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NM’s two senators getting plenty of green from environmentalists

By Rob Nikolewski on April 22, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — As Earth Day celebrates its 44th birthday, the environmental movement has become an increasingly larger presence in Washington, D.C.
And that means political contributions.
A look at the top recipients on Capitol Hill shows New Mexico’s two senators— Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — finish near the [...]

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Editorial: The hits on Susana are coming from within

By Rob Nikolewski on April 20, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – It’s been said you need to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
For Gov. Susana Martinez, the difficulty comes in trying to keep your frenemies away.
Politicos all around the state are still buzzing about a secret audio recording, showing the governor and staffers from the 2010 gubernatorial campaign swearing [...]

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New Mexico a little bit poorer in this year’s ‘Rich States, Poor States’ survey

By Rob Nikolewski on April 15, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — The Land of Enchantment did not prove to be much of a land of opportunity in the past year, dropping four places in the “Rich States, Poor States” ratings.
After moving up in recent years in the study, New Mexico dropped from 33rd in the nation to [...]

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There’s nothing free about Tax Freedom Day

By Rob Nikolewski on April 8, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE— Hey, New Mexico, it’s time to celebrate Tax Freedom Day 2014.
Well, maybe “celebrate” isn’t the right word.
But Tuesday — April 8 — marks the day residents of the Land of Enchantment have worked long enough to pay their tax obligations on the federal, state and local levels.
The [...]

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Supreme Court lets ruling stand on NM wedding photographer and same-sex couple

By Rob Nikolewski on April 7, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – It looks like the same-sex couple has won and the wedding photographer has lost.
The legal dispute over a wedding photography studio in New Mexico that refused to photograph a ceremony involving a same-sex ceremony will not be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court after all.
The justices on Monday refused to hear [...]

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Editorial: A union for college football players? It’s too late

By Rob Nikolewski on April 6, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
Big-time college sports has been a mess for decades but a establishing a football players’ union won’t fix things. In fact, it will probably lead to more headaches.
A little more than a week ago, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that players at Northwestern University (where I once [...]

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Republican Senate hopeful regrets NRA ‘flub’

By Rob Nikolewski on April 3, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — David Clements, who is running to win the Republican nomination and the right to take on Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, this fall, said he mistakenly told listeners on a talk radio program he got an A rating from the National Rifle Association.
“It was a flub,” [...]

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Three studies, three bad results for New Mexico

By Rob Nikolewski on April 1, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — It’s been a rough week for New Mexico when it comes to national studies.
Three surveys came out, and all three put the Land of Enchantment in a less-than-enchanting light:
1. Dependence on the feds
Wallet Hub, a website aimed at small business owners and consumers, came out with [...]

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New Mexico brings up the rear in personal income growth

By Rob Nikolewski on March 26, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – The weather in New Mexico may far surpass that of the frigid prairies of North Dakota, but when it comes to economic climate, the Land of Enchantment lags far behind.
A federal study released Tuesday shows New Mexico finishing 48th in the nation in personal income growth [...]

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Editorial: The Taos incident and some kvetching about who’s really a kid

By Rob Nikolewski on March 22, 2014

Robin Poague seems like a stand-up guy but he and the U.S. Forest Service have some explaining to do.
On Feb. 22, four Forest Service law enforcement agents wearing flak jackets and carrying side arms descended on the Taos Ski Valley accompanied by a drug-sniffing dog  and performed a drug sweep that turned up very little: [...]

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