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10:58 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Goodman: Las Cruces City Council Bound By Law On The Minimum Wage

        

  Painstakingly, following the City Charter's requirements, CAFE and volunteers gathered thousands of valid signatures on a petition to increase the minimum wage.  The Charter gave the council only two choices: enact the ordinance as it stands or reject it and let the citizenry vote. 

In September, acknowledging that a popular vote would favor the ordinance, a 4-3 City Council majority enacted the ordinance immediately.

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4:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Heinrich Pushes For National Minimum Wage Increase In Las Cruces

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) visited the Mountain View Market in Las Cruces Thursday to talk about the importance of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers.

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9:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NEA-New Mexico Sponsors "Educators Vote Early" Day October 22

  Thousands of educators, school staff, parents, and community members are expected to vote throughout the state on October 22 as part of The National Education Association – New Mexico’s Educators Vote Early campaign.

NEA-New Mexico represents educators and school staff in 30 counties and 69 local school districts. NEA-New Mexico has called on local Associations to create public awareness events that gather voters together before traveling as a group to early voting locations.

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9:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: New Mexico Per-Pupil K-12 Spending Still Lower Than Before Recession

  ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession. That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

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6:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Billboards Tout $10.10 Minimum Wage Law In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Billboards located off Alameda and Amador, Highway 70 East, and on Missouri near Telshor are increasing awareness about the new law raising minimum wage in Las Cruces to $10.10 by 2017.  The billboards ask members of the Las Cruces community to call the Mayor and City Council at (575) 541-2067 to thank them for the raise and also to ask them to keep the raise to $10.10.   

 

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5:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff in Albuquerque on October 10, 2014

 

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

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5:14 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Senator William Soules Recipient Of New Mexico Library Association’s Legislator of the Year Award

Credit State Senator Bill Soules

  Senator William Soules (D-37-Dona Ana) has been selected to receive the 2014 New Mexico Library Association’s Legislator of the Year Award for demonstrating “leadership in the advancement of libraries throughout the state…especially for his efforts on behalf of the public schools and libraries in his area.”

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2:01 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Heinrich To Push For $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage In Las Cruces Thursday

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will visit the Mountainview Market in Las Cruces on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about the growing income inequality in America and the importance of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers.

 

“Tackling income inequality will strengthen New Mexico families,” said Sen. Heinrich. “I’m glad to see Las Cruces taking the initiative on raising the minimum wage. It’s time to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for all workers across the country.”

 

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12:29 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Goodman: New Mexico Must Provide Indigents A Fair Defense

I want to revisit the issue of adequate legal counsel for indigent defendants.  Folks accused of crimes who can't pay for a competent defense.  (See “NM Must Provide Indigents a Fair Defense” from 4 May 2014.)

   As I mentioned in the earlier column, defense lawyer Gary Mitchell filed in several cases a motion asking the judge either to order New Mexico either to fund a competent defense, as mandated by U.S. and State Constitutions, or to dismiss the case.  Put up or shut up.

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3:04 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Faith Leaders Seek to Clear Doubt Over Motives Of Las Cruces Mayor And City Council

LAS CRUCES, N.M.

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12:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Rodríguez: Voter ID Decision Restores Texans' Rights

  Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement on Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos' ruling that found the Texas Voter ID law “creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose”:

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4:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Keller Urges Support For Constitutional Amendment

Credit Senator Timothy Keller (D)

  Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) is encouraging the public to pay close attention to the constitutional amendments on the voting ballot. In the most recent legislative session he co-sponsored, with Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-16-Bernalillo), Constitutional Amendment 5. If the amendment is approved, it is estimated to potentially add $100 million in new annual revenues to the state permanent fund. The state permanent funds distribute dollars for the state budget, largely appropriated to the education system each year.

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3:57 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

King Campaign: Our Economic Plan For New Mexico

  New Mexico Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Gary King Thursday unveiled his plan to bring the state out of the economic black hole that his opponent helped to create.

“Stimulating economic growth and creating environmentally clean,

well paying jobs for our families and the next generation is something

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10:01 am
Wed October 8, 2014

An Open Letter To Governor Martinez And Attorney General King

Trip Jennings, New Mexico In Depth

  To Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King:

I’ll be blunt: the 2014 campaign for governor feels like canned reality TV.

Attorney general, what does the state of Governor Martinez’s heart, Latino or otherwise, have to do with your vision for New Mexico?

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11:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Martinez Announces 300 New Jobs In Albuquerque Over The Next Few Years

Credit Office of the Governor

  Today Governor Susana Martinez welcomed California-based food producer Flagship Food Group to Albuquerque as they expand to New Mexico. New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, Bernalillo County, Albuquerque Economic Development, and company representatives joined Governor Martinez for the announcement.

 

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4:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Voting Is An Important Responsibility of Citizenship

  Anyone tired of sound-bite politics and candidates who avoid the issues can always find alternatives?  Reading the newspaper and searching for information on the web- candidate profiles, issues, stories and other election news- are always ways to educate yourself before voting.  For people who want to see and judge the candidates in person, there are also the all-important candidate forums.

