Ah, Roundhouse humor

By Rob Nikolewski on June 27, 2012

Rancher Pat Woods, who won one of the most hotly-contested races in all of the New Mexico primary races this month, was introduced to Roundhouse members Wednesday (June 27) at the end of a committee meeting hearing.
“Pat’s a good man, ” Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) told Republicans and Democrats assembled at the end of a [...]

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Clovis News-Journal editorial after the Woods-Spears race: We don’t forget but do forgive

By Rob Nikolewski on June 10, 2012

The Republican vs. Republican battle in the state Senate race in eastern New Mexico left some hard feelings and over the weekend (June 9), the Clovis News-Journal published an editorial that scolded Gov. Susana Martinez and her staff for involving themselves in the race but offered a peace offering, saying “most of us still support [...]

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Analysis of NM primary: Voters say they’ll make their own decisions

By Rob Nikolewski on June 6, 2012

After an unusually contentious primary involving races pitting party loyalties among Democrats and Republicans, the overall message from New Mexico voters Tuesday night (June 5) seems to be, “We’ll make up our own minds, thank you.”
Leadership from the governor’s office and from the outgoing Speaker of the House were rebuffed in very public ways and [...]

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Pat Woods defeats Angie Spears in contentious GOP state Senate race

By Rob Nikolewski on June 5, 2012

Farmer and rancher Pat Woods has defeated Angie Spears — the GOP candidate backed by sitting Republican Gov. Susana Martinez — in a closely-watched primary Tuesday night (June 5) in the New Mexico’s Senate District 7 in the eastern part of the state.
Woods’ campaign told Capitol Report New Mexico that Woods won by about 300 [...]

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Anna Crook weighs in on GOP state Senate primary: “I fear our Republican party may be torn apart”

By Rob Nikolewski on June 1, 2012

The state Senate primary race between two Republicans fighting to replace outgoing Sen. Clint Harden (R-Clovis) has caused plenty of controversy in eastern New Mexico and now a sitting Republican member of the state House of Representatives has written an opinion piece decrying what she calls “a toxic political environment the likes of which I [...]

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When Democrats attack — each other

By Rob Nikolewski on May 31, 2012

Democrats across the country and in New Mexico have railed against the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court allowing corporations and unions to spend as much money as they want in political campaigns, saying the rise of “Super PACs” is “allowing our elections to be taken over by billionaires” state Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque) [...]

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Susana on her rough plane landing, talks about involving herself in state Senate race

By Rob Nikolewski on May 24, 2012

Saying, “we didn’t realize what had happened until it happened,” Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters Thursday (May 24) about a belly landing near the Santa Fe Airport the night before on a private plane carrying herself, her husband Chuck Franco and 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.
The group was returning from a campaign event on [...]

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Gov Martinez and husband involved in emergency plane landing, all safe

By Rob Nikolewski on May 24, 2012

Capitol Report New Mexico just received this e-mail from the governor’s office:
“Governor Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco were aboard a private plane that landed without its gear down at the Santa Fe Airport at approximately 10pm on Wednesday night.
The plane received some damage, but no one aboard was injured.
The Governor had [...]

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Wait ’til November? Hardly — 15 Roundhouse races will be decided June 5

By Rob Nikolewski on May 21, 2012

The general election is not set until November but a review of Roundhouse races shows that for 15 seats in the state Senate and House of Representatives, it will be all over but the shouting on June 5.
That’s because the party primary elections in those 15 races involve candidates who — should they win on [...]

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Harden says Susana’s office encouraged a GOP challenger in his district

By Rob Nikolewski on May 9, 2012

Speaking at length for the first time since he announced he was stepping down from the New Mexico state Senate, Clint Harden (R-Clovis) told his local newspaper that although “it was my decision,” he thinks Gov. Susana Martinez and some of her supporters encouraged a candidate to challenge Harden in the upcoming election cycle — [...]

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