Mirroring a vote cast by Nancy Pelosi in the U.S. House of Representatives and walking lockstep with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall voted to reject a bill in the United States Senate today that would have repealed the recently ruled unconstitutional Affordable Health Care for America Act.
Better known as Obamacare, a law Bingaman once called the Obamacare, One of the most "carefully crafted" pieces of legislation he had seen in twenty-seven years in Washington D.C. the vote, which was cast on straight party lines, illustrates the deep divide between Democrats and Republicans, especially when it comes to trusting the federal government to micro-manage one of the largest segments of the U.S. economy.
SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has made appointments to fill two vacancies on New Mexico’s Third Judicial District Court. Governor Martinez named Susan M. Riedel and Jacinto Palomino, both of Las Cruces, to fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Jerald A. Valentine and Judge Stephen Bridgforth. Riedel and Palomino were both recommended for their positions by the Third Judicial District Court Nominating Commission. “Ms. Riedel and Mr. Palomino have dedicated their careers to protecting New Mexico’s children and families and upholding the law to the fullest extent,” said Governor Martinez. “Both have served capably as prosecutors and have proven themselves as tenacious and fair representatives of New Mexico’s legal system. I am confident that Ms. Riedel and Mr. Palomino will be fair and honest judges who will impartially apply the law." Susan M. Riedel currently serves as Chief Deputy District Attorney for New Mexico’s Third Judicial District, overseeing attorney training with a focus on the Children’s Court Attorney and the Probation Violation Division. Riedel previously served as the Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer and Special Master for Family Violence Protection Hearings and Children’s Court Detention Hearings for the Twelfth Judicial District in Alamogordo. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Judicial District and a Deputy District Attorney for the Second Judicial District in Albuquerque. Riedel earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Jacinto Palomino currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for New Mexico’s Third Judicial District, overseeing the Violent Felony Offense Unit. He also serves as Senior Defense Counsel for the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army Reserve. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Palomino practiced family law and criminal defense as a private practice attorney in San Jose, CA. Prior to his legal career, Palomino served in the United States Marine Corps as a Heavy Vehicle Operator. He earned his law degree from the University of California at San Francisco Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, CA.
Santa Fe, NM – The progress of two measures sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) that would exempt disabled citizens and the elderly from property taxes under certain conditions was halted by Republican House members in the House Voters and Elections Committee yesterday. Both measures would have exempted disabled property owners from paying their property tax liabilities based on disabilites, age, and income. Rep. Garcia said, “I was disappointed to see these important bills die in committee." The state faces the task of closing a $400 million budget deficit. It would appear the lack of support by the GOP members on the committee for the Garcia proposals was based on the fiscal realities related to offering property tax exemptions to property owners and their eventual heirs during a budget crisis.
Santa Fe, NM – A bill introduced by Rep. Eliseo “Lee” Alcon (D-Cibola and McKinley) that is designed to ensure that every person serving in active-duty military receive burials in accordance to their wishes worked one step closer to becoming a law today. HB 15 unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee today. “I am extremely pleased that my fellow legislators understand how important it is to do things to make our military personnel’s lives better,” Rep. Alcon said after the vote. “Currently there are no rules in place to make sure a soldier’s wishes are seen through. Right now, any family member, spouse or even ex-spouse can make decisions about a soldier’s final arrangements. This can lead to conflict and a degrading of the sacrifice the soldier made.”
Every now and then we run across something on Youtube that is absolutely priceless. With incredible drops in temperatures in New Mexico today that virtually paralized the state we thought it might be a good idea of you are snuzzled up by the warm solar panels to watch this debate on the scientific arguements in favor of and skeptical of the global warming and climate change push from the progressive movement. This is enlightening.
Townhall- The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some experts. Read full column here:
Santa Fe, NM – A bill sponsored by Rep. George Dodge, Jr. (D-Santa Rosa) that would remove MIA and deceased military members from the master jury database every six months unanimously passed the House of Representatives today. Responding to grieving New Mexican military families who have had to prove the loss of a loved one to the jury system, Rep. Dodge introduced HB 181a to not only streamline the bureaucracy, but to prevent military families from being burdened to provide the required documentation. The bill passed with a vote of 64-0. Rep. Dodge said, “This is a valuable mechanism to prevent families of missing or deceased military members from re-experiencing the anguish of their loss by having to provide death certificates months down the road. Being a veteran and having a son in the Navy, I can empathize with these families and hope to see this legislation make it to the governor’s desk.”
