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Pearce Blasts Paris Climate Deal

Oct 7, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary: “Once again, President Obama is attempting to implement his extreme agenda by unilaterally bypassing the Constitution by signing a treaty without the consent of the United States Senate. It is clear that appeasing special interest groups is more important to the President than American jobs or economic well-being.


Democrats: Strongly Bipartisan Senate Fixes Budget Crisis For Now

Oct 6, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee


GOP: Senate Passes Budget Fix Without Raising Taxes

Oct 6, 2016
Senator Stuart Ingle - (R)

Commentary: Senate Republican Leader Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) said the legislature came to the Capitol in a Special Session to fix the state’s budget crisis without raising taxes, and it accomplished that. “We made some adjustments in the current budget and we balanced last year’s fiscal problems without raising taxes. These things needed to get done before the budget problems got any worse,” Senator Ingle said.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: Today, community leaders, parents, students, and educators “walked in” to more than 2,000 schools serving over 1 million students in more than 200 cities as part of the largest coordinated education action in American history.

Democrats: All Potential Revenue Streams Should Be On The Table

Oct 3, 2016
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Commentary:  Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12-Bernalillo), sponsor of 

New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: The N.M. House Republicans today chose to charge taxpayers an estimated $25,000 for a day that that legislators will not meet or work. The decision, which N.M. House Republican leaders hope will go unnoticed by hard-working taxpayers, occurred late in the afternoon on Monday. The Democratic led N.M. Senate, in contrast, made the prudent decision to complete all of its work to address the state’s severe budget crisis and adjourn last Saturday – meaning there has been no cost to taxpayers since then.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do more to ensure all students in New Mexico and across the country have equal access to the internet for educational and economic opportunity.

Las Cruces Senator Pledges To Vote Against Any Education Cuts

Oct 3, 2016
Senator Lee Cotter

Commentary:  State Senator Lee Cotter (R-Las Cruces) who has been in Santa Fe since last week, attending the Special Session said he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear about his votes this Special Session:

Las Cruces-Area Business: Time To Be More Ambitious About Spaceport America

Oct 3, 2016

Commentary:  My career or any career needs to be nurtured. Careers were on the agenda at NMSU last week because of homecoming. Successful alumni who serve on various advisory boards were on campus, including my former boss who now works at NASA’s Langley Research Center. He still works in the area of technology development. He was the one who started our Student Launch program in 1994 by designing the original student payload. He worked on the TDRSS satellite system at White Sands Test Facility before he came to NMSU.

Goodman: Time To Face The Ugly Truth About Football

Oct 2, 2016

Commentary: How does it feel to be a 21st Century football fan?

I loved playing football and baseball as a kid. 

I've watched the NFL for decades. I was a New York City cabdriver when Joe Namath and the Jets shocked the world by beating the highly-favored Baltimore Colts. I moved to San Francisco in 1980 – just in time for the Niners' first Super Bowl, as Joe Montana helped rescue them out of years of mediocrity. 

Memo To Donald Trump

Oct 2, 2016 (donald trump)


TO: Donald Trump
FROM: Richard Kadzis

Donald, you have a month to convince undecided voters that you're a viable alternative to Hillary Clinton for President.

The media scoffed at your candidacy when you entered the race for the Republican nomination. They mocked you as each primary election and caucus came and went.

Hardly anyone took you seriously.

Voter Registration Drive at Local High Schools a Success – Many Thanks!

Oct 2, 2016

Commentary:  The voter registration drive in local high schools to celebrate National Voter Registration Day was a success.

We registered students and parents, made presentations about voting, conducted mock elections, and informed our youth about the election process.  At Las Cruces High School, we inserted 350 voter registration forms in graduation packets for seniors.  Students were eager to register and learn more about the election, and teachers welcomed the idea of partnering with the Clerk’s office in this endeavor.

New Mexico Senate Passes Budget Bills, Asks House To Follow Suit

Oct 1, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

  The New Mexico Senate passed a number of budget bills before finishing its special session work Saturday; no action was taken on a number of crime bills. This statement was issued Friday evening:

New Mexico Loves Loan Sharks, Public Servants Not So Much

Sep 29, 2016
Steve Fischmann

When I first met Louis he was too deep in debt to afford a car.  He got most of his meals from local food banks.  He survived on a net monthly income of $170 after making payments on small loans from six different storefront lenders. 

His loans ranged from 80% to 240% interest.  Every few months, after he paid down some of the debt, the lenders would contact Louis urging him borrow more.  Cash strapped, he would refinance his loans - for an additional fee- and the debt would never go away.  He was paying $7,200 annual interest and fees on debt that hovered at around $4,000.

