Wednesday News Roundup: NM Governor Issues Emergency Assistance Order

Jul 31, 2013

NM Governor Issues Emergency Assistance Order - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is making emergency assistance available in areas of New Mexico damaged by recent storms and flooding.

The governor issued an executive order on Tuesday that provides $500,000 to the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for a wide range of aid, including for emergency shelter, food and health care.

Martinez also directed the New Mexico National Guard to provide any needed assistance to local authorities.

The governor's order said there had been flood damage in parts of Guadalupe, Luna and Rio Arriba counties as well on the Navajo Nation, Santa Clara Pueblo and in areas of the state scarred by wildfires. The Albuquerque metropolitan area and neighboring counties were damaged by heavy rain and hurricane-force winds from a storm on Friday.

Udall Has $1.5M For NM Senate Re-Election Race - Associated Press

The latest fundraising disclosures show that Democratic Sen. Tom Udall has stockpiled $1.5 million so far for his re-election campaign next year.

Udall raised nearly $875,000 from April through June, and spent almost $264,000.

No Republican challenger has announced plans so far to run against Udall.

Udall's campaign cash balance of $1.5 million is the largest of any member of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports show Republican Rep. Steve Pearce with cash-on-hand of $758,000 in his re-election account at the end of June, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan had about $473,000 and first-term Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham had a campaign balance of nearly $201,000.

Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich, who won election last year, reported a balance of $156,000 in his campaign account.