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Sharpies still OK for ballots, but counties received new markers

Sharpies still OK for ballots, but counties received new markers

The Secretary of State’s office is pushing back against a newspaper article in the Santa Fe New Mexican that says Sharpies have been recalled from polling offices. The article said, “All 33 county clerks were to remove Sharpie pens from voting sites Thursday at the direction of Secretary of State Dianna Duran.” The article says that Sharpies were replaced by Papermate Flair pens. The Secretary of State’s office referred to it as a “sensational report.” Scott Krahling, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

Former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper passes away

Former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper passes away

Shirley Hooper, a former Secretary of State, passed away Friday morning. She was 78. Hooper reportedly died in her Roswell home. The cause of death has not been announced. Hooper was elected as Secretary of State in 1978 and served from 1979 to 1982. At the time, statewide elected officials could only serve one consecutive term, so she could not run for reelection in 1982. Hooper is also a past president of the New Mexico School for the … Read entire article »

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Proposed legislation would protect health organizations

Proposed legislation would protect health organizations

A top state senator wants a law requiring the state to prove wrongdoing before cutting off government dollars to health-care organizations suspected of committing fraud or overbilling Medicaid. Sen. President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, on Wednesday introduced the legislation to fellow lawmakers sitting on the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee during a hearing in Santa Fe. You can read Papen’s proposed bill here. The legislation is a reaction to the state Human Services Department’s (HSD) decision in 2013 to accuse 15 health … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Romney to campaign for Martinez

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be in New Mexico for a campaign rally for Susana Martinez and other Republican officials. Romney lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama but remains popular among Republicans; he topped a recent 2016 presidential poll conducted for the Washington Post and ABC News. He isn’t running according to his wife, but the poll results show that he has high name recognition and popularity among Republicans. Denials that a politician doesn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Poll says Martinez leads big, Duran narrow lead over Toulouse Oliver

Susana Martinez is maintaining her large lead over Gary King in the gubernatorial race while Dianna Duran has a lead well within the margin of error against Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State. These are the results from a poll by BWD Global in a poll commissioned by NM Politics with Joe Monahan. BWD GLobal’s pollster is Bruce Donisthorpe. The poll finds that Susana Martinez leads Gary King 56.2 percent to 37.4 percent with 6.4 percent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auditor, Featured, Governor, Secretary of State

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

Report says Martinez campaign used state resources to run license plates for campaign

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says emails find that the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Susana Martinez may have used public resources to look up information on political opponents. The report uses some emails recently recovered by ProgressNow New Mexico, a liberal advocacy group, as well as quotes from former Martinez campaign staffer Anissa Ford. The pieces says the campaign used “a research process normally reserved for suspects under investigation by law enforcement.” One case, … Read entire article »

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Donate to the NM Telegram Patreon

Donate to the NM Telegram Patreon

It’s that time again. The month is coming to an end, now you get to see me bug you to donate to the monthly New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser. The monthly donations are a big part of keeping New Mexico Telegram up and running each month. There is no team of ad sales people in the back room — just me and my dogs that bark in the background while I’m trying to talk on … Read entire article »

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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 »

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