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Lara airs first ad, targets congressional ‘perks’

Lara airs first ad, targets congressional ‘perks’

Rocky Lara has her first ad on the air and she is using it as most congressional challengers do — to introduce herself to voters. She also uses it to target Steve Pearce on “perks” of being a member of Congress. Lara says her parents worked for a living, then segues into congressional perks (“Taxpayer healthcare for life, first class airfare and their own hair salon”) and says Pearce voted for all of them. Lara says if elected, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, CD2, Featured

Martinez ad goes after King on emails

Martinez ad goes after King on emails

The newest ad by the campaign of Susana Martinez used controversy over stolen emails in its latest ad. The ad criticizes Attorney General Gary King for releasing the emails through an Inspection of Public Records Act request. The man who stole the emails, former Martinez campaign manager Jamie Estrada, asked for probation in the case earlier this week. Estrada pleaded guilty to two felonies earlier this year. No one else has been charged for the email case, although … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Governor

NYT/CBS News poll: Martinez leads King by 5 percent

NYT/CBS News poll: Martinez leads King by 5 percent

A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted by YouGov says Susana Martinez has a five percent lead over Gary King in her race for reelection. The YouGov poll finds that Martinez leads King 48 percent to 43 percent with seven percent undecided and two percent saying they will vote for another candidate. There is no third candidate in the race. Martinez is considered by pundits to be the prohibitive favorite to win reelection. The poll was conducted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

Morning Word: Udall’s Citizens United repeal fails

Morning Word: Udall’s Citizens United repeal fails

As expected, a Republican filibuster blocked the passage of a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Sen. Tom Udall was the sponsor of the amendment. After the vote he said he was “encouraged” by the growing support for the Citizens United repeal. The debate over the exclusion of advisory questions regarding marijuana from the ballot in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties continues, and Dianna Duran called into the KUNM Call In … Read entire article »

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Duran defends advisory question decision on KUNM

Duran defends advisory question decision on KUNM

The KUNM Call In show looking at efforts to decriminalize marijuana had a special guest call in — Secretary of State Dianna Duran. On Wednesday, Duran issued a decision saying Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties could not put advisory questions on the ballot. This differed from the opinion of the office of the Attorney General, who said such opinions were allowed. The advisory votes included marijuana decriminalization votes added to the ballot by the county commissions in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Audio, Elections, Featured, Santa Fe

Jeff faces ethics complaint over campaign finance report

Jeff faces ethics complaint over campaign finance report

A campaign finance report filed by Sandra Jeff has resulted in an ethics complaint against her campaign. The ethics complaint was filed by the campaign of Doreen Johnson, who faces Jeff in the general election in November. At issue are funds that aren’t included on any campaign finance report. In the final 2014 primary report, Jeff’s campaign reported cash on hand of $11,718.73. The opening balance of the next report shows $37,786.58 — a difference of $26,067.85. There … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Morning Word: No advisory votes on pot penalties, SOS says

Morning Word: No advisory votes on pot penalties, SOS says

The Secretary of State said that advisory votes on marijuana decriminalization can’t go forward because state law doesn’t provide for such advisory votes by the public. An opinion by the Attorney General’s office from last week disagreed. A Santa Fe County Commissioner says this isn’t the end of the push for the vote. Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics tells SFR she’s disappointed with the news from Duran and says both county governments are considering a court … Read entire article »

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SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

SOS says Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties can’t put advisory votes on ballot

The Secretary of State ruled on Wednesday that Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties cannot put advisory questions about decriminalizing marijuana on November’s ballot. Duran rejected the ballot provisions as unconstitutional, saying there is no place for non-binding, advisory votes on the ballot. “As Secretary of State, if I were to place such extra-legal issues on the ballot then I would be taking an active role in accepting this kind of use of the ballot as lawful and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, Local

Eden: APD ‘may be stuck’ with officers who don’t belong on the force

Eden: APD ‘may be stuck’ with officers who don’t belong on the force

Albuquerque Police Department chief Gorden Eden said the city “may be stuck” with officers who don’t deserve to be on the force. The statements came in an interview with USA Today about APD’s recent problems with police brutality and shootings. From the interview: “I believe there are people on the force who shouldn’t be on the force,” the chief told USA TODAY. How many officers, and the depths of their alleged transgressions, Eden would not say. But more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Featured

New Weh ad criticizes Washington D.C.

New Weh ad criticizes Washington D.C.

Fresh off of controversy from a web ad, Allen Weh is airing a new ad titled “Washington is Broken.” The ad treads well-worn territory for challengers seeking office in Washington D.C. — criticizing Washington D.C. The ad runs text of controversies over the past several years over the screen that Republicans have concentrated on, from the national debt to Benghazi to illegal immigration, and then says, “It is time for a change.” The ad has $100 bills … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, Senate