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Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

Responses to Mother Jones’ Martinez story (updated x3)

The Mother Jones story about Susana Martinez has been the main topic of discussion in New Mexico politics today. Audio excerpts of a campaign conference call and emails from Martinez and top aides including Jay McCleskey and Matt Kennicott insulting political opponents have made national headlines and politicians from throughout the state have responded to the Mother Jones story. Martinez herself said it was an attack from the “liberal media” and another familiar, punching bag, former governor … Read entire article »

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Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

Martinez, aides caught on tape insulting political opponents

A liberal news outlet released audio of Gov. Susana Martinez and campaign staffer, some of which now work in her administration, insulting political opponents in both parties, in some cases using offensive terms. The magazine Mother Jones released the audio and campaign emails as part of a piece on Martinez which referred to her as the “next Sarah Palin” — and not in a flattering way. The site refers to a recent profile in Real Clear … Read entire article »

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Navajo Nation Council opposes ‘Redskins’ name

Navajo Nation Council opposes ‘Redskins’ name

The Navajo Nation Council voted to oppose the use of the name Washington Redskins, calling it “inextricably linked to a history of suffering and dispossession.” The measure will have to go onto the committee of the whole. The Associated Press reported on the move by the Council. The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in New Mexico and it spans much of the Northwestern portion of the state as well as Northeastern Arizona. The council voted 9-2 in the … Read entire article »

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Senate votes to extend unemployment insurance with NM delegation support

Senate votes to extend unemployment insurance with NM delegation support

The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to extend long-term unemployment insurance with support from both Senators from New Mexico. The legislation would provide an extension to unemployment insurance for more than two million unemployed Americans. The long-term unemployment insurance funds lapsed December 28 and were not extended again. The bill would provide enough funding to extend the program through the end of May. It also includes a five-month retroactive extension. It passed primarily on the back of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Economy, Featured

On Senate floor, Heinrich calls for $10.10 minimum wage

On Senate floor, Heinrich calls for $10.10 minimum wage

Sen. Martin Hainrich has been a staunch supporter of raising the minimum wage and his speech on the Senate floor on Saturday did nothing to change that. Heinrich was among the Democrats advocating for legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, something that President Barack Obama mentioned during this year’s State of the Union address. “At $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage has lost more than 30 percent of its value over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Economy, Featured, Video

Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling that once again weakened campaign finance laws and opened the door to allowing more spending in political campaigns. SCOTUSblog says the Supreme Court “struck down the two-year ceilings that Congress has imposed on donations by individuals to presidential and congressional candidates, parties and some — but not all — political action groups.” The ruling was in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The Court struck down were “aggregate limits.” Again … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Delegation, Featured, National News

Stevens, who runs @politixfireball, out from Pearce’s office

Stevens, who runs @politixfireball, out from Pearce’s office

A Republican state party activist with a troubled online past has resigned from her position as press secretary in Rep. Steve Pearce’s office. Pearce’s office announced the move in a release to reporters on Friday morning, saying that he asked for and accepted Rebekah Stevens’ resignation. “I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” Pearce said in a statement. “When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition … Read entire article »

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Pearce knew of Stevens’ writing as Politixfireball before hiring her

Pearce knew of Stevens’ writing as Politixfireball before hiring her

Rep. Steve Pearce told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday that he knew about Rebekah Stevens’ controversial writing as Politixfireball before hiring her. Stevens had previously worked on a Pearce campaign, according to the Journal. On Wednesday, reports said she was behind the Twitter account that included at least one anti-Semitic reference and compared President Barack Obama to Hitler. Pearce told Michael Coleman: Pearce, asked about the comments in a Journal interview Wednesday, disavowed them and conceded that Stevens’ past … Read entire article »

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Lujan, Lujan Grisham sign onto discharge petition on immigration

Lujan, Lujan Grisham sign onto discharge petition on immigration

The two Democratic members of the U.S. House from New Mexico have signed onto a discharge petition that seeks an up-or-down vote on a comprehensive immigration bill. The discharge petition is the latest in a line of such moves for high profile issues that Democrats have been unable to pass through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The move is extremely to result in a vote, though Democrats hope it puts pressure on House Republicans and Speaker of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Delegation, Featured

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says that Steve Pearce hired the person — or perhaps one of the people — behind the infamous @Politixfireball account to be his next press secretary. The Santa Fe Reporter says that Rebekah Stevens is behind the Twitter account and the website PoliticalFireball. Pearce’s office announced she was hired as the new press secretary in an email to reporters yesterday. “I’d like to introduce Rebekah Stevens, Rep. Pearce’s new press … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, Social Media