 8, 2013
corruption from La Tejana:

Regulators say they were forced from jobs

By Thomas Cole / Of the Journal on Wed, May 8, 2013

When Gov. Susana Martinez appointed J. Dee Dennis to head the Department of Regulation and Licensing, she said business would have a friend at the department.

Dennis has proven to be just that, according to some of his former employees.

Three more regulators have told me they were forced from their jobs at the Department of Regulation and Licensing, which oversees dozens of businesses and professions.

The three are David Davison, former chief electrical inspector for the department’s Construction Industries Division; Henry A. Vigil, former mortgage industry regulator at the Securities Division, and Melchior F.R. Savarese III, former prosecutor for the Alcohol and Gaming Division.

...

“Dennis wanted to control the calls the inspectors in the field were making and just wanted them to make an appearance but not make calls that would be controversial or that may cause political repercussions. This has made the construction trade unsafe.”

...
Phyllis Bowman, a former prosecutor for the Securities Division, alleged in February that she resigned after being retaliated against by Dennis and then-Securities Director Daniel Tanaka because she knew of their incompetence and wrongdoing.

...
Bowman alleged that Regulation and Licensing had engaged in selective prosecution of former business rivals of Dennis or his friends.

In a lawsuit filed in March, MaryEllen Carr, former human resources director at Regulation and Licensing, alleged she was fired for raising concerns about how Dennis wanted to discipline, demote or fire employees.

“I don’t give a damn about rules and regulations; I’ll do whatever I want,” Dennis allegedly told Carr.
...

And just last month, my Journal colleague Colleen Heild reported that top Construction Industries Division officials have allowed oil and gas companies in southeast New Mexico to skip hundreds of inspections of electrical systems for oil and gas well projects for 10 months.

Dozens of requests for electrical inspections of water wells and electric hookups of manufactured home also weren’t conducted.

Dennis founded and operated DKD Electric Co. of Albuquerque for nearly 20 years before selling it.

The divisions of Regulation and Licensing oversee securities dealing, financial institutions, construction industries, manufactured housing and alcohol and gaming licensees. It also regulates more than two dozen professions, including pharmacists, real estate brokers and accountants.

Vigil, the former mortgage industry regulator, says he retired after being “set up” and threatened with demotion on bogus allegations. He says he had worked for Regulation and Licensing for most of the past 30 years.

Savarese says he was hired last fall as the administrative prosecutor for the Alcohol and Gaming Division but recently was discharged. He says he initially was threatened with dismissal for failing to settle or take cases to trial in a timely manner but eventually was let go in what the department called a restructuring.

“Based on my training and experience, I observed RLD allow cases/charges to go unprosecuted because of orders of/from the front office,” including Dennis, he wrote in an email.

“I had and have continually feared retaliation and reprisals for giving notice to others and to my supervisors of the filed cases that were not processed and instead they (the front office) hand-selected other cases to prosecute and ignored the previously filed cases,” he said.

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2013/05/08/new...
An Electrician

Phoenix, AZ

#10 May 8, 2013
"Division officials have allowed oil and gas companies in southeast New Mexico to skip hundreds of inspections of electrical systems for oil and gas well projects for 10 months."

Hm, never a good idea. Consider...

