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Legislative Twitterati

Your guide to the people and hashtags to follow for legislative session updates

January 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

Hashtag: The definitive hashtag for all things legislative, #nmleg includes posts by state lawmakers, lobbyists, reporters and gadflies. You can create a list to see all #nmleg updates using Twitter applications such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite. The election-related hashtag this year, #nm2012, has been retired; if your election fatigue isn’t too extreme, check out #nm2013.

News organizations: Most news organizations’ Twitter feeds are pretty self-explanatory:
@SantaFeReporter, @thenewmexican, @ABQJournal, @KOB4, @KRQE, @NMInFocus, @AbqBizFirst—you get the idea. Blogs worth following include Matthew Reichbach’s @NMTelegram; former Alibi news editors’ site @NMCompass; @NMwatchdog, @CapitolReportNM and @ClearlyNM. There’s also the Legislature itself (@NMLegislature), along with the Senate (@NMSenate), and state Democratic (@NMDEMS) and Republican (@newmexicogop) parties.

Reporters: Our totally unbiased list includes, um, yours truly (@aschirtz), SFR staff writers Justin Horwath (@JustinHorwath) and Joey Peters (@JoeyPeters) and intern Sterling Fluharty (@sterflu), as well as frequent contributors Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) and Peter St. Cyr (@Peter_StCyr). From other news outlets, follow KOB’s Gadi Schwartz (@GadiRoget); KNME's Matt Grubs (@MattGrubs); Capitol Report New Mexico’s Rob Nikolewski (@robnikolewski); KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel (@KUNMelaine) and Rita Dani
els (@RitaKUNM); Santa Fe New Mexican politics reporter Steve Terrell (@steveterrell); Albuquerque Journal reporters James Monteleone (@jmonteleone) and Dan Boyd (@DanBoydNM); KRQE’s Katie Kim (@katiemkim); Associated Press reporter Barry Massey (@bmasseyAP); Milan Simonich (@milansNMreport); Charlie Pabst (@charliepabst); veteran blogger Joe Monahan (@newsguy44); and longtime political reporters, now with the new nonprofit New Mexico in Depth, Trip Jennings (@trip_44) and Heath Haussamen (@haussamen).

Politicians, lobbyists and others: For local updates, follow Santa Fe’s state Sen. Peter Wirth (@senatorwirth) and state Rep. Brian Egolf (@BrianEgolf), both of whom are active Twitter users. Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Gwyneth Doland (@gwynethdoland) also frequently updates her status, as does local lobbying outfit Think New Mexico (@ThinkNewMexico). There's also @
0ccupyNewMexico and many others...we can't list 'em all.

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