Richardson will appear at a Thursday morning session to participate in a discussion on "the independence and effectiveness of our Third Branch."
I'm not sure when Holder is going to speak. The convention starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.
In the letter, Mr. Fouratt’s office said he would not pursue criminal charges, but it added that “pressure from the governor’s office resulted in the corruption of the procurement process” and said that the letter “should not be interpreted as exoneration of any party’s conduct in that matter.”
Mr. Richardson’s aides have long maintained that the acting United States attorney, Gregory J. Fouratt, a Republican, went after Mr. Richardson for political reasons, effectively sabotaging his chance to serve in the cabinet. Mr. Fouratt has denied that.
"It's over. There's nothing. It was killed in Washington," the person told The Associated Press.
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Cannon and Bundy will discuss the current state of the health care debate in Washington, explain how it impacts New Mexicans, and offer thoughts on recent legislative changes and reforms he would like to see Congress make to the US health care system. Said Rio Grand Foundation President Paul Gessing, “We are very excited to be hosting these health care experts at a time when Congress is ready to debate and make a final push for greater government intervention.” ...
Cannon has recently been in heavy rotation as a guest on television and radio talk shows and he has worked closely with Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) on free market health care legislation that would weaken the grip health insurance companies have over customers in particular states.
Bundy has written and spoken extensively on health care issues on a variety of New Mexico media outlets, most prominently at the New Mexico Independent.
The indictments are the latest blow to New Mexico's Democratic party. Gov. Bill Richardson remains under federal investigation for allegedly steering state contracts to a financial-services firm in exchange for political donations. Mr. Richardson, who isn't seeking re-election, has denied any wrongdoing.
Other Democratic public officials indicted or convicted in the state in recent years include two state treasurers; the longtime leader of the state senate; a director of affordable housing; and two members of the agency that regulates utilities. Many were accused or convicted of mishandling public funds.
Gov. Bill Richardson is traveling to Havana, Cuba, today as part of a trade mission designed to capitalize on potential agricultural and cultural partnerships between Cuba and New Mexico. The delegation will market New Mexico agricultural products and plant the seeds for possible cultural exchanges in the future.
The mission’s primary objective will be to promote the sale of New Mexico agricultural products. Under a provision of the US Treasury Department Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), states are authorized to sell agricultural, medical and IT products in Cuba on a cash basis. Since 2000, a total of 42 other states have participated in similar trade missions to Cuba with total sales of more than $3 billion. The mission will include meetings with officials from Alimport, which is the Cuban Government agency responsible for agricultural commerce.
Accompanying Gov. Richardson to Cuba will be state Agriculture Department Secretary Miley Gonzalez, Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman, Katherine Miller, Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration, and Gilbert Gallegos, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
Gov. Richardson is paying for all of his own expenses during the trip. The delegation will return to New Mexico on Friday.
This will be New Mexico’s third mission to Cuba to promote its agricultural goods. The first took place in 2007 and was led by then-Congressman Tom Udall; the second in 2008 led by Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashman.
The Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is bringing a major exhibition on contemporary Cuban art to New Mexico. Confluencias Inside: Arte Cubano Contemporáneo provides an exciting overview of what is happening now with significant Cuban artists and various media. The exhibition, which opens at the NHCC on September 13 and runs through May 16, 2010, includes approximately 100 works by 40 artists working inside Cuba.
Lawrence Rael, Executive Director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), today announced his candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor for the State of New Mexico.
“New Mexico faces tremendous challenges, but I also see tremendous opportunities. I am running for lieutenant governor because New Mexicans need a leader they can trust who has a proven track record and a demonstrated ability to bring people together to tackle problems and provide real solutions,” Rael said. “I believe that I have shown that leadership, and that together we can build a better New Mexico.”
Rael has devoted more than 25 years in public service to building a better New Mexico. He served as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation under former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya and as an Aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman. Other highlights in Rael’s long record of public service include serving as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque through three successive mayoral terms. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, a multi-county organization that assists in a variety of planning services ranging from transportation and land-use to workforce and economic development.
“Some of my proudest efforts are projects that produced real results for New Mexico families,” said Rael. “As city administrator, we successfully built programs that revitalized educational and family-oriented facilities such as Balloon Fiesta Park, Explora Science Center, the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens, and the Isotopes Baseball Park.”
More recently as Executive Director of the MRCOG, Rael was the driving force behind the New Mexico RailRunner Express. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has become the fastest start-up of a commuter rail project in the country in the last 20 years. The project required working with more than 19 tribal and county governments, and creating partnerships necessary for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express’ successful completion. The Rail Runner demonstrates Rael’s ability to build consensus while respecting the diverse cultures of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions was troubled to learn about the recent criminal indictment filed against one of our employees, Rebecca Vigil-Giron.
Deputy Secretary Ken Ortiz noted that while “The allegations contained in the indictments are serious, they concern actions that are unrelated to her work with the Department.” Ms. Vigil-Giron currently is employed by the Department as a constituent liaison for the Labor and Industrial Division.
As with other internal personnel matters, the Department will make no additional statements until it has had an opportunity to review the matter. Until that time, Ms. Vigil-Giron is expected to continue to fulfill her work duties.
The Department requests that any questions regarding the substance or nature of the indictment be addressed to Ms. Vigil-Giron outside of her normal work hours or be addressed to her attorney.
SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced that Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is leaving her position to spend more time with her family.
“I want to thank Betty for her service to the state,” Governor Richardson said. “She led the department through some difficult times, as the national recession created unprecedented burdens on unemployment benefits.”
“It has been a pleasure serving the people of New Mexico,” Sparrow Doris said. “I now look forward to spending more time with my husband and my family in Denver.”
