Albuquerque man vying for governor

Freedom New Mexico Doug Turner included Clovis on a whirlwind tour of the state Wednesday to announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. A one-time campaign manager for former Gov. Gary Johnson and currently the owner of a public relations firm in Albuquerque, Turner visited Las Cruces and Roswell prior to flying to Clovis […]

Local projects possibly on governor’s freeze list

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A press release from the governor’s office late Monday had local entities scrambling Tuesday, trying to find out which of their own state-funded projects might be delayed due to a freeze called by Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson announced a freeze on capital outlay projects, with the stated goal of […]

Governor orders freeze on capital projects

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday ordered a freeze on capital improvement projects around the state, criticizing lawmakers for not cutting such spending during last week’s special session. “These pork projects should be the first to be cut before we take any action that affects […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

Press Release: Governor urges citizen action in tribute to Vitenam vets

Governor Bill Richardson today issued a challenge to New Mexicans to get behind a “National Call for Photos,” a project to collect photos of all names listed on the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Governor hopeful says unraveling corruption high on priorities

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Allen Weh said unraveling corruption and doing away with unnecessary or irrational regulations are top priorities for him if he should become governor. Weh spoke to a group of more than 75 during a meeting of the High Plains Patriots Thursday night at the Master’s Centre in Clovis. A […]

Rep. Moore planning run for Liutenant Governor seat

Freedom New Mexico Former state Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton, has set his sights on the lieutenant governor’s office. Moore, who last year opted not to run for re-election for his District 67 seat, announced his bid on Tuesday. “As a small businessman myself, I understand how challenging it is right now for people and […]

Campos announces lieutenant governor bid

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Rep. Jose Campos II announced a bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday during a ceremony at the Rudolfo Anaya/Ultima monument in Santa Rosa. Campos, 48, also mayor of Santa Rosa, has served as state representative for District 63 for more than five years. District 63 includes […]

Governor hopeful vows to clean up state Capitol

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A potential Republican candidate for New Mexico governor vowed to remove corruption from state government and make the state better for businesses during a stop in Portales Tuesday. Albuquerque businessman and retired U.S. Marine Allen Weh spoke to the Roosevelt County Republican Party Tuesday in the Portales National Bank […]

Governor hopeful testing waters

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Allen Weh said Tuesday he’s not officially running for governor yet. But he also said he’s made his first campaign promise, and he’s running his exploratory campaign as if he is a candidate — and people can draw their own conclusions. “We’re doing this in a campaign mode,” said […]

Press release: Gov. Richardson visiting area

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will visit 14 communities this week as he continues his statewide listening tour. The Governor will travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Ft. Sumner, Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Moriarty, Mora and Mosquero. The Governor will meet with invited local leaders, county officials, community leaders […]

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Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

Governor orders flags lowered

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Death penalty repeal has favorable callers

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People who have contacted the New Mexico Governor’s Office about the death penalty since Friday have supported repealing capital punishment by better than a 3-to-1 margin, according to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Richardson has until midnight today to act on a […]

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing […]

Governor discusses education, public safety agendas in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico With the state facing a $384 million shortfall this year, Gov. Bill Richardson said he plans to save $400 million by slashing state agency budgets. Richardson was in Clovis Thursday outlining his priorities for next week’s legislative session, part of a two-day, six stop-tour across the state that started […]