Electrocution is the fifth leading cause of work place fatalities in the US.*

* A surprisingly high number considering the few people who perform “electrical work” as a standard part of their job.
o Arc flash fatalities are not counted in this statistic, they are logged under burn injuries, meaning that the rates are even higher.
o 60% of workplace fatalities are caused by burn injuries.*
* Electrical shock is the second leading cause for lost time on the job (second only to burns).*
* 97% of electricians have been shocked or injured on the job.
* Every 30 minutes during the work day, a worker suffers an electrically induced injury that requires time off the job for recovery.**
* Over the last ten years, more than 46,000 workers have been injured from on-the-job electrical hazards.**
* Arc Flash is the sudden release of electrical energy through the air following a phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground fault. The resulting forces produces are known as the Arc Blast.
o The core of the arc flash can reach temperatures of 35,000&#8457; (19427&#8451;) in less than 1/1000th of a second; ### That’s roughly four time the temperature of the surface of the sun.
o The intense heat turns copper to a plasma state in a fraction of a second, making it expand 67,000 times its solid-state size (meaning a pea-sized piece of copper, ends up being the size of a typical rail car in a fraction of a second).
o This rapid expansion of copper and the surrounding atmosphere causes a pressure wave that has been measured at thousands of pounds, propelling shrapnel at speeds of 700 miles per hour.
o The flash of light produced is intense enough to damage eye-sight.
o The sound wave can exceed 140 to 165 dB. Exposure to a single event of such magnitude can permanently damage hearing.*#
She

Santa Fe, NM

#11 May 8, 2013
has done the same with her appointments to lead the NMED and the various oversight boards.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#12 May 8, 2013
bill wrote:
Have you ever seen one of those large foot- long Florida snails that could eat your arm off, or your puppy in one gulp?
Have you ever seen a tubercular rash that will not desist?
Have you ever seen Big Bill Richardson?
ROTFL, saw him on TV the other eve and he had what looked like a table cloth wrapped around his neck. Sopping up the squeezings and oozings from the pores in his neck I suspect<G>. Ewwww...
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#13 May 8, 2013
FOR SALE:

State of New Mexico high paying do nothing jobs.

Very good deal. Big pay, fantastic benefits and all the goodies you can get by leveraging you influence. For some positions you do not even have to report to work.

For only $4000 you too can have a $80,000 to $120,000 a year do nothing job.

To apply put your $4000 in small unmarked bills in a plain white envelope and write Bill Richardson's re-election fund on the front and stick behind the water tank on the handicap toilet in the men's restroom at Home Town Buffet in Santa Fe.

Unfortunately this "contribution" is not tax deductible.
Hey

Santa Fe, NM

#14 May 8, 2013
Ex- El Paso Resident wrote:
FOR SALE:
State of New Mexico high paying do nothing jobs.
Very good deal. Big pay, fantastic benefits and all the goodies you can get by leveraging you influence. For some positions you do not even have to report to work.
.
Bonehead, It is Susanna who is selling us out now with much worse permanent consequences for our water and resources in her quest to be Sarah Palin II.
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#15 May 8, 2013
Hey wrote:
<quoted text>
Bonehead, It is Susanna who is selling us out now with much worse permanent consequences for our water and resources in her quest to be Sarah Palin II.
You are too brain dead to figure out all politician sell out everyone but their cronies. Democrate or Republican it does not matter. Bush sold us out and so is Obama and you would see that if you would remove your head from that oh so dark place between your legs.

Wait till the bills for maintenance come due on the tracks for Bill's train and watch your taxes skyrocket to pay them. Bill took care of Bill and his support more than anything else.

You want to talk about putting New Mexico water at risk look at the current AG filing suit against Texas and the operating agreement bewteen the Feds, EBID and EPWID #1. If New Mexico loses the counter suit by Texas at the SCOTUS the AG just screwed all of southern New Mexico out of their water in the name of politics.

If you trust any politician simply because they are in one party or the other then in fact you are a true sheepeople. Screwing the public is the one place they are truely bipartisan
APPAUSEPLEASE

Los Alamos, NM

#16 May 9, 2013
Of course would you expect anything less out of
Dona Ana County dumb as craps.

Rotten to the core - right along with all the
rest of the trash that was collected in Santa
Fe during the Pay for Play days of the
corrupt one - Fat Bill.

Not one dumb as crap had the guts to say anything
about the corruption that is rampant in a Blue
State - funny seems it is a way of life in Blue
States, shady deals, pay for play, declining
quality of life while taxes increase and the list
goes on.

You can see that right her in LC with the current
Mayor and Council

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