Thursday 07/24/2014
Rasmussen Poll Shows Tie Between Martinez and King

In the first independent poll since the New Mexico primary -- actually the first independent poll here in months and months -- Rasmussen Reports shows a tie race between incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrat Gary King.

The poll shows both candidates at 43 percent.

This is surprising because in-house polls by both candidates have shown Martinez to be leading.

Posted in Politics on Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:35 pm. Updated: 6:07 pm. Comments (0)

New Susana ad — and it doesn't attack whazisname!

There's a new campaign ad up for Gov. Martinez and it doesn't even accuse Democrat Gary King of hating education.

No, it's a positive ad. It features a lady named Kathy Sandoval Snider, director of Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at UNM, who was named (I'm not sure by whom) "Educator of the Year" in 2007.

Here's the script:

Posted in Politics on Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:08 am. Updated: 5:35 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Colbert Lampoons Pearce

New Mexico's only Republican Congressman was skewered by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report last night.

The Comedy Central show used an article in The New Mexican by my colleague Milan Simonich last week as a springboard for it's satire.

Watch the segment here.

Posted in Blogs, Blogs, Politics on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:18 pm. Updated: 7:43 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 07/18/2014
Rising Political Stars in NM

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd, on his MSNBC show The Daily Rundown, named four "rising stars" in New Mexico politics this morning. 

There were two Democrats and two Republicans. They were:

* State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque.

Posted in Politics on Friday, July 18, 2014 4:05 pm. Updated: 5:51 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/17/2014
King's Poll Shows a Closer Race Than Martinez's Poll Showed

A poll commissioned by Democrat Gary King's gubernatorial campaign shows King trailing incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez -- but only by six percentage points.

That would be a huge gain from July 1, when a poll commissioned by the Martinez campaign show the governor up by 16 percentage points.

Of course I have to give the same caveat here I do when I blog about internal polling for campaigns: there's not enough grains of salt in the world you need to take these with.

Posted in Politics on Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:07 pm. Updated: 6:48 pm. Comments (0)

Richardson: Immigration Crisis is Tea Party's Fault

Former Gov. Bill Richardson says the current refugee problem on the border is not the fault of President Obama. Instead, he blames the Tea Party.

Richardson made his remarks in an interview on Larry King's new show, PolitiKING Tonight.

Here's a video of that part of the interview:

Posted in Politics on Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:01 pm. Updated: 4:47 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Former Gov. Anaya Implicated in Fraud Scheme

Former Gov. Toney Anaya has settled with the federal Securities Exchange Commission in a fraud case involving a water company Anaya headed.

According to a news release from the SEC, Anaya was one of four people charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company.

"Anaya, who is a former New Mexico governor and attorney general, and [Erik] Perry each agreed to settle the charges," the news release said. " Anaya has cooperated extensively with the SEC’s investigation." Like Anaya, Perry was a former chief executive of Natural Blue Resources Inc., a company whose mission was to create, acquire, or otherwise invest in environmentally-friendly companies, including an initiative to locate, purify, and sell water recovered from underground aquifers in New Mexico and other areas with depleting water resources."

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:14 am. Updated: 8:59 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/15/2014
SOS to King: Campaign Contributions are Over the Limit

Three campaign contributors to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King went over the legal limit, a letter from the Secretary of State's Office told King this week.

According to a July 14 letter from the office’s ethics administrator Billy Velarde, King has until July 24 to “provide a rational for a contrary conclusion” or to deposit the amount that’s over the limit — $10,900 — to the state public election fund. That fund pays for publicy financed campaigns of Public Regulation commissioners and some state judges.

King's campaign manager, Keith Breitbach, said Tuesday that the campaign had not yet received the letter and will decide what to do when it's received.

