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Pearce: I’m Running For Governor To Change New Mexico’s Direction

Jul 10, 2017

Commentary: HOBBS – Former businessman and military veteran Steve Pearce announced today that he is a candidate for governor in 2018.

“I’m running for governor to change the direction of the state I love and call home. New Mexico has such great potential, but we need leadership to move the state forward. Too many people are struggling to find jobs and to many families are wrestling with poverty. Our kids are working their way through a broken education system.  Crime has taken over our streets. We can do better. We have to do better.”

Commentary: Following Steve Pearce’s announcement that he intends to run for governor, David Baake released the following statement:  “Traveling around our district, I have heard New Mexicans speak again and again about the need for new leadership.  Leaders who will work to protect our healthcare and defend the middle class.  Leaders who will celebrate New Mexico’s diversity and stand up to Donald Trump’s bigotry.  Leaders who understand that economic development and environmental protection must go hand-in-hand.  Pearce’s decision means the people of southern New Mexicans will have the op

Commentary: Since President Trump issued his Executive Order on April 26th, 2017, directing “the Department of the Interior to review prior monument designations and suggest legislative changes or modifications to the monument proclamations” there has been a broad local demonstration of support for keeping the Monument intact. Thousands of comment cards have been sent in to the Department of the Interior from Doña Ana County residents, and four local governments have passed resolutions opposing any changes to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. 

Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Commentary: On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency takes public comment on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to stay for 2 years the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to limit oil and gas methane pollution,

Commentary: It would be poetic justice that Congressman Steve Pearce spends some time in a nursing home. New Mexico has a dismal ranking of 49th in the indicator for “affordability and access to long-term services and supports,” based on the cost of nursing home care and long term care insurance.  Medicaid pays for most of New Mexico elderly people in nursing homes.


peter goodman

Commentary: It's July 4th.

My earliest memory of Independence Day was, of course, fireworks. High above the Croton River, unbelievably loud and magnificent, they exploded beautifully. Each 4th, my father wore a police uniform. A decorated U.S. Marine pilot during WWII, he was a volunteer auxiliary cop. He directed traffic to and from the fireworks.

Commentary: Camping is one of this nation’s great equalizers. Whether you camp with the latest, most expensive gear, or you hang a tarp and sleep in the bed of a pickup truck, there is a camping style to fit most every budget. It continues to be, for many families, one of the cheapest ways to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping is becoming an equalizer in a different way, as more and more racial and ethnic minorities are pitching tents.

New Mexico Democrats Announce Federal Review of Behavioral Health Access in New Mexico

Jul 8, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, andU.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program.

Our Extraordinary Times

Jul 8, 2017

Commentary: Many people don’t realize it yet, but we are living in one of the most extraordinary times in human history. It may not seem that way during our weekly drudgery of going to work or school and our daily struggles to make financial ends meet. But if we pay attention, we’ll quickly notice signs all around us that something extraordinary and life changing is going on. Simply put, the fundamental structure of our very lives is being altered. Some of these changes can be seen as good, some as bad, and many of them as deeply transformative.

If West Virginia is “Dying,” then what is going on in New Mexico?

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary: The Rio Grande Foundation has often noted the historic similarities between New Mexico and West Virginia. So, a recent article in US News and World Report, the title of which was: “To Be Young in a Dying State” and containing an associated article: “West Virginia is Dying and Trump Can’t Save it.”

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

  Commentary: WASHINGTON — Attorneys general of 18 states and the District of Columbia today filed suit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the delay of implementing student borrower defense regulations. This lawsuit, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v.

Why I'm Not A Democrat

Jul 5, 2017

Why I’m Not a Democrat

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CHINA: USCIRF Condemns Ramadan Restrictions in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Jul 5, 2017
Vice Chair Sandra Jolley speaks out in support of Religious Prisoner of Conscience, Gulmira Imin.

Commentary– Muslims around the world recently marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the Chinese government’s restrictions on Uighur Muslims’ religious practice during Ramadan in the autonomous region of Xinjiang.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: So… I promised short speeches, so let’s get right to it. 

