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Access Water Research on the Go!

New Mexico First is pleased to announce that we are using a new web platform to produce reports, enabling you to easily view them on your desktop, phone or tablet.(You will also retain the option to access them in “old-fashioned” PDF.) Our water research report, initially published last year, is the first document available on the new platform. Access Advancing New Mexico's Future: Water Planning, Development & Use anytime, and watch for future data in the same format!
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Five Lawmakers and Community Leaders Honored for Bipartisanship

Five New Mexicans were honored for exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government and community. The awards were presented at the biannual First Forum lecture series, From Gridlock to Good Government. The awardees were chosen by a bipartisan committee including Janet Green, Gene Baca, Clint Harden, Leean Kravitz, Cynthia Nava and Heather Balas. Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients.  ..

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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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New Mexico First Announces Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients

The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series on June 25 in Albuquerque. “This organization is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” said Janet Green, selection committee chair. “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy above partisan politics.”  ..

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Registration is open for New Mexico First’s biennial lecture series, 2015 First Forum: From Gridlock to Good Government?

From the Albuquerque Journal to the Washington Post, voters read that our government is broken. Partisan finger-pointing, money in politics, and voter distrust all contribute to a growing culture of negativity around politics. Is it possible to re-create a positive, productive political environment? How can our state foster a true spirit of collaboration among our elected leaders, while honoring authentic differences of opinion or priority? And what will it take to rekindle voter trust in our democratic process? To answer these questions, New Mexico First will host its biennial fundraiser 2015 First Forum:  From Gridlock to Good Government!  ..

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2015 Legislative Session STEM Education Victories

New Mexico First, on behalf of the New Mexico Partnership for Math & Science Education’s “STEM Action Team,” followed a number of education items during the legislative session. Priorities aligned to the 2012 STEM Action Planning Summit, which resulted in an ongoing collective impact effort. The STEM Action Team works to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in New Mexico. ..

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2015 Legislative Session Water Policy Victories

New Mexico First is pleased to announce that a number of policies we supported during the 2015 legislative session passed. Our platform resulted from the 2014 statewide water town hall, which produced recommendations on water planning, watersheds and ecosystems, legal issues, new sources of water, funding, conservation and water quality. We joined with numerous organizations and individuals to support the following items, most of which have gone to the governor for signature. ..

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Water bills continue to move forward

New Mexico First supported bills continue to advance in the legislative process! A few items of note regarding the 2015 policy platform:
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Have you made your nomination for the Spirit of Bipartisanship Award!

There are only two more weeks to submit a nomination for the 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards! Do you know lawmakers or community leaders who put good policy above partisan politics? Nominate a leader who is a role model for cross-party collaboration in areas such as health, education, economy or environment. Your nominee can work at state, local, federal or tribal levels. You can recommend an individual or a bipartisan duo! ..

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Water bills moving steadily forward

So far, so good on water policy this session. New Mexico First, joined by almost 100 people in the Capitol Rotunda, presented proposed water reforms at last week’s lobby day. Town hall attendees, New Mexico First staff, and board members are talking with lawmakers and attending hearings to advance the organization’s 2015 policy platform. All our supported bills are still moving forward! A few items of note: ..

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