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:33 pm. Updated: 4:49 pm. Comments (0)

Former County Commissioner Joe Grine Endorses Martinez

Former Santa Fe County Commissioner Joe Grine, a Democrat, has endorsed the re-election of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Grine, who served one term on the commission between 1997 and 2000, said in a statement released by the Martinez campaign:

“New Mexico needs a strong leader who will fight for our families to ensure that we have good paying jobs, a great school system and a state government that spends taxpayer dollars wisely. Under the previous administration, our state suffered from a lack of bold leadership and priorities that were out of step with everyday New Mexicans.

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:52 pm. Comments (0)

Saturday 07/12/2014
Franken Coming to NM for Udall Fundraiser

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, will be in Albuquerque next month to help raise campaign cash for Sen. Tom Udall's re-election.

The email invitation features a little bit of Franken's trademark dry humor.

We want to invite you to lunch in Albuquerque on August 2. Yes, we’re asking you for a contribution. No, we’re not sure what will be in the menu -- maybe chicken? Lots of people like chicken.

Posted in Politics on Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:08 am. Comments (0)

Friday 07/11/2014
Darren White, Private Eye

Former state Public Safety Secretary Darren White has started his own private investigations and security firm in Albuquerque.

White's partner in Darren White Investigations & Protection Group is David Linthicum, a 30-year veteran of and former deputy chief for the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.

The company's services include:

Posted in Politics on Friday, July 11, 2014 2:00 pm. Updated: 1:51 pm. Comments (0)

Former SOS Blasts King

"No New Mexico citizen should have to suffer under the leadership of Gary King in the future."

No, that's not a new attack ad from Gov. Susana Martinez or the Republican Governors Association.

That's former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil (formerly Vigil-Giron) in a scathing letter blasting King for his prosecution of her on fraud charges.

Posted in Politics on Friday, July 11, 2014 9:27 am. Updated: 2:08 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 07/09/2014
State GOP Hits King on Fundraiser

The State Republican Party lambasted Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King for planning to attend a fundraiser at the home of a man who was arrested last year on a charge of child abuse after police stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving.

A news release from the state GOP noted that the fundraiser was scheduled a day after King criticized his opponent Gov.  Susana Martinez over DWI policy. King's criticism was related to the state's recent ranking as the number one state in alcohol related deaths.

 “If Gary King wants to crack down on DWI, he can start by prosecuting individuals facing felony charges instead of taking money from them,” the news release said.

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 6:38 pm. Updated: 11:09 am. Comments (0)

Is King Playing Possum?

That's the implication of a fund-raising email sent by the re-election campaign of Gov. Susana Martinez. According to the email, Susana's true believers shouldn't be misled by King's deceptively low totals in his recent campaign finance report.

The Martinez email:

Gary King recently filed a lackluster finance report. Don’t be fooled. His subpar performance serves as a wake-up call to the national unions and left-wing special interest groups that would love nothing more than for us to think we have this won in the first quarter.

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 2:38 pm. Updated: 3:04 pm. Comments (2)

Richardson Takes Manhattan

I first learned, and I'm pretty sure sure that most of New Mexico learned about the new WGN America series Manhattan -- a historical drama that takes place in Los Alamos dealing with the creation of the atom bomb -- when Gov. Susana Martinez held a Santa Fe news conference on the set of the show last March.

And now another New Mexico governor, ex-Gov. Bill Richardson, is helping to promote the show at a big Hollywood gala.

Richardson, who was a big supporter of the film industry in New Mexico during his two terms, will moderate "a special evening with the cast and creative team of Manhattan" tonight at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. For those who won't be in Beverly Hills tonight, there's a free live stream at  www.paleycenter.org/live starting at 7 pm Mountain Time.

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:13 am. Updated: 9:41 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/08/2014
It's Starting ...

