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Obama announces immigration action; NM delegation responds

Obama announces immigration action; NM delegation responds

President Barack Obama announced his new immigration initiative on Thursday night in a televised address. The short address laid out what Obama was going to do with the immigration system that Obama said “is broken, and everyone knows it.” Obama said that he prefers that a bipartisan bill — such as the legislation that passed the U.S. Senate — be presented to him to sign. However, “Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple … Read entire article »

Filed under: Border, Delegation, Featured, Immigration, National News

Keystone XL bill fails in the Senate; NM Senators vote against it

Keystone XL bill fails in the Senate; NM Senators vote against it

Legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, failing to get the 60 votes necessary to get to an up-and-down vote. Both Senators from New Mexico, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, voted against the legislation. Both are Democrats. The legislation received 59 votes, mostly from Republicans though a handful of Democrats voted for it as well. The legislation was largely seen as a way to boost the prospects for Sen. Mary Landrieu, … Read entire article »

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Lujan Grisham named CHC 1st Vice Chair

Lujan Grisham named CHC 1st Vice Chair

Michelle Lujan Grisham is the new 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The move up in the leadership of the increasingly important caucus is a familiar path, in recent years at least, for a New Mexican. The previous 1st Vice Chair was Ben Ray Luján. This isn’t Lujan Grisham’s first taste of leadership in the CHC. She is the current Whip of the CHC. Lujan Grisham represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District while Luján represents New … Read entire article »

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Families at Artesia immigration facility to be sent to Texas

The controversial immigration detention facility for families in Artesia, New Mexico will soon be empty. The families who are detained at the center while they await immigration and hearings on refugee status will instead be sent to a South Texas facility. The facility south of San Antonio is slated to be one of the largest immigration facilities in the country. The Artesia detention center is expected to be empty by the end of the year. The Texas facility will eventually hold up to 2,400 people, according to acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Thomas W. Winkowski. “These facilities help ensure timely and effective removals that comply with our legal and international obligations, while deterring others from taking the dangerous journey and illegally crossing into the United States,” Winkowski said in a statement. Immigration … Read entire article »

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Pelosi says Luján to lead DCCC in 2016 cycle

Pelosi says Luján to lead DCCC in 2016 cycle

After a few very rough election cycles for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organization will have a new head. And that name will come from New Mexico, New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District representative Ben Ray Luján. Luján recently easily won reelection in the heavily-Democratic and heavily-Hispanic area of the state. The Washington Post first reported the news, saying that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi previewed the Democratic caucus’ decision. Pelosi is almost certainly going to be … Read entire article »

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Heinrich, Flake appear on Letterman during media tour

Heinrich, Flake appear on Letterman during media tour

It isn’t that often that you see a U.S. Senator on a late night talk show unless they are John McCain or running for president (or both). But on Monday night, there were two U.S. Senators on The Late Show with David Letterman, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Jeff Flake of Arizona. The two were on to promote the TV show “Rival Survival” and it was the most high profile appearance on a media … Read entire article »

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Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

Keller ad gets national attention for Breaking Bad ties

With just three weeks until election day, there are a lot of political ads on TV. That makes it increasingly hard to break through the clutter and actually get attention. NM Telegram isn’t able to keep up with the flood of campaign ads recently, but this one was worth mentioning. You can watch the full ad below. Sometimes, it happens in a negative way, as it did for Wendy Davis in Texas. Or in others, a way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auditor, Featured, National News, Video

National Review says Weh might pull upset

National Review says Weh might pull upset

The National Review, not exactly an unbiased source, raises the possibility that Allen Weh could pull an upset against Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate race. Udall has been considered a shoo-in to win for months. National pundits as well as local political observers still believe that Udall will win reelection against Allen Weh. Udall has more money, more name recognition and is very popular among the Democrats that make up the largest bloc of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News, Senate

DLCC names two New Mexico districts to its list of key races

DLCC names two New Mexico districts to its list of key races

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee named two races in New Mexico to its list of those to watch to maintain a Democratic majority. Republicans are hoping to take control of the state House for the first time in decades this year. The two New Mexico races are among the list of 69 state legislative races throughout 24 states to make the DLCC list. The two races are House District 4 and House District 37 and both are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News, New Mexico House

Martinez hits cover of National Review

Martinez hits cover of National Review

The National Review is the latest conservative publication to highlight Gov. Susana Martinez. This time, Martinez gets the cover. The article by Jay Nordlinger comes after he shadowed Martinez on the campaign trail and is about what one would expect from a conservative magazine writing about an up-and-coming conservative star. The cover reads, “Susana” under a photo of Susana Martinez while the article is titled, “Viva Susana!” The article itself will cost you a quarter to read … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, National News