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  • Susana Martinez's Democrat Opponent: She 'Doesn't Have a Latino Heart,' You Know

    09/09/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    In which New Mexico Democrats' white, male gubernatorial nominee pronounces his Hispanic, female opponent -- whom he's trailing in the polls -- to be insufficiently 'Latino' in her heart, or something (via the Weekly Standard):
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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
  • Democrat to Pro-Life Hispanic Gov Susana Martinez: “Send Her Back Where She Came From”

    05/30/2014 2:56:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber told a group of political supporters that state voters need to send pro-life Gov. Susana Martinez back to “wherever she really came from.” The Weekly Standard reports: “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.” alanwebberMartinez, during the 2010 election campaign, gave an interview...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Video: Old recording reveals GOP governor questioned policy, used salty language

    04/17/2014 8:38:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “So many people thought they knew the governor,” Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll told KOAT in Albuquerque, “and then went on to govern in a different way.” Er, she did? Susana Martinez has a 52% approval rating in New Mexico, according to PPP, and her re-elect polling has her with double-digit leads, according to RCP. Mother Jones wants to change all that by suggesting that Martinez is the next Sarah Palin, only with an extended vocabulary:
  • Recordings surface in New Mexico governor race

    04/16/2014 3:29:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | BARRY MASSEY - Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents. The governor, who’s seeking re-election this year and is viewed as a possible rising star in national GOP ranks, also came under fire for making critical remarks about public school teachers while telling aides that it was a view that couldn’t be expressed publicly during her campaign. “Governor Martinez and her aides’ comments are inexcusable. We have clear proof of her intent to deceive voters...
  • Gay hair stylist drops New Mexico governor as client because she opposes same-sex marriage

    03/03/2014 4:44:39 AM PST · by massmike · 73 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 03/03/2014 | RHEANA MURRAY
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez needs a new hairdresser — or a new stance on gay marriage. Martinez was recently dropped by her hair stylist, Antonio Darden, who is gay. Darden told a local news station that he cut the governor’s hair three times, but won’t do it again as long as she continues to oppose gay marriage. “The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in,” he told KOB-TV. “Because of her stances and her views on this, I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I’d changed my mind...
  • Susana Barracuda: Does Bigger Stage Await Martinez?

    02/28/2014 6:46:33 PM PST · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 26, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    Like Palin, Martinez was elected on an anti-corruption platform. Upon entering office, she took a page from the former Alaska governor’s playbook by putting up for sale the state-owned luxury jet that had become as much of a symbol of waste and abuse in Santa Fe as had the Juneau-based plane that Palin put on eBay four years earlier. Mirroring her backer’s early legislative successes, Martinez has worked with adversaries in New Mexico’s state capitol, known locally as the Roundhouse, to build a budget surplus while keeping income taxes down. As a result, she has at times earned some of...
  • 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...
  • New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states

    11/03/2013 4:36:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    THE COLORADO STATESMAN ^ | 10/28/2013 | Marianne Goodland
    New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states 10/28/2013 By Marianne Goodland The Colorado Statesman One of the rising stars in the Republican Party swung through Denver this week, touting her recent successes reining in taxes and promoting business interests in her state.New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Wednesday to an audience of about 400 at the annual luncheon meeting of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.Martinez rose to national prominence at the Republican National Convention last year with a compelling speech that included...
  • Look to the governors in 2016 (Not the Senators)

    08/18/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, CNN asked me to write an op-ed on Ted Cruz, and whether he’s a realistic contender for the presidency. My reaction: Of course he is — but probably not in 2016. And for that matter, neither are the Republicans who seem to get the most mention for that position: No one doubts that Cruz has a bright future in the Republican Party, but that doesn’t mean the future is now.Cruz, like Rubio and Rand Paul, have only barely arrived on the national stage and are many years younger than their sell-by date. None of the three has...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susana Martinez Facebook page - "How low will they go?" NM -Dem smears)

