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7:22 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Local Viewpoints: Councilor Smith Announces Intention To Run For Re-Election

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and our strong democracy, it seems totally appropriate that I announce my intention to run for the District 2 seat on the Las Cruces City Council.  I have held that seat for nearly four years, and those years have included some very important progress for District 2 and for the City of Las Cruces.  I plan for the next four years to bring even more to the district and to the city that my wife and I, and various members of our families, call “home.”

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3:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Latino Community Has Spoken, Trump Is Out!

Today, hundreds of thousands of Latinos and non-Latinos cheer NBC Universal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant. NBC Universal/Comcast, to its credit, moved to disassociate itself from a man who has either failed to realize or to accept that hate speech against any and all communities will no longer be tolerated. 

 

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Local Viewpoints
7:15 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Rodriguez: Texas Attorney General Should Not Tell Public Servants They Can Break The Law

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Paxton's contention that elected officials in Texas are not bound by the U.S. Constitution:

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5:25 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Goodman: With Pope Francis, We Are Watching Something Remarkable

  Prince Myshkin, protagonist of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, is an “idiot” because he takes the words of Jesus quite literally, not realizing (as the mature adults around them do) that such sentiments are all very well in their place but not to be acted upon. 

 

Pope Francis seems a little that way. In a traditional situation where the Pope displays his humility, Pope Francis chose to do so with juvenile delinquents in a jail; and rather than any ceremonial washing, he chose to kneel down and give their feet a good washing. Clearly he didn’t get it at all!

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Local Viewpoints
4:39 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

The Garrity Rule & Public Release of Firefighters’ Compelled Statements

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  When emergencies suddenly occur in our lives, no one is more important to us than the firefighters and paramedics who rush to our aid without hesitation.  When fires break out at structures in Albuquerque or occur in our national forests, when there is an automobile accident on I-40, or when someone is having a heart attack, we count on these dedicated public employees of city and county governments whose work may mean the difference between life or death.

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2:45 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

New Mexico Democrats Support Supreme Court Ruling, Saying Health Care Is A "Basic Right"

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell:

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2:43 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Pearce Blasts Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Verdict

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case King v. Burwell:

“Needless to say, I am disappointed by today’s ruling.  This is a bad decision upholding a failed law.  Worse yet, the majority opinion fails to justify its continuation. As Justice Scalia wrote in the dissenting opinion, ‘Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is “established by a State.’  What logic is this?”

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6:57 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

New Mexico Business Group Still Pushing For "Right To Work" Legislation

Ruidoso, NM - Business leaders from throughout New Mexico have voted to approve the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s (ACI) slate of policy priorities for the interim legislative session, as well as the organization's leadership for the coming year. 

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12:49 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

AG Calls New Mexico’s Energy System Dysfunctional; Demands Energy Security For All New Mexicans

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Albuquerque, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas today called the current New Mexico energy system dysfunctional, demanding creation of a system that actually delivers affordable clean energy, and energy security to every New Mexico family. Energy security means access, affordability and reliability for all New Mexicans.

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Local Viewpoints
4:54 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

NRDC: GOP Leaders Reveal Major Anti-Environmental Agenda in Spending Bills

Congressional Republican leaders have revealed— in bills moving now through the House and Senate—the fullest expression of the anti-environmental agenda they intend to aggressively pursue with majority control of Congress. And it’s a glaring example of ideology put into action that deserves much more attention than it has so far received.

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Local Viewpoints
8:56 am
Mon June 22, 2015

McCamley: Save Lives. Generate Revenue. Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

Credit Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

 

  “Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.”

Will Rogers

It’s time to regulate and tax the consumption of marijuana like alcohol. Why? The reasons are compelling, conclusive, and plentiful.

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Local Viewpoints
2:00 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Goodman: Lots Of Questions About El Paso Electric's Proposed Rate Hike

  About five years ago, El Paso Electric's electricity supply was mostly adequate, except during brief but sharp spikes in usage on summer afternoons.  

EPE could have changed its rate structures to offer us a deal we couldn't refuse. Hike the rate at peak hours and perhaps discount off-peak usage. Only a mooncalf would run his dryer or dishwasher at 2 p.m.

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Local Viewpoints
4:22 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Office Of New Mexico Secretary Of State Welcomes Attorney General's Action On Campaign Finance

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  Santa Fe—The Secretary of State’s (SOS) office received a letter from Attorney General Balderas, broadly describing amendments to the Campaign Reporting Act that he says he would support in the next legislative session.

The Attorney General’s proposals include measures that would impose mandatory fines for all violations of the Campaign Reporting Act. The SOS believes that if the AG views certain measures as beneficial to the people and to his office, then he should support them.

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10:22 am
Thu June 18, 2015

NRDC: Health and Environmental Safeguards Under Attack by GOP Leadership

 Congressional Republican leaders are adding numerous anti-environmental measures to must-pass appropriations bills and moving them through the House and a key Senate committee this week, despite a presidential veto threat and support for health and environmental safeguards from the American public.

The following is a statement from David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

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Local Viewpoints
10:21 am
Thu June 18, 2015

NHMC Commends FCC Process To Modernize Lifeline, Bridge Digital Divide

  Today, in a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to begin a formal process to modernize Lifeline.

