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Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

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 on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole. It is long past time


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Heinrich on Thursday’s Capitol Hill Incident

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
“On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

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Letter to the Editor: Voice Opposition to Shutdown

By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos
 
Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act, the viability and sustainability of Los Alamos and LANL depend on a continuing resolution to be passed and a budget approved.
 
This issue is beyond partisan politics and threatens thousands of families in Los Alamos and the surrounding area. I am speaking with our federal delegation and urging them to continue to press their fellow members until Congress restarts the federal government. 
 
Los Alamos and our entire region depend on a predictable federal budget process,

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Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national “Read for the Record” Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.


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Republican Women Meet Oct. 10

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.10 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. The guest speaker will be from Hope Pregnancy Center. 

All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for LA Cares and toiletries for the Women’s Shelter in Espanola. 

Call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 for further information.


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Letter to the Editor: Never Imagined Myself As An Extremist

By NANCY T. BELL
Los Alamos
 

In answer to Senator Udall I am disappointed that you would call me, someone you represent, an extremist. I have conversations frequently with folks with whom I disagree. I never talk to them in a disparaging way and they are always cordial to me. We respect each other’s opinion.

 
Just to give you a little of my background, I am a Republican (though I’m not too thrilled with their conduct either.) I am 71 years old. I think federal government affairs should be conducted according to the Constitution. I believe that the business of the federal government

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Luján Statement on Government Shutdown

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown.
 
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans’ continued efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act have forced a government shutdown. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land – upheld by the Supreme Court and accepted by the American people in the last election.  
 
“It is clear that House Republicans would rather see the government shut down, New Mexico workers furloughed, and services halted


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Pearce Vows to Pay Back Salary During Shutdown

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released a statement saying that the Senate must join the House and end the government shutdown.

As of tonight (Monday), the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to pass any of the three continuing resolutions proposed by the House of Representatives. As a result, the federal government will shut down until an agreement can be reached to resume government funding.

“I have always believed that Congress should be held to the same standards as everyone else,” Pearce said. “As a result, I have made the difficult decision


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Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement:

 

“A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn’t leadership, it’s a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted.

 

In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employees are sent home from military installations,


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Government Shuts Down … Now What?

Members of the Cabinet watch as President Obama makes a televised statement earlier today in the Roosevelt Room of the White House about the looming government shutdown. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

WHITE HOUSE News:

President Obama delivered remarks from the White House Press Briefing Room today about what the shutdown will mean for the country.

While some services will continue –- social security checks, postal service, operations related to national security or public safety –- a number of changes will go into effect immediately.

Office buildings will close. Paychecks


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Governor Promotes Employment Connection Offices for Workers 50 & Older

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez wants to remind New Mexicans 50 and older about a program that can help them find work.

The 50+ Employment Connection at the Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides general job search assistance for anyone 50 years and older. Staff and volunteers can help polish resumes, develop “networking” cards, and help with interview skills and computer tutoring.

The Aging Department held an informational event Friday at the Santa Fe 50+ Employment Connection Center at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe (505-476-4623.)


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Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.N., released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:

 

“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn’t leadership, it’s political gamesmanship at its worst. 

 

“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans’ benefits. It would be an insult to the workers at


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Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Phone Scams

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take “aggressive action” to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico.

More than 130 New Mexico utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment.

The scammers are using a practice known as caller ID “spoofing,” in


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Udall Backs Bill to Reform Surveillance Program

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced his support for a new bipartisan bill to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and ensure Americans’ rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches are protected. 

“The National Security Agency’s mission is to protect our nation from foreign threats, and I support that goal, but it is becoming clear that millions of Americans’ communications are being swept up in their dragnet,” Udall said. “I have been concerned about the potential for abuse of these programs for years. We


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Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Will Seek 4th Term

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados in her courtroom at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados told the Los Alamos Daily Post late Thursday that she has decided to seek re-election to a 4th four-year term.

The election for Los Alamos Magistrate Judge is November 2014 but candidates must file in March.

“After attending the recent judges conference, I came back with renewed enthusiasm … I’ve made a lot of progress and I want to see the projects I’ve started be


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Udall Backs Measure to Protect Military Pay in Case of Government Shutdown

Tom Udall

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring a bill to protect military pay in the event of a government shutdown.

 

The Military Pay Protection Act, which is based on a similar proposal introduced in January, would ensure the nation’s military families, including National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery, and critical Defense Department civilian workers, would not see a delay in their paychecks if the government were to shut down.

 


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Teamsters Local #492 Endorses Gary King for Governor

Gary King
STATE News:
ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Gary King Thursday received the endorsement for his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico from New Mexico Teamsters Local #492, representing the families of more than 2,300 active members in the state. 
“We are pleased today to announce our endorsement of Gary King in this Democratic primary contest for Governor of New Mexico,” said Walter R. Maestas, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local #492. “It is rare for us to endorse in a primary, but it is more than warranted in this instance. Gary King has always been a good friend to

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Udall Talks Storm Recovery, Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his weekly radio press conference call, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall provided an update on federal storm recovery funding to help repair recent flood damage in New Mexico. He also discussed Republicans’ looming threat of a government shutdown and the impact it would have on the state if agreement cannot be reached prior to Oct. 1.

 

Click here to listen to the full audio online.

 

Click here to download the audio.

 

Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:

 

0:00 – Udall opens the call with remarks on cleanup efforts from


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Udall Calls on VA to Take Immediate Action on Claims Errors

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that he has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately address New Mexico claims processing errors highlighted in a recent report by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VA OIG).
 
Numerous problems were found at the Albuquerque VA Regional Office (VARO), including that the office incorrectly processed 40 percent of the disability claims reviewed, and incorrectly

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Local GOP Attends State Central Committee Meeting

Several Los Alamos Republicans attended the Republican Party of New Mexico State Central Committee meeting Sept. 21 at Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Front row from left, JoAnn Johnson, Norma Tech and Marie Todd. Back row from left, former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, Vincent Chiravelle, Bill McKerley and Robert Gibson. Photo by John Rockwell


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