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New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Tribal members discuss the impacts of uranium industry

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights heard about the contamination of Native American lands by uranium extraction and milling during a thematic hearing on Wednesday in Washington D.C. The commission streamed the hearing on its website as well as...


Published: 2024-03-01T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-29T01:27:15

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

MRGCD prepares for irrigation season

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District opened its headgates this week to test infrastructure in advance of irrigation season. The opening of the gates on Monday allowed the MRGCD to flush the canals and ensure that everything is in working order when...


Published: 2024-03-01T07:02:00

Updated: 2024-03-01T01:45:59

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by: Gregory Hollister

G. Edward Johnson, Wiki Commons New Mexico Outrage as teacher’s sword fight stunt turns classroom into battlegroundby Gregory Hollister February 29, 2024

An alarming incident at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, involving a high school teacher and a dangerous classroom activity, has led to a lawsuit against Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). The lawsuit, filed on February 23, alleges...


Published: 2024-02-29T18:55:00

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by: Piñon Post

Matnapo/Unsplash New Mexico NM Health Dept. fearmongering people over 65 to get new COVID-19 jab

Following the recent endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation, far-left Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is...


Published: 2024-02-29T14:52:00

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe Mayor Webber publicly trade blows over obelisk toppling

Far-left Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has publicly contested the account given by far-left Democrat Mayor Alan Webber during his deposition related to a lawsuit concerning the October 2020 removal of the Plaza obelisk “Soldiers’ Monument” in...


Published: 2024-02-29T06:56:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Source of PFAS contamination in Santa Fe County remains unknown

For José “Chappy” Villegas, the PFAS contamination in his well represents more than just betrayal by the governments that were supposed to protect him. He described the contamination as an assault on him and his community south of Santa Fe. After learning...


Published: 2024-02-29T01:28:11

Updated: 2024-03-01T16:01:34

Sidebar TO MLG Chamber Speech; Chatting Up APD Chief Medina, Plus: House Speaker Supporters Calm Coalition Talk, And: More Pushback On Possible Special Session From Senate Judiciary Chair  

(Journal, Eddie Moore)Embattled APD chief Harold Medina (back to camera) appears anything but as Gov. Lujan Grisham and ABQ Chamber of Commerce President Terri Cole appear highly entertained by ABQ's top cop whose recent auto accident in the city's...


Published: 2024-02-29T00:00:00

Piñon Post

by: Renato Costa

New Mexico Keller sues store, claims it — not the city — is responsible for criminals, vagrants

The City of Albuquerque is taking legal action once more against the Adam Food Market, situated at 7817 Central Avenue NE, a site notorious for criminal activities, including seven homicides since 2020


Published: 2024-02-28T11:11:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Alex Hagar, KUNC

How bad is the Western megadrought? Scientists look at tree rings to find context from history

By Alex Hager, KUNC The current Western megadrought is unlike any other dry period the region has experienced over the past 500 years. That’s according to a new study in which scientists looked at tree rings to track changing temperatures going back to...


Published: 2024-02-28T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-28T01:34:35

Guv Still Contemplating Calling A Special Session With Anticipated Focus On Crime But Senator With Stroke Pushes Back; Says Any Special Should Be On CYFD Implosion, Plus: An Unwelcoming Welcome Center  

7 year old Samantha RubioMLG Tuesday continued to keep the door open on calling a special legislative session as she reviewed the results of the recently concluded 30 day session before an ABQ business group and as an old rival  indirectly chided her over...


Published: 2024-02-28T00:00:00

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by: Piñon Post

Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons National GOP Sen. Hawley will employ this tactic to get Downwinders compensation

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) is determined to push forward an important legislative update concerning Americans affected by radiation exposure due to government activities. He plans to introduce an amendment that would not only renew but also broaden...


Published: 2024-02-27T18:22:00

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by: Gregory Hollister

Hamza Inayat, Unsplash. New Mexico Anti-Israel protesters block entrance to Santa Fe Starbucksby Gregory Hollister February 27, 2024

A group of 10 individuals recently picketed outside a Starbucks in New Mexico’s capital, protesting the coffee giant’s legal actions against employees who voiced support for the Hamas-led “Palestinians,” first brought on by an X post from the union...


