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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The $7.9 million redistricting bill: The lawyers did very well, NM taxpayers not so good

By Rob Nikolewski on September 25, 2012

They squabbled in the legislature. They squabbled with the governor’s office. They squabbled in court. And the state Supreme Court squabbled with the retired judge they put in charge of reapportioning New Mexico’s voting districts before a final decision was reached.
Now, a breakdown of the costs of the 2011-2012 redistricting battle — the once-every-10-years process [...]

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Should partisan political groups use Roundhouse facilties for meetings? UPDATE: Emerge NM says it’s willing to reimburse “as long as it’s not cost prohibitive”

By Rob Nikolewski on August 3, 2012

Should a partisan political group use the State Capitol building — funded by taxpayers — for a training session? And if so, should they pay to use the facilities?
Those are just a couple questions up in the air after the Legislative Council committee voted 7-6 earlier this week to allow Emerge New Mexico to hold [...]

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Ah, Roundhouse humor

By Rob Nikolewski on June 27, 2012

Rancher Pat Woods, who won one of the most hotly-contested races in all of the New Mexico primary races this month, was introduced to Roundhouse members Wednesday (June 27) at the end of a committee meeting hearing.
“Pat’s a good man, ” Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) told Republicans and Democrats assembled at the end of a [...]

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Impeaching Jerome Block Jr. will probably not happen during special session

By Rob Nikolewski on August 29, 2011

With the special legislative session scheduled to start in exactly one week (Sept. 6), New Mexico legislators were told Monday (Aug. 29) by the director of the Legislative Council Service, the Roundhouse agency that works with lawmakers of all political stripes, that should legislators decide to impeach Public Regulations Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. the proceedings [...]

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