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Udall ties for No. 1 most liberal

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Sen. Tom Udall’s voting record in 2012 put the New Mexico Democrat in a tie for the chamber’s “most liberal” member, according to the National Journal.

Udall shared the No. 1 designation with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Both senators scored a 90.7 percent liberal ranking in vote records compiled by National Journal, an independent publication.

The No. 1 ranking is a jump for Udall, who ranked No. 5 “most liberal” in the National Journal’s 2011 rankings.

And it means Udall ranked above many Democratic senators identified with liberal politics, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota and Sen. Dick Durbin, of Illinois.

Durbin and Franken tied for No. 3; Reid placed in a three-way tie for seventh.

Republican Sen. James Risch, of Idaho, was ranked “most conservative.”

The National Journal ratings released Wednesday listed only the top 15 most liberal and most conservative members from 2012. The ranking for former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat, was not released. National Journal said it would release its full chamber rankings today.

Udall was elected to the Senate in 2008, taking the seat of retiring Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. This year, Udall was tapped by Senate leadership to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, a highly sought after assignment.

— James Monteleone jmonteleone@abqjournal.com

Governors meet: Gov. Susana Martinez is headed to Washington, D.C., today for a four-day gathering of the National Governors Association.

Martinez also will meet with officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration to discuss funding for New Mexico’s national laboratories and keeping their missions intact, a Martinez spokesman said Wednesday.

She is scheduled to meet with U.S. Department of Education officials and attend events hosted by the Republican Governors Association, according to the Governor’s Office.

Martinez might miss out on a gubernatorial gathering with President Barack Obama and his wife on Sunday evening at the White House. That’s because Martinez is slated to return to New Mexico on Sunday.

— Dan Boyd
— This article appeared on page C3 of the Albuquerque Journal

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