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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It’s on: The Jennings-Pirtle state Senate race in Roswell gets rough

By Rob Nikolewski on October 4, 2012

The election season has quickly turned into the mean season in the state Senate race in Roswell.
Long-time Roundhouse incumbent and Democrat Tim Jennings has launched a website with his re-election campaign called “They Hate Roswell” — referencing comments Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff Keith Gardner made in a secretly recorded conversation released [...]

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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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A quick look at the Steve Pearce vs. Evelyn Madrid Erhard race for Congress

By Rob Nikolewski on August 27, 2012

Steve Pearce says he’s counting on constituents’ good will to send him back to Congress for another term while Evelyn Madrid Erhard says she thinks enough voters in the Second Congressional District want change badly enough to send her to Washington.
“We always feel like we’ve got to watch it,” Pearce told Capitol Report New Mexico [...]

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Odd news release about Susana and Romney from NM Democrats

By Rob Nikolewski on August 23, 2012

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez was not in Hobbs Thursday (Aug. 23) when Mitt Romney made a campaign stop talking about his energy policy. (Click here for that story.)
It was the first appearance by Romney in New Mexico during his campaign for the presidency and with Martinez absent, Javier Gonzales of the Democratic Party of New [...]

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New Mexico reaction to Paul Ryan as VP, Wilson says he’s bold, “even if I don’t always agree with him”

By Rob Nikolewski on August 11, 2012

Mitt Romney’s selection of congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick generated enthusiastic support from most New Mexico Republicans on Saturday (Aug. 11) but the reaction of GOP Senate candidate Heather Wilson was a bit muted.
Wilson sent this statement to Capitol Report New Mexico:

Heather Wilson

“Paul Ryan and I served together and I have always [...]

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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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Retired Los Alamos scientist says he has a better way to fight forest fires: Get the Air Force involved

By Rob Nikolewski on June 21, 2012

Summer has just started but it has already been a deadly fire season in New Mexico and a retired Los Alamos scientist says it’s time to use 21st century technology and even the US Air Force to radically change the way states — particularly in the Southwest — and federal government officials fight wildfires.
Chick Keller [...]

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Little Bear Fire 60% contained; officials defend containment strategy

By Rob Nikolewski on June 18, 2012

Some wet weather in the Ruidoso area gave forest firefighters some much-needed help in the Little Bear Fire while government officials called a news conference in Albuquerque Sunday (June 17) to defend decisions by the US Forest Service in battling the wildfire that has destroyed 254 structures. Update: A spokesman for the Forest Service says [...]

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Susana Martinez on NBC Nightly News talking about NM wildfires

By Rob Nikolewski on June 15, 2012

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams edited a string of soundbites with Gov. Susana Martinez discussing the wildfires raging across the state, including the Little Bear Fire that forced hundreds of homeowners to evacuate Ruidoso.
She talks about the destruction and touches on the question about whether there should be some re-thinking about forest management. Here’s [...]

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