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10:08 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Goodman: Supporting Abortion Rights And Women's Health In Las Cruces

  My new heroes – heroines, rather – are two high school girls who were sitting in a pizza place on Lohman, saw the folks protesting the not-yet-opened women's health clinic, and quickly made pro-choice signs and stood outside for hours countering the protest.

   The women's health clinic should be welcomed.  I'd defend to the death the rights of those who protest it; but I disagree. 

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7:27 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Lara Campaign: Pearce Trying To Hide Vote To End Medicare As We Know It

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

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7:25 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Pearce Reacts To Jobs Report

  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding the monthly Jobs Report released by the Department of Labor.

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1:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Faith Leaders Thank The Mayor And City Council & Ask Them To Move Forward Not Backward

On September 8th of this year, Las Cruces joined 13 states, the District of Columbia, and became the 6th  municipality to vote for a raise that over time will improve the lives of millions nationwide.  We celebrate Mayor Ken Miyagishima and the City Council’s vote giving hardworking individuals and families in Las Cruces a raise to $10.10 by 2017, including increased tipped wages.  We applaud their commitment to an economic strategy that works for our local economy.  Council’s action will help lift 18,000 workers and their families in Las Cruces out of poverty, giving them a fighting chance

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12:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NEA New Mexico Files Lawsuit, Asks Court To End Illegal Teacher Evaluation Process

The National Education Association – New Mexico has filed a lawsuit charging that Governor Martinez, State Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera, and the Public Education Department have overstepped their authority in implementing a statewide teacher evaluation process in violation of existing state law.

The suit asks the state courts to declare the state-imposed evaluation system unlawful and to enjoin the New Mexico Public Education Department from implementing their system.

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12:01 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Weh: I Am Committed To Serve New Mexico

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

  

  I made a personally impactful decision earlier this year when I announced my candidacy for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat up for election this year.

I decided to run for several reasons. But first and foremost, I want to take my life’s experiences as a businessman, Marine, husband and father to Washington to help break the gridlock and get this wonderful country back on track again.

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11:34 am
Mon September 29, 2014

D.A. Scandal: What's Most Appalling?

Former District Attorney Amy Orlando (Third Judicial District-New Mexico).

  You'll have read that Amy Orlando, Governor Martinez's hand-picked successor, apparently destroyed emails, erased hard-drives, shredded documents, and tried to undermine successor D.A. Mark D'Antonio's ability to do his job.       

   Emails were destroyed despite Orlando's (emailed) acknowledgment that “Anything put on computers is property of the State.”

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8:54 am
Mon September 29, 2014

White House Announces $450 Million In Job Driven Training Grants

Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families and help American businesses grow our economy. While America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country’s history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

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6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Las Cruces Neighborhood Outraged By Constant Gunfire

For some time now, those of us living on the edge of the desert in the Sonoma Ranch area have had problems with people shooting guns very near our homes at all hours of the day and night. We can actually see them from our living room windows. The city has put up signs saying there is no shooting allowed in the city limits – but we have to wonder if the shooters think the city limits end at the edge of the desert.

 

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9:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

NEA New Mexico Files Suit Against Public Education Department

Credit Office of the Governor

  The National Education Association – New Mexico filed suit this week against the state’s Public Education Department.   The suit asks the state courts to force the Public Education Department to comply with state law and fulfill the Association’s requests for information.   NEA-New Mexico made three separate requests regarding the Public Education Department’s unilateral decision to impose state control over local school district evaluation of local teachers.

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4:26 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

King: Dona Ana County Scandal Would Bring "A Tear To The Eyes Of Our Founding Fathers"

“It’s like peeling an onion that makes you cry,” says Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Gary King of the news that Susana Martinez has more skeletons in her closet that are coming to light, layer after layer.

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3:56 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Duran: Despite NM Supreme Court Ruling, Chaves County May Not Have Poll Questions On Ballot

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  SANTA FE—Secretary of State (SOS) Dianna Duran today acknowledged that the Chaves County Commission’s resolution placing five advisory “poll” questions on their general election ballot was a logical outgrowth of a hurried decision by the Supreme Court last week, writing:

“…the argumentation…used by Chaves County…is sound in that it is grounded firmly in a careful reading of the Court decision.  Based on the Court’s order, and the lack of an actual opinion containing guidance…the court believes:

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10:14 am
Wed September 24, 2014

King: Republicans Are Turning Against Martinez

  (Las Cruces, NM)---This week in the Las Cruces Sun-News there was a guest column by former Chairman of the NM Republican Party, Harvey E. Yates Jr.  If you have ever wondered, ‘Who is the real Susana Martinez?’  Here is an illuminating, yet cautionary tale, told by a GOP insider:

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4:25 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

More Than 71,500 People Speak Out For Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves

  More than 71,500 people submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of stronger protections for Mexican gray wolves during the comment period ending today. In July the agency proposed a new rule updating management of the wolves that would, for the first time, allow releases of captive-bred animals into New Mexico and allow wolves much more room to roam than they’re currently allowed. Scientists and citizens have long urged adoption of these measures.

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