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Pearce: Pelosi deserves censure for confronting another member of Congress

Pearce: Pelosi deserves censure for confronting another member of Congress

Rep. Steve Pearce told a Republican group that he believes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cali., should be censured. The Roswell Daily Record reported Pearce’s remarks to a Republican group. Pearce made the remarks to the Chaves County Republican Women. Pearce said Pelosi should be censured over a confrontation she had with Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania during a debate on border security. “I’ve told our leader, Speaker (John) Boehner, that when we get back, that needs … Read entire article »

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Ferguson puts ‘militarization’ of police departments in the spotlight in NM, elsewhere (updated)

Ferguson puts ‘militarization’ of police departments in the spotlight in NM, elsewhere (updated)

Images of armored vehicles, high powered rifles and tear gas in Ferguson, MO have led to more talk about the so-called “militarization” of local police forces, not just in Missouri but nationwide. One of the criticisms of the police response to Ferguson, by no means the only one, is of the equipment that is being used by the police. Vox published a “Guide to the military gear being used against civilians in Ferguson” on Monday. While the … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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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 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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Senate confirms Damon Martinez as US Attorney

Senate confirms Damon Martinez as US Attorney

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Damon Martinez as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico on a voice vote on Wednesday afternoon. Martinez was recommended by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich last April. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in November. His nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in April of this year. Martinez had served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district since 2001. In that time, there had been controversy … Read entire article »

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Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

President Barack Obama will name the Organ Mountains a national monument. The news came from the White House. “By establishing the monument, the president will permanently protect more than 496,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said according to USA Today. The White House says the designation will result in more than $7 million in economic activity in the area, … Read entire article »

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