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State Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill

Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill to withdraw from election

State Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill, D-Silver City, announced in a news release Thursday that she will not seek a second term in the legislature after all, creating an opening for Republicans to flip a …

Challengers rebuke incumbent as DA race begins

District Attorney Gerald Byers takes the mic during a two-hour debate on April 16.
Bulletin coverage of the first candidate debate in the Doña Ana County election for District Attorney.

Judge affirms disqualification of candidate in statehouse race

A judge affirmed a candidate's disqualification Monday after the candidate submitted altered petitions. The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office disqualified Ronnie Sisneros on March 19. …

Las Cruces in Santa Fe: Lobbyist talks 2024 legislative session

Lobbyist Larry Horan provides legislative updates during a Las Cruces City Council work session on April 4.
A lobbyist who advocates for the city of Las Cruces discussed trends and a slew of changes coming down from Santa Fe after the 2024 legislative session. Those items include new gun control laws, …

County unveils new logo and seal

Christopher Schaljo-Hernandez unveils the new county seal during a news conference on March 25, 2024.
It’s a new year and a new look for Doña Ana County. On March 25, Doña Ana County unveiled a new logo and seal after the Board of County Commissioners approved the designs on …
A voting sign stands outside the Doña Ana County Government Center in Las Cruces.

Local candidates file to run for local, state offices

Election season in the Mesilla Valley has officially begun. In all, 38 candidates filed to compete for 19 offices ranging from county clerks to district attorneys to state legislators. …
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is seen in her office at the state Capitol in Santa Fe on Jan. 30, 2024.

Governor signs higher ed trust fund into law

Among the bills Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law this week was a measure aiming to secure tuition-free college over the long term. Senate Bill 159, which passed the state House of …
Sen. Katy Duhigg, D-Albuquerque, during a 2022 hearing. Duhigg was one of the sponsors of the Health Care Consolidation Oversight Act, which gives the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance regulatory power over hospital mergers and acquisitions until July 2025.

Concerns about private equity owners drove hospital bill

SANTA FE — A proposed hospital network and health plan merger that would have created an $11 billion health care giant  fell apart  on the way to the altar last year. …
The New Mexico Senate chambers is seen at the state Capitol building in Santa Fe on Jan. 10.

How ethics fixes died in this year’s legislative session

An effort to fix the state’s anticorruption statute after the New Mexico Supreme Court barred prosecutors from bringing criminal charges under several of its provisions died in the state …
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a press conference following the adjournment of the legislative session on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15, 2024. She praised lawmakers for working together to help deliver some of her education proposals.

Education funding grows in state budget

Education proved to be a flashpoint for debate in the 2024 30-day New Mexico legislative session. Conflicts about priorities, local control, funding and multilingual education marked debate as …
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