‘A screwy law:’ Provision in NM Constitution can exempt legislators from speeding tickets

By Rob Nikolewski on January 23, 2013

New Mexico lawmakers, while serving during the legislative session, have immunity from arrest and can get dispensation from traffic citations.
So says the state Constitution. Sort of.
“Yeah, during my time in the Roundhouse I heard that they (legislators) can’t be stopped for speeding if they’re heading to the Legislature,” former state Rep. Andy Nuñez, I-Hatch, told [...]

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Jennings, Nunez say adios to the Roundhouse

By Rob Nikolewski on January 14, 2013

On Tuesday (Jan. 15), the 60-day legislative session begins but it will start without some familiar faces — most notably, Tim Jennings.
The Democrat and state senator from Roswell has been a fixture in Santa Fe for 34 years and has been the Senate Pro Tem since 2008. But he lost in a bitter and expensive [...]

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Who spent the most — and who got the worst bang for their buck — in NM’s 2012 legislative races

By Rob Nikolewski on January 2, 2013

Tim Jennings spent an awful lot of money for every vote he earned in the November election but $73.61 per vote was not enough to keep him in the New Mexico State Senate.
An analysis by Capitol Report New Mexico of the amount of money each candidate spent in competitive 2012 Roundhouse races reveals which candidates [...]

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Videotape of new Roundhouse member makes waves

By Rob Nikolewski on November 19, 2012

A newly-elected Democrat to the Roundhouse has apologized for his actions in an Internet video showing him swearing at and giving the middle finger to a volunteer from an opposing candidate on Election Night.
“I regret it,” Phillip Archuleta told Capitol Report New Mexico on Monday (Nov. 19). “I’m not that type of person. I should [...]

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Susana on Andy Nunez falling out: “You can’t stick to one single issue”

By Rob Nikolewski on November 5, 2012

Politics ain’t beanbag and Gov. Susana Martinez didn’t offer any apologies on Monday (Nov. 5) for sending out negative mailers on state Rep. Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch).
“You can’t just stick to one single issue,” Gov. Martinez told Capitol Report New Mexico of the falling out she had with Nuñez a little more than a week ago, [...]

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Susana’s camp turns on Andy Nunez – “I’m surprised and I’m pissed”

By Rob Nikolewski on October 26, 2012

Susana and Andy have broken up.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and maverick Independent Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch) joined forces for the last two years to try and repeal a controversial law in New Mexico that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses but two days ago, a negative ad started circulating in Nuñez’s district by a political [...]

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Another edition of ‘Monuments to Me’ — this time in Taos

By Rob Nikolewski on October 9, 2012

It’s a long-running string of incidents compiled here at Capitol Report New Mexico – something we’ve dubbed “Monuments to Me,” which is the practice of naming public buildings in New Mexico after sitting politicians.
We have another example to report, this one in Taos, where the county commissioners there have voted to name three buildings that [...]

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Andy Nunez tries to get re-elected as a third-party candidate

By Rob Nikolewski on October 8, 2012

Rep. Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch) has become one of the most high-profile members of the Roundhouse in the past couple years, drawing attention for his sponsorship of bills trying to repeal New Mexico’s law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
Nuñez has represented District 36 in Doña Ana County for 12 years but in this [...]

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Who’s running against whom in Roundhouse races in November

By Rob Nikolewski on September 10, 2012

Now that it’s September, the conventional political wisdom says voters will start focusing on the general election.
They won’t have to focus too hard, though, because in the New Mexico legislature, nearly one-half of the races for seats in the Roundhouse won’t be contested at all in November.
In the House of Representatives, there are 70 total [...]

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Andy Nunez: “Voting for Obama is like the Titanic backing up to the iceberg again”

By Rob Nikolewski on July 27, 2012

President Obama’s campaign workers can skip trying to persuade one particular voter in southern New Mexico into supporting the president’s re-election.
State Rep. Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch), while appearing on the syndicated radio program News New Mexico on Friday (July 27), said of the upcoming presidential race, “I’m dadgum sure I’m not voting for Obama. Voting [...]

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