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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:00 pm

The promise that Susana Martinez would run the most transparent administration in state history is officially broken — the governor is claiming that court enforcement of the state Inspection of Public Records Act violates the U.S. Constitution. That’s right, it is unconstitutional for a state court to force the governor and state agencies to turn over records demanded under state public records statutes. A court can’t order people to follow the law is essentially their argument.

According to Martinez and her lawyers, the public records law is pre-empted by the Supremacy Clause (among other Constitutional provisions) in the U.S. Constitution, meaning that Associated Press needs a warrant to obtain the records it wants (while we disagree, it would be worthwhile to see the AP obtain that warrant).

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4 comments:

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 2:37 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1107

    "(Stop in and bring Santa Fe School Board member Linda Trujillo a Starbucks --tall latte; she's the Deputy Administrator over there at the SRCA when she's not busy finding ways to mail money to Florida.)"

    LOL! Good one

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:17 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 603

    I think you can get that number from the State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. That's where those Big Bill requests and records are stored.

    (Stop in and bring Santa Fe School Board member Linda Trujillo a Starbucks --tall latte; she's the Deputy Administrator over there at the SRCA when she's not busy finding ways to mail money to Florida.)

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:33 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2980

    I'd be interested in seeing a comparison of how many Inspection of Public Records Act requests were submitted to the Richardson administration in his first term versus how many have been submitted to Susana's administration.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:09 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1052

    Martinez has a rather clumsy way of showing her kinship and support for a fellow Republican Governor (Mr. Big, Chris Christie) who's even more arrogant and abusive of public trust than she. By abandoning campaign promises of conducting a "transparent administration", she mimics the worst in politics as practiced by both parties. It appears she does have presidential aspirations, having seen that you can get elected (and re-elected) without having to walk the hallowed-talk of campaign slogans. It's also got to sting a bit that Bill Richardson demonstrated more honesty and principle than her, in this regard.

     

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