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Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

By Fred Nathan, executive director of Think New Mexico Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy. Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state – and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to embrace. Both ideas were advanced in Think New … Read entire article »

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SoS candidates up on the air, so is a liberal super PAC

SoS candidates up on the air, so is a liberal super PAC

Each of the candidates for Secretary of State are on the air now, as the campaigns work their way towards election day. And a third group, likely with more money, has as well, an independent expenditure opposing Dianna Duran. At this stage in the game, with so many ads on TV and just running out of room, these may be the only ads we see through election day in the Secretary of State race. Copies of each … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured

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

Toulouse Oliver outraises, outspends Duran; Duran leads in CoH

In the race for Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver once again raised more money that incumbent Dianna Duran. Toulouse Oliver, the Democratic challenger, also outspent Duran in the most recent campaign finance period. This left Toulouse Oliver with less cash on hand through the final few months. Unlike Duran, however, Toulouse Oliver had spent money on TV ads already. Toulouse Oliver raised $91,828.40 while spending $163,792.64. With the money already in the bank, Toulouse Oliver is left with $148,863.57 cash on hand. Duran, meanwhile, raised $51,950 and spent just $9,389.46. Duran still has $206,159.22 cash on hand left. Some of the larger donations that Duran received are $5,200 from Edward David of Roswell, $5,200 from Buffalo Oilfield Supply LLC in Artesia and $5,200 from Devon Energy Production Company. Toulouse Oliver received $5,200 from the New … Read entire article »

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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

Dem King returns to air; documentary attacks Martinez

Dem King returns to air; documentary attacks Martinez

By Sandra Fish Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King returned to the airwaves last week, while a political action committee made a documentary case against GOP Gov. Susana Martinez. Political advertising in New Mexico topped $9 million in contracts through Oct. 10. Aired back-to-back, those ads would take up nearly 8.5 days of viewing, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows. The analysis is based on contracts filed by TV stations with the Federal Elections Commission. It doesn’t … Read entire article »

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State refused evidence that refuted audit, heath provider says

State refused evidence that refuted audit, heath provider says

A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week. After the New Mexico Human Services Department’s decision to not consider the documents, the health care provider, Presbyterian Medical Services (PMS), faced a difficult choice: settle with the state or fight and possibly run out of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Health