Post-primary, Biden leads Trumps in NM
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by Matthew Reichbach
3h ago
President Joe Biden leads former president Donald Trump in the race for New Mexico’s five electoral seats, according to a poll commissioned by NM Political Report. The poll, which took place on June 13 and 14 and was conducted by Public Policy Polling, showed 48 percent of New Mexico voters said they would vote for Biden, while 41 percent said they would vote for Trump. This leaves 11 percent who were undecided. NM Political Report will release more results from the poll this week. In 2020, Biden beat Trump 54.3 percent to 43.5 percent in New Mexico, en route to his electoral victory. New Mexi ..read more
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PNM seeks rate increase
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by Hannah Grover
3h ago
Customers of New Mexico’s largest electric utility may pay more for energy in the future. The Public Service Company of New Mexico filed an application with state regulators on Friday proposing a rate increase. According to the application, if approved, the average residential customer that uses 600 kilowatt hours of electricity would see a $11.12 increase in their monthly bill starting in July 2025. Then there would be another $12.48 increase in that customer’s monthly bill in January 2026. The proposed rate increase would bring in about $174 million and represents a 23 percent overall system ..read more
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DOE announces funding to help bring technologies to market
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by Hannah Grover
3h ago
National laboratories across the country, including Sandia National Laboratories, will use millions of dollars in federal funding to spur the deployment of projects related to renewable energy.  The U.S Department of Energy announced the funding on Monday. The money is available through the Fiscal Year 2024 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Base Annual Appropriations Core Laboratory Infrastructure for Market Readiness (CLIMR) Lab Call. The TCF’s goal is to take technology that has been developed at the national laboratories and partner with private sectors to deploy it for broader u ..read more
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New Mexico food banks say food insecurity is on the rise
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by Susan Dunlap
1d ago
Food insecurity is on the rise as state benefits have decreased and the future of federal benefits have an uncertain future.  Sonya Warwick, director of communications and events for the Albuquerque-based Roadrunner Foodbank, told NM Political Report that there are multiple reasons why the food bank is seeing an increase in hunger in the state. Roadrunner Foodbank has operations in nine other areas of the state, including Las Cruces. Warwick said it’s a combination of SNAP benefits returning to pre-pandemic levels of funding shortly before the COVID-19 public health emergency ended last y ..read more
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New Mexico Democrats vote against the National Defense Authorization Act due to wedge-issue amendments
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by Susan Dunlap
1d ago
The bill passed by a 217-to-199 vote, on Friday, largely along party lines with Republicans introducing over 300 amendments to the bill, some of which were anti-reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ amendments. All three of New Mexico’s representatives are Democrats and voted against the bill.  U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District, said during a press call on Friday that the situation was “unprecedented” and said there was “no way” New Mexico House Democrats could support what she called “culture war amendments.” Some of the anti-repro ..read more
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Abortion medication access remains after Supreme Court ruling
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by Susan Dunlap
4d ago
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Texas-based Christian group trying to restrict access to abortion medication on Thursday. The case, FDA v. the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, lacked standing, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in the unanimous opinion. That means that the Christian doctors did not demonstrate that they have suffered or would likely suffer an injury caused by the FDA that a court decision would relieve. The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine brought the suit last year against the FDA, stating that they would be harmed by individuals who came to hospital ..read more
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How abortion care has changed since Dobbs 
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by Susan Dunlap
4d ago
In the month of March 2024 alone, 1,650 clinician-provided abortions took place in New Mexico, according to the reproductive research organization, the Guttmacher Institute. Prior to the Dobbs decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, New Mexico abortion clinics averaged about 3,000 abortions a year. The state has seen a 256 percent increase in abortions since 2020.  During the one year after the court overturned Roe, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that 20,950 clinician-provided abortions took place in New Mexico. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that 14,200 ..read more
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LANL plans to release highly radioactive tritium to prevent explosions. Will it just release danger in the air?
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by Searchlight New Mexico
5d ago
By Alicia Inez Guzmán, Searchlight New Mexico Last fall, the international community rose up in defense of the Pacific Ocean. Seafood and salt purveyors, public policy professors, scientists and environmentalists, all lambasted Japan’s release of radioactive wastewater from the disastrously damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea. At the heart of the contention was tritium, an element that, by mass, is 150,000 times more radioactive than the plutonium used in the cores of nuclear weapons. Odorless and colorless, tritium — the radioactive form of hydrogen — combines with oxygen to ..read more
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Program administrator outlines how waitlisted community solar projects will be selected
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by Hannah Grover
6d ago
The program administrator for New Mexico’s community solar program released guidance Thursday for waitlisted projects. The new guidelines follow a petition from several developers who have projects on the waitlist, which led to an order from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission that provided some instructions on the selection of waitlisted projects. The rules governing the community solar program are set up to ensure that no one developer receives the majority of the capacity from community solar projects. Because of that, the maximum amount that any one developer can be awarded in all ..read more
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Democrats announce spending on CD2 race
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by Susan Dunlap
6d ago
The Democratic National Committee announced on Monday that it will spend $70,000 for organizing staff to aid U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez, the Democrat trying to hold onto his 2nd Congressional District seat, for the general election. Former Rep. Yvette Herrell, a Republican, is running against Vasquez. The seat is considered a toss-up by election watchers. In the last few election cycles, it has been one of the most expensive races for a congressional seat. Herrell won in 2020, defeating former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat. Vasquez defeated Herrell in 2022.  The Democratic National Co ..read more
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