Lopsided leads in money and polls for three NM Congressional candidates

By Rob Nikolewski on October 17, 2012

With less than three weeks until Election Day, the most recent polls and campaign financial disclosures indicate the races in New Mexico’s three US Congressional districts may be pretty one-sided affairs.
Congressional incumbents Steve Pearce in Congressional District 2 and Ben Ray Luján in CD-3, along with former Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Luján Grisham in CD-1, [...]

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Jefferson Byrd’s uphill fight for Congress

By Rob Nikolewski on September 14, 2012

Kermit the Frog sang it wasn’t easy being green and for Republican candidates in New Mexico’s bluest congressional district, it isn’t easy being red.
Jefferson Byrd, a rancher from Tucumcari, is trying to become just the second Republican ever elected in the Third Congressional District that covers the northern half and large swaths of eastern New [...]

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Nancy Pelosi, Donald Rumsfeld among the names throwing money at NM congressional races

By Rob Nikolewski on July 20, 2012

Ben Ray Luján receives a lot of money from Native American tribes. Steve Pearce gets a ton from oil and energy companies. And political figures ranging from Nancy Pelosi to Donald Rumsfeld have thrown cash at candidates in New Mexico’s three races in the US House of Representatives.
Capitol Report New Mexico took a look at [...]

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Forest Service says thinning project delayed by enviromental groups

By Rob Nikolewski on June 29, 2012

Environmentalists say they’re out to protect endangered species, watersheds and human habitations in forested areas but their critics counter by saying they’re making a flammable situation worse.
The debate has taken on a sharper edge in New Mexico as the state has already battled the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire that set a state record for most square [...]

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Where’s Adam Kokesh these days? Cussing in Massachusetts

By Rob Nikolewski on June 26, 2012

Here’s one from the “Where Are They Now? Department”:
Remember former New Mexico Republican candidate for Congress Adam Kokesh?
The libertarian from Santa Fe ran and lost in 2010 in the GOP primary to Tom Mullins (who eventually lost in the 2010 general election to Ben Ray Luján).
Well, we noticed today on the Drudge Report a story [...]

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Carl Trujillo shows he’s no fluke, knocks off David Coss in tight race

By Rob Nikolewski on June 6, 2012

Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Carl Trujillo engineered an impressive political victory Tuesday night (June 5), winning the state House of Representatives seat held since 1975 by outgoing Speaker of the House Ben Luján by defeating the mayor of Santa Fe, David Coss who had been endorsed by Luján as well as his son US [...]

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Spending in the Coss vs. Trujillo race for the Roundhouse: At least $7.82 per vote UPDATE: Could work out to $36.87 a vote

By Rob Nikolewski on June 1, 2012

Think the race between Carl Trujillo and David Coss to replace Speaker of the House Ben Luján isn’t important to a lot of political types?
Consider this: nearly $155,000 has been raised between the two Democrats in the race for District 46 in the state House of Representatives, with Coss receiving $58,504 in contributions and Trujillo [...]

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Study says Lujan bills would add the most gov’t spending in NM delegation, Pearce biggest in cuts

By Rob Nikolewski on May 23, 2012

What would happen if each member of Congress passed every bill they introduced?
That’s what the National Taxpayers Union Foundation asks each year when it measures the fiscal impact of each bill introduced on Capitol Hill.
Then they cross-reference the cost of that legislation and create a report they call “BillTally.”
The idea is to find out [...]

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Rumsfeld endorses Newton in NM congressional race

By Rob Nikolewski on March 29, 2012

Donald Rumsfeld has kept a relatively low profile since he stepped down as Secretary of Defense during the George W. Bush administration but campaign officials for congressional candidate Rick Newton announced on Thursday (March 29) that Rumsfeld has endorsed Newton and given the Republican candidate the maximum contribution allowed by the Federal Election Commission.
“I am [...]

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Socialist organization says Lujan allegation not true

By Rob Nikolewski on March 19, 2012

Back on Saturday at the state Republican pre-primary convention, GOP candidate Rick Newton told reporters that Congressman Ben Ray Luján is a member of the Socialist Party of America.
But the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, based in New York City, said by phone Monday morning (March 19) to Capitol Report New Mexico [...]

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