— AARP New Mexico is encouraging citizens to vote in the June 5 primary elections. New Mexico’s political landscape could greatly change this fall, as Republican Gov. Susana Martinez concludes her eighth year in office. Two sitting members of Congress are vying for the governor’s seat, leaving their congressional seats open. In addition, the November ballot will include contested races for two incumbent Democrats, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben R. Luján. “As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not …

— State Legislators in Santa Fe are facing some difficult financial decisions as budget projections of $232 million in new money have dwindled to $30 million. As the debate gets ready to enter the Senate, AARP New Mexico is watching budget negotiations to ensure that senior services and programs are maintained. “We know that finances are tight and some kind of balance has to be struck,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.  “AARP’s concern is a number of programs …