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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told the state Wednesday (July 1) New Mexico was dangerously close to rolling back openings amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  As New Mexico’s cases increased … more
Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday (June 30), but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts lawmakers approved during the special session. more
Face coverings are now mandatory in the town of Taos.  In a special town council meeting, councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the … more
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed three pieces of legislation from the special session into law Friday, including bills aimed at streamlining voting during the novel coronavirus pandemic, creating a … more
It’s been a constant bipartisan refrain over the past week — the budget fixes made during the special session won’t be enough. It’s true that legislators just came to … more
The New Mexico Legislature finished its main task of mending the state's huge fiscal shortfall Saturday (June 20), but the special session wasn't over as the House of Representatives still had work … more
Over the objections of Republicans who wanted to cut more, House Democrats pushed through a scaled back state budget to … more
If the world ends with a whimper rather than a bang, the House began Thursday (June 18) with a sputter. For hours, Republicans in the state House debated new rules on whether lawmakers should be allowed to vote remotely — a debate that was delayed because of trouble with the webcast, in turn delaying committee hearings scheduled for that afternoon until after representatives' 6 p.m. dinner. more
A bill designed to provide financial help for small business owners struggling to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic cleared its first hurdle when the Senate Finance Committee voted 8-4 to move it … more
When Alex Hanna first heard the news, he did a double take. "I was like, 'Oh wow, is this even possible given the conservative Supreme Court majority?' " said the Santa Fe designer, whose legal efforts helped initiate the legalization of gay marriage in New Mexico in 2013. more
A House Republican said Tuesday (June 16) he would likely shake hands with or hug fellow legislators from southeastern New Mexico during the special session that begins June 18 -- prompting criticism from House Speaker Brian Egolf, who said he was worried such a practice could jeopardize the health of others later this week. Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, said lawmakers from his part of the state plan to wear masks and use hand sanitizer during the upcoming meeting in Santa Fe and would keep their distance from legislators from other areas of New Mexico. more
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the agenda for the Legislature’s special session, calling for lawmakers to tackle a wide array of initiatives, from economic relief to … more
Four Democratic state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation during the special session this week that they say would offer greater transparency and more accountability when it comes to police use of force. Amid calls from protesters in New Mexico and nationwide to defund law enforcement agencies and stop insulating officers from possible consequences over excessive and lethal use of force, state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and others have asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to prioritize the bill. more
  The future has a way of being unimaginable. The framers of New Mexico's 1911 constitution might never have predicted the general public and lobbyists would ever have to watch democracy … more
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham remains on Joe Biden's shortlist as his campaign narrows its search for a running mate. New Mexico's governor is one of six people being considered as Biden's vice … more
The New Mexico Senate’s conservative-leaning Democrats long have been the gatekeepers — the ones who ultimately decide if legislation backed by the governor and the House of … more
Despite receiving little inner-party support from Republicans, Santa Fe engineer Alexis Johnson pulled off an unexpected victory over former Santa Fe County Commissioner Harry Montoya in the … more
As Taos County’s primary election Tuesday (June 2) slid into Wednesday with no final tally of all the votes, Kristina Ortez of Taos was sitting in second place behind Mark Gallegos of Questa in … more
Melissa Kennelly said she hardly slept at all the night of the primary (June 2) as results rolled in from three counties for the 8th Judicial District judge-Division II race – in which she was one of four contenders.  By Wednesday morning (June 3), Kennelly, who was appointed t more
Of all the races in the Taos County primary, the one with an almost palpable tension was between the two candidates for Taos County clerk.  Valerie Rael-Montoya and Dolores Lujan have worked together for years in the clerk’s office. Rael-Montoya, who eventually won the race by 139 votes after the absent more
Taos County Commission   District 3:   Unofficial vote total: Andrew Chavez, 326 Darlene Vigil, 863 Mark Flores,  526   The primary election has been … more
Appointed to the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s seat in 2019, Marcus J. Montoya was nonetheless worried Wednesday (June 3) about retaining his position. Montoya was ahead of his opponent, … more
After an arduous wait for anxious candidates, the primary results are in for  Taos County.  Elections staff finished tallying up more than 6,000 absentee ballots at about 10 p.m. … more
A judge in Taos District Court has approved a petition from the Taos County Clerk's Office to extend the deadline to count votes in the 2020 primary due to the extraordinary number of absentee … more
Workers in the Taos County Clerk’s office resumed counting absentee ballots at 8 a.m. Wednesday (June 3) and have still have no results on the 2020 primary election.  Taos County Clerk … more
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