 

Lifeline currently offers a modest subsidy to struggling households so that they may afford landline or wireless phone service, as well as some limited voice and broadband bundles.

 

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Local Viewpoints
9:21 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Governor's Office: Tax Package Will Recruit New Business

Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a bipartisan jobs package designed to recruit new businesses to New Mexico, make it easier for small businesses to get off the ground and grow, expand trade and commerce along our southern border, and increase employment in the technology sector of New Mexico's economy.

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9:17 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Democrats: Tax Package Favors Out-Of-State Corporations At The Expense Of New Mexico Taxpayers

Democrats agreed to this tax package in order to get Republican support for what was really important to New Mexico's working families; the $287 million capital outlay package. These capital projects will create jobs and economic stimulus.

We don't believe the tax package will create new jobs or help the small businesses that are the backbone of the state's economy. We do believe the tax package favors out-of-state corporations at the expense of New Mexico taxpayers.

As Democrats, we will continue to do what's necessary to move our state forward.

Local Viewpoints
1:11 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

New Mexico Democratic Chair: Jeb Bush Comments On Single Mothers Make Bid For Presidency Terrifying

  Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for President of the United States today, marking the third Bush to run for the office since 1989.

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3:02 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Goodman: Serious Questions Being Raised In Las Cruces Public Schools

 There's apparently a bullying problem within the Las Cruces Public School District: many employees say Superintendent Stan Rounds shows extreme favoritism toward folks he likes but has many others “very scared.”

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3:59 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Along the Way: Joe and Christina Campos Making a Difference in Guadalupe County

  All of us know Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Bill and Melinda Gates as some of history’s most famous, successful couples.  But you may not know we have a very successful (maybe not yet internationally famous) couple living in our midst today in rural New Mexico—Joe and Christina Campos of Santa Rosa, NM.

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3:09 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Justice in the "Sunland Park" Cases

Former Sunland Park Mayor-Elect Daniel Salinas. Salinas received three years probation in a plea deal accepted this week.

  Las Cruces - The conclusion of what has been called the “Sunland Park” cases is a just and fair result considering the quality of the investigation and the scarcity of legally provable facts. If cases are not properly investigated or fully analyzed prior to indictment then justice advances slowly, if at all. These cases were originated and investigated, in part, by investigators working directly for the former District Attorney. Those investigators wrote no contemporaneous reports during their investigation, thus creating severe gaps within the case.

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3:02 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Udall Champions Bill To Empower Small Donors In Elections

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has joined U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and others in introducing the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way congressional elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and special interests. U.S. Sen.

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4:53 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Local Control Bill Vetoed By Texas Governor

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

 

  Austin - S.B. 408, which state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Rep. Cesar Blanco passed to support local business and allow counties optional additional criteria to use when evaluating bids, was vetoed by the governor today.

The local control bill would allow counties to do what cities already are allowed to do – use more than simple cost as the only criteria to assess best value to the community when awarding contracts.

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10:30 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Victory: Challenge to Clean Power Plan Fails

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan passed its first court test today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a legal challenge was premature and must wait for the plan’s final standards expected this summer.

David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this statement:

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9:28 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Heinrich, Murphy, Schatz Unveil Forward-Looking, Pragmatic Foreign Policy Principles

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

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8:24 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Senate Democrats: Work Will Begin Quickly On Capital Projects

Credit Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

  Santa Fe, NM – During a one-day Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, the Senate today passed a package of legislation that funds needed infrastructure construction projects – seniors centers, higher education facilities, and tribal infrastructure – worth nearly $300 million. Work on those projects will create jobs in communities across the state quickly.

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3:55 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Promise of Reforms by CBP Commissioner Ring Hollow

  The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) strongly condemns the lack of willingness from leadership at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hold Border Patrol agents that were involved in 67 lethal use-of-force incidents from 2010 to 2012 accountable for their actions. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) audit, released in 2013, concluded that CBP officers and agents used deadly force in incidents where it may not be justifiable and that many incidents were not thoroughly investigated.

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3:01 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Building a Better Future Together: Celebrating National Homeownership Month

Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  As National Homeownership Month begins, we think of the many rural families who have built their homes with their own hands – and have, quite literally, worked up a sweat as they toiled to build a better future through homeownership.

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3:19 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Goodman: Unsettling Questions Raised In Las Cruces Public Schools

  Is MacArthur Elementary a case study in how a superintendent's favoritism can harm a school? Several present and former teachers and staff say it is.   

Soon after Kathy Adams, Superintendent Stan Rounds's fiancée, was hired at MacArthur, Terry Stuart, MacArthur's very capable principal, moved to Central Office, and  inexperienced Karla Ragan (then Ruiz) replaced him.  

Ragan had briefly been an assistant principal.  Often it takes an assistant 2-3 years to become Principal.  Rounds says there's no set requirement.

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10:49 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge CFPB To Issue Strong Rules To Stop Predatory PayDay Lending Practices

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to address predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of Senators in expressing support for initial steps the agency has taken and urging the agency to issue strong rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers.

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