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  • Unreliable Source Continues to Dish Dirt in New Mexico

    10/27/2014 4:53:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014 | Brent Scher
    A former aide to Gov. Susana Martinez (R., N.M.) who was involved in the hacking of emails from the Martinez campaign and was implicated in the subsequent FBI investigation is now being used as a source for anti-Martinez articles in New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican last week published allegations made by former Martinez campaign aide Anissa Galassini-Ford that the governor’s office improperly used government databases against political opponents. The article on Ford’s claims was the paper’s cover story last Thursday and was featured on its website for much of the day.The author of the story, Steve Terrell, notes...
  • Man slashes, runs over teen he said insulted his wife, police say

    09/03/2014 6:15:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 2, 2014 | Kate Jacobson
    Greenacres police said they arrested a man accused of slashing a teen in the face and then running him over in a car because he thought the teen harassed his pregnant wife.
  • Martinez shows ‘comfortable lead’ over King (NM Governor's race)

    08/18/2014 12:41:36 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 16 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 17, 2014 | Dan Boyd
    Gov. Susana Martinez led Attorney General Gary King by 9 percentage points in the first Journal Poll on the New Mexico governor’s race, hitting the coveted 50 percent mark before the fall campaign. “It’s a comfortable lead, especially when you take into consideration the tremendous financial advantage the governor has,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., which conducted the poll. The Republican governor, who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term, led the two-term Democratic attorney general in most regions of the state, including the Albuquerque area, the poll found. Overall, 50 percent of New Mexico...
  • NM Gov. Susana Martinez's Campaign Strategist Calls Pro-Life Activists 'Pieces of [expletive]'

    06/24/2014 9:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The political strategist for the re-election campaign of New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez (R) reportedly confronted on Saturday a group of pro-life demonstrators in Albuquerque by lashing out, “You are all pieces of [expletive]!” Several members of the pro-life organization Protest ABQ identified the individual rebuking them with vulgar language as Jay McCleskey, chief political strategist for Martinez, who is seeking a second term as New Mexico’s governor. Writing at Operation Rescue, pro-life activist Tara Shaver, who is pregnant herself, wrote, “The pro-life community has been asking Gov. Martinez what she is willing to do to stop pre-born child killing...
  • Gov. Martinez’s campaign manager shouts profanities at pro-lifers

    06/24/2014 11:01:59 AM PDT · by topher · 58 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Jun 24, 2014 - 11:20 am EST | Tara Shaver
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM — On Saturday, June 21, Protest ABQ held a public awareness campaign in a local neighborhood when a man, identified by group members as Jay McCleskey, Gov. Susana Martinez’s Re-Election Campaign Manager and Chief Campaign Strategist, confronted the pro-life activists stating, “You are all pieces of S***!” “The pro-life community has been asking Gov. Martinez what she is willing to do to STOP pre-born child killing in New Mexico. We have been completely ignored until today,” stated a pregnant and astonished Tara Shaver who was present with her husband and children. Several members of our group identified Mr....
  • Estrada Pleads Guilty in Gov. Martinez's Hacked Email Case

    06/16/2014 5:56:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 6/16 | Kristen Garcia
    Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas, N.M., pleaded guilty Monday to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and members of her staff. Estrada briefly served as campaign manager in 2009, as Martinez was beginning her bid for governor. The Republican won election in 2010 and took office in January 2011. “Each and every one of us has a right and an expectation of privacy in our electronic communications, including our emails, and those who violate the law by...
  • Dem to Hispanic Republican: 'We Need to Send Her Back to Wherever She Really Came From'

    05/30/2014 9:09:47 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 9 replies
    Daniel Halper Daniel Halper·31 videos ^ | 05-31-2014 | Daniel Halper Daniel Halper·31 videos
  • Dem to Hispanic Republican: 'We Need to Send Her Back to Wherever She Really Came From'