The world has changed since last we met. I think our last RA was 413 years ago. Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime has gone by in the last few months?

And we’ve got a lot to talk about. 

Goodman: The Wonders Of Life In The Desert

Jul 2, 2017

Commentary: Saturday evening, as we returned from a great birthday dinner for the beautiful lady, a tiny quail chick, far too small to be out alone, approached us.

Being who we are – Dael's father was famous in New Hampshire for bringing home wounded animals and teenagers until they healed – we welcomed her. (We decided on “she.” We hadn't a clue.) Left outside, she'd have become some snake's supper.

Behold: The American Political Monopoly

Jul 2, 2017

Commentary:  In a word, corporate monopolies are awful for consumers. Aside from the obvious outcome of setting higher prices, they are nasty in numerous other ways. By limiting competition, they artificially restrict our choices and reduce the incentive to maintain quality, because well, if we are the only game in town, “SOL”. Think Comcast. Limited competition also tends to suppress product and service innovation, so we get to overpay for aged products or technologies long after improved versions show up elsewhere.

In Heat Waves, Economic Injustice is the Silent Killer

Jul 2, 2017

Commentary: The heat is high, yet in my household we haven’t used our central air conditioning in several years. Like most families in our town, we have adapted to the more limited relief of a swamp cooler and a few fans even though central air provides far greater relief. It comes down to costs.

Rodriguez On Texas Supreme Court Decision: "Where Does It End?"

Jun 30, 2017
State Senator José Rodríguez

Commentary: EL PASO – State Senator José Rodríguez released a statement today in response a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court that would allow for a challenge to a decision by the City of Houston to extend benefits to same-sex couples.

Commentary: Santa Fe - On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted largely on party lines to approve two anti-immigrant proposals, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate's Law (H.R. 3004).

New National Poll: For Hunters and Anglers, Support for Conservation Crosses Party Lines

Jun 30, 2017

Commentary: In a teleconference today, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and 

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia

  Commentary: AUSTIN - Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus issued the following statement in regard to Attorney General Paxton urging President Trump to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order or risk further litigation:


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Commentary: Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) issued the following statement on the letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 10 other states demanding that the federal government rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative: 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressional Progressive Caucus Members on the Education and Workforce Committee, including Co-Chair Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), CPC Education Taskforce Chair Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Carol-Shea Porter (D-NH), sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reconsider the decision to delay two important student protection rules.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

"New Mexico educators know the analysis of a for-profit group of so-called reform minded consultants, executives, and coaches cannot be taken at face value when they claim our state's ESSA education plan was rated 'best in the nation' of the 17 plans submitted so far to the federal government.


End Citizens United Endorses Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate

Jun 28, 2017

  Commentary: EL PASO, TX -- End Citizens United (ECU) announced it is endorsing Representative Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate in Texas. As one of the strongest and most principled advocates for getting Big Money out of politics, O’Rourke has pledged not to take any special interest money and will entirely fund his campaign through individual donors.

Cillo: Some Thoughts On Independence

Jun 28, 2017

  Commentary: July 4, our Independence Day holiday, has become the unofficial launch of the Summer season. In an age when more and more Americans are working longer hours for less pay and having stress elevated to unhealthy levels, it is imperative to have days like this to unplug and unwind. And for many, holidays are one of the few occasions during the year when you might have all of your family members in the same place at the same time for a few moments.

Goodman: Waiting For Wise, Patient Leadership

Jun 25, 2017

Commentary: Sometimes it's easy to see what should be done.

In December 1941, few doubted we needed to beat the Nazi's and the Japanese.

In 1966, it was obviously pointless to battle against Vietnamese independence. The Vietnamese deserved freedom. They'd whipped the French convincingly. We couldn't prevail without destroying the people whose hearts and minds we supposedly sought to win. Their independent spirit and historical enmity toward China meant they wouldn't be China's puppet.

Commentary: In a recent interview with the Deming Headlight, Congressman Steve Pearce was asked about his position on the current review of America’s prized national monuments, a review that could precipitate a resizing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in Dona Ana County.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after weeks of hiding the bill from the American people to avoid answering tough questions.