Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

New city district map shows little change

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors voted on a redistricting option with minimal changes to district boundaries Tuesday night during the city council meeting. Sterling Fluharty, of Southwest Political Services, presented council members with three options for the redistricting of the city. “Concept A was the idea of least change or status quo oriented, so in […]

Meetings watch: Redistricting public hearing

The Portales City Council held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to receive the options for redistricting. Sterling Fluharty, consultant with Southwest Political Services, gave the presentation on the options. Fluharty said to provide for population equality in districts, so they can be as similar to each other as practical, the total population of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Local redistricting, storing chilies and the last great Red Sox

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing: Meetings watch Curry County Commissioners are expected to make their final decision Thursday in redistricting. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. The decision could place two incumbents in the same district — pitting them against each other in local elections […]

Approved county redistrict plan splits Precinct 12 only

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners have approved a redistricting plan that splits Precinct 12 in half to balance District 1 and 2 populations in the county. The county’s consultant, Research & Polling Project Manager Brad Morrison, said the change approved Sept. 6 does will not affect commissioners in the next election. Precinct 12 was split […]

Special session will focus on redistricting

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Portales to begin redistricting plans

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Alisa Boswell Redistricting for the city of Portales will begin soon now that the city has signed a contract with Southwest Political Services of Albuquerque. According to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the company will finish the project no later than Dec. 15. “We are asking them that they provide us with three alternate plans […]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings […]

Clovis hosting redistricting meeting

Kevin Wilson If there is any consensus to be found with redistricting coming up this fall, it’s uncertainty. Among representatives and analysts, there’s nothing guaranteed regarding how the Legislature does its decennial organization of its 70 House seats and 42 Senate seats, along with congressional districts and districts for city councils and commissions and school […]

Analysis: Eastern N.M. could lose in redistricting

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The once-a-decade exercise of legislative redistricting will produce winners and losers, and Albuquerque’s west side is as close as it comes to a guaranteed winner of more political clout. Because of rapid population growth during the past decade in the city’s sprawling areas west of the Rio Grande, […]