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…
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The New Mexico Corrections Department made $3.7 million in questionable payments to three contractors from fiscal years 2007 to 2010, according to an audit released Wednesday by State Auditor Hector Balderas.
Senate candidate Hector Balderas went on the offensive Friday — but in an email against the two top-tier Republican candidates, not his main opponent, fellow Democrat Martin Heinrich. Balderas said that he would vote against the Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., budget. But with the two Republicans, he said, “We just don’t know.”
State Auditor Hector Balderas made it official and announced today that he is officially running for U.S. Senate. News leaked last week that Balderas filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for the open Senate seat, but Balderas made his official announcement Tuesday morning.
State Auditor Hector Balderas filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for U.S. Senate Wednesday, according to a tweet from Bloomberg goverment reporter Greg Giroux. Balderas will face U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich in the Democratic primary.
State Auditor Hector Balderas will make a final decision on whether he’ll run for Senate within days, according to a Wednedsay afternoon report from NMPolitics.net. Balderas, a Democrat, previously said that he was “seriously considering” a run for the open seat.
State Auditor Hector Balderas will not run for the 1st Congressional District seat, according to a Tuesday report from Roll Call. Balderas, who is not from the Albuquerque-centric 1st Congressional District, said in February that his was “seriously considering” a Senate run.
State Auditor Hector Balderas confirm that he is “seriously considering” a run for Senate, echoing a report from Politico this weekend. This is the first official word from the Democrat that he is considering a run to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman in 2012.
Though Jeff Bingaman’s decision not to run for a sixth term in the United States Senate was just announced hours ago, already people are discussing who will run to replace New Mexico’s senior senator.
In addition to Susana Martinez, two other new statewide officials were sworn in on Saturday. Ray Powell officially became State Land Commissioner for a second time, and Dianna Duran became the state’s first Republican Secretary of State since 1930.
State Auditor Hector Balderas announced a special audit of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office after former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano admitted stealing supplies and selling them on the internet. Solano resigned after the admission and the state police said they had been investigating Solano on the embezzlement for months.
State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, was re-elected Tuesday as the state’s top financial watchdog.
Balderas had received 277,484 votes (54.1%), according to unofficial Secretary of State returns as of 11:10 p.m. Tuesday. His Republican challenger Errol Chavez…
In a sharp rebuke of Democratic Secretary of State Mary Herrera (whose office will announce next Tuesday’s election results), five of New Mexico’s major newspapers endorsed state Sen. Diana Duran, Herrera’s Republican challenger.
The state’s largest newspaper on Sunday endorsed two Republicans and one Democrat in three statewide races.
Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez both say if elected governor they would support sending more money to the agency, which despite its oversight role and several high-profile corruption scandals, has endured deep budget cuts in recent years. The New Mexico Livestock Board and the Gaming Control Board work with annual budgets nearly double the size of the State Auditor’s office. Even Legislative Building Services at the State Capitol, at $4 million, gets more money.
The biggest winner of Thursday’s gubernatorial debate on education may have been someone not even in the room: state auditor Hector Balderas. In a rare meeting of the minds Thursday night, both Denish and Martinez said that schools need to be more financially responsible and that more and better auditing is necessary. The State Auditor’s Office is charged with an oversight role in how taxpayer money is spent, but has not always gotten the money it needs to do that. “Everybody publicly supports the concept of auditing,” Balderas said Thursday night, noting that his agency has been cut more severely than the rest of state government.
In the face of a state budget crisis, New Mexico should cut funding for existing charters and temporarily halt approvals of new charter schools, says a new report released Friday by the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC).
But that could…