AFT New Mexico Responds to Governor’s Call for a Special Session

Sep 29, 2016


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

“Governor Martinez’s need to call for a Special Legislative Session is a direct result of her misplaced priorities and lack of meaningful job creation during her tenure as Governor of New Mexico. Time, and time again, she has ignored the real needs of New Mexico in favor of preserving what’s left of her political career, and her continued hubris is only adding to our crisis.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary:  National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following reaction to the recent U.S.

Expand New Mexico PreK

Sep 29, 2016

Commentary: New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) launched the Expand NM PreK Tour in Las Cruces this weekOur tour included a visit to NM PreK site Alpha School and a lunch and community conversation with policymakers, providers and Head Start staff. NMECDP is focusing on a multi-year initiative to expand the state-funded, voluntary PreK program to every 3-and 4-year-old who wants it. Currently, 35,000 three and four year olds lack access to early learning opportunities. (donald trump)

Commentary:  National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following reaction to Donald Trump's 

Sierra Club NM

 Commentary: On Wednesday, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission decided on PNM’s request for an increase to electric rates. Below is the statement on the decision from Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter chair David Coss:

Today’s decision held good news and bad news for ratepayers and a healthy climate.

Pearce Applauds Override Of President's Veto

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

Commentary:  Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after both the House and Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto: 

  Commentary:  New Mexico has the 35th most competitive tax code in the nation according to the 13th annual 

Young Republicans React to First Presidential Debate

Sep 27, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary: Young Republican National Federation Chairman Dennis Cook reacts to the first Presidential Debate voicing young Americans concerns with Hillary Clinton.

As Donald Trump said tonight, “Hillary has experience. It’s bad experience. We can’t afford another four years of that experience.” The past eight years have not been kind to young Americans. Jobs are few. Wages are stagnant. Home ownership is at an all-time low. The American Dream is fading for our generation.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary:    NEA President Lily Eskelsen García swiftly praised Hillary Clinton for ably exposing Donald Trump as unfit for office during tonight’s first Presidential debate while cohesively presenting a clear, positive vision to move the country forward as tens of millions of

  Commentary:  Until last month, Governor Susana Martinez resisted calls for a special session by lawmakers. Facing a budget shortfall for the current year of $458 million following another bad budget year, Senator John Arthur Smith (who heads the Legislative Finance Committee) and other legislators called for a session to figure out how to pay the bills and contain the catastrophe.


Goodman: Some Thoughts On Two Local Races

Sep 25, 2016

Commentary: The Doña Ana County Clerk and Treasurer races each present an obvious choice – the Democrat and the Republican, respectively. 

Deputy County Clerk Scott Krahling faces Maria Rodriguez. Deputy County Treasurer Eric Rodriguez faces former treasurer's office employee Jill Johnson. 

In each race the deputy's history is adequate grounds for decision. 

Don’t Forget Small Business Contributions to Job Creation

Sep 25, 2016
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

  Commentary: We’ve witnessed meager economic growth and rising unemployment in New Mexico since the Great Recession.  So it comes as no surprise that New Mexicans are very excited about the new Facebook facility coming to Los Lunas, NM.


For all the attention garnered by that high-profile victory, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a comprehensive economic recovery strategy for our state must also give strong consideration to our largest job creators in New Mexico: small businesses.


Democrats: New Mexicans Won't Be Deceived By Trump's Appointment

Sep 24, 2016

Commentary: Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III released the following statement after the Trump campaign announced a new advisor on issues affecting Hispanic communities.

 “New Mexicans won’t be deceived by this appointment. After all, Donald Trump launched his campaign insulting our Hispanic communities and he has continued to insult them ever since. Trump is the same divisive and dangerous candidate he's always been, he's unfit to be President, and that isn’t going to change regardless of who’s on his advisory board. 

Big Step Forward for Conservation in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Sep 22, 2016

Commentary:  Today a diverse coalition  applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act (S. 3049) .  A wide variety of stakeholders successfully worked to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and has been advocating for wilderness protection of this area for nearly a decade.  

Pearce Continues Pressure Over Wolf Recovery Program

Sep 21, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary:  Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on the status of the Federal Government’s management of wolves.  This follows a recent Inspector General report that confirmed numerous allegations of lies, falsification, mismanagement, and manipulation of data made by Catron County residents against the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) management of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program.

A ‘Center for Innovation’? Seriously?

Sep 21, 2016
Spaceport America

  Commentary:  When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

It’s about as wise an aphorism as you’re likely to hear, but when it comes to “Spaceport America,” it never seems to apply.