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Videos of congressional debates, forums

Videos of congressional debates, forums

All three members of Congress in New Mexico are running for reelection and all three have challengers. The three incumbents are favored to win reelection in each of their races and none seem to be in any real danger of losing. However, they still took time out to debate their opponents. In some of these cases, video is available of the full debates or forums. NM Telegram will collect them here. Sam Donaldson, veteran ABC newsman and … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD1, CD2, CD3, Featured, Video

Outside groups spar in secretary of state, AG races

Outside groups spar in secretary of state, AG races

By Sandra Fish An outside GOP group is airing ads against New Mexico’s Democratic candidate for attorney general, while a Democratic group is attacking the Republican secretary of state. And if you’re counting down to Election Day, include at least 5,000 political ads on TV in your tally. That’s about the number of ads currently scheduled to run between Friday and Nov. 4. But that’s only about 18 percent of more than 27,000 TV ads that have been contracted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Attorney General, Featured, Governor, Secretary of State

Feldman talks money in legislative races

Feldman talks money in legislative races

It wasn’t like predicting the winning lottery numbers or the final score to the Super Bowl, but Dede Feldman told NM Telegram a few weeks ago that she expected a huge jump in spending by independent groups as the final election neared. “I think that we haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” Feldman said in late September. “We have seen it in 2012 and what I saw was a complete nationalization of local races. Such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, State

King, Martinez exchange barbs at final debate

King, Martinez exchange barbs at final debate

Susana Martinez and Gary King debated each other on Sunday evening just a day after early voting started and just over two weeks before election day. Anyone who has watched TV over the last few weeks — specifically the ads — knew what was coming, a the two traded barbs. Martinez, among other things, said King’s performance over the past eight years as attorney general didn’t warrant a “promotion” to governor. King knocked Martinez for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor

Voters will decide on five constitutional amendments

Voters will decide on five constitutional amendments

In addition to voting on U.S. Senate, governor, congressional seats and every seat in the state House, New Mexico voters will also get to decide on five constitutional amendments. Constitutional amendments were one of the biggest topics of conversation in the 2014 legislative session, as Democrats attempted to use the process to raise the minimum wage and tap the land grant permanent fund to fund early childhood education. Neither of these passed, although they warranted significant … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, State

Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

With just three weeks until election day, there are a lot of political ads on TV. That makes it increasingly hard to break through the clutter and actually get attention. NM Telegram isn’t able to keep up with the flood of campaign ads recently, but this one was worth mentioning. You can watch the full ad below. Sometimes, it happens in a negative way, as it did for Wendy Davis in Texas. Or in others, a way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auditor, Featured, National News, Video

Martinez outraises, outspends King again

The latest campaign finance reports show that once again Susana Martinez outraised Gary King in the last campaign finance period. The campaign finance period ran from September 2 to October 6. Martinez’s spending also dwarfed that of King’s. King spent $205,849.85 in the time, most of which he was not airing TV ads. Martinez had multiple TV ads on the air and spent $1,873,506.57 during the time period. Martinez still has $2,732,764.62 cash on hand. King has just $123,651.26 cash on hand. In the same time period, Martinez raised $763,591.75 to King’s $171,770.28. You can see Martinez’s full report here. And you can see King’s full report here. With so little time left before the election, the cash on hand advantage isn’t as big a deal. But it shows that Martinez was able to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor

Eichenberg, Dunn lead in cash races; Keller leads too

In addition to the races for Attorney General, governor and Secretary of State, the other candidates for statewide races had a deadline to campaign finance reports. Two of the downballot races are for State Treasurer and Commissioner of Public Lands. In one, the Democratic candidate leads in the open seat while in the other race, the Republican challenger leads the incumbent Democrat. Update: The campaign finance reports for State Auditor were added below. State Treasurer Rick Lopez had his best fundraising period… but still is far behind Tim Eichenberg. In fact, Eichenberg raised nearly twice what Lopez did in the time period. Eichenberg raised $26,416.29 and spent $5,672.82. Eichenberg finished the period with $32,097.30 cash on hand. See the full report here. Included in Eichenberg’s total is a $4,651.29 loan by Eichenberg to his campaign. Lopez raised $12,295 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commissioner of Public Lands, Featured, Treasurer

Balderas still leads Riedel in campaign money

Balderas still leads Riedel in campaign money

Hector Balderas has maintained his large cash on hand lead over his opponent Susan Riedel as the final stretch towards election day began. The period ran from September 2 to October 6. The campaign finance reports were originally due on Monday, but the Secretary of State’s office announced the reports would be accepted through Tuesday because of the Columbus Day holiday. According to campaign finance reports filed yesterday, Balderas had just over $600,000 remaining in the bank … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attorney General, Featured

Martinez internal poll shows she has big lead over King

Martinez internal poll shows she has big lead over King

An internal poll by the Susana Martinez campaign shows that her campaign is up by 19 percent over Gary King. The release of the poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, comes after two public, independent polls showed King withing single digits. The polling memo also shows that Martinez is still using attacks on Bill Richardson, her predecessor, as a way to campaign against Attorney General Gary King. The polling memo is written by Nicole McCleskey, the wife … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling