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U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Lays Out 2018 Priorities

on March 12, 2018 - 5:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján moved more than 1,500 Democrats statewide to action, rallying them Saturday during the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Pre-Primary Convention to take back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Luján focused on key issues for the Democratic Party such as veterans needs, healthcare, women’s rights and an economy that works for middle class families.  
He also highlighted the importance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

“2018 is a year of opportunity.

Sunshine Week: Open Government Is Good Government

on March 11, 2018 - 10:01am
General Counsel
National Sunshine Week 2018 begins today and runs through March 17.

“The basic purpose of FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” ... United States Supreme Court in NLRB v. Robbins Tire Co., 437 U.S. 214, 242 (1978)

July 4, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first Federal sunshine law in the U.S.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal

New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention Results, Platform And Scenes

on March 11, 2018 - 1:24am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich who is running for reelection excoriates Republicans during his presentation at the Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who is running for reelection does his mom, left, proud as he enunciates the theme of the convention: Take it Back’. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham who is running for governor starts her speech, a protestor interrupts and is removed by security, MLG reacts, resumes, calls for respect for opposing views.

St. Patrick's Day Dance Party: Celebrate With Jenny And The Mexicats At The National Hispanic Cultural Center

on March 11, 2018 - 1:23am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a night of fun with Jenny and the Mexicats at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in the Grand Ball Room, Pete V. Domenici Education Center.
Tickets are $25, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at (505).724.4771, or at The event is presented in partnership with Pop FizzAMP Concerts, and Tricklock Company.
Jenny and the Mexicats have been described as a "revelation in true world music," as well as a band that "came together in an amazing way." Lead singer Jenny,

LAPD Officer Deploys To Middle East

on March 11, 2018 - 1:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Natalee Trujillo is deploying to the Middle East next month with the U.S. Army Reserves. A 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, she was last deployed in 2014 to Afghanistan. She has been a police officer for four years and plans to return to LAPD following a year of military leave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

State Auditor Begins Statewide Training Sessions To Stop Corruption And Waste Of Taxpayer Funds

on March 11, 2018 - 1:21am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SILVER CITY  State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending.
He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop