3:13 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mark Udall has been in the battle for his political life for months, as his Republican challenger Cory Gardner has gained and overtaken the Colorado Democrat in the polls. Gardner has led Udall in 11 of the past 12 polls, and has a 3.2-point lead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. The latest poll one, from Rasmussen, has Garnder ahead by six points.
Next door in New Mexico, meanwhile, Udall's cousin Tom Udall has been considered all but completely safe this election cycle, leading his GOP opponent Allen Weh by double digits. But the latest survey from the Albuquerque Journal finds Udall ahead by just seven points, the closest Weh has been in months. An internal Republican poll, the Daily Caller reports, shows an even closer, four-point race.
In addition to the Senate race, New Mexico is having a gubernatorial election next week, as well, and the Republican incumbent, Susana Martinez, appears to be running away with it. In the same Journal poll, Martinez leads Democratic attorney general Gary King by 15 points, which is about on par with most polls of the race. King has run a lackluster campaign against the well-funded Martinez machine, even claiming the first Latina governor in the country "doesn't have a Latino heart." King's campaign and his allies have doubled down on the "Latino heart" messaging, with the Democrat even holding a not-so-subtly-named "Heart of New Mexico" bus tour with the liberal activist who originally suggested Martinez wasn't Latina enough.
Could a strong performance by Martinez put Tom Udall's Senate seat in play for Republicans? One poll does not a trend make, and New Mexico voters may not be ready to turn out their Democratic senator simply because they approve of their Republican governor. And while Martinez has had a significant cash advantage over her Democratic opponent, Udall has a similiar advantage over his Republican one. It's worth noting, though, that while Martinez has had a solid lead in the polls for months, this is the first time Weh appears within striking distance of Udall.
If 2014 turns out to be a wave election for Republicans, seats no one expected to be close could end up surprising us on November 4.
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.
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.