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Incumbents in House have large cash advantages

Incumbents in House have large cash advantages

Incumbents running for US House maintain large cash on hand advantages in their races for reelection after the first fundraising reports of 2014. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan are both Democrats while Steve Pearce is a Republican. This is Lujan Grisham’s first reelection bid, while Lujan has served in the House since 2008 and Pearce is in his fifth term in office, though did not serve between 2009 and 2010 after an unsuccessful U.S. Senate … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD1, CD2, CD3, Featured

Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Sen. Tom Udall raised more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2014 according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission. The total brings the incumbent’s cash on hand to over $3.1 million. Both the amount of money raised in the quarter and the amount of cash on hand easily outpaced two Republican candidates who hope to face the incumbent in the general election in November. The fundraising total went from January 1 to March 31 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Senate

Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet

Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet

Allen Weh’s campaign finance reports show that he raised just under $415,000 in the first quarter of 2014. Weh announced the fundraising haul, which includes $205,569 cash on hand, in a news release on Wednesday. “We’re very excited about the broad grassroots support that has continued to build from the very beginning when Allen got into this race,” said Diego Espinoza. “This many individual donations is just another indicator of the broad appeal Allen Weh has among … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Senate

Democratic mayors praise Martinez in new ad

Democratic mayors praise Martinez in new ad

A new TV ad by Governor Susana Martinez is aimed at a traditionally Democratic constituency — the Hispanic north. The ad is called “Cares” and features the former mayor of Taos and the current mayor of Las Vegas each praising Martinez for her work during times of crisis. The Hispanic north has been an area of the state where Democrats have cleaned up in statewide elections for decades — though Martinez put a bit of a dent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor, Video

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Sandra Jeff says she is “confident” that the state Supreme Court will reinstate her to the Democratic primary ballot. A hearing will be held next Tuesday on Jeff’s appeal. Dave Weigel at Slate writes that Mark Rudd isn’t a good analogue for Bill Ayers. But all Weather Underground members are not Bill Ayers. KRQE blithely notes that Rudd had criticized the group “in recent years.” He’d been doing that since 1990, at least. Rudd has long been the … Read entire article »

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Padilla won’t appear on State Treasurer Democratic primary ballot

Padilla won’t appear on State Treasurer Democratic primary ballot

After two major setbacks, Patrick Padilla will not appear on the Democratic ballot for State Treasurer. Padilla said that he will not appeal a district court decision that leaves him off the primary ballot in June. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the news on Monday. This means that former Democratic Party chairman Jon Wertheim and former state Senator Tim Eichenberg will be the only two Democratic candidates on the ballot on June 3. Padilla failed to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Treasurer

Webber gets campaign help from former Weather Underground member

Gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber is facing criticism after accepting campaign help from Mark Rudd, a founding member of the Weather Underground. KRQE first reported on Rudd hosting a campaign event for and endorsing Webber. A week and a half ago, Rudd’s wife Marla Painter hosted a campaign event for Webber at the couple’s Albuquerque home. One day later, Rudd announced he was endorsing Webber in an email. Rudd acknowledged Webber was an odd choice for him, given Webber’s business past, but wrote he was impressed by the candidate’s understanding of a number of key issues. Rudd also donated $250 to Howie Morales. Rudd has renounced and denounced his time as part of the Weather Underground, a group from the 1960s that sought to overthrow the federal government. The 1960s radical group recently again came … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor

Jeff “confident” Supreme Court will put her back on ballot

Jeff “confident” Supreme Court will put her back on ballot

State Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, said in a statement on Facebook that she is confident that she will be on the June 3 primary ballot despite a ruling in district court on Monday. Jeff said she was “extremely disappointed” in the ruling and that it would devalue the votes of Navajos. “I am extremely disappointed in the hypocritical position taken in this case by Conservation Voters of New Mexico and my challenger, Doreen Johnson,” Jeff wrote. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, New Mexico House

Morning Word: Judge rules Jeff doesn’t qualify for ballot

Morning Word: Judge rules Jeff doesn’t qualify for ballot

A district court judge ruled State Rep. Sandra Jeff did not have enough valid signatures to make the primary ballot in House District 5, NM Telegram wrote. Unless an appeal to the state Supreme Court is successful, Jeff will not be on the June 3 ballot. And Jeff confirmed to Capitol Report New Mexico that she will be making that appeal. In an email message, Jeff said she was “extremely disappointed” and indicated she will appeal Monday’s … Read entire article »

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Judge rules Jeff doesn’t have enough valid signatures to appear on ballot (updated)

Judge rules Jeff doesn’t have enough valid signatures to appear on ballot (updated)

A judge ruled that controversial state representative Sandra Jeff did not have enough valid signatures to appear on the June 3 primary ballot in House District 5. The ruling came after weeks of legal disputes that involved a judge recusing himself, another judge saying that those seeking to take Jeff off the ballot didn’t give her enough time to respond to the lawsuit, a Supreme Court hearing and then, on Monday, a ruling that Jeff did … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, New Mexico House