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12:55 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Heinrich: End The NSA Dragnet

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

By RON WYDEN, MARK UDALL and MARTIN HEINRICH

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4:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Senate Democrats Point To AG's Opinon Stating Governor's Actions Were Unconstitutional

Santa Fe, NM — Governor Martinez’s attempt to withhold capital outlay appropriations approved by the Legislature is unconstitutional, according to an Attorney General (AG) opinion issued late Friday.   Earlier this summer, 12 Senate Democrats requested an opinion from the AG questioning the constitutionality of an Executive Order issued by Governor Martinez.

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12:10 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Keller Urges Governor To Reconsider Standardized Testing

Santa Fe, NM —Tim Keller, Senate Majority Whip (D-17- Bernalillo), says he is urging Governor Susana Martinez to place education reform as a topic for consideration during this upcoming legislative session.   Specifically, he would like the Governor to reconsider her policies on standardized testing, which now take priority over curriculum. Additionally, 50 percent of teacher evaluations are now based on how well students do on standardized tests.

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2:40 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Cantu Elected Chair Of Committee on International Justice And Peace

  Las Cruces, NM:  Bishop Oscar Cantú has been elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace.  Bishop Cantú, a committee member, was elected to the chairman position in a 126-110 vote.

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2:26 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

New Mexico Senate Democrats: Radio Ads Supporting Martinez Education Policy Mislead

Las Cruces, NM — A radio spot by New Mexico Competes supports Governor Martinez’s failed plan to retain third graders.  The voiceover states that third graders who are not reading proficiently are 4-times more likely to drop out.  This research is based on a report called “Double Jeopardy,” which was  put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the study being reported, 16 percent of those who were not reading proficiently at third grade did not graduate on time while 4 percent of those who were reading proficiently didn’t graduate.

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12:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pearce Supports Energy Legislation

This week, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted with Republicans and Democrats on three key energy bills: HR 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act; HR 2728, the Protecting States Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act; and HR 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. All three bills are a part of the House’s strategy to responsibly develop our domestic resources in a responsible manner.

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12:05 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Udall Hails Senate Rules Changes

U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court. Udall has led the effort to reform the Senate’s rules since he was elected in 2009. His argument throughout has been that a permanent change in the Senate rules – including by requiring a talking filibuster – is the only way to ensure the Senate will work for the American people again.

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7:34 am
Thu November 21, 2013

"Take It Back Day" Draws Hundreds To Las Cruces Protest

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Las Cruces, N.M. — As part of American Education Week (November 18-22) Las Cruces and Gadsden educators, parents, and students gathered together at the Las Cruces Public Schools Professional Development Center in a show of support for local schools and local control of schools.  Hundreds of LCPS educators wore black to express outrage against Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera’s controversial education policies that dramatically increase high-stakes, standardized testing and a new teacher evaluation system largely based on standardized test scores.  

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4:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

First Navajo Casino Celebrates Five Years

  (Gallup, N.M., - November 19, 2013) – The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) is proud to celebrate the five-year anniversary of its first Navajo casino, Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, N.M. During the past five years, hundreds of Navajos have been employed through Fire Rock, as well as receiving management, gaming, restaurant and other job training as they move up and help open additional Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise properties.

 

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11:36 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Udall: Senate Gridlock Must End

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall again made the case for meaningful reform of the Senate rules, which he says is needed to end partisan gridlock and restore debate. Udall spoke on the Senate floor after a series of qualified presidential nominees for key positions were blocked by filibusters. He was joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who has been a partner in advocating rules reform over the past several years.

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3:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

NM Senate Democrats: Back Pay For State Workers Is Fair Decision

Santa Fe, NM —An order issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court in May, which requires that 10,000 state employees are to receive back pay of about $23 million dollars has still not been met by the Martinez administration. The court order sided with plaintiffs, American Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees and Communications Workers of America, that unionized state employees were entitled to raises in 2008.

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12:39 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Papen And Morales Call For Patient Information Security After Behavioral Health Audit

  CALLING UPON THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO SECURE ALL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PATIENT INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM AUDITED PROVIDERS

by Senator Howie C. Morales (D-Silver City) and Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces)

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10:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

State Senate Democrats Respond To Continuing Behavioral Health Audit

Last week, New Mexico State Legislators met with the Attorney General’s (AG) Office and the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to speak about the ongoing investigation of an audit performed earlier this year alleging fraud amongst 15 non-profit behavioral health providers throughout the state.

