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Dems name Egolf Minority Leader

Dems name Egolf Minority Leader

Democrats named Santa Fe’s Brian Egolf as the new Minority Leader in a meeting this Saturday. Demcocrats were put in the rare position of electing a minority leader after a disastrous election night earlier this month where the party lost control of the state House for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and Edwin Mechem was governor. Egolf was elected on the first ballot. Egolf had said before the election that he would serve … Read entire article »

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Incoming House majority names key staffers

Incoming House majority names key staffers

The new House Majority is putting its stamp on the House, naming new senior staff. Staff is important in the New Mexico legislature because the legislators are unpaid, “citizen legislators.” Staff does a lot of work on legislation and other issues. One of the biggest changes will be a new Chief Clerk, after Stephen Arias held the position for 31 years through a number of leadership changes — but all were among Democrats. His replacement will be Denise … Read entire article »

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Egolf and Alcon for Minority Leader as Martinez won’t run

Egolf and Alcon for Minority Leader as Martinez won’t run

Speaker of the House Ken Martinez will go from running the House to not being part of Democratic leadership. The Grants Democrat sent a letter to legislators saying that he would not run for minority leader, opening up the position to any other Democrat that would like to run for the position. The story was first reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican. This set off a quick game of musical chairs and it appears that Reps. … Read entire article »

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State Veterans Services secretary to step down

State Veterans Services secretary to step down

The New Mexico Veterans Services Secretary will step down, Gov. Susana Martinez’s office announced in a press release on Tuesday, Veterans Day. Tim Hale, who has served as the cabinet-level secretary since 2011 when Martinez first entered office, will be replaced by Retired Brigadier General Jack R. Fox, Martinez’s office announced. “Secretary Hale has served New Mexico’s veterans well,” said Governor Martinez. “Thanks to his able leadership, we have continued to improve services to our veterans … Read entire article »

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Republicans name Tripp next Speaker of the House

Republicans name Tripp next Speaker of the House

Rep. Don Tripp, R-Socorro, will be the next Speaker of the House. Republicans named Tripp as the leader of the chamber on Saturday. Tripp will be the first Republican Speaker of the House in over half a century; Republicans last held the chamber in the 1950s. Republicans will hold a 37-33 advantage in the state House because of this week’s election results. Republicans named Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, as the new Majority Leader and Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, as … Read entire article »

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Rep. Jeff: ‘Karma’ that Dems lost House

Rep. Jeff: ‘Karma’ that Dems lost House

Rep. Sandra Jeff lost her House seat on Tuesday when her bid to run as a write-in candidate fell well short of the goal. Jeff responded to the loss in a Facebook post. Jeff said that the efforts to remove her from office spent too much time and money and alluded that it was “karma” that the Democrats lost control of the state House to Republicans. She also took shots at Conservation Voters New Mexico, a … Read entire article »

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Report: Squier resigns from spot as head of HSD (Updated)

Report: Squier resigns from spot as head of HSD (Updated)

A report by the Santa Fe New Mexican says that Secretary of the Human Services Department Sidonie Squier has resigned. The New Mexican report cited sources within the department. The Albuquerque Journal followed up that Squier’s resignation is effective December 1. The Journal also has portions of Squier’s resignation letter. Resignations from cabinet-level secretaries and others in gubernatorial administrations are not rare when a governor is elected to a second term. The report of this resignation comes just … Read entire article »

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Former State Rep. Dub Williams passes away

Former State Rep. Dub Williams passes away

Former State Rep. W.C. “Dub” Williams passed away on Monday. He was 87. The Ruidoso News first reported the news on Wednesday. The paper reported that Williams passed away in his home. Williams was a rancher who first was elected to the State Legislature in 1994. After being sworn in in 1995, he served until 2009 when he retired because of family health concerns. He retired just days before the 2009 legislative session and was replaced by … Read entire article »

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Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

By Fred Nathan, executive director of Think New Mexico Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy. Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state – and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to embrace. Both ideas were advanced in Think New … Read entire article »

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Projection: $285 million in new revenue for state next year

Projection: $285 million in new revenue for state next year

A joint projection by the Susana Martinez administration and the Legislative Finance Committee projected there would be $285 million in new revenue for the next state budget. The AP reported the findings were released at a LFC meeting in Las Vegas on Monday. The reason for the increase in revenues? It is the usual with New Mexico — oil and gas revenue. Economic growth — particularly from strong oil production — is expected to boost total revenue collections … Read entire article »

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