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Morning Word: Jeff case to be decided today

Morning Word: Jeff case to be decided today

There was no decision by a district court judge on the Sandra Jeff ballot case. The judge must rule by 5:00 today — and you probably won’t lose money betting that whoever loses will then appeal to the state Supreme Court. A legislative report found prekindergarten education benefits outweighed the costs. Prekindergarten provides services through public schools and other locations, targeting 4-year-olds in the year before they would attend kindergarten. The programs costs about $2,900 for each student, … Read entire article »

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Webber radio ad goes after Martinez on leaked audio

Webber radio ad goes after Martinez on leaked audio

Alan Webber has launched a radio ad criticizing Governor Susana Martinez. The ad does not mention any of the four other Democratic candidates that Webber will face in the June 3 Democratic primary. Instead, the ad goes after Martinez, using audio from the Mother Jones article earlier this week. The ad doesn’t use some of the more talked about portions but instead focuses on Martinez’s comments on teachers. “During the campaign we can’t say it, I guess, because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor, Multimedia

Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Two members of the Public Regulation Commission are asking the chief of staff to step down for an alleged abuse of power and misuse of a state vehicle. On March 25, Martinez’s son and the son’s girlfriend were stranded just outside Raton after their car broke down on the way home from Denver. Martinez called Deputy Fire Marshal Vernon Muller, who was on state business in Colfax County with another employee, and asked if Muller could … Read entire article »

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Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

According to a report by Buzzfeed, the campaign website of David Clements plagiarizes positions on its issues page from the website of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Update: Buzzfeed reports that Clements also copied text from the website of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Clements is the second Republican candidate Buzzfeed has caught plagiarizing from Amash, who is a popular Republican congressman, especially among Republicans who have a more libertarian view. “In some instances, the order of the sentences … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Senate

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Gov. Susana Martinez and two top campaign aides insulted political opponents in audio and emails released by Mother Jones. Audio shows Martinez calling Diane Denish a “bitch” and deputy campaign manager Matt Kennicott (now the spokesman for the Human Services Department) saying that then-Speaker of the House Ben Lujan “sounds like a retard” when speaking in English. The quotes are actually a small part of the Mother Jones story. The story outlines where Republicans feel as … Read entire article »

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EMILY’s List supports Lara in congressional election

EMILY’s List supports Lara in congressional election

EMILY’s List put 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne Lara “on the list,” the latest indication that national progressives and Democrats are confident that the district will be competitive. Lara is unopposed in the Democratic primary in June and will face Steve Pearce in November’s election. Pearce, the incumbent, is also unopposed. “Rocky Lara is a trailblazer who has always put New Mexico women and families first,” Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List in announcing the move. “As … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured

Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

The Mother Jones story about Susana Martinez has been the main topic of discussion in New Mexico politics today. Audio excerpts of a campaign conference call and emails from Martinez and top aides including Jay McCleskey and Matt Kennicott insulting political opponents have made national headlines and politicians from throughout the state have responded to the Mother Jones story. Martinez herself said it was an attack from the “liberal media” and another familiar, punching bag, former governor … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, National News

Supreme Court remands Jeff ballot decision to district court

Supreme Court remands Jeff ballot decision to district court

The State Supreme Court sent a case involving Sandra Jeff’s place on the ballot back down to district court, where they ruled it should be judged on its merits. The district court ruling will take place on April 18 in Gallup, the site of the initial district court case. This comes after a District Court judge said there was not enough effort to serve Jeff with the lawsuit. He did not rule on the merits of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

A liberal news outlet released audio of Gov. Susana Martinez and campaign staffer, some of which now work in her administration, insulting political opponents in both parties, in some cases using offensive terms. The magazine Mother Jones released the audio and campaign emails as part of a piece on Martinez which referred to her as the “next Sarah Palin” — and not in a flattering way. The site refers to a recent profile in Real Clear … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Multimedia, National News

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Three members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission resigned on Tuesday, saying the process made a “mockery” of real oversight. All three of them said the group has no power, citing an April 10 message from the city attorney’s office as the final straw. They say they do not want to deceive citizens into thinking they do have effective civilian oversight. “I think they’re frustrated cause they’re just not getting the kind of power and oversight that … Read entire article »

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