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NEA-NM: New Mexico Students, Parents And Educators Have A Great Deal To Celebrate

on May 28, 2019 - 6:07am
By NEA-New Mexico Executive Director Charles Bowyer
and Charles Goodmacher, Government Relations
 
New Mexico students, parents and educators have a great deal to celebrate! Stress levels are going down for students, their parents and their educators. 
 
It’s no coincidence to see this happening now, under the new administration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Public Education Department.
 
“The Governor and many legislators were elected on the strength of commitments to deeply listen to the concerns and hopes of teachers, other education employees and our communities.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Memorial Day

on May 27, 2019 - 8:19am

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

SANTA FE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day:

“Today, we honor the service and sacrifices of the women and men in New Mexico and

Udall And Five Leading Senators Call On FCC, DOJ To Reject T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

on May 27, 2019 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement indicating he will recommend approval of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and five leading Democratic senators called on the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the merger and to open a 30-day public comment period on the proposal.
 
“We are concerned that this four-to-three merger does not serve the public interest and would result in substantial anticompetitive effects, harming consumers, workers, and

RPNM Addresses Secret Lawsuit Settlements

on May 27, 2019 - 6:59am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
 
We are deeply troubled by the recent breaking news about secret payouts to state employees that appear to have violated state procedures, which are supposed to protect taxpayers from paying out frivolous claims.
 
We support the valiant efforts of leaders like Republican State Sen. Sander Rue who fight every day to make New Mexico’s state government transparent and accountable to the people.
 
In order to create and maintain transparency, we call upon our state government leaders, that include the Governor and Attorney General, to take action

Paul Gessing Discusses NM Economy; Politics June 8

on May 27, 2019 - 5:57am
Courtesy/RGF
 
Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing
 
RGF News:
 
In the wake of a legislative session which saw the adoption of numerous "economically-damaging" policies, the Rio Grande Foundation is embarking on a speaking and engagement tour of New Mexico’s communities to bolster support for free market principles and engage in outreach across the state.
 

The community is invited to join the Foundation at an event entitled, “New Mexico: What’s Next for Our State’s Economy and Politics?”, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at Pasta Paradiso, 1315 Trinity Dr.

This afternoon

RSF: Hong Kong Must Abandon Extradition Bill That Threatens Journalists And Their Sources

on May 27, 2019 - 5:57am
Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Hong Kong Legislative Council members to reject extradition bill that would allow Beijing to legally prey on residents and visitors, including journalists and their sources.
 
By July, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) could amend its extradition law, making it legal to hand over residents or visitors accused of a crime in China.
 
The news has generated extreme concern in the Hong Kong media community, considering that more than 65 journalists are currently jailed in China in life-threatening conditions. While

Interior Department Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion As Part Of Improved Title Transfer Process

on May 27, 2019 - 5:55am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced Wedensday two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local ownership and management:
 
  • A new Categorical Exclusion; and
  • An update of Reclamation’s operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process.
 
These actions make it easier for water users to take title – ownership – to simple and non-complicated Reclamation facilities by expediting the process following direction from President Trump and Congress.

Udall, Torres Small, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enable All Military Women To Count Maternity Leave Toward Years Of Service

on May 26, 2019 - 7:17am

CONGRESSIONAL News:
  • Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would ensure women serving in National Guard and Reserves receive pay and points toward retirement during time spent on maternity leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would

RSF Urges China To Release Journalist Reporting On Political Prisoners

on May 25, 2019 - 5:48am
Chinese citizen-journalist Ma Xiao arrested for ‘picking quarrels and stirring up trouble’ in China. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of Ma Xiao, a Chinese citizen-journalist who published a series of political prisoners’ interviews and has been detained for a month.
 
Beijing-based citizen-journalist Xie Qiang, known under the pen name of Ma Xiao, was arrested on April 27 for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” a deliberately vague charge used by the Chinese regime to silence critics. Ma is a contributor to US-based website

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Releases Statement On The Passing Of State Senator John Pinto

on May 24, 2019 - 8:21pm

Sen. John Pinto

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf released the following statement on the passing this morning of Sen. John Pinto:

“Today New Mexico lost a giant. Senator Pinto served our nation and our state with honor and distinction.

