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Gary King Opposes Deep Cuts to Federal Food Stamps

on September 22, 2013 - 10:01am

Attorney General Gary King

STATE News:

New Mexico Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor Gary King today strongly spoke out against Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to impose harsh cuts to American families who depend on federal food stamps. 

Yesterday House Republicans passed billions of dollars in cuts to federal food stamps by a vote of 217-210; the cuts will push millions of American families, including those in New Mexico, into poverty during the ongoing economic slump.

"While this is a federal issue, and I intend to be the next Governor of

Udall Honors Hispanic Heritage

on September 22, 2013 - 7:20am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico and across the country:

“Mr. President, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to remember and to celebrate the integral role of Hispanic Americans in the economy, culture and identity of our nation. 

“In New Mexico, we enjoy a rich Hispanic heritage that goes back over 400

Udall Supports NM Nominee for Deputy Interior Secretary

on September 21, 2013 - 8:16am

Michael Conner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday,  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the nomination of New Mexico native Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department.

A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate with degrees in engineering and law, Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He previously ran the Interior Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office before moving to the U.S. Senate as counsel to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under former Sen.

Luján Highlights Impact of Climate Change on Minority Communities

on September 19, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor Wednesday on the need to address climate change.

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15, Luján highlighted the importance of this issue within the Latino community. During his remarks, Luján also highlighted his opposition to a House Republican plan to make steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"Mr.

Today Last Chance to Vote in UNM-LA Mil Levy Election!

on September 17, 2013 - 10:19am

COUNTY CLERK News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover reported this morning that her office has received 5,075 ballots for the UNM-LA Mil Levy election as of Monday night.

Registered voters still have until 7 p.m. today to cast their ballot at the County Clerk's Office. All ballots must be physically inside the County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. today.

The lobby and Council Chambers at the Municipal Building will be open today at 7 p.m. when voting closes to allow community members and media to await the results, which will be posted in the lobby.

Los Alamos County Election Manager

Skandera Details State's Educational Direction During Talk at Los Alamos Community Dinner

on September 16, 2013 - 2:45pm
 

New Mexico Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera lists her five strategic levers of change for the state's K-12 grades and outlines her vision for improving education across the state. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Local Republicans and other community members and civic leaders listen to Secretary Skandera speak about the importance of elevating education in New Mexico from the lower end of national lists. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 

Hanna Skandera. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
In his introduction of New

Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday

on September 15, 2013 - 9:21am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

There will be a celebration of the recent marriage equality decision in Los Alamos, discussion with speakers and refreshments.

All Democrats are welcome to attend.

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GOP Central Committee Meets Thursday

on September 15, 2013 - 8:48am
GOP News:

All interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in room 610 on the UNM-LA campus.

Chairman Robert Gibson will conduct the meeting.

 

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Still Time to Vote for UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 14, 2013 - 9:00am

Los Alamos County Election Manager Gloria Maestas, left, with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover Thursday in the room where ballots for the UNM-LA Mil Levy election are stored. They said turnout so far has been on the low side at 4,500 ballots returned through late afternoon Thursday. Local mail in elections typically draw about 6,000 ballots. Registered voters still have 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballot at the County Clerk's Office. All ballots must be physically inside the County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Photo by Carol A.

FCC Will Address Rural Dropped Calls

on September 12, 2013 - 8:05am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take steps to prevent telecommunications operators from dropping calls from rural customers.

During a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Udall, who chairs the subcommittee, secured the promise from FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn that FCC regulators will ensure providers will no longer discriminate against calls coming from rural areas.

“I am very pleased that the FCC will take action,” Udall said.

NM Democratic Party Holds Jobs Forum

on September 12, 2013 - 7:34am

NMDP News:

Chairman Sam Bregman has announced that the New Mexico Democratic Party will host a Jobs Forum 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall, 4921 Alexander Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

A wide range of representatives will address the jobs crisis in New Mexico, including New Mexico House Speaker Ken Martinez and New Mexico State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. 

Others addressing the forum include representatives from the Green Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State University, Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New

Luján on 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2013 - 11:37am


Courtesy photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

"Today we mourn the lives that were cut short when our country was attacked by terrorists 12 years ago. While we were shaken to our core by the horrifying attacks, a resilient nation pulled together to show the bravery and heroism that are hallmarks of the United States of America.