I checked my personal email a few minutes ago and noticed I'd received a call on my home phone. Here's what it looked like (transcript courtesy of the robots at Comcast, copied and pasted exactly as it appeared, question marks and all) :

“Hi this is Gary I'm very sorry I missed you. I'm a volunteer and I was just calling to let you know about Doctor Mike street(?) he wants to stand up for New Mexico in the US House of Representatives. my(?) ... with-the-mexico(?) for fifty five years now and he he understands our state and our district extremely well next week with the scientist engineer physicist-instead(?) the mathematician with the PhD in applied mathematics from MIT. He's also Maggie here and both his(?) bachelors and Masters from the Mexico State University. Doctor Mike Reed wants to be your representative in Washington but in the meantime he is working to make Mexico a better place with his-own(?) small business. My free there's-been(?) a contractor and the sub contractor(?) supporting our Air Force national ads for the past twenty five years. Well. Thank you very much for your time and for considering Doctor Mike from-with-your(?) thoughts about the one(?) ... bye have a great day.”

After laughing at the garbled message, I just shook my head. "Great. It's only July and I'm already getting unsolicited campaign phone calls," I grumbled to myself.

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 5:52 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/03/2014
It's Campaign Finance Report Day!

Today is the day that all candidates for state offices in New Mexico have to fie their campaign finance reports.

So far neither Republican  Gov. Susana Martinez nor Democrat Gary King have filed theirs.

However one big player in this election, the Republican Governors Association, through their committee RGA New Mexico PAC, has filed theirs and it shows they have spent a total of $571,290 on TV ads attacking King. That's $12,650 to produce the ads and $548,040 for buying the TV time.

Posted in Politics on Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:08 am. Updated: 5:26 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/01/2014
Martinez Poll Has Martinez Way Ahead

A poll released by the Susana Martinez campaign, commissioned by the Martinez campaign and done by the company headed by Nicole McCleskey, (who is married to Martinez's campaign consultant Jay McCleskey), shows incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez beating Democrat Gary King 54 percent to 38 percent.

Beyond the normal grains of salt with which you have to take campaign-commissioned polls released for public consumption, it has to be noted that this pollster Public Opinion Strategies is the same company that showed Republican Heather Wilson beating Martin Heinrich a few days before the 2012 election. (Heinrich won by about 6 percentage points.)

Still, I don't think that many would be completely surprised that Martinez has a comfortable lead over King. The numbers are only slightly better than those in a poll first cited last week by blogger Joe Monahan. That poll, by Bruce Donisthorpe, reportedly done for the state GOP showed Martinez with a 53 percent to 40 percent  lead over King.

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:07 am. Updated: 5:25 pm. Comments (3)

Monday 06/30/2014
More Talk of Martinez as a Possible Presidential Candidate

No, we haven't quite gone through the formality of the 2014 election, but once again there's a national publication speculating on the possibility of Gov. Susana Martinez making a grab for the golden ring.

This one is from the July issue of Governing magazine. An article by Louis Jacobson with the headline "Can Governors Balance National Ambitions with Concerns Back Home?" after mentioning Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and New Jersey's Chris Christie,  says:

There’s also a trio of Republican governors elected in 2010 included on the list of possible 2016 candidates: New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, Ohio’s John Kasich and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker.

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 30, 2014 1:28 pm. Updated: 2:04 pm. Comments (1)

Friday 06/27/2014
King Names New Campaign Manager

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King has hired a new campaign manager.

His name is Keith Breitbach and he recently managed the campaign of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California. He's also served as deputy campaign manager for U.S. Sen Tom Harken, D-Iowa, who is not seeking re-election this year.

Breitbach, according to his LinkIn page, is a vice president of Totten Communications of Alexandria, Virginia. He's worked there since 1997.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 27, 2014 5:49 pm. Updated: 6:20 pm. Comments (0)

Here's a Copy of that Lawsuit Over Leaked Emails

Two former staffers for Gov. Susana Martinez plus two others are suing over the leaked emails that showed the governor and her staff using private emails to do government business.

The defendants in the case are Jamie Estrada, a former Martinez campaign manager who recently was found guilty of hijacking the emails and lying to the FBI about it; Sam Bregman, now chairman of the Democratic Party, who leaked some emails to reporters; private investigator Michael Corwin who headed a liberal political committee called Independent Source PAC that published many of the emails; Anisa Ford, a former assistant to Martinez; and Jason Loera, who was arrested on child porn charges after the FBI allegedly found such material on his computer while searching for the governor's emails.

