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Rep. Archuleta had leg amputated (updated)

Rep. Archuleta had leg amputated (updated)

Near the end of the Democratic pre-primary convention, a speaker announced that Rep. Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, had had a leg amputation following a leg injury. Archuleta missed the entire legislative session with what was described as recovery from hip surgery. Rumors that Archuleta was more injured than was let on swirled around the the Roundhouse — but nothing was confirmed until the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s annual state pre-primary convention. Jessica Martinez announced Archuleta, “unfortunately … Read entire article »

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Lira, Garcia Democratic primary looming in District 34

Lira, Garcia Democratic primary looming in District 34

A Democratic primary looks like it is coming between State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and Sunland Park city councilor Christian Lira. Lira announced his candidacy in a press conference Thursday afternoon, which Diana Alba Soular of the Las Cruces Sun-News tweeted about. Alba Soular reported that Lira was highly critical of the representation in Hoiuse District 34 during his press conference. The incumbent in District 34 is Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, who has served in the seat … Read entire article »

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Former cabinet secretary running in House District 17

Former cabinet secretary running in House District 17

A former cabinet secretary for the Department of Aging announced that she is running for state House in District 17, the district held by retiring Rep. Ed Sandoval, D-Albuquerque. “I have spent my life working to improve health care access and quality in this state for people of all ages and I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue Chairman Edward Sandoval’s legacy of advocating for patient protection and working families. He has … Read entire article »

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Rep. Ed Sandoval won’t seek reelection

Rep. Ed Sandoval won’t seek reelection

Another day, another announcement of a retirement of a member of the House of Representatives. Rep. Ed Sandoval, D-Albuquerque, won’t run for reelection in 2014. Sandoval has served in the state House of Representatives since 1983 and is the chairman of the House Taxation and Revenue Committee. A release from the House Democratic caucus says that he is retiring to spend more time with his family, including his three grandsons. “It’s been a long ride — it’s … Read entire article »

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House Majority Leader Miera won’t run for reelection

House Majority Leader Miera won’t run for reelection

House Majority Leader Rick Miera announced on Friday that he will not be seeking reelection. Miera has served in the state House since 1991 and became Majority Leader in 2013. Before that, he was chair of the House Education Committee. The pres release announcing the he will not run again does not say why he made the decision. “I have made a difficult decision to step down from State Representative District 11, providing an opportunity for a new … Read entire article »

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Minimum wage issue will be back again next year

Minimum wage issue will be back again next year

One of the top priorities of the Democratic legislature was raising the minimum wage. A constitutional amendment that would do just that passed the Senate and made it to the House floor where it failed. The bill did receive a majority in both chambers, but it requires a majority of the body. And with a Democrat not voting and two others missing, there just weren’t enough votes to get it done. Speaker of the House Ken Martinez, … Read entire article »

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Sine die! Last day ends on a mostly positive note

Sine die! Last day ends on a mostly positive note

In a session typified by not much happening (more on why later), it ultimately ended on a positive note. The session ended with two last-minute pieces of legislation passing the Senate. One was the House version of a lottery fix and the other was a constitutional amendment to ease some rules on the SIC to help them get better return on investment for the State Land Grant Permanent Fund. The latter explained by Sen. Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, … Read entire article »

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The ballad of Sandra Jeff

The ballad of Sandra Jeff

Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, may be the enduring story of the 2014 legislative session. For one, the session was marked by the lack of big legislation that would normally tell the story of the session (like last year’s last-second omnibus tax bill). A big reason for that was Jeff. Jeff has never been a particularly party-line Democrat and has been known to vote against every other Democrat on issues. Usually it just makes votes closer than they … Read entire article »

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SJR 4 shows some signs of frayed collegiality in the House

SJR 4 shows some signs of frayed collegiality in the House

A word that Speaker of the House Ken Martinez likes to use for discussion between members is “collegiality.” If you have that on a legislative drinking game where Martinez is speaking, you might not get drunk but you probably shouldn’t drive. Some of the collegiality frays at the end of the session, especially when there are controversial topics being discussed. Tonight was an example of that. The discussion on the constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage … Read entire article »

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Minimum wage constitutional amendment falls in the House (updated)

Minimum wage constitutional amendment falls in the House (updated)

Legislation that would have asked voters to put a minimum wage increase in the state constitution failed in the House. While 33 voted for and 29 voted against, a proposed constitutional amendment requires a majority of the entire chamber, 36 votes. The proposal would have asked voters to approve raising the minimum wage annually based on the Consume Price Index. It would also backdate this to 2009, putting it near $8.40 per hour when it goes into … Read entire article »

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