State Senator Mary Kay Papen Honored with Legislative Award

State Senator Mary Kay Papen (center) receives Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Legislative Award.

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has awarded State Senator Mary Kay Papen one of its 2011-2012 Legislative Awards. The awards were presented in Albuquerque at the end of last month.

The awards are presented annually to community leaders in recognition of their efforts in helping the Chamber achieve its stated mission of making New Mexico a place where businesses can grow and prosper, where people want to raise their families and where tourists want to visit.  State Senator Mary Kay Papen, who represents Doña Ana County, was recognized with the “E for Effort Award” which is an original cartoon from The Albuquerque Journal’s John Trevor. Papen was given the award for her sponsorship of the Space Flight Informed Consent Act, adopted by the New Mexico State Legislature, which protects New Mexico taxpayers and the spaceport authority from liability in the case of injury to those engaging in space flight activities.

“The ‘E for Effort Award’ is our way of  thanking legislators for the effort and courage it takes to keep at it until that good bill gets up to the Governor for a signature”,  said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Chamber.

State Senator Mary Kay Papen, a Democrat, has served District 38 since being elected in 2000, after a successful career as a local businesswoman.  As an elected representative from southern New Mexico, Papen has been a leading advocate in the state legislature for mental and behavioral health parity and for programs to end domestic violence.

President Obama: “I was betting on the American worker”

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Kicking off the Betting on America bus tour today in Maumee, Ohio, President Obama spoke to fired-up supporters about growing our economy from the middle class out—not from the top down.

“We don’t need more top-down economics. We’ve tried it; it did not work. What we need is somebody who is out there fighting for the middle class and wants to grow the middle class.

“When the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse, and more than 1 million jobs were on the line, Governor Romney said we should just let Detroit go bankrupt.

“I refused to turn my back on communities like this one. I was betting on the American worker and I was betting on American industry. And three years later, the American auto industry is coming roaring back. That Chrysler plant up the road bringing on another 1,100 employees to make the cars that the world wants to buy. The Wrangler built right here in Toledo just set an all-time sales record.

“What’s happening in Toledo can happen in cities like Cleveland, can happen in Pittsburgh. It can happen in other industries. And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President, because I’m going to make sure that it does. I want it happening all across this country.

“… And as long as I’m President, that’s what I’m going to be doing—waking up every single day thinking about how we can create more jobs for your families and more security for your communities.

“That’s why my administration brought trade cases against China at a faster pace than the previous administration—and we’ve won those cases. Just this morning, my administration took a new action to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that harm American automakers.

“And let me tell you something. Americans aren’t afraid to compete. We believe in competition. I believe in trade. And I know this: Americans and American workers build better products than anybody else—so as long as we’re competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we’ll do just fine. But we’re going to make sure that competition is fair. That’s what I believe. That’s part of our vision for America” President Obama said.

Mitt Romney Bets Against America

Mitt Romney’s personal finances look “pretty strange for a presidential candidate.” That’s according to Vanity Fair, who released a major investigation this week on the Republican presidential candidate’s “murky” financial world.

His notorious Swiss bank account is just the beginning. As the magazine reports, Romney has bet against America over and over again. There’s his mysterious corporation in Bermuda, his funds in the Cayman Islands, and the loopholes Romney takes advantage of to pay significantly less in taxes than most middle-class Americans do. What does it mean for the American people when “careful analysis of his financial and business affairs also reveals a man who, like some other Wall Street titans, seems comfortable striding into some fuzzy gray zones”?

The story raises a lot of important questions, but the bottom line remains: Romney would be the first U.S. president with millions of dollars stashed in offshore tax havens.

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