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Petition Seeks to Halt EPA's Use of Deadly Predator Poison

Jan 12, 2017
Tom Koerner, USFWS.

  Commentary:  WASHINGTON— Five animal-protection organizations submitted a petition today to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to cancel its registration for sodium fluoroacetate,

  Commentary: As New Mexico prepares to mark the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with celebrations across the state, President Barack Obama is designating three new National Monuments that preserve historic landmarks of pivotal Civil Rights actions.

Democrats: Budget Should Not Cut Pay For Hard Working New Mexicans

Jan 12, 2017
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

 Commentary:  Santa Fe, NM – Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth and Senate Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith issued the following statement after the Legislative Finance Committee’s FY17 budget recommendations passed with bipartisan support. (donald trump)

  Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. - On Saturday, immigrant youth from all across the state, together with hundreds of community members, people of faith and labor advocates, will rally and march beginning at the corner of MLK Jr. Ave. and University Blvd.

Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, State Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto pre-filed Senate Bill 72, the Public Accountability Act, which will significantly strengthen ethics enforcement across state and local government.  It creates a venue for the public to bring forward ethical concerns related to the conduct of public officials and the management of public dollars.

  Commentary: In a letter dated today, the National Education Association and its three million members, on behalf of the students they serve, opposed in the strongest terms the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education.

The letter notes the following: 

What's It Like To Be Part Of A Grand Jury?

Jan 8, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary:  Because grand jury proceedings are confidential, this column has limits.

When I got called, I guessed they'd throw me out for being a lawyer, a columnist, and an oddball. But I went.

A Wish List For 2017

Jan 8, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: As we wind down 2016, a series of issues preoccupies my thoughts. First, I think that the worst situation is to be in a state of suspense. Knowing what direction the new Trump administration will take will allow companies to take appropriate action. Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, and as chief executive it is up to him to influence policy.  He will be the main force behind U.S. fiscal and foreign policy for the next four years.

Pearce Urges UNM And New Mexico AG To Address Fetal Research Issues

Jan 7, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the second criminal referral to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas was made by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, imploring state and university leaders to address the serious violations uncovered by the Panel’s investigation.

Commentary: The City of Pasadena, Texas illegally and intentionally sought to dilute Latino voting power when it changed the system used to elect its city council members, in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: The National Education Association and its 3 million members are urging the 115th U.S. Congress to renew its commitment to students and public education, to govern by putting families ahead of partisan politics, and to resist the temptation to undermine the American vision of public education.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Responds to "Bathroom Bill"

Jan 6, 2017

Commentary: Austin - State Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC), released the following statement, on behalf of the SDC, in response to the filing of Senate Bill 6:

"The implications of this bill are truly frightening for all Texans. It would effectively deputize any person to report someone she or he thinks is using an "incorrect" bathroom for enhanced prosecution — including children.

 Commentary: President Obama and Congressional Democrats rallied to protect New Mexicans covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from Republican efforts to repeal the law.

‘Spaceport America’: 0 for 2016

Jan 6, 2017

 Commentary: If New Mexico’s spaceport offers “the world an invitation to space,” no one’s RSVPing.

In 2016, the facility launched … nothing. No satellites placed in orbit. No tourists sent on one-of-a-kind journeys. Heck, even UP Aerospace wasn’t able to launch a single sounding rocket last year.

Pearce Selected to Lead House Oversight of Terrorist Finance

Jan 6, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to being named as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance:

“ISIS is the richest terror organization in human history.  President Obama did nothing to shut off their diverse sources of funding.  Oil sales, sale of antiquities, kidnapping, and human trafficking make up the core funding base for ISIS and have been carried out virtually unheeded the last eight years under President Obama,” said Pearce.

There’s nothing to like about state giveaways to Facebook

Jan 6, 2017

Commentary: The irony that this post will be shared on Facebook isn’t missed on me, but hear me out:

Commentary:  “A vote for the bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act is a vote to take insurance away from 30 million Americans and 266,000 New Mexicans.”

Commentary: This Thursday, January 5, 7pm, at the Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces, the Southwest Environmental Center is presenting a premiere screening of Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests, produced by California-based Project Coyote. The film offers a candid look at wildlife killing contests – unregulated, underground, but legal hunting competitions in which participants compete for cash prizes by killing as much unprotected wildlife as they can.

Who Should Steer the Politics of Education in New Mexico?

Jan 2, 2017

  Commentary: The renewed debate over how to structure New Mexico's education department hinges on a complicated question: what role should democratic politics play?


Pacheco: Stop Using NAFTA To Demonize Trade

Jan 1, 2017

Commentary:  Let’s paint a scenario: A U.S. manufacturer based in El Paso, Texas, makes plastic injection parts that it sells to a company in Juarez, Mexico manufacturing components for the auto industry. The Mexican company’s parts are combined with other suppliers’ parts from Canada, Europe, and Asia, and are incorporated into a General Motors vehicle being manufactured in Kentucky. The relationship between the El Paso and Juarez companies was made possible because the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reduced the tariffs for the U.S.

peter goodman

Commentary:  As I walk to the goat-pen, soon after dawn, white clouds cover the valley. The land slopes down toward Las Cruces, but I see no city -- just bright clouds, then dark peaks on the horizon. 

We could be an island, and those peaks the mainland. A northern island. It's icy today.

We have no goats, but keep compost in the pen. We carry buckets of sink-water down there to keep things moist for the worms. As we poison our planet, composting seems right. 

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary:  This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, fourteen other Democratic Attorneys General, and Democratic legal officials urged president-elect Donald Trump to be vigilant on climate change. The action comes in response to a letter that urges the new administration to unravel the Clean Power Plan and undermine the progress made to reduce the effects climate change has on communities in New Mexico and across the country. 

Tax-Funded Pre-K supporters ignore history, data

Dec 28, 2016

Commentary: The top priority for most Democrats in New Mexico’s Legislature in 2017 is HJR 1 which would tap the permanent fund to create a new system of universal pre-k. Unlike traditional legislation which requires the Governor’s signature, this one is would amend New Mexico’s Constitution. Martinez can’t stop it and no one can vote against it on “process” grounds as they might on say minimum wage or legalizing marijuana.

Flush The New Mexico Food Tax Once and For All

Dec 27, 2016

Commentary: We flushed it down, but it keeps coming back. The Roundhouse is talking about a food tax again.


Goodman: The Gifts I Wish I Could Give

Dec 25, 2016
peter goodman


Merry Christmas!

Or Happy Holidays!

There are so many gifts I wish I could give . . .

To our country: a renewed sense of purpose; a government closer to all of our ideals and needs than the one that will soon commence; and a renewed ability to listen to each others' views without simultaneously forming in our minds a caustic response.

To our state:

- putting top priority on using our sunlight as an energy source, for the good of our pocketbooks and our planet;

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the impact that repealing Obamacare would have on New Mexico families and the state's economy:

Pearce: WIPP Ready To Resume Its Critical Mission

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

  Commentary: Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), in Carlsbad, New Mexico, has been cleared to resume operations and begin disposing waste in January 2017. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to the positive news:


Reasons to Love New Rural Transit System

Dec 22, 2016


  Commentary: A recent post on Facebook mentioned loving the concept of our rural transit system, but expressed uncertainty if it was the best thing for our county.


Ridership has increased by 37% in the past few months, and reached 1180 rides for October. The goal is 26,000 rides by the end of the fiscal year. With the upcoming addition of a stop in El Paso, the SCRTD expects even higher ridership.


U.S. Leadership In Trade

Dec 22, 2016

Commentary: International trade is a major part of modern geopolitics. In the post-World War II era, the U.S. used trade as part of its political efforts in order to prevent future wars, and to smooth relations with countries not historically friendly with the U.S. Trade was a tool that our country used to solidify the strong friendship that it enjoys with former U.S. enemies such as Japan and Germany. It also was used with countries in Asia such as Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea as a counterweight against the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain.

Commentary: Hunting in New Mexico is a heritage privilege to all its legal citizens, and has been for over 100 years. Thousands of New Mexico citizens take part in some form of legal hunting each year. The young, middle aged, and old all participate providing millions of dollars into the New Mexico economy each year. It is a legal and respectable activity for the majority of all New Mexico citizens.