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Morning Word, 5-25-12

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…and when the smoke cleared on the federal campaign finance deadline, Martin Chavez emerged with the most money left in the bank for the final stretch while all three Democrats continued to run circles around the only Republican in the field, Janice Arnold-Jones (more on her report later today).

Chavez announced raising $106,000 and has $167,000 cash on hand. Michelle Lujan Grisham raised $103,000 and has has $122,000 cash on hand and Eric Griego raised $139,000 but has $87,000 cash on hand.

Chavez has been the most frugal so far and has the most money left for a final push — something he may need if recent polls are any indication.

NM Telegram will get more into the Senate numbers today as well.

On to the Word!

  • Gov. Susana Martinez spoke more about her hard landing in a small plane.
  • Sarah Gustavus profiled Lujan Grisham, her second profile of candidates in the 1st Congressional race for NMPolitics.net.
  • The influential progressive website Democracy for New Mexico asked supporters of various candidates in the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary to tone it down and made a preemptive call for post-primary unity.
    And that is the main point, whether the democrats in CD1 choose: Marty Chavez, Eric Griego or Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democracy for New Mexico blog will be 200% behind them. I have very close friends living in my house since Barb passed, and we talk for hours about politics. We take it seriously, we want the best candidate to help this state and the country. Honestly, it is a tough choice who is the best candidate to help us out of this mess we are in. What we are certain about is; we need help out here big time. I still maintain what my experience has been in my race for state rep 30, practically every door I knock on has underemployed, unemployed, overworked and sickness in their home. That is the facts.

    Mary Ellen Broderick, as she mentioned, is running for state House in a heavily Republican district.

    And of course, the first comment on the post was a comment attacking Griego, an identical post to one that appeared on one of the posts on this site.

  • The AP looked at the low-profile Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, which is in stark contrast to that in the 1st Congressional District.
    “Heinrich has more name recognition and more money, but typically Spanish surnames on Election Day do a little better than expected in a Democratic primary,” said Brian Sanderoff, an Albuquerque pollster. “Hector Balderas should not be taken for granted by any means.”

    State Democratic Chairman Javier Gonzales said whoever wins his party’s primary will “be strong enough to beat Heather.”

    The primaries have been quiet. If it weren’t for a few introductory television and radio ads by Heinrich, Balderas and Wilson, one might not even know an election was just a couple of weeks away.

    I’m not sure if having a Hispanic surname is required to do well in New Mexico statewide for a Democrat (ask Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman, James Lewis or even Bill Richardson), but it is an intriguing question nonetheless.

  • The sheriff who investigated the infamous and tragic killing of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming more than a decade ago spoke about the investigation at an FBI civil rights conference at the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    O’Malley told the audience he began the month of October 1998 as a typical homophobe. But by Oct. 7, Shepard was dying in a hospital bed in nearby Fort Collins, Colo., “and Dave O’Malley was beginning to lose his ignorance.”

    Shepard’s death became a flashpoint in the gay rights movement. Neither of his killers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, were charged with a hate crime because Wyoming did not have a hate crimes law covering sexual orientation. It still doesn’t.

  • The U.S. Senate blocked a bill that would have sped up access to generic drugs, which are much cheaper than name-brand drugs.
    Prior to the vote, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), one of the sponsors of the amendment, said that it would not raise healthcare costs, contrary to what critics said.

    “If you’re interested in promoting competition in the healthcare field so that we can keep prices down, then you need to support this amendment. That’s exactly what this amendment does,” Bingaman said.

    The measure received just 28 votes. New Mexico’s other U.S. Senator, Tom Udall, voted for the amendment.

  • The Libertarian Party makes a modest fundraising pitch for Gary Johnson.
    Just as Gov. Johnson set a goal nine years ago to reach 29,035 feet — the height of Mt. Everest — we have set a goal to raise $29,035 between now and May 30.

    Echoing Milan Simonich, I have to say that I can think of a few candidates for Senate or House that could have a legitimate shot at raising that much cash.

  • UNM is posting the salaries of most employees online in its own Sunshine Portal. Workers for UNM are state employees, as UNM is a public university.
  • Las Cruces Public Schools is being sued by parents who say their son, who is black, was bullied at White Sands Elementary School.
    In September 2010, a music teacher allegedly told the boy, who was 9 years old when the alleged abuse began, that his last name came from slavery. The teacher told the boy that the other students’ ancestors might have owned his relatives, which led the students to taunt the boy that they owned him, according to court documents.

    Galván said she could not comment directly on the allegations other than to say that the school district takes any claims of bullying very seriously.

  • The Taos News endorsed Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson as candidates for Senate in their respective primaries. The paper cited their work in Washington, something the Rio Grande Sun cited in not endorsing the two earlier this week.
  • This Clovis News Journal story may epitomize small town news.
    A 1935 dollar bill, signed by the deceased brother of a Clovis man in 1943, turned up at Daphne’s restaurant in Lincoln Ill., earlier this month.

    Retired Clovis resident William Chapman, 82, said he and his wife were having breakfast the morning of May 8 when they received a call from Dave Bakke, a news reporter in Springfield Ill.

    Have to admit, though, it is a pretty cool story. I have a penny from 1945 that sits on the base of my computer monitor — for no other reason that it is from 1945.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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One Response to "Morning Word, 5-25-12"

  1. Jen says:

    Chavez might be ‘seem’ like the most frugal but he hasn’t really run any tv ads, is 12 points behind and more than $30,000 of that money is for the general election. The $109,000 he has to spend in the primary is not enough to close the gap. He’s not in a position to win unless Grisham and Griego disappear from TV.