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Martinez probably won’t win Taos County, but she could still make history

In 2010, Susana Martinez defeated Diane Denish 53.3 percent to 46.6 percent*. Martinez won 25 of the 33 counties, some by large margins, some narrowly. The eight counties that Denish won are traditionally Democratic counties, mainly in north-central New Mexico. One of those counties is Taos County, in north-central New Mexico. In 2010, Martinez did better than Republicans typically do in the county, but there was never really any thought by election watchers or journalists that Martinez would win the county. And, of course, she didn’t. A Republican does not need to win Taos County to win a statewide election — otherwise no Republican would have won statewide election in decades. Taos County Republican Party head Ken Scarborough has faith that it will happen this year. From the Taos News, on a story about … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blog, Governor, Local News

Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez lead, close SoS race

A poll conducted by BWD Global for NM Politics with Joe Monahan showed a huge lead for Martinez, a slight lead, inside the margin of error, for Dianna Duran and a decent lead, outside the margin of error, for Tim Keller. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend a campaign rally for Susana Martinez today. I wrote briefly on Tuesday about the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser and why you should donate. It’s pretty much this: If you appreciate the work that I do to keep you informed, from the Morning Word to other reporting, pitch in a few dollars a month. The whole “a cup of Starbucks a month” thing — if enough of you do that, it makes my life easier and life a little less stressful around when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be in New Mexico for a campaign rally for Susana Martinez and other Republican officials. Romney lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama but remains popular among Republicans; he topped a recent 2016 presidential poll conducted for the Washington Post and ABC News. He isn’t running according to his wife, but the poll results show that he has high name recognition and popularity among Republicans. Denials that a politician doesn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Susana Martinez is maintaining her large lead over Gary King in the gubernatorial race while Dianna Duran has a lead well within the margin of error against Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State. These are the results from a poll by BWD Global in a poll commissioned by NM Politics with Joe Monahan. BWD GLobal’s pollster is Bruce Donisthorpe. The poll finds that Susana Martinez leads Gary King 56.2 percent to 37.4 percent with 6.4 percent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auditor, Featured, Governor, Secretary of State

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says emails find that the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Susana Martinez may have used public resources to look up information on political opponents. The report uses some emails recently recovered by ProgressNow New Mexico, a liberal advocacy group, as well as quotes from former Martinez campaign staffer Anissa Ford. The pieces says the campaign used “a research process normally reserved for suspects under investigation by law enforcement.” One case, … Read entire article »

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Donate to the NM Telegram Patreon

Donate to the NM Telegram Patreon

It’s that time again. The month is coming to an end, now you get to see me bug you to donate to the monthly New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser. The monthly donations are a big part of keeping New Mexico Telegram up and running each month. There is no team of ad sales people in the back room — just me and my dogs that bark in the background while I’m trying to talk on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Site News

Morning Word: Looking at control of the House; debates

Morning Word: Looking at control of the House; debates

The Associated Press covers the Republican efforts to take control of the state House for the first time in decades. They also had short profiles of ten key races. NM Telegram collected the videos of each of the congressional debates in New Mexico so far this year. In a 2nd Congressional District debate, both Steve Pearce and Rocky Lara supported the idea of federal funds for the Spaceport. It doesn’t seem that KOAT has put the full gubernatorial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Videos of congressional debates, forums

Videos of congressional debates, forums

All three members of Congress in New Mexico are running for reelection and all three have challengers. The three incumbents are favored to win reelection in each of their races and none seem to be in any real danger of losing. However, they still took time out to debate their opponents. In some of these cases, video is available of the full debates or forums. NM Telegram will collect them here. Sam Donaldson, veteran ABC newsman and … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD1, CD2, CD3, Featured, Video

Morning Word: Debates, forums, campaign spending and more

Morning Word: Debates, forums, campaign spending and more

Looks like Comcast has their stuff together and I can finish up the Morning Word tonight. Susana Martinez and Gary King participated in a debate on KOAT, the only statewide, English-language debate between the two. Pollster Brian Sanderoff says neither candidate had an edge in the debate. Meanwhile, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mike Frese spoke in front of a NAIOP forum. And here’s another look at that forum. Ben Ray Lujan and Jeff Byrd were part of the Santa … Read entire article »

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Feldman talks money in legislative races

Feldman talks money in legislative races

It wasn’t like predicting the winning lottery numbers or the final score to the Super Bowl, but Dede Feldman told NM Telegram a few weeks ago that she expected a huge jump in spending by independent groups as the final election neared. “I think that we haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” Feldman said in late September. “We have seen it in 2012 and what I saw was a complete nationalization of local races. Such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, State