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Las Cruces, NM – When politicians talk about state-rights in regards to environmental protection, it typically is a way to get around federal laws. But a current debate in New Mexico turns this rationale upside down.

New Mexico's senior Senator Pete Domenici has been a longtime advocate for state autonomy. But the Senator has proposed legislation leading some to question his commitment to this principle.

Las Cruces, NM – Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is raising concerns over President Bush's request for an additional $87 billion to fund the U.S occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to questioning the international leadership of the President, Bingaman fears the toll this deficit spending will have on domestic programs.

Las Cruces, NM – Greg Bloom interviews Maria Luisa Louise Diaz, co-operative weaver from Chiapas, Mexico; Barbra Shutz, German academic who has lived and worked with weaving co-operatives in Chiapas since 1996 and Jessica Marquez, grassroots coordinator, Mexico Solidarity Network about the social and political meanings of weaving cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexcio.

Las Cruces, NM – Several state environmental groups say they need more time to discuss the silvery minnow issue before Congress takes a vote on related legislation.

Las Cruces, NM – Proposed federal legislation could make it more difficult for some New Mexicans to get Welfare benefits.

Las Cruces, NM – A nuclear power plant shunned from Tennessee is being welcomed with open arms in New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson is canvassing southern New Mexico to elicit support for changes to the state's educational system.

Las Cruces, NM – Border militias. A look at the rising tension and violence against Mexican immigrants in the American Southwest Desert with Salon.com writer Max Blumenthal.

Las Cruces, NM – Mesilla Valley Hospital has added a new department to its mental health facilities.

Las Cruces, NM – Women may now have an increased defense against violence in Southern New Mexico.

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Ancient Roman roads have lessons for New Mexico

2 hours ago

Commentary: Economists long argued that infrastructure is critical to economic development. A new study of Roman road networks makes this point in a new way. It finds that proximity to ancient roads correspond to increased economic development today.

The Roman Empire, of course, was a political entity that encompassed much of southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. The traces of Roman roads are found everywhere within this region. Indeed, it can be argued that to be part of the Roman empire was to be connected by road to the City of Rome.

Commentary: Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them. Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular and historically and socially significant outdoor areas and we must do all that we can to protect them.

Biden And Booker In 2020?

5 hours ago

Commentary:  I recently came across a survey on Democrats.com, a website that claims to be the "oldest community of progressive activists, with over 3 million supporters." After clicking on potential candidates for president that I would vote for in 2020, the survey's results popped up on the next screen. Here was the breakdown:

Joe Biden-14.8%

Bernie Sanders-11.44%

Elizabeth Warren-12.81%

Cory Booker-10.16%

Kamala Harris-9.48%

Kirsten Gillibrand-6.7%

Andrew Cuomo-4.57%

Eric Holder-5.6%

Julian Castro-4.31%

Commentary: EL PASO, TX -Record numbers of women are running for office in Texas this year. And Annie’s List, a political action group that helps elect progressive women in our state, wants to help them get there!

Pearce Issues Tax Day Statement Celebrating Republican Tax Law

Apr 17, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement on Tax Day 2018:

“Today is the deadline for all Americans to file their federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, lower- and middle-income families in New Mexico are already seeing and feeling the benefits of tax reform. It’s providing needed tax relief for the 120,000 small businesses in New Mexico. Across the nation, over 400 corporations are raising wages, providing bonuses, and increasing retirement contributions for their workers. That’s because businesses know our nation’s old and broken tax code is on its way out, and they want to pass on the relief they will receive to you, employees, and consumers. Come next year, families and businesses will feel this relief once again on Tax Day when they no longer have to file under the old, antiquated tax code. I will continue to promote pro-growth policies that provide relief for small businesses while improving New Mexico’s and the nation’s economy.”

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