Manny Aragon

Risky business: Naming buildings after New Mexico politicians

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Politics & Elections 1, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: A New Mexico state office building is named after a former governor who just got in big trouble with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked.

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Manny Aragon’s name to be scrubbed from school library

By   /  March 20, 2014  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  1 Comment

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE – It took five and a half years, but the name of one of New Mexico’s most infamous politicians no longer willgrace the façade at a local grade school in southeast Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, in a 6-0 vote with one abstention, decided Wednesday night […]

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Disgraced NM politician gets name scrubbed from school library

By   /  March 20, 2014  /  New Mexico, News, Politics, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

OOPS:  Convicted former state Sen. Manny Aragon has an elementary school library named after him. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to siphoning $4.2 million from the Metro Courthouse Construction project in Albuquerque. (AP Photo)

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE – It took five and a half years, but the name of one of New Mexico’s most infamous politicians no longer will grace the façade at a local grade school in southeast Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, in a 6-0 vote with one abstention, decided Wednesday night to […]

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New Mexico Watchdog’s Top 10 stories of 2013

By   /  December 26, 2013  /  Accountability, Ethics, Finances, Fraud, Local Government, New Mexico, News, Pensions, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: A glance at the Top 10 New Mexico Watchdog stories for 2013 is mostly a compendium of bad news for taxpayers across the state.

New Mexico taxpayers this past year saw little good, plenty of bad and a whole lot of ugly.

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New Mexico Watchdog’s Top 10 stories of 2013

By   /  December 25, 2013  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  8 Comments

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — New Mexico taxpayers this past year saw little good, plenty of bad and a whole lot of ugly.
A review of the Top 10 stories covered and uncovered by New Mexico Watchdog shows a parade of bad behavior and wasted money in the Land of Enchantment.
But to […]

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Ex-mayor of Columbus smuggles guns, keeps taxpayer-funded pension

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – A conviction for gun smuggling isn’t stopping a former Columbus mayor from getting nearly $17,000 a year in taxpayer-funded pension money, New Mexico Watchdog has learned.
The former mayor, Eddie Espinoza, was released from federal prison in late November three years early from a four-year sentence after […]

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