Heinrich votes against giving Rick Perry nuclear weapons

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing Rick Perry’s past calls to eliminate the Energy Department, and “an unwillingness to commit to the applied energy research and climate science done at our national labs and universities, and the transition team questionnaire that attacked the integrity of climate scientists,” US Senator Martin Heinrich voted NO today on the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead Donald Trump’s Energy Department. The New York Times recently reported that Perry accepted Trump’s offer to be Energy Secretary believing it was a post to serve as a “global ambassador for America’s oil and gas companies.”  Only after accepting did he learn that it was not that job at all. The Energy Department enjoys a special relationship with New Mexico. National labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos, as well as our country’s nuclear stockpile housed, in part, at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque are all under the purview of the Energy Secretary.

State Republicans try to BAN ABORTION, again. RESIST!

[UPDATE:]
HB 37 has been SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD IN COMMITTEE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
We need to show our strength in numbers. We need your help. HB 37 or the Born Alive Bill aims to make the act of a late-term abortion a second-degree felony, no matter the circumstance, or whether or not the pregnancy endangers the mother. This bill has made the rounds before and has been voted down in committee, year after year. However, the Trump-Pence Administration is empowering more radical voices to assert dangerous policies like the Born Alive Bill, with new vigor. Their pro-life platform is far reaching and has already begun to reduce access to abortion with the ultimate goal to make all abortions illegal. Now HB 37 is back with five sponsors this year.

Roe v. Wade Celebration to be held at NM Capitol Rotunda

The Santa Fe chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) rides the momentum of the Women’s March on Washington by hosting a celebration of Roe v. Wade decision in the NM Capitol Rotunda. On Tuesday, February 7 from 10am -11am supporters of a woman’s right to decide her reproductive health will gather to honor the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling. The January 22, 1973 United States Supreme Court ruling that ensures a woman’s right to obtain a safe and legal abortion from a health care provider is under threat like never before, in state houses across the national and in Washington. Within the first week of his tenure, the 45th President of the United States has threatened Planned Parenthood with defunding. He also waved his pen and reinstated the Global Gag Rule that blocks U.S. aid to international organizations that perform or even talk about abortion.

Did You See The SIGNS? New Mexico Responds En Mass

No, President Trump has NOT released his tax returns. Albuquerque residents did however release anger and creativity on January 19th, in preparation for this past weekend’s Women’s March on Washington event. ProgressNow NM was out in numbers, both here in Albuquerque, and in the South end of the state, in Las Cruces. ProgressNow New Mexico’s Lucas Herndon can be seen below. No matter where you were, you witnessed the collective power of concerned citizens, who are not taking the recent developments at a national level lightly.

Without Planned Parenthood, New Mexico Men Will Lose Services Too

Planned Parenthood inches ever closer to being defunded as part of the GOP’s gleeful plan to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and gut the Affordable Care Act. As soon as President-elect Trump takes office, 40% of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded budget could vanish, leaving hundreds of thousands of women without health care (or access to a safe, legal abortion). Women aren’t the only ones at risk. There are health concerns that impact men only – Planned Parenthood provides services for them as well. Men are also at risk when it comes to the loss of Planned Parenthood funding.

VICTORY: Obama administration rejects DAPL pipeline route through sacred sites

Facing an increasingly determined and growing community of protestors and pressure from federal legislators and community groups, the federal Army Corps of Engineers announced late Sunday that it would deny the permit for the last leg of the DAPL, a controversial federal oil pipeline through sacred tribal areas in North Dakota. New Mexicans have made high-profile efforts to join the opposition in recent months.  State Democratic Party Chair Deb Haaland, herself the only Native party chair in the country, traveled there last month. 

Senators Udall and Heinrich also issued letters to President Obama called for the permit denial. 

Heinrich calls on Obama to move Dakota Access Pipeline | NM Political Report
Heinrich concerned over violence against Standing Rock protesters | NM Political Report 
Udall also wants Dakota Access Pipeline moved, denounces violence | NM Political Report

From the New York Times: 

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Ms. Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The administration also signaled its intent to require a full environmental impact report and public input. Both were deemed unnecessary by the applicants but were seen as critical components to future opposition plans. 

Again, The Times:

The consideration of alternative routes “would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis,” Ms Darcy said in a statement.

The Carlisle Luxury Condominium Burns

Albuquerque’s latest luxury condos currently under construction went up in flames in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Carlisle at 3600 Central Avenue South East in the heart of the Nob Hill District was heavily damaged in a multi-alarm fire that began after 1 am. The three-story, 34-condo building, currently taking reservations was slated for occupancy by the summer of 2016 but appeared to have been unoccupied at the time of this morning’s fire. Fire crews worked for hours to extinguish the aggressive flames that seemed to emerge from multiple sides of the building. Area homes temporarily lost power as firefighters battled to contain the flames.

Heinrich: Trump will take public lands “over my dead body”

As President-Elect, Donald Trump is wasting no time filling his administration with hardliners pro-corporate, anti– (well, most anything progressive) leadership (they are also all white guys, have you noticed?). With a White Nationalist as a chief advisor and an attorney general who was rejected for a federal judgeship because of racists remarks, what else could they do to reverse centuries of progress in just four years? Turning over control of national parks and public lands to a corporate big oil tycoon, for one; and New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich isn’t having it. This tweet from Heinrich is getting a lot of attention: 

What has him all riled up?  Probably this note from Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump is just starting to arrange the team that will advise him and implement his policy agenda.

Gov. Martinez not troubled by Trump appointment of anti-semite, alt-right nutjob to lead White House policy

In the first few hours after Trump won the presidential elections, hundreds of reports of biased attacks against immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos and gays were reported nationwide. This was all news to Donald Trump who learned about them not from advisors who should be watching these things, but from Leslie Stahl during his 60 Minutes interview last weekend.  He stumbled through a response, eventually settling on a directive to his followers to “stop it.” If those hate-motivated Americans feel emboldened by Trump, they do so for good reason: his campaign went from bad to worse when Trump named Breitbart News publisher Steve Bannon to lead his campaign. Now, as President, Trump named Bannon his chief advisor.