Local Viewpoints

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Trump's Victory is a call to engage in politics

Nov 16, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary:  Where is a Thomas Paine who can galvanize the common people, as Paine himself roused nervous colonists in 1776 to wage a revolution against a king and empire? In plain language, unburdened by flourish or jargon, Paine's pamphlets told a compelling story and inspired ordinary people busy with other things to fight and sacrifice for the project of a United States, as a parent who says, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

Heinrich: Trump Appointment Is "Sickening" Use Of Taxpayer Funds

Nov 15, 2016
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, the former leader of the far-right website Breitbart News, as White House chief strategist and senior adviser:

Udall Blasts Appointment of Steve Bannon, Former Leader Of Far-Right Website

Nov 15, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary:  U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, former leader of the extreme right-wing Breitbart website, as White House chief strategist and senior adviser: "As far as I’m concerned, appointing as chief strategist and adviser a man who has dedicated the last several years to running a far-right website that demonizes women and spreads hate-filled lies about Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, Jews and others shows Donald Trump has already forgotten his pledge for unity.

Pearce: Time For Republicans To Come Together As A Party

Nov 15, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary:  Today, the House Republican Conference voted unanimously to reelect Paul Ryan Speaker of the House, as well as reelect Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The unanimous reelection of Speaker Ryan shows Republicans in the House are united and committed to hitting the ground running with the Trump Administration in January.

  Commentary: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the movement to limit terms for elected officials, today called on President-Elect Trump to keep his promise to the American people and work to get term limits on Congress. Congressional term limits require a constitutional amendment, a process the president can impact with advocacy.

Texas Bills to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Introduced

Nov 15, 2016

Commentary:  AUSTIN — A bill to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives today. HB 81, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso, would remove the current criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil citation and a fine.

Commentary: Austin, Texas—Today, the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) once again urges the State Board of Education to keep a seriously flawed textbook out of Texas schools.

Richard Kadzis

Commentary: The 2016 campaign is over, and it turns out, if you voted, you took part in one of the most historic presidential elections ever held.

There are all kinds of ways to break down the post-election analysis, so I referred back to my series of KRWG Viewpoints commenting on various dimensions of the campaign.

For example, I benchmarked how the 2016 election was a mirror image of the 1976 election. (donald trump)

Commentary:  We're in deep manure.

Fortunately, I live in Doña Ana County. Trump's snake oil didn't sell here. We elected good people to the statehouse: Nathan Small, Angelica Rubio, Jeff Steinborn, Rudy Martinez; and, finally, Joanne Ferrary beat the Doctor! We defied oil companies and banks. 

But millions of voters were sufficiently angry or distressed to toss the U.S. Government in the toilet. They had reasons. (Had Clinton won, I'd still be urging both parties to take seriously the disaffection expressed in votes for Bernie and Trump.) 

2016 Elections Denied Voters Foreign Policy Substance

Nov 8, 2016

  Commentary: Amid the euphoria of Chicago's World Series victory last week, one comment I heard repeated over and again was that this jubilation - when even rock-ribbed New Yorkers could give it up for the Cubs for a minute (maybe not a full 60 seconds, but at least a New York minute) - was something the country needed. Is it not striking that this exuberance is not something we associate with our elections?

Commentary: We're hearing coyotes again, howling furiously before dawn and after sunset. Fewer hummingbirds are wintering over this year. The golden eagle visited with us for an hour Saturday. None care about the election; many humanoids don't either, for understandable reasons; but it will affect all of us.

New Mexico Democrats: Trump Disrespects Tribes, Veterans

Nov 4, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary: Farmington, ​N.M. - Democrats railed on Donald Trump’s harmful attitudes toward tribes at a press conference ahead of Donald Trump Jr.’s stops in San Juan County.

Heinrich Fights For Consumers Slapped With Hidden Exorbitant Rental Car Fees

Nov 4, 2016
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is concerned about hidden fees currently being charged by rental car companies for the use of toll paying technology, which can often exceed 500 percent of the toll itself. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Senator Heinrich called on the agency to determine whether rental car companies using these fee structures are unnecessarily price gouging consumers and engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.

Medicaid Co-Pays Are A Poor Tax

Nov 4, 2016

Commentary: Last Wednesday, Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest informed lawmakers the state is seeking federal authority to charge co-payments along with other fees to patients who rely on Medicaid for access to health care. Medicaid is funded jointly by state and federal governments.

