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Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Berry vetoes marijuana decriminalization legislation

Just ahead of the long Labor Day weekend, Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry vetoed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Berry announced the veto in a YouTube video. The full video is embedded below. Supporters had collected thousands of signatures in an attempt to place the question of decriminalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on the ballot in November. There were not enough signatures to automatically put the question to Albuquerque … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Albuquerque Elections, Featured, Video

County commission votes to allow Santa Fe to vote on pot penalty reduction

County commission votes to allow Santa Fe to vote on pot penalty reduction

The Santa Fe County Commission voted to put a marijuana penalty reduction on the city of Santa Fe’s ballot this fall. The commission made the decision on Tuesday, but this isn’t the final step it has to go through. Now the proposed ballot initiative must go to Secretary of State Dianna Duran, whose office must sign off on adding it to the ballot. The length of the question may preclude it from being put on the ballot, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe Elections

GOP group meets in Santa Fe, highlights NM race among those to watch

GOP group meets in Santa Fe, highlights NM race among those to watch

At a Republican meeting in Santa Fe, a group announced over a dozen legislative races to watch around the country — and one from New Mexico landed on the list. The Future Majority Project, part of the Republican State Leadership Committee, held its meeting in Santa Fe. Gov. Susana Martinez is one of the co-chairs of the FMP board along with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. The two are the country’s only Hispanic governors and the New … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, New Mexico House

Adair leaves SOS office to join SOS’ reelection campaign

Adair leaves SOS office to join SOS’ reelection campaign

Secretary of State Dianna Duran lost her right-hand man in Secretary of State’s office but gained a new veteran campaign worker according to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rod Adair resigned from his high-paid position in the Secretary of State’s office to help run Duran’s reelection campaign. Duran is the first Republican to hold the Secretary of State position in decades. Duran’s office created a new position for Adair to run elections early last year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Secretary of State

Udall’s new ad focuses on domestic violence prevention efforts

Udall’s new ad focuses on domestic violence prevention efforts

Tom Udall’s campaign announced a new ad today, focused on his efforts to prevent domestic violence. The ad features girls citing domestic violence statistics and finishes with Udall saying, “These are the reasons I worked to pass a tough anti-stalking law as Attorney General, and the Violence Against Women Act as New Mexico’s Senator.” “Since serving as Attorney General and now as U.S. Senator, Tom Udall has been working hard to do what’s right for women and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Courts, Featured, Senate

Weh criticized for web ad that shows journalist’s killer

Weh criticized for web ad that shows journalist’s killer

A web ad by Allen Weh that went up today would likely have gone mostly unnoticed, except for a brief showing of the killer of a journalist by Islamic extremists. The web-only ad was critical of Barack Obama, and by extension Tom Udall, over his response to various foreign policy problems. The ad features President Barack Obama playing golf and vacationing with shots of problems in the Middle East and elsewhere. But the only part of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Senate

Real Clear Politics looks at Pearce-Lara race

Real Clear Politics looks at Pearce-Lara race

The 2nd Congressional District race between Steve Pearce and Rocky Lara continues to get national attention — at least from Real Clear Politics. The website, in a piece sponsored by Spanish-language channel Univision, wrote about the race in the context of a multi-term Republican incumbent in a Hispanic-majority district. The national GOP has put Pearce forward as an example of how Republicans can win over Hispanic voters that increasingly flock towards Democrats on election day. The piece … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured

Judge rules against overturning state House primary result

Judge rules against overturning state House primary result

A District Court Judge decided against overturning the results of a close primary race in southern New Mexico. The District Court Judge, Jim Martin, made the decision on Friday afternoon. The ruling means Bealquin “Bill” Gomez defeated the incumbent Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces. Gomez beat Garcia in a very close three-way race in June’s primary. He won by just 16 votes. A third candidate finished with 52 votes, well behind Gomez and Garcia in the House … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, New Mexico House

Weh’s first ad of Senate campaign features his wife

Weh’s first ad of Senate campaign features his wife

Allen Weh announced his first TV ad of his campaign for U.S. Senate. Weh opted to step aside for the ad and let someone else talk about him and why he is running. The ad features Weh’s wife, Becky, speaking about her husband. The full video and transcript of the ad is available below. “We’re very pleased to begin airing our first campaign ad for television,” Weh said in a release announcing the ad. “We are closing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Senate

DNC chair headed to NM to aid campaigns

DNC chair headed to NM to aid campaigns

The chair of the Democratic National Committee will be in New Mexico on Sunday for campaign events with Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party of New Mexico has announced. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a U.S. Representative from Florida in addition being the chair of the DNC, the top federal electoral group for Democrats. Two events have been announced by Wasserman Schultz, one in Albuquerque and later in the day, an event in Los Lunas. The Albuquerque event will be … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD1, CD2, Elections, Featured, Governor, Secretary of State