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2:53 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Seeks Public Comment

  Albuquerque, NM – The BeWellNM, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, Board of Directors has announced a public comment period pertaining to the organization’s proposed plans for long-term financial sustainability.BeWellNM will need to be fully financially self-sustainable starting on January 1, 2016 when federal grants to fund our operations will no longer be available. Since the BeWellNM Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange has already been operational for a year, BeWellNM will need to fund SHOP operations starting January 1, 2015.

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6:16 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Interstate Stream Commission Votes In Favor of a Sustainable Water Future for Southwest New Mexico

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voted in a public meeting today to support water conservation projects, rural communities and the environment in Southwestern New Mexico through the Arizona Water Settlement Act (AWSA). The Commission’s recommendation includes municipal water conservation, capturing and saving flood waters for future use, and effluent reuse in the Luna, Grant, Catron and Hildago County areas. New Mexico has no financial obligation at this time.

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4:12 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Goodman: Recall The Recall In Las Cruces

  We'd all like a more civil and cooperative local government.  We're neighbors, members of a community, and we ought not to ape the Washington gridlock.

   How?

   First, we need to be able to talk with each other – and listen to each other.  We should learn to make clear that in rejecting someone's argument we don't reject him or her – and to recognize that disagreeing with us doesn't make someone an implacable enemy.  Few people, if any, are purely evil, and neither wanting a living wage for workers nor believing we can't afford to pay a living wage sounds evil.

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4:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Pearce Applauds Gila River Diversion

  Today, the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) voted to accept $128 million in federal funding to claim 14,000 acre feet of water from the Gila River. Under the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004, the State of New Mexico has the legal right to claim the water and take the funds by December 31, 2014.

 

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3:08 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Advocates: New Plan Gives Mexican Wolves More Room, But Also Subjects Them To More Traps, Bullets

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A new federal plan for managing endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest would expand the areas where wolves could be released and roam, including farther south, east and west in both Arizona and New Mexico. But the plan, released today by the U.S.

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3:02 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Martinez Names Four "New Mexico True Heroes"

Credit Office of the Governor

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez acknowledged the selfless acts of four New Mexicans who have gone above and beyond in making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family. These four New Mexico True Heroes, credited for their bravery, dedication, kindness, and compassion, are the inaugural group of citizens receiving recognition from the State of New Mexico and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

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12:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Pearce: President's Actions On Immigration "Gross Abuse Of Power"

  “President Obama’s decision to use executive powers to alter immigration policy for 5 million people is a gross abuse of power,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

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12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Heinrich: We Must Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the actions President Obama is taking to help fix our broken immigration system:

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12:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Udall: 40,000+ In New Mexico Living In "Immigration Limbo"

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration:   “Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option.

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11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Martinez Announces 88 Percent Increase in DNA Matches Due to Expansion of Katie’s Law in New Mexico

Credit Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe — Today Governor Susana Martinez announced an 88 percent increase in DNA matches by the New Mexico DNA Identification System. Since New Mexico expanded Katie’s Law in 2011, the DNA Identification System has connected DNA from 463 arrestees to 478 cases. Without the expansion of Katie’s Law, during this time frame, there would have been DNA matched from just 245 arrestees to 254 cases. The expansion of Katie’s Law has led to an additional 218 arrestees connected to 224 cases.

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11:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Las Cruces Bishop Pleased With Immigration Action; Calls For Comprehensive Law

Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  I am pleased that millions of families will receive temporary relief through the President's recent executive order.  These families live in daily fear of being separated through detention or deportation.  The President's action, however, does not replace the need for comprehensive immigration reform.  The effects of this order are merely temporary, and an executive order does not have the force of law.  I encourage Congress and the President to work together for the common good - to fix a broken immigration system.  This is for the good not only of immigrant families, but of the nation a

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12:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Mexico Attorney General-Elect Balderas Announces Transition Effort

Credit Hector Balderas

  Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General-Elect Hector Balderas launched a constituent-focused transition website for his upcoming administration.

The website,www.balderaselect.com, will operate as a central hub for matters and information related to the transition. It will also help the incoming administration communicate with New Mexicans by allowing citizens to submit their suggestions, concerns and questions directly to Balderas’ transition team.

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12:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Senator: Time For Real Solutions To Alcoholism Challenge In Gallup

  Santa Fe, NM –Senator George Munoz (D-4-Cibola, McKinley & San Juan) said he’s met with several representatives from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Human Services Department (HSD) to discuss and effectively address the well-documented alcoholism issue in Gallup. According to Sen.

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4:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Goodman: 2014 Is The "Year Of Magical Thinking"

        

 In national politics, 2014 is “the year of magical thinking.”

The Democratic Party's ideals match up better with the average person's.  Voters in four states upped the minimum wage and voters in Oregon and D.C. legalized pot.  These ain't Republican platform planks. 

But Republicans captured the Senate, even though their plans weren't in the interest of most of us.

Why? 

First, for decades, whenever a president has reaches his sixth year with his party holding the Senate, his party loses the Senate.  It ain't just Obama.

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12:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Proposed Amendments To Las Cruces Minimum Wage Law Go Beyond Federal Exemptions

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. –  In Monday’s Las Cruces City Council meeting, a first reading of Council Bill No.15-022, Ordinance No. 2741, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2726 Which Created “The Las Cruces Minimum Wage” Ordinance... will be heard.  Also on the agenda is Council Bill No. 15-021, Ordinance No. 2740, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No.

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12:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Advocacy Group: New Mexico Governor Martinez Should Stop The Gila River Diversion

Credit NMFO

  Last week, Save The Colorado launched a Change.org petition to tell New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez to protect the Gila River by stopping the proposed Gila River Diversion. The Diversion proposes to take more water out of the Gila River – at a cost of nearly a billion dollars – and pipe it to cities and farms in Southwest New Mexico.

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2:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A Senate Solution? Heinirch, Flake Call For Monthly Bipartisan Lunches

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

   U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan group of 30 senators in calling on their party leaders to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses in the next Congressional session in the hope of building better and more productive relationships among all members of the Senate. 

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4:49 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Udall, Flake Pledge To Modernize Relations With Cuba

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  After returning from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pledged to continue working together in the Senate to open U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba, a potential new market for New Mexico, Arizona and other states. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

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3:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

El Paso Honored With Ballpark Digest’s Best New Ballpark of the Year

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  A ballpark should be more than just a ballpark: it should be designed to be an integral part of the community. With distinct neighborhoods, design decisions that tied the ballpark’s look into historic downtown El Paso, and Southwest University Park is named Best New Ballpark of the Year in the 2014 annual awards from Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to ballparks and baseball on the Internet.

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1:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Report: Half Of NM Families With Young Children Are Low-Income

  

  More than half of New Mexico families with children under age eight are low-income. A new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the challenges faced by the 10 million families nationwide who are just trying to make ends meet. The report looks at two-generation solutions, meaning they address the needs of both the young children and their working parents.

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1:04 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rodriguez Files Texas Legislation Aimed At Helping Develop Workforce

  Senator José Rodríguez filed two key bills that would maintain cutting edge dual-language education and ensure the state invests in students with Limited English Proficiency, who are crucial to Texas' long-term economic future.

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1:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Heinrich Introduces Watershed Protection Legislation

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced a bill to protect, restore, and improve the health of New Mexico watersheds on national forest lands. The proposal, the Restoring America's Watersheds Act, would direct greater resources toward fire-impacted watersheds and encourage partnerships with non-federal stakeholders to invest in forests that provide important water resources. 

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4:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Lawsuit Fights 38 Years Of Delay In Recovering Southwest's Mexican Gray Wolves

  TUCSON, Ariz.— A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist sued the U.S.

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3:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

National Hispanic Media Coalition Commends President Obama For Net Neutrality Support

  WASHINGTON -- Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) applauded President Obama for standing with millions of consumers in support of strong network neutrality rules and "reclassification." In a 

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3:27 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

El Paso State Senator Joins Colleagues In Filing Texas Marriage Equality Legislation

  Today, Senator José Rodríguez joined colleagues in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives in pre-filing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Texas.

S.J.R. 13 by Senators Rodríguez and Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa proposes a constitutional amendment that would repeal the existing same-sex marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. 

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12:54 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Institute for Justice Calls On New Mexico To Reform Its Civil Forfeiture Laws

Las Cruces City Attorney says “We could be czars. We could own the city.”

ARLINGTON, VA—As The New York Times reports this morning, a set of shocking videos uncovered by the Institute for Justice exposes New Mexico city attorneys conspiring to trample citizens’ private property and due process rights.

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4:00 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Goodman: Thoughts On The 2014 Election

  Here are some thoughts on the local side of the 2014 election.

Notably, we got a good look at the political toilet bowl into which Citizens United cast us. We saw some last-minute splurges on huge and dishonest attack ads. Some were very effective.

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9:09 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Rodríguez: Court Correctly Dismisses Lawsuit To Enforce Unconstitutional Texas Senate Boundaries

  Senator José Rodríguez, chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that the dismissal by the Federal Western District Court of Texas the plaintiff's claims in Evenwell v. Perry brings to an end an argument that was frivolous from the outset.

Brought by the right wing organization, Project for Fair Representation, the lawsuit attempted to force the Texas Legislature to redraw the Texas Senate District boundaries based on the voting electorate rather than total population numbers. The lawsuit was dismissed yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014).

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12:09 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arizona, New Mexico River Snakes From Grazing

PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Forest Service today of its intent to sue the agency under the Endangered Species Act over its livestock grazing program, which threatens two federally protected aquatic snakes. The snakes’ decline reflects the declining health of rivers throughout the Southwest. 

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2:20 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Goodman: Still Troubled By Las Cruces City Council Actions On The Minimum Wage Law

     

  I suppose I should be grateful that Mayor Ken Miyagashima engineered a compromise in which the City Council won't immediately eviscerate the petition-mandated ordinance it enacted to raise the minimum wage.

But I'm still troubled. 

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