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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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Hundreds at Father’s Day Vigil in Texas Demand End to Family Separation

9 hours ago

Commentary:  In continued opposition to the Trump administration’s inhumane practice of separating children from their parents, community members and advocates of local and national organizations held a vigil this Father’s Day in front of the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center to say #FamiliesBelongTogether, and announced a plan for large-scale mobilization to the Rio Grande Valley on June 28 to demand an end to this cruel policy and humanitarian crisis.

Grave Concerns About Trump's Tariffs

14 hours ago

Commentary: On June 5, 2018, Mexico, in retaliation for the Trump administration slapping tariffs on Mexican and other countries’ steel and aluminum imports to the U.S., announced its own tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports. The tariffs will range between 15 and 25 percent. On June 6, this is how my day unfolded. Phone call to me from one of my associates: “What's going on with Mexico's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum. Can you find out if this affects companies participating in Mexico's maquila industry?”

Goodman: The U.S. Should Provide Asylum To Refugees

Jun 17, 2018
peter goodman

Commentary: We always say Nazis and East German Communists should have said “No!” to commands from the armies of their dictatorships. But how do we treat someone who has sufficient conviction and guts to say “No!” to a dictator we abhor?

Venezuela descended into a crazy dictatorship. We've imposed sanctions; The OAS accuses the Maduro regime of “crimes against humanity,” and the International Criminal Court is investigating human rights abuses. The U.S. calls the dictatorship “a failed state,” and our Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, is talking about “regime change.”

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement responding to published reports about House Republican plans to move two immigration bills through Congress.

“Once again, House Republican leaders are standing in the way of what a majority of Americans and the Congress support: the Dream Act. Instead, they are putting forward two inhumane bills crafted from Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant playbook – as the world watches in shock while crying babies are maliciously separated from their parents.

Vote "No" on Las Cruces Bond Issue

Jun 15, 2018

Commentary: I am mad as hell -  - Las Cruces is again threatened with more taxes. There is a proposal to have a general obligation (GO) bond election for $35 million. A home owner with a house valued at $100,000 would have to pay approximately $67 a year in additional property taxes to fund various projects. Las Cruces property owners should be angered at this audacity.

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