Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Their view: Let’s bring back leadership we can be proud of

Allen Weh, an Albuquerque business executive, military veteran and former candidate for governor of New Mexico, writes about the state of America:

Aug. 17 — ENMU briefs

Governor appoints ENMU grad to post Governor Susana Martinez has appointed an ENMU graduate to the New Mexico Economic Partnership. Gary Tonjes of Albuquerque is the president of Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., a post he has held since 1994. He previously worked for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce; the Odessa, Texas, Chamber of Commerce; and […]

Six-word summaries say a lot

Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party heroine, a former Minnesota lawmaker […]

Their view: Governor’s line-item vetoes fiscally responsible

Richard E. May, state secretary of finance and administration, says Gov. Susana Martinez’s line-item vetoes were not only consistent with previous administrations but fiscally responsible. There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the […]

Honors —

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Bean Plains Regional Medical Center auxilian Dorothy Bean was awarded the prestigious governor’s volunteer award. Bean was presented the award at the 13th annual Governor’s Spotlight on Volunteers Conference held April 15 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. She was chosen from many people who were nominated statewide. The award was given in recognition of New […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Governor to speak at National Crime Victims’ Week breakfast

Gov. Susana Martinez, area law enforcement and civic leaders are expected to gather today to honor crime victims at the seventh annual breakfast held in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Hosted by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Matt Chandler said the event is part of an effort to increase awareness for […]

Press release: New Mexico governor appoints two New ENMU regents

Press release: New Mexico governor appoints two New ENMU regents

‘Nedward’ giving it another shot

Newspapers across New Mexico reported the outgoing governor left a letter on her desk for the incoming governor. It’s a tradition. They all do it. Only here will you get the real scoop. Susana wrote back. Your humble columnist has the only known copy of that letter. William, I hope you don’t mind my dispensing […]

Their view: Recession result of financial deregulation

Tucumcari resident Leon Logan offers his thoughts on the economic recession in a letter to the editor: The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common […]

Incoming lieutenant governor promises accessibility

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Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Freedom New Mexico kwilson@cnjonline.com In the face of promises that could prove daunting come 2011, New Mexico’s next lieutenant governor made one he hoped would be easier to keep. Sanchez, while stopping in Clovis Thursday morning on a statewide listening tour, said he wants to be the most accessible lieutenant […]

My turn: Latinas making progress

This month, Susana Martinez became not only the first female governor-elect in New Mexico, but the first Hispanic female governor-elect in our country. It was only a little over a year ago that another Latina, Sonia Sotomayor, became the first Hispanic appointed to an even higher office, the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007, the Center […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]

State initiative trying to reach high school dropouts

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Argen Duncan More than a year into the governor’s Graduate New Mexico initiatives, Roosevelt County schools have a number of programs aligned with the goal of giving more students a quality high school education. The initiative aims to bring 10,000 high school dropouts back to earn a diploma by fall 2011, increase graduation rates and […]

Monday morning briefing: Meet the governor, football and kitchen tips

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Meet the Gov Gov. Bill Richardson plans to announce a $125,000 grant to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital arts at a press conference 3 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at ENMU. It’s open to the public. Question of the day What […]

N.M. governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. As it turns out, the feud isn’t completely over. New Mexico Gov. Bill […]

Their view: Governor candidates throw caution to the wind with questionable advertising claims

A recent post from New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan: More holes to tell you about in an ad for the race for Guv. This time it’s Susana Martinez’s claim in her primary spot that she has “taken on members of the most violent drug cartels.” Well, maybe that’s a stretch. From the New Mexican: […]