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  • New reality: Obama, GOP talk compromise, conflict

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a new willingness to yield to Republican demands on tax cuts and jettisoned a key energy priority on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he and fellow Democrats absorbed election losses so severe he called them a shellacking.

    But he bluntly swept aside any talk of repeal of his signature health care law — right after the House Speaker-in-waiting, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, vowed Republicans would do everything they could to wipe the legislation off the books.

  • Voter turnout statewide was 52 percent, matching 2006

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About half of New Mexico's registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

    Unofficial returns from the secretary of state's office showed about 599,000 people participated in Tuesday's election. That represents about 52 percent of New Mexico's voter registration.

    The rate of voter turnout matched the 2006 gubernatorial election, when not quite 569,000 voted. Turnout was 53 percent in 2002.

  • Gov.-elect Martinez shifts focus to governing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With a historic election behind her, Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez faced the daunting task Wednesday of assembling a team to run state government and deal with a looming budget shortfall when she takes office in less than two months.

    Martinez spent the day after her victory in planning meetings and starting to reach out to legislative leaders and other elected officials.

  • Republicans sweep council race

    Republicans won big last night across the nation, as well as in Los Alamos County. With four seats up for grabs and seven candidates, the winners were anyone’s guess, but by the end of election night, the voters were heard loud and clear.
    Three of the winners have served on council before. Frances Berting, Jim Hall and Geoff Rodgers are no strangers to Los Alamos County government. Local businessman Ron Selvage is a newcomer to council, but has been active in several community issues.

  • State roundup: NM makes national history

    Gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez rode the Republican tidal wave of victory into office in Tuesday’s general election with a solid 53.4 percent of the vote. Two-term Lt. Gov. Diane Denish lost her bid for governor, pulling just 46.3 percent in this year’s overall trend to replace Democratic incumbents at the local, state and national level.
    “Together we did all that we could to win this election … we came up short, but I hold my head up high…and you should, too,” Denish told supporters in her concession speech.

  • Voters move to square charter with state statutes

    Los Alamos voters gave a thumb’s up to all 11 proposed county charter amendments in Tuesday’s election. As a result, the Los Alamos County Charter will now become more consistent with state statutes.

  • Update 11-03-10

    Listening session
    The Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee will host a second public listening session regarding the Trinity Site project from 6-
    7:30 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Deadline extended

  • Murkowski, Miller set for another ballot showdown

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski began a drawn-out battle Wednesday for every ballot with her handwritten name, as her long-shot attempt to come back from a primary defeat forced Alaskans to choose between Sarah Palin's tea party and the state's long-time GOP establishment.

  • Republicans promise an era of limited government

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by a commanding House majority and Senate gains, Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to deliver on their "golden opportunity" to roll back the size of government and President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

  • Wallace wins reelection in tight Dist. 43 battle for NM House seat

    Long-time Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace, the District 43 Representative in the New Mexico House, retained her seat in Tuesday's election narrowly fending off a challenge from political newcomer Democrat Stephanie Richard.

    District 43

    25 of 25 precincts - 100 percent

    Jeannette Wallace, GOP (i) 5,516 - 51 percent

    Stephanie Richard, Dem 5,306 - 49 percent