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Morning Word: More on campaigns as elections near

Morning Word: More on campaigns as elections near

The Santa Fe New Mexican looks at the differences between Martinez and King on human services issues. Both Secretary of State candidates, incumbent Dianna Duran and challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver, are up on the air with TV ads. So is a Super PAC that’s going after Duran. The race will be one to watch on election night. Both Duran and Toulouse Oliver will be on New Mexico In Focus tonight. The Albuquerque Journal looks at the Steve Pearce/Rocky … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: More on campaigns, ads as elections near

Morning Word: More on campaigns, ads as elections near

One thing that Gary King and Susana Martinez don’t agree on very much? Environmental issues, as laid out by the Santa Fe New Mexican. NM Telegram took a brief look at the five constitutional amendments that voters will decide on. The KUNM Call-In Show this morning is looking at all the “other” stuff on the ballots. That is the advisory questions, constitutional amendments and bond issues. The Santa Fe New Mexican examines the race for State Auditor between … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Recapping statewide campaign finance filings

Morning Word: Recapping statewide campaign finance filings

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me put featured images (the images you see on the front page) in stories. I know this is annoying and hope it will be fixed soon. Tuesday was campaign finance day. NM Telegram looked at the gubernatorial numbers where it is like a broken record — Martinez has way more money again. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Dianna Duran has been outraised by her Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver. In the … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Polls in gov race; King back on the air

Morning Word: Polls in gov race; King back on the air

Thanks for sticking with me despite missing Monday’s Morning Word. Let’s hope this is the last Morning Word that I’ll miss until past election day. A New York Times/CBS News poll showed Susana Martinez leading King by seven percent. It was the second poll in a row that showed a single-digit race. Later on Friday, Susana Martinez’s campaign released an internal poll showing a 19 percent lead. Gary King is airing a new campaign ad attacking Susana … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Congressional debate hits public TV, radio

Morning Word: Congressional debate hits public TV, radio

There was a debate last night. Mike Frese and Michelle Lujan Grisham faced off in the 1st Congressional District in a debate moderated by Sam Donaldson. It aired on KNME on TV and KUNM on radio. New Mexico News Port has a recap. The Attorney General said in a confidential report obtained by the Albuquerque Journal that OptumHealth destroyed records. After the alleged falsification, OptumHealth’s audit score for appeals and grievance processing went from 84 percent, or “moderate compliance,” … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Estrada to prison; KRQE sues ABQ via IPRA

Morning Word: Estrada to prison; KRQE sues ABQ via IPRA

Jamie Estrada will spend nine months in prison. He was sentenced to nine months in prison, plus a $10,000 fine, for hijacking the emails of Susana Martinez’s campaign team; Estrada was once Martinez’s campaign manager. The Santa Fe Reporter was on hand. Martinez sat alongside her husband, her attorney Paul Kennedy and Pat Rogers, a lawyer who resigned from his job at the Modrall Sperling firm and stepped down from the Board of Directors for the Foundation … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Last day to register to vote; gov candidates debate

Morning Word: Last day to register to vote; gov candidates debate

If you want to vote this November, you better register today. Today is the last day to register to vote. Susana Martinez and Gary King participated in a Spanish-language debate on Univision. Martinez spoke Spanish while King used a translator. A poll finds that Tom Udall still has a nearly 20 percent lead over Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The Albuquerque Journal has its new voting guide up and online. State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia dropped her … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Campaigns heat up as elections near

Morning Word: Campaigns heat up as elections near

The Santa Fe New Mexican looks at the key races that will decide control of the state House. Democrats head into the November election with a 37-33 advantage in the House. Each party is targeting the same dozen races that will determine who’s in power for the next two years. An interesting race is a potential sleeper — District 29, currently held by Tom Anderson, who lost in the Republican primary. A poll by Gravis Marketing shows a … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Rio Arriba has a new sheriff

Morning Word: Rio Arriba has a new sheriff

Rio Arriba County Commissioners appointed James Lujan as the new sheriff. Tommy Rodella never resigned, but the commission replaced him because of his felony conviction. Rodella’s replacement isn’t squeaky-clean. Lujan has had his own run-ins with the law. Lujan, also a former Santa Fe police officer, was charged by the state in 2002 with nine counts of attempt to evade or defeat taxes, and three counts of false statement and fraud. Governing Magazine says that the race for … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Rio Arriba ready to name new Sheriff

Morning Word: Rio Arriba ready to name new Sheriff

Rio Arriba County commissioners announced plans on announcing a new sheriff to replace Tommy Rodella today. He has not resigned, but they have stopped paying him after his conviction. The League of Conservation Voters named Sandra Jeff to its “Dirty Dozen in the States” list. A report places the blame on the radiation leak at WIPP on Los Alamos National Labs. The report is from the inspector general of the Department of Energy. Allen Weh was on an … Read entire article »

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