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8:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Hearing On Endangered Wolves Planned For Albuquerque

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1:05 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Sportsmen Groups Oppose Gila River Diversion

Credit NMFO

  On Friday November 15, eleven sportsmen groups representing 20,000 New Mexicans will send a letter to Governor Susana Martinez asking her to oppose the controversial Gila River diversion project in favor of long-term solutions that protect rivers.  Protected and flowing rivers are essential for New Mexico’s world-class elk habitat and gold medal fisheries, which support a $2.89 billion river-related recreation economy. "The Gila region is truly unique, in large part due to the presence of this amazing, living river,” said Jeff Arterburn, President, Gila/Rio Grande Chapter of Trout Unlimit

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3:08 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Pearce: Farm Bill Amendment Protects Jobs

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce commented on the ongoing Farm Bill Conference, where the House and Senate are working to resolve differences between their respective versions of the Farm Bill.  Earlier this year, Pearce submitted an amendment which was attached to the Farm Bill which protects jobs by requiring a study of the economic impact and effectiveness of existing programs to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

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6:06 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Pearce Commends Forest Service Decision

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham commended the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow ranchers to return cattle to grazing leases on one allotment in the state, and to partner with the New Mexico Range Improvement Task Force to review data to make a decision on the remaining allotments.

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12:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

More Than 7,000 Expected At Las Cruces "Mariachi Mass"

 

  The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that The Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces, will be celebrating his first Las Cruces International Mariachi Mass

Las Cruces, November 7, 2013: The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation is pleased to announce the Twentieth Anniversary, International Mariachi Conference Mass.  The Mass will take place on November 24, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. at the Pan American Center, New Mexico State University.  

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5:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Conservation Groups Urge BLM To Increase Wildlife Protections In Southern New Mexico

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance ● The Wilderness Society ● Sierra Club: Rio Grande Chapter ● Southwest Environmental Center ● National Wildlife Federation ● Audubon New Mexico ● New Mexico Wildlife Federation ● Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen ● Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen ● Environment New Mexico ● Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Coalition

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8:28 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Heinrich: More Should Be Done To Protect Americans' Privacy Rights

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  In a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was one of four senators to vote against the FISA Improvements Act citing that the bill did not go far enough in curbing the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans' private records:

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10:59 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Report: Overuse Of Solitary Confinement In New Mexico

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) and the ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) have released a report, “Inside The Box: The Real Costs of Solitary Confinement in New Mexico’s Prisons and Jails,” detailing the findings of a year-long investigation of the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico’s prisons and jails. Their study found that solitary confinement is widely used in prisons and jails in New Mexico. While it costs more money to detain prisoners in isolation than in the general population, it does not improve public safety or reduce prison violence.

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1:53 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Pearce: Stop The NSA's Illegal Activity

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce joined Congressman James Sensenbrenner as an original cosponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act.  The legislation would overhaul and restore the USA PATRIOT Act to its original intent by implementing major reforms to significantly rein in the NSA and other agencies from spying on Americans.

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11:36 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Congressional Candidate Releases Platform On Banking Reform

  JPMorgan Chase is preparing to pay a record $13 billion settlement with the federal government for questionable mortgage lending practices which helped burst the housing bubble and led to the financial crisis of late 2008. Congressional candidate Leslie Endean-Singh pledges to not accept money from the banking industry and to be an ally for Main Street when she is elected to Congress.
 

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9:57 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Udall Fights For National Renewable Electricity Standard

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Continuing their push for legislation to set a threshold for renewable electricity production, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers money.

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2:39 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Udall Urges Rejection Of Food Stamp Cuts

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of 38 of his colleagues in urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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11:59 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Heinrich: New Mexicans Want Government To Function Again

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor to underline the devastating impacts of the government shutdown on New Mexico's economy and middle-class families. 

Below are Senator Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. President, in the midst of the current crises there have been some who have questioned the relevance of the federal government to our overall economy.  Some have even called the current shutdown a "slimdown."

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11:01 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Richardson Joins Governors Fiscal Leadership Council

  Today, the Campaign to Fix the Debt announced the creation of the Governors Fiscal Leadership Council (GFLC), a bipartisan group of 41 former governors – 20 Republicans and 21 Democrats – from across the country united in the belief that our mounting national debt must be addressed to preserve America’s long-term fiscal health and prosperity. Included in the GFLC is former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

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6:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

New Mexico Coalition For Literacy Responds To International Report

Santa Fe, NM - According to a new International report, low basic skills in literacy and numeracy are more common in the US than on average across participating countries.  One in six adults in the US have low literacy skills and nearly one third have weak numeracy skills.  Adults in the US fared less well with “problem-solving in technology-rich environments” than the cross-country average.

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2:17 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Heinrich: This Is Not How Our Democracy Works

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on House Republicans to pass a clean continuing resolution and end the government shutdown. His remarks as prepared for delivery are below:

Mr. President, we are here today with our government's doors shuttered because of a failure of leadership. 

Frankly, this "my way or the highway" brinksmanship has been building for so long here in Washington, that I won't be surprised if the American people just say "a pox on both your houses."

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1:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

National Hispanic Media Coalition Demands Apology From Fox News

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has issued an open letter to Fox News Channel Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes, following a recent segment that demonized Latino and immigrant children.  The letter highlighted that this incident is one example of Fox News' long history of anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric, which, studies have shown, may breed hate and negatively impact one's health. The following is the text of the open letter to Roger Ailes from NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales,

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