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Andrew Beale

Andrew Beale

Andrew Beale has 15 years of reporting experience, starting with the UNM Daily Lobo. He's reported for national and international publications including the New York Times, Vice and al-Jazeera from locations as far-flung as Portland and Palestine. He has a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and he resides in Southern California.

Otero County votes 2-1 to approve primary results

By: - June 17, 2022

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin avoided jail time for participating in the Capitol riot at his federal sentencing today, and hours later voted to defy a New Mexico Supreme Court order directing the Otero County Commission to approve the vote count from the June 7 primary.  Griffin was the lone no vote on the council […]

Couy Griffin sentenced to time served, meaning no more jail time

By: - June 17, 2022

Otero County commissioner Couy Griffin avoided more jail time at a federal court sentencing hearing Friday for his role in the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced Griffin to 14-days in jail, but since he spent more time than that in pretrial detention he will not be incarcerated, according […]

NM Supreme Court steps in after Otero County refuses to certify primary results

By: - June 16, 2022

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Otero County Commission to certify the results of the 2022 primary election, after commissioners voted unanimously Monday against doing so. The Otero County Commission is required by state law to certify the election results within 10 days of the election, unless it is able to find […]

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Report finds at least 12 NM legislators joined extremist Facebook groups

By: - June 3, 2022

A report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights found 875 sitting state lawmakers are current or former members of extremist or conspiracy-minded Facebook groups, including 12 New Mexico legislators.  All of the NM legislators identified in the report are Republicans. The report notes that there may be more legislators across the […]

Out-of-state donations pour into governor’s campaign

By: - May 27, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has accepted nearly $700,000 in high-value contributions from donors listing their residence as outside of New Mexico during the primary election cycle. Between Oct. 5 and May 2, the governor received 67 donations of $10,000 or more from donors listing their address as out-of-state, for a total of $692,400. This is […]

State risks losing federal money if it’s not spent soon

By: - April 28, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has allocated more than $26 billion in funding to New Mexico, but much of that money has yet to be spent, and some of it could be lost if the state government fails to appropriate it, the Legislative Finance Committee heard Wednesday. This includes more than […]