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Office of the Governor

  Commentary:  Today, Governor Susana Martinez and CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson unveiled “Pull Together,” a community engagement effort that calls on New Mexicans to join the fight in improving the quality of life for every child and making our state the best place to be a kid. The effort includes connecting New Mexicans in need to resources in their communities and around the state, while also helping those who want to make a difference find ways to help.

Goodman: A Continuing Dispute In County Government

May 1, 2016

 Commentary: Tuesday was a long, difficult day, and hard to write about.

A county-hired consultant reported to the commission on why the sheriff's office has adequate numbers of personnel. Then a long parade of DASO personnel passionately disagreed. Later, DASO top brass attacked the study at a press conference. 

It's Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1, 2016
http://nm.aft.org/

  Commentary:  Since 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association has designated the first full week in May as “Teacher Appreciation Week.”

We know here at AFT NM that it is more than just the teacher who helps to create a positive environment in our public schools and educational institutions – it is the educational assistants, support personnel, nurses, transportation, councilors, facilities personnel, secretaries, and cafeteria workers who all lend a hand to our students’ successful learning.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

Commentary:  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) held a teleconference with members of the press to discuss provisions from the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act that were included in S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act that enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-26-Bernalillo)

  Commentary:  Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-26-Bernalillo) and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-CD1) are requesting the Social Security Commissioner to correct the decision to deny same-sex widows and widowers survivor benefits. Same-sex couples who were in long-term relationships and shared financial resources, but were unable to legally marry, are being denied survivor benefits.

Pearce Votes Against Fiduciary Rule For Investment Advisors

Apr 28, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res. 88, Protecting Access to Affordable Retirement Advice:

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

  
Commentary:  The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), have released the following statements regarding the House vote on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule to require investment advisors to put their clients’ best interests first when advising on retirement accounts: 

Court Rules Against Unrestricted Motorized Travel in Santa Fe National Forest

Apr 28, 2016
Jemez mountains salamander / NPS

  Commentary: In a victory for wildlife and wild places, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesdaydismissed an appeal by off-road vehicle interests of a federal plan for motorized access to the Santa Fe National Forest. A coalition of environmental groups, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, had intervened in the case to defend the U.S.

Pearce Applauds Flood Insurance Bill

Apr 28, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, a bill that would clarify the Flood Disaster Protection Act to give consumers more options when purchasing flood insurance:

Heinrich Receives Conservation Award

Apr 28, 2016

  Commentary:  U.S.

Another 215 New Mexicans Lose Jobs While House GOP Continues to Do Nothing

Apr 27, 2016

  Commentary:   Yesterday, the latest indicator that New Mexico is further sliding into a double-dip recession came after Intel announced that they would be cutting 215 employees from their plant in Rio Rancho. After the continued failing of GOP House leadership to properly address the economic downturn in New Mexico, the New Mexico House Democratic Campaign Committee released the following statement. 

Citizens Make the Justice System Work by Serving as Jurors

Apr 27, 2016
NM Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels

 Commentary: As we celebrate national Law Day on May 1 and Juror Appreciation Week in New Mexico, I would like to recognize the vital role each citizen plays in preserving the rule of law by serving on juries in our state courts.

New Mexico courts each year summon about 10 percent of the state’s adult population to participate in jury service. Along with the ballot box, the jury box is one of the two most direct forms of citizen participation in our system of self-government.

  Commentary:  As voter turnout continues to break records across the nation, New Mexico election officials are preparing for the state’s June 7th primary election with a focus on accurate and efficient administration. That preparation includes keeping voters informed on how to register to vote, when and where to vote and ensuring that the voting experience is quick, simple and error-free.

Nachison: A divided Jerusalem solves nothing...

Apr 27, 2016

Commentary: Jerusalem’s history is different from currently stated Arab “truth."   Israel accepting two states and a divided Jerusalem when it only hears “...death to Israel…”?   Secretary of State Kerry should focus on higher priority items, e.g, Russia, Syria, Daesh and Iran.

 

Second Annual Gracias Bus Tour Kicks off Thursday in Las Cruces

Apr 27, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Commentary: The second annual Gracias Bus Tour, an event that coincides with the New Mexico Film Festival and the International Worker’s Day celebration, starts in Las Cruces on Thursday, April 28th and concludes in Santa Fe on Sunday May 1st. The tour celebrates the work organized labor has done to improve the lives of New Mexicans and will thank legislators, state officials and members of the federal delegation who have stood with workers.

