Well, we all survived another Cinco de Mayo.
It is another day closer to a time when the candidates for state office will have to make a final decision on whether or not to run.
Another name that threw his name in the ring for governor, and looks like an all-but sure thing to make it official, is Rep. Moe Maestas
. The progressive Democrat was in Kentucky for a Democratic Governors Association meeting to encourage them to not give up on New Mexico as a state that Democrats can win.
If Maestas does enter the governor's race, he will join Attorney General Gary King and state Sen. Linda Lopez in the race. State Sen. Tim Keller is also reportedly looking at a run for governor.
The candidates would be trying to take out popular Republican governor Susana Martinez.
On to the Word:
- State Rep. Moe Maestas is looking at a gubernatorial run and NM Telegram spoke to Maestas about it.
- Republicans are trying to make an issue of an Attorney General investigation into the office of the state auditor; it didn't go anywhere, but Thom Cole has the rundown.
- Las Cruces mayor Ken Miyagishima may run for higher office. The Las Cruces Sun-News:
Miyagishima, who has been Las Cruces' mayor since 2007, said he is giving thought to a possible run for state treasurer in 2014, or might consider running for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission or maybe even governor.
- New Mexico State University's Board of Regents could name a president as soon as today, Milan Simonich writes. He also profiles each of the five finalists for the position.
- The Los Alamos Monitor spoke to Los Alamos county lobbyist Scott Scanland about "hold harmless" being repealed.
In FY2015, the county will lose $121,000 in GRT, or 6 percent of the current offset, and an additional 6- to 7-percent is pared away for 14 years after that. By the time the offset is completely repealed the county will be losing approximately $1,815,000 in revenues.
The Municipal League, along with Scanland and other lobbyists, will use the next two years to try to reduce the impact to local governments.
- The Albuquerque Journal looks at the role of Edgar Lopez in judicial appointments under Gov. Bill Richardson.
- Santa Fe Public Schools may sue the state to get what it says is adequate funding for its schools.
- Domingo Martinez will run for State Auditor and attempt to succeed Hector Balderas. Balderas is running for Attorney General after being term-limited out of running for Auditor again.
- The Weekly Word spoke to David Coss and Patti Bushee about Coss saying he won't run for a third term -- and Bushee saying she may run to replace him.
- Bernalillo County Commissioners will get $100,000 to dole out.
- The Daily Drought Digest:
The rain forecast in Ruidoso is not good. The Ruidoso News:
The 12 month period from April 2012 through March 2013 was ranked the second driest on record for the entire state. Adding in the 12 months before April 2013 produced the second driest consecutive 24 months on record. The first six months of the water year, which began on Oct. 1, 2012 was the 15th driest in state history. Precipitation data for April was just starting to filter into the Weather Service. The April numbers, especially for south central New Mexico, were expected to be as bad as seen the past couple of years.The Associated Press looks at the drought's effect on religious faith.
- Rio Rancho mayor Tom Swisstack is proposing a one percent raise for city employees to bring salaries up to competitive levels.
- The Farmington City Council is looking at a range of options to close a growing budget deficit.
- Steve Terrell speaks to Sam Bregman, the new leader of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
- A massive cheese plant in Clovis will expand to become even larger.
- Gov. Martinez visited the cheese plant.
- The Deming Headlight wrote about Sen. Tom Udall's stance on immigration reform.
- Udall also has been on a campaign to clean up horse racing.
- Martin Heinrich is going to be moving his family to Washington D.C., according to Jim Baca.
They are getting ready to move themselves and their two sons to Washington, DC so they can spend more time together. They will keep their home in Albuquerque as Martin will have to be here so much.
- Martinez also spoke in Carlsbad.
- In addition to a high-dollar fundraiser, Martinez spoke to Taos residents.
- Dona Ana County residents have paid $32.2 million in taxes related to the Spaceport, a significant chunk of which went to education.
- The lesser prairie chicken will have a hard time getting federal protection after a decision by the Obama administration.
- The Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative have backed away from paying easements to pueblos, the Rio Grande Sun reports.
- Rio Rancho voters will get to decide on a sales tax increase to pay for some education funding.
- A plan to save Rio Rancho residents in the Mariposa subdivision from vastly increased fees will have to overcome a legal snag.
- VB Price says Albuquerque residents don't trust the police.
- A $20 million grant will seek to help New Mexico become more energy efficient.