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Local Republicans Meet Today

on June 20, 2013 - 9:49am

GOP News:

Any interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend a party meeting at 7 p.m. today  in room 612 (Building 6)  on the UNM-LA Campus.

Discussion will focus on standing committees, organizing and looking to the future, along with basic principles and issues.

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Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

on June 19, 2013 - 7:38am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore authority back to Congress, individual states and the American people to regulate campaign finance.
 
The constitutional amendment would reverse dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.

Udall Named Chair of Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee

on June 15, 2013 - 11:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has been named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

Udall was named the new to lead the subcommittee by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Chair of the full Appropriations Committee. He succeeds Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away June 3, 2013.

“As Chairman I look forward to the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent wisely and the interests of hardworking families in New Mexico are protected,” Udall said.

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Strengthen STEM Fields

on June 13, 2013 - 7:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced Wednesday that they have introduced a bill to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S.
 
The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills.

Udall Encouraged by Vote to Begin Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate

on June 12, 2013 - 8:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting to begin debate on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"I was very encouraged with the strong, bipartisan vote to restart the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate.
 
"We still have a long way to go before immigration reform becomes law, and as it progresses in the Senate I will be looking to make sure it supports New Mexico's interests as a border state.

UNM-LA Files Resolution For Special Election

on June 11, 2013 - 3:32pm

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, center, and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed a resolution with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover this morning to officially record the special election for the college that will be held Sept. 17 in Los Alamos County. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed an election resolution this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office to officially record a special election set for Sept.

50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act: New Mexico Women Make 79 Cents For Every Dollar Men Earn

on June 11, 2013 - 11:25am

Women overall and across ethnic lines continue to earn less than men. Courtesy/U.S. Census

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District is calling for Congressional action to help close the remaining wage gap between men and women.

"When the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, women earned 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Now, women in New Mexico make 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a discrepancy which affects not only women, but their families as well.

New Mexico Republican Politicians Land in Hoosgaw

on June 10, 2013 - 3:25pm

Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, Dr. JR Damon, Albuquerque City Counselor Janet Arnold-Jones and U.S. Rep. Steve Pierce, with New Mexico Republican Party Chair John Billingsly standing in the back, wait to bail out of the politician pokey during Saturday's Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s picnic. Photo by P. Orlando Baca

GOP News:

New Mexico Republican Politicians Land in Hoosgaw
By BETTY ELLINGTON-SMITH

Saturday at a Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s picnic, some prominent politicians were “arrested” on trumped up charges and thrown into a Jail called the “Politician Pokey.”

Nancy Bartlit Receives 2013 Achievement Award

on June 10, 2013 - 12:55pm
Saturday, June 8 the Democratic Party of Los Alamos celebrated the annual JFK Banquet at de Colores Restaurant in Los Alamos. More than 100 local Democrats applauded the awarding of the 2013 Achievement Award to longtime Los Alamos historian Nancy Bartlit. Photo by David Griggs

Lunch with a Leader: Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on June 8, 2013 - 8:43am

Rep. Stephanie G. Richard

LWVLA News:

This month's League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader is 11:40 a.m. Thursday June 13 at Mesa Public Library.

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe if the featured speaker. She is a native born New Mexican who grew up in Silver City, attended Columbia as a pre-med student but graduated with a degree in political science. Besides being active in politics, she has taught in several countries, in several states, and in both public and private schools. Richard now teaches 3rd grade in Pojoaque.

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NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Protect Special-Ed Funding

on June 8, 2013 - 7:26am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation have introduced a bill to protect New Mexico’s future special education funding.

This week, the Department of Education ruled that New Mexico underfunded its share of the cost of educating students with special needs for the state fiscal year 2011. It determined New Mexico did not meet its financial obligations for special education spending by $34 million.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must maintain their share of special education spending through a "maintenance of effort" (MOE)

Udall and Heinrich: Prevent Fires From Downed Power Lines

on June 7, 2013 - 11:14am

Downed power line illustration. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.Following news that recent fires in New Mexico were caused by downed power lines, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are encouraging cooperation between utility companies and federal agencies to keep trees away from power lines and reduce the risk of wildfires.
 