There will be more in tomorrow's paper about this suit. Meanwhile, you can read the whole thing here. Click on top left corner of this post.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 27, 2014 5:07 pm. Updated: 5:18 pm. Comments (0)

New Ad Bashes King Over Child Support Vote

Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign just launched a new ad attacking Democrat Gary King on an issue that hadn't been raised yet: His vote on a child-support bill 21 years ago.

Here's the script.

Child support. Children depend on it when mom and dad split. Sadly, some parents skip out. That's why the Legislature passed a bill to crack down on deadbeat parents. It passed almost unanimously. Almost unanimously. Gary King cast the only no vote against cracking down on deadbeat parents. King was the only politician voting against withholding income from deadbeat parents, against helping kids get the child support they deserve. Gary King: Troubling record.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 27, 2014 3:45 pm. Updated: 12:47 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/25/2014
King Goes On Attack with New Ad

A lot of people were beginning to wonder when Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King was going to respond to the barrage of recent attack ads from his opponent, incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez (and the Republican Governors' Association.). 

The King campaign announced this new ad tonight. A female narrator speaks as a bunch of photos, mostly of Martinez, and news clippings with negative headlines about the governor flash on screen.

Here's a quick transcription of the 30-second ad:

Posted in Politics, Ad watch on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:52 pm. Updated: 1:54 pm. Comments (3)

Miscellaneous Political Notes

I was off Monday and Tuesday and while there didn't seem to be any major development in New Mexico politics during this little break, there were a few little items that got my notice.

Apparently there was a super-secret meeting of deep-pocket Democrat Party donors in Santa Fe earlier this month. According to a story in Politico, one of the speakers there was David Brock, the former conservative who wrote blistering books about Anita Hill and Hillary Clinton before renouncing his former right-wing friends and starting Media Matters (a "progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media," according to its web site) 

Brock's message, according to Politico (quoting an unidentified person who was there) was that millionaire and billionaire Democrat donors shouldn't feel guilty for attacking Republicans for depending on contributions from millionaire and billionaire Republican donors, like the Koch brothers. “You’re not in this room today trying to figure out how to rig the game so you can be free to make money poisoning little kids, and neither am I,” Brock reportedly told the meeting of the Committee on the States,  described as an offshoot of a group called Democracy Alliance. 

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:35 am. Updated: 2:34 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/20/2014
New RGA Ad Hits King on Medicaid Fraud

Less than a day after Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign launched its latest ad blasting her Democratic opponent Gary King, the Republican Governors Association weighs in with a new King attack, the group's third ad since the primary early this month.

The ad starts out talking about the estimated $75 million a yer in Medicaid fraud in New Mexico. "Who pays the price?" the female narrator asks. "You do. All because Attorney General Gary King failed to stop the fraud." 

The first RGA ad alluded to King's performance in fighting Medicaid fraud. 

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 20, 2014 11:02 am. Updated: 11:45 am. Comments (1)

Thursday 06/19/2014
Martinez Hammers King with New Ad

In its relentless quest to define Gary King early and raise doubts about his commitment to women's rights, the re-election campaign of Gov. Susana has released yet another ad hammering away at gender discrimination suits against the Attorney General's Office during King's tenure.

It's the second ad in about a week in which the Martinez camp has clobbered King for gender discrimination suits filed against him by female employees. (Check the first one HERE.)

The new 30-second spot, titled "Hiding" is focused on a wrongful termination suit filedin 2010 by Deborah M. DeMack, who worked for the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division from 2002 until she was fired in June 2008. She was replaced with a younger male attorney she said had less experience whose starting salary was $55,788 year, compared with the $59,558 DeMack was making, her complaint said.

Posted in Politics on Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:07 pm. Updated: 6:22 pm. Comments (0)

A Fight Over Minimum Wage

Looks like Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign wants to take on Gary King over the issue of raising the minimum wage.

