Note: All week we will be counting down the top ten stories of 2018, as voted on by NM Political Report staffers. See them all here as they come in! 10) Cannon contamination
This summer, the Air Force announced it was sampling groundwater wells for traces of harmful chemicals found within firefighting foam used at the base from the 1970s until last year. The U.S. Department of Defense found that activities at 126 military bases had contaminated groundwater with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of human-made chemicals, often referred to as PFAS’s, that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).Now, unsafe-levels of PFAS’s have been found in the groundwater below Cannon Air Force Base—and in wells that were tested off-base. The state of New Mexico issued a notice of violation against the Air Force and some members of the congressional delegation met with the Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. -Laura Paskus
9) Progressives takes out moderates
Even before the general election, the state House was going to move to the left.
While you’re transitioning into your new roles for 2018, we respectfully ask you to consider these two words: Be better. Be better at accessibility. Be better at transparency. Be better at talking to the public about issues that are not on your agenda. Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration touted itself as the most transparent administration.
After Thanksgiving last week, we survived Black Friday and then yesterday Cyber Monday. But today is something very different: It’s Giving Tuesday, a day to at least temporarily shift away from consumerism and instead support worthy causes, including non-profits. NM Political Report is local non-profit news outlet. We’re a small team, currently with just three reporters and one regular freelancer. Why is supporting us so important?
Report voting, ballot access programs through Electionland
In 2016, ProPublica partnered with newsrooms around the country to tell the story of voting experiences. ProPublica is doing it again this year, and this time NM Political Report is a partner. The project focused on the problems people had when trying to vote—from long lines to harassment, to finding out your name is not on voting rolls and anything else that impacted casting your ballot.The project relies on regular citizens to be the eyes and ears on the ground—which is where you come in. To help out, sign up by texting VOTE to 81380. Or you can reach out on WhatsApp at +1 850 909-8683, Facebook Messenger at http://m.me/electionland or tweeting @Electionland.
This week, NM Political Report will publish Q&As with candidates for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and governor about their policy platforms regarding a range of topics, including abortion, contraception, LGBTQ issues and domestic violence. See the introduction here. 1st Congressional District
Janice Arnold-Jones (R)
Deb Haaland (D)
Lloyd Princeton (L)
2nd Congressional District
Yvette Herrell (R) – Did not participate
Xochitl Torres Small (D) – Did not participate
3rd Congressional District
Ben Ray Lujan (D)
Christopher Manning (L)
Jerald Steve McFall (R)
Martin Heinrich (D)
Gary Johnson (L)
Mick Rich (R) – Did not participate
Michelle Lujan Grisham/Howie Morales (D)
Steve Pearce/Michelle Garcia Holmes (R) – Did not participate
All of this week’s candidate Q&A’s were edited for clarity and length, although we did not edit the meaning of candidates’ answers. We did not include, however, tangents or off-topic issues candidates raised during the course of the conversations. It’s also important to note that the candidate’s answers aren’t annotated and we don’t point out any possible inaccuracies or misstatements.
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 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.
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.
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.