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USA Today looks at NM “motor voter” problems

USA Today looks at NM “motor voter” problems

The third-largest newspaper by circulation highlighted problems with “motor voter” laws, using a recently-exposed problem with New Mexico’s system as an example. The USA Today story on motor voter problems began with describing New Mexico’s problems that likely violated the federal law. The federal law in question is the National Voter Registration Act, a bill signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993. According to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, it “requires states … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, National News

CBS/NYT poll: Martinez, Udall lead

CBS/NYT poll: Martinez, Udall lead

A new battleground poll of states by YouGov shows that Susana Martinez leads the New Mexico governor’s race while Tom Udall leads in the U.S. Senate race. The poll was conducted for CBS News and the New York Times surveyed 3,712 930 registered voters in the state and showed that Martinez, a Republican, leads Democratic candidate Gary King 52 percent to 44 percent. The poll also found that Udall, a Democrat, is leading Republican candidate Allen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congressional, Featured, Governor, Polling, Senate

Rasmussen poll: Udall has large lead over Weh in Senate race

Rasmussen poll: Udall has large lead over Weh in Senate race

A poll by Rasmnussen Reports shows that Tom Udall has a large lead over Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The poll shows that Udall leads Weh 54 percent to 33 percent. The poll finds that three percent prefer another candidate and ten percent are undecided. There are no other candidates in the race. Udall is the incumbent in the race and is facing his first reelection bid after being elected to an open seat … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Polling, Senate

Rasmussen poll: Governor’s race tied at 43 percent

Rasmussen poll: Governor’s race tied at 43 percent

A poll by Rasmussen Reports puts the race for governor between Gary King and Susana Martinez at a dead-heat with each candidate at 43 percent. The poll finds that each candidate has the support of 43 percent of likely voters while seven percent backed “some other candidate” and seven percent are undecided. There is no third-party candidate in the race and no candidate filed to run as a write-in candidate. King’s campaign quickly responded to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

New Martinez ad focuses on education

New Martinez ad focuses on education

The drought of new political ads is over, as the campaign for Governor Susana Martinez announced a new ad, this one focusing on education. The ad doesn’t mention the controversial social promotion or merit pay, but does mention increasing graduation rates in the state. “Governor Susana Martinez is moving New Mexico’s education system forward and she is committed to making the improvements to get the job done — even if it means standing up to the union … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Education, Featured, Governor

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

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

Luján, Lujan Grisham cosponsor legislation to reverse Citizens United

Luján, Lujan Grisham cosponsor legislation to reverse Citizens United

Two of New Mexico’s members of Congress are cosponsoring legislation that would reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The proposed constitutional amendment has 99 cosponsors, all Democrats. It mirrors legislation in the Senate that would do the same thing. Both Democrats from New Mexico, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, are among the cosponsors. The legislation would amend the constitution to allow Congress and the states to limit corporate spending on political activities. Critics of the … Read entire article »

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