The Democratic Governor’s Association was first to flag this interview with Gov. Martinez over her FBI investigation. It’s odd that Fox News would trip up a national Republican leader with a simple question, but that’s exactly what happened today. Maybe that’s because she hadn’t gotten much practice answering these questions from her hometown news sources who should be doing a much better job of digging … Continue reading Fox News just tripped up Gov. Martinez with a question about her FBI investigation(s)
Your wait at MVD is about to get a lot longer if a driver’s license proposal supported by Governor Martinez passes the state legislature this January, a national report of state legislatures says.
Earlier this year, the federal Department of Homeland Security gave notice that it would not approve a new extension of time for New Mexico to implement federal REAL ID guidelines. Federal officials warn that if New Mexico does not take steps to implement a system to create a REAL ID-compliant ID option for New Mexicans, state licenses may not be accepted to board airplanes or to enter some high-security federal facilities starting in 2016.
The governor has sparred with legislative leaders for years over a solution.
Despite assurances that “REAL ID authorizes states to issue cards that are not compliant with the Act,” Governor Martinez, backed by a majority of Republicans in the State House, insist that they won’t consider any REAL ID law that does not also include a repeal of current policy allowing the issuance of licenses to certain undocumented drivers.
Recognizing the looming REAL ID deadline, Republican and Democrat leaders in the State Senate passed a fix with overwhelming bi-partisan support (35-5) in 2015.
That bill allows New Mexicans to keep the licenses they currently have, but creates a new, optional REAL ID compliant ID available for those who need the federal REAL ID to access high-security locations.
Under the Senate plan, New Mexicans whose current licenses work just fine for getting to the grocery store or church don’t have to do anything new at all.
“More than double” lines at MVD
The governor’s proposal – which adds an additional requirement not mandated by the federal government – means that every New Mexican would have to produce additional documents, take new pictures and submit new signatures to a network of federal databases in order to receive a new New Mexico license, a report from the non-partisan National Council on State Legislatures found.
“To comply with the requirement that all DL/ID (Driver’s license or identification) card holders re-verify their identity with the state, individuals must gather and present all their identification documents, which may more than double the length of time they spend at their DMVs,” the report concludes.
“This standard will require an in-person visit by every current DL/ID holder as well as new applicants to review and verify all required identification documents and re-document information for the new license including place of principal residence, new photographs and new signatures.”
When the FBI knocks on your door, they aren’t usually dropping by to borrow a cup of sugar. That’s why it is a really big deal when a sitting governor admits that she and “others” in her administration were interviewed. And donors have a habit of closing their checkbooks when your receipt comes with a subpoena. Yet, Susana forges ahead. Next week she heads to … Continue reading Susana’s no good, horrible, very bad week
To: Interested Parties Fr: ProgressNow New Mexico RE: The Gov.’s bad week A long-rumored federal investigation into campaign funds and fundraisers for New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez were confirmed late last Friday, advanced primarily by the Santa Fe New Mexican and New Mexico Political Report ( a new non-profit news outlet we seeded in 2015 to expand reporting on politics and elections in NM). As … Continue reading Strategy Memo: Moving the Martinez/McCleskey FBI story forward
In less than 10 days, Gov. Martinez is scheduled to attend the Republican Governor’s Association meeting in Las Vegas. She is the odds-on favorite to be selected as chair to follow scandal-plagued Chris Christie’s term. But the allegations being investigated by the FBI involve not only Jay McCleskey, the governor’s campaign operative and strategist, but also the governor’s 2011 inauguration which included McCleskey’s wife as … Continue reading Here are 8 headlines Susana Martinez really needs to go away
update: On the fourth day of the story, the Albuquerque Journal finally acknowledged the investigation. The Journal’s investigative reporter covering the story also gave a big chunk of his column pointing fingers at the former Democratic Party chair and his staffer being sued by the governor’s top aides for an unrelated email hacking scandal. Since New Mexico news outlets started reporting on the ongoing US … Continue reading Will the Albuquerque Journal cover the FBI investigation into their conservative friends?
A long-rumored FBI investigation into funders and fundraisers connected to Gov. Susana Martinez came to light over the past 24-hours as reporters began confirming that federal agents had interviewed and taken evidence from former Martinez donors and appointees. Read the latest from The New Mexico Political Report here: Report: Guv’s fundraising under FBI scrutiny (Nov. 7. 2015) Earlier this year, as politicos were focussed on (now former) … Continue reading Finance reports show GOP candidates, PACs paying large legal retainers as FBI investigation into Martinez/McCleskey goes forward
18 votes made the difference in yesterday’s elections in Las Cruces. But when all the votes were counted, the Las Cruces Sun-News ran this headline: “Progressives win in tight City Council races” Las Cruces Sun-News While incumbent Mayor Ken Miyagishima was cruising to an easy victory in his three-way race for mayor, the three City Council races were running neck-and-neck throughout the night. In the … Continue reading “Victory for progressives” in Las Cruces; “Candidates backed by ProgressNow won, while candidates backed by [Big Oil & Corporate PACs] lost”