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Luján Campaign Launches Voter Turnout Challenge

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico has launched a July 4th Voter Turnout Challenge to recruit New Mexicans to encourage their friends to vote in November’s election.

“From expanding access to affordable health care and growing economic opportunities for New Mexicans, to rebuilding our state from the COVID-19 crisis, the stakes are higher than ever this November – and so is our will for action,” Luján said. “This year, as we celebrate Independence Day, I’m calling on New Mexicans to channel this energy into


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Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


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RSF: Let’s Not Allow Beijing To Stifle Press Freedom

Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists.

The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, which is today, July 1, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down


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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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New Mexico State Auditor And Supreme Court Justice Issue Statement On Guardianship And Conservatorship Report

State Auditor Brian S. Colón

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — State Auditor Brian S. Colón with Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon, Thursday, shared the results of the pilot project for review of guardianship and conservatorship cases filed in District Courts.

The report comes as a result of an agreement entered into between the Office of the State Auditor and the Administrative Office of the Courts for audit, review, and compliance of guardians and conservators.

The Office of the State Auditor was engaged to independently identify risk factors and provide recommendations pertaining to guardianship


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New Mexico Delegation Applauds HUD Grant To Help Alleviate Risk Of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance.

The funds are part of the $4 billion in grant funding for emergency housing solutions


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Senate Bill 4 To Ensure Safe And Accessible November Elections

NMHD News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new bill Friday meant to guarantee public health precautions will be in place for all New Mexico voters for the upcoming November elections.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), establishes clear guidelines for the Secretary of State and county clerks to conduct safe and efficient elections despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the hurdles of holding elections in an ongoing pandemic, Senate Bill 4 contains provisions that require Personal Protection


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