Senate Democratic Leaders Rebut Regents’ Version of HSC Takeover

Apr 27, 2016
Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

Commentary:  In their guest column published on April 7, three of UNM Board of Regents, Regents Doughty, Lee and Fortner made a number of inaccurate assertions about the recent reorganization of the UNM Health Sciences Center medical complex (HSC).  We believe readers deserve clarification.

They have repeatedly claimed that they dissolved the HSC Board of Directors—in an extremely abrupt and secretive way—because the HSC has become too independent.  They have also asserted that it is not part of what they describe as “one university”.

Court Settlement Provides Hope for Mexican Gray Wolves

Apr 27, 2016

  Commentary: A coalition of wolf-conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist today announced a court settlement requiring the U.S.

Richard Kadzis

  Commentary:  We’ve become a nation of finger-pointers and scapegoat hunters.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is, sadly, the latest case study.

His purported role in the so-called Deflate Gate affair transcends the sports pages.

With the April 25 Federal Appeals Court ruling reinstating NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of the future Hall of Famer, Brady is back on the front pages.

  Commentary: The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) and freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr have dismissed their lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Health after DOH amended its regulations that kept secret the names of licensed medical marijuana producers.

The lawsuit was filed last July in the state district court in Albuquerque, but NMFOG and St. Cyr stayed further action within weeks of the filing after DOH agreed to begin administrative procedures to remove the confidentiality provisions.

Goodman: A Visit To Trinity

Apr 26, 2016
peter goodman

 Commentary: We recently visited the Trinity site for the first time. Site of the first atom-bomb blast, at 5:29:45 a.m., July 16, 1945. It's on White Sands Missile Range.

We saw Jumbo, a thick steel bomb-casing they didn't use; and we saw numerous photographs of the blast, and of soldiers and scientists working and playing here.

Twitter.com/NEAMedia

  Commentary:  A dozen civics, history and social studies teachers from across the country today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging it to do its job and hold a hearing and an up-or-down vote President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court: Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

 

http://nm.aft.org/

  Commentary: The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico released the following statements in response to the recent representational campaign at Highlands University:

 

Report: 10 Percent of New Mexico Kids Have Had Incarcerated Parent

Apr 25, 2016

Commentary: More than 5 million children in the United States have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, including 52,000 kids in New Mexico—10 percent of New Mexico’s child population—according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

It Wasn't A Curse, It Was Bad Maintenance

Apr 25, 2016

Commentary:  Anyone who has spent time with theatre folk knows that you do not say "Macbeth" in a theatre. Antiquated superstition holds that if one utters the name of Shakespeare's Scottish king, disaster will befall whatever show is in production there.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Announces Endorsements

Apr 21, 2016

 Commentary: Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work for resilient New Mexico families and sustainable communities. CVNMAF has endorsed a slate of eight state House of Representatives and Public Regulation Commission candidates for the June 7, 2016 primary election.

AFT New Mexico Reacts to RAND Corporation Report

Apr 19, 2016

  Commentary:  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Today, the RAND Corporation released a study on the implementation of new K-12 standards for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy. The study was based on a large and nationally representative body of educators who periodically are surveyed on issues that impact the education profession.

Twitter.com/NEAMedia

  Commentary: A lawsuit was filed today in Minnesota challenging the constitutionality of the state’s due-process laws for teachers. 

The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. 

“This lawsuit is yet another example of using our court system for political goals. Ensuring that every student gets a good education is a critical goal but one that can’t be solved with stripping our teachers of their rights.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

  Commentary: The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), released the following statement in support of the Verizon employees who have been working without a contract since August, and went on strike yesterday:

Udall, Heinrich Call for Swift Action on Border Security Concerns in NM's Bootheel

Apr 14, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to promptly address border security and safety issues in the Bootheel region of Southern New Mexico. In a letter to CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Udall and Heinrich called for the agency to provide resources and equipment to help local Border Patrol agents more effectively patrol the region's vast rugged terrain. 

Democrats Call On Martinez To Announce Stance On Trump

Apr 13, 2016
Office of the Governor

  Commentary:  As Governor Susana Martinez leaves New Mexico for a Republican Party gala in New York, the Democratic Party of New Mexico calls on her to come clean on whether she will support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Trump, Cruz, and Kasich will be in attendance at the event tomorrow.                                            

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