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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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11:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

The Push To Allow New Mexico Voters To Decide On Using Permanent Fund For Early Childhood Education

  ALBUQUERQUE—State Senator Michael Padilla will announce at a press conference Wednesday his intent to sponsor legislation that will allow the voters to decide on using a portion of the state’s $14 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood care and learning. Invest in Kids NOW!, a coalition of more than 40 groups, is hosting the press conference tomorrow, Sept. 24, at 10am at the Cristina Kent Early Childhood Center in response to recent polling that shows significant support for expanding early childhood care and learning services from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.

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11:25 am
Tue September 23, 2014

King: Education Listening Tour Was A Success

  From north to south, east to west, Gary King crisscrossed New Mexico to learn first hand what people think about our state’s stumbling education system while offering his vision on how, as Governor, he will help pull education out of its downward spiral under the Martinez administration.

Just finishing his statewide visits that began in August, Gary King declared the tour a resounding success.

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6:23 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Secretary Of State's Office: Chaves County Seeks Five Advisory Ballot Questions

  SANTA FE—The Office of the Secretary of State today received a resolution requesting that five advisory ballot questions be placed on the general election ballot.   Last week the county manager had sent a letter stating he “would like to see” if the county could put certain advisory questions on the ballot.   The response from the Secretary of State last week was that the advisory questions were not allowable on a general election ballot under New Mexico law.  However, today Chaves County passed a resolution that included five advisory questions (shown below). 

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3:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

For Lara, It's Teamwork And Ideas That Count

  As a Democrat living and working in a Republican-leaning community in southern New Mexico, 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne “Rocky” Lara says she’s developed a knack for working well with political opponents.

Lara, a 39-year-old family law attorney from Carlsbad, said that kind of collaborative attitude is an essential for Congress these days.

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3:44 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

A Great Discussion About Immigration

Panelists were, l-r: Ali Noorani (Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum), U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, and International Bank of Commerce Executive Vice President Eddie Aldrete. Moderator, at end, was the Tribune's Julian Aguilar.

  

  We had a great conversation about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, from the perspective of welcoming immigrants, at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday.

I believe, and I think the majority of Americans do as well, that the perspective of welcoming rather than shunning immigrants, is both humane and practical.

During the panel, we discussed at length the critical role that immigrants have and continue to play in our nation’s economy.

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3:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

King: Martinez Sticks To Scripted Comments During Forum

  Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor Gary King today wasted no time correcting Governor Martinez about the misrepresentations contained in one of her latest campaign attack ads.  King told a crowd of several hundred that Martinez forgot to mention that it was his office that put the ‘Casanova Con Man’ in prison, that his agents went to the east coast to arrest him, and his prosecutors who convicted him.

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6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Goodman: Bardwell, Rawson Present Clear Choice In District 3 County Commission Race

      I live in District 3, where the County Commission candidates are Beth Bardwell and Ben Rawson.  Karen Perez ably represented us, but had to quit because her professional work situation changed. 

This race presents a clear choice.

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3:45 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Overseas Ballots In Bernalillo County Mailed By Deadline

  Despite a number of hurdles due to legal action and problematic ballot design processes overseen by the Secretary of State's office, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office successfully mailed ballots to overseas and military voters yesterday, meeting the federal deadline for sending those ballots to voters who had already applied before the deadline.

 

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6:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

White House Honors Latino Educators--"Champions Of Change"

  WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM, the White House will honor local "Champions of Change" who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans. These Champions have distinguished themselves by devoting their time and energy to creating opportunities for young people to succeed, particularly in low-income communities.

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3:49 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Duran: Bernalillo And Santa Fe County Clerks Must Send Out Ballots To Military On Time

SANTA FE—The Office of the Secretary of State has informed both the Bernalillo and Santa Fe County Clerks that they must comply with federal and state law—and ensure that ballots go out to servicemen and women today, Saturday, September 20.

Both county commissions and both county clerks know what is at stake, and they know exactly how many ballots need to be mailed tomorrow,” said Secretary of State Dianna Duran, “the latest count we have is that 124 ballots need to be mailed by Bernalillo County and 48 by Santa Fe County.”

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3:46 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Duran Not Happy With New Mexico Supreme Court

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  The Office of the Secretary of State expressed disappointment in an order entered by a Supreme Court panel Friday to put poll questions on the Bernalillo and Santa Fe County general election ballots.

“I am disappointed in this order,” said Secretary of State Dianna Duran, “we of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.”  

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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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