I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
The office of Secretary of State Dianna Duran says that the names of 641 dead people are still on the voter registration rolls in New Mexico.
Last week, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, along with six of his fellow Democratic colleagues, proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate the campaign finance system. Long an advocate of campaign finance reform, Udall…
Former Gov. Gary Johnson filed the paperwork for his candidacy in the New Hampshire presidential primary — mere hours before the filing deadline in the crucial early primary state. After a campaign mix-up, Johnson was forced to take a red-eye from Arizona to file his paperwork in person.
This past Friday, former Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block Jr. showed up for a mandatory meeting with his Adult Drug Court administrator in Santa Fe’s First Judicial District courthouse only to fail his mandated drug test. As a result, he was remanded into custody at the county jail. Within a few hours, campaign-finance figures for three of the 88 declared candidates were released.
New Mexico’s attorney general Gary King, a democrat previously linked to pay-to-play scandals, told reporters yesterday that it was entirely legal to accept a $15,000 political contribution from the New York City law firm of Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossman LLP last month — despite the nine-month-old campaign contribution limits law he championed less than a year ago.
The latest salvos against the Occupiers comes not from without but from within. On the Daily Kos website, evergreen2, of New Mexico, tells readers that “The term “Occupy” is not going down well with many indigenous people. . . . we [the Albuquerque “occupiers” of the OccupyBurque site]—and a number of other communities—are having a serious problem with terminology.”
The Republican Party of New Mexico’s suit filing in federal court last Friday to challenge to the state’s Limits Law, a campaign finance law passed in 2009, is poised for a fight. Some who previously supported the law are now joining to dismantle it.
Voters in Tuesday’s Albuquerque municipal elections decided to keep two incumbent city councilors in office but rejected one of Mayor Richard Berry’s top initiatives. A long-standing red-light photo-camera bill was also rebuked.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will be allowed to participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate in Orlando, Fla., among Republican presidential candidates, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reports
Lawmakers and community advocates from Albuquerque’s fast-growing West Side rallied Tuesday outside the Capitol for more representation, as the Legislature is drawing plans to redistrict House and Senate seats during the special session.
At the Florida tea party debate on Monday, GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized policies allowing undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition for public universities by hearkening back to a previous era.
During Monday night’s CNN/Tea Party GOP debate, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann took aim at Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 executive order requiring middle school girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV), the most frequent sexually transmitted disease…
If he wins the Republican nomination for president, you can count on evolution, climate change, The Texas Miracle and a host of other issues becoming interesting to voters when they think about Rick Perry. For now — chasing only Republican votes — his positions on those issues seem pretty safe. Immigration, though, is dogging him everywhere he goes.
New Mexico’s First Congressional District — which encompasses Albuquerque, its suburbs and a sparsely-populated rural area to the east — swung with the political winds in the past two elections. Rep. Martin Heinrich saw a 12-point victory in 2008 to become the first Democrat to represent the seat, but in 2010 he came within four points of losing. Now, he’s vacating the seat to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
To be successful as the governor of Texas, it doesn’t hurt to be a friend to the Latino community. To become the Republican presidential nominee, however, it may hurt a great deal. So it is that newly minted candidate Rick Perry finds himself under attack from both sides on the immigration debate.
“I’m running for Congress because we are under attack in this country,” Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “A band of right-wing radicals in Congress has hijacked our country and put the interests of their corporate masters ahead of the middle class, seniors and the most vulnerable among us.”
Several 2012 GOP candidates have released official statements following Sunday’s announcement by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty that his campaign would be ending following its third place finish at the Ames Straw Poll. One, New Mexico’s Gary Johnson, used the news to question the “inflated role” of the event, which he calls a “pay-to-play gathering.”
It’s once again the time in American politics when all eyes turn to Iowa, and nearly every political pundit in the nation pauses long enough on his/her trek into flyover country to wonder why.