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Reactions to DOJ report on APD

Reactions to DOJ report on APD

The Department of Justice released a highly critical report on the Albuquerque Police Department. The report was a year and a half in the making and was critical of APD in use of force cases from the highly publicized lethal cases to others that did not involve any deaths. The report also recommended reforms for APD to implement in order to fix the constitutional problems that the Department of Justice found. Politicians from the area responded to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Albuquerque, Courts, Featured

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 »

Filed under: Delegation, Economy, Featured

PPP poll: King leads Dem primary, Martinez leads general election, Udall leads big

PPP poll: King leads Dem primary, Martinez leads general election, Udall leads big

A poll shows that Gary King is leading the Democratic primary field while Susana Martinez leads the general election, but by less than many had expected. The poll also shows Tom Udall has a large lead over both David Clements and Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The poll was by Public Policy Polling was of registered voters, not likely voters, and is the first polling not associated with a candidate in the race. Public Policy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling, Senate

RNC ads target Udall, DCCC game targets Pearce

RNC ads target Udall, DCCC game targets Pearce

The Republican National Committee is airing ads in New Mexico ahead of the midterm elections, targeting Senator Tom Udall. Udall is up for his first reelection this November. He has no primary competition while two Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination to take on Udall. CNN reported on the ads, which target young voters, earlier this week. CNN says this is a different strategy for the RNC: The ads will begin airing Tuesday on cable channels targeting mostly … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured, Senate

Tom Udall endorses Lara in CD2

Tom Udall endorses Lara in CD2

Sen. Tom Udall will endorse Roxanne Lara for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. The endorsement is another example of Democratic support coalescing around Lara in her attempt to defeat Steve Pearce in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. The endorsement comes as little surprise, as both Udall and Lara are Democrats. “Rocky Lara is the kind of pragmatic problem solver Southern New Mexico families are asking for. And I’m very pleased to throw my enthusiastic support behind … Read entire article »

Filed under: CD2, Featured

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 »

Filed under: Delegation, Environment, Featured, National News

Heinrich, Udall to take part in night-long climate change talk-a-thon

Heinrich, Udall to take part in night-long climate change talk-a-thon

A total of 30 Senators are scheduled stay up all night to have a marathon talk on climate change. Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico, Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, will be among the Senators doing so. The Senators scheduled to appear are 28 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Both Senators are part of the Senate Climate Action Task Force. “Tonight we will illustrate that climate change is not theoretical and cannot be ignored. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation

NM delegation meet with DOE secretary following WIPP radiation leak

NM delegation meet with DOE secretary following WIPP radiation leak

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeast New Mexico drew big attention and three members of the New Mexico congressional delegation met with Department of Energy secretary Ernest Moniz on Thursday. Both U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents the area, attended. They asked Moniz to be open about the follow-up and asked for details about reopening the facility. WIPP holds nuclear materials and is supposed to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, National News

NM Dems in congressional delegation back state minimum wage increase

NM Dems in congressional delegation back state minimum wage increase

Both U.S. Senators and two of the three members of Congress from New Mexico announced today that they back raising the minimum wage in New Mexico. All these members are Democrats. The lone Republican is not in favor of increasing the minimum wage. A proposed minimum wage increase passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last night. It would also tie the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index annually and backdate it to 2009. The Democratic members of Congress … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Roundhouse

New Mexico congressional delegation responds to SOTU

New Mexico congressional delegation responds to SOTU

President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address last night, outlining his proposals and priorities for the next year. As usual, response to the State of the Union largely fell along party lines, with Democrats in support of Obama’s proposals and Republicans against. In New Mexico, it was little different — the four Democratic members of the delegation were generally supportive of the speech and the policy ideas in it, while the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured