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Governor: $672 Million Increase In Revenue

on April 15, 2018 - 6:46am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday a 13 percent increase in tax revenue through the fiscal year so far, with more than $672 million more dollars available to New Mexico.
 
This increase also included personal income tax revenue growth of more than $50 million, or 18 percent, and corporate income tax growth of more than $18 million, or 66 percent, as well as gross receipts tax at more than $400 million, or 11 percent.
 
“As we keep up the fight to reform our tax code, make our economy more competitive for jobs and investment – and

USDA Seeks Applications For Technology Grants To Expand Access To Health Care; Education In Rural Areas

on April 15, 2018 - 6:37am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced Friday that USDA is accepting applications for grants to use broadband e-Connectivity to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.
 
“Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is tackling e-Connectivity as a foundational issue for rural communities because it affects everything from business opportunities to adequate health care access,” Hazlett said.

Pearce Questions CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney

on April 15, 2018 - 5:58am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Wednesday attended the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “The 2018 Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to raise issues concerning the impact of the CFPB’s mortgage regulations on rural communities.
 
“Nearly half of the families in rural communities throughout New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans.

Birnbaum: Let's Not Wait Until A Serious Security Breach Occurs...

on April 14, 2018 - 4:48pm
By ED BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

The awarding of a road construction contract by NNSA to improve NM 4 and 502 was great news, but I wish NNSA would give some serious thought to also replacing the old, rusting, painted iron railings of the Omega bridge with a more modern, functional, aluminum railing that will not rust. It makes a pretty ugly gateway to Los Alamos and LANL with the rust stains running down the concrete and the corrosion of the railing mounts. At the very least, the cracked concrete holding the mounts should be repaired and the mounts replaced and/or repainted as necessary.

It

Letter To The Editor: Money In politics?

on April 14, 2018 - 9:06am
By VERNON N. KERR
Former Representative

I was shocked when I saw in the newspapers that some legislative races of state representative cost $100,000 in our state, the corker was $250,000 for a senate race. This was somewhat earlier in the campaigns, maybe a couple of years ago.

I served 16 years as the state representative for Los Alamos County and one term as a county councilor, plus a year as the governor’s cabinet secretary for finance and administration. I also spent 10 years as the chief bill analyst for the House and Senate at various times.

Letter To The Editor: A Hardworking Judge Who Learns Quickly

on April 14, 2018 - 5:48am
By ANTHONY I. ARMIJO MBA, CPA, CGMA, CGFM
Santa Fe

 

District Court Judge Gregory S. Shaffer and I worked together at the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). I was the State Controller and Financial Control Division Director; he was an attorney.

 

As a financial oversight entity, accounting is ingrained in DFA’s work and the statutes it administers. Greg quickly mastered the accounting concepts necessary to provide the highest level of legal service to the Department.

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On Addressing Future Security Challenges

on April 14, 2018 - 5:00am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "United States Special Operations Command's Efforts to Transform the Force for Future Security Challenges."
 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery.
 
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on the efforts of SOCOM's service component commands to transform our special operations forces for the missions they may be asked to

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Votes To Protect Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits And Social Security

on April 13, 2018 - 3:48pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will vote against a strict amendment to the constitution that will mandate federal revenues equal outlays each year. The amendment does not exempt Medicare, Medicaid, veteran benefits, and Social Security. 
 
The amendment comes after CBO projects that federal deficits will increase dramatically to $1 trillion by 2020 after the passage of the tax bill that will cost taxpayers $1.8 trillion even after economic growth is factored in.
 
“Congress must reject a

State Auditor Releases GAO Report On Financial Disclosures For New Mexico Elected Officials

on April 13, 2018 - 3:41pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ­ State Auditor Wayne Johnson Wednesday released a compilation of financial disclosures for New Mexico elected officials, including all six state-wide elected positions like Governor and State Auditor, and all members of the Legislature.
 
The report, compiled by the State Auditor’s Government Accountability Office (GAO), compiles seven data points from the disclosure forms and makes the information available to New Mexicans in one easy-to-read format.

