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One million+ Consumers Call On DOJ To Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger

on November 21, 2017 - 7:38am
FOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 1 million petition signatures were delivered last week by farming, consumer and environmental groups  to the U.S. Department of Justice calling on the department to block the proposed merger of Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON).
The signatures were delivered as two new reports revealed irreversible impacts from the merger on consumers and farmers.
Today, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs and the Open Markets Institute released analysis, “Bayer-Monsanto Merger: Big Data, Big Agriculture, Big Problems”, which explores the implications of a combined

Governor Susana Martinez Announces First-Year Results From DWI Court Monitoring Initiative

on November 21, 2017 - 7:31am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that more than one-third of DWI cases monitored by the state during the first year of the DWI court monitoring initiative – aimed to shed light on how DWI cases are handled – were dismissed.
Martinez also announced ways the state plans to help with the adjudication of DWI cases.
“It is unacceptable to continue to let people off the hook for drunk driving,” Martinez said. “We must send the message to all New Mexicans that if you get behind the wheel intoxicated you will face the consequences in court for your actions.

Governor Unveils TV Ad Warning Consequences Of Drunk Driving

on November 21, 2017 - 7:29am
SANTA FE  Nov. 17, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a new TV ad to fight DWI in New Mexico warning drivers of what could happen if they drive drunk.
Martinez also announced an increase in law enforcement presence on New Mexico’s roads and highways to crackdown on DWI and other dangerous driving habits throughout the holiday season.
“I will not stop fighting to end DWI in our state. It’s been a problem for too long and it is 100 percent preventable,” Martinez said. “It’s easy – make the decision not to drink and drive, every time.”
The new ad is available online here

Pearce: House Reforms Flood Insurance Program

on November 21, 2017 - 7:03am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
“The National Flood Insurance Program was created to better protect homeowners and businesses in high-risk flood zones because the private market simply wasn’t able to do it. Unfortunately, after 50 years, this program has become financially unstable and is in desperate need of reform.

Governor Announces 2017 New Mexico True Heroes

on November 21, 2017 - 6:53am

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday the 2017 New Mexico True Heroes at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. From left, Jamar Cotton, Debbie Torres, Mike Torres, Donovan Smith, Winnie Keller, Gov. Susana Martinez, Sec. Rebecca Latham and Jeff Siembieda. Courtesy photo

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday the 2017 New Mexico True Heroes, five New Mexicans devoted to making New Mexico a better place to live, work and raise a family.

“Our 2017 New Mexico True Heroes are leaders in their communities and work hard day in and day out to make our state a wonderful place to call

Udall Welcomes Los Lunas Facebook Data Center Expansion Announcement

on November 20, 2017 - 11:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed Facebook’s announcement Nov. 14 that it will triple the size of its Los Lunas data center, with plans to construct a total of six buildings and invest more than $1 billion in the project: 
“Facebook’s announcement is a testament to what New Mexico can accomplish when we work together to harness the unique strengths of our state and our workforce.

New Mexico House Republicans Push For DA And Law Enforcement Funding

on November 20, 2017 - 11:04am

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Today, House Republican Representatives Gentry, Adkins, Maestas Barnes, Smith, Hall and Rehm sent a letter to the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) urging them to increase funding for the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s office and state law enforcement agencies.

In his testimony before the LFC in September 2017, 2nd Judicial District Attorney Raul Torrez informed the committee that though nearly 48 percent of that state’s violent crimes and 70 percent of auto thefts occur in the 2nd Judicial District, his office receives only 27 percent of the funds allotted to New

Governor Martinez Announces Seventh Straight Record-Breaking Year For Economic Impact Of Tourism

on November 20, 2017 - 10:18am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  Nov. 16, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that in 2016 the tourism industry generated the largest economic impact in state history for the seventh consecutive year, injecting $6.4 billion into New Mexico’s economy.
This represents a 2.1 percent increase over 2015, or $133 million more, and equates to nearly $730,600 spent by visitors to New Mexico every hour last year.

“Tourism plays a vital role in diversifying our state’s economy,” Martinez said.