Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall is railing against a Republican plan to block votes on key legislation.
Senate GOP leaders delivered a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid signed by all 42 Republican Senators. In it, they say the remaining time in the lame-duck session of Congress should be dedicated to "critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike".
Albuquerque, NM – The web site Politico.com reports Bingaman says he will make a decision early next year. The 67-year-old Bingaman tells Politico he had considered retiring before previous campaigns for re-election, as well, adding there are "many pros and cons" to the idea.
Albuquerque, NM – There's yet another wrinkle in the story of this year's race for New Mexico Secretary of State.
Today's Santa Fe New Mexican reports that incumbent Secretary Mary Herrera, a Democrat, asked a Republican employee in her office to intervene in the state GOP effort to find someone to run against her.
Albuquerque, NM – A former elections official who blew the whistle on the Secretary of State's office earlier this year says there have been a series of break-ins at his Espanola law office, and that some key documents have been stolen. A.J. Salazar, who quit his position as Elections Director after sending a scathing resignation letter to Secretary of State Mary Herrera, says he "has his suspicions" about the break-ins.
Albuquerque, NM – Of all of the issues Governor Bill Richardson has dealt with over the past seven and a half years, there's one that stands out for its potential impact on the largest number of New Mexicans. In this last report in a series on Richardson's legacy as he prepares to leave office, KUNM's Jim Williams takes a look at how education has fared under the Democrat's leadership.
Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson announced Wednesday he would use 2 million dollars of federal stimulus money to lessen the impact of his cuts to childcare provider reimbursement rates across the state.
Albuquerque, NM – President Barack Obama made a swing through Albuquerque's South Valley on Tuesday. He answered some questions from community members and criticized Congressional Republicans for blocking legislation he said is essential to helping the country out of tough economic times. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Washington, DC – New Mexico US Senator Tom Udall today, September 22, 2010, continued his push to change Senate rules to stop what he calls "abuse" of voting procedures. The Democrat's effort could have the effect of allowing the party in power to make a filibuster easier to overcome.
Albuquerque, NM – Over one hundred cards were sent to several counties in recent days, after they surfaced in the Secretary of State's office. One of the results of the cards not being delivered when they should have been, in 2008, was that some qualified voters' ballots didn't count in that year's election.
The Secretary of State's office has denied knowledge of who sent the cards out earlier this week, and has said they were mailed inadvertently.
Albuquerque, NM – As we reported two weeks ago, former Elections Bureau employees have backed up claims made by former Elections Director A.J. Salazar that the office is being mismanaged. Salazar has said that Don Francisco Trujillo, who has been Deputy Secretary of State, and is now Elections Director, interfered with the running of the Bureau. Other former employees confirm this, and maintain that was the reason for their departure.
Albuquerque, NM – Proponents of the health care overhaul are talking up the changes that will take place over the next six months.
Among them, tax relief for small businesses for providing insurance, a band on insurers dropping coverage when patients get sick, wellness and prevention benefits extended to seniors without cost-sharing or deductibles, and the removal of lifetime limits on benefits.
Santa Fe, NM – Deputy Secretary of State Don Francisco Trujillo tells KUNM his office is changing its approach to soliciting donations as a result of concerns from the Attorney General's office.
As we first reported Tuesday, KUNM found, in a document request this week, e-mails that seem to back up contentions by a now-former Elections Director that Herrera has been engaging in political activity in her office.
Albuquerque, NM – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will likely use something called "Deem and Pass" to make changes to a measure already passed by the Senate without having to actually vote on the bill itself.
Lujan says he thinks Republicans have been criticizing the process instead of focusing on what the public wants.
Albuquerque, NM – With the vote on a health care overhaul package looming in Washington and the margin expected to be razor-thin, House Democratic leaders are now pushing to pass the package using an infrequent process that essentially avoids a vote on one element of it.
Known as "deem and pass", the procedure allows lawmakers to vote on changes to a bill first, which then deems the bill itself already passed.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of New Mexico's House members about it, and has this report.
Albuquerque, NM – Secretary of State Mary Herrera is firing back over allegations that her office is poorly managed.
As KUNM reported last week, several former Elections division employees have echoed the contentions of a former Elections Director that Deputy Secretary Francisco Trujillo is interfering with how the division is run. Herrera, in defending Trujillo, is now saying the former employees were incompetent.
Santa Fe, NM – It's becoming clearer that there are personnel problems within the New Mexico Secretary of State's office that may be creating high turnover in the Elections division.
On February 26, Bureau of Elections Director A.J. Salazar resigned from the position, the latest in a string of resignations from the post that has once again left Secretary of State Mary Herrera without an elections chief just months before an election.
Santa Fe, NM – Among other things, the rules would allow companies to apply for a franchise to get access to existing rights of way on both public and private lands to install new telecommunications equipment.
Some activists oppose the changes. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Albuquerque, NM – Congress has yet to approve a continuation of supplemental stimulus funding for Medicaid programs around the country.
At stake is about $100 million in Medicaid funding for New Mexico. Some state lawmakers are concerned about the delay, saying if the funding isn't extended, more cuts to the state budget will be necessary.
As KUNM's Jim Williams reports though, New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman remains optimistic that the dollars will be delivered soon.