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Voting 101

Before you hit the polls, know your rights!

Local News Here, SFR offers a few voting tips from the county clerk and the New Mexico Secretary of State, who oversees voting statewide.

Oct. 23, 2012 by Justin Horwath

Welcome to the Mitt Show

SFR's 2012 Election Picks

Features Back in February 2010, Carly Fiorina—the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and, at the time, Republican candidate for one of California’s seats in the US Senate—released a low-budget campaign ad characterizing her primary opponent as a “demon sheep.” More than three minutes long, the ad featured ugly clip art, melodramatic voice-overs and a man crawling around on all fours, sporting a poorly designed sheep costume and glowing red eyes.

Oct. 30, 2012 by SFR

Red, White and Booze

Blue state, red state, let’s all get Mitt-faced!

Local News No matter your partisan leanings, the 2012 election cycle—nasty, costly and seemingly interminable—probably makes you want to just give up and have a drink. Fortunately, you can. The state law banning drinking on Election Day has been defunct for more than a decade, and at least one local bar is taking advantage of that: the Inn of the Anasazi, which will offer politically themed drinks on Election Day—Tuesday, Nov. 6.

HELP! Where do I vote?

Use this map to find your polling place.
Pull out your voter registration card, and refer to your precinct name (Ex: Precinct 032).
Find and click on number 32 in the column on the right side of the map.

Now, GO VOTE!

President / Vice President

Democrat

Barack Obama/Joe Biden

Republican

Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

Constitution Party

Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer

Libertarian

Gary Johnson/James Gray

NM Independent Party
Ross "Rocky"
Anderson/Luis Rodriguez

Green Party

Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala
US Senate

Democrat

US Rep. Martin Heinrich
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Republican

Former congresswoman Heather Wilson
This candidate declined an endorsement interview.

Independent American Party (on ballot)

Jon Ross Barrie
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Independent (write-in candidate)

Bob Anderson
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US House of Representatives, Dist. 3
Democrat

US Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
(incumbent)
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Republican

Jefferson Byrd
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Supreme Court of New Mexico

Democrat

Barbara Vigil
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Republican

Justice Paul Kennedy
(incumbent, appointed by Gov. Martinez)
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Current justices up for retention:

Justice Richard Bosson
SFR did not interview this candidate because he is running for retention only.
                                                                                                                    
New Mexico Court of Appeals

Democrat

Monica Zamora
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Republican

Judge J Miles Hanisee
(incumbent, appointed by Gov. Martinez)

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Current judge up for retention:
Roderick Kennedy
SFR did not interview these candidates
because they are running for retention only.

Current judge up for retention:
Michael Vigil
SFR did not interview these candidates because they are running for retention only.
New Mexico Senate Dist. 25

Democrat

Sen. Peter Wirth
(incumbent, unopposed)
SFR did not interview this candidate because he ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections.
New Mexico Senate Dist. 24
Democrat

Sen. Nancy Rodriguez
(incumbent, unopposed)
SFR did not interview this candidate because she ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections.
New Mexico Senate Dist. 39

Democrat

Sen. Phil Griego
(incumbent)
SFR's calls requesting an interview with this candidate were not returned.
Republican

Aubrey Dunn
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New Mexico House Dist. 43

Democrat

Stephanie Garcia Richard
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Republican

Rep. Jim Hall
(incumbent, appointed by Gov. Martinez)
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New Mexico House Dist. 47

Democrat

Rep. Brian Egolf
(incumbent, unopposed)

SFR did not interview this candidate because he ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections.
New Mexico House Dist. 46
Democrat

Carl Trujillo
(unopposed)

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New Mexico House Dist. 48
Democrat

Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela
(incumbent)

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Libertarian

Bob Walsh
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New Mexico House Dist. 50

Democrat

Stephen Easle
y
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Republican

Charles Larry Miller
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New Mexico Public Education Commission, Dist. 10

Democrat

Jeff Carr
(incumbent, unopposed)

SFR did not interview this candidate because he ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Dist. 3
Democrat

Valerie Espinoza
(unopposed)

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Santa Fe County Clerk

Democrat

Geraldine Salazar
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1st Judicial District Attorney
Democrat

Angela "Spence" Pacheco
(incumbent, unopposed)

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Santa Fe County Commission, Dist. 2
Democrat

Miguel Chavez
(unopposed)
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Santa Fe County Commission, Dist. 4

Democrat

Kathleen Suzanne Holian
(incumbent, unopposed)
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Santa Fe County Treasurer

Democrat
Patrick J. Varela
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Numbers Game

A greatest-hits of campaign finance

Local News $1780K
Approximate size* of the war chest held by the union-funded PAC Patriot Majority New Mexico. In less than three months since its founding, the PAC has raised $779,816 and spent just $162.