Gov. Richardson also announced that has appointed Ken Ortiz to serve as the new Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Workforce Department. Ortiz, who has served as Deputy Secretary of Workforce Solutions since May, was the Director of the Motor Vehicle Division for four years. He was at the Taxation & Revenue Department for nine years.
“Ken Ortiz is the perfect person to take this critically important job – at a critically important time,” Governor Bill Richardson said. “Given his experience at MVD, Ken knows how to make government work effectively and efficiently. He knows New Mexicans are depending on this department.”
Ortiz takes over at the Department of Workforce Solutions on Aug. 31.
As North Korea made public statements about a possible “Third World War” and world attention turned to an escalating crisis over nuclear weapons in that country, two North Korean diplomats in Santa Fe on Friday had green chile and scrambled eggs for breakfast and red-chile enchiladas at The Shed for lunch.
And as his two guests took in some downtown sightseeing during a four-hour afternoon break from closed-door discussions, Richardson took time out of his unexpected role as international go-between to interview candidates for a vacant judge’s seat in Farmington.
The North Koreans visited the Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral and The Palace of the Governors, guided by a local tour operator.
Though the talks initially were scheduled to last two days, Richardson said that after a “working dinner” on Friday evening — they dined on trout — a final session is planned this morning.
The governor has repeatedly stressed that he’s not an official envoy of the Bush administration.
A mid-October 2006 e-mail chain that started with Wilson indirectly criticized Iglesias for not bringing public corruption prosecutions in the run up to the midterm elections. Wilson attached ... a news report about an FBI investigation of Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) in that state as a point of contrast. The same day, Steve Bell, chief of staff to then- Sen. Pete Domenici, e-mailed Rove's deputy Scott Jennings to say that it "seems like other U.S. attorneys can do their work even in election season. . . . And the FBI has already admitted they have turned over their evidence to the USA in NM and are merely awaiting his action."
Jennings forwarded the messages to Rove, saying "Steve Bell sent this email . . . essentially saying that the U.S. Attorney in PA has no trouble going after Weldon, so why should the US Attorney in New Mexico be shy about doing his job on [Patricia] Madrid." Madrid was Wilson's Democratic opponent in the 2006 congressional race.
"My e-mail is only one sentence long and does not relate in any way" to Iglesias, Wilson said. "In early 2006, we made a strategic decision to campaign on national security and competence," not public corruption.
I welcome the release of my House Judiciary Committee interviews and accompanying documents. They show politics played no role in the Bush Administration’s removal of U.S. Attorneys, that I never sought to influence the conduct of any prosecution, and that I played no role in deciding which US attorneys were retained and which replaced.
Gov. Bill Richardson, during a meeting today with a bipartisan group of legislative leaders in the House and Senate, agreed to call a Special Session of the Legislature, probably in October.
The special session, which the Governor and legislators want to limit to one day, will only deal with anticipated budget shortfalls that are a direct result of the national recession. The Governor will not consider any other legislation for the session agenda.
The governor and legislative leaders also agreed to form a legislative-executive working group to negotiate a bipartisan agreement on the budget before a special session is convened.
“We are fortunate that New Mexico – with healthy cash reserves – is in much better shape than most states, which have resorted to laying off state employees and drastically cutting services,” Governor Bill Richardson said. “But we are definitely facing tough challenges, and we must continue to make sacrifices to balance the budget.
“Because our budget deficit is directly related to the national recession, I want to make sure that we don’t take any action that might cost jobs or adversely affect the state economy,” Governor Richardson said.
Gov. Richardson told legislators that he wants keep the 2003 tax cuts (personal income, corporate income and capital gains) intact so we don’t hurt efforts to recruit new business.
Gov. Richardson and legislative leaders are waiting for final consensus revenue estimates that will show a substantial revenue shortfall. The Governor and legislators agreed that a special session is necessary to take immediate action to balance the budget.
Mondragon and the mariachis then proceeded to sing three or four other tunes. He even got Mayor Larry Delgado to help him out in "The Fiesta Song." Delgado, former Gov. Jerry Apodaca and state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia swayed along with the music, playing The Pips to Mondragon's Gladys Knight.
I'm not sure whether any national television cameras were there, but it would have been a great CNN moment showing a unique side of New Mexico politics.
Enthusiasts include former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and legendary designer Manuel.
"Recommendation to the left: Be careful of what you hallucinate. It might become real."
"If you use typical GOP-insult stereotypes on ALL folks that simply oppose obamacare, I'm going to call you out for your stupidity/bigotry."
"Democrats strongly believe there is nothing wrong with an honest debate about how we should reform our broken health care system. These remarks from Mr. Oskay, along with actions such as holding Nazi signs at events, hanging effigies of members of Congress and faux tombstones of others that we have seen at town halls all across America are appalling and must stop.Geise called on Republican leaders like state Chairman Harvey Yates and Congressional candidate Steve Pearce to denounce Oskay's "threats" and other "violent aggressive actions by a minority of "mob" protesters."
"Bill Clinton going to N Korea to negotiate release of 2 journalists, proving Hillary is still pissed at Bill Richardson."
"Seven years ago, I entered public service as a young prosecutor with the goal to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Taking a path which began in a small office cubicle to now serving as your State Auditor has been a remarkable journey. I have chosen to take a stand and fight against public corruption, conflicts of interest, and unaccountable governments and officials. Additionally, I have partnered with citizens statewide to gather anonymous tips to strengthen oversight through my fraud hotline. With just 30 brave employees and one of the smallest budgets in the state, we have created an expectation and a reality that New Mexico will have an independent voice to speak on behalf of taxpayers and on the real conditions of our government. There is much more important work to be done. For these reasons, I have chosen to continue on this path and seek a second term as your State Auditor."