Governor Appoints Ned Fuller As Acting Cabinet Secretary For The General Services Department

on April 13, 2018 - 11:20am
Ned Fuller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Ned Fuller as acting cabinet secretary of the General Services Department.
 
The appointment comes after the retirement of Secretary Ed Burckle, who served as head of GSD since 2011. Fuller previously served as litigation bureau chief of the New Mexico Risk Management Division. He has also served as a district court judge in the Second Judicial District Court.
 
“I have complete confidence that Ned brings the experience and skills necessary to lead the General Services Department,”

Letter To The Editor: Support Sara Scott For Council

on April 13, 2018 - 9:37am
By JOHN GUSTAFSON
Los Alamos
 
I am writing to express my support for Sara Scott’s candidacy for LA County Council.
 
I had the privilege of working with Sara at Los Alamos National Laboratory when she was in a leadership role, and I can attest to her effectiveness as a leader and a strategist. She has an ability to analyze multiple sides of an issue and formulate a proactive plan for reaching a productive, beneficial outcome.
 
Sara knows how to listen and when to adjust. She has tremendous integrity, a great work ethic, and superb dedication to task.
 
LA County and its citizens

Scenes From GOP Meet And Greet Thursday

on April 13, 2018 - 9:26am

Republican candidates gather for a photo during the Meet and Greet event with the community Thursday evening in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Candidates include Mick Rich, U.S. Senate; Steve McFall, Congressional District 3; JoHanna Cox, Secretary of State; Wayne Johnson, State Auditor; Arthur Castillo, State Treasurer; Pat Lyons, Commissioner of Public Lands; Court of Appeals Judges - Steve French, Hank Bohnoff, Emil Kiehne and Daniel Gallegos; Lisa Shin, House Dist. 43; Brady Burke, County Council; Dawn Trujillo-Voss, County Council; Alan Kirk, Municipal Judge; Michelle Garcia Holmes, Lt.

Letter To The Editor: Elect Judges Recommended By Judicial Nominating Commission

on April 13, 2018 - 8:53am
FELICIA ORTH
Los Alamos
 
A 1988 State constitutional amendment supplemented a purely political system for selecting judges with a merit-selection appointment process.
 
Judicial Nominating Commissions now vet judicial appointment applicants using 12 criteria. Commissions are independent; include judges, lawyers, and non-lawyers; and are bipartisan.
 
Only Commission-recommended applicants may be appointed. The appointed judge runs in the next partisan election cycle.
 
The revised system improved both judicial caliber and diversity.

Chandler: Importance Of Early Childhood Education

on April 12, 2018 - 10:44am
By CHRISTINE CHANDLER
Los Alamos
Candidate for House Dist. 43

New Mexico is failing her children. There is overwhelming evidence that early childhood education and programs that mentor young parents pay enormous dividends in terms of success in school and keeping at-risk children out of the criminal justice system. Yet the funding for these systems is inadequate to those in need.

Quality Prekindergarten (PreK) programs have been shown to improve student achievement. New Mexico has an early childhood program administered through the Public Education Department.

Sheriff Candidate Files Lawsuit Against County

on April 12, 2018 - 10:40am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

James Whitehead, a candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff, has filed a lawsuit in First Judicial District Court against Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Division, and Los Alamos County Records Custodian Barb Ricci under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

The lawsuit, the second filed against the County by a candidate for the office of sheriff, was prepared by attorney Blair Dunn, who also represents Sheriff Marco Lucero and former Los

Scenes From Izraelevitz Campaign Kick-Off

on April 12, 2018 - 7:32am

A crowd of supporters listens to David Izraelevitz at the kick-off of his campaign for reelection to Los Alamos County Council Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz jokes with supporters Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge during his campaign kick-off event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Anjelie Doty and David Izraelevitz gather up some of the donations for the local school snack program 'Aaron's Kids'  brought by supporters to Wednesday evening's campaign event.

