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6:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NM appeals court justice Castillo retiring

Gov. Susana Martinez, whose appointee to the Court of Appeals lost his seat in Tuesday's election, will get another shot at putting a Republican on the bench.

Court of Appeals Judge Celia Foy Castillo is retiring in December.

A bipartisan commission will consider applications for the position and then forward a list of candidates to the governor.

Judges then run in a partisan election if they want to keep their job. If they win, they face periodic nonpartisan retention elections.

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Local News
6:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Voter turnout drops to 62% in New Mexico

Voter turnout dropped in New Mexico and unofficial returns indicate about 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race.

That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

About 772,000 votes were cast in the presidential race. That's 7 percent lower than in 2008, but is 2 percent higher than in 2004.

New Mexico was a battleground state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests, but not this year.

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Local News
6:16 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

National group touts success of Native vote push

Organizers of a massive get-out-the-vote campaign that targeted Native American communities across the country are considering their efforts a success.

The National Congress of American Indians led the push. The group pointed Thursday to U.S. Senate races in Montana and North Dakota, as well as a voter identification ballot initiative in Minnesota, where it says the Native American turnout made a difference. The Minnesota voter ID requirement failed.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Martinez Can Appoint Another Republican Judge, Despite Electoral Loss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez, whose appointee to the Court of Appeals lost his seat in Tuesday's election, will get another shot at putting a Republican on the bench.

Court of Appeals Judge Celia Foy Castillo is retiring in December.

A bipartisan commission will consider applications for the position and then forward a list of candidates to the governor.

Judges then run in a partisan election if they want to keep their job. If they win, they face periodic nonpartisan retention elections.

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Entertainment
9:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Club Rio: The New Mexico Jazz Workshop's Carnival Benefit Party

Thurs. 11/8 10a:  The New Mexico Jazz Workshop raises funds for its youth education programs with a Carnival celebration, November 10 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Workshop's Executive Director, Maud Beenhower, about the education programs that the party's proceeds will benefit.

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Local News
9:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Weekly Chat with Santa Fe Reporter

The cover story in this week's SF Reporter is on globetrotting musician Jono Manson

An election post-mortem with Alexa Schirtzinger, editor of the Santa Fe Reporter.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Centralized Voting System, End of Straight Party Tickets Contributed to Long Lines, Glitches

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New voting systems triggered long voting lines and a shortage of voting machines in some polling sites in New Mexico.

In Rio Rancho, some voters found themselves Tuesday in three-hour lines and continued waiting into early Wednesday morning. The long lines sparked a visit by Governor Susana Martinez who passed out water to those waiting.

Delays were blamed on high turnout and a switch from precinct polling sites to centralized voting centers.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies appear to have lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

The GOP had hoped to knock off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies appear to have lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

The GOP had hoped to knock off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

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KUNM Call In Show
1:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

What do state legislative election results mean for New Mexico?

Credit Stephanie Fitzgerald

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/8 8a: There are lots of changes ahead in the state legislature after the election this week!

What does this mean for Republican Governor Susanna Martinez's agenda?  And what about local impacts across the state?  

You can email callinshow@kunm.org or post your comments online here.  We'll take your comments and questions live during the show.

277-5866 (locally in Albuquerque)

877-899-5866 (toll-free)

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Local News
8:40 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Zamora beats Hanisee to take NM Appeals Court seat

District Judge Monica Zamora of Albuquerque has been elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Zamora, a Democrat, defeated sitting Court of Appeals Judge Miles Hanisee. She has 55 percent of the vote compared with Hanisee's 45 percent.

Zamora is a graduate of the University of New Mexico's law school. She worked as an attorney for 25 years before becoming a judge in the children's court division of the 2nd Judicial District in 2005.

Hanisee is a former federal prosecutor. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to the court last year.

Local News
2:05 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Top State Senate Leader Defeated

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top Democrat Senate leader lost his re-election bid Tuesday after being targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in one of the most costly legislative races in this year's general election.

Roswell farmer Cliff Pirtle defeated Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, according to unofficial returns.

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Local News
1:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

PRC Qualifications Amendment Okayed by Voters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have approved one of the proposed constitutional amendments aimed at revamping the Public Regulation Commission, one of the state's most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued bodies.

The amendment allows the state Legislature to establish minimum qualifications for PRC candidates.

Currently, a candidate needs only to be 18, a New Mexico resident for at least one year and have no felony convictions.

Two other proposed amendments that target PRC duties have yet to be decided.

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Local News
1:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Exit Polls Showed Strong Support For Obama From Hispanics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of results of exit polls conducted in New Mexico for The Associated Press:

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WHY OBAMA WON: President Barack Obama scored well among first-time voters and younger voters, and he nearly split votes with Republican challenger Mitt Romney among voters over 30.

The newly re-elected president had a commanding lead among Hispanic men and women, but white voters favored Romney.

Both candidates maintained votes within their political bases.

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Local News
10:55 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heinrich Wins Open U.S. Senate Seat

Rep. Martin Heinrich file photo

Former U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich delivered his acceptance speech for the Senate seat that Jeff Bingaman, also a Democrat who has served a total of five terms, is vacating.

At the Republican Party of New Mexico's election headquarters at a hotel a few blocks away, former congresswoman Heather Wilson delivered her concession speech, wishing Heinrich a successful term in office and asking him to hold up the promises he's made to NM voters.

