Local Viewpoints http://krwg.org en Udall, Heinrich Support Bill To Protect Women's Health In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Decision http://krwg.org/post/udall-heinrich-support-bill-protect-womens-health-wake-hobby-lobby-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today,&nbsp;<strong>U.S. Senators Tom Udall</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Martin Heinrich</strong>&nbsp;joined their Senate colleagues in introducing the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:08:47 +0000 Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) 70116 at http://krwg.org Udall, Heinrich Support Bill To Protect Women's Health In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Decision Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-votes-approve-cybersecurity-legislation <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><p style="line-height: 17.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:29:42 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 70103 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation "Border Reality Checkpoint" Day Of Action In Las Cruces And El Paso http://krwg.org/post/border-reality-checkpoint-day-action-las-cruces-and-el-paso <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>EL PASO, TX &amp; LAS CRUCES, NM —Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project along with community leaders and volunteers will join communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in a day of action to simultaneously deploy “Border Reality Checkpoints.”</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 ACLU of New Mexico 70069 at http://krwg.org "Border Reality Checkpoint" Day Of Action In Las Cruces And El Paso Statewide Chamber Continues Advocacy For Fair Treatment Of New Mexico Businesses http://krwg.org/post/statewide-chamber-continues-advocacy-fair-treatment-new-mexico-businesses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>Albuquerque, NM&nbsp;</strong>– Today, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, the statewide business advocate, led a panel of business leaders and experts who testified on issues with the State’s procurement procedures, and raised concerns that major opportunities are being lost for local businesses when the state government spends tax dollars outside New Mexico.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:54:58 +0000 New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry 70071 at http://krwg.org Statewide Chamber Continues Advocacy For Fair Treatment Of New Mexico Businesses King: Martinez Ad Is "Nasty Smear Campaign" http://krwg.org/post/king-martinez-ad-nasty-smear-campaign <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Martinez' campaign sunk to a new low yesterday as they released a video from July, 2012 in a blatant effort to mislead and misinform New Mexicans while smearing Attorney General Gary King. This desperate attempt comes as Martinez seeks another four year term as Governor of New Mexico.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gary King For Governor Campaign 70068 at http://krwg.org King: Martinez Ad Is "Nasty Smear Campaign" State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement http://krwg.org/post/state-chamber-requests-public-records-procurement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today, The Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide chamber of commerce, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, and the New Mexico General Services Department.&nbsp; The records requested will show what percentage of state taxpayer money in these departments is being spent outside of New Mexico, instead of in contracts with in-stat Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:33:08 +0000 Association of Commerce and Industry 69698 at http://krwg.org State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement Pearce Responds To President's Immigration Announcement http://krwg.org/post/pearce-responds-presidents-immigration-announcement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to President Obama’s announcement today that he would fix the immigration system on his own, without Congress.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:11:17 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 69527 at http://krwg.org Pearce Responds To President's Immigration Announcement Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration http://krwg.org/post/water-release-benefit-native-plant-restoration <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt;">LAS CRUCES – The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), and Audubon New Mexico were joined today by local government, nonprofit organizations, farmers and members of the public to celebrate the first irrigation Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:20:13 +0000 Audubon New Mexico 69479 at http://krwg.org Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration Udall: Supreme Court Wrong To Put Corporate Interests Above Women's Health http://krwg.org/post/udall-supreme-court-wrong-put-corporate-interests-above-womens-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>U.S. Senator Tom Udall</strong>&nbsp;issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to protect corporate interests while rolling back women’s access to contraception:</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:16:31 +0000 Office of Senator Tom Udall D-NM 69478 at http://krwg.org Udall: Supreme Court Wrong To Put Corporate Interests Above Women's Health Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA http://krwg.org/post/pearce-i-continue-seek-answers-albuquerque-va <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Steve Pearce met for the second time with administrators of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_576158832" tabindex="0">Friday</span>&nbsp;to discuss the ongoing concerns about the VA Health Care system and veterans services. He announced plans for a pilot program in Southeast New Mexico for veterans to see local doctors for specialty care. Congressman Pearce also again engaged with VA administrators, asking them for transparency in answers to patient lists.