2:49 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Gary King, the Democratic candidate for governor in New Mexico, tells the Associated Press he won't apologize or back down from recent remarks he made about his Republican opponent, sitting governor Susana Martinez. King, the current attorney general, told a group of supporters last week that Martinez, the first female Hispanic governor in the country, "does not have a Latino heart." King's statement, which was caught on video, was first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Here's more from the AP on King's reaction to the publication of the video:
King said Wednesday in an interview that he doesn't consider his remarks racist. He said his statement was meant to point out the governor's policies are contrary to values held by many New Mexico Hispanic families. He pointed to the governor's veto of a minimum wage increase as an example.
Martinez said in a statement she and King differ on the issues "but I know what's in my heart and I won't question what's in his."
Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas, and later moved to New Mexico, working as a prosecutor in Las Cruces before being elected district attorney for Doña Ana County. She was elected governor in 2010, winning 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in New Mexico.
Polls show Martinez leading King by a little more than 5 points.
10:08 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Susana Martinez of New Mexico is the first female Hispanic governor in the country. She's also a gun-toting, tough-on-crime conservative Republican, and that's got Democrats in New Mexico itching to defeat her. Martinez's Democratic opponent for reelection this year is attorney general Gary King, the son of former three-term governor Bruce King.
8:14 AM, May 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico says of his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez, that "We need to send her back to wherever she really came from."
11:37 AM, Oct 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New Mexcio man recently saw his health insurance premium triple due to Obamacare:
"Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing for some New Mexicans," says a local anchor. "The insurance companies say it's because of the Affordable (health) Care Act."
The reporter adds, "Talk about sticker shock." And points to a man, George Pitts, who used to pay $139.63 for health insurance. "Now his cheapest option: triple the price at $431."
Does the First Amendment protect wedding photographers? Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On August 22, the New Mexico supreme court unanimously ruled that a wedding photographer broke the law by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. While gay rights advocates are celebrating this latest in a string of legal and political victories, the outcome of Elane Photography v. Vanessa Willock has alarmed religious liberty advocates. And it could end up having a profound influence on First Amendment jurisprudence.
8:20 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A former campaign manager for New Mexico governor Susana Martinez was indicted in federal court Thursday on 12 counts of illegally intercepting emails intended for members of Martinez’s 2010 campaign, including some sent to Martinez herself. Now, some are questioning whether the current Democratic attorney general (and a potential opponent for Martinez in the Republican’s reelection bid next year) and a liberal activist connected to Bill Richardson, Martinez’s Democratic predecessor, were involved in the distribution of some of those illegally obtained emails.
The New Mexico governor holds her own, woos Hispanics at the RNC.12:40 AM, Aug 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Mexico governor Susana Martinez once worked a guard for her parents’ security business and, as she told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, her father wanted to make sure she could protect herself.
“I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum,” Martinez said. “That gun weighed more than I did!”
5:09 PM, Jul 24, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Heather Wilson, a candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, has a new ad criticizing her opponent, Democratic congressman Martin Heinrich, for voting twice for a medical device tax that Heinrich had noted himself would be bad for job creation. "Martin Heinrich knowingly puts his leftwing politics before jobs," the voiceover says. "That's too extreme for New Mexico." Watch the ad below:
3:43 PM, May 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a rising Democratic star who has generated some 2016 presidential buzz, published a photo on his Twitter feed this afternoon of New Mexico's Republican governor Susana Martinez, along with a delegation of visitors from the southwestern state. O'Malley's message, however, misspelled Martinez's first name--and said she was from Mexico, not New Mexico.
New developments in the New Mexico Senate race.6:05 PM, Feb 29, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Republican hopes of winning the Senate in 2012 took a major hit Tuesday when Maine senator Olympia Snowe announced her retirement. The late notice gave Republicans in the state, as well as those in Washington, D.C., little time to recruit a viable candidate and build an organization that might allow them to hold the seat in November. The unexpected retirement takes a nearly certain Republican seat and makes it a likely Democratic one.
3:01 PM, Jan 21, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Tuesday, New Mexico Republican governor Susana Martinez gave her first state of the state address. Facing a budget deficit totaling nearly half a billion dollars, Martinez called for an age of austerity in which no sector of state government would be spared. Following the lead of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and more than half a dozen other states, Martinez called for a reduction of the state’s film subsidy as one specific cut.
3:21 PM, Oct 14, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Recently uncovered documents reveal that Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Brian Colón has refused to make payments on a condo that he owns in Florida. A representative of the Sunrise Lakes Condominium Apartments association in Sunrise, Florida claims that Colón has refused to pay his mortgage and his maintenance fee, which has resulted in a lien being placed on the property.