“Few, if any, have fought as hard as he did to improve the lives of the Navajo people. He never gave up, and never backed down when it came to helping anyone in need.

In life, we seldom have the pleasure of meeting and knowing a true hero.

Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

on May 24, 2019 - 8:50am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this morning welcomed the Senate passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Sen. Heinrich cosponsored this bill, which gives regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.

The

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

on May 24, 2019 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million

NM Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Navajo Nation

on May 24, 2019 - 7:21am
 
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation.
 
This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to help weather-affected communities

State Police Efforts In Albuquerque Net Hundreds Of Arrests To Date In Violent Crime Initiative

on May 23, 2019 - 8:03am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday lauded the New Mexico State Police for their efforts to date in the multi-agency enterprise aimed at reducing violent crime in Albuquerque.
 
The roughly 50 state police officers temporarily assigned to targeted areas of Albuquerque as part of the multi-agency Violent Crime Initiative have generated, to date, more than 257 total arrests, including several dozen felony arrests and 13 DWI arrests.
 
State Police also have, as part of the initiative, seized meth, heroin, firearms, ammunition and stolen license plates, among

Udall Opening Statement At Interior Department Appropriations Hearing With Secretary Bernhardt

on May 23, 2019 - 6:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall’s remarks:
 
Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morning, in your first hearing since you were confirmed as Secretary of

Luján On 100th Anniversary Of House Passage Of 19th Amendment Guaranteeing Women Right To Vote

on May 21, 2019 - 5:26pm

Suffragettes led the way a century ago for the women’s right to vote. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

POLITICAL News:

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment:

“A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women’s equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

on May 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
 
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions of families.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

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

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

Gary King Endorses Marco Serna For Congress

on May 21, 2019 - 7:16am
Attorney General Gary King
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Gary King announced Monday his endorsement of First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna for the Third Congressional District.
 
King, a former two-term attorney general, state representative and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, released the following statement:
 
“Northern New Mexico has so much at stake in this election from protecting and expanding funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory, to building our green energy economy, to combating the Opioid epidemic Marco Serna is the candidate who will get

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2020 Intelligence Authorization Act

on May 19, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to advance the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
 
This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
 
Sen.

Indian Affairs Department Congratulates Senator John Pinto On His Honorary Degree Of Doctor Of Public Service From Navajo Technical University

on May 18, 2019 - 8:01am
New Mexico Sen. John Pinto receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The Indian Affairs Department congratulates Sen. John Pinto on receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Sen. Pinto has dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and the United States of America.
 
Sen. Pinto has served as a member of the New Mexico Senate since 1977, making him one of the longest-serving Native American legislators in U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Vote To Reject Hedge Fund Takeover Of Gannett That Could Have Gutted Vital New Mexico Newspapers

on May 18, 2019 - 7:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country.
 
The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid.

Lunch With A Leader: Zero Waste Talk May 21

on May 18, 2019 - 7:17am
LWV News:
 
Lunch with a Leader, a community event will be at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May  21, at Mesa Library.
 
Five LA residents who are truly leaders in the field of ZERO WASTE wil be the speakers.

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler And County Lobbyist Scott Scanland Brief Council On 2019 Legislative Session

on May 17, 2019 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanland and Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler present a briefing about the 2019 legislative session during Tuesday night's council work session at the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

"It's like a total good news story," NM District 43 Representative Christine Chandler told Los Alamos County Council regarding the 2019 legislative session.

She explained, during the council's Tuesday night work session held at the White Rock Fire Station, that the state's revenues are very healthy and as a result, legislators were

Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bill To Require Digital Engineering Careers Within U.S. Armed Forces, Bolster Artificial Intelligence

on May 17, 2019 - 1:46pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), introduced the bipartisan Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act, which would modernize the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce by adding a recruitment focus and establishing military career tracks for digital engineering.
 
The Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act is in response to recommendations from the defense industry and senior military leaders that the DoD emphasize digital
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