Wednesday afternoon ,Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held their weekly press conference on COVID-19. Since last Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 1,157 cases, while cases have increased by large numbers in Arizona and Texas and those states, and others, have reimposed some restrictions. The entire press conference is available below. See the NM Political Report story on what the governor said here.
Our friends over at New Mexico PBS will host election night coverage as the polls close in New Mexico. NM Political Report will be a small part of the coverage, as senior reporter Joey Peters will show up and possibly Andy Lyman as well. If you have your TV tuned to the latest episode of American Ninja Warrior instead of New Mexico PBS for some reason, you can keep the livestream going here. You can also keep up with the latest on election night through the NM Political Report primary liveblog. https://www.youtube.com/embed/lHS5wRJtNH4
Union protesters and others gathered in Albuquerque to protest Verizon’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday and blocked traffic while holding a banner. The meeting takes place at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. The protests was part of a national protest, stemming back to a contract dispute between the company and workers in the company’s landline phone, cable and internet businesses; the dispute does not include workers at cell phone locations. The the Communications Workers of America represents the workers and is involved in the dispute against Verizon. NM Political Report is present at the protests and will have a full report later in the day.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico will hold a State Central Committee Meeting on Saturday where delegates will decide who will be the next state party chair. Richard Ellenberg, the current chair of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party, and Deb Haaland, the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, are the two nominees who will face off. New Mexico Political Report sat down with both of them and asked them five questions on why they believe they are the best person for the job and what they would do if they were elected to the position.
Sen. John Pinto was honored in front of the joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Friday, which was American Indian Day at the legisalture. The legislators presented Pinto with a certificate honoring him and recounted his time as a Code Talker to his famous story of hitchhiking to his first legislative session in 1977. He was picked up, as Rep. Roger Madalena, D-Jemez Pueblo, recounted by Manny Aragon in Bernalillo. Aragon was another newly-elected state senator who went on to be one of the most powerful political figures in the state. Pinto was trained as Code Talker, but World War II ended before he was deployed.