What New Mexico’s state Legislature looks like

The average lawmaker in America is a “white, male, Protestant baby boomer with a graduate degree and a business background,” according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. In short, the establishment looks a lot like it always has. And the status quo is extremely difficult to change. Incumbency is the one thing that most certainly determines whether a legislative candidate will win. An incumbent who is good at raising money won 94 percent of the time, according to a national analysis of 2013-2014 legislative races conducted by The National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Former Sen. Griego Charged with Bribery, Fraud in sale of State Building

AG Hector Balderas has charged former state Sen. Phil Griego with fraud, bribery, solicitation, tampering with records and “violating the ethical principles of public service.” He’s also charged with defrauding other brokers out of what should have been their share of a commission. A judge will decide if there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

White House Releases Open-Data Budget

The White House released the President’s budget in an open source format, meaning citizens can explore an interactive, visual budget online. Although several other states do this, New Mexico does not.

Independents Lose Bid for Open Primaries

A plan to amend the state Constitution to let independents vote in primaries was tabled Monday by the House Judiciary Committee. A plan to amend the state Constitution to let independents vote in primaries was tabled Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.