Oct. 09, 2012 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Primary School

Need to learn about a candidate or two? Check out SFR’s comprehensive guide to the June 5 primary election

Features In a scathing dissent from the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that, by equating corporations’ campaign spending to individuals’ free speech rights, the Court’s opinion was “a rejection of the common sense of the American people.” The ruling prompted an explosion of campaign spending: The 2012 elections are expected to be the most expensive in US history, and multimillion-dollar TV attack ad campaigns are already flooding airwaves—even as Congress becomes increasingly unproductive. In such a climate, it can be tempting to repudiate the whole charade and refuse to vote. But to disenfranchise ourselves is to abrogate our duty as citizens of a republic.

May 30, 2012 by SFR

Free Money!

(Sort of.)

Local News Here’s a news flash: There are no super PACs in New Mexico.

Oct. 02, 2012 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Ground War 2012

May the man with the most field offices win

Local News Last week, Pres. Barack Obama’s reelection campaign announced it’s almost doubling the size of field offices in the state. That seemed like an odd investment for a campaign that, according to the polls, has a secure lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Mexico.

Sept. 12, 2012 by Justin Horwath

Does it really matter who wins New Mexico's Senate race?

With just two months until the election, Senate candidates Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson are locked in a dead heat—and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Features Flies buzzed around the heads of attendees seated on the patio of Socorro’s Capitol Bar, a brick saloon near the town’s plaza where, at the turn of the 20th century, the bar’s one-time owner, Justice of the Peace Amos Green, held court and jailed the guilty. More than 100 years later, US Senate candidate Martin Heinrich was on trial by a Democratic base at a quick meet-and-greet in a county where more than 75 percent of voters pulled the lever for Democratic US Sen. Jeff Bingaman in 2006. It was a fundraiser attended by a few dozen of the Democratic faithful. Suggested donation: $25.

Aug. 15, 2012 by Justin Horwath

Minor Party Blues

Jon Barrie wants to represent you. Now, if only he could get his name on the ballot…

Jon Ross Barrie looks the part of a patriot. In images on his campaign website, Barrie sports an American flag tie and, for good measure, an American flag lapel pin. From the website, a simple WordPress template, Barrie broadcasts his campaign platform for the US Senate. In a YouTube video, the bespectacled Vietnam veteran says he’s a “citizen activist” who is “kind of like the founding fathers.”

Aug. 29, 2012 by Justin Horwath

News

Of Ad Wars and Obamacare

Local News Reactions around New Mexico to the June 29 US Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) followed predictable partisan lines.

July 04, 2012 by Joey Peters, Justin Horwath

Crime and Punishment

Court statistics are a campaign flashpoint—but do they tell the whole story?

Local News In the Democratic primary race for 1st Judicial District Attorney, challenger Lloyd Drager has made much of the “defense attorney” background of incumbent Angela “Spence” Pacheco’s administration. Whether it’s due to a shift in the office’s philosophy or not, court statistics from Pacheco’s administration compared to that of her predecessor Henry Valdez do show a marked decrease in filing of felony cases overall, with a particular decline in prosecution of sexual assault and DWI crimes.

May 30, 2012 by Wren Abbott

Blue or Red?

How candidates are courting New Mexico’s Latino vote

Local News A 10-year-old girl walks into her home, where her young Hispanic parents greet her. The conversation soon turns to voting. “¿Papá, tú votas?” she asks. (Dad, do you vote?) “¡Sí! Pero sólo para las personas buenas!” he replies. (Yes! But only for the right people!)

June 27, 2012 by Justin Horwath

Self-Disenfranchisism

Just a few of the reasons why registered voters didn’t participate in the June 5 primary: ideology, laziness and poop

Local News In this year’s primaries, 75 percent of registered voters didn’t show up at the polls. Here’s an unscientific breakdown of their reasons why.

June 13, 2012 by Wren Abbott
 
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