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Governor Recommits State To Film And TV Industry, Signs Legislation Aimed At Steadier Growth, Expansion

on March 30, 2019 - 9:42am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking Friday at Albuquerque Studios. Courtesy photo
 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 2 Friday at Albuquerque Studios. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 2 Friday at Albuquerque Studios, delivering on a promise to boost the state’s film, television and media industry and provide for steady growth in an economic sector that keeps New Mexicans employed and offers young adults the opportunity to build a sustainable career.
 
Senate Bill 2 more than doubles the annual “cap” on rebate payments to

Global Health Expert Richard Skolnik Evaluates U.S. Healthcare For Cost, Coverage, Fairness

on March 30, 2019 - 9:35am

Global health expert Richard Skolnik. Library. Courtesy photo
 
By REBECCA CHAIKEN
LWV

Richard Skolnik, an expert on global health, spoke to the League of Women Voters at a recent “Lunch with a Leader” talk at Mesa Public Library. 

His topic was “56 Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the United States”.

Skolnik has nearly 40 years of experience at the World Bank and has lectured at George Washington and Yale universities. 

Skolnik explained that the goal of a health system is to maximize the health of the population, in fairly distributed ways, and at the least

AG Tells US Dept. of Health New Draft Drug Report Is Dangerous, Potentially Deadly For New Mexico

on March 29, 2019 - 3:31pm

AG News: 

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services sharing concerns about the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report.

 

AG Balderas, and 35 additional Attorneys General believe that the draft report, sent to the chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, weakens guidelines published by the CDC, believes reports should be aimed at decreasing the risk of opioid misuse in the United States.

 

“The opioid crisis has been devastating on our

Balderas On Filing Lawsuit Against Las Vegas Mayor

on March 29, 2019 - 8:37am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued the following statement after the filing of a private lawsuit against Las Vegas, N.M. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron:
 
“These new allegations of public abuse are concerning, especially when my office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of Ms. Gurule-Giron.”
 
The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Gurule-Giron.

Tales Of Our Times: The Maze Of Dilemmas Is An Endless Pursuit

on March 29, 2019 - 7:48am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 

The Maze of Dilemmas is an Endless Pursuit

 


Political slogans are a war of internal conflicts. A prettier term for “internal war” is the word “dilemma.” A frequent example in plain view is the passing car with dueling bumper stickers. One sign says to “Free Tibet” and the other sign wants “No War.” Both are excellent ideas. But marching towards both is not possible. They are in opposite directions: Tibet can be freed only by war.

Turning to clean air and water, every effort to write a rule meets with an inherent

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Focus On Safety And Cleanup

on March 29, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty about their commitment to safety and environmental cleanup at Department of Energy (DOE) sites and facilities.
 
 
Heinrich

Local Democratic Party Holds Combined Ward Meetings And County Convention Saturday April 6

on March 28, 2019 - 9:30pm

DPLAC News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County (DPLAC) will hold combined ward meetings and county convention at 9:30 a.m  Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Fuller Lodge.

Free on-site childcare for ages 2+ will be provided so parents can attend the convention and participate in choosing DPLAC leadership. For childcare, RSVP to carrie.lynn.walker@gmail.com.

Each Ward will elect a Ward Chair, Ward Vice Chair, and additional delegates to represent the Ward on the County Central Committee, which also includes current party officers and certain elected officials.

Immediately after the ward elections,

Sen. Martin Heinrich Honors César Chávez Legacy

on March 28, 2019 - 5:10pm

César Chávez

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of César Chávez Day, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a resolution to honor the legacy and accomplishments of civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a visionary and fearless leader who fought tirelessly for better working conditions and fair wages for farmers and other underrepresented communities,” Heinrich said. “He inspired a generation of workers and community leaders across the country to stand up for equal justice, economic opportunity, and civil rights.

As NM Prepares For Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Reverse Proposed Cuts To Prevention, Firefighting Budget

on March 28, 2019 - 4:11pm

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators: Send us amended budget request that “more appropriately matches the science-based restoration needs of our shared federal forests”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen.

Town Hall Meeting With Businesses Set For April 3

on March 28, 2019 - 9:34am

COUNTY News:

Business owners are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting with Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott and Councilor Randall Ryti at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting will focus on one of seven goals adopted in the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan:

  • Enhancing support and opportunities for the local business environment. 

This includes appropriate support for existing businesses, growing new businesses, and supporting technology start-ups and spin-offs. 

During the first 10 minutes, Chair Scott and

Heinrich Joins Special Committee On Climate Crisis

on March 28, 2019 - 9:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Senate Republicans' refusal to take action on climate change and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) refusal to allow a vote on a resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is joining in establishing a new Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.
 
"It's long past time for Congress--both the House and the Senate--to finally implement real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution, mitigate the devastating effects of climate

SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver Responds To Same-Day And Automated Voter Registration Bill Becoming Law

on March 28, 2019 - 8:31am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement Wednesday after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 672 into law:
 
“Same-day voter registration and automated voter registration have long been priorities of mine and it’s a game-changer for New Mexico’s voting and elections for them to now become law. States with same-day voter registration see voter turnout increase by an average of 5 percent.

