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Morning Word: DOJ, APD announcement today; Martinez spends $2.45 million

Morning Word: DOJ, APD announcement today; Martinez spends $2.45 million

The city of Albuquerque and the Department of Justice have reached an agreement on APD reforms and will make an announcement tomorrow, KRQE reported. An assistant U.S. Attorney and spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office sent a release saying a press conference would take place and KRQE confirmed it would include a “consent decree.” Thursday was a campaign finance reporting day and Susana Martinez reported spending more money than every other statewide candidate in major races … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Dub Williams passes away; absentee vote totals

Morning Word: Dub Williams passes away; absentee vote totals

Former State Rep. W.C. “Dub” Williams passed away earlier this week. He was 87. Williams served in the state House from 1995 to 2009, stepping down because of health problems with both him and his wife. NM Telegram posted the breakdown of early and absentee votes so far by political party. The numbers are as of end-of-voting on Tuesday. Also, the nightly look at early and absentee vote totals by county as of 10/29. A note about the … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Navajo Nation pres race in limbo

Morning Word: Navajo Nation pres race in limbo

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly vetoed legislation that would allow those not fluent in Navajo to be on the ballot. Chris Deschene suspended his campaign.Attorneys for two behind the effort to remove Deschene from the ballot filed an Order of Contempt against the Elections Board and Deschene. However, the Navajo Nation Election Board isn’t backing down. Charley said the board members will act in opposition to the Navajo Supreme Court’s ruling to remove Deschene from the ballot … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Lots and lots of polls; Senate race tightening?

Morning Word: Lots and lots of polls; Senate race tightening?

The Albuquerque Journal polled a couple of races we have been waiting to see more polls for: State Land Commissioner, Secretary of State and Attorney General. The poll’s findings? 42 percent to 42 percent dead heat in Secretary of State race. Near dead heat of 40 percent to 39 percent in the State Land Commissioner race with Aubrey Dunn showing the tiny lead. A large lead for Hector Balderas 51 percent to 35 percent over Susan … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Former SOS passes away; Martinez up big in poll

Former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper passed away on Friday. An Albuquerque Journal poll finds that Tom Udall leads Allen Weh 50 percent to 43 percent. With half of the voters surveyed just over a week before Election Day saying they planned to vote, or already have voted, for Udall, 43 percent said they favored Weh. This is a big comeback for Weh — but time is running out. Over 100,000 New Mexicans have already voted and there is only a little more than a week before election day. Gov. Susana Martinez leads Gary King by 15 percent in the latest Albuquerque Journal poll. The Associated Press looks at how King has been unable to gain any traction in his campaign against Susana Martinez. Politico traveled to New Mexico and profiled Susana Martinez. Martinez is, in a … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Mitt for Susana

Morning Word: Mitt for Susana

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned for Susana Martinez on Thursday. Other Republicans were also in attendance, including U.S. Senate candidate Allen Weh. Romney had endorsed Weh earlier this year. There will likely be no federal charges for the two officers who shot James Boyd in the Albuquerque Foothills earlier this year. Although a federal investigation is ongoing, the evidence so far is not enough to get a team of FBI agents, local prosecutors from the … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Poll shows Martinez lead, close SoS race

A poll conducted by BWD Global for NM Politics with Joe Monahan showed a huge lead for Martinez, a slight lead, inside the margin of error, for Dianna Duran and a decent lead, outside the margin of error, for Tim Keller. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend a campaign rally for Susana Martinez today. I wrote briefly on Tuesday about the New Mexico Telegram Patreon fundraiser and why you should donate. It’s pretty much this: If you appreciate the work that I do to keep you informed, from the Morning Word to other reporting, pitch in a few dollars a month. The whole “a cup of Starbucks a month” thing — if enough of you do that, it makes my life easier and life a little less stressful around when … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Looking at control of the House; debates

Morning Word: Looking at control of the House; debates

The Associated Press covers the Republican efforts to take control of the state House for the first time in decades. They also had short profiles of ten key races. NM Telegram collected the videos of each of the congressional debates in New Mexico so far this year. In a 2nd Congressional District debate, both Steve Pearce and Rocky Lara supported the idea of federal funds for the Spaceport. It doesn’t seem that KOAT has put the full gubernatorial … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Debates, forums, campaign spending and more

Morning Word: Debates, forums, campaign spending and more

Looks like Comcast has their stuff together and I can finish up the Morning Word tonight. Susana Martinez and Gary King participated in a debate on KOAT, the only statewide, English-language debate between the two. Pollster Brian Sanderoff says neither candidate had an edge in the debate. Meanwhile, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mike Frese spoke in front of a NAIOP forum. And here’s another look at that forum. Ben Ray Lujan and Jeff Byrd were part of the Santa … Read entire article »

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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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