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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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Local Viewpoints
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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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New Mexico Voices For Children Joins Fight Against New Mexico Food Stamp Changes

  ALBUQUERQUE—Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, will submit the following statement to Secretary Squier regarding the proposed work requirement change for recipients of SNAP (food stamp) benefits at the hearing on Friday, August 29:

Dear Secretary Squier:

I am writing to urge you to stop plans to reinstate work requirements for recipients of SNAP benefits. There are several reasons I believe this plan would be detrimental to New Mexico:

·         New Mexico has the highest rate of child hunger in the nation.

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2:09 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Rodriguez: Stop Fighting Constitutional School Funding

  State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by District Judge John Dietz, in which he held that Texas’ school finance system was inequitable and inefficient, inadequate, and created a de facto state property tax:

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12:44 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Groups Take Stand Against "Tesla Race To The Bottom"

Credit facebook.com/tesla

  There is no question that state officials should place a high priority on boosting employment and fostering economy opportunity.

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6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Lincoln National Forest Officials Seek to Preserve Grazing While Protecting Endangered Mouse Habitat

Credit fs.usda.gov

  Representatives from the Lincoln National Forest, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Otero County Cattleman’s Association, Congressman Steve Pearce’s staff, N.M. Representative Yvette Herrell, Farm Bureau, N.M.

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4:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought For Monarch Butterfly

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Tiago J. G. Fernandes.

  The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years.

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4:13 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Outrage Over Proposed Changes To New Mexico Food Stamp Program

Credit Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque, NM – The Governor has proposed to turn down federal resources and implement work requirements for SNAP (food stamp) participants. Without child care, job training and job readiness support, and almost non-existent public transportation in rural parts of the state, activists and New Mexicans dealing with some of the fewest job prospects and highest food insecurity in the nation are telling the governor and Human Services Department secretary Sidonie Squier that these changes will only hurt New Mexico families.

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9:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Voters Lack Vital Protections After Shelby Decision

  The League of Women Voters celebrates the 94th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote (August 26, 1920).  Marring the celebration, however, is the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder case.  That decision gutted key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and opened the door for discrimination to gain a better foothold at the ballot box.

 

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9:48 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gulen Condemns ISIS

Fethullah Gulen

  "I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts. Any form of attack, suppression or persecution of minorities or innocent civilians is an act that contradicts the principles of the Qur'an and the tradition of our Prophet upon whom be peace and blessings.

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11:09 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Public Citizen: Bank Of America Settlement Does Not Go Far Enough

  Note: Bank of America has agreed to pay a $9 billion fine as part of a $16.6 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the fraudulent sale of mortgages. Below are comments from Public Citizen experts.

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2:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions

  SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were were not allowed to file administrative wage claims. The action, organized by members of  the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted by policies enacted by DWS's Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to recuperate stolen wages.  

 

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9:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Senate Majority Whip Requests New Mexico Education Audit Results

Credit Senator Timothy Keller (D)

  Albuquerque, NM – Last week, Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Sen. Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

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9:31 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe-  Today the city of Santa Fe's City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city's citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties. 

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4:19 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Host Energy Secretary At WIPP

Credit Senator Tom Udall Courtesy Photo

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for an "all hands" employee meeting and surface tour of the site. Moniz and the senators also attended a townhall with Carlsbad residents on Monday evening. WIPP operations have been halted since the radiation release at WIPP earlier this year. Following the release, Udall, Heinrich and Congressman Steve Pearce invited Moniz to visit WIPP to see the facility up close and talk directly with employees and community members.

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4:35 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Call For Increased Oversight Of N.M. Human Services Department; Greater Access To Behavioral Health

  U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting increased oversight of New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) to ensure New Mexicans in greatest need of behavioral health services are able to access care. 

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3:59 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

  Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico.

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3:39 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Heinrich Issues Statement On Airstrikes In Iraq

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after President Obama ordered humanitarian airdrops and airstrikes in Iraq:

"I will look closely at President Obama's decision to launch targeted airstrikes in Iraq, but I share New Mexicans' weariness about any expansion of U.S. involvement in Iraq and strongly oppose putting boots on the ground.  I have serious concerns for mission creep, which is why it's important that the President clearly articulate to Congress what our goal is.

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3:05 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Online School: A Great Option For Many Families

Submitted by:

Yvonne Duhigg

New Mexico Connections Academy parent and founding school board member

I feel empowered knowing the option for online school exists for my family, my son, and moreover for other families in New Mexico who value the right to have education options.  As with anything new, online schools, such as New Mexico Connections Academy, can have skeptics.  Since experience allows for informed opinions, I’m honored to share mine.

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12:06 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

USDA Partners With States, Tribes To Improve Public Access On Private Lands

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that the Department of Agriculture will partner with nine State agencies and with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation to increase recreational and economic opportunities on private lands. Funding is provided through USDA's Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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9:49 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Court Hearing Focuses On EPA's Failure To Protect 119 Endangered Species From Pesticides

  SAN FRANCISCO— The federal district court here will hear arguments Friday in the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect endangered animals from pesticides. The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s systemic failure to assess the impacts of dozens of pesticides known to be harmful to more than 100 endangered species.

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