    05/30/2014 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8:14 AM, May 30, 2014 | Daniel Harper
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico says of his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez, that "We need to send her back to wherever she really came from." Watch here"So I’m asking you for your help, we need to make Susana Martinez a one-term governor. We need to send her back to wherever she really came from," says Webber in a video obtained by The Weekly Standard. "I suspect it’s Texas. And that would be good for Texas and that would be good for New Mexico." Martinez, who is up for reelection this year, is a Hispanic...
  • Martinez and the War on GOP Women

    04/18/2014 7:42:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    One of the Obama administration’s favorite themes is the idea that Republicans have been waging a “war on women.” Though Democrats may overestimate the appeal of this canard, the notion that troglodyte conservatives seek to send American women back to the 19th century has become a form of conventional wisdom, especially in the liberal mainstream media. But though that war is a piece of fakery rooted in the confusion between political liberalism and gender equality, there is little doubt about the reality of another war on women: the one that is being waged by left-wing ideologues against any female Republican...
  • Role-model governor won’t apologize (Long-knives out for NM Governor)

    04/27/2014 3:03:15 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 27, 2014 | Leslie Linthicum
    I’ve always thought there must be a special place in this world for women who call other women bitches. And now I’ve found it. It’s the New Mexico Governor’s Office. And I’ve always wondered if there is any place on the planet where people call other people “retard.” There is. It’s on the communications staff of the New Mexico Department of Human Services, which serves developmentally delayed clients. We know this thanks to a Mother Jones magazine story that included leaked email exchanges and sound bites from debate preparation sessions while Susana Martinez was running for governor in 2010. There...
  • Gov.’s top aide charged personal purchases to state (NM Martinez)

    04/25/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    From a necktie to heartburn medication, from personal cellphone bills to new tires, Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff used his government-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases in violation of state policy and procedures. Keith Gardner has reimbursed the state nearly $5,000 since August 2012 for more than 40 card purchases at Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more. And after a Journal inquiry, he has paid $241 in interest required under state policy and procedures when an employee uses a government credit card for personal purchases. Using a state government credit card for any purpose...
  • Mother Jones takes on Martinez (NM Governor)

    04/17/2014 5:45:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 17, 2014 | James Monteleone
    A scathing profile of Gov. Susana Martinez published in the politically liberal magazine Mother Jones – featuring 4-year-old recordings of Martinez and her campaign staff cursing about her 2010 election opponent and criticizing public school teachers as overpaid because they have summers off – touched off more political skirmishing in New Mexico on Wednesday. Martinez attacked the 5,000-word article as a “desperate” liberal media assault and asked campaign supporters in an email for financial help to fend off political attacks in her re-election bid. Several Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to oppose her in November used the article to blast...
  • Governor wants state to stop collecting union dues

    03/19/2014 2:13:24 PM PDT · by SF Geo · 41 replies
    The Albquerque Journal ^ | 3/19/2014 | James Monteleone
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration wants to stop allowing union dues to be withdrawn automatically from state employee paychecks, money that she says is turned around for political attacks. One union leader called that a “declaration of war” against unions and said changing the longstanding practice is simply not going to happen.
  • Sen. Hatch touts Christie-Martinez ticket in 2016

    11/08/2013 10:16:12 AM PST · by CedarDave · 41 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 7, 2013 | James Monteleone / Journal Staff Writer
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez would make a “great” 2016 Republican presidential ticket, longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Wednesday. The endorsement of Martinez as a vice presidential nominee with Christie came after Martinez joined the New Jersey governor this week to help him campaign into the homestretch of his successful gubernatorial re-election bid. “Let’s face it: Susana Martinez has a lot of qualities that would help a lot of people to understand that the Republican Party is a broad base party,” Hatch said.
  • APS boss Brooks goes barnyard on Skandera (NM Ed.Sec. "Moo, moo, oink, oink")

