Skip directly to content

Political News

Click HERE to view the Los Alamos County Council webpage.

Political News

Officials Comment on Radiation at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

on February 16, 2014 - 10:04am

Operators prepare drums of contact-handled transuranic waste for loading into transportation containers. Courtesy/


CARLSBAD—U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after an air monitor detected higher than usual radiation levels around 11:30 p.m. Friday on the underground levels of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

"We are in close contact with officials at the Department of Energy and WIPP, and we will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.

House Highlights from Saturday, Feb. 15

on February 16, 2014 - 8:38am


House Highlights from Saturday, Feb. 15:

On the Floor

House Bill 330, Diploma Seal of Bilingualism sponsored by House Majority Leader Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo-11), has passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 67-0. HB 330 provides for a State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on New Mexico Diplomas of Excellence for graduates who are proficient in speaking and writing a language other than English. HB 330 requires the Public Education Department to adopt rules to establish criteria for students to earn the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy.

Stand Up Against Violence Toward Women

on February 15, 2014 - 9:38am

'I want to see a world where those who commit gender crimes are treated with outrage while those who survive are treated with empathy and respect. I want a world where the media and social norms reinforce how wrong it is for a man to take advantage of a woman’s space, mind or body.

State Fair Director Avoids Subpoena

on February 15, 2014 - 8:55am

Dan Mourning. YouTube PrintScreen/Rob Nikolewski 


SANTA FE–New Mexico State Fair Director Dan Mourning avoided a threatened subpoena from Senate Rules Committee (SRC) Chair Linda M. Lopez, D-Bernalillo, by showing up to a Thursday morning hearing.

After a string of absences, Mourning finally spoke about State Fair business, specifically the ongoing issue of the controversial racetrack and casino lease awarded to the Downs at Albuquerque.

Two previous SRC hearings left glaring gaps of information about the State Fairgrounds after senators heard previous testimony from three

Democrat Lawrence Rael Files Candidacy for Governor

on February 15, 2014 - 8:27am

Lawrence Rael officially files candidacy for Governor. Courtesy/Rael Campaign


Lawrence Rael has filed with the Secretary of State's Office to become a Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

“Growing up in a tiny town in Northern New Mexico, in the kind of poverty too many of New Mexico's children are battling—few would have imagined that I would be here today,” Rael said. “Before I believed in myself, I was surrounded by a community that believed in me. That's why I believe we can be a global leader in renewable energy.

Senate Committee Votes Unanimously For Hospital Solvency Bill

on February 14, 2014 - 8:36am

Jerry Ortiz y Pino, chair of the Senate Public Affairs Committee


SANTA FE – Wednesday, the Senate Public Affairs Committee, in a straight party line vote, passed a substitute bill for Senate Bills 314, 368 and 268, designed to allow counties to come up with funding solutions to cover Medicaid and Medicare cuts to hospitals statewide.

The compromise provides for counties to impose an excise tax of one-twelfth percent of gross receipts. A representative from the New Mexico Association of Counties said counties were in agreement with the proposal.

Bills Improving Transparency of Legislature Clear First Hurdle

on February 14, 2014 - 8:21am
Rep. Jeff Steinborn


Bills Would Require Webcasting of Interim Committees and Archiving of Session Webcasts

SANTA FE—Two pieces of legislation that would increase the accessibility and transparency of the New Mexico Legislature passed unanimously in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee last night. 

House Resolution 2 (HR2), sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Doña Ana, would require that all webcasts of committee meetings and floor proceedings during the legislative session be archived.

Brewery District Memorial Passes Senate Floor

on February 14, 2014 - 7:58am


SANTA FE–Senate Memorial 81 (SM81), which officially calls to establish a brewery district in Albuquerque, has passed the senate floor.

Breweries named in the memorial are Nexus, La Cumbre, Left Turn Distillery and Il Vicino because of their close proximity to one another. An amendment, which added Left Turn Distillery to the memorial, was later implemented. Many of the brewers were in attendance at the floor debate.

Senators Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo and Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Bernalillo, co-sponsored the memorial, saying they’re both excited and happy to see that the brewery hub