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Morning Word: NM, country prepare for Obama immigration executive order

Morning Word: NM, country prepare for Obama immigration executive order

The Associated Press looks at immigrants in the state and around the nation making preparations in advance of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order. Allegra Love, a Santa Fe-based immigration attorney, said she expects her services will be in high demand after Obama’s announcement. In response, she will be participating in immigration legal clinics to help potential applicants get their paperwork in order. Three immigrants, with the backing of immigrant rights groups, are suing San Juan County … Read entire article »

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Mapping New Mexico’s vote

Mapping New Mexico’s vote

By Sandra Fish The Republican takeover of New Mexico’s state House was the big news from the Nov. 4 election. Using vote tallies from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office as of Nov. 17, New Mexico In Depth mapped the state House outcomes, as well as the results for the U.S. Senate and governor’s races. First, the House. From the start, 14 Republican and 20 Democratic seats were uncontested. Two seats featured Democrats versus write-in candidates, while two … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Officer in Boyd shooting to retire

Morning Word: Officer in Boyd shooting to retire

One of the Albuquerque Police Department officers who shot and killed a homeless person who was illegally camping has filed his papers to retire. He is just shy of 19 years of service and can buy up to 20 years of service. So what does this mean? After 20 years of service, APD officers can retire and get about 70 percent of their pay in an annual pension. A year less, and Sandy would have to … 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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Families at Artesia immigration facility to be sent to Texas

The controversial immigration detention facility for families in Artesia, New Mexico will soon be empty. The families who are detained at the center while they await immigration and hearings on refugee status will instead be sent to a South Texas facility. The facility south of San Antonio is slated to be one of the largest immigration facilities in the country. The Artesia detention center is expected to be empty by the end of the year. The Texas facility will eventually hold up to 2,400 people, according to acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Thomas W. Winkowski. “These facilities help ensure timely and effective removals that comply with our legal and international obligations, while deterring others from taking the dangerous journey and illegally crossing into the United States,” Winkowski said in a statement. Immigration … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Luján tapped to head the DCCC

Morning Word: Luján tapped to head the DCCC

Rep. Ben Ray Luján will head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee through the 2016 cycle. It is a very high profile position for Luján, a young Congressman who can serve for a long, long time in the House in a safe Democratic district. From the Santa Fe New Mexican: Luján said in an interview Monday that he and Pelosi first talked about the position a week ago. Pelosi asked him to keep it quiet, he said. “My … 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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Morning Word: Report outlines LANL role in radiation leak

Morning Word: Report outlines LANL role in radiation leak

The Santa Fe New Mexican has a great piece on the role that Los Alamos National Labs had in the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. And, well, it doesn’t look good for LANL. Instead, the lab and its various contractors took shortcuts in treating the acidic nuclear waste, adding neutralizer and a wheat-based organic kitty litter to absorb excess liquid. The combination turned the waste into a potential bomb that one lab chemist … Read entire article »

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Incoming House majority names key staffers

Incoming House majority names key staffers

The new House Majority is putting its stamp on the House, naming new senior staff. Staff is important in the New Mexico legislature because the legislators are unpaid, “citizen legislators.” Staff does a lot of work on legislation and other issues. One of the biggest changes will be a new Chief Clerk, after Stephen Arias held the position for 31 years through a number of leadership changes — but all were among Democrats. His replacement will be Denise … Read entire article »

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