Articles Comments

New Mexico Telegram » New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House, Roundhouse, Social Media

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House, Roundhouse

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 »

Filed under: National News, New Mexico House

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 »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House