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New Interactive Map Shows TPP Would Expand Power to Attack Texas and Federal Laws

Sep 9, 2016


Jordan: Show Me The Fat In New Mexico's Budget

Sep 9, 2016

Commentary: State government has a very important job to do. It ensures that all children receive an education that will prepare them to be productive adults. It works to keep our streets safe and our infrastructure in good repair. It must respond to public health threats and keep an eye to future needs. When state government does its job well, it enables and strengthens the state’s economic growth and helps its people thrive.

Emergency Protections Sought for Imperiled Lesser Prairie Chicken

Sep 8, 2016


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

Commentary:  BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas— In accordance with a landmark agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make protection decisions for 757 species, the agency today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the Guadalupe fescue. The agency also proposed protection of 7,815 acres of critical habitat for the fescue in Big Bend National Park.

Democrats Remember Dan Sosa, Jr.

Sep 7, 2016

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement in memory of Dan Sosa Jr., former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and Democratic candidate for Congress. "Dan Sosa Jr. was a true public servant. His story should compel everyone to stand up for those that don't have a voice, break through barriers so others can succeed, and fight for equality. Justice Sosa contributed so much to New Mexico and is an inspiration to the Hispanic community across the state," said Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Senator Rodríguez to receive MALDEF's highest honor

Sep 7, 2016
State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary:  El Paso - Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez will receive the Valerie Kantor Award for Extraordinary Achievement at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)'s annual gala in San Antonio this Friday.

Seeing two faces in an act of protest

Sep 6, 2016

  Commentary:  At some time or other, you have probably seen the famous optical illusion created by a cartoonist in 1915. Some people see a young woman turning away from the viewer, and others see the face of an elderly woman. Some can see it both ways: how the line describing a chin can also look like a nose, a collar that may also resemble a mouth. Others can only see one version, try as they might to see both faces.


sharon thomas / city of las cruces photo

  Commentary:  The county Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Commission has now reduced the minimum lot size for subdividing in the R zone from ten acres to two acres. That reduction cleared up one of the major issues being discussed in relation to the Unified Development Code (UDC) currently under consideration by the P&Z.

Labor Day Message: When Unions Are Strong, America Is Strong

Sep 5, 2016

  Commentary: Today is Labor Day—and there’s a good reason it’s a national holiday. By organizing together and fighting collectively, workers have been able to better their lives and the lives of their families. So rather than think about Labor Day as the last gasp of summer or bemoan the loss of union clout, let’s redouble our efforts to recreate an enduring middle class.

  Commentary:  I wandered into Tuesday's county commission work session to learn the status of the detention center citizens' advisory committee, but they were still talking about reorganizing the fire department.

Fire/Emergency Chief Eric Crespin was defending his plan to centralize operations. I suspected it wasn't a popular plan with the sixteen fire chiefs, for reasons that might range from highly sensible to somewhat selfish. 

former ​New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn

  Commentary:  In response to former New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn moving to work at the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the lobbying arm of the oil and gas industry in our state, CVNM Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:

Sunspot Solar Gives Back To The Community

Sep 2, 2016
Ray Torres of Sunspot


   Commentary:  LAS CRUCES, NM — As the area’s only locally owned and operated solar provider, Sunspot Solar Energy has a commitment to give back to the community. Local owners Janet and Mellow Honek work with their crew to identify local organizations that need volunteer manpower for projects, and lend a hand whenever possible. In the past six weeks, Sunspot employees have provided help for La Casa, Inc., Diersen Charities, Inc., and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Makes Endorsements

Sep 1, 2016


  Commentary: Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work to protect New Mexico’s families and communities. CVNMAF has endorsed candidates for state House of Representatives, state Senate, ​Secretary of State, and Grant County Commission​ for the Nov. 8, 2016 general election.

Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses

Sep 1, 2016

Commentary: MALDEF supports the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulation on school funding, released yesterday.


  Commentary: In 2015, New Mexico outlawed civil forfeiture, the controversial law enforcement practice of seizing and selling property without charging an individual with a crime, let alone convicting them of one. Despite that groundbreaking legislation, Albuquerque law enforcement officials continue to flagrantly disregard the law, and seize and sell hundreds of cars each year.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Urge Air Force to Relocate F-16 Squadrons to Holloman

Aug 31, 2016

  Commentary:  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced a joint effort to urge the U.S. Air Force to relocate operational F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand Holloman's mission to include new F-16 formal training units. The Air Force needs to move F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which soon will house new F-35s. 

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo


  Commentary:  Earlier today  the U.S. Department of Education released its regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act.


The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. 


“Innovation. Opportunity. Collaboration. These were our hopes for the Every Student Achieves Act.. But the regulations released today by the Department of Education fall short, and we can not short change our nation’s students.

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

“We congratulate the staff members of Highlands University who took a stand for greater workplace rights, increased voice in decision making, and better job security.

“With today’s labor board certification completed, this unit is the second new unit established this year, joining the growing New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association.

Commentary: New Mexico was still spending less per-student on K-12 public education in 2015 than it did before the recession when funding is adjusted for inflation. In the two years since then, funding increases—which amounted to less than 1 percent a year—have still been too low to keep pace with inflation and student population growth.

Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving. The ad – which can be viewed here – centers around a terrified girl whose intoxicated father is behind the wheel of their family vehicle, swerving in and out of lanes and putting lives in danger.

  Commentary:  To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities are safe, people are healthy and thriving, and everyone has the opportunity to build a secure future.

Pearce Issues Statement On Support Of Solar Energy Legislation

Aug 30, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: 

Office of the Governor

 Commentary: Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released the following statement after Governor Martinez’s Secretary of Economic Development, Jon Barela left his post for a job in the Texas private sector. 


Hynes: Spaceport Must Be Used For Launch And Re-entry

Aug 29, 2016

  Commentary: On July 30, a team of New Mexico State students, faculty, staff and FLARE model rocket club members went out to the Jornada range to launch a large custom-made rocket containing a student experiment. NASA, through New Mexico Space Grant, funded this project.

The experiment is part of a research project assistant professor Krishna Kota is building at NMSU. Stephen Stochaj is also part of this group. We are adding to a growing list of space hardware focused on solving the challenges of living off Earth. This experiment is a heat exchanger.


Commentary:  The NMSU classroom where I teach tends to be hot. There is an electronic thermostat on the wall with a button I can push that lowers the desired temperature, but it does not actually control the air conditioner. For a moment I may feel like I'm in command of the environment, but no real change follows my action. When I told my students this reminded me of American democracy they understood the joke immediately.


  Commentary: Less than a year ago, in response to an historic global refugee crisis, involving millions of Syrians in flight from violence and conflict, President Obama directed his Administration to increase the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States.  While refugee admissions are only a small part of our broader humanitarian efforts in Syria and the region, the President understood the important message this decision would send, not just to the Syrian people but to the broader international community.

Borderplex Alliance Names Secretary Jon Barela As CEO

Aug 29, 2016

  Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela has been named CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes business growth and expansion along the border. Under Governor Martinez’s leadership, New Mexico has led the nation twice in export growth in the past five years, with total exports increasing by more than $2 billion and exports to Mexico nearly quadrupling due to increased border activity.

Nachison: Religious leaders should stay out of politics

Aug 28, 2016

  Commentary: It’s so easy to “forget” the Constitution. Is “ignore” better usage? South Carolina pastor Rev. Mark Burns addressed the RNC convention 7/20 and left the “box.” My concern is the mainstreaming of craziness/religious superiority in the USA. It’s noticeably worse this election cycle.