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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we did in each of the past two years, NM Political Report counted down the ten biggest stories of the year. We individually ranked what the top-ten stories and we averaged them out for our final list. Today, we will count down numbers 10 through 6. This afternoon, we will post number five, then numbers four and three on Wednesday, number two on Thursday and our top story of the year on Friday. See all of our year-end stories
10: Special Session for Budget
For the second year in a row, the state Legislature and the governor were unable to agree on a budget—and a host of other things—and went to a special session to address the problems.
This time, the special session took place in May, with the governor calling for tax reform to pass alongside a budget.
Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s a change in pace from the shopping frenzy and chaos of Black Friday and the less-frenzied Cyber Monday. Instead it’s a day to give back to the non-profits and causes you care about most. NM Political Report is a non-profit news outlet. Even better, we’re a local non-profit news outlet.
UPDATE: Our liveblog is done for the night. The archive remains below, and you can read our story on Tim Keller’s victory. We’re back again tonight with another liveblog on election night. This time, it’s a very short ballot—for most voters in Albuquerque, just one question: Tim Keller or Dan Lewis for Albuquerque mayor. We will stick around until the bitter end tonight.
As we have done with big election nights in recent years, we will be providing live updates on the Albuquerque municipal elections all night. The big race, of course, is to see who will be the next mayor. It’s not considered likely that any candidate will get the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff in November. The liveblog below will update automatically, no need to refresh.
We’re happy to announce our former senior reporter Joey Peters won first place in Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News category in the National Federation of Press Women 2017 Communications Contest. The award recognizes his coverage of the ongoing SNAP scandal at the state Human Services Department. Peters wrote more than two dozen stories about the New Mexico Human Services Department’s trouble following federal law on emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications. He broke news of state workers testifying in federal court they were told to change applications by adding fake funds, which gave the state more time to process the applications. This meant that those who sought emergency funding to feed their families had to wait to learn whether they’d receive funding food.