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Toulouse Oliver Elected Secretary Of State - The Associated Press

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be New Mexico's next secretary of state.

Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, on Tuesday defeated Republican Nora Espinoza, a member of the state House and former teacher.

New Mexico in Focus

Bernalillo County Clerk Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver is running become New Mexico’s next Secretary of State.

Oliver sat down for a conversation with Gwyneth Doland, as part of KUNM’s special election overage with New Mexico PBS.  Her Republican opponent, state lawmaker Nora Espinoza declined multiple interview requests.

VIDEO: Secretary Of State Candidate Debate

Oct 17, 2016
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Debate Highlights Stakes In Race For NM Secretary Of State – Associated Press

Two candidates vying to become New Mexico's top elections and campaign finance regulator used a debate on Sunday morning to present sharply different visions of how to run the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

Deadline To Register To Vote In 2016 Is Tuesday

Oct 10, 2016
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The 2016 general election is just four weeks away and Tuesday, Oct. 11, is the last day to register to vote this year in New Mexico.

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A judge decided Friday afternoon that Bernalillo County’s ballots for the November election can’t be printed until the issue of paid sick leave is sorted out. Advocates filed a lawsuit after the initiative failed at a Bernalillo County Commission meeting. 

New Mexico PBS

KUNM teamed up with New Mexico PBS for a New Mexico primary election special featuring results and analysis from political observers and reporters. Gene Grant of New Mexico in Focus and Ed Williams of the KUNM Public Health New Mexico project hosted the conversation. 

Campaign Finance Reform Proposals Advance

Feb 16, 2016
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The People, Power and Democracy project is focusing on state government ethics and transparency in the 2016 legislative session. Correspondent Gwyneth Doland spoke with KUNM's Chris Boros.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/29, 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran resigned last week and pleaded guilty to charges including felony embezzlement for taking campaign donations and using them to gamble at local casinos. The deputy secretary of state is filling in, but what happens next?

LISTEN: SOS Overdraft On Public Trust

Sep 4, 2015
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KUNM Call In Show 9/10 8a:

New Mexico is once again grappling with accusations of corruption in state government. Secretary of State Dianna Duran was elected in 2010 as a reform candidate who would straighten things up after scandal had plagued the office. But now she, too, is tarnished by charges she took money from her campaign coffers and spent it at casinos.

Secretary Of State Accused Of Embezzlement, Money Laundering

Aug 28, 2015
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New Mexico's Democratic attorney general has filed a complaint in state district court, accusing Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran of embezzlement, money laundering and other campaign-finance violations.

Attorney General Hector Balderas' office filed the 64-count complaint in Santa Fe late Friday afternoon.

According to the document, the attorney general's investigators say they uncovered behavior that included the transferring of large amounts of cash from Duran's personal and campaign accounts as well as cash expenditures at casinos throughout the state.

How A Reform Bill Loses Its Teeth In 60 Days

Mar 25, 2015
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For 60 days, New Mexico’s lawmakers debated in legislative committees and in hallways of the Roundhouse whether or not to reveal to the public how lobbyists go about influencing legislators.

The answer came back “not” last week.

Groups Want More Disclosure Of Lobbyist Spending

Jan 22, 2015
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Steak dinners at fancy restaurants, breakfast burritos brought to committee meetings, lift tickets at ski resorts. Every year lobbyists spend big bucks on entertaining, many with the hope that they will get some time to talk with lawmakers about the issues they’re working on.

It’s been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which lifted restrictions on expenditures and gave rise to groups known as Super Political Action Committees that have pumped millions of dollars of special interest money into the political system.

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is criticizing New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran for a voter guide that her agency published on ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments that appear on this year’s ballot.

It’s just one of many voter guides that are available for voters to use as they make decisions on who to vote for. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Gwyneth Doland, political reporter for New Mexico PBS.  

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Amber Royster is a sixth-generation New Mexican and Navy veteran who served in the Iraq War and was deployed twice overseas. She said Bernalillo County’s advisory mental health ballot question and the secretary of state’s race are her main interests this year.

She’s a registered Green Party member, and said she generally prefers to vote on issues instead of candidates. She’s voting for Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver for secretary of state because that office can allow direct issues-based questions onto the polls.

Outside Groups Spar In Secretary Of State, AG Races

Oct 20, 2014

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.

Federal Court Refuses To Referee Pot Dispute

Sep 18, 2014
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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.

Secretary Duran Says No To Ballot Questions On Marijuana

Sep 10, 2014
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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.