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Sen. Linda Lopez Introduces Bill to Halt Implementation of Common Core State Standard

on February 5, 2014 - 8:54am


Lack of Public Participation, Inadequate Fiscal Impact and For-Profit Educational Industrial Complex Pressures Cited

SANTA FE – Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Bernalillo introduced Senate Bill 296 that, if enacted, would halt the state’s implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) until an in-depth fiscal analysis and broad public outreach is accomplished.

The bill also withdraws New Mexico from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) testing consortium.

Appointed Councilor David Izraelevitz Will Seek Election

on February 5, 2014 - 8:10am
Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses his candidacy this morning on KRSN. Photo by Nancy Coombs
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz announced this morning on KRSN that he will seek election to the council seat he was appointed to three years ago after Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed Jim Hall to fill a vacancy in House Dist. 43. That seat was held by Rep. Jeannette Wallace who died from an illness.

"It has been an honor to represent the people of Los Alamos County for the last three years," Izraelevitz said.

Sheriff Marco Lucero Announces Intent for Re-Election

on February 4, 2014 - 11:21am

Sheriff Marco Lucero riding his Tennessee Walker 'Cavalier' in the 2013 County Rodeo. Photo by Larry Lamsa


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he is running for a second four-year term.

"The reasons I choose to run for re-election are similar to the reasons that I ran initially," Lucero said.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Council Chair Geoff Rodgers Announces Candidacy for House District 43

on February 3, 2014 - 9:56am
House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers today announced his candidacy for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43.

"I'm a pragmatic, problem solving elected official with a proven track record of reaching across the aisle," Rodgers said during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Rodgers, 52, is in his second term on the Los Alamos County Council. He served 2001 to 2004, was elected again in November 2010 and last month his peers elected him to a second consecutive term as chair.

Heinrich Statement on House Republicans' Immigration Reform Principles

on February 3, 2014 - 5:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the new set of principles on immigration reform put forward by House Republican leaders:

"The lack of consensus among House Republicans on immigration reform has been disappointing, so I'm encouraged by the recent progress made toward finding common ground and common sense solutions. I'm especially pleased that there's consensus that we need to provide a special pathway to citizenship to DREAMers.

"But the reality is, passing immigration reform is long overdue.

New Mexico Man Nominated to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on February 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Norman C. Bay


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney, has been nominated to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC.)

Bay is currently the director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC, a position he has held since 2009. 

"Norman is an outstanding example of excellence in public service. I look forward to working with him on the energy challenges facing New Mexico and the nation.

House Highlights For Week Ending Jan. 31

on February 1, 2014 - 9:09am


House Highlights for the week ending Jan. 31:

In Committee

House Bill 13 School Equalization Guarantee “Local Revenue,” sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo-19) received a Do Pass without recommendation. HB 13 proposes revisions to the definition of “local revenue” for calculating a school district’s state equalization guarantee distribution under NMSA 1978, Section 22-8-25. HB 13’s inclusion of  new language clarifies the calculation by explicitly requiring any local taxes, whether authorized or not, to be incorporated into the SEG distribution.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome PILT Extension in Farm Bill

on January 31, 2014 - 7:59am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that the Farm Bill conference report, made public last night, includes one year of funding for the critical Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. The news provides relief for rural counties in New Mexico, which face major budget cuts if PILT is not extended.

The senators were among a bipartisan coalition who wrote to Farm Bill negotiators to request an extension of the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal.