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TRAP laws were never about protecting women's health

Jul 7, 2016

  My representative in Congress sent an email letter to his constituents expressing dismay over a recent Supreme Court decision. "Defense of life is the most important moral issue of our time," wrote Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico's second congressional district, "And we can never speak too strongly for those that cannot speak for themselves."

 

Pearce Initiates Investigation into Illegal Theft and Sale of Tribal Artifacts

Jul 5, 2016

  Commentary:   Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM), Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Chairman James Sensenbrenner, initiated a request with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how the federal government currently investigates the theft and sale of tribal items and what reforms can be made to further prevent this practice in the future.  This letter follows Congressman Pearce’s introduction of H. Con. Res.

 Commentary:  In a spirited and energetic speech, former Secretary Hillary Clinton addressed the more than 7,500 delegates at the National Education Association’s 95th Representative Assembly (RA) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this morning. Clinton’s address was among the most rousing speeches she has given thus far in her campaign for the presidency. The presumptive Democratic nominee held no punches in articulating a clear and inspiring vision of opportunity for every student in America, regardless of ZIP code. 

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  Commentary:  The news coverage of President Obama’s recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns made note of the positive economic impact that protected public lands have on our communities―particularly the recently established Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks Monument near Las Cruces and the Rio Grande del Norte Monument near Taos. The economic benefits of these monuments are very real as they boost tourism.

  Commentary:  Las Cruces City Government has refused to let Heath Haussamen inspect city manager applications. Under the Inspection of Public Records Act, does it have a legal leg to stand on?

Not that I can see.

Numerous New Mexico cases stress that guaranteeing public access to public records is essential in a democracy because the integrity of elections depends on an informed public. Providing such access is “an essential function” of government entities. Courts interpret IPRA broadly, to prioritize openness in government.

Gessing: New Mexico’s Supreme Court ignores law on worker’s compensation

Jul 1, 2016
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Commentary:  New Mexico’s Legislature had previously enacted a law that allowed employers with more than three employees to opt out of coverage for farm and ranch laborers but not other agricultural workers.

Pearce Leads Meeting Between Ranchers and Forest Service to Resolve Water Dispute

Jul 1, 2016

  Commentary:  Congressman Pearce along with State Representative Jim Townsend, representatives from the United States Forest Service, and local ranchers visited the Penasco Pens electrified fencing area Thursday in the Sacramento Ranger District to discuss potential solutions to ranchers’ concerns over grazing allotments and water access points:   

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  Commentary:  Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the New Mexico Constitution prohibits the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from the protections of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). In holding for the workers who challenged the Act, the Court said that the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers “is nothing more than arbitrary discrimination and, as such, it is forbidden by our Constitution.” 

For better and worse, politics is showmanship

Jun 30, 2016

  Commentary:  Theatre has been derided as a deceptive art going back as far as Plato, so it is hardly surprising to see our rascals in Washington, DC denigrate theatre even as they avidly practice it.

 

  Commentary:   Common Cause New Mexico today unveiled its statewide Legislative Summary and Scorecard, recording the votes of legislators on its priority transparency, ethics and good government issues during the 2015 and 2016 sessions. The scorecard reports the votes cast by legislators on a number of crucial bills on the floor of both chambers and in committees. It reflects the fate of the bills—passage, defeat, delay or death in committee.

Pearce Blasts Supreme Court Ruling Against Texas Abortion Restrictions

Jun 27, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Commentary:  Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its final opinion in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt.  The 5-3 ruling strikes down a Texas abortion access law. 

Congressman Pearce issued the following statement:

I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision today. This decision will ultimately threaten the safety of both mothers and their unborn children. Defense of life is the most important moral issue of our time, and we can never speak too strongly for those that cannot speak for themselves. 

A young man with a trailer full of hay rams his truck into a metal barrier protecting the gas pumps at a Las Cruces Pic Quik. Doing very little damage.

Pic Quik reports the incident to the police. The young man sues Pic Quik for $10,000, claiming that the manager ran out, tried to batter him, and chased him off the property. He also sues for defamation, saying Pic Quik lied in telling police he left without providing contact information. 

