In the world of state politics, everyone reached the finish line at the same time Saturday.

But that doesn’t mean every politician and ordinary person was a winner. New Mexico’s legislative session ended with a range of ratings on my scorecard.

Loser — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. She nominated James Mountain as Cabinet secretary of the Indian Affairs Department, then effectively blocked his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee.

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