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Heinrich Statement on House Republicans' Immigration Reform Principles

on February 3, 2014 - 5:35am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the new set of principles on immigration reform put forward by House Republican leaders:

"The lack of consensus among House Republicans on immigration reform has been disappointing, so I'm encouraged by the recent progress made toward finding common ground and common sense solutions. I'm especially pleased that there's consensus that we need to provide a special pathway to citizenship to DREAMers.

"But the reality is, passing immigration reform is long overdue.

New Mexico Man Nominated to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on February 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Norman C. Bay

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney, has been nominated to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC.)

Bay is currently the director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC, a position he has held since 2009. 

"Norman is an outstanding example of excellence in public service. I look forward to working with him on the energy challenges facing New Mexico and the nation.

House Highlights For Week Ending Jan. 31

on February 1, 2014 - 9:09am

STATE News:

House Highlights for the week ending Jan. 31:

In Committee

House Bill 13 School Equalization Guarantee “Local Revenue,” sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo-19) received a Do Pass without recommendation. HB 13 proposes revisions to the definition of “local revenue” for calculating a school district’s state equalization guarantee distribution under NMSA 1978, Section 22-8-25. HB 13’s inclusion of  new language clarifies the calculation by explicitly requiring any local taxes, whether authorized or not, to be incorporated into the SEG distribution.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome PILT Extension in Farm Bill

on January 31, 2014 - 7:59am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that the Farm Bill conference report, made public last night, includes one year of funding for the critical Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. The news provides relief for rural counties in New Mexico, which face major budget cuts if PILT is not extended.

The senators were among a bipartisan coalition who wrote to Farm Bill negotiators to request an extension of the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal.

Bill to Fully Staff CYFD Gains Bipartisan Support

on January 31, 2014 - 7:29am

Sen. Michael Padilla

N.M. Senate News:

Santa Fe, NM — Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, has introduced bipartisan legislation to fully staff the Children, Youth and Families’ (CYFD) Protective Services Division. The Social Worker Loan for Service Act will provide a pipeline of certified social workers to meet the caseloads for children in protective services.

“This legislation will dramatically reduce caseloads for social workers at CYFD,” Padilla said.

The plan calls for CYFD to select individuals to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work programs at New Mexico higher

CYFD Officials Snub Senate Rules Committee

on January 30, 2014 - 7:23am

Sen. Linda Lopez

NM SENATE News:

SANTA FE—Representatives from the state Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) chose not to attend a Monday morning Senate Rules Committee hearing, which they were invited to, on a high-profile Senate Memorial regarding foster families, child abuse and children’s protective services.

“One of Gov.

N.M. House Seeks Federal Holiday Designation for Native Americans

on January 30, 2014 - 7:12am

Rep. Roberto Gonzales

STATE News:

SANTA FE–By a vote of 70-0, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a measure, which would seek the designation of the national “Native American Heritage Day” as a federal public holiday. 

House Memorial 4 sponsored by Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Taos) encourages the state’s congressional delegation to advocate for the legal public holiday in honor of Native American people. 

This memorial recognizes Native Americans’ historic and contemporary experiences and their substantial contributions to the United States’ cultural, artistic,

Udall Urges Support for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Recommendations

on January 30, 2014 - 6:39am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Wednesday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged support for the recommendations of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, issued as part of a report on the constitutionality of the NSA’s spying program.

Among other findings, the board, which was created by Congress, concluded that the NSA’s bulk telephone surveillance program is illegal and ineffective.

 In June, Udall led a bipartisan call for an independent review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on the impact of the NSA’s spying program on Americans’ constitutional

Udall Statement on State of the Union Address

on January 29, 2014 - 10:04am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after attending President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening:

 

“Like many New Mexicans, I’m frustrated by the tough economic recovery. People in our state are still working to pull themselves out of the recession. Now is a time for bold but practical ideas that will support middle class families and ensure they can afford to buy a house and educate their kids.

