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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A report released Wednesday by the Center for Governmental Studies said the 2007 and 2009 publicly funded municipal campaigns in Albuquerque were a success, resulting in less money spent in the election and more focus on the issues.
On Facebook, former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez took an apparent shot at NMPolitics.net writer Heath Haussamen, saying that Haussamen is just a blogger posing as a journalist.
Former three-term ABQ Mayor Martin Chavez has been named executive director of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. ICLEI is a membership organization of local governments with a focus on climate protection, sustainability, and clean energy.
Research and Polling, the New Mexico firm headed up by analyst Brian Sanderoff, recently posted an analysis of Albuquerque’s 2009 municipal election on its Web site. The analysis, a series of charts, shows that overall turnout was 25 percent…
As 2009 staggers into the history books, exhausted and a bit lighter in the pockets than when it first appeared on the scene, let’s acknowledge this: the year gave us plenty to write about.
Accusations of pay-to-play, former elected officials getting indicted, electoral surprises and an occasional David toppling a Goliath — 2009 produced it all, giving the year a healthy luster of newsworthiness despite its threadbare look.
The year showed incredible stamina, in fact, with a steady drumbeat of scoops, gotchas and revelations, exhausting many a political junkie and news professional. And 2009 didn’t take long to demonstrate its capacity to shock.
On the fourth day of 2009, an announcement in Washington landed in New Mexico with all the percussive power of a bombshell: Gov. Bill Richardson was withdrawing as President Obama’s commerce secretary, citing a federal corruption investigation into how his administration conducted business.
And the news kept coming.
Some 360 later, the year is ending the way it began — scrutiny, including from federal prosecutors, on how the state invested its money over the past half decade.
In between those two bookends, the state of New Mexico also came to the disturbing realization that it was broke, Albuquerque’s longtime mayor fell short of winning a third four-year term — knocked off by a long-shot two-term GOP state lawmaker — and two former elected officials found themselves on the business end of a criminal indictment.
It’s unclear whether what transpired this year will change the political dynamic here in New Mexico, or lead to more government transparency. But before The New Mexico Independent gets back into the daily grind, let’s take a deep breath and reflect on the busy year that was.
The mayoral transition in Albuquerque continues to shake out news that top executives under Mayor Martin Chavez moved to lower positions in city government in the waning days of his administration while keeping the salaries they had as political appointees…
Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is headed to Copenhagan to participate in a climate change panel at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Chavez will participate in a panel called “Leadership and Innovation by US Cities and Local Governments.”
Former City Treasurer Lou Hoffman was a vocal supporter of Richard Romero during Albuquerque’s mayoral campaign, but he’ll be the city’s new Director of Finance and Administration when mayor-elect R.J. Berry takes office Dec. 1.
The Albuquerque Climate Coalition is asking Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, now in his final days in office, to send the Climate Action Plan to the city council.
“An enormous effort and much time and dedication went into this plan by 60…
One thing that didn’t make it into today’s story about Albuquerque’s public financing system is this little tidbit: If campaign activity should have triggered matching funds before election day, but didn’t because of late/improper campaign finance reporting, the city…
While there are some kinks that still need to be worked out, advocates say, the mayor’s race showed the system does what it is intended to do–reduce the influence of special interest money on elections.
Both Mayor Martin Chavez and his campaign manager, Mark Fleisher, popped up in the press over the weekend giving their take on why Chavez lost the mayor’s race on October 6.
He’s spent no time since the election analyzing why…
Just after he lost his job to R.J. Berry, Mayor Martin Chavez handed out raises to a select group of city employees, including one who got a 67 percent increase, and another who now earns 48 percent more, the…
The big story Tuesday night was R.J. Berry. The two-term Republican state Representative did well in Democratic strongholds. He won with independents. In fact, Berry walked away with what had been viewed as a close race, besting Mayor Martin Chavez and Richard Romero and avoiding a two-man runoff by capturing nearly 44 percent of the vote.
“Albuquerque voters today voted overwhelmingly for a Democrat to represent them as their mayor,” Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Javier Gonzales said in a statement released Tuesday night.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele sent out a statement congratulating state Representative Richard “R.J.” Berry for his victory in Tuesday’s Albuquerque mayoral election.
“It’s not over until it’s over,” Chavez told a crowd of supporters gathered at O’Niell’s, adding, “but it doesn’t look good for our side.”
With 26 percent of precincts reporting in the Albuquerque mayoral election, unofficial election results show Richard “R.J.” Berry continues to lead incumbent mayor Martin Chavez and former state Senate Pro Tem Richard Romero.