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Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

Groups still collecting signatures for Santa Fe marijuana penalty reduction

While headlines have said that the effort to put a question of reducing penalties for possession of marijuana in Santa Fe to the voters, the efforts haven’t failed yet. The Santa Fe clerk’s office validated more than 3,500 of 7,000 signatures turned in by Reducing Marijuana Penalties in an effort to put the question on the November ballot. The effort requires 5,673 signatures for the question to go to voters. With 3,569 valid signatures, the group is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Santa Fe

New Mexico to stay on federal health insurance exchange in 2015

New Mexico to stay on federal health insurance exchange in 2015

The state of New Mexico will remain on the federal exchange for individuals in 2015, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board announced today. Albuquerque Business First reported the news just before noon today. The board made the decision after a vote at today’s NMHIX board meeting. From Albuquerque Business First: Board members were told by its IT vendors that the project completed on time, but there were other problems. The NMHIX did not have a contract … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Rep. Steve Pearce got some national attention for statements he made as part of a fact-finding mission to Central America. It came in the form of a segment on the satirical and highly popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The full video is embedded at the bottom of the post. Colbert mocked statements that Pearce made to the Santa Fe New Mexican. PEarce said the children leaving Guatemala and Honduras were doing so because of economic reasons … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Delegation, Featured, National News, Video

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

The League of Conservation Voters is stepping up its attempts to pressure the Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, to use more renewable energy. This time, it comes in the form of a move to have Latinos pressure PNM on the issue. Environmental groups have been critical of PNM and how the company plans to generate electricity. The company provides energy for huge areas of New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. LCV … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Featured

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

Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd named his “rising stars” in New Mexico politics. Todd named four rising stars, two from each party. All but one are currently elected officials and all but one are running for reelection or for higher office this November. Todd named State Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque and Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County Clerk, as his two Democratic rising stars. The two Republican rising stars were state House candidate Rod Montoya of Farmington … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News

Update on the Patreon fundraiser

Update on the Patreon fundraiser

I’ve mentioned it a few times in the past couple of weeks (and will continue to in the future) — the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser. You can read about the fundraiser in the introductory post. Or you can see the Patreon page itself. Basically, it is a fundraiser where you pledge a monthly donation. For this, you get certain incentives. For example, if you donate $15, then it will trigger a monthly newsletter with interviews and … Read entire article »

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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 »

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