Gov. Martinez goes on trial in Santa Fe

The trial of Santa Fe Reporter vs. Governor Susana Martinez (D-101-CV-201302328) is finally underway in Santa Fe District Court. At the core of the issue: did Governor Martinez and her staff retaliate against news outlets not favorable to her by delaying or ignoring their public records requests and requests for comments? The suit alleges that the governor’s office stopped responding to Santa Fe Reporter questions and requests after the paper published excerpts from the governor’s private emails with cabinet officials and campaign members discussing public business. Joey Peters, then a reporter for the SFR, apparently recorded a phone call with Gov. Martinez in which he asked her about the SFR’s problems getting a response.

Taxpayers have paid Gov $27,000+ in salary to attend out-of-state political fundraisers & events

Santa Fe –  Governor Susana Martinez is on track to be one of New Mexico’s most traveled governors, a new report from ProgressNow New Mexico finds. Though the governor’s administration has notoriously refused to provide travel records  (stories here, here, here, here and here) the chief executive or her security detail, a review of news reports, campaign event notices, and meeting announcements from across the country provide a look at the busy flying schedule for Martinez and the cost to taxpayers for that travel. Earlier this week, Governor Martinez’s administration went to court to say she is exempt from public records requests for her taxpayer-funded travel, including her contentious national fundraising trips. According to Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican:
The Martinez administration contends court enforcement of the state Inspection of Public Records Act to make the governor and state agencies turn over travel records would violate the U.S. Constitution. Legal documents filed Monday in state District Court by lawyers representing Gov. Susana Martinez and some state agencies say the public records law is “pre-empted” by the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution — and that the records being sought by The Associated Press would require a warrant under federal law.