Election 2014

Public Health New Mexico
6:39 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Who's Talking About Immigrants Held In Artesia?

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KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams spoke with Santa Fe resident Allegra Love, a former public school teacher who now works as a lawyer for ADELANTE, a Santa Fe Public Schools program that provides help for families experiencing homelessness.

Love is also an immigration attorney. Since this summer she’s been working on asylum cases for refugees held in the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia. 

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Public Health New Mexico
5:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

LISTEN: Public Health In New Mexico And Election 2014

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/23 8a: What public health issues are New Mexico candidates talking about in their campaigns? What are politicians and elected officials not talking about? We'll have an in depth discussion with KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting team - Ed Williams and Marisa Demarco.

Post your comments below and check out the project site publichealthnm.org

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Local News
3:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Outside Groups Spar In Secretary Of State, AG Races

An outside GOP group is airing ads against New Mexico's Democratic candidate for attorney general, while a Democratic group is attacking the Republican secretary of state.

And if you’re counting down to Election Day, include at least 5,000 political ads on TV in your tally. That’s about the number of ads currently scheduled to run between Friday and Nov. 4.

But that’s only about 18 percent of more than 27,000 TV ads that have been contracted to air for New Mexico campaigns during 2014.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

LISTEN: Second District Congressional Debate Between Steve Pearce and Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

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Thu. 10/16 7p: The second of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election, candidates for New Mexico's Second District Congressional seat, Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.

This Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from New Mexico's incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall and his Republican challenger Allen Weh in a debate hosted by New Mexico PBS.

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KUNM Call In Show
3:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

LISTEN: All That "Other Stuff" On Your Ballot - Amendments, Advisory Questions, Bond Issues

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/16 8a: Tucked amid the items on the November 4th general election ballot are 5 proposed constitutional amendments and 3 general obligation bond questions New Mexicans will be asked to vote on statewide.  

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Local News
9:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Democrat King Returns To Air, Documentary Attacks Martinez

Screenshot from a television ad for Democrat Gary King.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King returned to the airwaves last week, while a political action committee made a documentary case against GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.

Political advertising in New Mexico topped $9 million in contracts through Oct. 10. Aired back-to-back, those ads would take up nearly 8.5 days of viewing, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows. The analysis is based on contracts filed by TV stations with the Federal Elections Commission. It doesn’t include cable or satellite TV buys or radio advertising.

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Local News
12:50 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

LISTEN: First District Congressional Debate Between Lujan Grisham And Frese

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Thu. 10/9 7p: The first of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election.

Candidates for New Mexico's First District Congressional seat, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, the incumbent, and her Republican challenger Mike Frese debated. It was taped Wednesday in Albuquerque by our media partner New Mexico PBS.

Next Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from Second District Representative Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Dollars And Sense: Money And The 2014 Elections

KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding.  Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it?  Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate?   Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico. 

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Local News
1:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Candidates For Bernalillo County Sheriff Face Off

D- Manuel Gonzalez and R- James Scott Baird both have strong backgrounds in law enforcement.
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On Thursday candidates for Bernalillo County Sheriff faced off in a public forum hosted by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.

The rules of the evening were laid out to the 40 or so members of the audience. No applauding, no booing. They were told it wasn't a debate and to be sure to frame questions in such a way that both candidates could answer.

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Call-In Show
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Public Education Reforms And The Election

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Thu. 10/2 8am: The New Mexico Public Education Department has recently instituted many education reforms.  Do you believe these reforms will have a positive impact? Will a candidate's stance on education-related issues influence your vote this November?  Join us on the call-in show as we talk with experts, candidates and you, about the role education issues may play in the upcoming election.

 Guests:

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Local News
9:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Federal Court Refuses To Referee Pot Dispute

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A federal judge has refused to referee a legal fight over whether two New Mexico counties can put nonbinding questions about marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen Thursday said the court lacks jurisdiction in the dispute between Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

The counties have approved advisory ballot questions to ask voters whether they support decriminalizing marijuana.

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Local News
3:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Democrat Gary King's Campaign Manager Resigns

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Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King's campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.

Keith Breitbach was King's third campaign manager.

King announced the resignation on Monday and in a statement thanked Breitbach for the "positive impact" he had on the campaign.

Breitbach said in an interview he had "no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign."

He acknowledged that King's campaign faced difficulty because it's struggled to raise money and has been outspent 4-to-1 by Susana Martinez since July.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Secretary Duran Says No To Ballot Questions On Marijuana

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New Mexico's top election official says she won't place nonbinding questions about marijuana penalties on the November general election ballot for voters to decide in two counties.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran said in a statement Wednesday that state law doesn't authorize ballot questions that only ask voters their opinions on issues such as lessening penalties for possessing marijuana.

Santa Fe and Bernalillo county commissioners approved proposals this week to poll voters about their support for making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:07 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Bernalillo County To Add Mental Health, Marijuana Ballot Questions

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Bernalillo County Commissioners voted 3-2 today to include two questions on the November ballot. One will ask whether voters support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. The other will ask whether voters support a tax increase to fund mental health services. The non-binding measures passed on a party line vote.

Commissioners voting in support of including the mental health question on the ballot said a current lack of behavioral health services in New Mexico is a growing problem for the state.

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