Manny Aragon’s name to be scrubbed from school library

By Rob Nikolewski on March 20, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE – It took five and a half years, but the name of one of New Mexico’s most infamous politicians no longer willgrace the façade at a local grade school in southeast Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, in a 6-0 vote with one abstention, decided Wednesday night [...]

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New Mexico Watchdog’s Top 10 stories of 2013

By Rob Nikolewski on December 25, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — New Mexico taxpayers this past year saw little good, plenty of bad and a whole lot of ugly.
A review of the Top 10 stories covered and uncovered by New Mexico Watchdog shows a parade of bad behavior and wasted money in the Land of Enchantment.
But to [...]

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Ex-mayor of Columbus smuggles guns, keeps taxpayer-funded pension

By Rob Nikolewski on December 18, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – A conviction for gun smuggling isn’t stopping a former Columbus mayor from getting nearly $17,000 a year in taxpayer-funded pension money, New Mexico Watchdog has learned.
The former mayor, Eddie Espinoza, was released from federal prison in late November three years early from a four-year sentence after [...]

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Manny Aragon gets an early release from prison UPDATE: Will live in “Manny’s Castle”

By Rob Nikolewski on December 5, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – Manny Aragon, the former Democratic state Senate leader who had one of the most spectacular falls from grace in New Mexico political history, is out federal prison in Colorado after getting an early release Thursday.
There are reports that Aragon his heading back to the Albuquerque area to live in a halfway [...]

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An early release from prison for Manny Aragon?

By Rob Nikolewski on August 16, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — Disgraced former state Senate Pro-tem Manny Aragon isn’t scheduled to be released from a federal prison in Colorado until next year, but New Mexico Watchdog has learned he is eligible to be released to a halfway house.
“I can’t tell you when Manny will be released,” Aragon’s [...]

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‘Monuments to Me’ may be over in NM UPDATE: Bill held over in committee to make revisions

By Rob Nikolewski on January 25, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski | New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — For nearly three years, New Mexico Watchdog has compiled numerous examples of what we call “Monuments to Me” — buildings constructed using taxpayers’ dollars that are named after politicians who are still in office.
But a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would put an end to [...]

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It’s on: The Jennings-Pirtle state Senate race in Roswell gets rough

By Rob Nikolewski on October 4, 2012

The election season has quickly turned into the mean season in the state Senate race in Roswell.
Long-time Roundhouse incumbent and Democrat Tim Jennings has launched a website with his re-election campaign called “They Hate Roswell” — referencing comments Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff Keith Gardner made in a secretly recorded conversation released [...]

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Manny Aragon’s Homecoming: 365 Days And Counting; Jennings Joins Call for Aragon to Drop Code of Silence, Update

By Jim Scarantino on August 16, 2012

Manny Aragon’s expected release from federal prison is only a year away.  Will he return to an active role with the Democratic Party of New Mexico?  Will he return a rehabilitated man and work to undo the culture of corruption he helped spread?   Or will he maintain his code of criminal defiance and continue [...]

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John Grubesic on the Richardson documents: “You can’t seal the truth”

By Rob Nikolewski on February 4, 2011

Watching the fires burn in Egypt makes you wonder how bad it has to get until people act.
What does it take for people to force their government to listen? We did it once, over two hundred years ago and we haven’t done it since. Why not? Because things haven’t gotten bad [...]

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Meet John Loehr, arch-critic of New Mexico higher ed

By Rob Nikolewski on November 16, 2010

To his critics, John Loehr is a pain in the class.
To his supporters, he is a voice crying in the wilderness.
The former regent at New Mexico Highlands University and current member of the state Board of Finance is a harsh critic of the way higher education is run in the state. And if you take [...]

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