Santa Fe Archbishop Saddened By Supreme Court Decision On Immigration

Jun 24, 2016

  Commentary:  Archbishop John C. Wester issued the following statement regarding the June 23, 2016 US Supreme Court's decision on President Obama’s Executive Action immigration:

 

  Commentary:  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling in a 4-4 vote on President Obama's 2014 executive actions on immigration, ensuring such programs will be continue to be on hold until case moves forward. 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary:  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (N.M.-02), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate New Mexico state government’s management of food-assistance benefits, including allegations that state employees altered documents to purposely delay applications.

Pearce Praises Supreme Court Ruling Halting President's Immigration Actions

Jun 23, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Commentary:  Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court's 4-4 tie preventing President Obama's executive actions on immigration from moving forward:

 

Rodriguez Blasts U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In Texas' Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

Jun 23, 2016
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  Commentary:  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 in United States v. Texas. The case will now return to the district court in Brownsville for further trial proceedings.

Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order:

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Commentary:  Today the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a preliminary injunction that blocked the implementation of two deferred action initiatives of President Barack Obama, known as expanded DACA and DAPA, which aimed at keeping millions of children and families together.

State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary:  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that "[t]he race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of Fisher's application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause."

Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement, on behalf of the members of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, regarding today's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas:

NEA President On Guns: Enough is Enough!

Jun 22, 2016
Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary:  Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives today staged a sit-in, the first of its kind in four decades, demanding Republican leaders to allow votes on measures that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying firearms and expand background checks.

 

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

 

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 Commentary: Yesterday’s actions in the US Senate are just shameful….  Those killed by guns since 1968 - some 1,500,000 - are more than all those in US wars since our Revolution (NYTimes).  June’s Orlando murders meld various thoughts: Freely available assault-style and other military weapons; homophobia, islamophobia, general hatred and lying by the gun industry.  

 

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  Commentary:  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Today’s release of the Annie E. Casey “Kids Count” Report is, yet again, a sobering reminder that six years of failed education policy from Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez is hurting our students and weakening our public schools.

3.2 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2015

Jun 20, 2016

  Commentary:  The highly secretive arm of the U.S.

Markman: A Republican Jobs Plan

Jun 20, 2016

Commentary:  Now that the GOP short term jobs plan (for political campaign workers) is entering its final stage (presidential election) it is surprising but good to see a long term plan developing.  This might even create a new industry with a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. I’m referring, of course, to a new Republican wishful requirement to use the restroom designated for the gender to which one was born. 

Gessing: Quotas not the Answer to Oil Glut

Jun 20, 2016
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Commentary: The price of oil impacts New Mexico's economy in a big way. Oil prices that once hovered at $110 per barrel dropped as low as $27 earlier this year, and now hover around $50. That's lower than we've grown accustomed to, but it is hardly a crisis – and certainly doesn't appear to be an early-1980s-style bust.

Lower prices have hurt New Mexico producers, but consumers nationwide have benefited from lower prices at the pump.

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  Commentary:  The nut case who slaughtered 50+ people in Orlando was out of control in his hatred of gay folks.

Donald Trump is very controlled in his ugly efforts to make political capital out of the tragedy. 

Omar Mateen shot up a LGBT night club. He apparently also “pledged allegiance to ISIS.” Tragic and wrong? Of course! Directed by ISIS? Almost certainly not. 

Woman's statement at trial is a call for humanity

Jun 18, 2016

Commentary:  As far as oratory goes, the speech of the year emerged not from our President, and it will not come from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; it did not emerge from any statesman, journalist, or any of the activists and organizers trying to improve  the United States from the ground up.

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  Commentary:  On Saturday, June 18th, multi-faith leaders and clergy from NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) will host an event educating people of faith and the community about private prisons and the issues affecting returning citizens in Doña Ana County. For the last few months multi-faith leaders with NM CAFé have been exploring criminal justice issues i

New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

  Commentary: Leaders in the Native American community, including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, took a stand against Donald Trump denouncing his offensive language towards tribes in the New York Times. 

 

Krahling: Increased Turnout In Primary Election Is "Just The Beginning"

Jun 16, 2016
Scott for Clerk Campaign

 Commentary: I believe voting makes a difference and in my role in the County Clerk's office I want to inspire people to believe in voting and to participate in the process. 

 

The foundation of increasing voting in Doña Ana County starts with managing successful elections with trusted results.

 

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