Election 2014

Election 2014
9:16 am
Fri October 31, 2014

PRC Race Pits GOP Incumbent Vs. Ex-Commissioner

The only contested seat on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is pitting a Republican incumbent against a former Democratic commissioner who was once the panel's chairman.

Ben Hall is seeking re-election to his District 5 seat on the powerful commission that regulates public utilities, telecommunications and insurance companies. He is facing a challenge from Democrat Sandy Jones.

Hall, a Ruidoso businessman, said he would continue to work to simplify commission rules and regulations and to reorganize the agency.

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Election 2014
9:11 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Super PACs Pour Money Into New Mexico Races

Democratic and Republican super PACs have pumped more than $1 million this month into New Mexico's legislative and other state office races.

The political action committees can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently advocate the election or defeat of candidates.

According to the latest finance reports, the Democratic group Patriot Majority New Mexico spent almost $892,000 from Oct. 7 through Tuesday. That included $360,000 on radio and television ads, $108,000 on mailings and more than $300,000 given to other groups supporting Democrats.

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Election 2014
9:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidates Face Complaints

Candidates in a heated Secretary of State race are facing dueling complaints.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Republican incumbent Dianna Duran, is facing a complaint she used a government website to attack Duran. The complaint filed earlier this month by Sandia Park resident Carolyn Freeman says the disputed material was later taken down.

Oliver's campaign manager Alan Packman called the complaint a "complete fabrication."

The Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review board is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, State Auditor Hector Balderas

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, Former Prosecutor And Judge Susan Riedel

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Election 2014
10:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Public Regulation Commissioner Told Campaign Work Payments Not OK

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A state official who has acknowledged paying himself with public campaign financing for time he spent campaigning for his re-election is being told he can't do that.

The Secretary of State's Office told Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall in a letter that allowed uses of public campaign financing don't include candidates paying themselves for time spent campaigning.

Hall had previously told the Albuquerque Journal that he had used nearly $7,000 of his public campaign financing to pay himself and his fiancee for time they spent on campaign work.

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Election 2014
10:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

N.M. Land Commissioner Contest Remains Tight Race

New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell is locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn.

So far, it's been a contest that has centered on Powell's management of the state's public lands.

Powell says in the last three years the office has generated a record $2.3 billion for the state accounts that fund various projects. The Democrat says he has helped transform a "badly compromised and dysfunctional office."

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Election 2014
8:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Candidates To Disclose Fundraising

Candidates are to make a disclosure of their campaign spending during the final stretch leading to next week's election.

Campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday by candidates for governor and other state offices and by political committees trying to influence the outcome of races in New Mexico.

The reports will show contributions and spending during the past three weeks. The next complete campaign finance disclosure isn't due until December.

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Election 2014
8:07 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Voter ID Debate The Focus Of Secretary Of State Race

Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is fighting to keep her job in a race that has her pitted against Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

A major focus has been voter ID.

Duran is seeking to become the first Republican re-elected to the seat in decades. Citing fraud concerns, she wants to push for new voter ID measures.

Oliver, Bernalillo County's clerk, says fraud is rare and requiring voters to have identification would just prevent certain residents from casting ballots.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: District 3 Doña Ana Commissioner Benjamin Rawson

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6:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: Doña Ana Commission District 3 Challenger Beth Bardwell

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8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

N.M. Treasurer Race Draws Education Funding Concerns

The campaign to become the next New Mexico state treasurer has candidates talking about education.

Democrat Tim Eichenberg is going against Republican Rick Lopez in a race to replace James Lewis, who can't run again because of term limits.

The 62-year-old Eichenberg says the state should acquire more federal lands that could then be leased to create a new revenue source for early childhood education. He says the treasurer's office also should invest more in New Mexico's infrastructure to help start construction projects.

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Election 2014
7:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Mitt Romney To Campaign For Gov. Martinez

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans a campaign stop in New Mexico to help Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said Romney will appear Thursday at a fundraiser at a private residence in Albuquerque and at a public event in mid-afternoon at the governor's campaign headquarters in the city.

Martinez is running against Democratic challenger Gary King in the general election.

