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DOE releases WIPP leak report

DOE releases WIPP leak report

The Department of Energy released a report on the response to a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico. The facility, which handles transuranic waste, has been shut down since low levels of radiation were found outside the facility in February. Investigators have been searching to pinpoint exactly where the radiation came from, but a Department of Energy report looks at how WIPP responded to the leak. It was not favorable. The 300-page … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Most US Senate, House finance reports in

Morning Word: Most US Senate, House finance reports in

The FEC has the campaign finance reports for most of the federal candidates. Sen. Tom Udall raised more than $1 million in the first quarter. This outpaced Republican Allen Weh who raised over $400,000 thanks to $150,000 in loans from himself to his campaign. David Clements, Weh’s opponent in the primary, does not have a report online, though he says … Read entire article »

Incumbents in House have large cash advantages

Incumbents in House have large cash advantages

Incumbents running for US House maintain large cash on hand advantages in their races for reelection after the first fundraising reports of 2014. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan are both Democrats while Steve Pearce is a Republican. This is Lujan Grisham’s first reelection bid, while Lujan has served in the House since 2008 and Pearce is in his fifth term … Read entire article »

Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Sen. Tom Udall raised more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2014 according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission. The total brings the incumbent’s cash on hand to over $3.1 million. Both the amount of money raised in the quarter and the amount of cash on hand easily outpaced two Republican candidates who hope to face the incumbent … Read entire article »

Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet (updated)

Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet (updated)

Allen Weh’s campaign finance reports show that he raised just under $415,000 in the first quarter of 2014. Weh announced the fundraising haul, which includes $205,569 cash on hand, in a news release on Wednesday. “We’re very excited about the broad grassroots support that has continued to build from the very beginning when Allen got into this race,” said Diego Espinoza. “This … Read entire article »

Arizona health company cuts staff in Southern NM

Arizona health company cuts staff in Southern NM

By Rene Romo LAS CRUCES – La Frontera, an Arizona firm brought in last year to care for the mentally ill and those struggling with addiction across Southern New Mexico, laid off or fired 20 employees last week. About half were laid off to reduce expenses; the rest were fired for “performance issues,” according to Dan Ranieri, Tucson, Az.-based CEO for La Frontera New … Read entire article »

Democratic mayors praise Martinez in new ad

Democratic mayors praise Martinez in new ad

A new TV ad by Governor Susana Martinez is aimed at a traditionally Democratic constituency — the Hispanic north. The ad is called “Cares” and features the former mayor of Taos and the current mayor of Las Vegas each praising Martinez for her work during times of crisis. The Hispanic north has been an area of the state where Democrats have cleaned … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Sandra Jeff says she is “confident” that the state Supreme Court will reinstate her to the Democratic primary ballot. A hearing will be held next Tuesday on Jeff’s appeal. Dave Weigel at Slate writes that Mark Rudd isn’t a good analogue for Bill Ayers. But all Weather Underground members are not Bill Ayers. KRQE blithely notes that Rudd had criticized the group “in … Read entire article »

Padilla won’t appear on State Treasurer Democratic primary ballot

Padilla won’t appear on State Treasurer Democratic primary ballot

After two major setbacks, Patrick Padilla will not appear on the Democratic ballot for State Treasurer. Padilla said that he will not appeal a district court decision that leaves him off the primary ballot in June. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the news on Monday. This means that former Democratic Party chairman Jon Wertheim and former state Senator Tim Eichenberg … Read entire article »

Webber gets campaign help from former Weather Underground member

Gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber is facing criticism after accepting campaign help from Mark Rudd, a founding member of the Weather Underground. KRQE first reported on Rudd hosting a campaign event for and endorsing Webber. A week and a half ago, Rudd’s wife Marla Painter hosted a campaign event for Webber at the couple’s Albuquerque home. One day later, Rudd announced he was endorsing Webber in an email. Rudd acknowledged Webber was an odd choice for him, given Webber’s business past, but wrote he was impressed by the candidate’s understanding of a number of key issues. Rudd also donated $250 to Howie Morales. Rudd has renounced and denounced his time as part of the Weather Underground, a group from the … Read entire article »