    11/07/2013 10:21:25 AM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 7, 2013 | Mike Bush / Journal Staff Writer
    Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks on Tuesday sent Twitter messages to a television reporter that derided New Mexico’s education chief, Hanna Skandera, likening her to livestock. In a series of tweets with KOAT’s Lauren Zakalik, who was in Moriarty covering an event in which Skandera participated, Brooks said at one point, “Maybe Skandy should head for the livestock truck!!!” He immediately followed that tweet with another: “Moo, Moo, Oink, oink!!” APS social media expert Maralyn Beck joined in the conversation, adding six emoticons – cartoon pictures – of a pig, a cow, a boar, a sheep, a penguin and...
  • Last Night, We Got Our First Look At Chris Christie With The Woman He Might Pick For Vice President

    11/06/2013 1:22:50 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 88 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | November 5, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    In his whole re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) has invited only one sitting out-of-state officeholder to campaign with him: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R), who joined Christie at eight campaign events Monday, including a rally in heavily Hispanic Union City. In many ways, Martinez is the perfect complement to Christie, amplifying his strengths as a politician. She is relatively young (54) and a moderate who maintains strong popularity in a blue state. She has worked closely with a legislature held by Democrats and bucked her party by taking the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare. Perhaps most importantly, she's almost...
  • Governor shares first family’s losses (NM, Martinez [tissues required]

    07/21/2013 12:18:16 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 21, 2013 | Leslie Linthicum
    SANTA FE – The six months spanning last New Year’s Eve to the Fourth of July have been a time of loss for Gov. Susana Martinez and her husband, Chuck Franco. The governor’s father, Jake, died after a long decline due to Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 31. In the months that followed, four of the governor’s six pets have died – all due to cancer. Martinez sat in the living room of the private residence wing of the Governor’s Mansion this week, the patio doors open to the yard her dogs used to romp in, to talk about something that...
  • Stolen email probe led to kiddie porn charges (NM - Dem union/lib political activist)

    06/05/2013 11:24:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 5, 2013 | Mike Gallagher
    The arrest of an Albuquerque political consultant on child pornography charges stemmed from a search warrant served on his home in November by FBI agents looking for evidence in the investigation of the alleged theft of Gov. Susana Martinez’s campaign emails. The home of Jason Loera, 44, in the 6200 block of St. Joseph’s Court NW, initially was searched on the morning of Nov. 20, 2012, by agents looking to seize Loera’s computers so they could be searched for information about hundreds of emails to Susana2010.com that federal prosecutors allege were illegally intercepted. FBI computer experts began examining CDs seized...
  • Video: Dirty Laundry in the New Mexico Democrat Party

    06/11/2013 4:45:50 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Hoo boy… Moe Lane at Red State has come across a nasty little piece of business coming out of New Mexico this past week. If the story plays out as early reporting indicates, there are a number of people – including prominent Democrats and a potential gubernatorial candidate – who will have some ‘splaining to do. The story begins in the campaign offices of Governor Susana Martinez, one of the rising stars of the GOP who has already been mentioned as possible POTUS or VPOTUS material in the future. ~~snip~~The local media is already on this, as the following video...
  • Feds: Martinez emails hijacked (NM Republican Governor)

    05/31/2013 10:47:56 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 31, 2013 | Mike Gallagher
    Gov. Susana Martinez has been crying foul ever since political opponents started trotting out emails sent to an old campaign account. The governor has long contended the emails — ranging from topics such as the controversial Downs at Albuquerque racino deal to an underwear purchase order — were illegally hijacked. Her political adversaries have said they were sure they had been legally obtained. Federal prosecutors weighed in Thursday, releasing an indictment accusing a former Martinez campaign manager with illegally intercepting the emails that ended up in the hands of a union-backed political activist, a lawyer who would become the state...
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • Martinez, Pearce: How To Win Hispanic Votes (NM)

    11/27/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 27, 2012 | Michael Coleman
    As national Republican leaders fret about their party’s showing among Hispanics in the Nov. 6 elections and consider the GOP’s future, they might want to check in with a couple of prominent New Mexico Republicans. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents New Mexico’s border with Mexico, and Gov. Susana Martinez, who hails from the border-area town of Las Cruces, both have plenty to say about their party and Hispanic politics. In a telephone interview Monday, Martinez said Romney’s weak result among Hispanics, who chose Obama by a more than 3-1 ratio nationally, isn’t necessarily a harbinger of things to come for...
  • A streak, a boom, and now meteor debris?

