Bill to establish PRC commissioner qualifications moves on, “watered-down” critics say

By Rob Nikolewski on January 30, 2013

In the race to increase minimal qualifications for the Public Regulation Commission, a bill that critics say is a watered-down version passed through the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday (Jan. 30).
Senate Bill 8 is one of three bills before the Legislature in this 60-day session to implement the will of New Mexico voters who, in [...]

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Editorial: The other side isn’t so bad

By Rob Nikolewski on January 13, 2013

For all the talk of political polarization, I think a couple recent stories show that New Mexico Republicans aren’t nearly as extreme as liberals fear and Democrats aren’t as left-wing as conservatives suspect.
We’ll start with the decision by Gov. Susana Martinez to accept the federal government’s offer for states to expand Medicaid.
At least 10 other [...]

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November’s big money races in the Roundhouse

By Rob Nikolewski on September 11, 2012

The battle between Democrats and Republicans will surely get heated between now and Election Day on Nov. 6. It’s already gotten expensive in a handful of races as Democrats try to hang on to their majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Here’s a look at some of the races that feature [...]

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The uncle defeats the niece: Clemente Sanchez wins state Dem primary

By Rob Nikolewski on July 6, 2012

In a race that seemed to combine a lot of the off-beat characteristics of New Mexico politics, Clemente Sanchez held off Maxine Velasquez on Friday (July 6) to take the state Senate Democratic Party primary in a recount in the Grants area.
“It’s a big sense of relief,” Sanchez told Capitol Report New Mexico from his [...]

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Pirtle wins tight race by 10 votes, will take on Tim Jennings now

By Rob Nikolewski on July 5, 2012

Capitol Report New Mexico has learned that Cliff Pirtle has defeated Chad Hamill in the razor-close state Republican Senate primary in southeastern New Mexico after a recount conducted Thursday (July 5) of the three counties involved showed that Pirtle picked up one additional vote.
The county clerks in Otero, Chaves and Eddy counties are putting together [...]

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On eve of recount, leaders in two tight races confident they can hang on

By Rob Nikolewski on June 26, 2012

Cliff Pirtle and Clemente Sanchez come from two different parts of the state and are members of two different political parties but they both think their respective 9-vote leads will stand up after the state conducts recounts next week.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Pirtle said of his 1,018-1,009 lead on Chad Hamill in the Republican primary [...]

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Uncle takes lead by just 9 votes over niece in state Senate race, recount to come

By Rob Nikolewski on June 14, 2012

The see-saw battle between Democratic Party state Senate candidates and relatives Clemente Sanchez and Maxine Velasquez took another turn Thursday (June 14) as Sanchez took the overall lead in votes.
On Thursday morning, the county clerk’s office in Cibola County finally tabulated its provisional ballots and saw Sanchez pick up 15 more votes while Velasquez picked [...]

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UPDATE: Velasquez lead in state Senate race back to 3 votes over rival (and uncle) Sanchez

By Rob Nikolewski on June 11, 2012

The ultra-close and ultra-competitive Democratic Party primary race for state Senate between Maxine Velasquez and Clemente Sanchez shifted by one vote Monday (June 11) as election officials in McKinley and Socorro counties counted provisional ballots.
Velasquez and Sanchez have run a contentious race in Senate District 30 and as we learned late last week, the two [...]

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Nail-biting time in wild Democratic Senate primary — relatives separated by just two votes

By Rob Nikolewski on June 8, 2012

The primary election may have been held on Tuesday (June 5) but days later, there’s no clear-cut winner for the Democratic Party nomination for state Senate District 30 — and it looks like there won’t be an official decision for a while in a race that, even by New Mexico political standards, is wild and [...]

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