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Morning Word, 08-30-12

Gov. Susana Martinez spoke to the Republican National Convention last night and largely impressed those who were able to watch her.

Martinez was put in a tough spot, in between former George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. She delivered a quality speech, but one that did not get much national media attention.

Martinez is clearly a key piece of the future of the Republican Party — that much is clear by putting her on in primetime instead of the mid-afternoon slot that only diehard political junkies will watch (sorry, Mike Huckabee).

We at NM Telegram will have a story up later this morning on the speech and the national response to the speech, so keep an eye out for that.

On to the Word:

  • The Albuquerque Journal’s Michael Coleman was in the convention center for the speech. Be warned: Autoplay video.

    Like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday night, Martinez didn’t spend much time talking about Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. When she did, toward the end of her speech, Martinez focused on differences in their backgrounds and their ultimate common ground.

  • Kate Nash of the Santa Fe New Mexican has that paper’s write up of the big speech.

    “There was help along the way, but my parents took the risk, they stood up and you better believe they built it,” Martinez said, referencing a recent comment by President Barack Obama that people who have been successful “didn’t get there on their own” and that “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” Republicans have focused on that “you didn’t build that” theme at the convention.

  • Barry Massey has the AP piece.
  • KOB had local response, which included positive response from Republicans and criticism from local Democrats.
  • Milan Simonich has his two cents. He notes a piece of research sent out by the Democratic National Committee on a split between Martinez and Romney on immigration.
    ‘Self-deport?’ What the heck does that mean?’ Martinez snaps. ‘I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there’s an opportunity for Governor Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why.’ ”

  • Progressive state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas had some nice things to say.

     

  • Roll Call has djusted their rating on the New Mexico U.S. Senate race to Lean Democratic.

    That’s the sense after a string of new polling showed Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) expanding his lead beyond the margin of error against former Rep. Heather Wilson (R). Plus, national Republicans have shifted money for television time out of the state to a more competitive race.

  • Laura Paskus reports for KUNM on the New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces.
  • The Paseo del Norte / I-25 funding question got the OK from Secretary of State Dianna Duran to get a place the ballot in Albuquerque for November. It would take a super majority of councilors to put it on the ballot, which seems likely — except for the fact that the minimum wage increase seems to be under the same situation. And Republicans probably don’t want that on a general election ballot where Democrats are expected to do well in the city.
  • There is a new battle in New Mexico over control of public education in the state.

    Last week, the Public Education Commission, a quasi-independent body that falls under the Public Education Department’s—and hence Skandera’s—jurisdiction, presented a plan to curb Skandera’s authority over charter schools. The plan would also sever the PEC from PED and make it a stand-alone agency, much like its predecessor was.

  • Sen. Tom Udall visited Mescalero schools.
  • The Journal looks at the thoughts of 1st Congressional District candidates on Sandia National Labs. Check out what Michelle Lujan Grisham and Janice Arnold-Jones have to say.
  • NMPolitics.net looks at Steve Pearce.
  • The weekly Sangre de Cristo Chronicle has a new general manager.
  • A New Mexican is running for President. In 2016.

    “My name is William Russell Sype, Jr., and I’m here to announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2016.” He pauses. More applause. A gray-haired woman in the second row lets out an agreeable cheer. “Having no political experience, no name recognition, no money and no organization, I figured it best to start early.”

  • Chile isn’t just grown in Hatch in New Mexico and Middle Rio Grande Valley farmers are starting a festival to point this out.

    “We talk about Hatch chile, but you know, the chile that’s grown in this area is, well, I’m not going to start a fight, but you’ll just have to taste it,” said Wagner co-owner Roxanne Wagner.

  • The cost to clean up contamination from a Chevron/Molycorp mine near Questa will be pretty high. The site is considdred a federal Superfund site.
    Rebecca Neri Zagal, executive director of the Office of Natural Resource Trustee, told The Taos News that determining the full extent of the damage to the environment was done with the help of the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Yes, Carlsbad residents still want more nuclear waste at WIPP.
  • Sandoval County got a loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority.
  • The Santa Fe Opera’s conductor quit.
  • Great news for beer lovers in Albuquerque. Tractor Brewing Co. and Broken Bottle Brewery can both start selling growlers. Just in time for me to be in Nob Hill for a week.

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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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