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Controversial choice sworn into state House seat

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The New Mexico House of Representatives again has 70 members after an appointee was sworn in Nov. 18, according to the House Democratic caucus.

Idalia Lechuga-Tena was sworn in by Court of Appeals Judge Michael D. Bustamante to fill the vacancy in House District 21. Lechuga-Tena replaces Stephanie Maez, who resigned...

ABQ ethics board rules against anti-abortion group

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ALBUQUERQUE – The City of Albuquerque’s Board of Ethics ruled unanimously that an anti-abortion group broke city election rules when the group sent mailers in opposition of a City Council candidate.

The board issued a $1,000 fine and a public reprimand.

Protest ABQ sent fliers depicting graphic scenes purportedly from abortions in an attempt sway voters in District 6 from voting for Pat Davis, who won the race. Davis, the Executive Director of the political group ProgressNow New Mexico*, previously worked on a campaign against a ballot initiative in Albuquerque that would have banned late-term abortions.

Alex Curtas, an employee of ProgressNow New Mexico, filed a complaint against...

Lujan: NM Mental, behavioral health system needs improvements

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation.

New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them.

Luján offered an amendment to address this important issue during the markup of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.  He...

Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Paris, France

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The American people stand with the people of France.

Friday’s terror attacks were not just an attack on Paris; they were an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share, including the bonds of liberté, égalité, and fraternité.

These values will endure far beyond any terrorists or their hateful vision. The United States and our allies do not give in to fear, nor will we be divided, nor will anyone change our way of life. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to...

Governor Susana Martinez unveils series of powerful TV ads to fight drunk driving

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ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a series of powerful TV ads to fight drunk driving on the state’s roads and highways Nov. 17.

These new ads feature New Mexico State Police officers sharing their personal stories of coming face-to-face with the real and horrible consequences of drunk driving, witnessing the devastating fatal crashes and having to inform families that their loved ones have been killed.

To view these new ads, visit www.endwi.com.

“Our police officers are often the first on the scene. They see firsthand -- with their own two eyes -- the horror when someone decides to take the wheel after drinking,”Martinez said. “These ads feature their stories...

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