Published: 2024-02-27T14:20:00

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by: Piñon Post

Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons New Mexico Women’s rights activist Riley Gaines takes UNM to court

A legal battle is unfolding as the University of New Mexico (UNM) faces a lawsuit over imposing significant security fees on a conservative student group’s event


Published: 2024-02-27T09:41:00

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by: Renato Costa

New Mexico To hit GOP opponents, Stansbury trashes gun shop owners, energy sector

Far-left Democrat Rep. Melanie Stansbury of New Mexico’s First Congressional District appears to not care about alienating more voters in her latest attack on the two Republicans running to challenge her in November


Published: 2024-02-27T07:57:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Capital & Main

Another New Mexico legislative session ends, and again — no new oil and gas reforms

By Jerry Redfern, Capital & Main “It was a very good year!” The message from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association landed in inboxes the day before the New Mexico Legislature closed its session Feb. 15. The industry email touted the state’s tax bonanza,...


Published: 2024-02-27T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-27T02:52:10

Longtime BernCo Manager Hangs It Up; Her Hits And Misses, Plus: Dems Try Guilt By Association to Get Nella To Talk Abortion, And: Anti-Semitic Trope? Readers Come With More On Columnist's Remarks  

Quezada & Morgas BacaNine year Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca had her praises sung by the County Commission as she announced Monday that she will resign her $215,000 a year job at the end of June even though her current contact runs until...


Published: 2024-02-27T00:00:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Politics Newsletter: Special legislative session for gun bills?

Hello fellow political junkies! The 2024 legislative session is over with the possibility for a special session for firearm-related legislation. In English: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was not happy that the House and Senate passed only a few of the 20 or...


Published: 2024-02-26T17:00:00

Updated: 2024-02-26T02:05:15

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico Gabe Vasquez doubles down on shameless lie about Yvette Herrell

In another act of desperation, far-left Democrat U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez once again attacked Republican former Congresswoman Yvette Herrell, who is running to reclaim the seat she previously held. Vasquez is doubling down in a blatant lie about Herrell’s...


Published: 2024-02-26T11:51:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Arizona regulators reject proposal to assist Navajo communities impacted by coal-fired power generation

Utility regulators in Arizona rejected proposals from an Arizona utility to provide assistance to coal-impacted communities, including in Navajo communities in northwest New Mexico. The rejection of the assistance from Arizona Public Service Company, the...


Published: 2024-02-26T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-26T01:46:06

APD Scandal: City Again Sent Back On Its Heels As Explosive Details Of Alleged DWI Bribery Scheme Surface; Exclusive Legal Analysis On Where Fed Probe May Go From Here, Plus: Anti-Semitic Dog Whistle On Blog? Readers Weigh In  

Carlos Sandoval-Smith (Journal)The brazen in your face corruption revealed in audio recordings made last June by a DWI suspect interacting with an APD officer and a paralegal has sent the city back on its heels yet again and wondering if the decades-long...


Published: 2024-02-26T00:00:00

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by: Piñon Post

Taos Co. Sheriff New Mexico The secret life and crimes of terrorist ‘prophet’ apprehended in Taos: Docs.

In a case that has captured national attention, Jany Leveille finds herself at the center of a legal storm after her involvement in a terrorist plot in New Mexico came to light. Leveille, a key figure in a group accused of establishing a training camp for...


Published: 2024-02-25T20:29:00

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico All of the worst bills passed during the 30-day legislative session

The 30-day legislative session was a success on many fronts for liberty-minded New Mexicans, with proposals to enact a “Green Amendment,” mandatory paid family and medical leave, and bans on most firearms, among other far-left initiatives not making it...


Published: 2024-02-24T08:14:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Utility regulators approves PNM’s transportation electrification program

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously approved a plan from the state’s largest utilities for increasing adoption of electric vehicles this week. The Public Service Company of New Mexico’s transportation electrification plan calls for $35...


