In an election year with an incumbent governor seeking re-election and two sitting state senators among the candidates who want the job themselves, political watchers might have expected to see 30 days of jousting for headlines during the legislative session that ended last week.
And there was some of that. One of the Democratic candidates, Sen. Linda Lopez, as chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, was at the center of several days of controversy-filled hearings — on the contentious Downs Racetrack & Casino lease at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque and on the nomination of Hanna Skandera for public education secretary. The hearings were aimed squarely at Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, which labeled them as “petty political sideshows.”
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