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Election 2014
8:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Auditor Race Matches Senate Majority Whip Vs. Ex-Dem

State Sen. Tim Keller is going head-to-head against Republican lawyer Robert Aragon in a state auditor race that has brought out "Breaking Bad" references, charges of unpaid taxes and a barking dog.

The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, is promising to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs.

Aragon, a former Democrat state lawmaker from a storied New Mexico political family, is vowing to attack waste and examine state settlements.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Dist. 5 Challenger Sandy Jones

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6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation District 5 Commissioner Ben Hall

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7:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

GOP Group Raises $400,000 For Legislative Races

A Republican group has raised $400,000 in the past month to help the GOP gain legislative seats.

A finance report on Tuesday showed Advance New Mexico Now spending $136,000 from Sept. 2 through Oct. 6. Expenditures included almost $55,000 on mailings in House races, $40,500 on polling and nearly $18,000 on radio advertising.

The committee is a "super PAC" that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently advocate the election or defeat of candidates. It has cash-on-hand of $486,000.

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Election 2014
7:09 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Democrat Holds Money Edge In Attorney General Race

Candidates for governor and other offices are disclosing their fundraising as campaigns prepare for the closing stretch to Election Day.

New finance reports show Democrat Hector Balderas holding a more than 8-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel.

Balderas spent nearly $335,000 in the past month, leaving cash-on-hand of almost $602,000 as of last week. Riedel had a balance of about $70,000 after spending more than $161,000.

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Election 2014
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Clearing The Confusion Over Amendment 1 On The New Mexico Ballot

  Incomplete wording on the New Mexico November ballot could sink the chances to pass a Constitutional amendment. 

Amendment 1 on the New Mexico ballot says its purpose is to “provide that school elections shall be held at different times from partisan elections.”   So it sounds like if you vote “yes” on the amendment, you’re creating a voting restriction.   But just the opposite is true.  The ballot leaves out a crucial piece of information.  The restriction in Amendment 1 would replace a prohibition already in place against holding school elections with ANY other election.

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Election 2014
10:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Courts Block Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

Courts have blocked enforcement of voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin mere weeks before Election Day.

In Texas, a federal judge declared a measure that was among the toughest in the nation a de-facto poll tax that sought to suppress minority voters.

That decision late Thursday came even as the U.S. Supreme Court barred Wisconsin from enforcing its own voter ID law.

The attorney generals of both states defended the laws and vowed to appeal.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: Challenger For Doña Ana County Commission District 1

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6:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett

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6:44 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexicans Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 7

New Mexicans have only a few more days to become eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Tuesday is the deadline to register as a voter. That's also the first day that New Mexicans can cast ballots in person at a county clerk's office.

County clerks also can start mailing out absentee ballots to voters on Tuesday.

Early voting will expand to more locations statewide on Oct. 18.

Nearly 1.3 million New Mexicans were registered to vote at the start of the month, according to the secretary of state's office.

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Election 2014
6:06 am
Fri October 3, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 35 Challenger Betty Bishop

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6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Mexico State University Hosts "Great Debate"

 

 

Political Groups at New Mexico State University tried to encourage more students to be involved in local politics by holding a “Great Debate” to argue their political philosophies.

 

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 37 Challenger Joanne Ferrary

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Election 2014
7:35 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Governor Outspending Challenger 4-to-1 On TV Ads

A nonpartisan national group reports that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has spent four times as much as Democratic challenger Gary King on television advertising in New Mexico's race for governor.

The Center for Public Integrity says Martinez has aired about 3,700 ads through Sept. 8 at a cost of about $1.7 million while King has spent a little over $400,000 to broadcast about 800 ads in his primary and general-election campaigns.

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Election 2014
7:31 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Another County Wants Advisory Ballot Questions

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says another county is proposing nonbinding ballot questions to poll its voters in the November general election.

Duran said Monday that Chaves County has approved five advisory questions, including ones to ask the county's voters whether they would support local ordinances to require voter identification, ban the release of wolves in the county and repeal a prevailing wage that must be paid by contractors on certain taxpayer-financed construction projects.

The county also wants to poll its voters about a possible right-to-work measure.

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