Published: 2024-02-24T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-24T22:48:43

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by: Gregory Hollister

Vasquez via X New Mexico Gabe Vasquez spews ‘blatant lie’ about GOP opponent over recent court rulingby Gregory Hollister February 23, 2024

A recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court decision has virtually halted in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the state


Published: 2024-02-23T19:49:00

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by: Piñon Post

CDC New Mexico The CDC just gave New Mexico this unfortunate ranking

Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has placed New Mexico at the forefront of a concerning trend: the state is experiencing higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) compared to the majority of the United States....


Published: 2024-02-23T12:52:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Stansbury talks infrastructure issues at roundtable

Democratic U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury discussed infrastructure issues and grants that could help fix those issues during a roundtable discussion at Rio Rancho City Hall on Thursday. Stansbury said she and her office have been working with the...


Published: 2024-02-23T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-23T07:13:12

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Questions remain about governor’s strategic water supply proposal

The proposed strategic water supply had a rocky road this legislative session that ultimately resulted in it not making it through even one chamber. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the strategic water supply a little more than a month before the...


Published: 2024-02-23T07:04:00

Updated: 2024-02-23T00:59:29

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by: Piñon Post

Alex Feldstein, Wiki Commons New Mexico Two Dems quickly announce NM Senate runs after longtime senator retires

Following Democrat New Mexico State Sen. Nancy Rodriguez’s Wednesday announcement that she will not seek re-election for her Santa Fe-area seat in the New Mexico Legislature after serving since 1997, two prominent Sant Fe figures have declared their...


Published: 2024-02-22T23:26:00

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico All the New Mexico legislators who are retiring

Many familiar faces in the New Mexico Legislature are calling it quits. Some are retiring for good, and some are choosing to run for the state Senate. Here are all the New Mexico legislators who will not be seeking reelection to their current posts


Published: 2024-02-22T12:01:00

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico Longtime Democrat Santa Fe-area NM senator announces retirement

A veteran member of the state Legislature, Democrat Sen. Nancy Rodriguez of Santa Fe, has declared her decision not to seek re-election, marking the end of a lengthy tenure, one of the longest in the current Legislature. “Truly, it’s time to retire and...


Published: 2024-02-22T08:01:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Hearing examiner recommends that PRC reject controversial LNG storage facility

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Hearing Examiner Anthony Medeiros recommended that the commissioners deny New Mexico Gas Company’s request to build, own and operate a controversial liquified natural gas storage facility in Rio Rancho. Medeiros...


Published: 2024-02-22T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-21T23:41:42

Other Voices: Opinions From Around The State On Family Leave, Progressive Power, Running Education And A Silent Domenici  

In this edition of Other Voices a variety of opinions on issues of the day. We start with this reader's reaction to the stunning defeat of the paid family and medical leave act when 11 Democrats joined with all House Republicans to kill the bill: Joe: I...


Published: 2024-02-22T00:00:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

SCOTUS hears interstate air pollution case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule known as the good neighbor plan. The good neighbor plan establishes an emission trading program for fossil fuel power plants and imposes emission...


Published: 2024-02-21T23:43:22

Updated: 2024-02-21T23:43:23

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by: Piñon Post

New Mexico All the New Mexico cities with a Safe Haven Baby Box

Safe Haven Baby Boxes (National Safe Haven crisis hotline is 1-866-99BABY1) provide a secure and anonymous way for individuals to surrender newborns up to 90 days old without facing legal repercussions, in accordance with New Mexico state law. Equipped...


Published: 2024-02-21T07:24:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Supporters of Paid Family and Medical Leave say it will return

House Speaker Javier Martinez said that the Paid Family and Medical Leave will return to next year’s legislative session. SB 3, sponsored by state Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, appeared to have the momentum to pass this year but like last year,...


