It’s no surprise that articles about the presidential race were among NMPolitics.net’s most-read posts in 2016.
In fact, half of our most-read posts reported on the contentious battle between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Also among our most-read posts were stories that took us to Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Hobbs, and even Oregon, where a Southwestern New Mexico rancher renounced his federal grazing contract during a standoff at a wildlife refuge.
Here’s a rundown of the most-read articles we published in 2016.
TOP LOCAL AND STATE POSTS
Aug. 30 • The Las Cruces Public Schools released all 26 applications for the district’s open superintendent job in response to our records request — and we posted them online. Read it.
Jan. 24 • A rancher from Grant County in Southwestern New Mexico renounced his federal grazing contract during a protest held by an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Read it.
April 20 • Even if we have to swallow the bitter pill of paying for the trip, Hobbs would be better off if City Manager J.J. Murphy would go back to Italy – and stay there, Jeanie Coates wrote in this commentary. Read it.
May 24 • Some protests were peaceful. Some weren’t. Through it all, Trump was… Trump. He took shots at many people, including Gov. Susana Martinez. Read it.
Jan. 17 • Miguel Silva, a former Las Cruces city councilor who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2015, died in what police called an apparent suicide. He was 55. Read it.
TOP NATIONAL POSTS
Oct. 28 • Young people and independents were helping Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump remain competitive with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in New Mexico, a poll suggested in late October. Read it.
May 3 • New Mexico’s June 7 Republican presidential primary wouldn’t matter in the end, but for a time it appeared the state might see some attention. Read it.
Oct. 14 • The GOP presidential nominee may also have been dragging down Republican legislative candidates locked in a heated battle for control of the N.M. House of Representatives, polling in October suggested. Read it.
Nov. 4 • A once-comfortable lead for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New Mexico had all but evaporated, a series of surveys from ZiaPoll predicted days before Clinton won New Mexico. Read it.
Jan. 27 • Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called for legal action against the protesters and an end to the standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Read it.
Finally, an interesting note: My 2010 commentary, The Truth about the Baby Brianna bill, was viewed more than 2,500 times in 2016, six years after NMPolitics.net published it. That made it the 19th most-read post in 2016.
The commentary cut through the political spin to explain how the state toughened penalties for fatal child abuse in 2003. It was a topic of interest in 2016 because of several horrific crimes. A bill that would have further toughened child abuse penalties failed to gain approval during a special session of the N.M. Legislature in September and October.
Since publication, that 2010 commentary has been viewed more than 12,000 times.