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Martinez ad hits King on vote to raise taxes

Martinez ad hits King on vote to raise taxes

Susana Martinez is back with a new campaign ad, this one that goes negative on Gary King. Negative ads against King have mostly been relegated to being paid for by the Republican Governor’s Association. This one comes from Susana Martinez’s coffers, however, and digs up votes from King’s time in the House. The ad says that King Voted for the “largest tax increase in history.” As Steve Terrell at the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, “Not the history … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, New Mexico House

Youngblood makes Washington Post’s ’40 Under 40′ list

Youngblood makes Washington Post’s ’40 Under 40′ list

State Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, got a place on the Washington Post’s 40 Under 40 list. The list focused on those who, in addition to being under 40 years old, are outside of the Beltway area. In other words, statewide officials, mayors, legislators and others that didn’t rise in political circles through Washington D.C. “We sought advice from more than 100 different sources from all across the United States and gradually pared it down to 40 names,” … Read entire article »

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Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Three legislators said the state Supreme Court should allow legislative input into the approval the Navajo Water Settlement. Two of the legislators, both Republicans, are from the Four Corners area, where the bulk of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico sits. The third, a Democrat, is from Santa Fe. Jim Rogers, a San Juan County irrigator, also is involved in the suit. Both Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, and Sen. Steven Neville, R-Farmington, criticized the settlement that came from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate

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 »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Governor, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate

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 »

Filed under: Budget, Featured, Governor, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate, Roundhouse