Published: 2024-02-21T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-20T23:53:50

Fighting Irishman O’Neill Faces Stiff Senate Primary Challenge From Former Councilor And Commissioner; District Changes Could Decide Contest, Plus: Pirtle Place: The End 

O'Neill and Bregman (Journal)This time the Fighting Irishman has a real fight on his hands. State Senator Bill O'Neill has been a Roundhouse fixture since his first election to the House and then to the Senate in 2012. So entrenched is O'Neill that in...


Published: 2024-02-21T00:00:00

Massive Capital Outlay Bill Will Change The Face Of Many Neighborhoods Across The State; That Bill Is Our Pic Of Most Memorable From Session '24, Plus: A Peek At Many Of The Projects To Come  

Legislative sessions can be beehives of activity but most don't result in landmark legislation and don't leave much of a mark. So what will be remembered about the 2024 session? Results were meager with just 72 of the 658 bills introduced winning passage....


Published: 2024-02-20T00:00:00

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by: Piñon Post

CBP | Flickr. New Mexico Eco-leftists have cooked up a new creative way for illegals to jump the border

The construction of an additional 458 miles of border barrier under the Trump administration, funded by military and defense allocations, has become the target of eco-leftists flinging cockamamy lawsuits to attempt to achieve open borders — and using...


Published: 2024-02-19T17:30:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Advocates for family and children say budget provides benefits for children

The legislature passed a budget of $10.2 billion this year. The budget now awaits the governor’s signature. Some highlights from the budget that will benefit children include an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates, Bill Jordan, interim co-director...


Published: 2024-02-19T07:05:06

Updated: 2024-02-19T01:49:54

Picking Up The Pieces: Progressives Plan Another Play For Family Leave Act; Talk Of Compromise Also Surfaces As Speaker Defends Calling Doomed Bill To Floor  

Speaker Martinez (Moore, Journal)The House defeat of the paid family and medical leave act on the next to last day of the legislative session startled the Roundhouse and handed House Speaker Javier Martinez his first big defeat. Now progressives are...


Published: 2024-02-19T00:00:00

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by: Renato Costa

New Mexico Leftists already trying to downplay Dems’ horrible votes during 2024 Legislature

As the Democrat near super-majority state House and Senate in New Mexico attempted to pass loads of far-left policies, the imminent 2024 election loomed over the Roundhouse


Published: 2024-02-18T18:51:00

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by: Piñon Post

Raph_PH, Wiki Commons New Mexico Hamas-sympathizing socialists surround ABQ Jerry Seinfeld show

Demonstrations took place outside a Jerry Seinfeld performance in Downtown Albuquerque on Friday night as Hamas-sympathizing bigots voiced their violent opposition to Israel’s right to exist


Published: 2024-02-17T20:08:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Supporters say affirmative consent bill would make college campuses safer

The bill to mandate affirmative consent policies and procedures in institutions of higher education awaits the governor’s signature. If signed, advocates hope it will make college campuses safer. HB 151, sponsored by state Rep. Liz Thomson, D-Albuquerque,...


Published: 2024-02-17T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-17T08:39:19

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by: Piñon Post

John Phelan, Wiki Commons. New Mexico Fury erupts after Meow Wolf bigots shut down sold-out Jewish artist’s show

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, hip-hop fans were disappointed as a much-anticipated Matisyahu concert at Meow Wolf was abruptly canceled just two hours before it began. The artist, known for his vocal support of Israel amidst Hamas’ attacks, found his show...


Published: 2024-02-16T21:12:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Governor, legislative leadership reflect on session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and legislative leaders held press conferences after the end of the 2024 legislative session, explaining their concerns and thoughts about the 30-day session. Every session has a basic purpose: pass a balanced budget. This is...


Published: 2024-02-16T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-16T07:10:40

New Mexico Political Report

by: Matthew Reichbach

The final day of the session, hour by hour

The last 24 hours of the legislative session can be lots of things: Rushed, confusing, controversial, maddening—or all of these at once. I’ve seen a lot of these final days over my last 15 years covering the legislative session full-time. This year, I...