Bill Targets Repeat DWI Offenders

on January 29, 2014 - 7:46am

Rep. Elizabeth Thomson

STATE News:

SANTA FE–The requirements to get a driver’s license reinstated for DWI offenders would become more difficult to meet under House Bill 10 sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, D-Bernalillo. 

HB 10 requires an additional fee of $75 (currently $25), completion of the license revocation period, and tighter ignition interlock removal requirements. 

Under the current law, a DWI offender is required to use an ignition interlock on their car for a minimum of one year regardless of the blood alcohol readings registered on the interlock. 

HB 10 would

Los Alamos Officials Attend 2014 Chamber Legislative Reception in Santa Fe

on January 28, 2014 - 11:00am

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Board Chair Bill Wadt, left, and LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Stenhaus joined a number of Los Alamos officials at Monday's 2014 Chamber Legislative Reception together with legislators, business people, chambers and business groups from around New Mexico. The event was held at the Santa Fe Convention Center at which guests sampled hors d'ouvres from Santa Fe's finest restaurants, made connections and networked. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Rep.

President Delivers State of the Union Address Tonight

on January 28, 2014 - 9:54am

President Obama's Chief Speechwriter Cody Keenan takes over the White House Instagram account to give Americans a look inside the process. See more behind the scenes photos here. Courtesy/WH

WHITE HOUSE News:

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address. Watch online with an enhanced version of the graphics and charts of the President's plan for 2014 at WhiteHouse.gov. RSVP here.

Including President Obama’s 2013 address, there have been a total of 92 in person Annual Messages/State of the Union Addresses.

Origins and Authorization

The formal

$3.7 Million Aimed at Turning Around New Mexico's Lowest Performing Schools

on January 28, 2014 - 8:02am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third highlighted Monday that New Mexico has been selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program. A grant of $3,754,213 will help in the effort to turn around persistently low achieving schools in the state.

"There is no better investment we can make in our young New Mexicans than providing them with a good education,” Luján said.

Lujan Grisham Invites Unemployed New Mexican to State of the Union Tonight

on January 28, 2014 - 7:15am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, has invited Coby Messier of Albuquerque to be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. Messier is a long-term unemployed sheet metal worker recently cut off from federal emergency unemployment insurance due to Congress’s failure to extend the program.

Since the program expired Dec. 28, 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexico jobseekers have lost access to this vital economic lifeline.

“The House of Representatives has taken 25 roll call votes since emergency

Senators Make Initial Motion to Override Governor’s Veto on Two Bills

on January 28, 2014 - 7:13am

NM SENATE News:

SANTA FE–Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) and Senator Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro) successfully removed two bills – Senate Bill 7 (SB7) and Senate Bill 588 (SB588) from the Secretary of State’s office and placed them on the Senate agenda for the purpose of an Override of the Governor’s Veto.

“Without this bill [Senate Bill 7 (SB7)] creating a tax expenditure budget, meaningful tax reform and business incentives are impossible to evaluate,” Keller said.

2014 Legislative Veteran-Related Legislation Update

on January 27, 2014 - 8:53am

NMDVS News:

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)  is providing an update on veteran related bills for the duration of the 2014 Legislative Session, which concludes at noon Feb. 20.

The update contains information about all introduced Bills/Memorials/Resolutions--and show their status in the legislative process.

The veteran related bills most likely to be introduced today:

  • Military Retiree PIT Deduction–allowing for military retirees who chose to make their home in New Mexico to take a 25 percent deduction of their tax liability on their military retiree pay.

More Than 1.6 Million Americans; 7,400 New Mexicans Have Lost Unemployment Insurance

on January 27, 2014 - 8:26am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report on how many Americans have seen their unemployment insurance run out since Dec. 28, 2013.

The analysis by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats found that more than 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexicans have lost these important benefits. Without Congressional action, on average, nearly 72,000 people are losing unemployment insurance every week.

