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What Failure On Obamacare Repeal Means For Tax Reform

Even as they lick their wounds from a failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort, Republican leaders in Washington are looking ahead to the next battle — over taxes. "I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform," President Trump told reporters Friday. "That will be next." Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed, though he conceded that the defeat on health care was a setback. "This does make tax reform more difficult," Ryan said. "But...

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Gov. Martinez To Consider Bill To Combine Local Elections

Mar 24, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez's signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a new judge to the Third Judicial District Court.

Martinez announced on Thursday she had appointed Conrad Perea to the court's third division.

Perea will fill a vacancy created when Judge Darren M. Kugler resigned.

Martinez says Perea has over 35 years of legal and law enforcement expierence. He is a former officer with the Las Cruces Police Department and has graduated from the FBI's national academy and the Border Patrol academy.

Silver City Blues Festival Announces 2017 Performers

Mar 24, 2017

The 22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival will take place May 26-28, 2017, Memorial Day weekend, in Silver City, NM. This year’s festival continues to be free for all to enjoy, thanks to presenting sponsor, Lawley Toyota. It is also supported by many local businesses and individual blues lovers.

The festival kicks-off on Friday, May 26, at 6:30 pm with Beale Street’s best, the Ghost Town Blues Band featuring a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.

Film Office Announces "Longmire" Season 6 to film in New Mexico

Mar 24, 2017

  Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television series "Longmire" produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix, will begin principal photography at the end of March thru mid-June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos, Glorieta and other locations in northern New Mexico.   "Season 6 of such an acclaimed TV show demonstrates the incredible vitality of the New Mexico television scene," said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

Managing Over 200,000 Tons Of Las Cruces-Area Waste

Mar 24, 2017

Call it trash or call it garbage… but every year approximately 200,000 tons of solid waste from the city of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County is landfilled at Corralitos Regional Landfill. Most of it comes through the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Transfer Station Station at 2865 W. Amador Ave. and is then trucked to the Landfill.

High school seniors who have made a commitment to attend a college and play on an athletic team sign letters of intent.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences leadership says, “Why not have a similar commitment ceremony for their future students?”

Giant Screen Film Celebrates the National Park Service

Mar 24, 2017

A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) giant screen film National Parks Adventure, premiering at the New Horizons Dome Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Friday, March 24. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, this giant screen film takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places.

Cannabis advocates undeterred in face of federal threat

Mar 24, 2017
nmindepth.com

  During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said he would leave marijuana laws in the hands of the states, but his appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general has created uncertainty about the future of the legalization movement.

At a speech on March 15, Sessions made his views clear.

The Republican-proposed American Healthcare Act has some consumer groups speaking out saying that the bill may threaten access to essential health benefits like maternity care, or mental health services, which are covered under the Affordable Care Act. 

Some consumer groups say the bill may also impact another essential health benefit…treatment for substance abuse disorders.

The Cost Of New Mexico Tax Cuts

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary:  As the 2017 regular legislative session ends, New Mexico finds itself in familiar territory—with no money in a slow-moving economy. The same tired rhetoric of no tax increases—a pledge made by Governor Susana Martinez since she has taken office—has led to deep cuts in essential services like education, public safety, and health care.

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Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), made the following statements today after President Trump granted a permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Republicans Want to Strip Coverage from New Mexicans

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary: New Mexico - In an attempt to gain votes, Republicans in Congress are attempting to make Trump’s Health care plan even worse, by eliminating basic coverage requirements.

 

Commentary:  API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the State Department’s approval of the cross-border permit needed for the advancement of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Commentary: Hello my name is Robert Hinton. Most people know me as Rob. I am a native New Mexican and have been a proud member of the Las Cruces community for over twenty-five years. However, at this time, I am concerned about various city government actions (past and present, as well as some imminent decisions that will greatly impact our future).

Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Pay for America’s Berlin Wall

Mar 23, 2017
Simon Thompson

Commentary: So much for Mexico paying for it. According to a recent CNBC article, “Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first federal dollars that would be allocated for one of his most divisive campaign promises.”

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Every year, the SXSW Music Festival serves a daunting, days-long feast of sounds from around the world. And once again, NPR Music's Austin 100 is here to distill it all down to a digestible meal of music discovery. Picked from a playlist that spanned more than a hundred hours, these 100 songs represent a broad and exciting cross-section of SXSW's many highlights. Here's how you can listen: Stream the songs via the NPR One app . You can find the channel at the top of the app's Explore tab....

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