Government

Education Reporter Previews 2021 Legislative Session

State lawmakers kicked off the 2021 New Mexico legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 19. KUNM’s Nash Jones spoke with James Barron, education reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican, to help get the lay of the land.

Cowboys for Trump leader seeks cover for financial backers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the jailed founder of New Mexico political group Cowboys for Trump. The lawsuit dismissed Wednesday was filed in June 2020 to block or avoid possible financial disclosure requirements for the group.

2021 Legislative session will see plenty of firsts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A different type of legislative session starts Tuesday. There will be no State of the State address from the governor and new lawmakers could be sworn in virtually. This is according to the House Speaker’s Communication Director Daniel Marzec. He told KOAT some incoming lawmakers might not be there

Tribal leaders blast congressman opposed to Biden nomination

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A group of Native American tribes in a Minnesota congressman’s district is rebuking him for his attempts to derail President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Interior secretary. If confirmed, Rep. Deb Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico, would be the first Native American to lead the Department

New Mexico Capitol on High Alert

In the wake of riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the FBI warned all 50 states to anticipate armed protests at their state capitols.  Protests are expected to take place in the days leading up to the January 20 presidential inauguration.  Is New Mexico ready for potentially violent

State Republican chair blames protestors for deadly Capitol riot

Democrats, Republicans still at odds over who is to blame KOAT spoke with state Republican Party chair Steve Pearce and state Democratic Party chair Marg Elliston about the storming of the U.S. Capitol and who they believe is to blame. “I think President Trump was the cause of the riot. I

Gov. Lujan Grisham releases $7.3B budget proposal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has recommended a $7.3 billion budget for New Mexico’s next fiscal year. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration released the proposed budget early Monday morning.