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Lujan Grisham Urges Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With 1.3 million Americans losing all of their federal unemployment insurance Dec. 28, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, is urging an extension of the program.

Friday, she announced that she is cosponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R.3546), legislation that would extend the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through the end of 2014. In addition to the 6,000 long-term unemployed New Mexicans who are slated to lose their unemployment insurance Saturday, an

Proposed Bills Require Oversight and Competitive Bid for Behavioral Health Contractors

on December 26, 2013 - 10:50am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico's Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHSC) has endorsed legislation, which requires more transparency and accountability of performing behavior health audits and secures avenues to keep in-state providers in business, while tightening up procurement policy.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-17 Bernalillo, proposed the bills as a result of the behavioral health audit catastrophe this year, implementing a freeze of Medicaid dollars to 14 behavioral health providers throughout the state.

"It has become abundantly clear there is need for

Luján, Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Seeds

on December 25, 2013 - 11:10am

Courtesy/nativeseeds.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, N.M.-03 and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, both members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, have introduced legislation to help preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3782) would allow tribes, working in conjunction with qualified research entities, to obtain grants from the U.S.

New Episode Released of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

on December 25, 2013 - 10:45am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Public Access Program Provides Information About Udall’s Work in the U.S. Senate on Behalf of New Mexicans
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released a new episode of “The Udall Update,” a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what’s happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
 
The 30-minute episode, which airs on Udall’s YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.

Los Alamos Residents Meet GOP Candidate David Clements Running For 2014 Senate Race

on December 21, 2013 - 7:24am
U.S. senatorial candidate David Clements. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Community members listen to senatorial candidate David Clements discuss his platform at the Fusion Cafe Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
STAFF REPORT

U.S. Senatorial David Clements traveled to Los Alamos Friday to meet local residents at a gathering at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters in Mari Mac Plaza.

Clements is the Republican front runner for the 2014 senate race against Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. His Facebook page says he is a constitutional conservative.

Clements launched his campaign

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Commends New Mexico Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on December 20, 2013 - 9:49am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, issued the following statement Thursday with regard to the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage:

"Despite countless efforts made by County Clerks throughout New Mexico, I am proud that New Mexico will join the other 16 states who have legalized same-sex marriage and would like to commend the New Mexico Supreme Court for upholding the State's anti-discrimination provisions in the constitution and outlawing any further discrimination of

Udall: Budget Bill Good for New Mexico

on December 20, 2013 - 8:44am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON. D.C. — Wednesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the full Senate in voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which was approved by a vote of 64-36. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week by a bipartisan vote of 332-94.

Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been fighting for budget certainty and an end to the devastating sequestration cuts, which have disproportionately hurt New Mexico. He issued the following statement:

"While the budget bill is not exactly what I would have written,

Senatorial Candidate David Clements Visiting Los Alamos Friday to Meet Community Members

on December 19, 2013 - 7:42pm

Candidate David Clements

POLITICAL News:

David Clements, the Republican front runner for the 2014 Senate race against Tom Udall, will be visiting Los Alamos for the first time in his campaign to meet with and speak to local supporters and other interested parties at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20.

The event is at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters, free of charge and will provide complimentary coffee.

What:

David Clements Los Alamos Meet and Greet

Where:

Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters

723 Central Ave., Los Alamos

When:

Friday, Dec. 20

5:15-6:15 p.m.


 

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Talks Business at Governor's Mansion

on December 19, 2013 - 7:46am

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos, left, with Gov. Susana Martinez who is holding a guest's 9-month-old John Marie Mason who fell asleep in her arms during Tuesday night's Christmas Party at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe. Area business people and educators were invited to attend the event, which included dinner and piano music. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Gov. Susana Martinez's Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos and Cabinet Secretary Ed Burckle of the General Service Department at a Christmas party Tuesday night at the

Heinrich: Declassify Report Detailing CIA's Interrogation Program

on December 18, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is calling for a full and transparent accounting of the CIA's interrogation program and full declassification of the committee's study on the program.

Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the study, which is a 6,000-page comprehensive review of the Bush administration's CIA interrogation program based on a documentary review of more than 6 million pages of CIA and other records.

During the confirmation hearing

Udall, Rubio Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education

on December 18, 2013 - 7:39am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., introduced a bill that would give Hispanic-serving colleges and universities increased access to a grant program designed to encourage more students to pursue historic and cultural preservation. The program is similar to one already available to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and nontribal colleges with a high enrollment of Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities

Udall Statement on NSA Phone Surveillance Program

on December 17, 2013 - 7:55am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, responded to the D.C. District Court ruling regarding the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program.

