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On tape: Did Alan Webber break a campaign promise? UPDATE: Money numbers on gubernatorial candidates

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on April 14, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – Campaign filings released Monday show that Alan Webber, one of five contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor, has so far committed $450,000 of his own money on his campaign.
Nothing wrong with that but last October, in an interview with New Mexico Watchdog, he said he wasn’t a [...]

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A Roundhouse farewell for Max Coll

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on April 7, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – A crowd of about 300 showed up at the rotunda of the Roundhouse Monday for what can be described as “the last Coll of the House.”
Friends, constituents and fellow colleagues of former state House of Representatives committee chairman Max Coll paid their respects to the legislator who began [...]

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VIDEO: Albuquerque unrest gets the O’Reilly treatment

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on April 4, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
In case you missed it earlier this week, Bill O’Reilly featured the aftermath of the police shooting of James Boyd and last Sunday’s near-riot in Albuquerque on his top-rated “O’Reilly Factor” cable program on Fox News.
O’Reilly’s guests were state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, and Paul Broome of the Albuquerque [...]

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VIDEO: Is it a spaceport, or a space ghost?

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on March 28, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
New Mexico taxpayers alreadyhave sunk at least $212 million into Spaceport America.
But it’s been nearly three years since the facility had its grand opening, which featured billionaire Richard Branson rappelling down the façade of the massive hangar in the desert of southern New Mexico. We’re still waiting for Virgin [...]

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Video of ABQ police shooting intensifies debate

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on March 23, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
The shooting death of a 38-year-old man in the foothills of Albuquerque has sparked debate about how the Albuquerque Police Department handled the situation.
Now, a just-released video has intensified the controversy.
Here’s the video, as captured on the helmet camera of one of the officers:

The shooting occurred on March 16 and [...]

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Stephen Moore: Two ways to improve New Mexico’s economy

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on March 15, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE  – New Mexico’s economy avoided the worst of the Great Recession but has been painfully slow to recover.
The chief economist for one of the country’s best-known conservative think tanks says the state should seriously think about reducing — or even eliminating — its state income tax and become a “right [...]

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VIDEO: Weh wins a close one as NM Republicans prepare for June primary

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on March 1, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE  – The battle for the right to take on U.S. Senator Tom Udall was officially joined Saturday.
Now Allen Weh and David Clements have a little more than three months to convince New Mexico Republicans which one of them represents the best hope to knock off Udall, an incumbent Democrat, in the November [...]

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VIDEO: Tom Taylor calls it a career

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on February 19, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – In a move that surprised many in the Roundhouse, long-time Republican state Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, announced Wednesday that he’s retiring from political life.
“It’s been a great run,” Taylor told New Mexico Watchdog, adding, ”I don’t anticipate running for office again.”
The 65-year-old has served constituents in northwest New Mexico [...]

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VIDEO: Hanna Skandera remains education secretary-designate

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on February 17, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – After all the drama, all the scalding criticism from opponents and impassioned praise from supporters, Hanna Skandera‘s official title remains the same.
She’s still the secretary-designate of the New Mexico Public Education Department – neither confirmed nor rejected by the state Senate.
Instead, the Senate Rules Committee, where confirmation hearings are [...]

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Community college nepotism story discussed on ‘NM In Focus’

Posted by Rob Nikolewski on February 14, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – New Mexico Watchdog‘s coverage of the recent decision by trustees at the Luna Community College to carve out an exemption for themselves when it comes to the school’s anti-nepotism policy was discussed on the public affairs program “New Mexico In Focus.”
In a web-extra segment, the panel hosted by moderator Gene Grant gave [...]

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