    10/18/2012 9:11:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:20 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    (10-18) 15:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A bright flash across the sky and a shaking boom awed Bay Area onlookers Wednesday evening, and one scientist says souvenirs of the phenomenon might be strewn in the hills around Martinez. A meteor, perhaps the size of a small car when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, put on a spectacular lightshow at 7:45 p.m. that was visible throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern and Central California. The accompanying noise was the meteor's sonic boom as it traveled faster than the speed of sound, said Jonathan Braidman, an astronomy instructor at Oakland's...
  • Most in N.M. Give Gov. Good Marks (Martinez)

    09/12/2012 1:51:10 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 12, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – Fresh off her prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention, Gov. Susana Martinez is riding high among New Mexico voters. Sixty-nine percent said they approve of the Republican governor’s performance 20 months into her first term, a new Journal Poll found. Just 17 percent of voters polled Sept. 3-6 said they disapprove of her job performance, while 14 percent were undecided. Martinez, elected in 2010 with 53 percent of the vote, has pursued an apparently popular agenda, campaigning against driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, pushing for tougher school standards, opposing new taxes and trimming the size of...
  • Gov. Martinez, Condi & Ryan: Change WE Can Believe In!

    08/30/2012 9:47:57 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-30-2102 | MOTUS
    Once again, an evening of words. And in an unusual twist for this type of thing, they were nicely combined with ideas for a CHANGE. ...from New Mexico, Susana Martinez... “We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, "I'll be damned. we're Republicans.'' She should have known she was a Republican though, since she’s been packin’ a 357 magnum...
  • Martinez refinery fire put out (second East Bay refinery fire in a week)

    08/13/2012 5:40:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8/13/12 | Vivian Ho
    Martinez refinery fire put outVivian Ho Updated 4:08 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012 (08-13) 16:06 PDT MARTINEZ -- A fire broke out in the light oil processing unit at the Shell refinery in Martinez Monday, the second East Bay refinery fire in a week, authorities said. The fire began at about 2 p.m. in the refinery's light oil processing area and was knocked down at about 2:15 p.m. by Shell fire crews, said Erin Hallissy, a spokeswoman for the Shell Martinez Refinery.
  • Get out of bed and cut your lawn! Code Compliance officer marched into woman's home and yelled

    07/09/2012 3:14:40 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/9/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long. Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn. After knocking on the woman's door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video. ‘He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled...
  • Updated: Plane Carrying Governor Crash-Lands at Santa Fe; No Injuries (NM Martinez)

    05/25/2012 5:03:07 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 30 replies
    Albuquerque Journal North ^ | May 24, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – A private plane carrying Gov. Susana Martinez and her husband, Chuck Franco, landed at Santa Fe Municipal Airport without its landing gear down Wednesday night, but there were no injuries, the governor’s spokesman said. Matt Chandler, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, also was on board, but was not injured, said spokesman Scott Darnell. The emergency landing took place at about 10 p.m. The governor was returning from a campaign event in Tucumcari for Republican state Senate candidate Angie Spears. The Spears campaign paid for the flight, Darnell said. Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters this morning...
  • N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez criticizes Romney’s ‘self-deportation’ idea (pro-Amnesty)

