GM says no newsroom fight, despite gossip site report

A TV news gossip website reported there was a fight in the KOB-TV newsroom on Monday, with longtime anchor Tom Joles and longtime reporter Stuart Dyson involved. The general manager of the station threw some cold water on the report and told two local newspapers that there was a “heated discussion” but no fisticuffs in the KOB newsroom on Monday. This came after it became widely shared on social media in Albuquerque and several blogs and news sites picked it up. Mike Burgess, the general manager of KOB, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that there was no fight.”There was no fistfight,” said KOB-TV General Manager Mike Burgess. “Someone has been embellishing.”He elaborated later to the Albuquerque Journal.However, KOB vice president and general manager, Mike Burgess, did confirm on Tuesday that there had been a “heated discussion” and that Joles will not be on the air pending a temporary “cool down period.” He did not say how long that might be.

Poll show high support on high-profile issues

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal, and released over the last two days, showed high support for a number of high-profile issues facing the legislature during the legislative session. The poll finds widespread support for implementing third-grade retention, right-to-work legislation and repealing the law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. The poll also shows widespread support for an increase to the minimum wage. Questions from the poll release on Sunday found 60 percent of New Mexicans believe union fees should not be mandatory in companies with collective bargaining with unions and that 71 percent support raising the minimum wage beyond the current $7.50 per hour. Results release on Monday found 70 percent don’t like the law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses while 67 percent support holding back third-graders who cannot read at third-grade level.

New Mexico Political Report on NM PBS [Video]

On Tuesday, New Mexico Political Report wrote about the State of the State address by Governor Susana Martinez, the Democratic response by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, and had video of legislators and Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry responding to Martinez’s remarks. In addition to this, New Mexico Political Report’s own Margaret Wright took part in a panel discussion on New Mexico PBS looking at Martinez’s speech and what it portends for the upcoming legislative session. New Mexico In Focus host Gene Grant moderated the discussion. The other panelists were former State Senators Mark Boitano and Richard Romero and University of New Mexico political science professor Gabe Sanchez. The video of the panel was provided by New Mexico PBS.

New Mexico Political Report on New Mexico PBS

New Mexico Political Report’s own Margaret Wright will be a part of New Mexico PBS’ coverage of the State of the State address tomorrow. Wright will participate in the analysis of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address and will look at the legislative session. In addition to Wright, former State Senators Mark Boitano and Richard Romero and University of New Mexico political science professor Gabe Sanchez will appear on the public TV station. New Mexico PBS will cut into programming when Martinez enters the room for her State of the State address (sorry, fans of Dinosaur Train). The station will air the full speech live and then the panel discussion.