Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor says the […]

Governor orders flags lowered

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Death penalty repeal has favorable callers

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People who have contacted the New Mexico Governor’s Office about the death penalty since Friday have supported repealing capital punishment by better than a 3-to-1 margin, according to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Richardson has until midnight today to act on a […]

Death penalty repeal up to governor

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death penalty with […]

Governor Appoints New ENMU Student Regent

PORTALES–Governor Bill Richardson has approved Robert Wachter as the new student regent at Eastern New Mexico University.

ENMU Gives Letter Jacket to Governor

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing […]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s […]

Mayor: Governor receptive to Hull overpass situation

CNJ Staff Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said a delegation of Clovis city officials and business owners secured support from Gov. Bill Richardson to reopen the Hull Street railroad overpass. The delegation, including the mayor, met with Richardson Friday to discuss the issue with the overpass. “(Richardson) was very supportive and knew that it needed to […]

Rotary governor to visit region

CNJ Staff The governor of Rotary District 5520 will make an official visit to the Rotary Clubs of Clovis, Melrose and Texico/Farwell this week. Gov. Tom Lindsay, a Deming real estate business owner and speech language pathologist, is coming to the area as part of his effort to visit all 68 clubs in the district […]

Governor Richardson’s Veterans Museum Task Force Seeks Ideas from Communities for New Veterans Museum

Public Meeting Schedule for July 30 in Albuquerque

Hanson Scott awarded for leadership

Governor Bill Richardson’s Director of Military Base Planning and Support, Hanson Scott Awarded for Outstanding Leadership Scott named 2008 Public Sector Official of the Year Award by the Association of Defense Communities

Tax-free weekend announced

Governor Bill Richardson Announces 4th Annual Back-To-School Tax Holiday

Governor and USAF Agree to Expand the Melrose Air Force Range

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

Governor to judge film festival

PORTALES — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has been added as a judge for Eastern New Mexico University’s High Plains Film Festival.

New York governor resigns in shadow of prostitution scandal

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Richardson signs $341 million capital outlay

CNJ staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill this morning allocating $341 million for capital improvements statewide, including more than $7.3 million in funding to the region. He also vetoed $580,000 in regional project requests, including a $350,000 request for a Clovis communications/administration building. The vetoes account for around 8 percent of […]

Richardson: No more Mr. Nice Guy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Think back to the great couples, their linked identities warming our hearts. So many come to mind. Elvis and Priscilla. Pebbles and Bam Bam. Sonny and Cher. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ike and Tina Turner. Al and Tipper. John Smith and Pocahontas. Ken and Barbie. Bill and Hillary. Bill […]