Published: 2024-02-16T00:55:36

Updated: 2024-02-16T02:02:45

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Paid Family Medical Leave bill dies in the final days of the session for a second year in a row

A bill that would have provided paid leave for several weeks died on the House floor when 11 Democrats sided with Republicans to vote against it on Wednesday. SB 3, sponsored by state Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, would have provided up to 12...


Published: 2024-02-15T02:00:00

Updated: 2024-02-15T04:29:21

Legislative Session Ends 

The 30 day session of the NM Legislature ended Thursday. Here is the AP wrap. Here is the Governor's post-session news conference. Here is a list of the bills sent to the Governor. Posted by: Joe Monahan / Thursday, February 15, 2024


Published: 2024-02-15T00:00:00

Conservative Coalition Arises In House And Scores; Progressives Reel As Family Leave Act Fails; Speaker Martinez And His Whip Take A Whipping; A Different House In Wake Of Upset Win?  

Speaker MartinezCoalition politics, a mainstay of New Mexican politics, has been in hibernation but no longer. The cave emptied out at the Roundhouse Wednesday as 11 conservative/moderate Democrats joined with all the House Republicans to deliver a...


Published: 2024-02-15T00:00:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Geothermal bill makes it to governor’s desk for second consecutive year

The Senate unanimously passed legislation intended to spur development of geothermal energy on Wednesday. HB 91 now heads to the governor’s desk. The legislation creates a geothermal projects fund under the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources...


Published: 2024-02-14T22:38:23

Updated: 2024-02-14T23:58:16

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

NMED, EPA joint inspections result in three oil and gas emission settlements

The New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined forces to perform targeted inspections of oil and gas facilities in the Permian Basin a few years ago. This investigation focused on five companies. Of those five,...


Published: 2024-02-14T17:44:02

Updated: 2024-02-14T17:44:03

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

House agrees to changes, sends state budget to governor

The House approved amendments the Senate made to the state budget and sent the $10.18 billion budget to the governor’s desk. HB 2 creates a $10.18 billion Fiscal Year 25 state budget, which is a 6.5 percent increase in recurring funds from the previous...


Published: 2024-02-14T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-14T06:37:30

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Tax omnibus goes to governor

The House voted 39-27 to concur with Senate amendments made to the tax omnibus bill. HB 252 seeks to adjust tax brackets without raising taxes and adds tax credits including gross receipts tax deductions and renewable energy incentives. “That is the...


Published: 2024-02-14T07:03:00

Updated: 2024-02-14T06:39:21

New Mexico Political Report

by: Matthew Reichbach

Manny Gonzales doesn’t qualify for Senate GOP primary ballot

Nella Domenici is the lone Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, after Manny Gonzales III failed to qualify for the ballot. Gonzales did not file enough signatures to qualify for the pre-primary convention. The Secretary of State’s office said that...


Published: 2024-02-14T00:25:49

Updated: 2024-02-14T04:34:13

Then There Was One; Manny Gonzales Disqualified From GOP US Senate Bid; Domenici Now Sole Candidate Left To Oppose Heinrich, Plus: Alligator Strike On Senate Finance Boss And More APD Scandal 

Manny Gonzales' US senate campaign, already tarnished by a federal investigation into his gun dealings, collapsed Tuesday when the Secretary of State reported Gonzales failed to submit enough valid petition signatures and will not appear on the June...


Published: 2024-02-14T00:00:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Senate passes budget, goes back to House for concurrence

The Senate passed the state budget Monday on a 31-10 vote. HB 2 creates a $10.18 billion Fiscal Year 25 state budget, which is a 6.5 percent increase in recurring funds from the previous budget. In all, this adds up to reserves of 30 percent of the budget


Published: 2024-02-13T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-13T06:32:40

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Tax omnibus passes Senate

The Senate passed a tax omnibus bill on a 26-to-13 vote following an hours-long debate on the floor. HB 252 would adjust personal income tax brackets without adding new taxes. Other changes include adding a rural healthcare practitioner tax credit, fire...


