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Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

Will ballot initiatives in three cities help Democrats?

There are some ballot initiatives that could help Democrats in elections this November. The ballot initiatives are in three of New Mexico’s four largest cities. Two of the initiatives are marijuana reform initiatives, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The other is a minimum wage increase initiative in Las Cruces. The issues can all be described as wedge issues in favor of Democrats in these areas. Decriminalizing Marijuana New Mexico … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Economy, Elections, Featured, Las Cruces, Santa Fe

Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Morning Word: No National Guard troops to the border

Gov. Susana Martinez says she will not send National Guard troops to the border right now. This came after Texas governor Rick Perry said he would do so. Knell said Martinez disagreed with federal decisions in 2008 and 2012 to stop funding programs that had National Guard troops supporting the Border Patrol with non-law enforcement duties to help deal with border violence. Non-profits are going to target the immigration detention center in Artesia. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry offered … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Morning Word: Heinrich weighs in on immigration debate

Martin Heinrich is becoming a go-to Democrat to talk about immigration. In that interview, Heinrich said that Senate Dems would oppose Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s call for ending deferred deportation for “Dreamers” — children who were brought to the country illegally as children. Heinrich said that notion is an “absolute nonstarter.” Said Heinrich: “We are not going to allow Ted Cruz to use this as an opportunity to punish Dream kids.” Heinrich rejected the GOP argument that … Read entire article »

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Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd named his “rising stars” in New Mexico politics. Todd named four rising stars, two from each party. All but one are currently elected officials and all but one are running for reelection or for higher office this November. Todd named State Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque and Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County Clerk, as his two Democratic rising stars. The two Republican rising stars were state House candidate Rod Montoya of Farmington … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News

Update on the Patreon fundraiser

Update on the Patreon fundraiser

I’ve mentioned it a few times in the past couple of weeks (and will continue to in the future) — the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser. You can read about the fundraiser in the introductory post. Or you can see the Patreon page itself. Basically, it is a fundraiser where you pledge a monthly donation. For this, you get certain incentives. For example, if you donate $15, then it will trigger a monthly newsletter with interviews and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Site News

Morning Word: National GOP groups to target House races

Morning Word: National GOP groups to target House races

The Republican group GOPAC outlined nine Republican candidates it will be helping in this November’s elections. The Republican State Leadership Committee is also going to target New Mexico’s House. Also Thursday, the Republican State Leadership Committee reaffirmed its interest in state House races in New Mexico. Of the top 14 individual races the group is eyeing nationwide, two of them are for state House seats in Albuquerque. An internal poll for Gary King puts him just six percentage … Read entire article »

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King internal poll puts him six behind Martinez

King internal poll puts him six behind Martinez

An internal poll conducted for Gary King’s campaign puts him within the margin of error against Susana Martinez. The poll finds that 45 percent Martinez in her reelection bid while 39 percent back King. This leaves about 15 percent who are undecided (rounding errors mean the numbers only add up to 99 percent). The polling memo from Lake Research Partners says “Martinez is vulnerable to defeat from Attorney General Gary King.” The internal poll was first mentioned on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Sen. Tom Udall is still way ahead in the cash race, though Weh brought in more money in the last quarter. Udall had $3.4 million in cash at the end of the second quarter, while Weh had a total of $627,806. Weh’s ability to raise more money in the quarter was mostly thanks to a large loan from himself to his campaign — $555,000 in all. The Associated Press reported the fundraising totals. Unlike their house counterparts, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Senate

Republican group to pour money into state house races

Republican group to pour money into state house races

A conservative Republican group announced it would use money to help Republicans take over control of the state House of Representatives. The group, GOPAC, named nine districts it will be targeting. House Minority Whip Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, sits on the GOPAC Legislative Leaders Advisory Board. “We are very pleased to join with New Mexico House Republicans in their bid to gain majority control for the first time in over 60 years,” GOPAC chairman Frank Donatelli in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya was one of four men charged for fraud by the SEC. Anaya settled with the SEC, who said he was cooperative. Here’s the story on Anaya from Winthrop Quigley at the Albuquerque Journal. Rep. Steve Pearce said most immigrants who have left Central America left for economic reasons, not to flee the violence. Pearce said this after he was part of a group of Representatives who traveled to Guatemala and Honduras. Sen. … Read entire article »

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