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11:46 am
Fri September 19, 2014

King Campaign: False Claims In New Martinez TV Ad

Credit Office of the Governor

  In releasing copies of Martinez emails, Attorney General Gary King was complying with a legitimate news media request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act, not playing politics, as falsely claimed in a recent TV ad.  Martinez clearly wanted him to protect her from potential repercussions by breaking New Mexico open records law.  AG King had no role in “publicizing” the governor’s emails...the media was entitled to do so.   The emails in question were delivered to the AG’s Office, the office did not seek them out from any source.

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6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Promote, Not Suppress, The Vote

  Now that Labor Day has passed, campaign season is in full swing. However, instead of making it easier to vote, the state's leadership has made it more difficult. Consequently, there are several issues that impact voters this year.

Texas ranked a dismal 49th in the nation in voter turnout for the 2012 general election. For the 2010 general election, we were dead last. In large part, this is due to the fact that our state ranked 42nd in voter registration in 2010, with only 61.6 percent of eligible voters reporting they were registered to vote that year.

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5:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Child Advocates See Poll As "Call To Action"

  ALBUQUERQUE—Invest in Kids NOW!, a coalition of more than 40 groups, released the following statement in response to the polling in today’s Albuquerque Journal that shows significant support for funding early childhood care and learning services from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.

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5:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King Campaign: Martinez Policies Responsible For Rise In New Mexico Poverty

In just the last two years of Susana Martinez's "bold changes," nearly 22,000 more people in New Mexico are living in poverty.  Census figures out today show slightly more than one in five of our people suffering from hunger and being homeless.  Nationally, this puts New Mexico second-highest in the rate of people living in poverty.  But instead of working to help New Mexico's poor break the cycle of poverty, in the past few days, Martinez was busy courting rich campaign donors in California and Texas, where she was born.

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5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pearce: Funding Was Important To Begin Operations To Stop ISIS

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution proposed by the House to fund the government until Dec. 11.

“Managing the country two to three months at a time is no way to operate. Typically, I vote against partial-year funding bills,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This would not be acceptable in small business, in our homes or our states. However, today’s resolution included the funding to begin military operations to counter the ISIS threat. Therefore, I felt compelled to support the measure.”

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4:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bringing New Mexico Values To Congress

  As I travel across southern New Mexico and talk with folks in every corner of the district, the sentiment is the same everywhere I go: they are fed up with Congress and its dysfunction. The constant bickering and partisanship in Washington is leaving southern New Mexico in its wake.

It’s clear that Congress could use a dose of southern New Mexican values.

I’m a fifth-generation New Mexican. I come from a typical southern New Mexican family.

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11:28 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Fischmann: Las Cruces City Council Minimum Wage Scam

  There were two legally mandated choices in front of the Las Cruces City Council coming into its historic special minimum wage meeting last Monday.

1.  Pass the $10.10 minimum wage ordinance outlined in a referendum proposal that has far more signatures than needed to legally qualify for the ballot, and put it into law without general election approval.

2.  Vote down the $10.10 minimum wage ordinance, which would then automatically put it on the general election ballot for voter approval.

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11:06 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Thomas: Expanded Transit Needed In Dona Ana County

  Imagine a convenient and comprehensive bus service that runs from 6AM to 10PM, offers service on weekends, runs every 15 minutes on major routes, and takes passengers to their workplaces, doctor appointments, athletic events, festivals, the state fair, the new downtown happenings—all the places people want to go when they want to go there.

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4:33 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Duran Pleased With Court Order On Voting In Sandoval County

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  Secretary of State Dianna Duran said she is “extremely pleased” with the federal court order issued Friday, directing the Sandoval County Clerk to ensure that Rio Rancho voters do not face long lines again this November.   

The Sandoval County Clerk’s attorneys had admitted last month in US District Court in Albuquerque that “Sandoval County takes full responsibility” for what the court called a “debacle” in Rio Rancho in the 2012 General Election, which saw voters waiting in line more than five hours.

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4:29 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

New Poll: Martinez Is Just Five Points Ahead Of King

  The latest public poll in the New Mexico’s governor’s race shows Susana Martinez’s lead over Democrat Gary King slipping to just 5-points, down from an 8-point lead earlier this summer. It also shows Martinez under 50% for the first time.  Martinez led 48-43% at the beginning of September.

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4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Pearce Spokesman: Lara Ad Is False

Today Democrat Roxanne Lara released a negative TV ad called "picnic." In the ad she uses misleading votes to falsely attack Congressman Steve Pearce. Pearce spokesman Rob MacGregor said, "Democrat Roxanne Lara unveiled her 100% support for the Pelosi-Obama tax-and-spend agenda in her false attack ad." In the ad, Democrat Roxanne Lara attacks Steve Pearce for voting for H Con Res 96. This was a vote between the Republican budget that balanced in ten years and Nancy Pelosi's budget that never balanced and raised taxes by billions on New Mexico families.

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1:06 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

More Than $4 Million For New Mexico Health Centers

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that 16 health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $4 million to expand primary care services by hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending operating hours, and offering new services including oral health, behavioral health, vision services, and pharmacies. The funding was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and will help health centers reach an estimated 16,943 new patients.

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9:54 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Heinrich Issues Statement On Reforming Campaign Finance Laws

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to reform our country's campaign finance laws:

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9:51 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Linda Lopez References King's Comments On Martinez; Press Conference To Follow

Credit nmlegis.gov

  Senator Linda M. Lopez of Albuquerque’s South Valley issued a statement today affirming that she doesn’t believe Governor Susana Martinez possesses the heart to effectively govern New Mexico. This comes after the media reported that Attorney General Gary King referenced the words of legendary activist Dolores Huerta that this Governor, although she has a Latino surname, does not have Latinos’ interests at heart.

