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Driverless Cars Are In Our Future

Dec 30, 2017
National League of Cities

Commentary: With the Holidays comes what has become an annual story in recent years—Amazon’s effort at automating delivery. Drones or driverless cars, Amazon is on the verge of eliminating humans from the delivery process.

This is far from idle speculation. Each year, Amazon’s efforts become less science fiction and more science.

The Repeal Of Net Neutrality Has Its Pros And Cons

Dec 25, 2017

Commentary: Repeal of net neutrality will allow internet service providers to charge different content providers different prices. This will enable service providers to use their monopoly power to structure fees to their advantage. More profit for the service providers, less for the content providers.

Goodman: A Christmas Wish List

Dec 24, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary:  “It's your Christmas column, don't forget,” my wife says as I retreat into my cave under a deadline.


But I'd drafted a (truly profound!) column on sexual harassment; and I've already written one warmhearted column this month.


So . . . a Christmas wish-list:

  • For the New Mexico Democratic Party, a Congressional candidate who combines all the fine qualities of the current candidates, with perhaps just a bit more experience;

Peace In A Stormy World

Dec 21, 2017

Commentary: America loves its holidays, especially the ones at this time of year. And with those holidays come familiar symbols, sounds, traditions, and thoughts.

One of the traditions of the December Holidays is hearing about Peace on Earth and Good Will toward Men. It’s something that’s evoked often during this season. But we might have heard this so many times that it may not register in our thoughts anymore. These remain sage and vital words. They are an expression of a great hope about what someone craves to see actualized in a stormy world and among the human family.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a 

Balderas Joins 20 Attorneys General Urging Congress to Swiftly Pass Clean Dream Act

Dec 19, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C—As the holiday district work period for Congress approaches, Attorney General Balderas joined 19 other Attorneys General on the statement released below urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning.

The statement reads:


GOP Tax Bill Is A Scam

Dec 19, 2017
Former DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: We all know that we need a simpler, more transparent tax system. But what Republicans, including Congressman Steve Pearce, are trying to pass under the guise of tax reform is not tax reform -- it’s a scam. It’s a scam that will force ordinary Americans to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest and largest corporations.

New Mexicans deserve to know how the Republican tax scam will impact our families.

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on their trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. DPNM released their policy to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines. New Mexico's state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.


Ranked voting is good but won’t defeat plutocracy

Dec 17, 2017

  Commentary: One of the more hilarious vote-splitting elections I have witnessed happened in 2014.


Goodman: Savor Each Moment

Dec 17, 2017

Commentary: As suddenly as the leaves on the ash out front turned bright yellow, the tree was bare. Half the leaves fluttered to the ground in one powerful gust.

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Americans for Prosperity – New Mexico today applauded and voiced their support for both the Senate and House tax reform bills, calling on Senators Heinrich and Udall to do the same. The bill includes a massive reduction in the current 35 percent corporate tax rate, down to 21 percent. The package would provide tax relief at every rate, and reflects the unified tax framework and goal of overhauling the tax code to improve the broken system and better the lives of hardworking Americans.

Four Reasons Why Economists Are Wrong About Asset Prices

Dec 15, 2017

Commentary: The behavior of asset prices is a critical issue for individual investors. Movements in stock, bond, and real estate markets can have life alternating consequences for savers.

Counting Carbs? Count Me Out

Dec 15, 2017

Commentary: I used to be big. Not Jupiter or Australia big, maybe just a Pontiac minivan. Now I’m a Chevy mid-sized sedan, hoping to work my way down Alfa Romeo roadster.

I’ve dropped a lot of weight by counting calories, exercising a lot more and complaining about having to count calories and exercise more, but it seems to be working. Or at least it worked up to a point. I have plateaued on weight loss for several months, despite coming in under my daily calorie goal and sweating to the oldies on the exercise bike and elliptical machine.

Commentary: I recently attended a public meeting about a proposed new electric substation in the Talavera community outside of Las Cruces. 

The four-acre project would put 100-foot tall towers and transformers behind a “good looking” 8- foot wall.  It would be brightly illuminated for security reasons at night.  The adjacent residential neighborhoods have no street lights and some locals are amateur astronomers who moved there for the dark night skies. 

“Do you consider the impact on property values?” one woman asked.

NM In Depth

Commentary:  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report today explaining how Republicans are putting the economy at risk by pursuing an agenda that will feed bubbles, leave consumers and small investors vulnerable to fraud and abuse, and undermine financial stability.


Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

Commentary: On Nov. 30th my fellow DREAMers were in front of Senator Heinrich and Senator Udall’s office, calling on them to publicly reject President Trump’s DHS budget to protect our families, lands, and values and to pass a clean DREAM Act. But that’s not all we’ve done. Earlier in the month, me and fellow DREAMers went to the offices of Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in Washington, DC and urged them to protect undocumented families by rejecting President Trump’s budget for the Department of Homeland Security.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) reacted to the Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which enshrined the policy of “net neutrality” into law and prevented large corporate internet service providers from throttling internet speeds, favoring or blocking certain types of online content, or engaging in other types of anti-competitive behavior.

Tax bill will only help CEOs, corporations

Dec 14, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Republicans in the Senate have passed their version of the tax bill and now it must be reconciled with the House bill. I don’t know how they can say with a straight face that these tax cuts for the investor class will help the wage earner. The big winners are shareholders and CEO’s in large corporations.

Commentary:Banning Native American mascots has nothing to do with political correctness; it is about having a correct understanding of politics. For it is never right or Constitutional to treat people as if they are conquered.

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

Dec 10, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: New Mexico - With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight.

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

Dec 10, 2017

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Advice from a Greek sage during Trumpy times

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012, echoing a pearl of wisdom said to have been uttered 2,600 years ago by the Mytilenaen leader Pittacus. The saying attributed to him by Diogenes Laërtius was, “Office shows the man.”


Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“We are deeply concerned Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski and Governor Susana Martinez are proposing an education budget which suggests a not only a ‘flat’ budget for our local districts, but a decrease of $200 million for New Mexico public schools.

Commentary: On November 16, I spent the better part of the day with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez, who visited the El Paso/Juarez/southern New Mexico region. In the morning, I was part of a small delegation which had breakfast with Ambassador Gutierrez at the Foxconn plant just across the border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. After breakfast, we toured the Foxconn facility, which is making Dell computers and HP tablets, followed by an interactive lunch at the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The Longest Yard

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: People in Dona Ana County and around the nation will soon witness a rare and amazing event.

Commentary: Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a tax bill they know is bad, and that benefits big corporations and the top 1% at the expense of middle-class families.

Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a secret tax bill.

Commentary: SANTA FE – In response to inquiries and concerns from consumers throughout New Mexico, Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza feels it is important to address changes that were enacted by the Legislature that have impacted the Commission’s regulatory oversight of large wireline telephone companies – a change in legislation she strongly opposed.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)-TX 16

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) sent a letter to Congressional leadership with the backing of 98 additional representatives urging them to work together and responsibly extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Finances inspire ancient innovation

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: Writing is among the great achievements of humanity. It allows literary authors to explore the depth of the human condition, and to affect the emotions of readers never met. But the origins of writing come from the more prosaic area of finance, not the arts.

Bob Wick/BLM

  Commentary: Washington, D.C. — Three days after President Donald Trump