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 69424 at http://krwg.org Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA Heinrich Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-calls-gop-pass-immigration-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement calling on House Republicans to act on the Senate bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate one year ago.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:17:18 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 69320 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform Udall To Meet With FCC Chair And Tribal Leaders Monday http://krwg.org/post/udall-meet-fcc-chair-and-tribal-leaders-monday <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px;"><font face="Book Antiqua"><b>&nbsp;</b></font></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><font face="Book Antiqua"><b>On Monday, U.S. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:15:44 +0000 Office of Senator Tom Udall D-NM 69319 at http://krwg.org Udall To Meet With FCC Chair And Tribal Leaders Monday Heinrich Presses Obama For More Transparency On Drone Policy http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-presses-obama-more-transparency-drone-policy <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:08:21 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 69218 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Presses Obama For More Transparency On Drone Policy Voter Advocates: Open The New Mexico Primary System http://krwg.org/post/voter-advocates-open-new-mexico-primary-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On June 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;voters went to the polls to vote for nominees for the General Election – that is if they were registered Democrats or Republicans.</p><p></p><p>The Secretary of State reports only one in five voters participated in this year’s primary election. These anemic numbers reflect that nearly a quarter-million registered voters could NOT vote in the primary. Why? Because they declined to identify as Republican or Democrat when they registered.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:25:18 +0000 David Crum & J. Edward Hollington 69153 at http://krwg.org Voter Advocates: Open The New Mexico Primary System New Initiative Launched To Increase Latino Inclusion In News Coverage http://krwg.org/post/new-initiative-launched-increase-latino-inclusion-news-coverage <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) today launched the Latino Experts Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and created to increase the visibility of Latino experts in local news coverage. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:16:24 +0000 National Hispanic Media Coalition 69152 at http://krwg.org DHS Writes Open Letter To Parents Of Children Crossing The Border http://krwg.org/post/dhs-writes-open-letter-parents-children-crossing-border <p align="center"><em>The following op-ed from Secretary Johnson ran in Spanish-language outlets over the weekend. Please see the English translation below.</em></p><p></p><p><strong>An open letter to the parents of children crossing our Southwest border</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:19:44 +0000 Jeh Johnson Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 69041 at http://krwg.org Pearce: Questions Remain About Detention Of Immigrants In New Mexico http://krwg.org/post/pearce-questions-remain-about-detention-immigrants-new-mexico <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to use the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia, New Mexico as a holding and processing facility for women and children who have recently crossed the border illegally.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:41:44 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 68955 at http://krwg.org Pearce: Questions Remain About Detention Of Immigrants In New Mexico Heinrich Co-sponsors Net Neutrality Legislation http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-co-sponsors-net-neutrality-legislation <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">&nbsp;In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-sponsored S. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:36:03 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 68953 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Co-sponsors Net Neutrality Legislation Advocacy Group: New Mexico Needs Workplace Policies To Protect New Parents http://krwg.org/post/advocacy-group-new-mexico-needs-workplace-policies-protect-new-parents <p>A new state-by-state analysis shows how little the nation supports and protects working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives – and New Mexico is nearly failing its new parents. The study,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/expecting-better-2014.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents</em></a>, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:33:56 +0000 National Partnership for Women and Families 68685 at http://krwg.org Pearce: New Survey Shows Variations In VA Wait Times http://krwg.org/post/pearce-new-survey-shows-variations-va-wait-times <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Steve Pearce has released a survey of New Mexico veterans that shows differences in reported wait times at VA Health Care facilities, when compared to data released last week by the Veterans Administration. In an ongoing effort to shed light on the problem facing veterans in New Mexico and continue the dialogue, Pearce released this statement.