KUNM host Elaine Baumgartel, who has been delivering live coverage of local races since 6 p.m., called Wilson's speech "classy."

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Local News
9:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Votes on Proposed New Mexico State Amendments Rolling In

The Associated Press reports the following results. 

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Local News
9:16 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Victories for Lujan, Pearce and Lujan Grisham

All three of New Mexico's congressional races have been decided, with the results indicating a small change in state politics.

According to the Associated Press, New Mexico voters have decided to grant U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., a third straight term representing the state's 3rd congressional district, while Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., has wrapped up his fifth win in District 2, the state's southernmost congressional district.

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Local News
9:33 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Election Coverage Starts at 6p Tonight on KUNM

Starting tonight at 6p, we'll bring you live election coverage from NPR with updates, results, and analysis of the Presidential race and Senate and House races across the country.  KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will join with New Mexico In Depth's Trip Jennings for updates on state and local races and what's happening with the national races locally. 

During the day today, we'll have periodic updates during our regular programming.  Please let us know about your experience at the polls today! 

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Local News
9:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Obama looks to carry New Mexico a 2nd time

New Mexico voters are deciding the fate of the state's five electoral votes for the presidency along with an open Senate seat on Election Day.

New Mexico has gone back and forth for the past three presidential cycles, and had been considered a battleground early on. But polls this summer and fall consistently showed President Barack Obama with a solid lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney. The Republican National Committee in September pulled key staffers and sent them to more competitive states.

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Local News
9:02 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Control of statehouse up for grabs

A costly fight for control of the New Mexico Legislature comes to an end Tuesday when voters decide whether Republicans will gain a majority in the House for the first time in nearly 60 years.

Republican and Democratic-leaning political action committees have dumped more than $3 million into the general election campaign, an unprecedented amount for legislative races in New Mexico.

All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year.

Local News
9:01 am
Tue November 6, 2012

NM voters to decide amendments, GO bonds

The fate of five constitutional amendments and more than $140 million dollars in general obligation bonds will be decided by New Mexico voters on Tuesday.

Three of the amendments deal with reforming the Public Regulation Commission, one of the most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued commissions in the state.

One proposal would allow lawmakers to adopt minimum standards for PRC candidates. The others would streamline the panel's duties and move some responsibilities to the secretary of state.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

NM voters pick new US senator

New Mexico is filling an open U.S. Senate seat in a race that has seen the candidates relentlessly punching away at each other over jobs, health care and taxes.

Voters decide Tuesday whether Democrat Martin Heinrich, Republican Heather Wilson or Independent American candidate Jon Barrie has offered the most appealing recipe for dealing with the nation's economic problems.

The winner will succeed Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring after 30 years in the Senate.

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Local News
8:59 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Albuquerque voters pick congresswoman

Albuquerque voters will send a new representative to Washington on Tuesday after a relatively quiet campaign between the two candidates.

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is running against Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in the 1st Congressional District, which represents most of the city. The winner will replace two-term Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the Senate.

It is the most competitive of the three congressional districts in New Mexico. In the other two, Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and GOP Rep. Steve Pearce are favored to hold on to their seats.

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Local News
8:57 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta attendance declines

Officials say attendance at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fell from last year.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers announced Monday that estimated attendance at this year's nine-day event last month was more than 714,000. Officials say the number is down slightly from 2011's estimated 737,466 visits.

Organizers blamed the declined on poor weather which forced the cancellation of some events that historically have been the most attended.

Officials say the event attracted balloons from 19 countries.

Local News
6:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

No Photo ID Required at Polls in New Mexico

Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day.  Duran says, in New Mexico a photo ID is required in only one rare circumstance- when that voter is a first time voter in New Mexico AND the voter registered by mail without showing a photo ID.  

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

League of Women Voters Voter Guides Prohibited at the Polls on Election Day

As voters head out to the polls to vote on Election Day, it's not just polling locations that may have changed this year.  The League of Women Voters voter guides are no longer available in county clerk's offices or polling locations.  The New Mexico Secretary of State's office says the voter guides constitute electioneering, something that is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place.  But not everyone agrees with the Secretary of State's interpretation of a 2011 law.

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Women's Focus
3:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

State Candidates on Women's Issues-part 2

Maryellen Broderick

Maryellen Broderick (D) State House Dist. 30.


http://www.electmaryellenbroderick.com/

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Breaking
5:59 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Little Bit of New Mexico on FDR's desk

Credit PBS

The Dust Bowl was a critical moment in American history…a human caused ecological disaster that destroyed the farmland of the great plains and turned prairies into deserts. A new documentary by Ken Burns set to air later this month on PBS aims to chronicle the  complexities of the event and the resulting human drama. Co producer Julie Dunfey joined KUNM’s Carrie Jung in the studio today to talk a little more about the film…and why we can expect something new from this Ken Burns production.  

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Local News
3:34 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Threatened Trout Get Lift from Mules

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Biologists are getting help from a team of mules as they return thousands of threatened Gila trout to their home streams in southwestern New Mexico.

The pack train traveled a few miles into the Gila National Forest wilderness this week to release the first batch of 1,000 fish. The remaining 3,000 will be packed in on Monday.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

NM Voters To Decide Fate of Bond Proposals

Along with candidates and constitutional amendments, voters are choosing whether to pay higher taxes for capital improvement, or building projects throughout New Mexico.  

  Albuquerque and Santa Fe have bond issues of their own on the ballot, and voters across the state will decide the fate of three bonds worth more than $140-million dollars.

 

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