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Latest updates and insights on New Mexico politics, policy and elections!

3/21/13  International Trade and Investment Important to Jobs and Economic Growth in New Mexico, U.S.
Business Roundtable Report

With more than 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future economic growth and jobs for New Mexico and America increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the global  marketplace.

• Click here to learn more about how international trade and investment is supporting growth and jobs in New Mexico. 

1/18/2013 The New Mexico 51st Legislature Now in Session.
The First Session of the 51st Legislature for the State of New Mexico began at noon on Tuesday, January 15.  The 2013 legislative session is for 60 calendar days and adjourns at noon on Saturday, March 16. This session will be for 60 days. The deadline for introduction of bills is February 14, 2013.  In general, about 2000 bills are introduced during a 60-day session.   As always, the FCX Legislative Team will closely monitor all legislative initiatives for benefits and negative impacts to the company.

1/15/2013 Governor's State of the State Address. 
Governor Susana Martinez laid out her priorities for making New Mexico more economically competitive as she kicked off the 2013 Regular Session with her annual State of the State speech.  This is the third legislative session for Governor Martinez since she took office in 2011 as New Mexico’s first female Governor and the nation’s first Hispanic female Governor. Click here to read her speech in its entirety.


11/06/2012 General Election Results.
Click here for up to the minute results starting today at 8 p.m.


10/23/2012 Request an Absentee Ballot Now.

If you won't be able to go to the polls on November 6, 2012 and haven't already voted early in person, now is the time to request an absentee ballot.  In New Mexico, requests for absentee ballots must be received by your County Board of Elections no later than November 2, 2012 at 5:oo p.m.  Absentee ballots are due on Election Day by 7:00 p.m.

9/25/2012 Today is National Voter Registration Day.
Make sure that you and your family members are registered to vote in the general election.  For information on voter registration, including deadlines, instructions and forms click on the "Register & Vote" tab above.

6/6/2012 Primary Election Results.
Click here to view the unofficial election results from the New Mexico Primary Election that was held on June 5, 2012.

5/22/2012 Early Voting in Person is Underway.
Early voting for the Primary Election is now underway in New Mexico and will end on June 2nd.  If you won’t be able to go to the polls on Election Day you may be able to vote early in person.  To find out if you’re eligible to vote early, and get more information, click on the "Register & Vote" tab above.

5/18/2012 Request an Absentee Ballot Now.
If you won’t be able to go to the polls on June 5th and haven’t already voted early in person, now is the time to request an absentee ballot.  In New Mexico, requests for absentee ballots must be received by your county board of elections no later than June 1st, 2012.

To find out if you’re eligible to vote early by mail, and get instructions and forms, click on the "Register & Vote" tab above.

5/8/2012 Voter Registration Deadline TODAY for Primary Election.
Voter registration for the Primary Election closes at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 8th.  You may go to your respective county clerk’s office if you need to register TODAY. Click here to locate your county clerk's office by your zip code.

4/16/2012 Register to VOTE!
Voting is a right and the ultimate expression of our freedom.  But you can’t vote if you’re not registered.  Are you and your eligible family members registered to vote?

In New Mexico, to vote in the primary election you must be registered by May 8, 2012. Registering is easy and takes only a few moments.  You can get all the information you need, including a registration form by clicking on the "Register & Vote" tab at the top of this page.

Make sure your voice counts on Election Day – Register to VOTE!

1/11/2012 Compromise Senate redistricting plan offered
Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans along with groups of Democrats and Native Americans outlined the plan Wednesday to a state district court judge, who will decide how to realign districts for population changes during the past decade.  For more information, click here.

1/11/2012 Governor seeks $10M for job creation incentives
Gov. Susana Martinez requested the money for the Economic Development Department in her budget submitted to the Legislature. The money is for the state's job training incentive program, which pays part of the costs of classroom and on-the-job training of new workers for companies that expand their New Mexico operations or relocate to the state. To view the Governor's executive budget recommendation, click here.       To     
 
11/15/2011 State Rep. Al Park Announces bid for PRC
Democratic state legislator Al Park is running for an Albuquerque-area seat on the Public Regulation Commission. Park issued a statement Tuesday announcing his bid for the Democratic nomination in PRC District 1.For more information, click here.

11/7/2011 Another GOP candidate enters NM 1st District race
Retired Army veteran Gary Smith of Albuquerque is running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis and former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones also are seeking the GOP nomination. Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, state Sen. Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham are declared Democratic candidates. For more information, click here.

8/25/2011Special Session of the Legislature
The next session of the Legislature is not the normal January time period.  This time, there will be a special session starting on September 6.  The key purpose:  required redistricting of all legislative districts (42 for state senate and 70 for state house)  and the state’s three congressional districts.  Since all districts are supposed to have roughly the same number of people living in them, every 10 years (based on the most-recent census), the Legislature has to reconfigure districts to reduce the land area (and thus a sliver of the population) in districts that have gained numbers, proportionately, compared with neighboring districts.

