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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 »

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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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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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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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