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Feldman to share stories of the N.M. Senate

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“Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens,” a newly published book by former Senator Dede Feldman, has been variously described as a “How-To” book for reformers or candidates, a primer for how things work — and don’t work — in Santa Fe, and a legislative history with a human face.
Feldman will share some of the stories and lessons that went into the book at two events in Los Alamos 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.
She will be signing and selling the book. Last weekend, Feldman had a presentation at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church as well.
“Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens” is a legislative history, which includes maverick leaders, shameless special interests and earnest advocates clashing in the unique arena that is the New Mexico Roundhouse.
The New Mexico Senate comes alive, with stories of grit and grace, honor and disgrace. Students of government, advocates and lovers of politics could find many of the book’s stories of interest.
Feldman represented the North Valley of Albuquerque from 1997-2012 in the state senate.
She served as chairman of both the powerful Public Affairs Committee and the interim Health and Human Services Committee.
She is best known for health care legislation — including the creation of a toll free Nurse Advice line, a Brain Injury Services Fund, a low-income senior prescription drug program, and various measures to control health insurance premiums — as well as ethics and campaign finance reform, including public financing of PRC and judicial races, limits on campaign contributions.
Feldman is a former journalist, adjunct professor of political science and currently trains aspiring leaders, reformers and candidates.