Politics

State Police Efforts In Albuquerque Net Hundreds Of Arrests To Date In Violent Crime Initiative

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday lauded the New Mexico State Police for their efforts to date in the multi-agency enterprise aimed at reducing violent crime in Albuquerque.
 
The roughly 50 state police officers temporarily assigned to targeted areas of Albuquerque as part of the multi-agency Violent Crime Initiative have generated, to date, more than 257 total arrests, including several dozen felony arrests and 13 DWI arrests.
 
State Police also have, as part of the initiative, seized meth, heroin, firearms, ammunition and stolen license

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Udall Opening Statement At Interior Department Appropriations Hearing With Secretary Bernhardt

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall’s remarks:
 
Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morning, in your first hearing since you were confirmed

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Luján On 100th Anniversary Of House Passage Of 19th Amendment Guaranteeing Women Right To Vote

Suffragettes led the way a century ago for the women’s right to vote. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

POLITICAL News:

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment:

“A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women’s equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Suffragettes waged a hard-fought campaign to secure their rightful and equal voice in our democracy and we owe deep gratitude to these women for their bravery and courage.


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Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
 
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ


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Gary King Endorses Marco Serna For Congress

Attorney General Gary King
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Gary King announced Monday his endorsement of First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna for the Third Congressional District.
 
King, a former two-term attorney general, state representative and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, released the following statement:
 
“Northern New Mexico has so much at stake in this election from protecting and expanding funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory, to building our green energy economy, to combating the Opioid epidemic Marco Serna is the

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Senate Intel Committee Passes 2020 Intelligence Authorization Act

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to advance the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
 
This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
 
Sen. Heinrich

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Indian Affairs Department Congratulates Senator John Pinto On His Honorary Degree Of Doctor Of Public Service From Navajo Technical University

New Mexico Sen. John Pinto receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The Indian Affairs Department congratulates Sen. John Pinto on receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Sen. Pinto has dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and the United States of America.
 
Sen. Pinto has served as a member of the New Mexico Senate since 1977, making him one of the longest-serving Native American legislators

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Udall, Heinrich Applaud Vote To Reject Hedge Fund Takeover Of Gannett That Could Have Gutted Vital New Mexico Newspapers

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country.
 
The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid. Alden Global Capital has a history of buying local papers only to then turn around and dismantle them by firing reporters

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Lunch With A Leader: Zero Waste Talk May 21

LWV News:
 
Lunch with a Leader, a community event will be at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May  21, at Mesa Library.
 
Five LA residents who are truly leaders in the field of ZERO WASTE wil be the speakers. Sue Barns will talk about the Zero Waste Los Alamos team and food waste; Angelica Gurule will discuss recycling in general in the county and our efforts towards zero waste events (including concerts and other events); Tiffany Pegoda and Elchin Zafarov will educate us about composting; and our own Jody Benson will talk about what the Zero Waste Restaurant Team has discovered about what some

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