Democratic Candidates Greet Community Members

on April 11, 2018 - 1:28pm

Local Democratic candidates gather for a group photo Monday evening during a Meet & Greet event hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos. Each candidate was given an opportunity to speak during the event in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Meet & Greet event for Democratic candidates Monday evening in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Robyn Schultz briefs the audience prior to introducing the candidates during the Meet & Greet event Monday in Wallace Hall. Photo by Carol A.

DPNM Acting Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra Highlights Call For Equal Pay For Equal Work

on April 11, 2018 - 12:14pm
DPNM News:
 
Acting Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Neomi Martinez Parra issued the following joint statement Tuesday on Equal Pay Day – a day that represents how far into the year women have to work to earn as much as their male counterparts made the previous year:
 
“As Democrats, we stand by the principle of equal pay for equal work. We’re proud of Democrats in Congress for moving us closer to realizing true equality through the Lily Ledbetter Act and local lawmakers for putting equal pay protections in state statute, but there’s still more work to be done.  
 
“It’s long

Lujan Grisham Raises More Than $3.6 Million To Date

on April 11, 2018 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D-NM) campaign has released fundraising totals for her campaign – raising more than $3.6 million to date, including almost $1.4 million over the previous six months.
 
These staggering numbers come on the heels of her commanding victory at the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention last month where she earned 67% of the vote and the top spot on the ballot for Democratic primary this June.
 
“I’m proud of the vast support our campaign has earned since I announced more than a year ago,” Lujan

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg On Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

on April 10, 2018 - 7:50pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall presses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Screenshot/LADP 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions today in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Video of Udall’s questioning is available here.

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

New Mexico Foundation For Open Government Names Interim Director

on April 10, 2018 - 3:17pm
NMFOG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Board of Directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) Monday announced that Melanie J. Majors will become NMFOG’s interim executive director.
 
She replaces Peter St. Cyr, who was named executive director in late 2016. A longtime advocate for open government, Mr. St. Cyr plans to continue to work in the public’s interest and will be consulting with civic organizations, businesses and public entities on how they can leverage government data and technology to tackle state and local priorities.
 
NMFOG would like to thank him for his

Luján Announces $5.64 Million In Federal Funding For Northern New Mexico Bus Systems

on April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants, totaling $5.64 million, to fund maintenance and construction of new bus facilities in Santa Fe and Española.
  
“Public transportation is a vital driver of economic growth for rural communities in New Mexico. Improvements to these facilities will enable New Mexicans to continue to get to work, school, and home safely and efficiently,” Luján said.

Land Commissioner Candidate SGR Opens Albuquerque Campaign Office

on April 10, 2018 - 10:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos takes her message statewide in her run to become the state's first woman Land Commissioner as she opens her newest campaign office Saturday at 6101 Candelaria NE in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Today Marks Equal Pay Day For Women

on April 10, 2018 - 7:58am

Courtesy/equalpaytoday.org

EQUAL PAY News:

Today marks Equal Pay Day for women working in the United States.

Equal Pay Day is the approximate day the typical woman must work into the new year to make what the typical man made at the end of the previous year.

Based on American Community Survey (ACS) Census data, the 2018 wage gap between women and men is 80 cents. The gap is far wider for women of color as compared to White, non-Hispanic men and moms as compared to dads.

Equal Pay Day for all women should be Dec. 31, but it is not.

Full House Expected At 2018 Republican Candidate Meet & Greet At UNM-Los Alamos April 12

on April 10, 2018 - 6:53am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos and White Rock Public is invited to come get to know the 2018 Republican State and Local Candidates at a Meet & Greet Thursday, April 12, 6pm in Jeannette Wallace Hall, Building 5, UNM-LA. The event is being hosted by the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and the Republican Party of Los Alamos.

Light refreshments will be served.

Confirmed candidates include: 

  • Mick Rich, U.S. Senate;
  • Steve McFall, Congressional District 3;
  • Steve Pearce, Governor representative Michael Horanburg;
  • Michelle Garcia Holmes, Lt. Governor;
  • JoHanna Cox, Secretary of State;
  • Wayne Johnson,

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