Downed power lines have caused several wildfires, including the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires currently burning in northern New Mexico.
 
In letters to the U.S.

Udall: Americans Deserve More Transparency on Phone Record Collection

on June 6, 2013 - 9:18pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement today on news reports that government agencies have collected extensive information on Americans' phone records:
 
"The news that the government issued a blanket order for Americans' phone records is deeply disturbing and exactly why I voted against the Patriot Act in 2001. It's also why I have opposed reauthorization of similar provisions without adding civil liberties protections - protections that require agencies to explain specifically what information it thinks it needs to see and why.
 
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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Attends National Meeting in Cincinnati

on June 4, 2013 - 10:12am

Los Alamos air service to Albuquerque continues to grow in popularity and Monday's 6:30 a.m. flight was nearly filled to capacity. On Monday's flight was State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, who took the early flight on her way to attend a national meeting in Cincinnati for legislators dealing with DOE site cleanup and other nuclear industry related issues. Garcia Richard is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Nuclear Legislative Workgroup. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Tours Thompson Ridge Fire Area; Meets With Residents

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, visited the Thompson Ridge Fire area Saturday and said that it is predominately burning fuel on the forest floor and except for isolated spots, has not moved into the canopy thus far. Courtesy photo

During a tour Saturday, Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis points out to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard the site of the Thompson Ridge Fire back burn area where a containment line is being cut just inside the Valles Caldera property line. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with New Mexico

Luján Announces $180,000 in Economic Development

on May 31, 2013 - 8:08am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District has announced that the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District will receive $180,000 through the Economic Development Administration to assist with efforts to increase private capital investments and job creation in the region.

"A comprehensive strategy to promote economic growth is essential in the effort to attract businesses that can create jobs in the private sector," Luján said.

Governor Appoints Jim Hall to State's IT Commission

on May 29, 2013 - 9:18am

Commissioner Jim Hall

STATE NEWS:

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed James Hall of Los Alamos to New Mexico's 15-member Information Technology Commission.

New Mexico's Information Technology Commission reviews and approves information technology plans and initiatives for the state.

"I look forward to working with the Information Technology Commission," Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

President Pays Tribute to America's Fallen Heroes

on May 26, 2013 - 12:04pm

President Obama pays tribute to America's men and women in uniform. Courtesy/WH

WHITE HOUSE News:

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

The President said that America has always risen to meet and overcome its challenges because of their brave sacrifice, and asked all Americans to honor our fallen heroes and to stand with our veterans and military families as we come together this weekend.

Access audio of the address and video of the address

Luján: Republican Student Loan Bill Makes College More Expensive

on May 24, 2013 - 6:15am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today against a House Republican bill that will make it more expensive for students to attend college with federal subsidized Stafford student loans. With the interest rate on these loans set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on June 1 action is needed to keep costs down for millions of students across the country.

"Rather than passing legislation that simply keeps interest rates on student loans where they are, House Republicans have come up with a disappointing plan that is

Stakes Removed in White Rock and Reconfigured to Say No Well Drilling!

on May 18, 2013 - 10:02am

To express opposition to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities' proposed water well drilling plan in White Rock, someone removed survey stakes overnight and reconfigured them to read No Drilling! Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: Perhaps Religious and Charitable Donations Shouldn't be Tax Deductible

on May 17, 2013 - 8:47am
By DON NEEPER
Los Alamos

Thurman Talley suggested (5/16/13 Los Alamos Daily Post) any 501c organization that made political contributions should lose its tax-exempt status.
 
At the risk of seeming obstreperous, I'll make a bolder suggestion. Although charitable and religious organizations themselves should not be taxed, perhaps donations to such organizations should not be tax-deductible.
 
Why should other citizens collectively have to pay more tax just because I choose to donate to my favorite charity or church?

Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. 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 last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
By THURMAN TALLEY
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!

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In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.

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Republicans Meet at 7 p.m. Thursday

on May 15, 2013 - 7:56am

GOP News:

All members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the Party Central Committee Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Room 220 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Guest speaker will be State Party Chairman John Billingsley. Accompanying him will be Bernadette Granger, one of the state headquarters staffers.

Billingsley was the campaign chairman of Steve Pearce in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

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