Published: 2024-02-13T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-13T17:18:10

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Paid family and medical leave bill sent to House floor

The House Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill that could provide up to 12 weeks of paid family leave by a vote of 6-4 on Monday. SB 3, sponsored by state Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to...


Published: 2024-02-13T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-13T18:07:20

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Senate sends Clean Transportation Fuel Standards to governor’s desk

The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday night aimed at lowering the carbon intensity of transportation fuels, sending it to the governor’s desk on a 26-15 vote. The bill sponsor Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, outlined the various benefits to the...


Published: 2024-02-13T07:00:00

Updated: 2024-02-14T06:41:10

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Politics Newsletter: session’s end is nigh

Hello fellow political junkies! We have reached the 2024 legislative session’s final days. Which means if they never heard the legislation you were following in the House or Senate, then sorry, maybe next year. Highlights (or is that lowlights?) from this...


Published: 2024-02-12T15:15:00

Updated: 2024-02-12T15:25:38

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Amid new graduation requirements, what do high schoolers want to learn?

By Margaret O’Hara, The Santa Fe New Mexican The main things that bring Brayan Chavez to school every day: Seeing, talking to and engaging with his teachers. The teachers are his mentors, Chavez said. After he graduates from Santa Fe's Monte del Sol...


Published: 2024-02-12T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-12T05:40:53

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Tax omnibus clears Finance committee, heads to Senate floor

The Senate Tax, Business and Transportation committee approved a tax omnibus bill Sunday morning. HB 252 includes a number of tax changes, including changes to income tax brackets, energy storage tax deductions, corporate income tax changes and more. The...


Published: 2024-02-12T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-12T06:02:35

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Firearm waiting period bill passes Senate

The Senate passed a bill creating a mandatory 7-day waiting period for firearm purchases on a 23-to-18 vote Saturday night after a lengthy debate. HB 129 aims to establish a seven-day waiting period for firearm purchases and to close a loophole in state...


Published: 2024-02-11T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-11T04:49:55

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Bill to increase royalty rates on future oil and gas leases passes House

After a lengthy debate on Saturday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would result in higher royalty rates on premium oil and gas leases offered by the State Land Office on a 39-28 vote. Sponsor Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, said...


Published: 2024-02-11T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-11T04:52:26

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Paid Family and Medical Leave bill passes Senate

A bill that seeks to provide several weeks of paid family and medical leave for workers in the state passed the state senate by a 25 to 15 vote late Friday night after several amendments. SB 3, sponsored by Senate Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque,...


Published: 2024-02-10T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-10T17:20:24

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

With less than a week left, much of governor’s gun, crime package seems stalled

By Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham started the year with high hopes of making a dent in the crime and gun violence that disproportionately seem to plague New Mexico. Her 21-point package included both stricter gun laws...


Published: 2024-02-09T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-09T03:22:38

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Clean Transportation Fuel Standards bill clears Senate committee

The Senate Conservation Committee passed a bill Thursday that is intended to lower the carbon intensity of transportation fuels through the use of a carbon credit market. The bill, HB 41, passed on a party-line 6-3 vote, with Democrats supporting its...


Published: 2024-02-09T07:04:00

Updated: 2024-02-09T03:28:32

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Tax omnibus passes House

The House approved a tax omnibus bill, HB 252, on a 48-to-21 vote on Wednesday. The bill is similar to the 2023 tax omnibus that legislators said was gutted by line-item vetoes from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Bill sponsor Rep. Derrick Lente, D-Sandia...


Published: 2024-02-08T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-08T03:21:05

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Firearm waiting period bill moves to Senate floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the House’s version of a firearm waiting period bill. The vote was a party-line 6-to-3 vote. HB 129 aims to establish a seven-day waiting period for firearm purchases and to close a loophole in state law that allows...


Published: 2024-02-08T07:03:00

Updated: 2024-02-08T19:11:23

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Housing bill backed by governor barely survives committee hearing

By Nathan Brown, The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham showed up in a Senate committee Wednesday evening to push personally for a bill to create a state housing office. "I am losing my mind [at] the number of people who are coming to us and...


