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Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Rep. Steve Pearce got some national attention for statements he made as part of a fact-finding mission to Central America. It came in the form of a segment on the satirical and highly popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The full video is embedded at the bottom of the post. Colbert mocked statements that Pearce made to the Santa Fe New Mexican. PEarce said the children leaving Guatemala and Honduras were doing so because of economic reasons … Read entire article »

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Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

Chuck Todd names New Mexico rising political stars

MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd named his “rising stars” in New Mexico politics. Todd named four rising stars, two from each party. All but one are currently elected officials and all but one are running for reelection or for higher office this November. Todd named State Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque and Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County Clerk, as his two Democratic rising stars. The two Republican rising stars were state House candidate Rod Montoya of Farmington … Read entire article »

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Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement on the recent deportations of Central American undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin. Pearce represents southern New Mexico, and his district holds a temporary immigration holding facility. The facility is at the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia. Yesterday, the news came that over three dozen immigrants were deported and flown back to Honduras. “The first flight returning undocumented families to their homes in Central America … Read entire article »

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Gary Johnson to head marijuana company

Gary Johnson to head marijuana company

A former New Mexico governor is taking his talents to a company that sells marijuana products. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be the President and CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a company that will sell marijuana products in states where marijuana is legal. The publicly traded company Albuquerque Business First was the first local outlet to report Johnson’s new job. A press release announced Johnson’s arrival as well as the purchase of a company called “Kush.” “The … Read entire article »

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Heinrich, other Senators send letter to Holder on drones

Heinrich, other Senators send letter to Holder on drones

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and two of his colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder about drone attacks. Heinrich, the junior senator from New Mexico, joined Senators Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon in asking Holder to be more open on targeted drone attacks. All three are Democrats and are members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. While the three are Democrats, they have been critical of the Obama administration … Read entire article »

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Heinrich supports U.S. Patent Office cancellation of ‘Redskins’ trademark

Heinrich supports U.S. Patent Office cancellation of ‘Redskins’ trademark

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich said Tuesday that he supports the decision by the U.S. Patent Office to cancel patents related to the name of the Washington Redskins, deeming it offensive to Native Americans. “The U.S. Patent Office took a positive step today toward the goal of changing the Washington, D.C. football team’s name,” Heinrich said in a statement on Tuesday. “Racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. Our tribal communities have always enhanced New … Read entire article »

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Heinrich wants action on climate change

Heinrich wants action on climate change

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich continued his push for the United States to do something about climate change. Legislation to help with climate change has largely been blocked in recent years despite support from Senate leadership and President Barack Obama. In his floor speech in the U.S. Senate, Heinrich said New Mexico is already dealing with the effects of climate change. “We’re already seeing the effects of climate change manifest in more extreme drought conditions, larger and intense … Read entire article »

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New carbon rule gets praise from Democrats, environmentalists, scorn from Republicans

New carbon rule gets praise from Democrats, environmentalists, scorn from Republicans

A new plan to reduce the amount of carbon pollution from coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants is getting immediate reaction from across the political spectrum. Democrats and environmentalists praise the move by President Barack Obama, done through executive order, while Republicans said the move would cause more job losses and increased energy bills. The New York Times says it is part of a last push by Obama on climate policy. The far-reaching regulations will for the first time … Read entire article »

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VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigns; NM delegation responds

VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigns; NM delegation responds

VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigned on Friday, amid calls from dozens, if not hundreds, of U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators following the release of a preliminary report outlining problems in the VA. Shinseki resigned in a meeting with President Barack Obama where he outlined the findings of the report. Obama accepted Shinseki’s resignation. Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, is the acting secretary. On Thursday, both U.S. Senators and all three U.S. Representatives from New Mexico called … Read entire article »

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Webber comment on sending Martinez back to “wherever she came from” gets national attention

Webber comment on sending Martinez back to “wherever she came from” gets national attention

The national conservative media has latched on a comment made by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber at an event earlier this month. “So I’m asking you for your help, we need to make Susana Martinez a one-term governor. We need to send her back to wherever she really came from,” Webber says in the video. “I suspect it’s Texas. And that would be good for Texas and that would be good for New Mexico.” The video was … Read entire article »

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