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King internal poll puts him six behind Martinez

King internal poll puts him six behind Martinez

An internal poll conducted for Gary King’s campaign puts him within the margin of error against Susana Martinez. The poll finds that 45 percent Martinez in her reelection bid while 39 percent back King. This leaves about 15 percent who are undecided (rounding errors mean the numbers only add up to 99 percent). The polling memo from Lake Research Partners says “Martinez is vulnerable to defeat from Attorney General Gary King.” The internal poll was first mentioned on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Sen. Tom Udall is still way ahead in the cash race, though Weh brought in more money in the last quarter. Udall had $3.4 million in cash at the end of the second quarter, while Weh had a total of $627,806. Weh’s ability to raise more money in the quarter was mostly thanks to a large loan from himself to his campaign — $555,000 in all. The Associated Press reported the fundraising totals. Unlike their house counterparts, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Senate

Republican group to pour money into state house races

Republican group to pour money into state house races

A conservative Republican group announced it would use money to help Republicans take over control of the state House of Representatives. The group, GOPAC, named nine districts it will be targeting. House Minority Whip Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, sits on the GOPAC Legislative Leaders Advisory Board. “We are very pleased to join with New Mexico House Republicans in their bid to gain majority control for the first time in over 60 years,” GOPAC chairman Frank Donatelli in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Morning Word: Anaya settles with the SEC on fraud charges

Former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya was one of four men charged for fraud by the SEC. Anaya settled with the SEC, who said he was cooperative. Here’s the story on Anaya from Winthrop Quigley at the Albuquerque Journal. Rep. Steve Pearce said most immigrants who have left Central America left for economic reasons, not to flee the violence. Pearce said this after he was part of a group of Representatives who traveled to Guatemala and Honduras. Sen. … Read entire article »

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Former Governor Anaya, others charged for fraud

Former Governor Anaya, others charged for fraud

Former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya was one of four men charged for fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Anaya settled with the SEC and cooperated according to an SEC release. Anaya agreed to not be involved the sale of penny stocks for five years. Financial penalties, if any, will be levied at a later date. The charges stem from the running of Natural Blue Resources Inc., a company that was created to deal with water in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured

Morning Word: Immigration news from NM and beyond

Morning Word: Immigration news from NM and beyond

Harry Reid name-checked Martin Heinrich when talking about the border. “The border is secure,” he told reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch. “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.” Missed this yesterday (and I’m not the only one), but Winthrop Quigley looked at how past immigration policies have come home to roost tonight. Three campaign contributions to … Read entire article »

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Luján, Lujan Grisham cosponsor legislation to reverse Citizens United

Luján, Lujan Grisham cosponsor legislation to reverse Citizens United

Two of New Mexico’s members of Congress are cosponsoring legislation that would reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The proposed constitutional amendment has 99 cosponsors, all Democrats. It mirrors legislation in the Senate that would do the same thing. Both Democrats from New Mexico, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, are among the cosponsors. The legislation would amend the constitution to allow Congress and the states to limit corporate spending on political activities. Critics of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement on the recent deportations of Central American undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin. Pearce represents southern New Mexico, and his district holds a temporary immigration holding facility. The facility is at the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia. Yesterday, the news came that over three dozen immigrants were deported and flown back to Honduras. “The first flight returning undocumented families to their homes in Central America … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Delegation, Featured, National News

Lara raises $375,000 in second quarter

Lara raises $375,000 in second quarter

Rocky Lara raised more than $375,000 in the second quarter of this year and will report having over $700,000 cash on hand. The numbers represent Lara’s best fundraising quarter since entering the race and her campaign surely hopes it means more momentum ahead of November’s general elections. Today is the filing deadline for federal candidates to report their numbers to the Federal Elections Commission. The numbers are for all money raised from April 1 to June 30. “I … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured

Morning Word: News on Senate, presidential races

Morning Word: News on Senate, presidential races

Before I went off on my three-day weekend to celebrate my birthday, I wrote something about the Patreon fundraiser that’s going on right now. Allen Weh responded to a Los Angeles Times report on his company’s contracts for flying undocumented immigrants back to their original countries. “Our country is knee-deep in a humanitarian, emergency response situation that appears will only get worse before it gets better,” Weh’s statement said. “As the CEO of CSI Aviation, I have … Read entire article »

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