The week in review: Education, judge rules on vetoes and drought persists

We know how tough it is to keep up with all the news every week, especially in recent months. Here’s a list of the stories that appeared on NM Political Report this week that you can catch up on this weekend—before the news cycle starts all over again next week. This week, we highlighted education stories:

Education plan could result in closure, takeover of some schools by Andy Lyman: A dive into an education plan the federal government approved and how it could lead to school closures or the conversion of public schools to charter schools. Judge rules ten Martinez vetoes invalid, says they will become law by Matthew Reichbach: Gov. Susana Martinez saw another court setback with the judge’s ruling that she failed to validly veto ten bills, paving the way for them to become law. Confusion over DOI Secretary’s decision on land transfer by Laura Paskus: After an announcement by the U.S. Interior Department, some reported a land transfer to open up a wilderness area was going forward.

Announcing our next News and Brews: A discussion on education

Our next News and Brews fundraising event is coming up soon—and we’ll be talking about education just as students are heading to school. Specifically, we’ll be talking about K-12 education. The talk will take place on Thursday, August 24 at Rob’s Place at O’Niell’s in Nob Hill. Tickets for the event are free, though we suggest a $20 donation. RSVP for free here
As of now, State Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia are scheduled to attend.

The week in review: Our stories from this week

We know how tough it is to keep up with all the news every week, especially in current times. Here’s a list of the stories that appeared on NM Political Report this week that you can catch up on this weekend—before the news cycle starts again next week. Rural residents continue decade-long battle against San Augustin Ranch water project by Laura Paskus: A plan to pump water in southwestern New Mexico and ship it to urban areas is not popular with residents of the area. Zinke ‘horses around’ on trip, New Mexicans wait for decisions by Laura Paskus: A recap of Ryan Zinke’s trip to New Mexico, where he avoided public interactions. What does Utah have to do with NM’s national monuments?

Joey Peters is leaving NM Political Report

After more than two years of award-winning and investigative work and writing over 450 stories, Joey Peters will be leaving NM Political Report later this month. Peters will be moving back to his home state of Minnesota with his wife. Peters has worked at NM Political Report since April 2015, just a few months after it’s inception,  and in that time he broke big stories and won multiple awards. In 2015, one of his award-winning stories put NM Political Report on the map for many readers. Peters broke the news that a recently-resigned deputy superintendent at Albuquerque Public Schools was facing trial for sexual assault on a child.

News and Brews: A discussion on UNM Athletics and open records

We’re proud to announce our next News and Brews fundraising event will be a big one—and will be at a new venue and a new time! We will be hosting a discussion on University of New Mexico Athletics and open records at the UNM Foundation. Journalist Daniel Libit of (who we profiled earlier this year) will be in town for the discussion. New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board President Greg Williams will also be on hand to discuss the situation. Tickets for the fundraising event are free, though we do suggest a $20 donation.

Discussing the special session’s budget deal, tax overhaul failure

This week, NM Political Report editor Matthew Reichbach was on Here & There with Dave Marash, discussing the recent special legislative session. The show appears on KSFR in Santa Fe and is available online for free. Legislators met during the brief special session to address the state’s budget, making sure it would be balanced, as required by the state constitution. One piece of legislation, championed by Gov. Susana Martinez and agreed to by reluctant legislators, used severance tax bond money to help cover a budget hole. Reichbach and Marash also discussed a tax overhaul proposal that did not clear a House committee.

A discussion on the environment: Our second News and Brews Summer Series event

We’re excited to announce our second News and Brews Summer Series panel. This time, NM Political Report will speak to three experts about the environment on June 8. Like our last event, tickets are free which you can get from here. Readers who are subscribed to our daily emails are first to hear about these events. NM Political Report’s Laura Paskus will again moderate the discussion. Paskus leads our environmental project, which includes in-depth stories on water, regulatory agencies, public lands, climate change and wildlife that no one else in the state is covering.

WATCH: Dukes Up RealTalk Mayoral Forum

The first Albuquerque mayoral forum will take place tonight at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event sold out, but we will be livestreaming it below for all those who cannot attend. is sponsoring the event and it will be moderated by Carolyn Carlson of the Weekly Alibi and NM Political Report’s own Laura Paskus. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Six candidates confirmed they will attend the forum:

Deanna Archuleta
Brian S. Colón
Susan Wheeler-Deischel
Timothy Keller
Dan Lewis
Augustus “Gus” Pedrotty

The candidates qualified by answering a question about local enforcement of national immigration policies. The question and their answers are available here.

Announcing our News and Brews Summer Series

Edit: This event is sold out. So you get the news first, sign up for our free newsletter, where we make announcements before posting on the website. We’ve been working on a big project over the past few weeks and we’re excited that we can share it now. We are starting a new series of discussions with experts, newsmakers and others on a select topic each month—and I wanted you have the first chance to join us. There is limited space, so we will have free tickets for the event—get yours here now.