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Letter to the Editor: Perhaps Religious and Charitable Donations Shouldn't be Tax Deductible

on May 17, 2013 - 8:47am
By DON NEEPER
Los Alamos

Thurman Talley suggested (5/16/13 Los Alamos Daily Post) any 501c organization that made political contributions should lose its tax-exempt status.
 
At the risk of seeming obstreperous, I'll make a bolder suggestion. Although charitable and religious organizations themselves should not be taxed, perhaps donations to such organizations should not be tax-deductible.
 
Why should other citizens collectively have to pay more tax just because I choose to donate to my favorite charity or church?

Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
By THURMAN TALLEY
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!

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In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.

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Republicans Meet at 7 p.m. Thursday

on May 15, 2013 - 7:56am

GOP News:

All members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the Party Central Committee Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Room 220 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Guest speaker will be State Party Chairman John Billingsley. Accompanying him will be Bernadette Granger, one of the state headquarters staffers.

Billingsley was the campaign chairman of Steve Pearce in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

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Udall Addresses DOJ's Collection of AP Records, IRS Targeting and Mineral Royalties Bill

on May 15, 2013 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed legislation he's introducing with Wyoming's senators to protect New Mexico’s mineral royalties from sequestration cuts.
 
He also expressed strong concern over the Department of Justice’s collection of Associated Press phone records and reacted to reports that the IRS targeted groups based on political ideology.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 – Udall

Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

on May 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With graduation season underway, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans.

Luján Cosponsors Bill to Protect New Mexico Royalty Payments from Sequester Cuts

on May 15, 2013 - 6:51am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined with a number of Representatives from Western states to introduce legislation that protects state mineral royalty payments from cuts due to the sequester.

The States Mineral Protection Act allows states the option of directly collecting their share of federal mineral royalties under the Mineral Leasing Act.

Regional Coalition Pleased with DOE Reprogramming Request for LANL Clean Up Funding

on May 14, 2013 - 12:41pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FEThe Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is pleased to announce that New Mexico is one step closer to receiving critical federal funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House sent a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

Democrats Meet Thursday May 16

on May 12, 2013 - 9:12am

LADP News:

The Los Alamos Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the UNM-Los Alamos Student Center, Building Two.

The group will watch a short video by Bill Moyers, “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership.”

According to Moyers, behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am

NM DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Udall, Hirono, Polis Introduce Bill to Support Pregnant and Parenting Students

on May 9, 2013 - 11:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Measure Would Help Teen Parents Graduate and Become College or Career Ready
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark National Teen Pregnancy Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have joined with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to introduce a bill that would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face unique challenges staying in school and graduating ready for college or a career.
 
Each year in the U.S., approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of

Governor Views Progress of 3706 TRU Waste Campaign at LANL

on May 8, 2013 - 5:33pm

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking today at TA-55 during her visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory to receive an update of the 3706 TRU Waste Campaign. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

Jeff Mousseau, LANL Environmental Programs Directorate leader speaking during today's press briefing at TA-54 with Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

 

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
 
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

Thursday's "Lunch with a Leader" Features JJAB Speakers

on May 4, 2013 - 7:11am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters' monthly "Lunch with a Leader" will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it's founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police chief for 10

New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

on May 2, 2013 - 8:06am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.
 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
 
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency for the U.S.

Republican Women Meet May 9

on May 2, 2013 - 8:00am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its May meeting at noon Thursday, May 9 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr.

Guest speaker will be Elaine Miller, president of New Mexico Federated Republican Women. She will speak on the topic, "Why Be Federated?" 

Following this meeting, members may join Miller for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Reservations are required. Contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations.

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Public Invited to Talk on Electoral Redistricting Saturday

on April 26, 2013 - 9:26am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos invites the community to attend a potluck lunch provided by League members at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. 

Following the lunch, at 12:30 p.m., Michael Sharp, Vice President at Research & Polling, will give a talk on “Redistricting: Process and Principles.”

He will discuss the recently completed redistricting process in New Mexico and will provide information on the principles that impact how election district boundaries are created. 

Sharp leads the redistricting efforts at the

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Holds Town Hall Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 7:54am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard addresses the crowd gathered for her town hall meeting at Betty Ehart Center Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff report

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

More than 30 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos chapter of the AARP.

Garcia Richard gave a presentation on the 2013 legislative session outcomes.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses outcomes of the 2013 legislative session. Courtesy photo

 

Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

on April 20, 2013 - 10:01pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.

Sens.

Local GOP Elects New Officers

on April 19, 2013 - 2:41pm

Newly elected Chairman Robert Gibson of the Los Alamos County Republican Party. Courtesy photo

New GOP Officers elected Thursday include from left, Lawry Mann - 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack - Secretary, Norma
Tech - Treasurer, Robert Gibson - Chairman and Bill McKerley - 1st Vice Chair. Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos elected its 2013-2014 officers during its County Convention held Thursday evening at UNM-LA.

Robert Gibson was elected Chairman, Bill McCurley is 1st Vice Chair, Lawry Mann was elected 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack is the new Secretary and Norma
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Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

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