Homeland Security Secretary Jackie White Visits Border To Meet With Key Stakeholders, Evaluate Needs

on March 27, 2019 - 7:27pm

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited a nonprofit shelter Tuesday in Las Cruces where migrants are temporarily placed after being processed. Courtesy photo

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited today wth key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian crisis on the border. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA TERESA — Secretary Jackie White of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management visited key stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian crisis on the border as part of an ongoing evaluation of security and humanitarian needs.

White visited a

State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On Retirement Announcement By U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

on March 27, 2019 - 6:58pm
State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
 
NMRP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce Monday issued the following statement on the announcement by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will retire at the end of his term:
 
“I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Senator Udall on his upcoming retirement. Tom was my colleague in the Congress and also a worthy opponent when I challenged him for the Senate seat he won in 2008. He’s been a devoted public servant and advocate for his constituents in New Mexico and I am proud to call Tom my friend.
 

USDA On Investments In Water And Wastewater Infrastructure To Benefit 171,000 Rural Residents

on March 27, 2019 - 4:41pm
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley Tuesday announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.
  
“Helping to bring modern water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities will increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents,” Baxley said. “The investments USDA is announcing today are foundational to health, safety and economic development in rural communities across America.”
  
USDA is

CIR Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates From Afghanistan

on March 27, 2019 - 4:17pm
Dr. Elizabeth Manak
 
CIR News:
 
Join CIR for Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates from Afghanistan, a unique luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 8 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso in Santa Fe.
 
Six Afghans (here as part of the CIR International Visitor Program), together with two experts on US-Afghan relations will provide a fascinating discussion exploring the many sides of modern Afghanistan.
 
Lunch will be catered by Beyond the Plate, with Afghan women refugees preparing a series of delectable dishes.
 
What is the impact of President Trump’s desire to

Governor Signs House Bill 85 Into Law ... A Victory For New Mexico Working Families

on March 27, 2019 - 4:12pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, today signed HB 85 - the Union Security Agreements. Courtesy photo 

AFL-CIO News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO today released the following statement:

The passage of HB 85 Union Security Agreements (Ely/A Romero/Cervantes) is a victory for all working families in New Mexico. Deceptive and divisive “right to work laws have no place in our state.

During multiple legislative sessions, working people mobilized to stop so-called right to work laws from passing in the Roundhouse.

Forty Seven Senate Democrats Introduce ‘For the People’ Act To Put Power Back In Hands Of American People

on March 27, 2019 - 3:36pm

U.S. SENATE News:

Entire Senate Democratic caucus co-sponsors companion legislation to H.R. 1

Udall & Merkley’s landmark bill would help repair our broken politics, restore the promise of American democracy, and make government work for the people

Sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms makes it easier — not harder — to vote, ends the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures public officials work for the public interest

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S.

Santa Fe World Affairs Forum: Symposium April 11-12

on March 27, 2019 - 9:25am
SFWAF News:
 
Santa Fe World Affairs Forum – Annual Symposium “Rising Authoritarianism: Can Democracy Meet the Challenge” Thursday and Friday, April 11-12 in the Jemez Rooms of the Main Administration Building at Santa Fe Community College.
 
As a new era of international strongmen emerges, this symposium, focuses on Europe, Latin America and the US to examine the global authoritarian threat, its underlying causes, and how authoritarianism can be countered. 
 
LACACIS members are eligible for the two-day $95 member discount, which includes breakfasts and lunches and a Meet the Speaker

New Mexico House Leadership Commends Bronze Star Medal Recipient Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 27, 2019 - 8:33am
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)
 
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) released the following statement Friday in recognition of Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan) receiving his Bronze Star medal for his service as a combat medic in Vietnam:
 
"Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon has spent his career serving others – in Vietnam and now in the State Legislature. Decades following his service in the military, Rep. Alcon still didn't receive his Bronze Star, but now his medal is safely under his guard.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small Introduce White Sands National Park Establishment Act

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) introduced the White Sands National Park Establishment Act, a bill to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico's newest national park.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
 
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said.

Udall Speaks Out Against Plans For 46 Miles Of New Mexico Border Wall ... $1 Billion Transfer

on March 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Comments On Udall Announcement To Not Seek Re-election

on March 26, 2019 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on Sen. Tom Udall's announcement not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2020:
 
“It is an honor and a pleasure to work alongside my colleague and friend, Sen. Tom Udall. Over his decades-long career working for the people of New Mexico, Sen. Udall has shown what it means to be a true public servant. His principled leadership has been a guiding light for me.
 
“Over the next two years, we have an incredible opportunity to stand up for New Mexico

RSF: China's Pursuit Of A New World Media Order

on March 26, 2019 - 8:21am

In a report titled ‘China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order’, Reporters Without Borders investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

In a report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world.

China, ranked 176 out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without

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