• Oklahoma crisis offers opportunity for hapless Democrats

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma state budget has been cut so deeply that two elementary schools in state Rep. Jason Dunnington’s district can no longer afford to pay for art teachers. A hospital is struggling after lawmakers axed a fund for uncompensated care.

  • New Mexico governor, Democrats meet over budget stalemate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes remain the hurdle as New Mexico lawmakers prepare to return to the state capitol next week to hash out a budget compromise to ensure higher education and other government services are funded starting July 1.

  • Democrats hope college voters sway congressional election

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the weeks leading up to Montana’s special congressional election, Democrat Rob Quist and his surrogates fanned out across college campuses throughout the state, hoping to tap into a trove of progressive votes in a place where conservative values are as sturdy as the nearby Rocky Mountains.

  • Republicans propose fix for New Mexico state budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Tuesday outlined a proposal to resolve the state’s budget crisis by suspending construction projects and withdrawing money from a state pension fund.

  • Native American Dem leader running for congressional seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former leader of the New Mexico Democratic Party is officially running for an open congressional seat and hopes to become the nation’s first Native American congresswoman.