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce-NM 2 68593 at http://krwg.org Pearce: New Survey Shows Variations In VA Wait Times Pearce: New Mexico Will Get Increase In Federal Payments In Lieu Of Taxes http://krwg.org/post/pearce-new-mexico-will-get-increase-federal-payments-lieu-taxes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Steve Pearce is proud to see that New Mexico will be issued $37,677,905 in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) today. Pearce pushed for the payments to be included in the Agriculture Act of 2014 to fully compensate counties for federal land within their borders. New Mexico will receive nearly $3 million more in funding this fiscal year.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:46:26 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 68557 at http://krwg.org Pearce: New Mexico Will Get Increase In Federal Payments In Lieu Of Taxes Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken http://krwg.org/post/groups-file-lawsuit-protect-lesser-prairie-chicken <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Three conservation groups filed a legal challenge today over the U.S. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Center for Biological Diversity 68521 at http://krwg.org Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken Heinrich Pleased With Support For Tribal Communities http://krwg.org/post/heinrich-pleased-support-tribal-communities <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:56:36 +0000 Office of Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM 68389 at http://krwg.org Heinrich Pleased With Support For Tribal Communities Rodriguez: Border Needs Help, Not Militarization http://krwg.org/post/rodriguez-border-needs-help-not-militarization <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State&nbsp;Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding the calls by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and others who call for more law enforcement in response to a humanitarian crisis spurred by violence in Central America:</p><p><em>What we are dealing with is an influx of children fleeing from Central American violence; imagine a situation so dire that you allow your children to travel a dangerous journey -- thousands of miles -- to a foreign land.</em></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:48:46 +0000 State Sen. José Rodríguez 68233 at http://krwg.org Rodriguez: Border Needs Help, Not Militarization Udall: Republicans Block Bill To Help Ease Student Debt http://krwg.org/post/udall-republicans-block-bill-help-ease-student-debt <div style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;"><p><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today,&nbsp;<strong>U.S. Senator Tom Udall</strong>&nbsp;expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to help students struggling with out-of-control college loan debt. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:37:12 +0000 Office of Senator Tom Udall D-NM 68127 at http://krwg.org Udall: Republicans Block Bill To Help Ease Student Debt Pearce: Obama's Decision To Negotiate With Terrorists Was A Mistake http://krwg.org/post/pearce-obamas-decision-negotiate-terrorists-was-mistake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today, Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, on the transfer of five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:51:08 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 68104 at http://krwg.org Pearce: Obama's Decision To Negotiate With Terrorists Was A Mistake Center For Biological Diversity: Gila Plan Puts Rivers And Endangered Fish At Risk http://krwg.org/post/center-biological-diversity-gila-plan-puts-rivers-and-endangered-fish-risk <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The Gila National Forest’s new travel-management plan, developed in response to rules limiting off-road vehicles, will continue to allow ORVs on 3,000 miles of roads, including in sensitive riparian areas and critical habitat fo Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:48:40 +0000 Center for Biological Divesity 68103 at http://krwg.org Center For Biological Diversity: Gila Plan Puts Rivers And Endangered Fish At Risk Pearce: Mouse Endangered Species Listing Threatens Jobs http://krwg.org/post/pearce-mouse-endangered-species-listing-threatens-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it had listed the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse as an endangered species. FWS included grazing and wildfires as primary reasons for the listing. Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:09:35 +0000 Office of Rep. Steve Pearce R-NM 2 68040 at http://krwg.org Pearce: Mouse Endangered Species Listing Threatens Jobs New Mexico Counties Join Lawsuit Over Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-counties-join-lawsuit-over-protection-lesser-prairie-chicken <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">The Permian Basin Petroleum Association and&nbsp;four New Mexico counties sued the federal government, alleging the U.S.&nbsp;Department of the Interior and the U.S. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:19:01 +0000 Permian Basin Petroleum Association 68005 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Counties Join Lawsuit Over Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken New Mexico Jumping Meadow Mouse Gains Endangered Species Protection http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-jumping-meadow-mouse-gains-endangered-species-protection <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;As part of an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups, the U.S. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:14:25 +0000 Center for Biological Diversity 67926 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Jumping Meadow Mouse Gains Endangered Species Protection