"It was disappointing that once again Republicans recessed the House without addressing expiring unemployment insurance

Leadership Los Alamos Session Examines Local Government

on January 25, 2014 - 10:57am

Leadership Los Alamos panelists from left, DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary, Utilities Board Chair David Powell and DPU Manager John Arrowsmith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Leadership Los Alamos participants listen as DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary presents details on her committee's recommendations to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Session Co-Chairs Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge) and Chris Chandler (Probate Judge) led the Dec.

James Chrobocinski Announces Candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor

on January 24, 2014 - 5:40pm

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in his downtown office today announces bid for Los Alamos County Assessor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local businessman James Chrobocinski announced his candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor during an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Chrobocinski grew up in Los Alamos but left to live in Corpus Christi, Texas for several years. He returned two years ago and opened Zia Realty Group in downtown Los Alamos, which now has 25 agents and offices in Santa Fe and Espanola.

Legislative Jobs Council Recommends New Legislation

on January 24, 2014 - 5:41am

The New Mexico State Capital/Courtesy www.newmexico.gov

N.M. LEGISLATURE NEWS:

SANTA FE–With a blueprint in hand, the bipartisan Legislative Jobs Council has started the legislative process of creating jobs in New Mexico. A legislative package based on the recommendations of the Jobs Council has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the House of Representatives.

The legislative package includes:

  • Appropriations to improve economic development efforts toward job creation which includes significantly more funding for the Economic Development Department and the State Tourism

Former ADA and Judge Announces Candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General

on January 23, 2014 - 5:59am

Susan Riedel

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - Susan Riedel, former chief deputy district attorney in Las Cruces and retired Third Judicial District Court judge, announced her candidacy Wednesday for New Mexico Attorney General. Riedel pledged to utilize her more than 25 years of prosecutorial experience to fight for New Mexico:

“New Mexico deserves a strong prosecutor as attorney general,” Riedel said. “I will stand up and fight against those who would prey on the weak and try to take advantage of the public.  I will enforce the laws of New Mexico to ensure that dangerous criminals are put behind bars.

Jobs; Education Top State of the State Address

on January 22, 2014 - 8:32am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez delivers her annual State of the State Address Tuesday afternoon in the House Chambers saying, "I believe our focus must be on two of the most pressing issues – jobs and education." PrintScreen photo/ladailypost.com   

 

The New Mexico House of Representatives Chamber in Santa Fe is filled to capacity during Tuesday's opening of the 30-day Legislative Session. PrintScreen photo/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov.

Governor to Deliver State of the State Address 1 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2014 - 9:03am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez will deliver the State of the State address tomorrow at approximately 1 p.m.

  •  When: Jan. 21, at approximately 1 p.m. (subject to legislative activity)
  • Where: New Mexico House of Representatives, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

Note: The State of the State address will be streamed live online in cooperation with KNME at http://governor.state.nm.us

Sen. Bill Soules to Outline Democratic Agenda during the Democratic Response to State of the State.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan.

Jobs Council Extended for Second Year

on January 21, 2014 - 7:20am

Courtesy/LJC

STATE News:

SANTA FE - The Legislative Council has voted to extend the ground-breaking work of the Legislative Jobs Council for a second year.

During the interim, the bipartisan group of Legislators and private industry representatives tackled the immense and complex challenge of creating economic base jobs in New Mexico. The work of the Legislative Jobs Council is the most thorough and inclusive job creation planning in state history. 

Based on this work, specific legislation will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session with the hopes of creating jobs in the next

Martin Luther King Day Highlights Equality; Nonviolence

on January 20, 2014 - 10:40am

Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy/history.org

Staff Report

As the unquestioned leader of the peaceful Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the same time one of the most beloved and one of the most hated men of his time. From his involvement in the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 until his untimely death in 1968, King's message of change through peaceful means added to the movement's numbers and gave it its moral strength. The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is embodied in these two simple words: equality and nonviolence.

King was raised in an activist family.

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