Published: 2024-02-08T07:02:00

Updated: 2024-02-08T04:17:54

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Expect ‘orange barrels and cones’ if massive road bill reaches finish line

By Daniel J. Chacón, The Santa Fe New Mexican New Mexico drivers who have long been agitated, annoyed and just downright angry over the poor condition of the state's roads can expect a smoother ride in the future. The Senate on Thursday unanimously...


Published: 2024-02-08T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-09T03:53:41

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Senate tables bill to ban immigration detention

The Senate likely killed a bill on Tuesday that would have ended immigration detention in New Mexico. The chamber voted to table the bill on an 18-20 vote which means, barring a change of heart from one senator who voted against the bill, it is dead for...


Published: 2024-02-07T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-07T02:48:48

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

State’s health councils, facing a loss in funds, provide boots-on-the-ground approach

By Gabrielle Porter, The Santa Fe New Mexican When Timothy Eric Bailon was hired in 2021 to run point on a program trying to cut back on the risk of elder falls in Santo Domingo Pueblo, a single memory came rushing back to him. It was from 2016, when...


Published: 2024-02-07T07:03:00

Updated: 2024-02-07T02:55:40

New Mexico Political Report

by: Matthew Reichbach

Major party candidates file for U.S. Senate, House races

The major party candidates seeking federal office filed for the primary elections on Tuesday. There will be no contested Democratic primaries, as the incumbents in all three congressional districts as well as the U.S. Senate are seeking reelection. The...


Published: 2024-02-07T07:02:00

Updated: 2024-02-07T20:39:26

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Senate confirms new Indian Affairs secretary

By Daniel J. Chacón, The Santa Fe New Mexican Josett Monette made history Monday by becoming the first secretary of the state Indian Affairs Department who isn't from a New Mexico tribe. "I think that's important for us to understand because the state of...


Published: 2024-02-06T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-06T03:33:02

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Senate overhauls proposed changes to cannabis law, sends new version to House

By Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican A measure intended to "clean up and address unintended consequences" of New Mexico's Cannabis Regulation Act, according to its sponsor, faced a flurry of proposed amendments on the Senate floor Monday and underwent...


Published: 2024-02-06T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-06T03:40:00

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Politics Newsletter: Of guns and budgets, the session continues

Hello fellow political junkies! We are into the third quarter with Sine Die coming in nine days. The 30-day session, which is sometimes referred to as a “budget session” since any topic not about budgetary matters has to get approval from the governor to...


Published: 2024-02-05T15:10:00

Updated: 2024-02-05T04:25:13

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Proposed tax credit seen as vital for electric car transition

By Scott Wyland, The Santa Fe New Mexican A proposed tax credit designed to make electric vehicles more affordable and give a jolt to what advocates call New Mexico's clean car transition is heading toward a critical juncture in this year's legislative...


Published: 2024-02-05T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-05T03:53:44

New Mexico Political Report

by: Matthew Reichbach

House passes bill for affirmative consent training in colleges

A bill that would require post-secondary institutions that receive state funding to form trauma-informed response training for sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence and other issues passed the House early Sunday morning after a lengthy...


Published: 2024-02-04T21:42:27

Updated: 2024-02-04T21:47:25

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

House passes clean fuel standards bill

The House of Representatives passed legislation on a 36-33 vote aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels on Saturday. HB 41 would create a market where companies that produce high carbon intensity fuels can buy credits that are...


Published: 2024-02-04T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-04T04:56:17

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

House Judiciary approves potential constitutional amendments to lengthen sessions

The House Judiciary Committee heard four legislative modernization proposals during its Saturday meeting. These proposals seek to amend the state constitution and would require approval from voters. One would change legislative sessions from the current...


Published: 2024-02-04T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-04T05:00:41

New Mexico Political Report

by: Matthew Reichbach

Second guilty plea in shootings at homes of Democratic politicians

A second man involved in the case where multiple Democratic politicians had bullets shot at their homes, allegedly orchestrated by a failed Republican candidate for a state House seat, pleaded guilty to federal offenses. Demetrio Trujillo pleaded guilty...