Yesterday the King campaign released a statement saying the Democratic nominee backs a proposed increase in the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Currently the wage is $7.50 an hour.

He cited a study by OXFAM America (part of an international group of 17 organizations working in nearly 100 countries to find solutions to poverty) that found the proposed wage increase would mean an extra $1,300 a year "which would provide a family of four 10 weeks of groceries," King's statement said. "For example in New Mexico Congressional District 2 almost 26 percent of people would benefit from an increase to $10.10.  Slight more than 20 percent would benefit in District 3 and almost 20 percent in District 1."

Posted in Politics on Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:15 pm. Updated: 12:51 pm. Comments (1)

Tuesday 06/17/2014
BREAKING NEWS: Verzwyvelt Resigns from King Campaign Over Tweets

This just in:

Steve Verzwyvelt, Gary King's new campaign manager, has resigned on his second day of the job over the revelation of several controversial tweets.

Here's the statement from the campaign

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:30 pm. Updated: 6:50 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 06/16/2014
Did Susana bomb in Utah?

It wasn't Siskel & Ebert but Gov. Susana Martinez got two -- actually three -- thumbs down Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe for her performance in Park City Utah at Mitt Romney's "Ideas Summit" this past weekend.

On the show, hosted by former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, political reporters Kasie Hunt (of NBC), Mark Halperin of Time magazine, and Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for Politico had nothing good to say about Martinez's speech at the event, which was hosted by Romney and attended by several possible presidential hopefuls including Romney's 2012 running mate Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and others. The event also was attended by many of Romney's biggest fundraisers, who apparently are looking for someone to back in 2016.

After the panel praised Ryan's performance, Scarborough started it off saying, "Let's talk about somebody who doesn't have her stump speech down. I heard disastrous reviews of Susana Martinez, New Mexico's governor. True?"

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 16, 2014 9:59 pm. Updated: 10:12 am. Comments (10)

Jamie Estrada's Plea Deal

UPDATE Monday 10:30 p.m. : My story is up. It's HERE.

Former Susana Martinez campaign manager Jamie Estrada  pleaded guilty to two felony counts and faces up to a year and a day in federal prison.

Here's the U.S. Attorney's press release on the case:

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 16, 2014 5:18 pm. Updated: 10:56 pm. Comments (0)

King Hires New Campaign Manager

Gary King has hired a new campaign manager to replace Jim Farrell, who stepped down immediately after King's primary victory.

The new guy is Steve Verzwyvelt, a Louisiana native who has been involved in several Democratic campaigns. A news release from the King campaign said Verzwyvelt was a partner in an Atlanta company called Chao Strategy Message and Media. The website for that company says the slogan for Chao is "We Beat Republicans for a Living."

Verzwyvelt owns his own company, Southern Strategy Relations, which according to his LinkedIn page is "a boutique political consulting, government and public relations firm. We provide strategic communication, political and communication strategy, messaging, management, and full media and advertising for political and non-political clients around the country."

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 16, 2014 8:56 am. Updated: 9:29 am. Comments (1)

Friday 06/13/2014
Another Day, Another Attack Ad

It had been more than a week since the Republican Governors Association had blasted Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King on the TV. But the RGA is back this morning with an ad called "Pay to Play."

Here's what it says:

(Male narrator): We know Gary King is the worst attorney general New Mexico has ever had.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 13, 2014 9:19 am. Updated: 5:28 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 06/11/2014
Susana Counterpunches King's Counterpunch

There's a new ad up from Gov. Susana Martinez, this one calling Gary King's recent ad "ridiculous."

It deals mainly with King's criticism of Martinez in the area of equal pay for women -- when King has faced gender-discrimination lawsuits of his own.

There will be more about Martinez's new ad in tomorrow's New Mexican.

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:42 pm. Updated: 2:47 pm. Comments (0)

Mary Helen Requests Recount

ep. Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, who came out less than 20 votes behind her primary opponent Bealquin Bill Gomez last week, is requesting a recount.

