Incumbents Under Pressure With Primary Season in Full Swing
Elections
Incumbents Under Pressure With Primary Season in Full Swing
2022-06-07 15:14:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Election season is heating up as seven states will hold primary elections on Tuesday to determine which candidates will square off in November. By the time polls close throughout the states of California, South Dakota, New Mexico,... Read More

2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Primaries in Seven States
2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Primaries in Seven States

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in both major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump.... Read More

Experts Watch for ‘Pendulum Swing’ in New Mexico as Officials Battle Election Misinformation
Elections
Experts Watch for ‘Pendulum Swing’ in New Mexico as Officials Battle Election Misinformation
2022-06-05 18:54:25
by Brock Blasdell

SANTE FE, N.M. — Experts will be watching primary results in New Mexico as the state’s progressive movement shows signs of weakness ahead of the June 7 primary. Meanwhile, New Mexico’s secretary of state has launched a new Rumor vs.... Read More

Official Guilty of Illegally Entering Capitol Grounds Jan. 6
Jan. 6
Official Guilty of Illegally Entering Capitol Grounds Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday convicted an elected official from New Mexico of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.... Read More

Judge to Hear Closing Arguments in Second Capitol Riot Trial
Jan. 6
Judge to Hear Closing Arguments in Second Capitol Riot Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is expected to hear attorneys’ closing arguments on Tuesday in the trial of an elected official from New Mexico charged with illegally entering U.S. Capitol grounds during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential... Read More

Capitol Riot Trial Opens for Cowboys for Trump Founder
Jan. 6
Capitol Riot Trial Opens for Cowboys for Trump Founder

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official from New Mexico has vowed to ride a horse to court on Monday for his trial on charges that he illegally entered the U.S. Capitol grounds on the day a pro-Trump mob disrupted the certification of... Read More

USDA Seeks to Be Less a Bank, More a Partner in Rural Development
Rural
USDA Seeks to Be Less a Bank, More a Partner in Rural Development
2022-03-07 15:12:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., makes no effort to hide her enthusiasm for her current job, undersecretary for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Six months after her confirmation, the Democrat from Las Cruces, New... Read More

<strong>Sen. Ben Ray Luján Recovering From Stroke in Albuquerque</strong>
U.S. Senate
Sen. Ben Ray Luján Recovering From Stroke in Albuquerque
2022-02-01 23:02:35
by Dan McCue

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a stroke while visiting his home state last week. Luján began experiencing dizziness and fatigue early last Thursday morning and checked himself into... Read More

New Laws Take Effect Nationwide
In The States
New Laws Take Effect Nationwide
2022-01-03 21:12:37
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — New laws added to the books around the country during last year’s legislative sessions have now gone into effect with the arrival of the new year. Measures governing redistricting, police reforms, minimum wage increases and more with... Read More

Oldest Human Footprints in North America Found in New Mexico
Science
Oldest Human Footprints in North America Found in New Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday. The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park... Read More

Stansbury Wins Special Election for Haaland’s House Seat
Congress
Stansbury Wins Special Election for Haaland's House Seat
2021-06-02 12:17:54
by Dan McCue

Democrat Melanie Stansbury claimed a decisive victory Tuesday night in a contested special election for Congress in New Mexico, easing fears in some corners of her party that a close result could have been a sign of disaster to come... Read More

In New Mexico, Yet Another Special Election Seen As Proxy for 2022
Political News
In New Mexico, Yet Another Special Election Seen As Proxy for 2022
2021-05-30 12:20:58
by Dan McCue

Voters in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Deb Haaland, the former Democratic representative for the district who left Congress to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of the Interior.... Read More

Groups Call for Reintroduction of Jaguars in US Southwest
Environment
Groups Call for Reintroduction of Jaguars in US Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups and scientists with two universities want U.S. wildlife managers to consider reintroducing jaguars to the American Southwest. In a recently published paper, they say habitat destruction, highways and existing segments of the border wall... Read More

FEC Issues Guidance On Upcoming Special Elections in New Mexico, Ohio
Elections
FEC Issues Guidance On Upcoming Special Elections in New Mexico, Ohio
2021-03-31 19:26:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission on Wednesday announced the filing schedules for upcoming special elections to fill the seats of former Reps. Debra Haaland and Marcia Fudge, both of whom have taken positions in the Biden administration. Prior to... Read More

NM Lawmakers Move Bill to Outlaw Traps, Poisons on Public Land
In The States
NM Lawmakers Move Bill to Outlaw Traps, Poisons on Public Land
2021-03-22 19:57:06
by TWN Staff

SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved the Wildlife Conservation and Public Safety Act which would prohibit traps, snares and poisons on public lands. The vote was 35-34. The measure, Senate Bill 32, passed the New Mexico... Read More

Interior Nominee Haaland Vows ‘Balance’ on Energy, Climate
Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, President Joe Biden's nominee to head... Read More

NM-03: Teresa Leger Fernandez (D)
House Watch
NM-03: Teresa Leger Fernandez (D)
2020-11-02 04:16:55
by TWN Staff

About Leger Fernandez: After receiving her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Stanford, Leger Fernandez returned home to New Mexico. She has promised to honor voters with deep respect and will use her experience and vision to accomplish ambitious... Read More

NM-02: Yvette Herrell (R)
House Watch
NM-02: Yvette Herrell (R)
2020-10-30 23:54:37
by TWN Staff

About Harrell: Born and raised in New Mexico, Yvette Herrell served for four terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives, and is the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in New Mexico's 2nd District. She has owned and operated several... Read More

NM-02: Xochitl Torres Small (D)
House Watch
NM-02: Xochitl Torres Small (D)
2020-10-30 23:51:56
by TWN Staff

About Torres Small: Xochitl Torres Small grew up in Las Cruces, N.M. Torres Small watched her mom go to school early and stay long after the last bell rang to help her students succeed and saw her father go the... Read More

NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
Senate Watch
NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
2020-10-28 12:58:52
by TWN Staff

About Luján:  Born and raised on a small family farm in Nambé, N.M., by a union ironworker and a public school employee, Ben Ray Luján learned the values of hard work and community service from a young age.   Luján has... Read More

NM Senate: Mark Ronchetti (R)
Senate Watch
NM Senate: Mark Ronchetti (R)
2020-10-28 12:56:03
by TWN Staff

About Ronchetti:  Mark Ronchetti lives in Albuquerque, where he and his wife, Krysty, are raising two daughters.  One of five children himself, Ronchetti was raised by two loving parents.  His father is a first-generation American who became an electrical engineer,... Read More

Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick
2020 Elections
Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Michelle Lujan Grisham has not received the attention of many higher-profile candidates under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate. But she has a resume that few of them can match. The New Mexico governor has executive experience... Read More

Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
Education
Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
2020-07-13 13:27:31
by Tom Ramstack

Five states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit this week that accuses the U.S. Education Department of shorting schools in low-income areas on their fair share of coronavirus relief funds. Instead, too much of the money is going... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State’s Next Frontier
In The News
New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
2020-01-13 16:57:20
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened... Read More

New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
In The News
New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
2019-07-01 20:59:21
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham swore in the state's first-ever Ethics Commission, a move that was a long time coming and which citizens hope will bring a welcome end to a series of high profile corruption scandals. “I am... Read More

House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
Environment
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
New Mexico
New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
2019-04-16 21:32:34
by Tom Ramstack

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources said lax regulations are creating too... Read More

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