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Over 27,000 New Mexicans May Lose Food Assistance

on December 6, 2019 - 11:42am


ALBUQUERQUE—Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday that threatens food assistance for more than 27,255 New Mexicans and 755,000 low-income adults nationwide.

The rule will go into effect April 1, 2020.

Federal law already required that states limit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a

GOP Reacts To Speaker Pelosi; Articles Of Impeachment

on December 6, 2019 - 11:26am

RPNM News: 

Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce issued this statement, Thursday, regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call for articles of impeachment against President Trump:

“What Speaker Pelosi did today was a disgrace to our nation and to our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves after getting a ‘history lesson’ from the Speaker. She has asked President Trump to prove his innocence: what happened to the 5th Amendment and to Due Process? She hasn’t defended the Constitution herself, particularly on 2nd Amendment rights.

New Mexico Partnership Unveils New Website Features To Showcase Available Commercial Land And Property

on December 6, 2019 - 6:35am
EDD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Partnership in conjunction with the State Economic Development Department has launched two new pages on its website that bring together commercial properties available for companies looking to grow or expand in New Mexico.
These web pages will help to promote properties and provide a consolidated space for potential buyers or tenants to preview availability in all 33 New Mexico counties.
“The new website will help out of town businesses and other clients not familiar with New Mexico to search our available property inventory and make decisions

John Blair Discusses Election Security; Voting Rights

on December 5, 2019 - 10:28am
District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair speaks at the Voices of Los Alamos meeting Monday at the Unitarian Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

District 3 Congressional District Candidate and former New Mexico Deputy Secretary of State John Blair spoke to Voices of Los Alamos Monday on election security and voting rights in New Mexico.

Blair left his post to run for Congress in August 2019.  

He began with the good news.

“We’re ahead of most

Udall Delivers Remarks At U.S. Capitol Tree Lighting

on December 5, 2019 - 10:06am
New Mexico delegation to light this year’s US Capitol Christmas Tree from the land of enchantment. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the ‘People’s Tree,’ is a 60-foot blue spruce from Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

Amid E-Cigarette Public Health Crisis, Udall And Senators Slam Reversal On Strong Tobacco Regulation

on December 5, 2019 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid a national public health crisis, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 22 Senate Democrats to call out the Trump administration’s recent flip-flop to abandon a critical pledge to clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarettes.
Despite President Trump’s public commitment to pull any unapproved, non-tobacco flavored products from the market in September amid epidemic usage rates by youth and ongoing instances nationwide of severe lung disease, the Trump administration has suddenly reversed course and once again is putting the profits

Highlights From Nov. 26 County Council Meeting

on December 5, 2019 - 8:09am
Los Alamos County Council took action on several items during its Nov. 26 regular meeting. Courtesy photo/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

Water and sewer rates, recommendations for the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and changes in the County’s library policies were among the discussion topics at the Nov. 26  council meeting.

Below are the highlights of the council’s decisions on these issues:

Increase in Water and Sewer Rates Approved
Council approved 7-0 to implement multiple rate increases over multiple years for water and sewer utilities.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Legislation To Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

on December 4, 2019 - 4:29pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • The Data Care Act will stop websites and apps from using personal data to harm users, protect user information from hacks, and hold companies accountable for misuse.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined 15 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

“Private and sensitive information

RPNM: Help Wanted To Ensure Fair Elections

on December 4, 2019 - 9:53am
From Republican Party of New Mexico:
We all want our elections to be fair, and you can help make that happen in 2020!
We need people to sign up to be poll watchers and poll challengers to make sure there's ballot integrity during elections. This will help ensure your vote counts.
Let's all promote openness and transparency in New Mexico’s 2020 Elections.
Training and support will be provided by RPNM.
To sign up, click here
What are the qualifications and restrictions of being an Election Challenger or Watcher? Challengers and watchers shall be voters of a precinct

Heinrich Hires Edward Tabet-Cubero As State Director

on December 4, 2019 - 9:46am

Edward Tabet-Cubero

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Edward Tabet-Cubero will serve as his state director.

Tabet-Cubero brings more than 20 years of experience in the education, nonprofit and public policy sectors, including serving as the executive director of Learning Alliance of New Mexico and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, as well as associate director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico.

“Throughout his career, Edward has proven to be a strong advocate and leader committed

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Restricts Hunting Near South Valley Neighborhoods

on December 3, 2019 - 3:41pm
ALBUQUERQUE In an effort to increase public safety in the South Valley and shield family homes from stray bullets, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard today announced a restriction on hunting and trapping on 212 acres of state trust land along the Rio Grande Bosque, adjacent to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Bernalillo County.
Access to nearly 9 million acres of state trust land for hunters and other sportspeople is set out in an agreement between the New Mexico State Land Office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF).

