Articles Comments

New Mexico Telegram » Morning Word

Morning Word: Most US Senate, House finance reports in

Morning Word: Most US Senate, House finance reports in

The FEC has the campaign finance reports for most of the federal candidates. Sen. Tom Udall raised more than $1 million in the first quarter. This outpaced Republican Allen Weh who raised over $400,000 thanks to $150,000 in loans from himself to his campaign. David Clements, Weh’s opponent in the primary, does not have a report online, though he says he sent it in time. When it comes to House races, all three incumbents have cash … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Morning Word: Jeff confident she’ll be on ballot

Sandra Jeff says she is “confident” that the state Supreme Court will reinstate her to the Democratic primary ballot. A hearing will be held next Tuesday on Jeff’s appeal. Dave Weigel at Slate writes that Mark Rudd isn’t a good analogue for Bill Ayers. But all Weather Underground members are not Bill Ayers. KRQE blithely notes that Rudd had criticized the group “in recent years.” He’d been doing that since 1990, at least. Rudd has long been the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: Judge rules Jeff doesn’t qualify for ballot

Morning Word: Judge rules Jeff doesn’t qualify for ballot

A district court judge ruled State Rep. Sandra Jeff did not have enough valid signatures to make the primary ballot in House District 5, NM Telegram wrote. Unless an appeal to the state Supreme Court is successful, Jeff will not be on the June 3 ballot. And Jeff confirmed to Capitol Report New Mexico that she will be making that appeal. In an email message, Jeff said she was “extremely disappointed” and indicated she will appeal Monday’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Morning Word: PRC commissioners want chief of staff out

Two members of the Public Regulation Commission are asking the chief of staff to step down for an alleged abuse of power and misuse of a state vehicle. On March 25, Martinez’s son and the son’s girlfriend were stranded just outside Raton after their car broke down on the way home from Denver. Martinez called Deputy Fire Marshal Vernon Muller, who was on state business in Colfax County with another employee, and asked if Muller could … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Morning Word: Mother Jones article on Martinez blows up NM news

Gov. Susana Martinez and two top campaign aides insulted political opponents in audio and emails released by Mother Jones. Audio shows Martinez calling Diane Denish a “bitch” and deputy campaign manager Matt Kennicott (now the spokesman for the Human Services Department) saying that then-Speaker of the House Ben Lujan “sounds like a retard” when speaking in English. The quotes are actually a small part of the Mother Jones story. The story outlines where Republicans feel as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Three members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission resigned on Tuesday, saying the process made a “mockery” of real oversight. All three of them said the group has no power, citing an April 10 message from the city attorney’s office as the final straw. They say they do not want to deceive citizens into thinking they do have effective civilian oversight. “I think they’re frustrated cause they’re just not getting the kind of power and oversight that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: Martinez leads Dems in fundraising

Morning Word: Martinez leads Dems in fundraising

I hope you’ve filed your taxes. Monday was the deadline for reporting campaign finance reports for statewide, county, PRC, legislative candidates and more. NM Telegram rounded up the reports for most statewide races. The big one was the gubernatorial race where Gov. Susana Martinez raised $1.4 million and has over $4 million cash on hand. But more interesting is the fundraising in the Democratic primary, where one candidate put $450,000 of his own money into his campaign … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: APD starts process of instituting reforms

Morning Word: APD starts process of instituting reforms

The man Richard Berry tapped to aid in the clean-up of APD has a history with the SWAT team in APD — a group that was criticized in the recently-released DOJ report. That’s the same SWAT unit the DOJ stopped a hair short of calling a rogue element within the police department. The report says SWAT officers did what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted — and that “contribute(d) to the pattern of (APD’s) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: DOJ report blasts APD, gets national coverage

Morning Word: DOJ report blasts APD, gets national coverage

The word of the day is “scathing.” The Department of Justice released its report on the Albuquerque Police Department and it was very critical. The Albuquerque Journal’s investigative reporter Mike Gallagher was on hand to cover the reveal of the report. Both federal and city officials expressed optimism, but Justice Department lawyers left no doubt about one thing: If they can’t reach an agreement, they are prepared to file a federal lawsuit to stop what they found during … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Morning Word: DOJ report to be released today

Morning Word: DOJ report to be released today

The big news today will come at 10:00 am when the Department of Justice releases its report on the Albuquerque Police Department. KRQE has some facts about what led to the DOJ investigation including a timeline and a map showing where the shootings occurred. The Albuquerque Journal looks at how the whole thing came about (though the link sent me to a 404 error page at 1:00 am when this was finished). KOB cites “several independent sources” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word