    05/16/2012 8:00:39 PM PDT · by ak267 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/14/2012 | Felicia Sonmez
    Mitt Romney was already facing a hard time within his party when it comes to his stance on illegal immigration. Now, the presumptive GOP nominee faces criticism on the issue from a potential running mate, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R). In an interview with Newsweek’s Andrew Romano, Martinez takes aim at “self-deportation,” an idea promoted by Romney during the GOP primary and one at the heart of Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 anti-illegal immigration law. As we sit down at a local Starbucks, I ask about immigration. It’s a topic she has been reluctant to discuss since winning the Republican...
  • Tomas Borge Martinez, last living founder of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista movement, dies

    04/30/2012 9:20:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EDT, | Associated Press
    The last surviving founder of the Sandinista guerrilla movement that overthrew Nicaragua's U.S.-backed right-wing dictatorship in 1979 has died. Tomas Borge Martinez was 81. First Lady Rosario Murillo said in a simultaneous broadcast on Radio Ya and other stations that Borge Martinez died late Monday.
  • Latina Gov. A Rising Star, Just Not To Some Hispanics (NM Governor Martinez)

    03/30/2012 11:31:42 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    NPR (National Propaganda Radio) ^ | March 29, 2012 | Monica Ortiz Uribe
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is the ultimate immigrant success story: Two generations after her Mexican grandparents arrived in the U.S., she became the nation's first Latina governor. And with an overall approval rating of 66 percent of New Mexicans after more than a year in office, she is arguably the most popular Republican governor in the country. But that popularity doesn't always translate among Hispanics, a group that in New Mexico makes up nearly half of the population. One issue that makes many of the state's Latino voters seethe is their governor's stance on driver's licenses and illegal immigrants....
  • Majority of N.M. Dems Like Martinez, Poll Says

    02/27/2012 8:41:03 AM PST · by CedarDave · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 27, 2012 | Michael Coleman
    A majority of New Mexico Democrats have a favorable opinion of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, and President Barack Obama would easily defeat either of the current top two Republican candidates in a New Mexico contest, according to a new Rasmussen poll.~~snip~~Fifty-four percent of New Mexico Democrats have a favorable opinion of the governor, while 94 percent of Republicans view her favorably. Sixty-six percent of all likely New Mexico voters viewed the governor favorably. Seventy percent of New Mexico men and 66 percent of the state’s women approve of Martinez, according to the Rasmussen poll. Fifty-eight percent of New Mexico Hispanics...
  • Ex-Kerry aide charged with outing Gitmo CIA operatives

    01/25/2012 5:35:03 PM PST · by Boston Blackie · 17 replies · 1+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | January 25, 2012 | O’Ryan Johnson and Dave Wedge
    A former staffer for Bay State Sen. John F. Kerry has been charged with leaking the names of CIA operatives, including one who was involved in the interrogation of terror suspects held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and Kerry’s office.
  • Gov., Bishops Still Split Over Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants (NM)

    01/19/2012 8:21:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez joined Archbishop Michael Sheehan and other Catholic bishops for breakfast Wednesday and met privately in the state Capitol over the weekend with New Mexico’s top-ranking Roman Catholic leader. But while the governor and Sheehan were able to find common ground regarding an abortion bill, they remain divided on the high-profile driver’s license issue. Sheehan and other Catholic bishops have staunchly defended the 2003 state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, while Martinez has waged a high-profile effort to repeal the law. At the Wednesday morning Catholic prayer breakfast attended by Martinez...
  • Prison psychologist in alleged rape scheme fired

    12/29/2011 4:51:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/11
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- A California prison psychologist charged with faking her own rape has been fired from the prison system. . . . Martinez is accused of staging her robbery and rape in April at her home with the help of a friend and then dialing 911.
  • Martinez popularity ‘sky high,’ poll says (NM Gov, R)

    12/20/2011 8:49:33 AM PST · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    NMPolitics.net ^ | December 20, 2011 | Heath Haussamen
    A survey from a right-leaning polling company says Gov. Susana Martinez’s approval rating is “sky high” as she finishes her first year in office. Some 65 percent of those surveyed by Public Opinion Strategies said they approve of the job Martinez is doing, while 29 percent said they disapprove. The survey of 500 registered voters was conducted Dec. 12 and 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage points. Read the polling memo here.
  • (Black) Representative apologizes to governor for 'Mexican' remark

    12/16/2011 10:47:23 AM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | December 15, 2011 | Steve Terrell
    A contrite state House Democratic Whip Sheryl Williams Stapleton made an apology Thursday to Gov. Susana Martinez for an outburst at the Capitol this week in which she accused a Republican lawmaker of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor." "I lost it, ladies and gentlemen," Stapleton, D-Albuquerque, told reporters at a news conference Thursday. Stapleton, whose demeanor normally is spirited, spoke softly. At times during the conference, her voice sounded as if it were about to break. "I expect more of myself," she said. "This is not my character." Stapleton, the first black woman elected to the Legislature,...
  • Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

    12/08/2010 1:10:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    LA Times/Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/8/10 | Justin Fenton and Tricia Bishop
    A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested for attempting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville with a fake bomb supplied by federal agents. Federal authorities say Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb this morning at the Armed Forces Career Center in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike. Court records paint Martinez as obsessed with Jihad and intent on punishing the military. He praised Nidal Hassan, the U.S. Army major who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, and discussed obtaining weapons and shooting up military...
  • NM governor says grandparents came to US illegally

    09/08/2011 8:43:10 PM PDT · by Palter · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Sept 2011 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has acknowledged her paternal grandparents came to the U.S. illegally, amid national attention and protests over her ongoing efforts to bar illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses. "I know they arrived without documents, especially my father's father," the Republican said Wednesday in an interview in Spanish with KLUZ-TV, the Albuquerque Univision affiliate. Martinez has long acknowledged her Mexican heritage. But when asked previously about reports that her grandfather was an illegal immigrant, her office has said Martinez was unsure of his status since he abandoned the family when her father was young. Her comments Wednesday...
  • NM Governor Says Grandparents Came to US Illegally

    09/08/2011 6:09:21 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    ABC News US ^ | September 8, 2011 | Russell Contreras/AP
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has acknowledged her paternal grandparents came to the U.S. illegally, amid national attention and protests over her ongoing efforts to bar illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses. "I know they arrived without documents, especially my father's father," the Republican said Wednesday in an interview in Spanish with KLUZ-TV, the Albuquerque Univision affiliate.
  • Martinez raps Perry on immigration (His DREAM ACT support)

    09/07/2011 1:37:25 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday September 7, 2011
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez slammed fellow Gov. Rick Perry over immigration on the Laura Ingraham show today, albeit with only partial facts at her disposal: Ingraham: “I asked you about Rick Perry’s approach to immigration. Is his approach, including that DREAM Act, something that we should be pursuing nationally and is it something that you support?” Martinez: “No, I don’t. It is not comprehensive reform to put people who are here illegally, who violated the law, and put them in front of the line for those folks who have been waiting and doing all the right things to come...
  • Foreigners’ Licenses Checked (NM Gov orders proof of residency)

    07/20/2011 9:46:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 20, 2011 | Deborah Baker
    Ten thousand randomly selected foreign nationals with New Mexico driver’s licenses are being told to make appointments in Albuquerque to verify their residency, Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said Tuesday. Drivers who don’t make the appointments or fail to provide proof of residency would face cancellation of their licenses, the Governor’s Office said. Martinez said the residency certification program will provide data about the extent to which licenses have been issued to people who don’t live in New Mexico. The administration said the letters were to go out beginning immediately to 10,000 of the 85,000 foreign nationals without Social Security numbers...
  • RINO Mel Martinez Says Illegal Alien Reporter Should Be Allowed to Stay in USA

