House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide [...]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who [...]

Text of Gov. Richardson’s state of the state speech

A link to Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address delivered today at the start of the state Legislative session.

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from [...]

Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King dies at age 85

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King was a back-slapping, hand-pumping, old-fashioned politician, equally at home on the ranch or in the Roundhouse. His death, at 85, marks the end of an era in New Mexico politics. King was with family members at his ranch in Stanley when he died [...]

Nov. 1, 1960

Gov. John Burroughs told a hometown audience last night that he has confidence in the future of Eastern New Mexico University, and despite “vicious political rumors” has scruptiously refrained from taking any action in the university’s recent travail.

Lt. Gov. Denish to attend Homeland Security task force

Freedom New Mexico Immigration reform needs to create a balance between immigration and industry, according to Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. Denish, who spoke to the Clovis News Journal Thursday, is attending a task force today with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address border and immigration issues. Napolitano is expected to announce [...]

Governor discusses priorities for federal stimulus money

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Gov. Bill Richardson listened to local officials’ funding priorities Tuesday evening in the Roosevelt County Courthouse, and said he wanted to help with Greyhound Arena air conditioning and moving an indoor arena to the county fairgrounds. Richardson was traveling the state on a “listening tour” to learn about priorities [...]

Mayor to join workforce board

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Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as a member of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board through Dec. 31, 2012. Ortega was sworn in by City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry at City Hall on Thursday. The board exists in state and federal statute to ensure workers across the state have [...]

State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which [...]