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AFTNM President Responds To Changes In New Mexico Teacher Evaluations

on August 4, 2015 - 6:03pm

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

EDUCATION News:

  • ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFTNM) President Stephanie Ly released the following statement regarding changes to NM teacher evaluations saying it represents minimal effort from the Public Education Department to remedy the flawed system:

“Word of changes to the teacher evaluation system in New Mexico under Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez should be welcome news, however, these recently announced changes represent only a superficial effort which leaves a vast majority of veteran educators still persecuted

Governor Announces Funding For Key Highway Infrastructure Projects In New Mexico

on August 4, 2015 - 5:45pm

STATE News:

ARTESIA — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding of several key, large-scale highway infrastructure projects in New Mexico.

The projects will be funded, in part, by a $45 million infusion of state infrastructure dollars that the Governor fought hard to secure, and which were approved during the recent special legislative session.

“New Mexico’s roads and highways are literally the foundation of our commerce,” Martinez said. “Investing in our roads will keep our families safe and provide a stronger foundation for economic growth.

Udall Votes To Protect Women's Health Care Funding

on August 4, 2015 - 5:34pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I'm not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico.

“Exploiting women's health care for political gain does the Senate a

Secretary Moniz Statement On Release Of Final Clean Power Plan Rules

on August 3, 2015 - 9:54pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued their final Clean Power Plan rule that will encourage energy innovation by reducing the carbon emissions from America’s power plants.

Below is the statement from Secretary Moniz:

“Before President Barack Obama took office, America did not have a comprehensive national plan to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Sierra Club: New Mexicans Applaud First-Ever Plan To Curb Carbon Pollution

on August 3, 2015 - 10:29am

SIERRA CLUB News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico faith leaders along with clean air and clean energy advocates today applaud President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for finalizing the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants.

These new standards, which are part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, will advance the growth of clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency in New Mexico and across the country while reducing dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants.

New Mexico GOP Releases Statement On RNC’s New Data Center Program

on August 3, 2015 - 10:22am

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Republican National Committee is rolling out a new innovative data platform for State Republican Parties and candidates to use across the country.

The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the new program:

“In partnership with the RNC, Data Center 2016 is crucial to The Republican Party of New Mexico’s data-driven political ground game. With the user-friendly interface, revamped reporting tools, and live support, we can provide Republican campaigns across New Mexico with a comprehensive voter file,” RPNM Executive Director Tom

Udall On Improving Voter Access For Native Americans

on August 2, 2015 - 11:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced he has joined several senators, including Jon Tester, D-Mont., in introducing legislation to increase voter protections and access to the polls for Native Americans.
 
Many Native Americans live in rural communities and are often forced to travel long distances to the closest polling location. According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American voter turnout was 17 percent less than non-natives in 2012.
 
The Native American Voting Rights Act would expand access to the polls by requiring states to establish

Voting Rights Act Turns 50 Thursday – Congress Must Restore Its Protections

on August 1, 2015 - 1:10pm

LWVNM News:

Aug. 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). This landmark civil rights legislation has protected voters from discrimination for nearly half a century.

The VRA is one of the most significant laws ever passed by Congress and it changed America. But today, the Voting Rights Act does not offer the same protections it did in 1965.  

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the VRA in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, weakening vital voter protections. Since then Congress has done nothing to repair the damage.

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