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Sunshine Week: Open Government Is Good Government

on March 11, 2018 - 10:01am
General Counsel
National Sunshine Week 2018 begins today and runs through March 17.

“The basic purpose of FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” ... United States Supreme Court in NLRB v. Robbins Tire Co., 437 U.S. 214, 242 (1978)

July 4, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first Federal sunshine law in the U.S.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal

New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention Results, Platform And Scenes

on March 11, 2018 - 1:24am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich who is running for reelection excoriates Republicans during his presentation at the Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who is running for reelection does his mom, left, proud as he enunciates the theme of the convention: Take it Back’. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham who is running for governor starts her speech, a protestor interrupts and is removed by security, MLG reacts, resumes, calls for respect for opposing views.

State Auditor Begins Statewide Training Sessions To Stop Corruption And Waste Of Taxpayer Funds

on March 11, 2018 - 1:21am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SILVER CITY  State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending.
He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop

SGR Presents Legislative Wrap-up To Rotary Club

on March 11, 2018 - 1:07am

Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard recently presented a legislative wrap-up at a Rotary Club meeting, describing this year's session at the Roundhouse. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Heinrich Presses National Intelligence Director On Russia Sanctions, Cyber Deterrence Strategy

on March 11, 2018 - 1:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on Worldwide Threats.
During the hearing, Heinrich pressed DNI Coats on whether the Intelligence Community had been instructed to provide analysis to support the Treasury Department’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia despite Congress voting nearly unanimously to pass

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Celebrate Latina Women During Women’s History Month

on March 10, 2018 - 10:40am



Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in New Mexico and throughout the United States during National Women’s History Month. 

"New Mexico's rich history has been written in large part by Latina women who defined our values, enriched our culture, and helped our state and nation thrive: activists, teachers, artists, professionals, leaders, thinkers, scientists, public officials," Udall said.

Greater Chaco Advocates Descend On BLM

on March 10, 2018 - 8:14am


Celebrating Lease Sale Deferral, Pressing for Permanent Protections and Planning ... #ItsNotOver

SANTA FE – Dozens of Greater Chaco advocates rallied in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe Wedensday to claim victory over last week’s announcement that parcels slated for auction near Chaco Culture National Historical Park would be deferred until further action.

Impacted community members delivered resolutions from Navajo Nation Chapters and Pueblos, and more than 200,000 public comments pressing for a moratorium on fracking in the region,