NM Political Report editor Matthew Reichbach will be on KSFR each of the next two days. Reichbach will appear on Here & There with Dave Marash, a daily program that takes place during drive-time, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on 101.1 FM in the Santa Fe area and KSFR.org worldwide. The appearances, as with all Here & There with Dave Marash episodes, will be available as a podcast after the initial live airing. Reichbach will be discussing the recent legislative session. On Monday, the two will discuss the budget situation including how plummeting oil and gas revenues meant a much leaner budget than expect.
The KUNM call-in show for this week focused on the recently-ended legislative session. The station invited Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Milan Simonich, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry President Jason Espinoza, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Susan Boe and this writer to discuss transparency issues and more. We discussed the failure of an ethics commission, the budget situation, the general tone of the Roundhouse during the session and more. As always, there were some entertaining callers and host Gwyneth Doland kept things moving along. You can listen to the entire thing below, courtesy of KUNM.
After a bad few days for Susana Martinez, she fled from reporters following an event to welcome home National Guard troops from overseas. A reporter for KOB-TV, Blair Miller, posted a clip on Twitter of Martinez refusing to answer questions and a member of her entourage slamming a door in the cameraman’s faces as someone asks, “Governor, do you mind if we chat with you?” Gov. Martinez, security REALLY didn’t want to comment again on notorious hotel party today. https://t.co/enoUp7v98R pic.twitter.com/L0LWLlKMGd
— Blair Miller (@blairmiller) December 23, 2015
Martinez doesn’t even put on her jacket completely while she goes outside. The event featured Martinez in Santa Fe speaking to 38 National Guard soldiers who returned from a deployment in Kuwait and Iraq.
The Susana Martinez holiday party at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe that ended with complaints to police after moving to a second location cost taxpayers nearly $8,000 according to a report by a local TV station. The governor’s party took place on Dec. 13 at a ballroom at the Eldorado Hotel and was for the governor’s office. According to KRQE-TV, that party came from the governor’s budget and cost $7,900. That is state money that is allocated by the State Legislature for the governor.
The City of Santa Fe released additional audio from the Eldorado Hotel on December 13 involving Gov. Susana Martinez. The audio released came from Sergeant Anthony Tapia’s belt loop recorder and features a security guard, who says he is called a security agent, speaking to the governor about the complaints. A security agent, speaking to the police sergeant, says it is his first time dealing with such a situation in the month and a half he worked there. “I never expected the first time it would be the governor,” the security agent said. “I can tell she is…”