"Long lines forming, printers out of ink, voting machines jamming, slow response time from bureau of election and it got worse as the day progressed," Patricia Moreland, of the Republican Party of Sandoval County, said..Moreland is at the center of a controversy over alleged voter suppression with poll challenger training for the Republican Party and the Tea Party.
During tonight's Sandoval County Commission meeting, Chairman Darryl Madalena read from a portion of a September 18, 2012 email from the Director of the Secretary of State's Elections Bureau showing that the Secretary of State asked Governor Martinez and the Board of Finance (she is its president) for $1.4 million in emergency funds to "meet the requests for an increased number [of Autovote machines] for the General... Our request was tabled. The Board did not allocate any additional funding to cover the costs of the Election."This isn't going away any time soon.
Martinez, whose was discussed in the national media as a possible running mate for Romney but was never vetted for the job, said she disagreed with Romney's post-election assessment that he lost to Obama in part because the president promised "gifts" to minority voters in return for their support, a comment that many leading Republicans have rebuked.
"That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party--our comments that are not thought through carefully," she said.
Papen, 80, said in an interview that she prides herself on being fair and working with senators of both parties.The article says that both Democrats and Republicans have asked Papen to run for the leadership position.
She said she wants the Senate to focus on doing what is right for New Mexico, not partisanship. But, Papen said, she would not be a pushover for anybody, including Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
The other four Democrats known to be considering a run for the Senate presidency are Sens. Pete Campos of Las Vegas, Linda Lopez of Albuquerque, Carlos Cisneros of Questa and Phil Griego of San Jose.
Starting in December 2014, a state-issued driver’s license or ID card can’t be used by someone under the age of 50 to enter a federal building or board a commercial airliner unless the license complies with the Real ID requirements.
That applies to everyone else starting in December 2017.
“The failure of their contract negotiations and subsequent split of the health insurance plan and physicians’ group has left more than 100,000 in New Mexico in limbo – requiring them to either to find a new doctor or find a new insurance plan in a short amount of time,” Martinez said in a letter sent Wednesday to Marjorie Petty, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Dallas office.
“Of these 100,000 patients, more than 32,000 are Medicare members. This means that health care of our most vulnerable population is at risk of being disrupted,” Martinez, who is the House majority leader, wrote.
A conservative political group is criticizing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for deciding to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.The Gov's office is attempting to start a health care exchange without input from the legislature.
The Martinez administration has been working since last year on the exchange, which will be an online marketplace for the uninsured and small businesses to shop for health plans.
Americans for Prosperity state director Joseph Montes said Thursday that New Mexico was increasing its reliance on the federal government by "participating in federal mandates, whether funded or not."
Our public election financing laws must be expanded to ensure that there is a viable alternative to the special interest money game. Portions of New Mexico's current public financing law have been declared unconstitutional. I will again sponsor legislation to address the deficiencies. Here is a link to last year's version of the bill. I also think we should consider public financing for legislative races, something currently done in Arizona.
Several potential legislative actions could slug Ruidoso and other small municipalities directly in their financial gut.
They include the threat of immediately eliminating or phasing out of state compensation payments that make up for towns not being able to apply gross receipts tax to medicine and food, and a tightening of state Public Employees Retirement Act rules that would effectively eliminate financial advantages for employees to continue working after their normal retirement date.
New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association President Bill McMillan said the state will be unable to recruit more companies to the spaceport without expanding the law, and it could lose anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, because other states with broader laws in place are trying to lure the industry away.
Commissioners Nicklos Jaramillo and Andrew Chávez attended the budget conference Nov. 7 and 8, as did treasurer Evangeline Romero. Chávez lost a bid for reelection in the June Primary. Jaramillo and Romero will term out at the end of the year. Registration for the conference was $125 per person. Rooms for conference attendees were $89 a night. At least nine county employees and officials attended the conference.
Chávez told The Taos News he attended the conference to contribute his knowledge and experience to discussions on budget preparation and the relationship between the county and the state. “I’m an active participant. I ask questions and participate in the discussion and that’s why I attended,” Chávez said.
New Mexico officials have endorsed a landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico they say will reduce the risk of conflict over water in the Colorado River.
I just talked to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. She has never watched Breaking Bad.— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) November 16, 2012