Petition heading to NM Supreme Court over same-sex marriage

By Rob Nikolewski on June 26, 2013

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, politicians and attorneys across New Mexico speculated on what it will mean on the state level.
But Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said that acting as an attorney in private practice representing a same-sex couple wanting to get married, his law firm is going right to the state [...]

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Tying minimum wage to inflation loses in committee UPDATE: Senate bill increasing min wage to $8.50 moves on

By Rob Nikolewski on February 19, 2013

One of two pieces of legislation in the New Mexico statehouse aimed at raising the state’s minimum wage was defeated in a committee hearing Tuesday (Feb. 19), with the deciding vote came from a Democrat.
CORRECTION: An earlier post incorrectly said that House Joint Resolution 6 would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It would [...]

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Public employees — including teachers — will still get paid while serving in the Roundhouse

By Rob Nikolewski on January 31, 2012

Public employees — including teachers — who serve in the Roundhouse can still receive the salaries from their jobs away from the legislature as well as their legislative per diem of $153 after a reform bill introduced by three Republican state reps was tabled in committee on a party-line vote on Tuesday (Jan. 31).
House Joint [...]

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Bill setting standards to serve on the PRC clears another hurdle UPDATE: Two more PRC reform bills go to House floor

By Rob Nikolewski on January 30, 2012

Going into the House Judiciary Committee meeting hearing on increasing standards for those who serve as commissioners on the Public Regulation Committee, we knew you didn’t need a college degree to serve on the PRC.
What we didn’t know was that you don’t even have to have a high school diploma.
Or have finished middle school.
Or elementary [...]

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Democrats shoot down Republican redistricting bill

By Rob Nikolewski on September 22, 2011

Democrats are doubling down on their own House redistricting plan — even though it looks like Gov. Susana Martinez will veto it.
On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 22), the House Voters and Elections Comittee tabled House Bill 47, a measure sponsored by Minority Floor Leader Tom Taylor (R-Farmington), that Taylor and the GOP described as the best [...]

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Analysis: Redistricting unraveling UPDATE: Dem redistricting bill passes after midnight

By Rob Nikolewski on September 21, 2011

A couple days ago, there was optimism that the Senate and the House could cobble together redistricting bills that, while far from perfect, could generate bipartisan support and possibly satisfy Gov. Susana Martinez.
But on the same day the Roundhouse buzzed with chatter about a “Grand Bargain” between the two sides, one veteran lawmaker told me [...]

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Republicans complain about PRC redistricting map

By Rob Nikolewski on September 16, 2011

A couple Republican members of the House Voters and Elections Committee on Friday (Sept. 16) accused Democrats of pulling a fast one when the committee discussed a redistricting plan for the Public Regulation Commission.
Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) and Rep. Conrad James (R-Albuquerque) complained to committee chair Mary Helen Garcia (D-Las Cruces) that a redrawn map [...]

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NM Sec of State says at least 37 ineligible voters have taken part in elections

By Rob Nikolewski on March 15, 2011

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is cross-checking driver’s licenses issued to foreign nationals against the state’s voter registration rolls to see if there are any incidents of voter fraud and on Tuesday (March 15), Secretary of State Dianna Duran says early results show at least 37 instances of people without valid Social Security [...]

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Photo Voter ID bill tabled

By Rob Nikolewski on March 15, 2011

In no surprise, a House bill that would implement a system in which voters would have to produce identification at the polls was tabled Tuesday (March 15) by the House Voters and Elections Committee on a party line vote, 7-5.
All seven Democrats voted to table the bill — which essentially kills the measure — while [...]

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Photo Voter ID bill gets a hearing … but the committee vote won’t come until March 15

By Rob Nikolewski on March 12, 2011

A bill that aims to establish a requirement that voters show photo ID when they come to the polls was heard for about an hour and a half Saturday (March 12) but since not all members of the House Voters and Elections Committee were able to ask questions of the bill’s sponsor — Rep. Cathrynn [...]

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