Turned back again on federal health care website

By Rob Nikolewski on October 28, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – Eight attempts, eight incompletions.
That’s not a statistical line for a struggling quarterback but rather the number of times New Mexico Watchdog has tried without success to log onto healthcare.gov since the Affordable Care Act was rolled out Oct. 1.
Sunday night and Monday morning, NM Watchdog tried [...]

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Heinrich and Udall call for delay in Obamacare individual mandate UPDATE: Pearce says I told you so

By Rob Nikolewski on October 25, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – Both U.S. senators from New Mexico have joined a group of 10 Democratic colleagues in calling for an extension for people seeking health-care coverage on the troubled www.healthcare.gov website.
Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich co-signed a letter sent Friday to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department [...]

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#$@&!: 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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NM delegation on gov’t shutdown: It’s the other side’s fault

By Rob Nikolewski on October 1, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are divided, and so is the New Mexico delegation on Capitol Hill.
The federal government shut down just after midnight Monday, and it didn’t take long for the Democrats and Republicans to start blaming one another.
“I had hoped that a shutdown [...]

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Heinrich comes out in favor of military strike in Syria — and hears it from constituents

By Rob Nikolewski on September 10, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – A freshman senator who was a critic of U.S. intervention in Iraq under George W. Bush has come out in favor a military strike in Syria and, judging from reaction from New Mexico constituents, his announcement is not a popular one.
“I know that we are a [...]

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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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Pearce calls for ending military aid to Egypt, NM Capitol Hill Dems more cautious

By Rob Nikolewski on August 19, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — With violence in Egypt raging, New Mexico’s sole Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives is calling on the United States to cut off military aid to the Egyptian government.
The state’s two Democrats in the House are taking a more wait-and-see approach.
“The military coup in Egypt [...]

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VIDEO: Prairie dog hunt, Heinrich, airport bus flap and the future of newspapers

By Rob Nikolewski on August 9, 2013

Rob Nikolewski of New Mexico Watchdog appeared as a panelist on New Mexico Focus, which airs Friday at 7 p.m. on PBS affiliate KNME-TV.
Here’s video of the web-extra version of the show hosted by Gene Grant, talking about the controversial prairie dog hunt scheduled this weekend in Los Lunas, the decision by Sen. Martin Heinrich [...]

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Susana urges US Energy secretary to approve natural gas exports ASAP

By Rob Nikolewski on June 21, 2013

In a letter obtained by New Mexico Watchdog, Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the federal government to approve liquefied natural gas (LNG) permits — something supporters say would boost New Mexico’s economy.
“I am asking for expedient review and approval of the nearly twenty permits that are pending with the federal government for LNG export terminals that will [...]

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It’s dueling Democrats (so far) in race for Attorney General

By Rob Nikolewski on May 24, 2013

The top law enforcement position in the state is one of New Mexico’s most coveted elected offices but so far, only two Democrats and no Republicans have indicated they’ll run for New Mexico Attorney General.
Current State Auditor Hector Balderas and former Public Regulation Commission member Jason Marks have thrown their hats into the ring and figure to square off next [...]

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