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State Supreme Court rules advisory questions allowed on the ballot (update x4)

State Supreme Court rules advisory questions allowed on the ballot (update x4)

The New Mexico Supreme Court said that the Secretary of State must allow advisory questions on the ballot this November. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously from the bench on Friday afternoon that the Secretary of State cannot unilaterally remove questions from the county side of the ballot. Duran had tried to remove the advisory questions from the ballot in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties, saying they were not allowed by state election law. The state Supreme Court … Read entire article »

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Balderas first ad focuses on protecting children, families

Balderas first ad focuses on protecting children, families

The first ad by Hector Balderas in his Attorney General campaign focuses on protecting children and families. Like many first ads of campaigns for candidates, Balderas’ ad features his family. Balderas is a father of three. The ad then transitions, as one might expect, from his family to how Balderas says he has worked to protect families and children in the past. The … Read entire article »

ABQ Journal poll: NM voters not onboard with marijuana legalization

ABQ Journal poll: NM voters not onboard with marijuana legalization

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal shows that support for marijuana legalization is still below 50 percent among likely voters. The poll found that 50 percent opposed marijuana legalization versus 44 percent who supported legalization like that in neighboring Colorado. Three percent said they didn’t know while three percent said they would rather not say — showing that there are … Read entire article »

Morning Word: ABQ city council approves police oversight overhaul

Morning Word: ABQ city council approves police oversight overhaul

In a late night vote, the Albuquerque city council approved a “historic” overhaul of the city’s police oversight system. However… But neither the police union nor civil-rights activists seemed particularly happy with the proposed measure, which now goes to the mayor. The union, in fact, predicted that passage of the ordinance will result in litigation for jeopardizing the rights of officers and … Read entire article »

Fed judge: State Supreme Court gets to decide on advisory questions

Fed judge: State Supreme Court gets to decide on advisory questions

A federal judge told the Secretary of State that the question of whether or not advisory questions are allowed on the ballot is a state issue, clearing the New Mexico State Supreme Court to decide the issue. Judge Karen Molzen made the ruling late Thursday. The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear the issue tomorrow afternoon and likely make a decision. Secretary … Read entire article »

Lara ad hits Pearce on Medicare

Lara ad hits Pearce on Medicare

Rocky Lara is airing a second campaign ad and it is going after Steve Pearce on votes regarding Medicare and tax cuts for wealthy Americans. The ad features a woman saying “Congressman Pearce voted to end Medicare as we know it.” This is referring to a 2011 vote for a budget proposal put forward by Paul Ryan, that multiple media outlets said … Read entire article »

Riedel ad touts her time as prosecutor, judge

Riedel ad touts her time as prosecutor, judge

Susan Riedel will air her first TV ad of the campaign beginning tomorrow morning. The campaign announced the release of the ad on Thursday morning and it focuses on her time as a prosecutor and judge. The ad has Riedel on a couch in the desert talking about being tough on crime. In the ad, Riedel says, “I’ve stared down the worst … Read entire article »

George R.R. Martin to host Udall fundraiser

George R.R. Martin to host Udall fundraiser

Add another thing to the list of what George R.R. Martin is doing instead of finishing the Song of Ice and Fire book series: attending a campaign fundraiser for Senator Tom Udall. Udall’s campaign announced the fundraiser on Wednesday. The announcement by the Udall campaign is embedded at the bottom of the post. The fundraiser will take place on October 7 in … Read entire article »

Martinez ‘Casanova Con Man’ ads shake up campaign

Martinez ‘Casanova Con Man’ ads shake up campaign

The Susana Martinez campaign is bringing up the “Casanova Con Man” in ads, one for radio and one for TV. The resulting attention shows that Martinez is still driving the conversation in the race with her paid media, while King is attempting to respond with earned media. Martinez has a lot more cash on hand than King and the constant drumbeat … Read entire article »

ABQ Journal poll looks at social promotion, land grant permanent fund, teacher evaluations

ABQ Journal poll looks at social promotion, land grant permanent fund, teacher evaluations

Unless your stance is that public education should be completely abolished in New Mexico, the last couple of days of results from an Albuquerque Journal poll probably gives you some good news. Results of the poll released on Wednesday found that voters likely to cast ballots this year approve of ending “social promotion” for third graders who cannot read proficiently, something … Read entire article »