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Race for State Land Commissioner Heats Up in New Mexico

Public News Service – You can hear the radio interview here. ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – This year’s race for state land commissioner in New Mexico is drawing extra attention, because many voters believe public lands are under attack by the Trump administration. Some New Mexicans argue that the commissioner is more powerful than the governor, 

Environmental group backs Lujan Grisham for governor

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican One of the state’s largest environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday endorsed U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in the Democratic primary for governor, signaling that a major donor is picking a favorite early in the four-way race. With the primary election about nine months away, the Conservation Voters New 

Republicans see opportunity in House District 43

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican Los Alamos-dominated House District 43 again is a key battleground as both major political parties try to establish firm control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The district, once a Republican stronghold, has been held by Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard since 2013. She’s facing a formidable challenger 

Conservation Voters of New Mexico endorse candidates in county commission race

By Danny Udero | Silver City Sun-News SILVER CITY — For the first time in its political history, Conservation Voters of New Mexico is weighing in on a county race … that being in Grant County. According to political and legislative director Ben Shelton, CVNM has about 300 members in Grant County, and they were asked 

Conservation Voters New Mexico Makes Endorsements

By Conservation Voters New Mexico • 17 hours ago Commentary: Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work to protect New Mexico’s families and communities. CVNMAF has endorsed 

CVNMAF on The Richard Eeds Show

CVNM Political and Legislative Director Ben Shelton joined Richard Eeds on his show on KVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe on the morning of New Mexico’s primary election on June 7, 2016 to discuss CVNM & CVNM Action Fund endorsed candidates and what elections mean for the environment.

Largely status quo for Legislature

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics on Tuesday night won the four-way race for the Democratic nomination in sprawling state Senate District 39. Stefanics topped her opponents by a wide margin. In another contested Democratic primary in House District 48, Santa Fe School Board member Linda Trujillo won 

Epidemic of insincerity breaks out before primary

Milan Simonich If one word could sum up the primary election season that ends Tuesday, it’s insincerity. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez head the list of politicians who reverse themselves depending on the moment, the mood, the polls or plain old opportunism. Trump, for all his brashness and name-calling, deserves 

Primary could usher in exit of old guard lawmakers

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican The primary election Tuesday could mean a changing of the old guard in the state Legislature. Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico’s longest-serving lawmaker with 44 years in office, is facing a primary opponent who’s a half-century younger. Democratic Reps. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, 81, of Santa Fe 

Candidate claims endorsement group says they didn’t give

By Matthew Reichbach | NM Political Report A conservation group that makes endorsements each election cycle says one candidate is claiming an endorsement she did not receive. Mailer from Lechuga-Tena claiming an endorsement from Conservation Voters New Mexico. The organization says they did not endorse her. Conservation Voters New Mexico and the related Conservation Voters