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Secretary of State denies matching funds for publicly funded candidates

Secretary of State denies matching funds for publicly funded candidates

Secretary of State Dianna Duran, citing a United States Supreme Court case on a similar law in Arizona, ignored a New Mexico law that would have granted publicly funded candidates matching funds in several races. This includes a Public Regulations Committee race where State Rep. Al Park has raised massive amounts of money for the seat on the powerful regulatory commission. With just a few days until the primary, it is unlikely that the situation will … Read entire article »

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Super PAC changes plans with controversial ad (updated)

Super PAC changes plans with controversial ad (updated)

The Super PAC Progressive Kick has changed its plans in relation to the controversial ad dinging Michelle Lujan Grisham over her role overseeing Fort Bayard Medical Center which had substandard conditions and eight deaths of seniors. Lujan Grisham’s campaign immediately went on the attack over the ad, calling it defamatory and threatening a lawsuit to Comcast if Comcast continued to air the ad. NM In Focus broke the story Thursday afternoon. Joshua Grossman, the founder … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD1, Featured

Chavez mailer goes after Lujan Grisham, Griego in CD1 primary (updated)

Chavez mailer goes after Lujan Grisham, Griego in CD1 primary (updated)

The Martin Chavez campaign hasn’t joined his two Democratic primary opponents in airing negative ads on TV, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t criticizing his opponents in other forms. Chavez’s campaign has paid for a mailer to send to primary voters that accuse Griego and Lujan Grisham of being absentees in their current political positions. The mailer, as provided by a Democratic source, is available below. The mailer attacks Griego over missing 168 votes as a state … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD1, Featured

Morning Word, 5-31-12

Morning Word, 5-31-12

May is on its way out and June is coming with hits primary election and increased heat in New Mexico. But June also bring some exciting news for the New Mexico Telegram and this daily feature as well — if you missed the tweet or Facebook announcement, the Word will begin being shared on the Santa Fe Reporter website starting on June 1. That’s tomorrow. NM Telegram’s new partners at the Santa Fe Reporter wrote about it. Today, … Read entire article »

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Looking at Lujan Grisham, Griego’s negative ads

Looking at Lujan Grisham, Griego’s negative ads

The airwaves are now filling with negative ads. Michelle Lujan Grisham went up with an ad criticizing Eric Griego for his history of bench warrants for not paying traffic tickets. Griego responded with an ad going after Lujan Grisham for her role in the substandard standard of living at Fort Bayard Medical Center. The ads were launched after Progressive Kick, a Super PAC that backs Griego, began airing ads on cable criticizing Lujan Grisham for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD1, Featured

Sullivan says Griego’s ethics response raises more questions

Sullivan says Griego’s ethics response raises more questions

Sen. Phil Griego responded to allegations that he broke campaign finance law on Friday but his opponent in the primary who accused Griego of breaking the law said the response was inadequate and “raises more questions than it answers.” For example, Jack Sullivan writes: Senator Griego spent $955 on the purchase of Denver Broncos tickets. Originally, Senator Griego listed this expenditure as a “constituent event,” but now says in his response that this expense was for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

Super PACs, new ads light up Democratic CD1 race ahead of primary

Super PACs, new ads light up Democratic CD1 race ahead of primary

One of the under-the-radar aspects of the 1st Congressional District race has been the aid of Eric Griego’s candidacy by progressive organizations, including at least one Super PAC. But no longer. Yesterday, an ad by one of the groups sparked a big counter-attack from the candidate that looks like Griego’s main opponent in next week’s primary, Michelle Lujan Grisham. Opponents dig into Griego over outside groups One of his Griego’s opponents, former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez, has repeatedly called … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD1, Elections, Featured

Morning Word, 5-30-12

Morning Word, 5-30-12

To quote Anchorman, boy, that escalated quickly. I’m talking, of course, about the 1st Congressional District race with a potentially devastating ad by Michelle Lujan Grisham against Eric Griego. Lujan Grisham is the first candidate in the race to go negative against an opponent, and she goes after Griego for his past issues with the law. Griego, meanwhile, is getting aid from Super PACs that are airing ads that attack Lujan Grisham on cable over her … Read entire article »

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New ads from Heinrich in Senate race, Griego in CD1

New ads from Heinrich in Senate race, Griego in CD1

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich announced that his campaign is airing a new ad airing in the Albuquerque media market today while State Sen. Eric Griego announced a new ad before the holiday weekend. The two new ads are part of what should be a flurry of ads as the election nears next week. In Heinrich’s U.S. Senate ad, which features men in suits described as lobbyists playing tug of war against normal New Mexicans, he says he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD1, Featured, Senate

Morning Word, 5-29-12

Morning Word, 5-29-12

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial kickoff to summer was a good one in Albuquerque, with sunny weather, some great events throughout the city and the smell of barbecue grills making hamburgers and hot dogs making Sunday and Monday smell much better than the smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire which continues to rage in southwest New Mexico. As for Memorial Day itself, I think I have to just pass along … Read entire article »

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