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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

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

Rael radio ad focuses on jobs

Rael radio ad focuses on jobs

The campaign of Lawrence Rael announced this weekend that it is airing two radio ads, one in English and one in Spanish. Rael is running for the Democratic nomination for governor and is the second to go on the air on the radio. The ads focus on unemployment and Rael himself, not mentioning any other candidates for governor. “We need good jobs that don’t force our young people to have to choose between staying in New Mexico and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor, Multimedia

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

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

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