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AG Balderas supports vulnerable populations

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Joins 22 attorneys general

In an action designed to protect against discrimination against women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and other vulnerable populations, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter that opposes the U. S. Department of...

More parents to get child care help under CYFD proposal

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More New Mexico families will qualify for child care assistance without being wait-listed, and could stay longer on the program under proposed rules posted July 29 by the Children Youth and Families Department.

Under current eligibility limits put in place in the wake of a lawsuit against CYFD, families can qualify and stay on the child care program if they make less than two times the federal poverty level and not one dollar more. The proposal would take the exit point up from twice the poverty level to 250%.

To put the changes in perspective, a single mother with two children could make up to $42,660 per year and qualify, and could keep getting child care assistance with increasing...

Haaland joins Booker on a climate change bill

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Focuses on farm conservation, reforestation, wetlands

U. S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) joined with U. S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Aug. 8 to release a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation and wetlands restoration.

The Climate Stewardship Act of 2019 inspired by measures implemented in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, would support voluntary climate stewardship practices on more than 100 million acres of farmland, plant more than 15 billion trees to revive deforested landscapes and expand urban tree cover, reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps - one of the New Deal’s most popular programs...

‘I support an impeachment inquiry’

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1st District of New Mexico

In a statement on Aug. 14, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, D-N.M., expressed her views about an impeachment investigation.

“From day one, President Trump has proven he’s unfit to serve as president. I can’t sit back while our communities live in fear because of this President,” Haaland said. He and his friends continue to enrich themselves and abuse their power while New Mexicans are struggling. Meanwhile, the President and his Administration stonewall Congress and refuse to cooperate with Congressional investigations; they are impeding the ability of Congress to get to the truth.

Robert Mueller said it plainly: ‘the special counsel’s report does not...

The nuke storage debate

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Lea and Eddy Counties in southeast New Mexico are over 450 miles from McKinley County, but in this digital age news travels in the blink of an eye. As I have learned with all things nuclear in New Mexico, there is always a lot of fear and misinformation, so I’m not surprised by Mr. [Mervyn] Tilden’s comments regarding the proposed Holtec’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF), but some of his facts surrounding the project need clarification.

First, I would point out that the project is strongly supported with resolutions from Eddy and Lea County Commissioners, as well as the elected Councilors and Commissioners in Carlsbad and Hobbs. This region of the...

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