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Early and absentee voting by county

Early and absentee voting by county

The election in New Mexico is in full swing. In addition to election ads ruining your Jeopardy! watching, you can actually cast your ballot and avoid the lines on Election Day. According to numbers by the Secretary of State’s office, over 90,000 New Mexicans have already cast their ballots. In 2010, 49 percent of New Mexicans cast their ballots either by early or absentee votes. This includes 22,879 absentee ballots that have been returned out of 55,191 … Read entire article »

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Sharpies still OK for ballots, but counties received new markers

Sharpies still OK for ballots, but counties received new markers

The Secretary of State’s office is pushing back against a newspaper article in the Santa Fe New Mexican that says Sharpies have been recalled from polling offices. The article said, “All 33 county clerks were to remove Sharpie pens from voting sites Thursday at the direction of Secretary of State Dianna Duran.” The article says that Sharpies were replaced by Papermate Flair … Read entire article »

Former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper passes away

Former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper passes away

Shirley Hooper, a former Secretary of State, passed away Friday morning. She was 78. Hooper reportedly died in her Roswell home. The cause of death has not been announced. Hooper was elected as Secretary of State in 1978 and served from 1979 to 1982. At the time, statewide elected officials could only serve one consecutive term, so she could not run for … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Mitt for Susana

Morning Word: Mitt for Susana

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned for Susana Martinez on Thursday. Other Republicans were also in attendance, including U.S. Senate candidate Allen Weh. Romney had endorsed Weh earlier this year. There will likely be no federal charges for the two officers who shot James Boyd in the Albuquerque Foothills earlier this year. Although a federal investigation is ongoing, the evidence so … Read entire article »

Martinez probably won’t win Taos County, but she could still make history

Martinez probably won’t win Taos County, but she could still make history

In 2010, Susana Martinez defeated Diane Denish 53.3 percent to 46.6 percent*. Martinez won 25 of the 33 counties, some by large margins, some narrowly. The eight counties that Denish won are traditionally Democratic counties, mainly in north-central New Mexico. One of those counties is Taos County, in north-central New Mexico. In 2010, Martinez did better than Republicans typically do in the … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez lead, close SoS race

A poll conducted by BWD Global for NM Politics with Joe Monahan showed a huge lead for Martinez, a slight lead, inside the margin of error, for Dianna Duran and a decent lead, outside the margin of error, for Tim Keller. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend a campaign rally for Susana Martinez today. I wrote briefly on Tuesday about the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser and why you should donate. It’s pretty much this: If you appreciate the work that I do to keep you informed, from the Morning Word to other reporting, pitch in a few dollars a month. The whole “a cup of Starbucks a month” thing — if enough of you … Read entire article »

Proposed legislation would protect health organizations

Proposed legislation would protect health organizations

A top state senator wants a law requiring the state to prove wrongdoing before cutting off government dollars to health-care organizations suspected of committing fraud or overbilling Medicaid. Sen. President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, on Wednesday introduced the legislation to fellow lawmakers sitting on the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee during a hearing in Santa Fe. You can read Papen’s proposed bill here. The legislation is … Read entire article »

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be in New Mexico for a campaign rally for Susana Martinez and other Republican officials. Romney lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama but remains popular among Republicans; he topped a recent 2016 presidential poll conducted for the Washington Post and ABC News. He isn’t running according to his wife, but the poll results … Read entire article »

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Susana Martinez is maintaining her large lead over Gary King in the gubernatorial race while Dianna Duran has a lead well within the margin of error against Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State. These are the results from a poll by BWD Global in a poll commissioned by NM Politics with Joe Monahan. BWD GLobal’s pollster is Bruce Donisthorpe. The poll … Read entire article »

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says emails find that the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Susana Martinez may have used public resources to look up information on political opponents. The report uses some emails recently recovered by ProgressNow New Mexico, a liberal advocacy group, as well as quotes from former Martinez campaign staffer Anissa Ford. The pieces says the campaign … Read entire article »