The Patriot Within: Understanding The Struggles Of Veterans

Nov 4, 2016

Commentary: It was a cold autumn morning at Fort Knox as we were brought off of the cattle cars and led into the training area under the cover of darkness. Angry men made of stone and hate commanded us into position with all the magniloquence of rabid pitbulls. The air was cool, heavy, and humid smothering us with a heart chilling loneliness. Anxiety and fear was palatable, we never knew where we were going or what we would do. The only thing that we knew for sure was that the drill sergeants, the men of stone and hate, would punish us for crimes we have not yet committed.

Commentary: A new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise disrupt the springs that make Balmorhea a global tourist destination. The report was authored by hydrologist Tom Myers, Ph.D for the Balmorhea-community group Save Our Springs Too and national environmental group Earthworks.

Nachison: We Need Merrie Lee Soules In Congress

Nov 3, 2016

  Commentary: We need Merrie Lee Soules as our District 2 congressional representative. She’ll represent all the people of the district, not just a privileged few. Southern New Mexico needs jobs, livable wages and better infrastructure. Addressing these in Congress provides opportunities benefiting all of us.

Richard Kadzis

Commentary: Democracy can be messy.

Totalitarians like Vladimir Putin mock our imperfections, and with good reason.

Do you realize that only 20 percent of voters nationally decide on which presidential candidates get nominated?

State-by-state primary elections and caucuses often limit the total number of potential voters instead of promoting a wider, more inclusive approach.

The political conventions only add to the problem.

Democrats Issue Statement On Pence Las Cruces Event

Nov 1, 2016

Commentary: Las Cruces, N.M. - The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement ahead of the Mike Pence event in Las Cruces:

Democrats: Trump Delivers Dangerous, Divisive Speech in Albuquerque

Oct 30, 2016 (donald trump)

 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Chairwoman Debra Haaland  released the following statement after Donald Trump delivered a divisive speech in Albuquerque tonight: 



  Commentary: The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office (“SOS”) is investigating charges that State Senator Andy Nuñez embezzled campaign funds and broke election laws. 


Commentary: A state judge today ordered election officials in Bexar County, Texas to immediately remove all illegal voter ID signs from the early voting polling places and replace them with accurate information.The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed today by MALDEF seeking a temporary restraining order against county election officials. Judge Michael Mery’s order requires Bexar County officials also to correct information on the county’s website and its voter hotline, as well as ensure that all 700 election day polling places post accurate signs informing voters of the expan

Rodríguez: Expanding Medicaid makes sense for Texas

Oct 28, 2016
State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary: The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show Texas still holds the dubious distinction of having the highest number and percentage of uninsured, but there was some good news.

Because of Obamacare, there are 1.1 million fewer uninsured Texans, and our uninsured rate dropped from nearly 25 percent in 2013 to 17 percent.

Gun Deaths Spike in New Mexico

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: According to the New Mexico Department of Public Health, 405 people were killed in New Mexico in 2015.  That is 66 more people killed than in 2014 and a 16.4 percent increase in firearm deaths. This is the greatest increase New Mexico has seen in decades.  

“Not only is gun violence hurting our communities, it is have a devastating effect on our young people.  From 2005 to 2014, 333 young people under 21 were killed with a gun in New Mexico, “ says Miranda Viscoli co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Commentary: The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter has released its statewide slate of endorsements in one of the most critical elections for the environment New Mexicans have ever faced.

“This year’s election is critical for putting New Mexico back on a path toward clean water, clean energy and thriving wildlife and public lands,” said Rio Grande Chapter Chair David Coss. “Our members are working hard for these candidates, and I urge New Mexicans to vote for them in the November 8 election.”

Mexican wolves riding wave of worldwide extinctions

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: LAS CRUCES, NM—The Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) is urging New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and state wildlife officials to take immediate action to save endangered Mexican wolves in the wake of a shocking new report indicating that wildlife populations globally are on track to decline by two-thirds from 1970 levels by 2020. 

NEA files amicus brief in NC H.B. 2 transgender bathroom law

Oct 28, 2016

 Commentary: The NEA and the North Carolina Association of Educators believe all students deserve the opportunity for a rich and fulfilling education, an opportunity that should begin with walking into a welcoming, safe and accepting space.

Pearce Statement on FBI Reopening Investigation into Clinton E-mails

Oct 28, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the FBI announced it plans to reopen the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails:

Commentary: Today, we’re in the midst of the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history. The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that in 2015, the typical household saw its income grow by 5.2 percent (about $2,800), the largest one-year increase on record.

Dillard: Time For A Change In Congress

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: People in both parties as well as independent voters all are frustrated and ready for a change from the obstructionist gridlocked mess in Washington to a Congress that actually does the work to keep the nation running and serving us all.  Merrie Lee Soules presents a well-qualified alternative and a welcome contrast to the six-term incumbent for the 2nd Congressional District seat.