Given the closeness of the partisan divide in the state house of representatives (due to Republican gains in the 2010 election), there will be some mean arm-wrestling between legislative D’s and R’s to try to sweeten the demographics for their respective sides come 2012 and beyond.   Same goes for the three U.S. House districts where, now, two Democrats represent Albuquerque and the north and a conservative Republican represents the conservative south.  But with ABQ sophomore Congressman Martin Heinrich giving up his seat to try to move up to the U.S. Senate (now that Jeff Bingaman won’t run again), there will be an intense battle to gain this “open” seat.  Heinrich, a Democrat, has announced for the Senate as has his Republican predecessor, Heather Wilson, and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, who seems to be trying to reinvent himself as the “Tea Party” candidate.  

U.S. House maneuvering
Once Martin Heinrich chose to depart his U.S. House seat (Albuquerque metro district) to try to claim the U.S. Senate seat that Bingaman is relinquishing, the race was on in both major parties to slide into Heinrich’s open chair.   The Democrats so far are long-time, ardent foes:  State Senator Eric Griego, former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham.  On the House side are city councilor Dan Lewis and former state legislator Janice Arnold-Jones. 

6/21/2011 Redistricting N.M. By Dan Boyd Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico legislators on Monday got their first look at ways to adjust the boundary lines of the state’s three congressional districts based on the 2010 Census – including one that would bring Albuquerque and Rio Rancho together under the same U.S. House member.

The side-by-side cities currently are split between the 1st and 3rd congressional districts, each represented by a different U.S. House member despite their geographic and economic links.

The preliminary “concepts” unveiled Monday are a taste of what’s to come when the bruising, once-per-decade process of population-based redistricting plays out in a special legislative session expected in September.

Online Public hearings
For complete congressional redistricting information and maps of preliminary concepts, go to the New Mexico’s Legislature’s website at nmlegis.gov and click on “Redistricting Information.” You can zoom in on the maps to get street-level detail.
 The Legislature’s Redistricting Committee will hold nine meetings around the state this summer to gather public comment. Here’s the schedule:

Redistricting New Mexico
July 18 – Clovis
July 19 – Roswell
July 20 – Las Cruces
Aug. 4 – Acoma Pueblo
Aug. 5 – Farmington
Aug. 15 – Albuquerque
Aug. 16 – Rio Rancho
Aug. 30 – Las Vegas
Aug. 31 – Santa Fe

Lawmakers named to study plans that ultimately will be voted on during the special session – and then reviewed by Gov. Susana Martinez – held their first meeting Monday at the Capitol. The committee will hold nine meetings around the state this summer to obtain public comment.

Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., which is assisting the Legislature in preparing redistricting plans, told committee members there is no magic formula for redrawing congressional, legislative and other political boundary lines – all of which will be done based on the 2010 Census.|

“Sometimes you will have to make judgment calls where there’s no wrong or right answer necessarily,” Sanderoff said.
The state’s current 1st and 3rd congressional districts – based in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico, respectively – each contain more than 686,393 people, the ideal size for a congressional district, based on the new census numbers.

That means portions of both districts will most likely have to be carved out and shifted to the 2nd Congressional District, which includes the southern half of the state and lacks about 22,000 people for the new, ideal size.

Legislative incumbents, who vote on redistricting for the Legislature as well as the state’s three U.S. House districts, have been accused in the past of focusing on protection of future re-election efforts. Some lawmakers said Monday that districts shouldn’t be made “safe” in an attempt to squelch potential opposition.

“We should create competitive districts where the people get to decide (who wins), not have it decided for them,” said House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs.

During the last round of redistricting, in 2001, courts played a large role in redrawing district boundaries after several of the Legislature’s approved plans were vetoed by then-Gov. Gary Johnson.

Overall, an increase in urban population coupled with slower population growth in rural areas, particularly on the state’s east side, are the underlying themes of redistricting this year, Sanderoff said.

That could lead to tough decisions, as well as the potential combining and squaring off of legislative incumbents, with only one election winner possible, in some low-growth districts.

While more plans are certain to develop, congressional redistricting concepts presented Monday illustrated some of the ways to accomplish that task.

