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DOE secretary talks WIPP, tech transfer, native energy on NM trip

DOE secretary talks WIPP, tech transfer, native energy on NM trip

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is on a two-day trip throughout New Mexico and some big questions have already been answered. Moniz was in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Carlsbad on Monday — a big day of travel throughout a big western state. WIPP isn’t going anywhere The most newsworthy part of Moniz’s trip was related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP. While WIPP remains closed because of a radiation leak in February, and the investigation hasn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carlsbad, Delegation, Economy, Energy, Featured, National News

Pearce-Lara race one of seven to watch, says Real Clear Politics

Pearce-Lara race one of seven to watch, says Real Clear Politics

According to Real Clear Politics, the 2nd Congressional District race between Steve Pearce and Rocky Lara is one to watch this November. The congressional race was given a short profile in a list of seven congressional races to watch in the upcoming general elections. The conservative-leaning website calls Pearce the “The Conservative Latino Whisperer” for his ability to win elections in the majority-Hispanic district while Republicans nationwide have trouble connecting with Hispanics. “But Pearce has won the district, … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured, National News

NM uninsured rate drops 5 percentage points; among the largest drops in the nation

NM uninsured rate drops 5 percentage points; among the largest drops in the nation

A Gallup poll found that New Mexico had one of the largest drops in the rate of uninsured in the nation. The poll was released on Tuesday and has data from all 50 states. The uninsured rate dropped from 20.2 percent to 15.2 percent from 2014 to mid-2014, the ninth-largest drop in the country. The largest was in Arkansas where it dropped 10.1 percent and in Kentucky where it dropped 8.5 percent. New Mexico’s uninsured ranking still is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News, Polling

Heinrich calls on CIA chief to resign

Heinrich calls on CIA chief to resign

Sen. Martin Heinrich says CIA chief John Brennan should resign following revelations that the CIA searched Senate computers. The Albuquerque Journal first reported Heinrich’s call on Brennan to step down. This came an hour after Heinrich issued a statement on the report from the CIA inspector general. Heinrich sits on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and has been a harsh critic of domestic spying from the National Security Agency. The junior U.S. Senator from New … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured

USA Today looks at NM “motor voter” problems

USA Today looks at NM “motor voter” problems

The third-largest newspaper by circulation highlighted problems with “motor voter” laws, using a recently-exposed problem with New Mexico’s system as an example. The USA Today story on motor voter problems began with describing New Mexico’s problems that likely violated the federal law. The federal law in question is the National Voter Registration Act, a bill signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993. According to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, it “requires states … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Featured, National News

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 »

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

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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