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Udall Submits 7,515 Petition Signatures for Re-election

on February 6, 2014 - 7:53am
Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall officially filed for re-election Wednesday, submitting 7,515 petition signatures collected by volunteers from across New Mexico, in order to appear on the ballot in November. Udall gathered signatures from every county in New Mexico, demonstrating broad-based support.

“We’ve seen an outpouring of support from people across our state, and in every county. They know there’s a lot at stake in this election and that we’re focused on what matters - fighting in the U.S.

Vincent Chiravalle Enters House Dist. 43 Race

on February 5, 2014 - 1:34pm

Vincent P. Chiravalle

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent P. Chiravalle told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has entered the race for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43.

"As a state representative I would apply a common-sense conservative approach that reflects core Republican principles and puts state government on the side of our citizens," Chiravalle said. "I would work to create a more efficient state government, one that promotes private enterprise, supports our public schools, and protects life."

He is a native of New

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Rep. Garcia Richard Focuses on Education

on February 5, 2014 - 11:48am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, at podium, honors Los Alamos AP teachers and students Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Sen. Richard Martinez, fourth from left, and LAPS Board of Education President Jim Hall, far right, participated in the event. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos AP teachers and students, shown here with education officials and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, were honored Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE - Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba, is a well-known advocate for schools, students and teachers.

Sen. Linda Lopez Introduces Bill to Halt Implementation of Common Core State Standard

on February 5, 2014 - 8:54am

STATE News:

Lack of Public Participation, Inadequate Fiscal Impact and For-Profit Educational Industrial Complex Pressures Cited

SANTA FE – Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Bernalillo introduced Senate Bill 296 that, if enacted, would halt the state’s implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) until an in-depth fiscal analysis and broad public outreach is accomplished.

The bill also withdraws New Mexico from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) testing consortium.

Appointed Councilor David Izraelevitz Will Seek Election

on February 5, 2014 - 8:10am
Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses his candidacy this morning on KRSN. Photo by Nancy Coombs
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz announced this morning on KRSN that he will seek election to the council seat he was appointed to three years ago after Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed Jim Hall to fill a vacancy in House Dist. 43. That seat was held by Rep. Jeannette Wallace who died from an illness.

"It has been an honor to represent the people of Los Alamos County for the last three years," Izraelevitz said.

Sheriff Marco Lucero Announces Intent for Re-Election

on February 4, 2014 - 11:21am

Sheriff Marco Lucero riding his Tennessee Walker 'Cavalier' in the 2013 County Rodeo. Photo by Larry Lamsa

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he is running for a second four-year term.

"The reasons I choose to run for re-election are similar to the reasons that I ran initially," Lucero said.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Council Chair Geoff Rodgers Announces Candidacy for House District 43

on February 3, 2014 - 9:56am
House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers today announced his candidacy for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43.

"I'm a pragmatic, problem solving elected official with a proven track record of reaching across the aisle," Rodgers said during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Rodgers, 52, is in his second term on the Los Alamos County Council. He served 2001 to 2004, was elected again in November 2010 and last month his peers elected him to a second consecutive term as chair.

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.

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