Udall has long pushed for reforms that would balance national security with Americans’ constitutional rights, including the USA FREEDOM Act to end the bulk collection of phone records, and two bills to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts.

He has also led a bipartisan push to ask for an independent investigation of these programs by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Republican Women Hold Christmas Luncheon

on December 17, 2013 - 7:53am
Pictured are Frances Fernandes (SFFRW President), Donna Macdonald, Crystal Dufresne (Treasurer), Mary Wilhoit (LAFRW President), Fran Berting, Mary Brooks, Terry Marzili, Cathy Walters (Secretary), Lisa Shin & daughter, Ellie Giovanielli, Jane Gordon and Margaret Harrach. (Not pictured, Alice Mann and Adeline M. Lundin.) Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women held an end of the year Christmas luncheon Dec. 12 at the home of Lawry and Alice Mann. 

Included in the agenda were a 2013 Year-in-Review, and a collection of gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program to which

Volunteers Place Wreaths at Santa Fe National Cemetery

on December 15, 2013 - 8:51am

 

Military personnel gather at Saturday's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Snata Fe National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers. Photo by Diane Swan

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall honors fallen military personnel during Saturday's ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Diane Swan

 

Photo by Diane Swan

Staff Report

Remembering fallen military, one wreath at a time, volunteers from across the area including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, SOC Los Alamos and local community partners, sponsored holiday wreaths for a military gravesite at the Santa Fe National

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Bill

on December 14, 2013 - 7:22am
Organ Mountains scenery. Courtesy/Henrich's Office

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve some of Doña Ana County’s most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region’s tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to conserve, protect and enhance scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. 

The new monument would be managed by the

White Sands Expansion Provision Included in Defense Authorization Act

on December 14, 2013 - 6:37am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

"I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together to support this important provision for

Luján Addresses Budget Vote

on December 13, 2013 - 8:28am

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 released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

"While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico.

Governor’s Proposal Would Raise Starting Teacher Salaries

on December 12, 2013 - 9:41am

STATE News:

Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced proposals to better recruit, retain, and compensate new teachers, as well as reward teachers and school leaders whose students are achieving strong academic growth in the classroom.

Martinez’s plan would increase the minimum base starting salary for teachers in New Mexico by 10 percent and allow every school district to propose a plan to utilize new state funding to provide significant financial rewards to its high-performing teachers and school leaders.

“Teaching is an honorable profession," Martinez said.

Udall: Filibuster Rule Change Reducing Senate Gridlock

on December 12, 2013 - 7:17am

Sen Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON —Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. praised the confirmation of Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since changing its rules to prohibit filibusters of executive branch and judicial nominees, other than those to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since 2009, Udall has led the fight in the Senate to cut through gridlock, and he said Millett's confirmation by a vote of 56-38 is evidence that the Senate is finally working again when it comes to these

Affordable Care Act to Increase Access to Mental Health Benefits

on December 11, 2013 - 4:05pm

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted recent data that shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding mental health and substance use disorder benefits for approximately 60 million Americans - including approximately 403,000 New Mexicans. This expansion of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders is one of the largest in a generation.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies in the individual and small group market are required for the first time to cover mental health and substance use disorder

Governor Launches Heroes to Highways Program to Help Returning Veterans

on December 11, 2013 - 8:07am

STATE News:

  • Governor’s Program Eases Transition to Civilian Workforce for Qualified Veterans

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announces that the new Heroes to Highways Program, helping returning veterans obtain New Mexico commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) more easily, will officially start today, Wednesday Dec. 11. Heroes to Highways will recognize military transportation credentials to help veterans, as well as Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, obtain employment in the civilian workforce.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Dec. 13

on December 10, 2013 - 8:11am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is holding its Regular Business Meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the City of Santa Fe Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe.

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at http://regionalcoalition.org.

The Regional Coalition is comprised of eight cities and counties surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.) Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

New Job Training Program for Prison Inmates

on December 10, 2013 - 7:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new program to provide job training for prison inmates. This program will have inmates repair and refurbish broken wheelchairs and bicycles, and send them to those in need.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has partnered with Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. The non-profit organization will provide the broken wheelchairs, and active gang members at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (SNMCF) will refurbish the wheelchairs.

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