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Feldman talks money in legislative races

Feldman talks money in legislative races

It wasn’t like predicting the winning lottery numbers or the final score to the Super Bowl, but Dede Feldman told NM Telegram a few weeks ago that she expected a huge jump in spending by independent groups as the final election neared. “I think that we haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” Feldman said in late September. “We have seen it in 2012 and what I saw was a complete nationalization of local races. Such … Read entire article »

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King, Martinez exchange barbs at final debate

King, Martinez exchange barbs at final debate

Susana Martinez and Gary King debated each other on Sunday evening just a day after early voting started and just over two weeks before election day. Anyone who has watched TV over the last few weeks — specifically the ads — knew what was coming, a the two traded barbs. Martinez, among other things, said King’s performance over the past eight years as attorney general didn’t warrant a “promotion” to governor. King knocked Martinez for a … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: More on campaigns as elections near

Morning Word: More on campaigns as elections near

The Santa Fe New Mexican looks at the differences between Martinez and King on human services issues. Both Secretary of State candidates, incumbent Dianna Duran and challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver, are up on the air with TV ads. So is a Super PAC that’s going after Duran. The race will be one to watch on election night. Both Duran and Toulouse Oliver will be on New Mexico In Focus tonight. The Albuquerque Journal looks at the Steve Pearce/Rocky … 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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SoS candidates up on the air, so is a liberal super PAC

SoS candidates up on the air, so is a liberal super PAC

Each of the candidates for Secretary of State are on the air now, as the campaigns work their way towards election day. And a third group, likely with more money, has as well, an independent expenditure opposing Dianna Duran. At this stage in the game, with so many ads on TV and just running out of room, these may be the only ads we see through election day in the Secretary of State race. Copies of each … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: More on campaigns, ads as elections near

Morning Word: More on campaigns, ads as elections near

One thing that Gary King and Susana Martinez don’t agree on very much? Environmental issues, as laid out by the Santa Fe New Mexican. NM Telegram took a brief look at the five constitutional amendments that voters will decide on. The KUNM Call-In Show this morning is looking at all the “other” stuff on the ballots. That is the advisory questions, constitutional amendments and bond issues. The Santa Fe New Mexican examines the race for State Auditor between … Read entire article »

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Voters will decide on five constitutional amendments

Voters will decide on five constitutional amendments

In addition to voting on U.S. Senate, governor, congressional seats and every seat in the state House, New Mexico voters will also get to decide on five constitutional amendments. Constitutional amendments were one of the biggest topics of conversation in the 2014 legislative session, as Democrats attempted to use the process to raise the minimum wage and tap the land grant permanent fund to fund early childhood education. Neither of these passed, although they warranted significant … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, State

Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

With just three weeks until election day, there are a lot of political ads on TV. That makes it increasingly hard to break through the clutter and actually get attention. NM Telegram isn’t able to keep up with the flood of campaign ads recently, but this one was worth mentioning. You can watch the full ad below. Sometimes, it happens in a negative way, as it did for Wendy Davis in Texas. Or in others, a way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auditor, Featured, National News, Video

Morning Word: Recapping statewide campaign finance filings

Morning Word: Recapping statewide campaign finance filings

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me put featured images (the images you see on the front page) in stories. I know this is annoying and hope it will be fixed soon. Tuesday was campaign finance day. NM Telegram looked at the gubernatorial numbers where it is like a broken record — Martinez has way more money again. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Dianna Duran has been outraised by her Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver. In the … Read entire article »

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Martinez outraises, outspends King again

The latest campaign finance reports show that once again Susana Martinez outraised Gary King in the last campaign finance period. The campaign finance period ran from September 2 to October 6. Martinez’s spending also dwarfed that of King’s. King spent $205,849.85 in the time, most of which he was not airing TV ads. Martinez had multiple TV ads on the air and spent $1,873,506.57 during the time period. Martinez still has $2,732,764.62 cash on hand. King has just $123,651.26 cash on hand. In the same time period, Martinez raised $763,591.75 to King’s $171,770.28. You can see Martinez’s full report here. And you can see King’s full report here. With so little time left before the election, the cash on hand advantage isn’t as big a deal. But it shows that Martinez was able to … Read entire article »

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