Roll Call reports that Col. Allen Weh is considering a race for Senate against Sen. Tom Udall.
Weh most recently lost the Republican primary for Governor to Susana Martinez. Martinez went on to win the gubernatorial race against then-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.
Weh is considered more on the conservative side of things — likely closer to Steve Pearce than Heather Wilson.
The former Republican Party of New Mexico chairman is currently 70 — and would be the oldest first-term U.S. Senator since Thomas Catron, elected in 1912 (the first year that New Mexico was a state). Catron was 72.
Weh would be facing an uphill battle against Tom Udall. Udall was elected in 2008 with north of 60 percent of the vote — a commanding victory over Pearce.
On to the Word:
- The Republican poll watcher who was arrested for attempting to vote twice (and who announced it was an attempt of the voting system) was charged Monday for his alleged crime.
Marshall Fischer, 40, of Silver City, N.M. was taken into police custody on Election Day after he allegedly voted at a polling place in Santa Clara, N.M., obtained a provisional ballot at the same location and announced he was trying to test for voter fraud. Police declined to release his name until this week when the Grant County District Attorney’s Office charged him with the fourth-degree felony.
- Will runoffs be required for city elections if a candidate does not reach 50 percent if a plan to change Albuquerque’s elections system is enacted.
The Albuquerque Journal:
Their proposal would require the city to hold a second election – a “runoff” – anytime a candidate fails to win 50 percent in the initial round of voting. Under the current system, the candidate with the most votes wins outright if he or she has at least 40 percent of the vote.
- The controversial “investigative grand juries” into police-involved shootings? They’re back, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
- Republicans want a recount to focus on just three precincts in Rio Rancho according to the Rio Rancho Observer.
- The Republican Party of New Mexico is going after Independent Source PAC for alleged discrepancies in their FEC filings.
“Given the demonstrated ‘win at all costs’ mentality of this organization, we ask that the FEC launch an immediate inquiry into this latest discrepancy and determine whether they reported a false balance in their July 2012 report, or whether they expended and failed to report over $200,000 between that report and the October 2012 report,” said Executive Director Mark Knoop in a statement.
- The battle over who will pay for furnishing the state courthouse in Santa Fe continues. Martinez vetoed the funding.
- KOB looks into Albuquerque’s progress report called Snapshot 2012.
- Jason Marks is leaving the Public Regulation Commission. And the Weekly Alibi says he will spend that time fighting for renewable energy.
- The wrongful termination suit of former state Corrections Department employee Larry Flynn is not going on any more. From the Albuquerque Journal:
Several of Martinez’s top-ranking staffers were ordered to testify in the case, which also played a role in fueling a controversy over the use of private email accounts by public officials.
In part, that was because one of Martinez’s deputy chiefs of staff forwarded a State Police report on Flynn to the governor’s personal account. However, Martinez claimed in July she never received the message because the account had been hijacked.
The lawyer in that case? Prominent Democrat Sam Bregman. Bregman is reportedly considering a run for governor.
- Burque Babble writes about surveys:
Surveys can be useful. So can beer, but I hear tell it’s sometimes used excessively, somewhat blunting its usefulness. Right now, we in APS are on a multi-day survey bender, drinking a case of Likert Scale a day on subjects as vital to education as an unpopped zit and full of acronyms that only increase their glandular meaninglessness: EPSS, PLC, etc.
- The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists announced its 2013 board of directors.
- Capitol Report New Mexico writes about the looming shortfall in the Lottery Scholarship fund.
- The looming fiscal cliff is affecting a city council funding decision in Farmington.
- Want to be the Bernalillo County Assessor? You’re not alone. Dan McKay identifies the 17 people who applied for the position.
- Rio Rancho’s city councilors haven’t found a city manager that they like. They rejected four applicants.
The decision was announced Tuesday, and the new deadline to submit applications is Jan. 18, 2013. City Attorney James Babin will continue acting as city manager, as he has since former City Manager James Jimenez was forced to retire in July, according to the release.
- The Los Alamos Monitor again on LANL, this time on overruns in costs of the with the Nuclear Material Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project at TA-55.
- Fox News watchdog NewsHounds calls the half-hour interview by Greta van Sustren with Susana Martinez an informercial.
Move over, Sarah Palin. Greta Van Susteren seems to have a new BFF and this one just happens to be another Republican female governor in the spotlight as a potential national candidate: New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez.
- Gov. Bill Richardson will be getting the highest civilian honor from the Peruvian government.
- The Alibi looks at Debbie O’Malley’s last acts as a city councilor. O’Malley was elected to the Bernalillo County Commission in November.
- The Taos News takes home a Local Media Association award for the best non-daily with a circulation up to 10,000.
- Like skiing? Like beer? The city of Santa Fe wants you to visit their city! The city is spending $25,000 for something called Sk ‘n’ Brew.
- First a skydiver breaking the sound barrier and now a bell ringing record attempt.
- Las Cruces boxer Austin “No Doubt” Trout made his triumphant return to his home city after defeating Miguel Cotto.
- Albuquerque Journal photographer Roberto Rosales posts a photo of the Albuquerque Zoo’s newest koala. You have permission to say, “Aww….”
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