“In the past week, I have received countless phone calls and emails asking me to request a recount and exhaust the options provided me under the State Election Code," Garcia said in a news release. "After discussing it with my family, I believe I owe it to my constituents to formally recount and review the results.

"Ironically, I have heard through testimony in my committee about elections being decided by one vote and results changing after a recount," Garcia said. Especially given the fact that only 16 votes separate us, the results can very easily shift.”

Posted in Politics on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:29 pm. Updated: 2:42 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/06/2014
It's starting!

The Republican Governor's Association launched an attack on Gary King this morning. Here's the script:

Gary King’s record as attorney general.

King was soft on corruption, and had one of the worst records in the country at stopping Medicaid fraud.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 6, 2014 2:56 pm. Updated: 3:00 pm. Comments (0)

Second Susana Ad of the Day

I almost missed this because I thought the email announcing this was referring to the Republican Governors Association ad that came out earlier today.

Anyway, this is the latest ad from the Susana Martinez campaign itself. And unlike the RGA ad, which called Martinez's Democratic challenger Gary King a "terrible attorney general," this is pure sunshine and lollipops talking about her commitment to helping small businesses.

This 30-second spot has the governor talking about parents's security business, for which Martinez worked, guarding a Catholic church bingo game. There is even a photo of a young Martinez in uniform, apparently from when she worked for her folks.

Posted in Politics on Friday, June 6, 2014 2:08 pm. Updated: 2:41 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/04/2014
I'll be danged! One of my election predictions came true!

Before an election lots of people ask me who is going to win. Unless the race the person is talking about is real obvious, I usually shy away from answering -- because I'm so frequently wrong.

But here's a prediction I made back in 2012 that actually proved to be correct.


Posted in Politics on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 9:00 pm. Updated: 3:06 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/03/2014
Will Independents be allowed to vote in 2016 primary?

As Democrats and Republicans began voting in the 2014 primary Tuesday, an Albuquerque lawyer filed a suit on behalf of the 248,741 voters barred by state law from voting because they are registered as “declined-to-state” or independent.

According to the suit, filed in state district court in Albuquerque by J. Edward Hollington, the law prohibiting independents violates the state constitution. The suit argues that the constitution grants all citizens who are “qualified electors” to “the right to vote “at all elections for public officers.” Also, the suit says, the constitution states that all elections are to be “free and open, and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.”

The suit notes that in New Mexico primary elections are paid for with tax dollars.

Posted in Politics on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 3:03 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 06/02/2014
Final early voting figures

As it turned out, there were slightly more early voters in the Democratic primary this year than there were in 2010. Keep in mind, however, in 2010 in the governor's race, there was only one candidate in the Dem primary, Diane Denish and this year there are five.

This year, 39,515 Democrats voted early in New Mexico, while a total of 7,794 absentee ballots have been received so far, for a total of 47,308.

These figures are from the Secretary of State's Office.

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 2, 2014 4:45 pm. Updated: 3:03 pm. Comments (0)

Roundhouse Roundup: Signs point to voter apathy

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that there seems to be far fewer political signs this primary season than usual?

This is just a gut feeling. I haven’t made any scientific measure to measure against the number of political signs per square feet in Santa Fe from the last election.

It just seems that there aren’t as many as usual. The municipal election earlier this year seemed to have far more than the primary. By the end of that election, as is the case for most elections, I was so sick of seeing yard signs that I couldn’t wait to see them go. This year, I keep waiting for the signs to appear.

Posted in Politics on Monday, June 2, 2014 4:00 pm. Comments (0)


Behind the beat

Steve Terrell is a political reporter and columnist.

Terrell, who has worked for The New Mexican since 1987, has spent more than half his tenure at the paper covering state government and politics. His political column, Roundhouse Roundup, appears every Sunday in The New Mexican.

You can reach him at sterrell@sfnewmexican.com or 505-986-3037.

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