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Becenti-Aguilar seeks NN council delegate seat formerly held by Mel Begay

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Begay removed about 2 months ago by NN court; sentenced this week

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, appointed nearly four years ago by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to fill a vacant Public Regulation Commission seat, will run for a Navajo Nation council delegate seat recently vacated by Mel...

Martinez approval rating below 50 percent

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The poll, conducted this weekend by Public Policy Polling, found that Martinez’ approval rating among likely voters now sits at 47 percent, while her disapproval rating sits at 42 percent. This leaves 11 percent who are not sure how they would rate Martinez’ time in office.

Unsurprisingly, Martinez’ highest rating comes among Republicans; 67 percent approve of the way she’s doing her job, while 26 percent disapprove. Among Democrats, 54 percent disapprove to 32 percent who approve. Independents are more split, with 44 percent disapproving and 38 percent approving.

The second-strongest supporters were white voters; 54 percent approved of Martinez’ job performance while 37...

State Auditor Keller finds budgetary shortfalls

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SOS election expenses on his radar

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has identified a pattern of chronic budgetary shortfalls related to the state’s election expenses. In a letter to Secretary of State Brad Winter, State Auditor Tim Keller outlined 10 consecutive fiscal years of under-budgeting, which created a need for $25 million in emergency loans, grants and special appropriations to fund elections.

The letter calls on the Office of the Secretary of State to promptly implement best practices for accurate budgeting of election costs. The current practice creates an unnecessarily high level of financial risk in the state’s ability to regularly and fully...

Trump rally in Albuquerque next week

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Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump will make an appearance in New Mexico next week according to the schedule on his campaign website.

Trump’s campaign announced an event at pm on Tuesday, May 24, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It will be the first campaign appearance by a Republican in New Mexico this year.

Trump is the lone remaining Republican candidate, after 16 other candidates dropped out.

New Mexico’s primaries take place on June 7, though New Mexico may be a tough sell for Trump, even when he has all-but locked up the Republican nomination.

New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino residents. Trump has made inflammatory statements...

Conservation Voters NM endorses area politicos

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SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based political nonprofit, is formally endorsing incumbents Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, of the New Mexico Senate, and, D. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, of the state’s House of Representatives, officials announced May 10.

“(CVNM) continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work for resilient New Mexico families and sustainable families,” Liliana Castillo, a spokeswoman for CVNM, said.

Castillo noted that the endorsements are connected to New Mexico’s June 7 primary. Shendo is an attorney and graduate from the University of Colorado. Shendo’s...

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