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Gov-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Agency Transition Leadership

on November 16, 2018 - 8:44am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the individuals who will serve as co-chairs of committees responsible for providing a review of state departments as part of the gubernatorial transition.
 
The agency transition team is made up of seven different committees, each examining distinct areas of state government. The chairs will lead their committee’s effort to engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide strategic recommendations for Governor-elect Lujan Grisham.
 
Gov.

Udall, Markey, Blumenthal Call For FTC Investigation Into Manipulative Marketing In Children’s Apps

on November 16, 2018 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an investigation into new evidence of manipulative marketing in apps directed at children.
 
A new study authored by public health experts in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics reveals numerous instances of young children’s games using advertising techniques that appear to be unfair and deceptive practices as defined by Section V of

Report Shows Economic Impact Of Public Lands

on November 16, 2018 - 5:31am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has released the Department's Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which shows that for the first time in several years, economic growth and jobs supported by federal lands both increased.
 
According to the report, under President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke's first year in office, the economic output of Interior's federal lands and resources increased by $400 million to $292 billion and the number of jobs supported increased by 230,000 to 1.8 million jobs.

Udall On FDA’s Proposal To Limit Sales Of E-Cigs

on November 15, 2018 - 9:34am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores.
 
The FDA’s proposal and JUUL Labs’ announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response to a surge in vaping using e-cigarettes among

House Democrats Commit To Reinstating UNM Men’s Soccer Program

on November 15, 2018 - 8:20am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Representatives Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) are reaffirming their commitment to reinstate the UNM Men’s Soccer program, including the team’s world class coach, by addressing funding issues in the upcoming legislative session while ensuring Title IX compliance.
 
“Restoring the UNM Men’s Soccer program is a priority for the House going into the legislative session,” Speaker Brian Egolf said.

Luján, House Democrats Introduce Legislation To Protect Native American Voting Rights

on November 15, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, landmark legislation to provide the resources and oversight necessary to protect Native Americans’ access to the ballot box.
 
The bill incorporates principles of self-determination into the electoral process, meaning that Indian Tribes and their members will be the decision-makers when it comes to ensuring their communities and members have equal access to their constitutional right to vote.

Commissioner-Elect SGR Unveils Transition Website

on November 14, 2018 - 1:15pm

State Land Commissioner-Elect Stephanie Garcia Richard

From the SGR Transistion Team:

SANTA FE – Want to help make history? Think our land is worth protecting? Believe we can make more money for our schools and hospitals? Then Commissioner-Elect Stephanie Garcia Richard encourages you to submit your resume to work at the State Land Office.

This week, Garcia Richard announced a new website where people are encouraged to submit a resume or request a meeting with Garcia Richard.

“I want to thank Commissioner Dunn and his team for their encouragement and support as we make this critical

Governor Announces 2018 New Mexico True Heroes

on November 13, 2018 - 1:31pm

Gov. Susana Martinez announcing today the 2018 New Mexico True Heroes. Courtesy/New Mexico True

STATE News:

  • Honorees Recognized for Supporting Veterans, Survivors and Making Community Improvements across New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced today the 2018 New Mexico True Heroes, four New Mexicans devoted to making New Mexico a better place to live, work and raise a family.

This is the fifth year of the New Mexico True Heroes Program, launched under Gov. Martinez.

“Our 2018 New Mexico True Heroes are leaders in their communities and work hard day in and day out to make

Justice Department Awards More Than $67 Million To Combat Human Trafficking

on November 13, 2018 - 1:11pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced awards of more than $67 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States
 
“Human trafficking is a particularly perverse and illegal form of evil that enriches its perpetrators by exploiting its victims in atrocious ways,” OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt

Arrests On Federal Borderlands Increase By Nearly 4,000 Percent Under Trump/Zinke Surge Operations

on November 13, 2018 - 5:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that in the first six months of a pilot program to provide an increased Interior law enforcement presence on identified Interior lands along the US-Mexico border, arrests of illegal aliens entering the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent.
 
In May of 2018, Secretary Zinke directed a Border Support Surge initiative, which coordinated law enforcement officers from the Department of the Interior and the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.347 Million For Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

on November 12, 2018 - 1:52pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project will receive a total of $4.347 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) fiscal year 2019 budget.  
 
The project, when complete, will deliver a reliable water supply to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales, Texico, and Roosevelt and Curry counties. An additional $7.65 million will be allocated to other projects along the Rio Grande, for Isleta Pueblo, and the Carlsbad area.
 
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CVNM Congratulates Stephanie Garcia Richard ... First Woman Land Commissioner In New Mexico History

on November 12, 2018 - 6:01am

CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster

 

CVNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster congratulates CVNM Action Fund endorsed candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, who will serve as the next Commissioner of Public Lands.

Commissioner-elect Stephanie Garcia Richard

“Congratulations to Commissioner-elect Stephanie Garcia Richard for becoming the first woman to lead the State Land Office in New Mexico.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Members Share Veterans Day Sentiments

on November 11, 2018 - 2:30pm

NM Congressional Delegation News:

Today, members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation issued the following statements in honor of Veterans Day:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Today, 100 years since the signing of the armistice ending World War I, we honor the brave men and women from New Mexico and across the United States who have sacrificed to defend our values and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad.

New Mexicans carry a long and storied tradition of military service.

