Ex-staffer: Gov. “not telling the truth” about her funds investigated by FBI

“She is not telling the truth on this,” [former Susana Martinez campaign staffer Andrea] Goff said of the governor. Under penalty of perjury, Governor Martinez penned a multi-page sworn declaration defending her campaign manager and taking personal responsibility for every expenditure by her inaugural committee once under investigation by the US Department of Justice, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported this past weekend. That statement likely influenced FBI and US Dept. of Justice investigators reviewing the expenditures of her inaugural funds in 2015, law enforcement sources say. Now former staffers who raised funds and assisted in the transition and inauguration say Governor Martinez was not telling the truth in that statement.

Senate: Gov didn’t disclose donor behind her request for $20+ million special state contract; “We’re being lied to” senator says

As the governor faces down a veto override led by members of her own party, a Republican State Senator unexpectedly began the process to recall a bill exempting a real estate contract from state purchasing laws. Senators said the governor’s administration did not disclose that the beneficiary was a major donor to Governor Martinez’s campaign and PAC nor that the space was deemed incompatible with the state’s needs by one of Martinez’s own cabinet secretaries. “I found out the information I was given early on was not accurate – that there were campaign contributions I wasn’t aware of,” Republican Senator Neville said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal. “We’re being lied to,” Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, said on the floor. “This is despicable.”

Andrew Oxford reported in the NM Political Report and Santa Fe New Mexican:
In an extraordinary maneuver, state senators killed a bill Saturday that they had approved four days earlier after one of them said he had misled his colleagues about connections between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and real estate developers who stood to benefit from the legislation.

Governor Martinez Vetoes Hemp

HB144 hit its only snag on Thursday, the Governor’s desk…
That’s right, Governor Martinez chose to veto a bill that received support from multiple committees, and cleared the floor of both the House and Senate.

Methane actions front and center at State Legislature

Today at the Roundhouse, lawmakers, environmental experts, and a local ranchers held a press conference on the Obama-era methane rule and Gov. Susana Martinez’s efforts to roll back the rule in New Mexico.Watch the event from our Facebook Live feed:

Speakers included:

Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe)
Sen. Benny Shendo Jr. (D-Jemez Pueblo)
Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque)
along with Jon Goldstein of the Environmental Defense Fund,
Don Schreiber, a Rio Arriba County rancher and gas lease land holder
and Patrick von Bargen of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions. Following the press conference, a crowd of concerned citizens – including members of Conservation Voters NM, The Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter and ProgressNowNM – marched up to the fourth floor and hand-delivered petitions to the Governor’s office to tell her that New Mexico needs the methane rule, and ProgressNow New Mexico was there to capture all of the action. The methane rule is a regulation implemented by the Bureau of Land Management that requires oil and natural gas producers to fix leaks and update equipment to prevent methane from flaring into the atmosphere. Read more: What is the Methane Rule? Last month, however, Gov. Martinez wrote a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to urge Congress to repeal the rule.

New Poll: 61% of NM voters oppose more corporate tax cuts (incl. a majority of Republicans). So why is Gov. Martinez against it?

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Specific Revenue Enhancements

The most popular revenue enhancement is an increase in the cigarette tax by $1.50 to $1.88 per pack. 82% of 2016 voters support this (71% strongly). 88% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans and 77% of independents support this proposal.  The strongest opposition came from just 14% of Republicans and 13% of independent voters.

New Poll: New Mexicans want legislature to tax wealthy, corps., cigarettes – not cut education, Medicaid or public safety

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Specific Proposals to Cut Budget Areas

63% of 2016 voters oppose cuts to Medicaid to balance the budget. Democrats most strongly hold this view (74% of Democrats oppose cuts) – but independent voters show a strong preference for opposing cuts: 65% oppose. 63% of 2016 voters oppose more cuts to public schools – with almost half of 2016 voters, 47%, strongly opposing this proposal (largest “strong oppose” number of any proposal tested).

Love (and Methane) is in the Air for Gov. Martinez

Governor Susana Martinez is in love. In love with oil and gas companies, that is. A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Martinez wrote a letter to U.S Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, urging Congress to repeal the “methane rule.”

She was referring, of course, to the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Reduction Rule, which seeks to “reduce the waste of natural gas from flaring, venting, and leaks from oil and gas production on public and Indian lands.”

This is alarming for a number of reasons, including the fact that three years ago NASA discovered a methane spot the size of Delaware hovering above the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico, home to tens of thousands of oil and gas wells. Martinez’s motives for doing this make no sense. The methane rule is a common sense regulation that protects the environment from careless oil and gas companies.

(After DeVos donated to her campaigns) Gov. Martinez wrote DeVos letter of recommendation for Trump education job

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, along with family and companies associated with her, donated at least $12,000 to Susana Martinez’s campaign for re-election in 2014.  Fast-forward to 2017 and DeVos became Donald Trump’s surprise nominee to head the US Dept. of Education and Martinez stepped in to help. On January 4, 2017 Gov. Susana Martinez ‘s name appeared on a letter of recommendation for Betsy DeVos published in the Investor’s Business Daily – a magazine for business leaders, not educators. “Betsy DeVos is the right person for the job.”