One of our friends from the windy city shared this picture of Lake Shore Drive with us this morning. The word is that like most of New Mexico the city of Chicago has also come to a standstill. However, we have not heard of any rolling blackouts there as a result of the latest cold spell. Naturally, when people are out and about in their cars when a storm hits, it is their problem. When a rolling blackout hits the homes it is a government energy policy problem. It would seem that regional energy shortages are more of a New Mexico issue these days, particularly with the effects of global warming hitting our area.
EXTREME COLD temperatures have led to rolling power outages in the State of New Mexico. Rolling power outages created a cascade effect that has disrupted life in the state. The News New Mexico radio show was knocked of off the air on Wednesday morning. While News New Mexico apologizes for the inconvenience to our listeners, we cannot resist the temptation to ask if the recent "Cap and Tax" rules passed by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board represent "best practices." Given the obviously thin margin of electrical generating capacity available in the southwest, and the frozen pipes and threats to human life posed by the lack of energy supplies, one must bring the entire radical environmental approach to energy management into question. The entire nation has experienced extraordinarily low temperatures again this week. Accordingly, we must wonder if under the progressive E.I.B rules, our "environment" will "improve."
The critical shortage of energy supplies and cold temperatures are a wake up call. They should serve as reminders to all members of the House Energy Committee, particularly, Chairman Brian Egolf. Egolf's solution to these dire conditions seems to be to call on unqualified energy policy witnesses (who do landscaping work) to offer opinions supporting lame-brained policies that will increase the frequency of the blackout experiences felt all over New Mexico today. In the face of some of the coldest weather this state has seen in many years it might be a good idea to let your elected officials hear from you. You can find their contact information at the top of our website.
From kasa.com -As the Mexican drug cartels wage war with each other, the FBI is working undercover in New Mexico to keep the bloodshed from spilling across the border. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rodney Miller said the Albuquerque field office has formed a new tactical team whose main objective is to hunt down cartel members. The team started working on cartel leads in December and has already made some big arrests, although Miller said he couldn't go into detail because the FBI is still on the hunt for more members. “We intend to send shockwaves not only through New Mexico but Mexico itself,” Miller said. More here
NewsNM note (Spence) Denver was forecast to record its lowest high temperature ever yesterday (-6 degrees). It now looks like it missed and climbed all the way up to 2 below zero. The low temperatures in Colorado were the lowest in more than twenty-six years. With all that the global warming political agenda entails, in terms of lowering living standards through higher energy costs, the cornerstone of hope for advancing this hapless cause is the hope that rational people will continue to IGNORE all of the new data points for actual TEMPERATURES. The evidence is rolling in from everywhere.
London has experience its coldest winter in living memory. Still, we are expected to ignore the mountain of empirical data and instead simply "trust" those being collectively paid billions of dollars in grants each year. Many climate changers are propping up not science or facts, but an ideology that is part socialism and part hopelessly idealistic "back to nature" fantasy. Here is the latest from.......
Newswest9 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, closing some icy roads and littering others with fender-benders. The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on a two-hour delay in Santa Fe. Read full story:
Townhall - While Congress prepares its budget for this year, threatening deep cuts to a $14 trillion debt, the first real test of the GOP's fiscal constitution is shaping up to come in the form of whether to raise the debt ceiling. Years ago, no one wanted to talk about expanding the credit line of the U.S. government. It was such a stark reminder of how bad a hole we were in, that both parties built the significant vote as a procedural move with other votes. In other words, they tried to bury the thing in hopes members would not have to rise in defense of an ever-growing nightmare. What profiles in courage - both parties were part of the Ostrich Caucus - sticking their collective heads in the sand on some of the most important issues of the day. And now here we are again, Republicans are at the helm, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his minions are screaming like Chicken Little that if their opponents don't "do the right thing," then the U.S. will default on its debt obligations. Read full column here:
Townhall - by Brent Bozell - Is it not amazing that it's taken the news media exactly 100 years to discover that Ronald Reagan was a role model? While he lived and even after he died, they shot every arrow and dropped every bomb they could on this man and his reputation. Now that it's his 100th birthday and America is celebrating, they find him useful. They're trying to rub Reagan's magic all over a floundering Obama. After Obama's latest State of the Union speech -- a dreary, boring spectacle for a normally riveting speaker -- all three networks praised Obama as "Reaganesque," as if he were one of the sunniest American exceptionalists. Time's latest cover reads "Why Obama (Hearts) Reagan," and the cover story inside is titled "The Role Model," oozing that Obama "realized long ago that Ronald Reagan was a transformational president." Read full column here: