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Keep score on important issues like environment

Published in the Albuquerque Journal Conservation is on the rise in the New Mexico legislature. Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) recently released the 2017-18 Conservation Scorecard and it demonstrates that our state’s legislators are paying attention to their constituents’ concerns about having access to a clean and healthy environment. CVNM connects people to their political [read more…]

Conservation group takes aim at GOP candidate for governor

By – Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A political fund for environmental conservation causes in New Mexico plans to devote $500,000 to highlighting financial ties between Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce’s and the oil and natural gas industries, starting with local television ads this week. Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster [read more…]

Conservation scores wins in New Mexico

By Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican The administration of outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez — elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with the aid of significant financial contributions from the oil and gas industry — has been intensely criticized by environmentalists, practically since Day One. But while the last eight years have not [read more…]

Voters Overwhelmingly Choose Pro-Conservation Candidates In New Mexico’s 2018 Primary Election

Published by the Los Alamos Daily Post CVNM News: SANTA FE ― Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its political action committees CVNM Action Fund and CVNM Verde Voters Fund, continues to build a strong political voice for New Mexico’s environment by electing pro-conservation candidates who will work to protect our air, land, water and [read more…]

Primary outcomes shake up PRC

In the June 6th edition of the Albuquerque Journal, Journal Staff Writer Kevin Robinson-Avila reported on how the primary election outcomes will affect the make up of the Public Regulation Commission, including CVNM’s analysis of the District 5 race: The District 5 general election campaign will likely draw broad voter attention, since a win by [read more…]

Jones headed to defeat in PRC race

Thom Cole | Santa Fe New Mexican Sandy Jones, chairman of the state Public Regulation Commission, trailed in late vote-counting from the Democratic primary election Tuesday. Another PRC incumbent, Democrat Lynda Lovejoy, also was behind in a tight race. The parent company of Public Service Company of New Mexico, which is regulated by the PRC, [read more…]

Some Martinez vetoes get pushback

By Matthew Reichbach, NM Political Report Some vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez are raising eyebrows among legislators and others—and at least one partial veto may be challenged in court. Wednesday was the final day for Martinez to decide whether or not to sign bills from this year’s legislative session. She signed 80 bills into law, [read more…]

Progress is being made on the Four Corners area

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican In December and January, intense negotiations were ongoing over a Public Service Company of New Mexico-backed bill relating to the closure of the San Juan Generating Station, the coal-fired power plant near Farmington. This piece of legislation became one of the most contentious and well-covered bills of the [read more…]

NEWSMAKER: Street-fighting attorney general: N.M.’s Hector Balderas

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Monday, February 5, 2018 CVNM quoted in profile on Attorney General Hector Balderas: Nearly 49 percent of New Mexicans have Hispanic ancestry. More than one-tenth of the state is tribal land. “Both of those populations have long-standing, very deeply rooted environmental values,” said Liliana Castillo, communications director for Conservation [read more…]

Senate committee votes to table PNM coal bill

By Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE – A complex regulatory bill aimed at setting a new energy course for New Mexico – and the state’ largest utility – hit a roadblock Saturday in its first Senate committee. The Senate Conservation Committee voted 5-4 to table the legislation, though the panel’s chairman, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, [read more…]