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Letter to the Editor: Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

on April 17, 2013 - 9:01am

Last Hour Tax Deal Violates the Spirit of Open Government

 

By Meredith R. Machen and Dick Mason, Leadership Team
League of Women Voters of New Mexico leaders@lwvnm.org

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is concerned about the last-minute tax bill slammed through the New Mexico Legislature and the broken process. 

HB641, like any comprehensive tax legislation, has many components which will have long-term effects on New Mexico's economy.

Experts are still debating the overall cost and benefit projections, the challenges for municipalities, the difficulties of implementation,

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

on April 13, 2013 - 9:32am

DPLA News:

All registered Democrats are urged to attend the Democratic Party of Los Alamos monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The meeting will be at UNM-Los Alamos in Building 2.

The purpose of the meeting is to approve the local party's budget and discuss the upcoming JFK Dinner scheduled for June 8.

 
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Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
 
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

Local GOP County Convention April 18

on April 12, 2013 - 7:59am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will elect its 2013-14 County Central Committee and officers April 18 at the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505, at UNM-LA, 400 University Dr.

The County Contingent to the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee also will be elected at this meeting.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., and Republicans registered in the County of Los Alamos are encouraged to attend.

The meeting of the 2011-2012 Central Committee begins at 7 p.m., followed by Ward Caucuses and the County Convention.

For information, contact GOP Party

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard To Hold Town Hall Meeting

on April 11, 2013 - 12:54pm

STATE News:

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Betty Erhart Senior Center in the classroom (lower level.)

All members of the public are invited to attend the meeting where they will be given a briefing on the recent Legislative session and how it impacts Los Los Alamos and New Mexico.

Questions from the audience will be welcome and attendees will also be able to visit with Rep. Garcia Richard.

Light refreshments provided by the AARP will be served.

Contact Rep.

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
 
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
 
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

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