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Morning Word: Poll shows dead-heat in governor’s race

Morning Word: Poll shows dead-heat in governor’s race

A poll by Rasmussen Reports found that the gubernatorial race between Gary King and Susana Martinez is tied at 43 percent. It’s coming to the end of the month — so it’s about time to donate to the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser if you haven’t already. The fundraiser is just $8 per month away from reaching the first goal. The first goal is getting rid of Google ads on the site — so hurry up … Read entire article »

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Rasmussen poll: Governor’s race tied at 43 percent

Rasmussen poll: Governor’s race tied at 43 percent

A poll by Rasmussen Reports puts the race for governor between Gary King and Susana Martinez at a dead-heat with each candidate at 43 percent. The poll finds that each candidate has the support of 43 percent of likely voters while seven percent backed “some other candidate” and seven percent are undecided. There is no third-party candidate in the race … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Griego role in sale of state building questioned

Morning Word: Griego role in sale of state building questioned

State Senator Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is at the center of controversy after profiting from the sale of a state building he voted to approve. The Here’s the Santa Fe New Mexican’s report on the Griego controversy. Comedian Stephen Colbert featured statements by Rep. Steve Pearce on immigration as part of his show earlier this week. An advocate for immigrant families in … Read entire article »

New Martinez ad focuses on education

New Martinez ad focuses on education

The drought of new political ads is over, as the campaign for Governor Susana Martinez announced a new ad, this one focusing on education. The ad doesn’t mention the controversial social promotion or merit pay, but does mention increasing graduation rates in the state. “Governor Susana Martinez is moving New Mexico’s education system forward and she is committed to making the improvements … Read entire article »

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Rep. Steve Pearce got some national attention for statements he made as part of a fact-finding mission to Central America. It came in the form of a segment on the satirical and highly popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The full video is embedded at the bottom of the post. Colbert mocked statements that Pearce made to the Santa Fe New Mexican. … Read entire article »

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

The League of Conservation Voters is stepping up its attempts to pressure the Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, to use more renewable energy. This time, it comes in the form of a move to have Latinos pressure PNM on the issue. Environmental groups have been critical of PNM and how the company plans to generate electricity. The company … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Study shows film incentives’ benefits

Morning Word: Study shows film incentives’ benefits

A state-mandated study finds that film incentives have helped with job gains and New Mexico’s economy. New Mexico’s tax incentives to attract moviemakers and television productions created about 15,850 full-time jobs from mid-2009 through the first part of this year, the state-sponsored study says. The findings list the average annual salary of New Mexico residents working on movie and TV productions at … Read entire article »

Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

There are some ballot initiatives that could help Democrats in elections this November. The ballot initiatives are in three of New Mexico’s four largest cities. Two of the initiatives are marijuana reform initiatives, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The other is a minimum wage increase initiative in Las Cruces. The issues can … Read entire article »

Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Gov. Susana Martinez says she will not send National Guard troops to the border right now. This came after Texas governor Rick Perry said he would do so. Knell said Martinez disagreed with federal decisions in 2008 and 2012 to stop funding programs that had National Guard troops supporting the Border Patrol with non-law enforcement duties to help deal with border … Read entire article »

Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Martin Heinrich is becoming a go-to Democrat to talk about immigration. In that interview, Heinrich said that Senate Dems would oppose Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s call for ending deferred deportation for “Dreamers” — children who were brought to the country illegally as children. Heinrich said that notion is an “absolute nonstarter.” Said Heinrich: “We are not going to allow Ted Cruz to … Read entire article »