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9:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

In Depth: President Obama Announces Efforts To Expand National Service

  

  President Obama is hosting a Friday ceremony at the White House with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), President Bill Clinton and hundreds of AmeriCorps members to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and recognize the 900,000 Americans who have served through AmeriCorps over the last two decades. The President will announce new commitments to improve pathways to employment for AmeriCorps alumni, encourage community service by young people and expand national service opportunities.  These announcements include the following:

 

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9:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Lara Releases First TV Ad Directly Referencing Opponent Steve Pearce

  Rocky Lara released her first TV ad of the election, “Picnic.” The ad highlights Rocky Lara’s southern New Mexico roots along with her commitment to ending the taxpayer-funded congressional perks that Congressman Pearce has voted to protect.

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1:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Republicans Block Campaign Finance Reform

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote. An outspoken critic of the U.S.

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12:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Professional Teacher And Virtual Education

  Erika Graf-Webster, President, League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces

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3:37 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Pearce Launches First TV Ad For 2014

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Hobbs, NM – Today Steve Pearce’s campaign launched its first TV ad of the 2014 campaign. The ad titled “Us” will run throughout the district. The ad features New Mexicans talking about Steve Pearce listening, caring and getting results for New Mexico.

Watch the ad here

“I am proud to stand up and fight for New Mexico's families as their Congressman. I will oppose Democrats and Republicans when they are wrong and work with them when they are right," said Steve Pearce.

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3:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Rocky Lara Campaign: Pearce Ad Is Deceptive

  Rocky Lara’s campaign released the following statement in response to Congressman Pearce’s deceptive ad.

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3:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

"We Are New Mexico" Campaign Puts Spotlight On Campaign Finance Issues

  A bipartisan group of business and community leaders, including Common Cause New Mexico and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, announce the launch of the "We Are New Mexico Campaign," a statewide effort to raise awareness of the influence of money in politics in New Mexico.

 

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3:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Coalition To Sue Over Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

  A coalition of conservation groups today put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on notice that they intend to bring a lawsuit to hold the agency accountable for failing to produce and implement a valid recovery plan for the imperiled Mexican gray wolf. With only 83 individuals and five breeding pairs in the wild, Mexican gray wolves remain at serious risk of extinction.

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6:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

CAFe Reacts To Council Vote To Increase Las Cruces Minimum Wage To $10.10/Hour

LAS CRUCES— Today Las Cruces, NM becomes the 6th municipality in the country to raise the minimum wage setting the wage in the 2nd largest city in New Mexico to $10.10 by 2017. Supporters have said that increasing the wage to this level will effectively raise thousands up and out of poverty, generate $10 million into the local economy, and grow the middle class.

 

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10:44 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Susan Riedel, Republican Candidate For New Mexico Attorney General

Susan Riedel, Republican candidate for New Mexico Attorney General

  New Mexico is my home. I raised my three boys here and believe it’s a wonderful and unique place to live. I’m running to be your next Attorney General because, after 25 years as a prosecutor, I believe it is time that we elect a prosecutor, not a politician to be New Mexico’s “Top Cop”.

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9:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Report: New Mexico Should Revamp Education Programs For Low-Skilled Workers

  ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico could improve the quality of its workforce and strengthen its economy by implementing changes to its adult education programs for workers who have low levels of education and few job skills. Developing a career pathways framework—which weaves together and aligns adult education, workforce training, and college courses—would increase the success rate, employment opportunities, and earning potential of the state’s low-skilled workers. It would have the added advantage of improving the educational success of those workers’ children.

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6:00 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Sunday Rally In Las Cruces To Support $10.10 Minimum Wage

LAS CRUCES— A “Work with Dignity” rally is scheduled for Sunday, 9/7, at 5:00 p.m. at Mountainview Market, 1300 El Paseo Rd, on the corner of El Paseo & Idaho.  CAFé faith leaders and workers will launch their local BUYcott to support businesses who support a dignity wage.  CAFé leaders will rally a day before the Las Cruces City Council and Mayor Miyagishima vote on their historic ballot initiative to raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017, including improved wages for tipped earners.  

 

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3:40 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Creating A New Mexico That Is Safer For All Of Us

The Hector Balderas family

  It has been my great honor to serve as New Mexico State Auditor since 2007. For nearly eight years, I have worked to transform the Auditor’s Office into a fiercely independent watchdog agency that combats fraud, fights for government transparency and holds public officials accountable.

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3:38 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

One Million Urge SEC To End Secret Political Donations By Corporations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a record-breaking demonstration of support, more than one million comments have been submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling on the agency to take immediate steps to require publicly traded corporations to disclose their use of corporate resources for political purposes to their shareholders.

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3:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

"Toxic Testing" Forum Planned For Santa Fe

Santa Fe -  The public is invited by NEA-New Mexico and NEA-Santa Fe to participate in an open community forum regarding “Toxic Testing and It’s Impact on Students and Teaching.”  The one-hour forum takes place Tuesday, September 9, 5:30—6:30 PM at the NEA-New Mexico headquarters building, 2007 Botulph Road, Santa Fe (one block south of St. Vincent Hospital, across St. Michael’s Drive).

The forum is formatted to encourage community conversation on these topics and features a brief initial presentation of information by NEA-

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10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Livestock Producers Urged To Apply For Disaster Aid

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

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