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Super Fun Voting Holiday

Common Cause CEO talks lobbying, voting and ‘Edgarisms’

Local News On the same year as Common Cause’s 40th anniversary, the US Supreme Court handed down a controversial ruling in the now-famous Citizens United case, allowing unlimited spending from special interests and effe...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Joey Peters

Fringe Benefit

Santa Fe’s community workforce agreement: worker protection or union windfall?

Local News Eight months ago, when the Santa Fe City Council unanimously passed new rules mandating that contractors for large city construction projects work closely with organized labor, it stayed largely under the radar...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Joey Peters

School Politics

Online-only schools are education reform’s next flashpoint

Local News Virtual charter schools, which allow kids to learn online from home, may be the wave of the future in a rural state like New Mexico.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Joey Peters

Risk of Ruin

The Downs at Albuquerque struggles to live up to its side of a controversial lease

Local News On a sunny Saturday in September, grooms use hoses to wash approximately 1,290 horses. Dirty water streams down the middle of the road, just a few feet from where manure spills out of concrete bins.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Joey Peters

Giant in the Dark

A secret tape reveals how the governor’s top staffer runs government

Local News It was Oct. 14, 2011, and Keith Gardner was tired. As Gov. Susana Martinez’ chief of staff, Gardner is arguably the second most powerful person in state government.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Justin Horwath, Joey Peters

State Secrets

What is the Public Education Dept. hiding?

Local News Here’s how New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act works: Anyone can ask to inspect a public record. If it exists—and it’s not impossible to unearth—the public agency holding the record must mak...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Faked Out

SFR Talks with State Auditor Hector Balderas about the NMFA scandal

Local News Corruption filled the headlines recently when the New Mexico Finance Authority came under scrutiny for allegedly faking its 2011 audit by failing to report $40 million in losses.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Who Rules the Schools?

An elected commission wants more authority over NM’s public education system

Local News Almost since her appointment, Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera—an administrator who played a key role in Florida’s education reform initiatives—has faced opposition from New Mexico Demo...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters

Burning Out

Medical Cannabis Program culls staff

Local News The Department of Health recently dismissed all five of its Medical Cannabis Program temporary workers—positions that, last fall, Health Secretary Catherine Torres promised to make permanent.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters


If a document isn’t provided in a public-records request, does it still exist?

Local News Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez scored points with transparency advocates when her office, after being told by a district judge to remove public employee names and salaries from the state’s Sunshine Portal, p...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Joey Peters
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