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Attorney General Hector Balderas Expands Investigation Of UNM, Other Organizations

on February 8, 2018 - 3:39pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas 

From the Office of the AG:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement this afternoon:

“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct.

“Our criminal and civil investigation into the University of New Mexico includes the handling of these issues and we are reviewing the actions of officials from top to bottom and any other organizations involved.”

HM 54: Human Rights For Immigrants Heads To House

on February 8, 2018 - 8:26am


SANTA FE – A memorial to affirm human rights for undocumented people passed the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.

HM 54, sponsored by Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), would uphold that the House of Representatives promote, enforce, and defend policies and procedures that protect the human and civil rights of all people in New Mexico regardless of their status.

“Throughout history, New Mexico has been home to migrants and immigrants who have come here seeking better lives for themselves and their families.

Officials Push For Audits Of Publicly Funded Campaigns

on February 8, 2018 - 8:03am

State Auditor Wayne Johnson


SANTA FE – Working with State Auditor Wayne Johnson, State Representatives Zach Cook and Cathrynn Brown have introduced House Bill 269, Auditor Review of Publicly Financed Campaigns. 

The bi-partisan bill received a message from Gov. Susana Martinez and has been assigned to the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Joint Memorial Making Elections Fairer Passes House

on February 8, 2018 - 7:51am


SANTA FE – A House Joint Memorial to make elections more fair has passed the House Floor.

The memorial, sponsored by Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), calls for Congress to pass the “Fix It America” constitutional amendment. If this amendment were adopted by Congress, it would overturn the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, limiting the disproportionate influence campaign contributions have on elections, and ensuring political districts are drawn fairly.

“Every vote should count, and every New Mexican should be equally represented in our elections.

Council Looks For Answers On Mari Mac Property

on February 8, 2018 - 7:02am
Nick Tompkins of Kroger Corporate Real Estate, left, and Vice President of Corporate Development Steve Sorenson discuss the Mari Mac property and the new Smith's Marketplace Jan. 30 with County Councilors. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Just what is going on at Mari Mac plaza? Why does the plaza look the way it does and why won’t Kroger, which owns the property, lease some of the empty storefronts? County Councilors asked these questions to Kroger representatives during its Jan. 30 meeting in Council Chambers.


Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Feb. 26

on February 8, 2018 - 6:59am

James McGrath Morris


Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting.

Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate,” at this free event that is open to all at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

“Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” Morris said.

EM Contractor N3B Hosts Open House

on February 7, 2018 - 2:13pm

John Tauxe of Neptune Company, left, and Danny Katzman, technical program director at Los Alamos National Laboratory chat during Monday's N3B open house in Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, and Assistant County Attorney Kevin Powers at Monday's N3B open house at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, and Joe Legare, environment remediation manager for N3B chat at Monday's open house.

NM Stolen Valor Act Passes House Committee

on February 7, 2018 - 2:07pm
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved by unanimous consent House Bill 67 Tuesday afternoon, the New Mexico Stolen Valor Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell). 

The bill was developed by the Military and Veterans Affairs Interim Committee, and it is co-sponsored by Reps. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Randal Crowder (R-Clovis) and Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española).

House Bill 67 would make it a misdemeanor crime to misrepresent one’s military service with the intent of securing benefits based on that service. 


Los Alamos Democrats Meet At UNM-LA Feb. 12

on February 7, 2018 - 2:03pm

ProgressNOWNM Rep. Pat Davis


The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at UNM-LA in Building 5.

The guest speaker is Pat Davis from ProgressNowNM. 

Today, ProgressNowNM is New Mexico’s largest progressive advocacy organization and helps to train candidates and activists statewide to run for office.

Acting Speaker Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's HJR1 Early Childhood Education Bill Passes House

on February 7, 2018 - 5:45am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, top left, serving as Acting Speaker during passage of HJR1. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representative voted 36-33 Tuesday to pass House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR 1) the Land Grant Permanent Fund Constitutional Amendment to fund early childhood education.

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, one of the primary sponsors of HJR1 and acting Speaker during its passage, issued the following statement:

"The stock market may crash, oil may run out, but the investment we make in our kids will last forever.

Committee Passes Comprehensive Anti-DWI Bill

on February 7, 2018 - 4:43am



SANTA FE—Tuesday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed Rep. Tim Lewis’s (R-Rio Rancho) comprehensive plan to combat DWI in New Mexico.


His proposal, House Bill 54, would reduce DWI related deaths and injuries on New Mexico’s roads by increasing consequences and closing loopholes for individuals caught driving under the influence.  


HB 54 would make individuals with five or more DWI convictions eligible for prosecution under New Mexico’s habitual offender statute.

House Committee Endorses Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children Of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on February 7, 2018 - 4:36am
Rep. Tim Lewis
SANTA FE — The House Education Committee unanimously approved Jan. 30 House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque). 
HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as well as assistance paying for books and supplies.

Lujan Grisham Helps Protect New Mexico Seniors From Massive Disruption Of Services

on February 7, 2018 - 4:31am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last month, the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services announced its decision to terminate its contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging (NMAAA), which facilitates adult day care, meal services, caregiving, transportation and other services to seniors throughout New Mexico. 
U.S. Rep.

Rep. Javier Martínez Stands Behind Effort To Fix Disastrous REAL ID Alternative

on February 7, 2018 - 4:24am
Rep. Javier Martínez
SANTA FE  Rep. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) stood Jan. 30 behind the lead organizations lawsuit calling for a fix to the disastrous non-REAL ID, known as a Driver’s Authorization Card, which was meant to be a an alternative to the REAL ID license.
The administration’s implementation of the alternative ID has made it extremely difficult for senior citizens, the homeless, Native Americans, immigrants and rural New Mexicans to attain identification.
Martínez highlighted the concerns his constituents have brought to his attention

House Judiciary Committee Passes Comprehensive, Bipartisan Public Safety Package

on February 1, 2018 - 6:50am

 A bipartisan, comprehensive public safety package has passed the House Judiciary Committee. 

The package includes bills sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E. Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Reps. Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales). 

This package is a bipartisan effort to keep New Mexico communities safe by using a framework that addresses crime across the entire criminal justice system.

“We spent months working with people in every part of the criminal justice system to develop evidence-based

Bill To Fund Domestic Violence Services Passes First Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:50am

SANTA FE - Today, a bill to fund domestic violence services throughout the state of New Mexico passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. 

House Bill 159 is sponsored by Reps. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), and Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and funds domestic violence services through the Children, Youth and Families Department.

“We know that one in four women is a victim of domestic violence and that most often, that violence is perpetuated by a close family member or friend.

Bill To Support Behavioral Health Passes Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:30am
Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque)

SANTA FE – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services committee. 

House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

“This is a common sense measure and an important step forward in addressing the behavioral health crisis we are facing in our state.

How To Get Involved At The Roundhouse

on January 31, 2018 - 7:40am
Los Alamos

Democracy doesn’t end with the vote; it begins with the vote. If America is truly a representative democracy, our vote means that we have hired people to represent our values. 

Our responsibility is to learn how to communicate these values to our representatives. It’s tedious, seemingly futile work, but without our participation, our country will devolve into a plutocracy where the only squeaky wheels are owned by those who can afford to buy a network on which to squeak them.

Whether your candidate got elected or not, your responsibility is to stay informed—and keep your

Committee Approves Removing Statute Of Limitations For Second-Degree Murder

on January 31, 2018 - 7:15am
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved Tuesday House Bill 33, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting second-degree murder. 

Prior to approving the bill, the Committee agreed to substitute the original text with language combining HB 33 with a similar bill, HB 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). Rehm is a retired officer with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and Maestas is a former prosecutor. 

New Mexico is the only state in the

Grassroots Groups Organize 2nd Annual People’s Rally

on January 31, 2018 - 7:04am
NMPC News:
SANTA FE — Community organizations will gather Feb. 5 at New Mexico’s state capitol building for the 2nd annual People’s Rally. 

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories. Demanding Progress.” 

Speakers from across the state will discuss issues that directly affect healthcare, unfair electoral systems, constant fear of deportation, racial equity, women's rights, and environmental devastation making a basic quality of life impossible. 

Volunteer legislative experts will be providing hands on training and tours 8:30 a.m.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s Bill To Fight DWI Passes First House Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 6:30am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) Tuesday afternoon, to close a loophole in the current law and help law enforcement officers stop people who are driving under the influence in New Mexico.
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).
HB 71 would allow law enforcement officers to obtain warrants for blood tests when individuals are suspected of any driving under

University Regent Reform Passes Key Committee

on January 30, 2018 - 4:57pm
SANTA FE  In a major stride forward in the reform of New Mexico’s higher education university leadership system, the Senate Rules committee Monday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 1.
Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed constitutional amendment, calls for the creation of “nominating committees” for our universities that would interview and recommend the best candidates to be considered for appointment by the Governor for serving as a regent.
If passed by the voters on the November ballot, nominating committees would be set up for each of the schools included

Rep. Jim Dines Gains House Approval Of Joint Memorial On Animal Violence - Family Violence Link

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
Rep. Jim Dines
SANTA FE — Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues. 
HJM 3 encourages the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to train their field agents about the link between animal abuse and family abuse.

Military Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel Honored At 2018 Military & Veterans Day At Legislature Wednesday

on January 30, 2018 - 6:30am


SANTA FE — Military veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored at noon Wednesday at the State Capitol in Santa Fe during Military and Veterans Day at the 2018 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

The highlight every year is a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda honoring not only active-duty personnel and veterans, but also a particular segment of

Sheehey: Why I Joined Women’s March

on January 30, 2018 - 6:01am
Los Alamos County Councilor
Dist. 43 House Candidate

Why did I don a handmade pink hat and march alongside my wife, Naishing Key, and thousands of others on a freezing day at the 2018 Women’s March in Santa Fe?  Because I feel the same outrage that millions of people across the United States feel. No one, whether the President or a private citizen, should abuse women or other human beings, or treat them with disrespect.

Together we demand equality, justice, and respect.