The 2018 primary elections liveblog

UPDATE: The live blog is over, but you can read the whole thing below. Also here are the stories we wrote about the election results:

Women win contested congressional races, to face off in November
Dems choose Garcia Richard in close Land Commissioner race; Colón, Morales clinch State Auditor and Lt. Gov nominations
Three Dem legislators lose in primaries
Lujan Grisham cruises to victory in Democratic primary

NM Political Report wins four national awards

NM Political Report took home two first-place awards and one second-place award in a national journalism contest. It is the second-straight year that NM Political Report, the state’s largest online, political news outlet, won awards at the national competition. The National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest includes those who won state-level awards. Donate today to keep this sort of award-winning journalism going. Andy Lyman won a first-place award in the Feature Story-Online Publication category for “It runs in the family: Decades apart, father and son lead sanctuary efforts.” Lyman profiled Glen Thamert and Justin Remer-Thamert.

NM Political Report scores big at regional journalism competition

This weekend, NM Political Report won seven awards at the Top of The Rockies, an annual contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists – Colorado Pro Chapter. The competition includes outlets from New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. We won one first place award, one second and five third-place awards, facing off against outlets like the Denver Business Journal, the Provo Daily Herald and more. Donate today so we can keep doing this award-winning work! Laura Paskus won first place in the Ag and Environment: General Reporting category for her story, “The Heart of Darkness: A walk through the scorched landscapes where our forest used to be and a glimpse of future fires.” NM Political Report wrote this story along with the Santa Fe Reporter.

NM Political Report wins six first-place awards in statewide competition

The New Mexico Press Women once again acknowledged NM Political Report’s work awarding  six first-place honors and four more top-three awards in the group’s annual Communications Contest. Want to donate so we can keep this sort of award-winning journalism going? Donate here! Andy Lyman won first place in the Government or Politics Writing category, for his stories “Youth aren’t just watching, they’re running for office” about two young candidates in an Albuquerque city election and “Source of Lewis’ attack line: Santolina exec, not newspaper” on the runoff election in the city’s  mayoral race. Lyman also won in the Feature Story – Online Publication category for “It Runs In The Family; Decades Apart, Father and Son Lead Sanctuary Efforts,” a look  at the sanctuary work of a retired Lutheran minister in the 1980s and his son’s similar work today.

Introducing our weekly election news recap

A number of big elections will take place later this year in New Mexico. New Mexicans will elect a new governor. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs. So is every other non-judicial statewide position. And every state House seat is up for grabs, along with two open U.S. House seats.

Democratic response to State of the State, annotated

Tuesday, NM Political Report helped annotate the governor’s State of the State address, the final of her second term in office. Martinez cannot run for a third consecutive term. NM Political Report joined with KUNM-FM, New Mexico In Focus and NMPolitics.net in the annotation, which added context to the speech as well as checked facts. After Gov. Susana Martinez’s address, State Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, gave the Senate Democrats’ response and NM Political Report again joined the other three news outlets in annotating the speech. Read Morales’ full response below, along with the annotations.

Susana Martinez’s final State of the State, annotated

The follow is Gov. Susana Martinez’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, along with annotations from NM Political Report, New Mexico In Focus, NMPolitics.net and KUNM-FM. Andy Lyman from NM Political Report participated for NM Political Report.

WATCH: The 2018 State of the State address

The 2018 legislative session kicks off today at noon. Coverage from New Mexico PBS will begin then, with livestreaming of the festivities and Gov. Susana Martinez’s final State of the State address. You can watch it all below. We will also have live annotation of her remarks, with reporters from different news outlets throughout the state. That is also available below.

Transcript of No. 141, Original: Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado oral arguments

Our reporter Laura Paskus reported on the oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a key water case that could have a massive impact on the state of New Mexico and water rights throughout the state. The full story is available here. And a timeline of events leading to the oral arguments in Washington D.C. is available here. We also wanted to provide you with the full transcript of the oral arguments, which is available below. These stories were reported in a partnership with the Santa Fe Reporter, KUNM-FM and New Mexico In Focus.

Our favorite stories of the year

We’ve told you about some of the most important and most popular stories of 2017. But we also have some personal favorites: stories that might not have rocked the site’s analytics or made waves among policymakers, but stories we liked reporting or writing. See all of our year-end stories
Laura’s favorite stories
Hands down, my favorite stories are the ones that involve wandering around outside. These include one about the Refugee Wilderness Explorers Summer Camp, a summer program run by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Catholic Charities’ Refugee Mentoring Program, and a visit to the Pueblo of Santa Ana to learn about restoration and wildlife projects. Another one is a story reported this spring about areas in the Jemez Mountains burned by Las Conchas and the Dome Fire.