Saturday, December 6, 2008

President-Elect Obama Addresses Huge Month of Job Losses

In today's weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama explains the key parts of his Economic Recovery Plan -- which will save or create 2.5 million jobs in the next two years.

To read the transcript and to see how the high unemployment numbers are affecting families click here.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lt. Governor Diane Denish Names Transition Staff

A day after meeting with Governor Bill Richardson and local reporters, Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish is taking the first step in transition to Governor.

This morning (Friday), Denish named Kathy Keith as director and Chris Cervini as communications director for her transition team.

"Governor Richardson and I are committed to a smooth and seamless transition of power. I assure the people of New Mexico that there will be no interruption in good state government and public service. When the time comes for me to take power, I stand prepared to lead," Lt. Governor Denish said.

"The transition staff will work at my direction to prepare the administration to hit the ground running on day one. New Mexico faces serious challenges and we will be ready to meet them head on. Kathy and Chris bring exceptional experience, skills, and professionalism to our transition efforts. It's a pleasure to welcome them to the team."

Lt. Governor Denish named Kathy Keith as Transition Director to be the point person to the Governor's Office and overall manager of transition activities. Kathy Keith joins the staff from Public Works, LLC a private firm which assists Governors and their cabinet agencies nationwide on projects involving planning, innovative policy and efficiency. Previously Keith served as the Director of Economic Development Division for the State of New Mexico (2003-2006), as the Director of the federal program to rebuild Los Alamos following the Cerro Grande Fire (2000-2002), as the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy (1998-2000) and for the United States Congress (1993-1998) in various capacities. She is a native of Tucumcari and holds a bachelors degree in journalism and political science from Texas Tech University.

Chris Cervini was named Transition Communications Director and will be responsible for communicating the activities of the transition and working with agency PIOs and current governor's office communications staff on the transition. Chris Cervini joins the transition from Lovelace Health System where he served as External Communications Manager in the Marketing and Public Relations Department. Before that he was Chief of Staff and Communications and Policy Director for Lt. Governor Denish from 2003-2006. He has a Master's Degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C.

Photos: MG Bralley

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Local reporter/blogger Jailed. Behind Bars for Good!

Just before Thanksgiving, and just in time for the holidays a warrant was issued for my arrest.

Now, I’ve been charged with aiding and abetting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with the intent of helping area residents living with muscular dystrophy. I'm asking for your help to bail out of jail. I’m locked-up and serving time for Jerry’s Kids, and I won’t be freed until I collect enough bail (donations) from my friends, associates and neighbors.

It’s easy to contribute to Jerry’s kids.

Click here.

I need to restore my “clean record” and hope you can make a $5 to $100 donation before Thursday.

Of course, this is the MDA’s annual fundraiser and I need your help to reach my bail goal of $1600 dollars.

This year’s MDA Goodwill Ambassador is 12-year-old Aaron Armijo. He’s a 6th grade Roosevelt Middle School student, who loves math and sports. We both have a passion for Lobo sports, the NE Patriots, and pizza.

Aaron told me he hopes you help me get out of jail. He assures everyone that the MDA is a good cause. Aaron says with your donations helps him to a UNM-H clinic every six months.

Please bail be out NOW.

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With your help they may even let me out on good behavior. During this holiday season take a moment to give what you can.

Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help MDA continue research into the cause and the possible cure of the 43 neuromuscular diseases they cover. Your support of the MDA Lock-Up will also help MDA provide medical equipment, clinic visits, support groups and a magical week of MDA Summer Camp for the families served by the Association in our local area.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at or call the MDA at 505.823-1331.

Click here.

Your donation is my key to freedom! Be proud of the fact that together we're providing help and hope to kids and adults served by MDA in our community.

Thanks for making a difference!