Governor Backs Balanced Pension Reform Proposal

on December 3, 2019 - 3:17pm
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From the Office of the Governor
  • Bill will incorporate retiree concerns into task force recommendations
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham endorsed an essential and equitable public employee pension reform proposal today that accommodates the concerns of current and future state of New Mexico retirees while establishing safeguards against the effects of future economic downturns.
Key legislative leaders also voiced support for the proposal, which is scheduled to be heard Wednesday at the legislative

LWVNM: Legislative Process Training Saturday

on December 3, 2019 - 10:33am

NM Department Of Cultural Affairs Announces New Legislative Liaison Michaelene Kyrala of Los Alamos

on December 3, 2019 - 7:55am
Michaelene M. Kyrala
DCA News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announed that Michaelene M. Kyrala of Los Alamos is the department's newest Legislative Liaison.
Kyrala comes to DCA with a wealth of experience in government and legislative relations. She was born and raised in Los Alamos. She went on to study in Beirut, Lebanon, where she received her bachelor's degree in political science with a dual concentration in international and comparative politics.

Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette For Energy Secretary

on December 2, 2019 - 4:32pm

Dan Brouillette

Western Caucus News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate confirmation of Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy:

“Dan Brouillette’s track record of success and service makes him the ideal person to fill the void left behind by Rick Perry at the Department of Energy,” Gosar said. “Brouillette has been a tireless advocate for President Trump’s energy dominance agenda and will hit the ground running on day one.

Udall, Welch Introduce Legislation To Reform Renewable Fuel Standard To Benefit Environment

on December 2, 2019 - 9:31am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts of the corn ethanol mandate and advancing the next generation of biofuels that actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act) would phase out the corn ethanol mandate and immediately reduce the amount of

Udall Applauds House Committee Passage Of Reform Legislation To Make Mining Companies Pay Fair Share

on December 2, 2019 - 7:47am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded House committee passage of legislation Wednesday sponsored by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to reform the nation’s badly outdated 1872 hardrock mining law.
Udall is the lead sponsor of mining law reform legislation in the Senate, the Hardrock Mining Reform Act of 2019, which would also require companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands to help ensure that

EPA Seeks Nominations For Farm, Ranch And Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee

on December 1, 2019 - 8:03am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ⁠— Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is announcing a solicitation for 20-30 nominees to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC).
Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
“One of our key priorities at EPA is to strengthen and solidify our relationship with agricultural stakeholders and rural communities

USDA, BIA Partner To Spur Economic Development, Strengthen Tribal Communities In Indian Country

on December 1, 2019 - 7:42am
USDA News:
CATOOSA, Okla. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve tribes’ and tribal members’ access to farm conservation programs to advance conservation in Indian Country.
The MOU was signed in Catoosa, Okla., where USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey was joined by BIA Director Darryl LaCounte at the National Tribal Conservation Districts Conference, organized by the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance.

Military & Veterans Day At 2020 Legislature Jan. 25

on December 1, 2019 - 7:36am
DVS News:
SANTA FE — Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature has been designated for Saturday, Jan. 25 at the State Capitol in downtown Santa Fe.
This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by DVS and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans.
As is the case every year, there are a limited number of spaces available for veterans and community service organizations to set up tables in the west wing of the Capitol Rotunda.
At noon Monday, Dec.

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Karen Bedonie

on November 30, 2019 - 6:58pm

CD3 Candidate Karen Bedonie
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Republican candidate Karen Bedonie provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

BEDONIE: A representative of the people must come directly from the people he/she is created from and not the minimal 10

Support RSF USA: Protect Press Freedom In 2020

on November 30, 2019 - 8:42am
The First Amendment is a cornerstone of American democracy. When the press comes under attack, our democracy falters. Right now, American democracy is faltering.
Day in and day out, Reporters Without Borders (RSF USA) carries out critical research, publishes reports, influences policy, and organizes events to advance press freedom and protect citizens' right to know.
RSF USA is launching its year-end fundraising campaign to allow us to continue our crucial work in 2020.
Next year we are mobilizing around three main objectives: 
  • Restoring respect

Udall Joins 19 Senate Colleagues On Bipartisan Resolution To Advance Equal Rights Amendment

on November 30, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 19 of his Senate colleagues on a bipartisan resolution to advance the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed Constitutional amendment to guarantee equal rights regardless of sex.
The bipartisan resolution Udall is supporting would remove a 1982 deadline for ratification of the ERA, thereby paving the way for full and equal protections for women under the Constitution.
Thirty-seven states have already ratified the ERA, just one short of the 38 needed to adopt the amendment to the

Tales Of Our Times: Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers

on November 29, 2019 - 10:25pm

Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers 
Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.

People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry.

Lunch With A Leader: Rep. Christine Chandler Dec. 10

on November 29, 2019 - 8:40pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the community to its monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Mesa Public Library.

The speaker is Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. She is now a veteran of one legislative session and will be talking about that experience and share some ideas about what she is expecting in the upcoming 30 day session.

Chandler graduated with a BA from Smith College, holds a LLM International Law, Comparative Law from Georgetown Law Center and a JD from Boston College Law School.