Published: 2024-02-03T23:22:06

Updated: 2024-02-03T23:22:08

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

House approves firearm waiting period bill

The House approved a bill that aims to institute a 7-day waiting period for firearm purchases on a 37-33 vote following a prolonged debate Friday. Initially, the bill stated that the waiting period would be 14 days but an amendment on the floor shortened...


Published: 2024-02-03T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-03T02:32:13

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Lawmakers begin to craft tax package early to avert last-minute chaos

By Daniel J. Chacón, The Santa Fe New Mexican After rushing to develop a massive tax package last year that was then largely gutted by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, lawmakers from both chambers of the Legislature met Friday to get an early start and avert...


Published: 2024-02-03T07:03:00

Updated: 2024-02-03T02:34:11

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Senate Finance chairman says some budget proposals violate constitution

By Daniel J. Chacón, The Santa Fe New Mexican A big fight is brewing at the Capitol over the state budget, which is supposed to be the focus of the 30-day session but has almost become an afterthought amid a politically charged push to pass gun control...


Published: 2024-02-02T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-02T05:18:26

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Bill aiming to prevent public library book bans moves forward

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved a bill aimed at preventing public libraries from banning library materials based on dogma. HB 123 aims to prevent public libraries from receiving funding if they do not adopt the American Library...


Published: 2024-02-02T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-02T02:26:12

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Budget with 6.5% increase approved by House

The full state House of Representatives approved the budget package following a lengthy debate on the floor Wednesday. HB 2 and HB 3, were combined to present the state budget and the House approved the bills on a bipartisan 53-to-16 vote. “This is a $10


Published: 2024-02-01T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-02-01T03:42:49

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

House Judiciary sends two gun violence prevention bills to the House floor

The House Judiciary Committee approved two bills to address gun violence along party lines at its meeting Wednesday evening. HB 127 aims to raise the age for firearm purchases and HB 137, the Gas-Operated Semi-automatic Firearms Exclusion Act, seeks to...


Published: 2024-02-01T07:02:00

Updated: 2024-02-01T05:25:52

New Mexico Political Report

by: Santa Fe New Mexican

Senate confirms Casados to lead troubled child welfare agency

By Daniel J. Chacón, The Santa Fe New Mexican Teresa Casados choked with emotion Wednesday as she explained her decision to assume the reins of one of the most troubled and scrutinized agencies in state government: the New Mexico Children, Youth and...


Published: 2024-02-01T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-01T03:31:09

New Mexico Political Report

by: Susan Dunlap

Bill to end immigration detention in New Mexico advances

SB 145, sponsored by state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, is a bill that would prohibit public bodies in New Mexico from entering into intergovernmental contracts with private entities and end such intergovernmental agreements that public...


Published: 2024-02-01T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-02-01T03:48:40

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

Changes to the Oil and Gas Act heads to House floor

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill to update the Oil and Gas Act on a 7-4 party-line vote late Wednesday. Sponsor Rep. Kristina Ortez, D-Taos, said the changes are needed due to the rapid growth that New Mexico has seen in oil and gas production....


Published: 2024-02-01T06:30:00

Updated: 2024-02-01T06:30:55

New Mexico Political Report

by: Hannah Grover

NM plans for a future with less water

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s 50-year water action plan during a press conference Tuesday in her office at the state capitol. The plan details ways to ensure that New Mexicans have access to clean water for the next five decades.


Published: 2024-01-31T07:05:00

Updated: 2024-01-31T06:06:21

New Mexico Political Report

by: Nicole Maxwell

Senate approves bill banning firearms near polling places

The state Senate passed a bill that will ban most firearms near polling places. The chamber voted 26-16 to pass the bill. Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, sponsored SB 5. “I appreciate the debate and certainly respect the differences that...


Published: 2024-01-31T07:01:00

Updated: 2024-01-31T06:07:22

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