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Senators Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call For Inclusion Of Bipartisan Iran Amendment In Final NDAA

on August 6, 2019 - 9:20am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

 

Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

 

Many of the signers of

New Mexico: Opportunity Zones Are Knocking

on August 6, 2019 - 8:20am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has unveiled a new website so local governments, investors, businesses and property owners can take advantage and connect with Opportunity Zone resources.
 
The state, along with NMEDD, designated 63 Opportunity Zones in 22 counties as part of the U.S. Government’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The purpose of the tax law is to attract capital investment into economically distressed areas in exchange for a reduced tax obligation.
 
“The Opportunity Zone program has the potential to transform parts of New

Governor: New Mexico Domestic Terrorism Summit

on August 5, 2019 - 5:23pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that she will convene key legislators of both parties and public safety stakeholders within her administration to analyze and discuss proactive measures that will decrease the risk of domestic terrorist acts in the wake of the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which law enforcement authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

The domestic terrorism summit – scheduled for Aug.

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

Udall Statement On El Paso; Dayton Shootings

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Sunday on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

 “In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic.

“In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling — a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

Governor Appoints Eighth Judicial District Attorney

on August 2, 2019 - 9:11am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the appointment of Marcus Montoya to the position of Eighth Judicial District Attorney. 
 
The district includes Taos, Colfax and Union Counties.
 
Donald Gallegos announced last month that he was retiring effective July 31, 2019. 
 
Montoya will fulfill the remainder of Gallegos’ term, serving until obligated to run in the next general election. He is the senior trial attorney in the office of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney, where he has prosecuted a wide range of cases,

AG Hector Balderas Secures Early Dismissal Of Former Secretary Of State’s IPRA Lawsuit

on August 2, 2019 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday a recent District Court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General.
 
Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.
 
“Public agencies should absolutely comply with the rule of law and be

Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

Udall And Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United V. FEC

on July 31, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing Tuesday the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.
 
The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is available HERE, and a section-by-section with FAQs is available HERE

National Association Of Counties Statement On America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

on July 31, 2019 - 7:10am

NACo News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which authorizes $287 billion in funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the nation’s surface transportation programs over the next five years.

 

ATIA represents a 27 percent increase over the highway funding previously authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:

 

“Counties own and operate the

Los Alamos And White Rock Senior Centers Host Public Hearing On Funding Priorities For Next Four Years

on July 30, 2019 - 6:20pm

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will host a Public Hearing on funding priorities for the next four years, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Mesa Public Library.

The discussion, in meeting rooms 2 and 3, will attempt to gather feedback for senior center services and what community members would like to see added over the next four years.

Comments and suggestions are welcome for expanding current services or planning ahead for the future.

The request comes from the Governor's Office, as priorities for the next fiscal year will be discussed at the next legislative

RSF Calls On Chinese President Xi Jinping To Pardon Journalist Huang Qi Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

on July 30, 2019 - 5:56pm
Journalist Huang Qi was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition. Fred Dufour/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Chinese President Xi Jinping to pardon journalist Huang Qi, two-time RSF Press Freedom Prize laureate, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition.
 
The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province sentenced Chinese investigative journalist Huang Qi, 56, to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets and providing state secrets abroad, which was preceded by a

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Before Debate

on July 30, 2019 - 5:46pm

By RICHARD TRUMKA
President AFL-CIO

 

Good evening. My name is Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO.

 

Our organization’s mission is simple. We raise the voices of working people—the 99 percent of Americans who make a living by getting up and putting in a hard day’s work.

 

We’re everywhere. We make this country run. We ARE this country, yet more and more, the economic and political rules have been rigged against us.

 

Today, here in Michigan, an autoworker woke up with a pain in her stomach, terrified that she’ll be the next to lose her job to

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tapped For National Governors Association Executive Committee

on July 30, 2019 - 6:15am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday was named as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.
 
“I am honored to join this dynamic group of governors,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We have a unique opportunity to show the nation that bipartisanship and pragmatism are alive and well at the state level, despite what we hear from Washington. I look forward to working with Chairman Hogan on his infrastructure initiative and advancing other New Mexico priorities at the national level.”
 

Young Women Peacemakers From Israel And Palestine Speak At Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos Sunday

on July 29, 2019 - 3:20pm

Young women will present talks SUnday at the who are part of Creativity for Peace’s leadership program. Courtesy/Creativirty For Peace

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to a Creativity for Peace Brunch, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos to hear four young women who are part of Creativity for Peace’s leadership program share their stories of life and reconciliation in the face of war. Talks will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

These four young women are taking part in the 21st Creativity for Peace camp session along with 16 high

Udall, Lofgren, Matsui Introduce Bill To Give Americans Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
U.S. Senators Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country’s clean energy future.
 
Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help communities across

Reception For Rep. Christine Chandler Sunday Aug. 11

on July 29, 2019 - 2:55pm

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

State Land Office Signs Land Use Restriction

on July 29, 2019 - 1:08pm

Assistant Commissioner Craig Johnson and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy/NMLO

LAND OFFICE News:

  • Restriction Aims to Protect Military Readiness

SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense.

 

The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address incompatible planning and development in the vicinity of important military training operations.

USDA RD In New Mexico Promotes Longtime Employee Ray Melton To Rural Business Program Director

on July 29, 2019 - 10:40am

Ray Melton

USDA Rural Development News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia has promoted longtime USDA RD employee Ray Melton as the agency’s rural business program director.

Melton oversees 13 business programs administered by USDA Rural Development. All of the programs were created to expand economic opportunities in rural communities of less than 50,000 residents.

“I have committed my life in the lending industry and at USDA Rural Development to provide the rural residents of New Mexico the best possible financing opportunities to expand their rural

DPNM Chair Elliston And Vice Chair Porter Meet With Regional Democrats At Weekend Gathering In Roy

on July 29, 2019 - 9:58am

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston and Vice Chair Marcus Porter with Democratic leaders from Colfax, Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties gathere this weekend at a regional meeting in Roy. Courtesy/DPNM

DPNM News:

  • State and county leaders discussed rural health care, education, infrastructure, and economic development

ROY – Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chair Marg Elliston and Vice Chair Marcus Porter spoke with Democratic leaders in Colfax, Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties over the weekend at a regional meeting of eastern and northeastern Democratic party

Los Alamos GOP Features Second Amendment Talk By Former County Sheriff Marco Lucero Thursday Aug. 1

on July 29, 2019 - 9:22am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will feature a talk by former Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Thursday, Aug. 1 At UNM-LA.

The community is invited to hear Lucero speak on “Preserving our Second Amendment in New Mexico”.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Jeannette Wallace Hall, Building 5, at UNM-LA. Following Lucero’s talk, all registered Republicans are invited to attend the RPLA Central Committee business meeting 6:40-7:30 p.m., at the same location.

A light supper will be served.

For more information, email leadership@losalamosgop.com.

Governor: Mortgage Finance Authority Appointments

on July 29, 2019 - 7:02am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday appointed new members to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.
 
The governor appointed:
  • Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey;
  • Derek Valdo; and
  • Rebecca Wurzburger.
The governor also re-appointed Angel Reyes, whom she made chairman.
 
Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey is an Albuquerque attorney with extensive legal experience in finance and contracts. She is a staff attorney for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

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