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New Mexico elections agency defends campaign restrictions

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are sticking to conclusions that drastically limit Republican Congressman Steve Pearce’s access to federal campaign funds as he runs for governor. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a response Tuesday to a lawsuit by Pearce that seeks access to $1 million in campaign contributions held in a federally registered account. The Secretary of State’s Office reiterates that only $11,000 can be transferred by Pearce to his campaign for governor, based on a New Mexico law that limits campaign contributions to $5,500 for the primary and general election cycles. Attorneys for Pearce say he followed federal limits on individual contributions that are more stringent than state restrictions. Agency spokesman Joey Keefe says Pearce has failed to prove allegations that his campaign has been irreparably harmed.
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2017 Mayoral Election: Meet the Candidates

Get to know the mayoral candidates. Watch KRQE’s extended interviews, the mayoral debate, and our mayoral special where the candidates answered questions about the issues that matter most to the people of Albuquerque, mainly crime and the economy. Editor’s note: Ricardo Chaves declined our request for an interview as well as our request to partake in the Mayoral Debate held on September 11, 2017
Extended Interviews

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Brian Colon - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Brian Colon.

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Michelle Garcia Holmes - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes.

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Wayne Johnson - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Wayne Johnson.

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Dan Lewis - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Dan Lewis.

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tim Keller - Watch KRQE's News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Tim Keller.

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Gus Pedrotty - Watch KRQE New 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Gus Pedrotty.

Susan Wheeler-Deichsel 2017 Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Mayoral Candidate Interview: Susan Wheeler-Deichsel - Watch KRQE News 13 extended interview with mayoral candidate Susan Wheeler-Deichsel

Mayoral Election Special

Mayoral Election Special: Interviews with the 2017 Candidates - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The KRQE News 13 Mayoral Special gives you a look at the candidates battling to lead the city of Albuquerque for …

KRQE Mayoral Candidate Interviews: What would you do to boost the city’s economy? - KRQE News 13 asked candidates: What would you do to boost the city's economy?

KRQE Mayoral Candidate Interviews: Would you raise taxes to increase the number of police officers? - KRQE News 13 asked the candidates: Would you raise taxes to increase the number of police officers?

KRQE Mayoral Candidate Interviews: What would you do to make Albuquerque safer? - A KRQE News 13 poll shows the most pressing issue for the people of Albuquerque is public safety. 

The Race for Mayor

2017 Albuquerque Mayoral Debate - Seven candidates for mayor were in the spotlight Monday night during the first ever televised debate, moderated by KRQE News 13 anchor Dean …

The KRQE Albuquerque Poll - At the end of August KRQE News conducted a survey asking Albuquerque voters a series of "candidate questions" in regards to the 2017 Mayoral…

2017 Albuquerque Mayoral Election Information - Albuquerque voters will head to the polls in October to decide on the next mayor but there is a lot on the agenda for each candidate before …

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2017 Mayoral Election: Meet the Candidates - Watch KRQE's extended interviews, the mayoral debate, and our mayoral special where the candidates answered questions about the issues that …
Computer keyboard and mouse City councilor seeking re-election launches websites attacking challengers - Incumbent Don Harris has launched two websites against the men challenging him for City Council District 9 seat. One highlights a candidate'…
Voting Lawmakers, community members show support for proposed sick leave ordinance - This election, voters will get to weigh in on the proposed sick leave ordinance, which will require employers to allow employees to earn sic…
The KRQE Albuquerque Poll - At the end of August KRQE News conducted a survey asking Albuquerque voters a series of "candidate questions" in regards to the 2017 Mayoral…
Mayoral Candidate Interview: Wayne Johnson - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Wayne Johnson.
Mayoral Candidate Interview: Dan Lewis - Watch KRQE News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Dan Lewis.
Susan Wheeler-Deichsel 2017 Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Mayoral Candidate Interview: Susan Wheeler-Deichsel - Watch KRQE News 13 extended interview with mayoral candidate Susan Wheeler-Deichsel
Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tim Keller - Watch KRQE's News 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Tim Keller.
Mayoral Candidate Interview: Gus Pedrotty - Watch KRQE New 13's extended interview with mayoral candidate Gus Pedrotty.
Early voting begins for Albuquerque mayoral election - Starting Wednesday, voters have their first chance to head to the polls as early voting gets underway. 


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Lawmakers Approve Moving California Presidential Primary To March

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California lawmakers voted early Saturday to set the state’s presidential primary in March, a move that would force candidates to mount expensive campaigns earlier in the state that awards the most delegates. The bill will go to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. He has not said if he will sign it. The bill would move the presidential primary to the Tuesday after the first Monday in March — three months earlier than the June contest held in 2016, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were already the presumptive nominees. A March primary would likely fall on so-called “Super Tuesday,” when roughly a dozen states typically vote following the early primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and several other states. “Candidates will have to spend more time in California,” said Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of San Francisco. An earlier primary could give an edge to well-funded candidates. California is home to 11 media markets, making it expensive to campaign. It’s easier for candidates with limited money to compete alongside financial heavy-hitters in early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2016, for example, John Kasich took second in New Hampshire with limited money, while Jeb Bush, who had more than $100 million, placed fourth. “The cost of playing in California versus playing in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina is incredibly different,” said Mike Biundo, Republican Rick Santorum’s 2012 campaign manager who later worked for Kasich and Trump. “A Jeb Bush or a Hillary Clinton, I think, have the advantage if California is earlier.” An earlier primary, especially one held on Super Tuesday, wouldn’t mean every candidate will spend more time in the state. In 2016, for example, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Virginia and eight other states voted that day. And it doesn’t ensure the political relevance that California lawmakers crave. The last time California voted early — in February 2008 — the state backed Clinton, but Barack Obama went on to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency. California’s last truly relevant presidential primary was perhaps in 1972, when George McGovern defeated Hubert Humphrey on McGovern’s way to winning the Democratic nomination. Michael Schroeder, Republican Ted Cruz’s California political director in 2016, said it’s too early in the political calendar to predict the impact of an earlier primary in 2020. “Right now, California is completely irrelevant for picking presidents. We didn’t pick Hillary (Clinton) and we didn’t pick (President Donald) Trump,” he said, referring to 2016 contests that were essentially settled before the state voted. Changing the date “will make us at least somewhat relevant; it could make us very relevant,” he said. The Republican and Democratic national committees have not yet set rules for the 2020 contests, including the preferred primary calendar and delegates awarded to each state. Depending on rules set, other states could attempt to leapfrog ahead of California, pushing the entire primary season earlier. California historically awards more delegates than any other state. California may also become the first state to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state ballot. Lawmakers sent Brown a bill Friday requiring candidates to publicly share five years of returns; he hasn’t said if he’ll sign it. President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 sparked similar legislation in dozens of states from New Jersey to Hawaii. The documents reveal income sources, tax exemptions, charitable donations and potential financial conflicts of interest. Until Trump, every major presidential candidates has released his or hers for decades. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

City councilor seeking re-election launches websites attacking challengers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Incumbent Don Harris has launched two websites against the men challenging him for the City Council District 9 seat. One highlights a candidate’s arrest record and the other suggest his opponent is a ‘deadbeat dad.’ Councilor Harris has held the District 9 seat since 2005, and he wants to keep it for another four years with the October election. His opponents say he’s getting disturbingly personal and bringing children into the mix to make that happen. Harris disagrees, and calls what he’s doing ‘fair.’ Harris’s team unveiled two websites attacking his challengers, Byron Powdrell and Paul Ryan McKenney. “I looked at the [web]site, I was blown away,” Powdrell said. “Old, dirty politics,” McKenney said of the website. Both sites poke at the candidate’s own campaign website. Powdrell’s is byronpowdrell.com and McKenney’s is paulryan4abq.com. The attack sites, with URLs owned by Harris’s team, are realbyronpowdrell.com and realpaulryan4abq.com. It’s the same URL, but with ‘real’ added on the front. “Those are things that the voters really need to know, I think, before casting their ballots,” Harris said of his websites’ content. The one against the local radio owner delves into Powdrell’s past arrests for domestic violence and alleged restraining order violations. The website includes criminal complaints and other court documents from the alleged incidents. There’s at least 13 incidents that are examined. “We think the voters should know that Byron Powdrell has been accused of choking a 13-year-old boy until he became unconscious,” Harris said, “Accused of threatening a woman with a knife.” “What made it even worse, about the website, was the fact that documents on the website were un-redacted,” Powdrell said in response. Powdrell says since the website went live over the summer, he’s received phone call threats, been called racial slurs and even had a rock thrown into his house, breaking a window. Powdrell says the cases against him have all been dismissed or he was found not guilty – and, when asked directly, he says he has never committed domestic violence. The other website suggests McKenney is a deadbeat dad, with court documents pertaining to child support and his relationship with those kids. “Mr. McKenney has not paid child support,” Harris claimed, saying the father abandoned two girls. The website questions his fitness to serve as councilor if he isn’t present in his own children’s lives. “I’m current in my child support payments,” McKenney sad. “It was kind of a messy divorce, but the bottom line is I fulfill all the requirements.” Both websites also scrutinize the voting records of the two suggesting they did not make their voice heard enough in past elections. In response, Powdrell and McKenney told KRQE News 13 that like the majority of citizens, they have not voted in every city, school board or other election – sometimes because they didn’t like any of the candidates, which is what inspired them to run. Both also say they have not released their own attack ads or websites against Harris. “I don’t care about Don Harris. I care about the people of Albuquerque – the people of District 9,” Powdrell said. “It’s just the type of politics I think people are tired of and I don’t want to be involved in it,” McKenney said. Councilor Harris says while he has received some criticism for the websites, he stands by them, telling KRQE News 13 that these men are running for public office, meaning they’re now on a public stage and it should be expected that public records regarding them will come out. KRQe News 13 asked the incumbent if he has a criminal record. Harris says back in the 80’s, he was arrested in Connecticut for trespassing when he stayed after-hours at a music school, playing the saxophone. New Mexico court records only turn up a 2011 divorce for Harris.
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Lawmakers, community members show support for proposed sick leave ordinance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – This election, voters will get to weigh in on the proposed sick leave ordinance, which will require employers to allow employees to earn sick leave. Wednesday afternoon, some state lawmakers gathered with the community near Cesar Chavez Community Center, an early voting site, to show their support for the proposed ordinance. “Because you’ve let somebody go, because they missed a couple of days, and you don’t have a sick leave policy, you’re tasked with finding somebody new, training somebody new,” said Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Bernalillo. Those against the ordinance say it would hurt small businesses who can’t afford to pay workers when they aren’t there.
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The KRQE Albuquerque Poll

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – At the end of August KRQE News conducted a survey asking Albuquerque voters a series of “candidate questions” in regards to the 2017 Mayoral Race and “issue questions” facing the city and state now. For this poll, a sample of likely households was chosen from the population registered to vote in the city of Albuquerque for a “hybrid” automated (for landlines)/live (for cell phones) poll, where 74 percent of the phone numbers were landlines and 26 percent of the phone numbers were cell phones. There were 500 completed responses to 11 poll questions. The survey was conducted August 26-27. The margin of error, with a 95 percent confidence interval, was 4.4 percent. The party registration of respondents was 52-34 percent Democratic/Republican (14 percent Independents). The geographic breakdown of the respondents was as follows: 52 percent from northeast Albuquerque, 19 percent from northwest Albuquerque, 22 percent from southeast Albuquerque, and 7 percent from southwest Albuquerque (The dividing lines for these four quadrants of Albuquerque are the (east/west) Rio Grande and (north/south) Interstate 40).
By the Number Results

  1. If the election for mayor of Albuquerque were held today, which candidate would you support?
  2. Which issue facing Albuquerque is most important to you?
  3. Would you favor or oppose raising taxes to increase the salaries of police officers to attract more people to join the Albuquerque Police Department?
  4. Do you think that the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (also known as ART) will bring business to Central Avenue corridor?
  5. Do you favor or oppose giving the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department either body or dashboard cameras like the Albuquerque Police and State Police already have?
  6. Do you think Virgin Galactic will ever fly out of the Spaceport?
  7. How confident are you that the next mayor will be able to turn things around?
  8. What type of jobs do you think that the next mayor needs to attract to Albuquerque?
  9. To improve Albuquerque’s crime rate, who needs to do a better job?
  10. If the New Mexico governor’s race were held today, which candidate would you support? 

Complete Reports

KRQE Poll: Albuquerque voters weigh options for mayor, cite crime as top concern - Albuquerque's mayoral election is less than four weeks away -- so what issues do Albuquerque voters care about the most, and which candidate…

apd-sgt-generic KRQE Poll: Most Albuquerque residents willing to pay more in taxes to recruit, retain police officers - With the mayoral election inching closer, we know the biggest topic on the minds of citizens and candidates is crime. Now, as shown in the r…

KRQE Poll: Majority of voters believe ART won’t bring business to Central corridor - ART has been a contentious idea since its announcement. Now, the mayor who started the hotly debated project is leaving office. Ahead of ele…

Taser lapel camera KRQE Poll: Majority of voters support BCSD getting body, dash cameras - Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies don't wear body cameras but should they?

KRQE Poll: Albuquerque voters yearn for more high-tech jobs - The job market in the Duke City is struggling. As the rest of the country enjoys unemployment numbers that are near 10 year lows at 4.4 perc…

KRQE Poll: Albuquerque voters skeptical Spaceport flights will take off - New Mexico was one of the first states to invest in a commercial spaceport, but is it worth the investment? 

KRQE Poll: Nearly a quarter of voters undecided on race for governor - The primary for state election is next March with the general election set for Nov. 6.


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