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State Supreme Court rules advisory questions allowed on the ballot (update x4)

State Supreme Court rules advisory questions allowed on the ballot (update x4)

The New Mexico Supreme Court said that the Secretary of State must allow advisory questions on the ballot this November. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously from the bench on Friday afternoon that the Secretary of State cannot unilaterally remove questions from the county side of the ballot. Duran had tried to remove the advisory questions from the ballot in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties, saying they were not allowed by state election law. The state Supreme Court … Read entire article »

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Balderas first ad focuses on protecting children, families

Balderas first ad focuses on protecting children, families

The first ad by Hector Balderas in his Attorney General campaign focuses on protecting children and families. Like many first ads of campaigns for candidates, Balderas’ ad features his family. Balderas is a father of three. The ad then transitions, as one might expect, from his family to how Balderas says he has worked to protect families and children in the past. The ad mentions his time in the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office. “Throughout my career, I have … Read entire article »

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ABQ Journal poll: NM voters not onboard with marijuana legalization

ABQ Journal poll: NM voters not onboard with marijuana legalization

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal shows that support for marijuana legalization is still below 50 percent among likely voters. The poll found that 50 percent opposed marijuana legalization versus 44 percent who supported legalization like that in neighboring Colorado. Three percent said they didn’t know while three percent said they would rather not say — showing that there are very few persuadable voters on the issue. As in previous polls in New Mexico and other … Read entire article »

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Fed judge: State Supreme Court gets to decide on advisory questions

Fed judge: State Supreme Court gets to decide on advisory questions

A federal judge told the Secretary of State that the question of whether or not advisory questions are allowed on the ballot is a state issue, clearing the New Mexico State Supreme Court to decide the issue. Judge Karen Molzen made the ruling late Thursday. The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear the issue tomorrow afternoon and likely make a decision. Secretary of State Dianna Duran has said that advisory questions, or questions that cannot result in … Read entire article »

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Lara ad hits Pearce on Medicare

Lara ad hits Pearce on Medicare

Rocky Lara is airing a second campaign ad and it is going after Steve Pearce on votes regarding Medicare and tax cuts for wealthy Americans. The ad features a woman saying “Congressman Pearce voted to end Medicare as we know it.” This is referring to a 2011 vote for a budget proposal put forward by Paul Ryan, that multiple media outlets said would essentially end Medicare in its current state. The “end Medicare as we know it” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD2, Featured

Riedel ad touts her time as prosecutor, judge

Riedel ad touts her time as prosecutor, judge

Susan Riedel will air her first TV ad of the campaign beginning tomorrow morning. The campaign announced the release of the ad on Thursday morning and it focuses on her time as a prosecutor and judge. The ad has Riedel on a couch in the desert talking about being tough on crime. In the ad, Riedel says, “I’ve stared down the worst of society and stood strong for the victims.” “New Mexico has a crime problem, from political … Read entire article »

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Martinez ‘Casanova Con Man’ ads shake up campaign

Martinez ‘Casanova Con Man’ ads shake up campaign

The Susana Martinez campaign is bringing up the “Casanova Con Man” in ads, one for radio and one for TV. The resulting attention shows that Martinez is still driving the conversation in the race with her paid media, while King is attempting to respond with earned media. Martinez has a lot more cash on hand than King and the constant drumbeat of ads going after King show she is using it. The ads say Michael Soutar, known … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor

ABQ Journal poll looks at social promotion, land grant permanent fund, teacher evaluations

ABQ Journal poll looks at social promotion, land grant permanent fund, teacher evaluations

Unless your stance is that public education should be completely abolished in New Mexico, the last couple of days of results from an Albuquerque Journal poll probably gives you some good news. Results of the poll released on Wednesday found that voters likely to cast ballots this year approve of ending “social promotion” for third graders who cannot read proficiently, something that conservatives and Susana Martinez have pushed. However, the poll also found that a majority … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Featured, Polling

Group launches ad campaign on LGBT acceptance for Hispanic Heritage Month

Group launches ad campaign on LGBT acceptance for Hispanic Heritage Month

Same-sex marriage may have been decided in New Mexico by the state Supreme Court late last year, but a group is still launching a bilingual ad campaign on LGBT acceptance. Why Marriage Matters New Mexico will air radio ads on both English- and Spanish-language radio stations throughout the state. The ad campaign was announced with State Senator Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, State Representative Moe Maestas, D-Albuquerque and the executive director of the Southwest Organizing Project, Javier Benavidez … Read entire article »

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