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4:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Keller Urges Support For Constitutional Amendment

Credit New Mexico State Auditor 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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Local Viewpoints
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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Local Viewpoints
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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Local Viewpoints
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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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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