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December 2013
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January 31st 
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January 31st
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State Headlines


Happy New Year.   Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.   

We had a lot to be thankful for in 2013 and look forward to an even better 2014.  This past year we saw record numbers across the board in many of our services. The high school journalism workshop this summer had record attendance with students participating from across the state.   The annual better newspaper contest had 1,777 entries, far above any previous contests.  The attendance at this year's convention and banquet were once again some of the highest we have seen in recent years. Finally, the advertising service broke all records placing the highest amount of advertising statewide in it's history.  We plan on building on this success and continuing our service to our members.  If there is anything we can do to improve your association, please don't hesitate to contact us.  



Legislative Breakfast

NMPA will host its annual legislative breakfast on January 31st at the Rio Chama at 7:30 AM.   Invitations will be delivered to legislators following the start of the session.   This session will be a 30-day session and begin on January 21st.   Following the breakfast the board of directors will hold a meeting and all members are encouraged to attend.   Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. 


Pre-filed legislation
For those keeping track, bills for the 2014 legislative session have begun to be pre-filed.    You can track these bills on the NM Legislature website 

Legislative session news service
As it has in years past, the Santa Fe New Mexican will be offering a daily package of stories and photos covering the 2014 legislative session, and this year we plan to deliver more robust coverage than ever.  We will have three veteran reporters in the Roundhouse and a half-dozen more contributing throughout the 30-day session. We will also have a legislative preview featuring the top issues along with a short primer for readers on how the session works. The rate will be $250 per newspaper for the session.   To sign up for the service, email Ray Rivera, editor, at Please include your mailing address and we will bill you. For questions, email Ray or call him at 505-986-3033.
Governor sued for refusing to release schedules
SANTA FE - The Associated Press filed lawsuits Thursday against Gov. Susana Martinez and administration agencies for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cellphone calls and expenses of the security officers who travel with the governor.

The lawsuits alleging violations of the Inspection of Public Records Act are the latest by media and watchdog groups against Martinez, who has promoted herself as a strong advocate of a transparent government.

The AP's lawsuits were brought in state District Court in Santa Fe against the governor, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Public Safety, which provides the State Police officers who serve as the governor's security detail.  Read more 



Readers donate over 300 toys

Albuquerque Journal readers have donated more than 300 toys that will add smiles to children's holidays this year.
With days to go, chances are good that even more children, who are sick or receiving treatment for chronic conditions at Carrie Tingley Hospital, will benefit from readers' generosity.
"It brightens their day," says Pearl Clark of Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. "A toy helps because it's something they can hold on to. A toy calms them." Full Story



Our View: Legislators must not let up on health audit

Despite efforts from state legislators and various journalism groups to get their hands on an audit that sent shock waves through New Mexico's system for treating mentally ill poor people, two district courts have agreed that the information needs to remain secret - for now.
At issue, of course, is whether a financial audit should be kept hidden once it becomes a tool for law enforcement.
This audit led to state suspension of 15 New Mexico firms providing services to substance abusers and to the mentally ill. The state Human Services Department, after receiving the audit, froze federal Medicaid payments to state providers and dismantled a system of services and brought in Arizona providers. According to the agency, there was no choice. The audit - done by a Boston agency - had found fraud and mismanagement so severe that New Mexico faced losing federal funds. The audit was turned over to Attorney General Gary King to decide whether a criminal case could be made. He agreed with the state that the document needed to stay secret so that his investigation was not compromised.   Full story



Municipal League supports applicant secrecy for top jobs
NM cities group supports secrecy for applicants

ALBUQUERQUE - The identities of applicants for top jobs in New Mexico local governments could be kept secret under legislation supported by an advocacy group for cities.

The New Mexico Municipal League has endorsed a proposal to allow names and applications to be withheld from the public at the applicants' request, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Bill Fulginiti, the league's executive director, said publicly releasing the names of applicants for city manager and other top posts means some people are reluctant to apply because they don't want to lose their current jobs.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, a group that advocates for government transparency, opposes the idea. Keep reading 


Spending limits for PACs in New Mexico overturned

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico will be prohibited from imposing limitations on certain campaign contributions and spending under a ruling filed Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

The 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver backed a lower court's decision to issue a preliminary injunction in a legal challenge filed by the state Republican Party, GOP lawmakers and others. The Republicans had argued the limits were unconstitutional and violated the First Amendment right of free speech.

At issue were caps on contributions to political action committees for use in federal campaigns and contributions used for independent expenditures, which would include spending that isn't coordinated with a candidate.  Read more


Industry Headlines


Around the Industry



New postage rate increase Jan. 26 will be three times inflation; NNA calls USPS decision flawed

December 27, 2013

The Postal Regulatory Commission handed everyone who uses the mail a lump of coal on Christmas Eve: approval of the U.S. Postal Service's proposal to raise postage rates by more than triple today's inflation.

The new rates will likely go into effect Jan. 26 if USPS elects to accept the PRC's decision.

The PRC did disagree, however, with the Postal Service's justification for a proposed "exigency" rate increase that it lost more than 53 billion pieces of mail because of the Great Recession. Rather the PRC continues to blame Internet diversion as the principal reason for Postal Service losses. The PRC only credits the recession with less than half the USPS financial loss - but granted the increase anyway - noting USPS needs the money. Read more



People Headlines


Around the State



Los Alamos Monitor Publisher Keven Todd has announced that he will step down from the post at the end of the year. With more than three decades in the publishing business, Todd said that he and his wife Jarda will be relocating to Dover, Del., where he will become publisher of the Dover Post and Gatehouse Media's Delaware holdings which include five other newspapers and a monthly shopper along with affiliated digital operations. Read more
New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) is pleased to  announce the hiring of Susan M. Boe as Executive Director. Ms. Boe will begin her duties  January 6, 2014 Full release 






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