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Senate votes to extend unemployment insurance with NM delegation support

Senate votes to extend unemployment insurance with NM delegation support

The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to extend long-term unemployment insurance with support from both Senators from New Mexico. The legislation would provide an extension to unemployment insurance for more than two million unemployed Americans. The long-term unemployment insurance funds lapsed December 28 and were not extended again. The bill would provide enough funding to extend the program through the end of May. It also includes a five-month retroactive extension. It passed primarily on the back of … Read entire article »

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On Senate floor, Heinrich calls for $10.10 minimum wage

On Senate floor, Heinrich calls for $10.10 minimum wage

Sen. Martin Hainrich has been a staunch supporter of raising the minimum wage and his speech on the Senate floor on Saturday did nothing to change that. Heinrich was among the Democrats advocating for legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, something that President Barack Obama mentioned during this year’s State of the Union address. “At $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage has lost more than 30 percent of its value over … Read entire article »

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Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

Delegation responds to Supreme Court striking down aggregate donation limit

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling that once again weakened campaign finance laws and opened the door to allowing more spending in political campaigns. SCOTUSblog says the Supreme Court “struck down the two-year ceilings that Congress has imposed on donations by individuals to presidential and congressional candidates, parties and some — but not all — political action groups.” The ruling was in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The Court struck down were “aggregate limits.” Again … Read entire article »

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Stevens, who runs @politixfireball, out from Pearce’s office

Stevens, who runs @politixfireball, out from Pearce’s office

A Republican state party activist with a troubled online past has resigned from her position as press secretary in Rep. Steve Pearce’s office. Pearce’s office announced the move in a release to reporters on Friday morning, saying that he asked for and accepted Rebekah Stevens’ resignation. “I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” Pearce said in a statement. “When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition … Read entire article »

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Pearce knew of Stevens’ writing as Politixfireball before hiring her

Pearce knew of Stevens’ writing as Politixfireball before hiring her

Rep. Steve Pearce told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday that he knew about Rebekah Stevens’ controversial writing as Politixfireball before hiring her. Stevens had previously worked on a Pearce campaign, according to the Journal. On Wednesday, reports said she was behind the Twitter account that included at least one anti-Semitic reference and compared President Barack Obama to Hitler. Pearce told Michael Coleman: Pearce, asked about the comments in a Journal interview Wednesday, disavowed them and conceded that Stevens’ past … Read entire article »

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Lujan, Lujan Grisham sign onto discharge petition on immigration

Lujan, Lujan Grisham sign onto discharge petition on immigration

The two Democratic members of the U.S. House from New Mexico have signed onto a discharge petition that seeks an up-or-down vote on a comprehensive immigration bill. The discharge petition is the latest in a line of such moves for high profile issues that Democrats have been unable to pass through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The move is extremely to result in a vote, though Democrats hope it puts pressure on House Republicans and Speaker of … Read entire article »

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Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

Report says Pearce hired woman behind infamous Twitter account

A report by the Santa Fe Reporter says that Steve Pearce hired the person — or perhaps one of the people — behind the infamous @Politixfireball account to be his next press secretary. The Santa Fe Reporter says that Rebekah Stevens is behind the Twitter account and the website PoliticalFireball. Pearce’s office announced she was hired as the new press secretary in an email to reporters yesterday. “I’d like to introduce Rebekah Stevens, Rep. Pearce’s new press … Read entire article »

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Heinrich will participate in Bataan Memorial Death March

Heinrich will participate in Bataan Memorial Death March

Sen. Martin Heinrich will participate in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March this Sunday. The annual event commemorates the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II which involved 1,800 soldiers from New Mexico. The event will honor the 13 remaining survivors of the 1942 march. “The number of New Mexicans captured at Bataan gave our state the highest per capita ratio of Prisoners of War of all states during World War II. But statistics … Read entire article »

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Senators Heinrich, Udall, Rep. Pearce respond to WIPP report

Senators Heinrich, Udall, Rep. Pearce respond to WIPP report

Three members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation responded to a report on an underground fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on February 5, 2014. This is separate from the later radiation leak that has shut down WIPP operations. The Department of Energy issued a report that blamed bad maintenance and outdated equipment for the fire. A copy of the report is embedded at the bottom of this post. “I applaud the Department of Energy for producing a … Read entire article »

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Luján, Lujan Grisham want vote on unemployment insurance extension

Luján, Lujan Grisham want vote on unemployment insurance extension

Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are calling on Speaker of the House John Boehner to allow a vote on extending unemployment insurance. House Democrats introduced a discharge petition that would require an up-or-down vote on extending unemployment insurance. “Calls to extend unemployment insurance have fallen on deaf ears in the House of Representatives while two million Americans struggle to get by,” Luján said. “Republicans have failed to address this issue. There has not … Read entire article »

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