"We saw first responders risk their lives to save others.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Syria's Bashar al-Assad Interview Airs 7 p.m. Today

on September 9, 2013 - 11:06am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy photo

PBS News:

Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on KNME-New Mexico PBS at 7 p.m. today on Ch. 5.1.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (KNME will pre-empt the 7 p.m. episode of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, then resume regular programming.)

The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts From Sam

on September 9, 2013 - 10:52am
Thoughts From Sam
By SAM BREGMAN
Chairman, NMDP

This past weekend over 500 New Mexico Democrats attended our first “Rising Star” Dinner, which was a sold out extravaganza. Congressman Jaoquin Castro spoke strongly and eloquently about how Democrats are slowly but surely turning America ‘blue.’ The next day, close to 300 Dems attended our Fall SCC meeting which conducted important business, listened to potential 2014 candidates and adjourned early!

The big news was the announcement from Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver-she is running for the Democratic nomination for

Public Invited to Reception for Judge Sylvia LaMar

on September 9, 2013 - 7:05am

Central Labor Council Hosts Labor Day Celebration

on September 9, 2013 - 7:00am
Salt of the Earth performs at Labor Day Celebration in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

CLC News:

The Central Labor Council put on a big Labor Day party in Santa Fe to celebrate the contributions labor made to America.  

Beginning with making a middle class and including vacation and sick days, then establishing the 40 hour work week, abolishing child labor, and making safe conditions of employment, labor has been a huge  group to make America what it is.  

Between 300 and 400 people came to the events.The Salt of the Earth  sang songs and poetry was read.

Town Hall Features Hilltalkers Debating UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 5, 2013 - 12:30pm
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Debate Team took on the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall event at the college Aug. 29. Photo by Vint Miller
 
Hilltalkers debate the UNM-LA mil levy question at a Aug. 29 Town Hall. Photo by Vint Miller
 
Staff Report
 
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debated the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall meeting Aug. 29, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
 
Community members attended the event at the UM-LA Lecture Hall. Dr.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meet Sept. 12

on September 5, 2013 - 8:21am

NMFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will meet noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse on Oppenheimer Drive.

NMFRW will kick off its Voter Registration Drive at the meeting with County Clerk Sharon Stover attending to certify members who wish to help with new voter registration. 

Voting for Delegates and Alternates to the NMFRW State Convention also will take place during the Sept. 12 meeting.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for the LA Cares Food Bank and toiletries for the Women's Shelter in Espanola. 

Contact Donna MacDonald at

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
 
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
 
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

Judge Upholds Ruling for Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

on September 4, 2013 - 12:59pm
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, issues a marriage license today to Maria Thibodeau, center, and her partner Janet Newton after being ordered to do so by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson during a court hearing this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Cameras roll as the judge enters the courtroom this morning to hear the case involving the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, Junior Attorney Katie Thwaites and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales look on at right as

Attorney for Same Sex Couple Responds to Los Alamos County Clerk's Statement

on September 3, 2013 - 4:39pm

Attorney John Day

Staff Report

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe issued the following response moments ago on behalf of his clients Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau to the statement issued today by Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover regarding her position on the issuance of same sex marriage licenses.

Stover denied Newton and Thibodeau a marriage license late last month and the couple hired Day to represent them in court action against her.

"We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos

Breaking News: Los Alamos County Clerk Opts to Face Judge Regarding Same Sex Marriage Issue

on September 3, 2013 - 3:52pm
 

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, center, Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales and Junior County Attorney Katie Thwaits in their conference room this morning have worked on the legal question surrounding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses during the last four days. At the heart of the matter is the fact that the marriage license in State statute has not been updated since 1961. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has issued the following statement regarding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses:"Last week, Los

UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Continue at Steady Pace

on September 3, 2013 - 3:32pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said late this morning that her office has been receiving a steady flow of ballots for the UNM-LA mil levy election following the holiday weekend. Ballots must physically arrive in the Clerk's Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Dr. Cindy Rooney, Dean of Instruction at UNM-LA will speak at this month's Chamber Business Breakfast about the funding situation at the college and how the local campus can better serve businesses. The talk is 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in the Student Services Building.

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