Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Roxana Valverde

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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The empire strikes back: Saudi Arabia takes on U.S. shale

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on U.S. shale oil producers in an attempt to protect its share of the global market.

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Decision time for the Valles Caldera ‘experiment’

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A decision looms over the future of the Valles Caldera, which taxpayers acquired for $101 million 14 years ago and pay $3.5 million a year to maintain

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Schools from modest NM communities hold their own in statewide rankings

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A number of New Mexico schools from communities where household income is below the state median scored highly in rankings compiled by a national website.

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NM Obamacare officials mum on signup goals

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Open enrollment for Obamacare individual policies started Saturday but New Mexico officials won’t say what their target goals are for signups.

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Oil prices may go back up — and that’s good news for New Mexico

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Oil prices are dropping fast but an energy forecaster predicts the price is heading back to a level that will ensure New Mexico producers will keep pumping.

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