    07/03/2011 1:10:01 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 24 replies
    Former senator says Vargas should stay in U.S. Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) said Sunday that Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post reporter who came out last month as an illegal immigrant, should be allowed to "become an American." "It's a difficult problem, and what we need to do is find a way in which Jose can continue to contribute to this country," Martinez said on ABC's "This Week." "He wants to be an American," Martinez continued. "This is a great thing. This is the Fourth of July. We need to talk about the fact that this is a...
  • Lawmakers sue governor over vetoes

    05/26/2011 10:26:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    krqe.com ^ | 26 May 2011 | Kim Vallez
    Santa Fe - Democratic lawmakers believe the governor broke the rules again and they're taking her to court because of it. On Wednesday Democratic legislators Mimi Stewart, Kiki Saavedra, John Arthur Smith and Luciano "Lucky" Varela slapped the governor with two lawsuits over her line-item vetoes in an unemployment bill and a housing bill. The unemployment bill would have required businesses to pay more into unemployment benefits. The governor chose to take out the line that specifies the amount. Lawmakers argue she can't do that because it's not an appropriations bill. The second bill allocated $150,000 to the Mortgage Finance...
  • Susana Martinez Changes Party (Vanity)

    05/01/2011 1:40:44 PM PDT · by JaguarXKE · 13 replies
  • Obama calls meeting on immigration overhaul (Bloomy's onboard!)

    04/19/2011 1:58:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will hold talks Tuesday with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on US immigration reform, the White House said. The meeting comes as legislative efforts to enact an overhaul stalled in the polarized US Congress, amid worries about violence along the US border with Mexico and concerns over stubbornly high US unemployment. Obama "will meet with a broad group of business, law enforcement, faith, and leaders from across the political spectrum on the importance of fixing our nation's broken immigration system," said spokesman Nick Shapiro. The president, who recently...
  • Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg at White House for immigration meeting

    04/19/2011 2:00:25 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 74 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a list of 19 so-called "stakeholders" who will meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform Tuesday afternoon. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and former Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida are also attending, the White House says. The Obama administration says the group will discuss "the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation's 21st century economic and security needs." Other administration officials attending include U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Homeland...
  • House To Vote on License Bill (NM - Attempt to repeal driver's licenses to illegals)

    03/04/2011 8:57:50 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 4, 2011 | Dan Boyd And Deborah Baker
    SANTA FE — A grueling day of high-stakes political wrangling over immigrant driver's licenses in the New Mexico Legislature ended without a clear resolution. However, House Republicans, with the help of several Democrats, gave life to one of Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign priorities by circumventing the usual committee process to revive a bill that would effectively repeal the state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses. A final vote on the measure, House Bill 78, was put off until today, with House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, vowing it will be among the first items discussed....
  • Lawmakers Should Vote on License Reform (NM-Martinez vs. Dems)

    02/27/2011 4:22:15 PM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 27, 2011 | ABQ Journal Editorial staff
    New Mexico's legislative Democrats are busy dialing up controversy over Republican Gov. Susana Martinez' use of robocalls to voters in her effort to get an up-or-down vote on issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Lawmakers should try dialing up Illinois, Georgia, Florida or New York instead. In recent months people have been charged with bringing over immigrants who are living in those states, which do not provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, to New Mexico. Or they could take an extra step and punch in a foreign area code to call Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Poland or Russia....
  • AWARD WINNING (Best statewide TV spot in 2010 in the USA for NM Gov. Martinez - you'll LOL)

    02/12/2011 1:23:22 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 1+ views
    New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan | February 11, 2011 | Joe Monahan
    Governor Martinez's political team is getting congratulations for winning an award for producing the best statewide TV spot in 2010 in the USA. The ad from Lincoln Strategy Group was called "Convicted" and showed Martinez destroying the credibility of an attack ad from Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish. The ad was produced by consultant Jay McCleskey who recently announced plans to open his own consulting firm. The Reed awards were handed out by Campaign and Elections Magazine in D.C.