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Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Sen. Tom Udall is still way ahead in the cash race, though Weh brought in more money in the last quarter. Udall had $3.4 million in cash at the end of the second quarter, while Weh had a total of $627,806. Weh’s ability to raise more money in the quarter was mostly thanks to a large loan from himself to his campaign — $555,000 in all. The Associated Press reported the fundraising totals. Unlike their house counterparts, … Read entire article »

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VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigns; NM delegation responds

VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigns; NM delegation responds

VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigned on Friday, amid calls from dozens, if not hundreds, of U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators following the release of a preliminary report outlining problems in the VA. Shinseki resigned in a meeting with President Barack Obama where he outlined the findings of the report. Obama accepted Shinseki’s resignation. Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, is the acting secretary. On Thursday, both U.S. Senators and all three U.S. Representatives from New Mexico called … Read entire article »

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Udall, Heinrich want Shinseki to resign

Udall, Heinrich want Shinseki to resign

U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heirnich both called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down because of a scandal involving wait times at VA hospitals. The calls come after a preliminary report by the Office of the Inspector General showed widespread problems in the VA including hundreds of veterans being kept off the waiting lists in Phoenix. The two are among a growing list of Senators from both parties asking Shinseki to resign. From the New … Read entire article »

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Obama signs designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as national monument

Obama signs designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as national monument

President Barack Obama signed a designation that names the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area a national monument. Before signing the proclamation, Obama thanked Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinich, who pushed for the delegation. He also thanked former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman who pushed to protect the area while in office. Bingaman, also a Democrat, decided not to run for another term in 2010. All three attended the signing. A copy of the proclamation is embedded at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured

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 »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured, National News

Heinrich, Udall respond to VA investigations, allegations

Heinrich, Udall respond to VA investigations, allegations

In response to the latest allegations of mismanagement at VA hospitals, this time at the location in Albuquerque, Sen. Tom Udall announced funding to widen the investigation. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs approved an additional $5 million to the Office of the Inspector General of the VA health system. This is in addition to the $121 million given to the office for Fiscal Year 2015. “We need to find out what is truly … 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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Weh receives top marks from NRA, Clements expects the same

Weh receives top marks from NRA, Clements expects the same

Allen Weh received the top rating for a candidate from the National Rifle Association and his opponent expects to receive the same rating. Weh received an ‘AQ’ rating from the NRA’s Political Voter Fund (NRA-PVF) according to a statement sent by his campaign. A spokesman for the Clements campaign told NM Telegram in an email that Clements “fully expects to receive the same AQ rating that the NRA gives any candidate that aligns with their issues.” “As … Read entire article »

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Heinrich, Udall don’t like FCC net neutrality proposal

Heinrich, Udall don’t like FCC net neutrality proposal

The Federal Communications Commission decision on proposed net neutrality rules didn’t get a hot reception from New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators. They warned that the proposed rules, which moved forward on a 3-2 vote, would stifle innovation. Reuters reported on the FCC decision. U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery … Read entire article »

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Minimum wage increase can’t clear Republican filibuster in US Senate

Minimum wage increase can’t clear Republican filibuster in US Senate

The U.S. Senate was unable to muster enough votes on a minimum wage bill to clear a filibuster on Wednesday. The bill needed 60 votes to invoke cloture and end debate on the bill but passed 54-42. One Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, was the only Republican to vote for it. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, voted against the bill for procedural reasons. Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico are Democrats and voted to invoke cloture. The bill would … Read entire article »

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