    06/05/2013 12:10:45 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    Susana Martinez Facebook page ^ | June 5, 2013 | Susana Martinez
    How low will they go? Please indulge a lengthy post, as many of you have asked me about the recent news of my email theft and I thought I would take time on my flight back to New Mexico to provide you a thorough update. Last week, an individual I fired from my campaign was indicted in federal court for illegally intercepting my political and personal emails for almost a year that were then released to the media by leftwing political groups last year. The man is also charged with lying to the FBI about the scheme. A few days...
  • 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...
  • N.M.’s First Gentleman Takes a Job (Governor's salary doesn't pay for disabled sister care)

    11/12/2012 2:08:11 PM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 11, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – First Gentleman Chuck Franco, who turned in his sheriff’s badge when his wife was elected governor of New Mexico, has gone back to work. Franco, former Doña County undersheriff and husband of Gov. Susana Martinez, started a new job last week as a security officer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Santa Fe, a spokesman for Martinez confirmed. He is working roughly 20 to 25 hours a week for a private security company that is under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to provide courthouse security. In addition to the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe, Martinez and...
  • 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...
  • Susana Martinez RNC Speech Transcript and Video: Another Inspiring Republican Woman

    08/31/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 6 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-30-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    New Mexico's Governor Susana Martinez delivered a WOW of a speech at the RNC. Republican women are awesome, and Martinez showed just how awesome. Republican women ROCK! Begin Transcript: "Thank you and good evening. On behalf of the great state of New Mexico, let me express my gratitude for being invited to speak tonight. Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America Y, en America todo es posible. My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I...
  • Susana Martinez Realized What We All Know Deep Down...

    08/30/2012 10:06:58 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
     
  • GOP Has Latino Options

    06/07/2012 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    No wonder Republicans can't even get 40 percent of Latino votes in a presidential election. When Mitt Romney made his first big push to appeal to Latinos earlier this week in Texas, he hammered the "Obama economy" for being "particularly hard on Hispanic businesses and Hispanic Americans." He pointed out the grim statistics -- an unemployment rate for Latinos of 11 percent and a poverty rate of 30 percent. And he stressed that the Obama regime's economic policies are hostile to the small businesses and entrepreneurs that traditionally provide many of the jobs in the Hispanic community. Everything Romney said...
  • 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...
  • NM governor's grandfather not an illegal immigrant, became a US citizen in 1942

    04/28/2012 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 27, 2012 4:03 PM CDT i | BARRY MASSEY |
    (AP) Ever since taking office last year as the nation's first Hispanic female governor, New Mexico's Susana Martinez found her family tree scrutinized over whether her grandfather was an illegal immigrant. Documents obtained by AP, however, show that he was lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident in 1918 and became a citizen in 1942, something not even Martinez knew and a discovery that removes a potential trouble spot for someone talked about as an attractive Republican vice presidential prospect for Mitt Romney. Martinez was surprised at the news, ... The first-term governor insists she's not interested in...
  • 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...
  • [Homosexual] Hair Stylist Refuses to Cut Anti-Gay Governor's Hair (Susana Martinez, R-NM)

    02/22/2012 2:12:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 2+ views
    SheWired ^ | February 22, 2012 | Staff
    It's been a long-running joke (though seldom enforced) among LGBT folks, particularly gay men who work in the creative-service spaces: If you discriminate against the gay community, we will refuse to cater/plan/decorate your weddings, design and make your dresses, or make you look pretty for your next big event. Now, it seems, one gay hair stylist hasn't just made that joke, he's lived up to his word. Antonio Darden (left) styled Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico (right) on three separate occasions. Martinez is a Republican who got Sarah Palin's endorsement in 2010, and though she may believe that the...
  • Susana Martinez has ‘no intentions’ of joining Mitt Romney as vice president

    01/24/2012 11:35:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 2+ views
    The State Column ^ | January 24, 2012 | Staff
    New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez apparently has “no intentions” of accepting presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s invitation to be his vice president running mate if he wins the nomination. Mr. Romney mentioned the New Mexico governor as a possible running mate during an interview on Fox News Friday, but Governor Martinez says she will not be accepting offers from any of the candidates to be their possible running mates. “I have no intentions of doing anything different other than being governor,” said the New Mexico governor in an interview with ABC News 7 on Friday. Mr. Romney also mentioned New...
  • Push to ban driver's licenses for illegal immigrants gains momentum

