APS school chief in hot water for saying education secretary “should head for the livestock truck”

By Rob Nikolewski on November 6, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE – Maybe Winston Brooks should just stay away from Twitter altogether.
The superintendent of the largest school district in New Mexico may have had his share of clashes with the state’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration’s education chief in the past but on Tuesday he really stepped [...]

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Lisa Curtis spending $60K (so far) of her own money in state Senate race vs. Mark Moores

By Rob Nikolewski on October 15, 2012

Lisa Curtis really wants to stay in the Roundhouse — and the most recent candidate finance reports show that going into the final weeks to Election Day Curtis has already spent nearly $60,000 of her own money in her race against Republican Mark Moores.
“I’m putting my money where my mouth is,” Curtis said, adding that [...]

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They may not have much money, but two challengers are taking on Sheryl Williams Stapelton

By Rob Nikolewski on September 17, 2012

Erica Landry is running against longtime Roundhouse rep Sheryl Williams Stapleton because she says House District 19 needs change while Hess Yntema is running because he says both Democrats and Republicans are captives to their party leadership and their contributors.
“It’s a very unlikely road to be elected as an Independent,” Yntema said in a telephone [...]

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No more paid leave for Albuquerque public school employees in legislature

By Rob Nikolewski on May 2, 2012

As anticipated, the board at Albuquerque Public Schools voted to change its policy regarding APS employees who serve in the legislature on Tuesday night (May 1), choosing to require those serving in the Roundhouse to take unpaid leave instead of draw APS pay while attending to legislative duties in Santa Fe.
The vote was 4-2 by [...]

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More trouble for Sheryl Williams Stapleton; plus reaction from opponents on the campaign trail

By Rob Nikolewski on April 13, 2012

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) is in the middle of another controversy — actually two new controversies.
Last night on KRQE-TV, reporter Tim Maestas disclosed that Rep. Stapleton allegedly tried to back-date some Albuquerque Public School documents — possibly in reaction to the station’s story last fall about Stapleton taking paid leave of absences — and [...]

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Budget nearly done

By Rob Nikolewski on February 14, 2012

It took almost until midnight Monday (Feb. 13) but the New Mexico state Senate passed a budget bill back to the House of Representatives for some final tweaking on a 34-6 vote.
Budget battles can usually be drawn out affairs but the Senate managed to wrap up debate in less than an hour Monday, even though [...]

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The ripple effects from the Stapleton blowup

By Rob Nikolewski on December 17, 2011

The rant heard ’round the state — and all across the Internet – isn’t just centering on Sheryl Williams Stapleton. It may also affect the debate about teachers and public school administrators serving in the state legislature.
Back on Wednesday (Dec. 14), Williams Stapleton caused a stir by angrily confronting a Republican colleague during a break [...]

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Stapleton apologizes but will not relinquish leadership role as Majority Whip in NM’s House of Reps

By Rob Nikolewski on December 15, 2011

In a news conference Thursday (Dec. 15) that took a couple odd turns, state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) apologized for angrily confronting Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell) and saying Espinoza was “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor,” site of the offices of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in New Mexico’s state capitol building.
But despite [...]

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Republicans call on Stapleton to step down as House Majority Whip and give personal apology to governor

By Rob Nikolewski on December 15, 2011

A day after rattling the Roundhouse by upbraiding a state representative during a break in a committee meeting, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) came under fire from New Mexico Republicans after accusing Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell) of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor,” a reference to Gov. Susana Martinez whose office is located [...]

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Stapleton confronts Espinoza: “You’re carrying the Mexican’s water” UPDATE: Espinoza says “That is totally wrong,” Gov’s office says it’s “sad and disappointing”

By Rob Nikolewski on December 14, 2011

During a break in Wednesday’s Legislative Education Study Committee, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) angrily confronted Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell), shouting “Don’t mess with me” and accusing Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor,” referring to Gov. Susana Martinez.
Back on Oct. 28, KRQE-TV aired an investigative piece from Larry Barker that said [...]

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