Here are some of each plan’s defining features:
Concept A – Would move Isleta Pueblo and Bernalillo County’s Paradise Hills neighborhood into the 1st Congressional District; most of Torrance County would become part of the 2nd Congressional District.
Concept B – Would move Algodones, Corrales and Paradise Hills into the 1st Congressional District; To’Hajiilee would be shifted into the 3rd Congressional District; all of Torrance County would become part of the 2nd Congressional District.
Concept C – Would shift Bernalillo and Placitas into the 3rd Congressional District; Edgewood, Isleta Pueblo and Paradise Hills would be moved into the 1st Congressional District.
Concept D – Would combine Albuquerque and Rio Rancho to create a more urban 1st Congressional District; all of Valencia County and Bernalillo County’s South Valley would be in the 2nd Congressional District; the East Mountains area of Bernalillo County would become part of the 3rd Congressional District.
Concept E – Cibola County would become part of the 3rd Congressional District; Roosevelt County would be moved into the 2nd Congressional District; Isleta Pueblo would be shifted into the 1st Congressional District.
Concept F – Would move portions of Valencia County from the 1st to the 3rd Congressional District; Roosevelt County would be split between the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.
Concept G – Would move all east-side counties into the 2nd Congressional District; Bernalillo, Placitas and Cibola County would become part of the 3rd Congressional District; Los Lunas would join Albuquerque in the 1st Congressional District.

 

2/23/2011 Senator Bingman Announces Plans to Retire (National Mining Week).
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) announced last week that he will not seek a sixth term, putting a Democratic safe seat in the Senate in danger and the top energy chairmanship up for grabs in 2012.

Bingaman’s decision is the latest in a string of departures from congressional Democrats heading into next year’s elections.

As chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Bingaman championed a renewable energy standard to diversify power generation.

He was also a Senate leader on reforms to the Mining Law and is known to work in a strong bipartisan manner, collaborating with Republicans to pass influential energy legislation in 2005 and 2007.

Prior to Bingaman’s bid as chairman, the position was held by another senator from New Mexico, Pete Domenici. Between the two senators, a New Mexican has served as the Senate’s leader on the critical issue of energy for at least a decade.

 “At the end of this Congress, I will have been in public service for thirty-four years—four as New Mexico’s Attorney General, and 30 in the United States Senate," Bingaman said. "The end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to serve.”

1/18/2011 Governor Martinez Delivers State of the State Address
Governor Martinez delivered her 2011 State of the State Address.  Click here to read the full text.

1/26/2011 Chino Mine Honored with Legislative Certificate (National Mining Week).
The New Mexico State Legislature recognized Freeport McMoRan’s Chino Mines Company last week with a Senate certificate honoring the historic role the mine has had in the growth of the state’s economy. The Chino Mines Company operation is the oldest open-pit mine managed by Freeport-McMoRan, serving as  copper for the Mexican mint as early as 1801. The certificate was sponsored by state Sen. Howie C. Morales and recognizes that Chino, in conjunction with Freeport-McMoRan’s Tyrone mine, contributed $237 million in direct and indirect economic impacts to the state last year.

CLICK HERE FOR NEW MEXICO GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

10/27/2010 New Mexico General Election Guide is Now Available
Below you will find a link to the FCX Election Guide which is dedicated to the 2010 New Mexico General Election which will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  Before you cast your vote, please take a moment to review the ballot issues and candidate bios for the districts we operate in.  For easy navigation, be sure and view your pdf bookmarks.

FCX Election Guide 2010 New Mexico General

6/1/2010 New Mexico Primary Election Results
Below are the results for the New Mexico Primary Elections.  For full primary coverage please click here.

Race Candidate Results
New Mexico Governor-Democratic Primary Diane Denish, Billy Driggs

Denish:108,302           99.1%
Driggs:1,016                             0.9%

New Mexico Lt. Governor-Democratic Primary Brian Colon, Lawerence Rael, Jose Campos II, Gerald  Ortiz Y Pino, Linda Lopez Colon: 36,172             28.7% 
Rael:30,774                           24.4% 
Campos II:25,751                 20.4% 
Ortiz Y Pino:5,100                 12.0% 
Lopez:18,382                        14.6%
New Mexico Congressional District 2- Republican Primary Steve Pearce, Cliff Pirtle Pearce: 33,021           84.8% 
Pirtle: 5,913                            15.2%
New Mexico Congressional District 3- Republican Primary Thomas Mullins, Adam Kokesh Mullins:23,301            71.3% 
Kokesh:9,372                         28.7%
New Mexico Governor- Republican Primary Susana Martinez, Allen Weh, Doug Turner, Pete Domenici JR., Janice Arnold-Jones Martinez: 62,006         50.7% 
Weh: 33,727                          27.6% 
Turner: 14,166                       11.6%
Domenici: 8,630                      7.1%
Arnold-Jones:3,740                 3.1%
New Mexico Lt. Governor-Republican Primary Brian Moore, Kent Cravens, John Sanchez

Sanchez: 46,129         39.6% 
Cravens: 36,346                   31.2%
Moore: 33,899                      29.1%