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Candidate James Robinson: I love UNM-LA

on January 26, 2015 - 9:24am

James Nealy Robinson

 

By JAMES NEALY ROBINSON, Candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3

We are officially one week away from the School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections.

I would first like to encourage all voters to get out and make your voice heard by casting a ballot on Feb. 3. Next, I would like to thank my fellow candidates for a wonderful campaign. It has been great to discuss the issues without negative press. Finally, I would like to thank all the organizations that have allowed me to come and present my ideas for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Over the last few weeks, I

Heinrich Applauds Approval Of SunZia Southwest

on January 26, 2015 - 6:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, and senior Bureau of Land Management officials Saturday to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line in New Mexico.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

The $2 billion infrastructure project will connect and deliver electricity generated in New Mexico and Arizona to population centers across the

Udall: Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy

on January 25, 2015 - 9:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Amendment would create thousands of clean energy jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create more than 250,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars.

The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar

Speaker Tripp: Committees Must Meet On Time

on January 25, 2015 - 8:41am

Speaker Don Tripp

STATE News:

SANTA FE –  New House Speaker Don Tripp sent a letter to the newly appointed committee chairs, asking that they meet on time in order to encourage New Mexicans to get involved in their government.

In the past, committees often ran hours off schedule, making it difficult for constituents to be part of the governing process.

Speaker Tripp sent the following letter to the chairs:

To The Honorable Committee Chairs,

I am writing to discuss my expectations of you as a newly appointed committee chair.

House Speaker Announces Committee Membership

on January 23, 2015 - 7:47am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Newly elected Speaker Don Tripp has announced committee assignments for the New Mexico House of Representatives:

Agriculture, Water, and Wildlife

  • Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, Chair
  • Rep. Andy Nunez, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Paul C. Bandy
  • Rep. Randal S. Crowder
  • Rep. George Dodge, Jr.
  • Rep. Bealquin Bill Gomez
  • Rep. Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales
  • Rep. Dona G. Irwin
  • Rep. Bill McCamley
  • Rep. Bob Wooley

Appropriations and Finance

  • Rep. Larry A. Larrañaga, Chair
  • Rep. Jimmie C. Hall, Deputy Chair
  • Rep. Paul C. Bandy, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage
  • Rep. Doreen Y. Gallegos
  • Rep.

Luján Pushes Two Measures

on January 23, 2015 - 6:43am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that he is supporting a pair of measures aimed at limiting money in politics by overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and increasing transparency in elections.

Luján is a cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act and the Democracy for All Amendment, which would amend the Constitution.

"Five years ago, Citizens United opened up the floodgates of special-interest money into our political system.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Announces Legislative Priorities And Outreach Program

on January 22, 2015 - 3:04pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – At the beginning of her second term as representative for House Dist. 43, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties, announces new legislative priorities and an outreach program with the start of New Mexico's 52nd Legislative Session.
 
The 60-day session convened Tuesday in what will be a historic year as Republicans take the majority in the House for the first time in 60 years.

Groups Rally Against Big Money In Elections

on January 22, 2015 - 12:16pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) joined by Common Cause and Environment New Mexico, gathered at the Roundhouse to mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United - the infamous decision that birthed Super PACs and opened the floodgates for special interest money in our elections.

The groups called out the flood of big money in elections and put forward solutions to amplify the voice of average Americans. 

“Five years ago (today), the Supreme Court went way off track, and gave mega-donors and corporate interests free rein to drown out the voices of the

Letter to the Editor: The Growing Importance Of Community Colleges

on January 22, 2015 - 9:15am
By MICHAEL DI ROSA, Candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board

In Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, President Obama raised the prospect of eliminating tuition for qualifying students enrolled at one of the more than 1,000 public community colleges across the Country.

Debates over such a plan's fiscal chances and mechanics of delivery are certain but shouldn't detract from the larger point that community colleges are in the news and recognized at the highest political levels as essential to national competitiveness.

A recent report by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee stated

Heinrich Cosponsors Women's Health Protection Act

on January 22, 2015 - 8:38am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is cosponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights.

The legislation would protect a woman's right and ability to determine whether and when to bear a child by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin. The bill's introduction comes as the country marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

"Women in New Mexico

Senate Majority Leader Delivers Democratic Response To Governor's State Of New Mexico Address

on January 21, 2015 - 8:56am

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia counties, delivered a Democratic response Tuesday to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address at the State Capitol. 

Sanchez laid out significant differences between Democratic priorities and the Governor’s policy agenda, including so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation, repeal of drivers’ licenses of undocumented immigrants, mandatory retention of third graders, over-testing in public schools, funding of early childhood education,

Time To Reach Across Aisle And Talk About Science

on January 21, 2015 - 8:41am

By CHRISTINE MCENTEE
AGU Executive Director/CEO
  • American Geophysical Union Applauds President Obama’s Acknowledgement of the Role Science Plays in America’s Economy; Calls for Bipartisan Funding Support from Congress

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand why science matters. You also don’t have to be a scientist to understand why bipartisan support for research funding should be a no-brainer.

Issues such as energy innovation and the impacts of our changing climate aren’t limited to red states or blue states.

