Saturday, May 3, 2014

Agreeing to Agree: No Fireworks at Dem Forum

The five Democratic candidates for governor seemed to be adhering to a self-imposed “fireworks ban” at a forum Saturday, as they fastidiously avoided taking any shots at each other.

In fact, at the end of the two-hour debate sponsored by the state Democratic Party, Attorney General Gary King, state Sens. Linda Lopez and Howie Morales, longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael and Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber all pledged to enthusiastically support whoever wins the June primary to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

All five agreed on several issues including raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, allowing undocumented immigrants to be issued driver’s licenses, and adopting a comprehensive state water plan. And, to the delight of the 175 or so Democrats who attended the forum at the Nativo Lodge, all five contenders happily tore into Martinez.

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