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Webber radio ad goes after Martinez on leaked audio

Webber radio ad goes after Martinez on leaked audio

Alan Webber has launched a radio ad criticizing Governor Susana Martinez. The ad does not mention any of the four other Democratic candidates that Webber will face in the June 3 Democratic primary. Instead, the ad goes after Martinez, using audio from the Mother Jones article earlier this week. The ad doesn’t use some of the more talked about portions but instead focuses on Martinez’s comments on teachers. “During the campaign we can’t say it, I guess, because … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Two members of the Public Regulation Commission are asking the chief of staff to step down for an alleged abuse of power and misuse of a state vehicle. On March 25, Martinez’s son and the son’s girlfriend were stranded just outside Raton after their car broke down on the way home from Denver. Martinez called Deputy Fire Marshal Vernon Muller, who … Read entire article »

Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

According to a report by Buzzfeed, the campaign website of David Clements plagiarizes positions on its issues page from the website of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Update: Buzzfeed reports that Clements also copied text from the website of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Clements is the second Republican candidate Buzzfeed has caught plagiarizing from Amash, who is a popular Republican congressman, especially … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Gov. Susana Martinez and two top campaign aides insulted political opponents in audio and emails released by Mother Jones. Audio shows Martinez calling Diane Denish a “bitch” and deputy campaign manager Matt Kennicott (now the spokesman for the Human Services Department) saying that then-Speaker of the House Ben Lujan “sounds like a retard” when speaking in English. The quotes are actually … Read entire article »

EMILY’s List supports Lara in congressional election

EMILY’s List supports Lara in congressional election

EMILY’s List put 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne Lara “on the list,” the latest indication that national progressives and Democrats are confident that the district will be competitive. Lara is unopposed in the Democratic primary in June and will face Steve Pearce in November’s election. Pearce, the incumbent, is also unopposed. “Rocky Lara is a trailblazer who has always put New Mexico … Read entire article »

Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

The Mother Jones story about Susana Martinez has been the main topic of discussion in New Mexico politics today. Audio excerpts of a campaign conference call and emails from Martinez and top aides including Jay McCleskey and Matt Kennicott insulting political opponents have made national headlines and politicians from throughout the state have responded to the Mother Jones story. Martinez herself said … Read entire article »

Supreme Court remands Jeff ballot decision to district court

Supreme Court remands Jeff ballot decision to district court

The State Supreme Court sent a case involving Sandra Jeff’s place on the ballot back down to district court, where they ruled it should be judged on its merits. The district court ruling will take place on April 18 in Gallup, the site of the initial district court case. This comes after a District Court judge said there was not enough effort … Read entire article »

Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

A liberal news outlet released audio of Gov. Susana Martinez and campaign staffer, some of which now work in her administration, insulting political opponents in both parties, in some cases using offensive terms. The magazine Mother Jones released the audio and campaign emails as part of a piece on Martinez which referred to her as the “next Sarah Palin” — and … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Three members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission resigned on Tuesday, saying the process made a “mockery” of real oversight. All three of them said the group has no power, citing an April 10 message from the city attorney’s office as the final straw. They say they do not want to deceive citizens into thinking they do have effective civilian oversight. “I … Read entire article »

Fundraising totals in contested state House primaries

Fundraising totals in contested state House primaries

Monday was the filing deadline for candidates for state House as well as statewide candidates. NM Telegram listed the 21 districts with contested primaries last month. Update: It is now 20, as the candidate challenging Speaker of the House Ken Martinez dropped out. Unlike with the statewide candidates, NM Telegram will not post links to the campaign finance reports. District 1 – Open … Read entire article »