School Board Candidate Forum At LAHS Jan. 29

on January 21, 2015 - 8:08am

LAPS News:

Candidates running for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board will participate in a forum 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

This forum is open to the public and LAPS administration strongly encourages LAPS parents and students, parent teacher organizations and school leadership to attend.

New Mexico House Elects First Woman Chief Clerk

on January 21, 2015 - 7:00am

STATE News:                  

Lawmakers elected Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk of the New Mexico House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to ever serve in the position.

“Today is historic,” House Speaker Don Tripp said Tuesday. “For the first time in New Mexico history, we will have a woman serve as chief clerk for the state House. Denise brings a wealth of experience to the legislature, and we are honored to have her.”

As chief clerk, Greenlaw Ramonas will oversee voting procedures and day-to-day operations of the New Mexico House.

In addition, Steve Shaw also was

Governor Delivers State Of The State Address

on January 20, 2015 - 6:11pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers 2015 State of the State Address. Photo by Nancy Partridge

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The following is the prepared text of the 2015 State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Susana Martinez today from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

2015 State of the State Address:

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; our new House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; former Senator Pete Domenici;

New Mexico's 60-Day Legislative Session Underway

on January 20, 2015 - 4:50pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, at her desk on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard takes the oath of office with fellow legislators on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Don Tripp Accepts Gavel As New House Speaker

on January 20, 2015 - 4:33pm

New House Speaker Don Tripp accepted the gavel today saying it is not a Republican gavel or a Democratic gavel, but a gavel of the people of New Mexico. Photo by Nancy Partridge

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking at today's opening of the legislative session in Santa Fe. Photo by Nancy Partridge

STATE News:

Republican Don Tripp accepted the gavel as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives today as the New Mexico 60-day Legislative Session got underway at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Below are his prepared remarks:

My friends, I accept this gavel.

White House Teams With YouTube For Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

on January 20, 2015 - 3:25pm

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon

WHITE HOUSE News:

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union 2015 at 9 p.m. today. Here’s everything you need to know:

Meet School Board Candidate Andrea Cunningham

on January 20, 2015 - 7:39am

By ANDREA CUNNINGHAM, Candidate

Los Alamos School Board Dist. 4

 

Hello, my name is Andrea Cunningham. My husband and I moved to Los Alamos 22 years ago from the University of Michigan and have raised our three daughters, now 21, 19 and 16 here. I was a stay at home mom for several years and became active in volunteering, both in the schools and community.

 

I am a nurse and have worked in a variety of positions, including at LANL. I now manage the Los Alamos Public Health office.

Heinrich Applauds President's Actions To Expand Paid Sick And Family Leave For Workers

on January 19, 2015 - 8:23am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday after President Obama announced a plan to expand paid sick and family leave for working families.

In New Mexico, there are an estimated 270,000 workers currently without paid sick leave.

"The fact that we are the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave is unacceptable. We shouldn't force working moms and dads to choose between a paycheck and caring for a newborn.

Luján On Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2015 - 7:25am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1964. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

 

SANTA FE – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

 

Today we honor a man whose message of equality and nonviolence propelled a movement that changed our nation, and whose message we must continue to heed. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of a Beloved Community - a community that is founded on love, respect, and hope; a community that rejects darkness and discrimination, hate and racism, poverty and hunger.

 

Udall Speaks Against Congress Mandating Approval Of Keystone Pipeline

on January 18, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Congress should focus on broad energy policy that includes renewables, rather than a pipeline for a private foreign corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a speech Friday on the Senate floor against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Udall said that Congress should not intervene in approving a pipeline for a foreign corporation.

“We are being asked to do something that I believe is unprecedented,” he said in his remarks, “for Congress to step in and promote a bill for one private sector energy project,

Legislation Targets Toughening Child Pornography Possession Penalties

on January 18, 2015 - 9:48am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Representative-elects Randy Crowder of Clovis and David Adkins of Albuquerque plan to file legislation to toughen penalties for possessing child pornography. Currently, offenders are charged with just one count of possession of child pornography even if they have dozens of images.

“We need to clarify the law if we want to get tough on predators in possession of child pornography,” Crowder said. “I call on my colleagues to join me in protecting New Mexico’s children.”

The courts have said that current law fails to define what constitutes one count of child pornography.

Heinrich: ‘Let Us Be Reminded Of His Dream’

on January 17, 2015 - 10:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Heinrich makes statement on MKL Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is celebrated Monday, Jan. 19.

“On Martin Luther King Day, communities across New Mexico come together to honor Dr. King’s profound lessons of justice and equality.
"He gave a voice to the marginalized and oppressed and inspired a nation to stand up against intolerance.
"Let us be reminded of his dream to build a country where social and economic opportunities are

School Board Candidates State Views At Forum

on January 16, 2015 - 11:17am

School Board candidates from left, NancyAnn Holmes, William Hargraves, Sheryl Nichols, Andrea Cunningham, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer McCumber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local teacher Andrea Determan addresses school board candidates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The second half of the election forum held Wednesday by the League of Women Voters was devoted to the School Board Election which takes place Feb.

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