Politics

Udall, Heinrich Join 47 Senators In Introducing The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 47 senators in introducing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

This is a bipartisan bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act, end the scourge of minority voter suppression, and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis – one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes who fought tirelessly to protect the right to vote for every American.

In 2013, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted critical voter protections within the Voting Rights Act, crippling the


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Blasts Senate GOP For Effort To Slash Benefits For Workers Hurt By COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today upon reports of the Republican plan to cut direct unemployment aid to workers by two-thirds in their latest proposal for a COVID-19 relief package: 

“More than 175,000 New Mexicans have benefited from the $600 boost throughout the pandemic. It’s a literal lifeline. Parents, workers, our neighbors and our friends all across our state have come to rely upon this to get by every day, every week of this crisis.

“Congressional Republicans want to take that money


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 19,502 With 5 New Deaths And 7,459 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 467 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 17 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 62 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 16 new cases in Curry County
  • 76 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy

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New Mexico State Land Office Launches New Dispersed And Backpack Camping Pilot Programs For Hunters

State Land Office News:

SANTA FE – The State Land Office today launched two new pilot programs for licensed New Mexico hunters that will create new dispersed camping opportunities in the White Peak region of Mora and Colfax Counties, as well as options for backpack camping in the Luera Mountains in Catron County.

This is the first time in decades that dispersed camping and backpacking have been permitted on state trust land.

The policy, application, and maps for each pilot program are posted on the State Land Office’s website.

The pilot programs are components of the Easement signed in March 2020


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Local Democrats Mark 100 Days To General Election

Screenshot of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s ‘Virtual Road Trip’ Friday. Courtesy/DPLAC

Screenshot of  ‘Virtual Meet and Greet’ Saturday for Democratic Council candidates Denise Derkacs, Rodney Roberson and Sean Williams. Courtesy/DPLAC

DPLAC News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County marked 100 days until the general election with a weekend of virtual events.

Friday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján held a “Virtual Road Trip” attended by a variety of elected officials and members of the public.

Saturday afternoon, voters joined a “Virtual Meet and Greet” for Democratic candidates for Los Alamos


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Scenes From Roundhouse Rally Against Business Closures

Maria Martinez and Stephen Garrett of the group Torrance County Citizens for Change speak to law enforcement officers Sunday outside the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Martinez and Garrett gathered with others members of Torrance County Citizens for Change said they don’t agree with the governor’s public health mandate and in particular are speaking out against the closure of businesses during the pandemic. The group is calling on businesses to join them in ‘refusing to shut down, refusing to social distance, refusing to force customers to wear masks, refusing to except fines and refusing


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Rio Arriba County Commission Voices Support Of Solar Generation Replacement

From the Rio Arriba County Commission:

In 2019, New Mexico became a clean energy leader with the passage of its landmark legislation on the transition to renewable energy. Our state leaders set some of the most ambitious renewable energy targets in the nation.

This investment goal not only follows the recommendations of climate science, but also safeguards the health and economic well-being of New Mexicans. As the price of renewables has dropped, market growth projections continue to accelerate at lightning speed. We now have superior alternative technologies and a timely economic opportunity. 


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 19,042 With 7 New Deaths And 7,349 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 266 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 16 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 7 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 91 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 26 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 18 new cases in Lea County

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