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An Environmentalist’s Guide To The Midterm Elections

Emma Loewe | mbg Sustainability Editor On Tuesday, November 6, Americans will head out to the polls to decide on 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, and plenty of local measures. (This is a good time to make sure: You’re voting, right?) It’s already shaping up to be a historic race across many categories—including the [read more…]

CVNM Invests Over $2 million to Elect Pro-Conservation Candidates

TO: Interested Parties FROM: Demis Foster, Executive Director, Conservation Voters New Mexico DATE: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 RE: UPDATE – FINAL COUNTDOWN TO 2018 NM GENERAL ELECTION CONTACT: Liliana Castillo | 505-819-7508 | In the 2018 election cycle thus far, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) invested over $2 million to elect Michelle Lujan Grisham [read more…]

Why Big Money Is Being Pumped Into A Small New Mexico Race

Nathan Rott | NPR A little-known political race in New Mexico is drawing big money and attention from national environmental groups, and oil, gas and mining interests, in the lead-up to next week’s midterm elections. The race for the state’s next land commissioner, a position that oversees an area larger than 9 U.S. states, is [read more…]

Texas Super-PAC Attacking New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

Carol A. Clark | Los Alamos Daily Post For the past two months, New Mexicans watching television have been inundated with Super PAC funded political ads attacking or supporting various candidates. One Texas-based PAC calling themselves “New Mexico Strong” has focused exclusively on the usually quiet race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, spending millions of [read more…]

Environmentalists, Oil Producers Eye NM Land Commissioner Race

Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The surge of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico in the past 18 months also has led to a surge of influence spending in the race for the next Commissioner of Public Lands. Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero all [read more…]

Five Midterm Votes That Could Have an Outsize Impact on Climate Change

“The New Mexico land commissioner is the most powerful land manager in the country,” said Demis Foster, executive director of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “They oversee more lands like this than anywhere else and we have the largest methane cloud possibly on Earth.”

Lyons endorsement makes little sense

“By the standards that the newspaper has articulated in every other endorsement, Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard is a much better fit.”

NM Voters Face Tough Choice Over Diversification of State’s Economy

Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A rebound in New Mexico’s volatile oil and gas industry under the Trump administration is a major driver in next month’s governor’s race. Democratic candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised to deliver a “renewable-energy economy” and 50 percent renewable production in the state by 2030. Republican [read more…]

Environmental PAC targets Lyons in land race

Dan McKay | Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE — New Mexicans can expect to hear an awful lot more on TV about the race to serve as New Mexico’s next land commissioner. It’s already expected to be one of the closest contests on the ballot this year, with Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Pat Lyons [read more…]

Top PAC donors in New Mexico focus on oil, environment

By Andrew Oxford | Santa Fe New Mexican Stephanie Garcia Richard had a warning of sorts. At a forum for land commissioner candidates during the Democratic Party’s primary election earlier this year, she told the audience the race for that easily overlooked office would get expensive. The oil and gas industry would spend big, said [read more…]