New Mexico House Democratic Caucus Selects Leadership For 54th Legislature

on November 11, 2018 - 7:26am

New Mexico House Democrats News:
  • Democrats Bring Energy, Unity and Diversity to Lead in State House

SANTA FE – Members of the New Mexico House Democratic Caucus re-elected their leadership Saturday for the 54th Legislature, which will convene in January of 2019. The House Democrats leadership team is one the most diverse in the country, reflecting a diverse caucus that will now be at least 50 percent women.

House Democrats nominated Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) to again lead as Speaker of the House.

County Releases Official 2018 General Election Results

on November 10, 2018 - 7:13am

Canvass Committee members from left, Cathy Walters, Robyn Schultz and Jeff (Scott) Brown Friday afternoon at the at the County Municipal Building. Courtesy photo

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Chief Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, Elections Manager Gloria A. Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya, Deputy Clerk Victoria L. Martinez and Office Specialist Jordan Duran on election day at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the results of the Nov.

An Open Letter To The Community Of Los Alamos

on November 9, 2018 - 9:44am

The Los Alamos Jewish Center, 2400 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Jewish Center News:

The Los Alamos Jewish Center would like to sincerely thank all members of the Los Alamos community who attended the candlelight vigil at Ashley Pond on Thursday, Nov. 1, to honor the memories of the 11 Jews murdered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn.

We are also grateful to our co-sponsors, the other houses of worship in our Canyon Road neighborhood, for showing their support during a difficult time.

Judge Pat Casados: Thank You Los Alamos!

on November 9, 2018 - 8:30am
Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados with her husband Jeff waiting for election returns Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building. Casados won re-election with 5,944 votes. Her opponent James Rickman received 3,461 votes. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By JUDGE PAT A. CASADOS
Los Alamos Magistrate Court
 
Citizens of Los Alamos,
 
Thank you so much for the honor of serving as your Magistrate Judge for another term. It is such a privilege to serve.
 
I want to thank the voters. It was such a joy to see all the people in Los Alamos who care about the election.

Letter To The Editor: Congrats To County Clerk’s Office

on November 9, 2018 - 7:03am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
 
Congratulations to the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office for an outstanding job on Election Day.
 
I went to the Golf Course about 8 a.m. At that time, there were more than 20 voters in line. Because the voting place was well staffed and had plenty of voting booths it still only took 15 minutes to cast my vote.
 
Thanks to our County Clerk Naomi Maestas and her staff for a job well done.

Honoring Victims Of Tragedy In Thousand Oaks

on November 8, 2018 - 10:57am

President issues proclamation honoring victims of the tragedy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this morning released a proclamation issued by the President of the United States of America honoring the victims of the shooting tragedy in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Proclamation:  

As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United

Democrats Dominate Los Alamos County Midterms

on November 8, 2018 - 10:47am
Winning candidates celebrate their election victory Tuesday night at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. From left, James Robinson and Randall Ryti (County Council), Elizabeth Allen (Municipal Judge), Christine Chandler (House Dist. 43) Sara Scott (County Council) and Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election Tuesday in Los Alamos County neared the 2016 Presidential election year level.

Thank You Los Alamos! Thank You District 43!

on November 8, 2018 - 9:50am
By Rep.-Elect Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
 
In the 11 months since I announced my candidacy for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I have been privileged to meet many extraordinary people from across the district: people with busy lives raising and educating children, caring for parents and working hard to make a living.

Meet & Greets, rodeo parades, fiestas, community clean-up days and breakfasts gave me a window into the lives of people who will soon be my constituents.

I also learned through thousands of phone calls and door knocks that many of us care about the same

Udall Statement On Firing Of AG Jeff Sessions

on November 8, 2018 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
 
“Any effort to obstruct or terminate the special counsel’s investigation would precipitate a crisis for our constitution and our republic. Unfortunately, the American people have every reason to fear that the president’s firing of Attorney General Sessions represents an attempt to interfere with the investigation into the Trump campaign.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Sen. Jeff Bingaman As Transition Chair

on November 8, 2018 - 7:27am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham held her first press conference as governor-elect Wednesday afternoon.
 
The gov-elect announced her transition chair, director and website. Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, will serve as chair of her tranisition team.
 
New Mexicans interested in serving in state government should visit the transition website at https://www.govelectlujangrisham.com/
 
Watch the full video of the press conference here https://www.facebook.com/mlujangrisham/videos/191744045041257/.

New Mexico Statewide 2018 Midterm Absentee, In-Person And Election Day Voter Turnout Results

on November 8, 2018 - 7:15am
STATE News:
 
The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office has released the statewide Absentee, In-Person and Election Day voter turnout results for Tuesday's 2018 Midterm Elections.
 
Key to Abbreviations:
 
  • DEM = Democratic Party of New Mexico
  • DTS = Decline to State (i.e. “Independents”)
  • LIB = Libertarian Party of New Mexico
  • REP = Republican Party of New Mexico
  • OTH = All other minor political parties
 
2018 Statewide Absentee, In-Person, and Election Day Voter Turnout
County
Party
Absentee
In Person
Election Day
Total Voted
Bernalillo
DEM
10625
81583
32919
125127
Bernalillo
REP
8790
44557
20970
74317

Luján Announces Run For Asst. Democratic Leader

on November 7, 2018 - 3:33pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C.  Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced his bid for Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. In a letter to his colleagues, Congressman Luján outlined his vision for the next Congress.

“To succeed, we must welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus. To protect our majority and hold the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans accountable, we must bring our vision directly to the American people, listen to their concerns, and show them how we are working for them.”

Rep.

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