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First News: Today's primary will see the outcome of several highly contested campaigns. (listen)
(2012-06-05)
(KSFR) - Even though election officials expect voter turnout to be low today, the Santa Fe primary will see the outcome of several highly contested campaigns. They are mostly among Democrats. Today's vote will see who will take the House of Representatives seat held by retiring Ben Lujan. Mayor David Coss is facing opposition from political newcomer Carl Trujillo. Coss has cried foul over a mail campaign on behalf of Trujillo that apparently was paid for by a Republican group comprised of oil and gas interests.

The race for county treasurer sees Democratic Patrick Varlea face off against Oliver Garcia. Garcia is still on the ballot even though he faces criminal charges of fraud and was recently fired as assistant county treasurer.

Fifty-five polling locations in Santa Fe and around the county are open until 7 p.m.

Federal observers will be at polling places in Sandoval and Cibola counties to ensure there's no discrimination against potential voters.

The Paycheck Fairness Act could be up for a vote in the U. S. Senate today. The Act points out that nearly four decades after the Equal Pay Act passed, many women earn less than 80 cents to the dollar earned by men. Sharon Kayne of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the idea of paying men more for being the traditional family breadwinners, hurts children as well as women. She points out that most single-parent families are headed by women. New Mexico Senior Senator Jeff Bingaman tells KSFR that he thinks there will be strong opposition to the act (***)

A New Mexico Court of Appeals decision finding that an Albuquerque photo studio's refusal to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony violated state anti-discrimination laws will be appealed by a group of Christian lawyers. The Alliance Defense Fund, citing infringement of religious liberty, says it will try to take the matter to the state Supreme Court. The case started back in 2006 when Elane Photography of Albuquerque refused to provide its services for two women saying doing so would violate their religious beliefs against same-sex partnerships. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission concluded that the denial violated the state's Human Rights Act.

With an award of some $146,000, Santa Fe Community College will soon embark on building a new amphitheater classroom and other structures. Some 20 teens and young adults will be hired to do the work to be designed by the winner of a student contest. The money for the project, expected to begin in September, comes via the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps. Those participating will also earn academic credits as they learn about green building technologies.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with a high near 80 degrees and a 30% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm this afternoon and evening. Sunny and dry tomorrow with highs in the mid 80s.
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