#$@&!: Post-shutdown, NM lawmakers hear it from constituents

By Rob Nikolewski on October 18, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — Now that the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling debate is over (for now), members of New Mexico’s Capitol Hill delegation are getting cheers and jeers on social media.
A perusal of the Facebook pages of the four Democrats and one Republican reflect the bitter partisan divide [...]

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Shutdown? NM seems OK on the state level, but federal workers will feel the pinch

By Rob Nikolewski on September 30, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – The good news about a possible government shutdown? It won’t affect the vast majority of people in New Mexico, even most state employees.
The bad news? Since the state’s economy is so heavily reliant on federal dollars, a shutdown centered in Washington, D.C., will have more financial [...]

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Lujan Grisham defends missing panel with Benghazi relatives

By Rob Nikolewski on September 23, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, has been assailed on the web for being one of a number of Democrats not on hand when the parents of two victims of the Benghazi attack testified last week at the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill.
But a spokesman for Lujan Grisham [...]

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Obama losing support in NM Capitol Hill delegation over Syria UPDATE: Heinrich will vote for use of force

By Rob Nikolewski on September 9, 2013

Update 5:17 p.m. MDT: Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, just released a statement saying he will vote in favor of authorizing the use of force in Syria:
“I know that we are a nation that is not only rightfully weary of war, but also jaded by the dishonest use of cooked intelligence reports that led to [...]

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‘Embarrassed’ liberal NM PAC chief resigns Crime Stoppers post after arrest

By Rob Nikolewski on July 29, 2013

Progress Now New Mexico executive director Pat Davis will step down as chairman of the board of Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers following his arrest for aggravated DWI.  Davis told New Mexico Watchdog he submitted his resignation Saturday, hours after his arrest.
“I’m embarrassed over what happened,” Davis said.
But Davis said he will not resign as executive [...]

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Financial feud leads to a battle royale at NM Military Institute

By Rob Nikolewski on July 16, 2013

During the Civil War, U.S. Grant famously wrote, “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”
Today, a similar sentiment is expressed by two sides locked in a bitter fight at the New Mexico Military Institute, which is experiencing a civil war of its own, pitting the school’s administration against a group of alumni in [...]

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Recall of Las Vegas, NM mayor fizzles … for now

By Rob Nikolewski on July 3, 2013

It looks like there won’t be a recall election in Las Vegas, N.M. after all. Well, at least not immediately.
The city clerk tossed out more than half of the signatures on a petition calling for the ouster of Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. and ruled there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election [...]

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Head of NM Democratic Party responds to Gov. Martinez

By Rob Nikolewski on June 6, 2013

One day after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said “the public deserves to know what he knew” about a fast-developing scandal involving hacked e-mails and a Democratic consultant facing child pornography charges, attorney and chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Sam Bregman responded Thursday (June 6) by saying the governor is playing politics and making “a [...]

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Here’s the 83-year-old WWII internment camp survivor the IRS asked about

By Rob Nikolewski on May 20, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service not only wanted a wide variety of information from the Albuquerque Tea Party‘s application for non-profit status, it also wanted to know what contacts it had with people from other political organizations too.
That included an 83-year-old great-grandmother who was once held in a World War II internment camp, New Mexico Watchdog [...]

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Adam Kokesh back in the news — this time on a national level

By Rob Nikolewski on May 7, 2013

People who follow New Mexico politics remember Adam Kokesh as a 2010 Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Santa Fe, who ran a slightly off-beat campaign highlighting his libertarian ideals before losing in the primary to Tom Mullins of Farmington.
Kokesh has always had a lot of provocateur in him — and since he left New Mexico [...]

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