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Gov. to howl for Lobos in Kansas

Gov. Susana Martinez will be supporting the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team in hostile territory tonight.

On Friday, the Republican governor traveled to Kansas, where she held a fundraiser for her gubernatorial re-election committee and spoke at a meeting of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican, also attended the chamber event.

This evening, Martinez and her husband, first gentleman Chuck Franco, will be in the crowd when the Lobos take on the nationally ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks in a highly anticipated showdown.

The governor is scheduled to return to New Mexico later tonight, her political adviser, Jay McCleskey, said Friday. Martinez’s re-election campaign will pay the travel costs for the Kansas trip, McCleskey told the Journal.

Martinez has traveled extensively out of state in recent months, holding campaign fundraisers in Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, among other places.

The governor reported having roughly $3.3 million in her campaign fund in October.

TURNING THE PAGE: Former state Sen. Dede Feldman will hold a party next week to mark her foray into the literary world.

At the event, Feldman, an Albuquerque Democrat, will sign copies of her book, which was published by the University of New Mexico Press and chronicles her 16 years in the New Mexico Legislature.

Feldman stepped down from her North Valley state Senate seat in 2012.

The roughly 300-page book is titled “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens.” The first copies of the book arrived Friday, she said.

The book-signing party will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday It will be held at a Downtown “pop-up” gallery at 105 Gold SW.

Feldman said she will also hold an official book launch in January.

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