    01/04/2012 6:56:32 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Eyewitness News KOB ^ | January 3, 2012 | Stuart Dyson
    The push to ban driver's licenses for illegal immigrants appears to be gaining some momentum with the legislature's 30 day session starting in just two weeks. Governor Susana Martinez is picking up some support for her crusade against the licenses, but she appears to be losing a vote too. Some Democrats are moving into the "undecided" category. Sen. Steve Fischmann, a Dona Ana County Democrat, is switching to the governor's side, saying he will vote with her because that is what the vast majority of people in hid district want.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Judge blocks NM governor on immigrant driver licenses

    09/01/2011 2:23:05 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Fox 59 ^ | September 1, 2011 | Tim Gaynor, Cynthia Johnston
    SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico judge on Wednesday blocked a move by the state's Republican governor to make it harder for illegal immigrants to keep driver's licenses in the state. Governor Susana Martinez's administration last month ordered the state to reverify the physical residency of foreign nationals who hold New Mexico driver's licenses in order to get or keep their licenses.But District Court Judge Sarah Singleton in Santa Fe issued a temporary restraining order blocking the program, arguing in a brief ruling that "irreparable injury" would occur from "constitutional deprivations to the applicants
  • Susana (Martinez) Requalifies for Concealed Carry (NM's "Mama Grizzly")

    08/30/2011 5:37:21 PM PDT · by LaybackLenny · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/28/11 | McClesky Media
    Governor Susana Martinez Requalifies for Concealed Carry License in August of 2011. 100% score with .45 and .38 caliber handguns.
  • Perry-Martinez 2012?

    08/30/2011 8:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/30/2011 | William Kristol
    Last week, the Almighty expressed His displeasure over Paul Ryan's decision not to run for president by sending us an earthquake and a storm. But Ryan still refuses to reconsider. So we at THE WEEKLY STANDARD have put dreams of Ryan-Rubio 2012 on hold, and have turned our attention to other possible GOP tickets. As Michael Warren pointed out earlier today, Rick Perry now seems to be the Republican frontrunner. Who might his running mate be? Obvious possibilities are Ryan or Rubio—or Mitch Daniels (a successful Midwestern governor who's not part of the mess in D.C. but who could reassure...
  • Driver's License Fight to Be Renewed [New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Fights On]

    06/08/2011 12:34:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    STEPHANIE SIMON ^ | JUNE 6, 2011 | WSJ
    SANTA FE, N.M.—Gov. Susana Martinez is renewing her battle to make New Mexico the 49th state to prohibit illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses, setting the stage for a heated fight during a special legislative session later this year. Democrats in both New Mexico and Washington —the last two states to permit illegal immigrants to get official driver's licenses— shot down bills aimed at tightening their rules earlier this year. Supporters of the current law say state licensing laws reduce the potential number of uninsured and untrained drivers. Ms. Martinez, a Republican, said in an interview she would try again,...
  • 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....
  • New Mexico's Hispanic governor battles over rules of the road

    02/26/2011 8:07:16 PM PST · by Tempest · 14 replies
    SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – The nation's first female Hispanic governor has angered many Latinos with a proposal to repeal a New Mexico state law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Newly-elected Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican who ran on a promise to get tough on illegal immigration, this week added fuel to the fire by using leftover campaign funds to pay for a radio ad urging support for her repeal efforts.
  • 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.
  • New Mexico Governor Martinez Inaugural (Vanity)

    01/22/2011 9:54:37 PM PST · by JaguarXKE · 18 replies · 1+ views
    22 Jan 11 | Self
    My wife and I braved the 8 degree temperatures and drove to Santa Fe for Susana's swearing in and Inaugural speech. I had a pretty good vantage point so I thought I would share these clips with my fellow Freepers. Sarah had campaigned here for her, which I think gave her a good boost!