Denish Outspent Martinez in Campaign

Diane Denish
From the New Mexico Independent - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish outspent Gov.-elect Susana Martinez in the bitter gubernatorial race. Denish spent over $7 million on her bid to become governor while Martinez spent $6.7 million. Denish raised more than $335,000 in the campaign finance reporting period which began on October 27 and has more than $185,000 left in her campaign coffers. Martinez raised $312,000 and reported more than $100,000 left in her campaign treasury according to reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Read full story here:

Obamacare Ads:The Real Story

From the A new Judicial Watch investigation has found that President Obama spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a “misleading” propaganda campaign to help foster public support for his extremely unpopular “health care reform” law, also known as Obamacare. Using the Freedom of Information Act, our investigators obtained documents from the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith, which were deemed misleading by a number of press outlets, including the nonpartisan (but left-of-center) The new documents show the Obama administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the advertisements on national television in September and October of 2010 to educate “Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” More here

Barela Appointed Economic Development Secretary

Jon Barela
From - Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is nominating Republican businessman Jon Barela to be her administration’s secretary of economic development. A Martinez advisor confirmed that Barela will be the nominee. Martinez is set to make the formal announcement at 3 p.m. in Albuquerque. Barela, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., this year, is a past president of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, and a former vice chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. Read full story here:

Bureaucracies Will Fight Reforms

From the Santa Fe New Mexican - Restructuring state government by merging some agencies and eliminating others could save "tens of millions" of dollars, the director of the state Legislative Council Service said Friday. However, that's just a fraction of what the state needs to cover a projected budget shortfall. And the savings wouldn't be realized until future years, Raul Burciaga told the Legislative Finance Committee during a brief presentation on behalf of the Government Restructuring Task Force. Even if the recommended reshuffling of state operations becomes reality, the changes wouldn't be set in motion until next July. Burciaga also said lawmakers should expect a fight from any agency that might be under consideration for consolidation. Read full story here: