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Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says that Steve Pearce hired the person — or perhaps one of the people — behind the infamous @Politixfireball account to be his next press secretary. The Santa Fe Reporter says that Rebekah Stevens is behind the Twitter account and the website PoliticalFireball. Pearce’s office announced she was hired as the new press secretary in an email to reporters yesterday. “I’d like to introduce Rebekah Stevens, Rep. Pearce’s new press … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, Social Media

Poll: Bushee leads Santa Fe mayoral race but many undecideds remain

Poll: Bushee leads Santa Fe mayoral race but many undecideds remain

A poll in the Santa Fe mayoral race shows city councilor Patti Bushee leads the crowded field — but nearly 40 percent of those polled were undecided on the race. The poll was conducted by Third Eye Strategies for ProgressNow New Mexico. The Santa Fe Reporter first reported on the poll. The poll shows that Bushee has the support of 24 percent of likely voters. Next in the poll are former Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Santa Fe Elections

Public Policy Polling: Pearce leads, but loses lead when told he supports shutdown

Public Policy Polling: Pearce leads, but loses lead when told he supports shutdown

ioll A poll by Public Policy Polling for progressive groups ProgressNow NM and the Center for Civic Action shows Rep. Steve Pearce leads by three percent over a generic Democratic opponent. However the poll finds a generic Democratic opponent leads by two percent after being told Pearce supports the government shutdown. Pearce has said he does not support the shutdown but does not want to fund the government unless an exemption from the Affordable Care Act for … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured, Polling

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Davis resigns from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers

Former police officer and political activist Pat Davis resigned from his spot as the chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers this weekend, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Davis was arrested for aggravated DWI this weekend. Davis has been a foe of conservatives for his work as executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico. Once news of Davis’ arrest came out, the Republican Party of New Mexico and Republican Party of Bernalillo County called for Davis to resign from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured

Martinez faces criticism over domestic partner benefits, tobacco permanent fund vetoes

Martinez faces criticism over domestic partner benefits, tobacco permanent fund vetoes

Gov. Susana Martinez’s final legislative actions open herself to criticism from frequent critics in the gay rights area — but also from the New Mexico chapter of the American Cancer Society. The veto that drew the ire of the American Cancer Society was a line-item veto related to the tobacco permanent fund. Martinez line-item vetoed a provision to transfer $50 million to the Tobacco Settlement Permanent Fund — an amount of money that New Mexico gets from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget, Economy, Education, Featured, Governor, LGBT, Roundhouse

Gov vetoes prevailing wage whistleblower protection bill

Gov vetoes prevailing wage whistleblower protection bill

A bill that sought to protect the identities of those who blew the whistle on employers who did not pay the public works minimum wage was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday. Note: See correction below. In the the message to the Senate (pdf), Martinez said the bill was unnecessary and counterproductive. “The bill’s overly broad mandate to protect the identity of prevailing wage complainants ignores the realities of prevailing wage investigation and prosecution,” Martinez said in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Governor, Roundhouse

Rep. Garcia: Gays can be in relationships but not marry

Rep. Garcia: Gays can be in relationships but not marry

Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, has been under fire for her votes bucking her party on some key votes, resulting in bills not passing. One of those was a joint memorial that would have allowed voters to decide if same-sex marriage should be codified in the state constitution. Garcia was one of two Democrats to vote along with the Republican Party against the measure. Her comments to KRQE are raising eyebrows. “These people, gays, already have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LGBT

Mayor says it isn’t up to City Hall to enforce minimum wage

Mayor says it isn’t up to City Hall to enforce minimum wage

Drip… drip… drip… The story of a business owner who refuses to pay the new minimum wage that two-thirds of Albuquerque voters continues to have legs. Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry weighed in — and in a way that will likely show up in campaign ads in October. Berry told the Albuquerque Journal that it wasn’t up to him to enforce the minimum wage law passed by Albuquerque voters. Berry passed the buck to the city … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Economy, Featured

Voter purge on pause, says ProgressNow NM

Voter purge on pause, says ProgressNow NM

ProgressNow New Mexico says a proposed voter purge by Secretary of State Dianna Duran is on pause after outcry over the legality of such a move. “This latest indication that Secretary Duran will – instead of bringing court actions – comply with the NVRA requirements is great news for New Mexico voters,” ProgressNow New Mexico executive director Pat Davis said in a statement. “Our voter rolls certainly need to be updated and there are already rules … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured

Bill criminalizes abortions in case of rape (updated)

Bill criminalizes abortions in case of rape (updated)

A bill introduced by a Republican state Representative would make it a third-degree felony for a woman who was impregnated as the result of a rape or incest to have an abortion. Update (11:20 am): Rep. Brown announced that she will put in a substitute bill. See her comments at the bottom of the post. House Bill 206, brought by Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, is sure to be one of the most controversial bills of the session. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, New Mexico House