Gov & Politics

House Dems mull how to address Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are weighing what to do about Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado in connection with anti-Muslim comments she made about a colleague in the House. “We’re considering what action ought to be taken,” said Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, at a briefing with reporters. Hoyer would […]

Tribal coalition left in the dark as redistricting nears, member says

BY: - November 30, 2021

A New Mexico group is raising concerns about under-representation of Native Americans as lawmakers prepare to shape the political landscape here for at least another decade. Austin Weahkee (Cochiti, Zuni, Navajo), political director for New Mexico Native Vote, said some of the maps proposed by a nonpartisan committee last month don’t adequately reflect the sizeable […]

Federal commission adds three Native American languages to voter registration resources

BY: - November 29, 2021

Access to voting information got a little bit easier for some Native Americans.  The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released new national voter registration forms that are available in Diné, Apache and Yup’ik languages. This is the first time the federal commission released voting materials with any type of Native American translations.  The commission […]

Volunteers deliver firewood before the snow hits

BY: - November 29, 2021

GALLUP – Navajo elders who are in need of wood to heat their homes stay warm as it gets colder turn to the mutual aid effort Chizh for Cheii. Loren Anthony  founded the group 10 years ago, and the work continues to be a vital resource. Chizh for Cheii has become a staple on Navajo. […]

New Mexico’s draft plan for hydrogen a non-starter for environmentalists

BY: - November 29, 2021

In mid-November, after months of hinting about an upcoming bill, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration sent a draft Hydrogen Hub Act out to stakeholders for their input. First reactions are not positive.   “Let’s be crystal clear,” says Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director of the Western Environmental Law Center, “this bill isn’t a climate or clean energy bill. […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices — but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 25, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.    In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

Dolores Huerta comes home to New Mexico to push for Build Back Better

BY: - November 24, 2021

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta visited workers on a construction site and in a university classroom Tuesday, a homecoming to New Mexico in which she pushed for the Build Back Better legislation and reflected on nearly 70 years of activism.  Huerta, 91, was born in Dawson, a small mining town in Northeastern New Mexico before […]

State highway office promotes Uber to curb drunk driving

BY: - November 23, 2021

Residents of the Albuquerque metro area can get a discounted price on trips booked through the ridesharing app Uber today through the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. The “Take a Ride on Us” program offers 2,500 people an Uber credit of up to $10 and one ride per person. The program started Monday and continues […]

Bernalillo County squeaks past federal requirement to spend rent relief money

BY: - November 23, 2021

Officials in Bernalillo County just barely met a federal deadline for the spending of emergency rental assistance funds, staving off the clawback of millions of dollars. Renters in the county outside of Albuquerque get rent assistance from the county government, not the state government. That’s a choice county officials made early in the pandemic. Doña […]

State’s AG to propose a bill consolidating MMIWR investigations

BY: - November 22, 2021

When a person goes missing or is murdered in a tribal community, multiple policy agencies take part in the investigation. The state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force is just one entity that has spoken through recent years about how this can stall justice for families seeking answers. Now, task force members […]