Local Viewpoints

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Concern Over The Future Of NAFTA

Feb 22, 2017 (donald trump)

I recently attended the U.S. Department of Commerce-organized “Discover Global Markets (DGM) – Advanced Manufacturing Conference,” held February 16 – 17, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. DGM brought together Commerce officials from Europe, Asia, and North America, and companies eager to explore new international markets. When I was invited to the conference, I too was interested in making new contacts in countries where markets are growing and my program’s clients might find new export markets.

Clerk Builds Partnerships to Consolidate Elections

Feb 19, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary: I am not surprised in the dismal turnout in the recent school board elections. The election laws in New Mexico confuse voters.  

2,693 out of 61,540 voters cast their vote in an election that impacts our children’s daily lives.  We should all be concerned by the low turnout because lack of participation kills democracy in our community.

peter goodman

  Commentary: Tuesday's Dona Ana County commission meeting felt like a scene in a reality TV series: tangled plot and subplots, threats and harsh words, naked human emotions on public display.

The obvious tensions between Chairwoman Isabella Solis and County Manager Julia Brown, and between County Sheriff Kiki Vigil and Commissioner Billy Garrett, reminded me of family quarrels. I recalled my father saying sternly to us, “I don't care who started it, but I'm finishing it.”

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In response, Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Dear Secretary DeVos:

I am writing in response to your voice mail. I’m an elementary teacher from Utah. I’ve taught in middle-class suburbs. I’ve taught homeless children and hard-to-place foster kids in a residential home. I know how important it is for my students to have education leaders who understand their lives and the support they need. As president of the 3-million-member National Education Association, I look for partners to stand with us as we protect the rights of all our students.

  Commentary: Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) has launched NSC Watch, a project designed to inform the public about the role of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, as well as other security concerns under the Trump administration. 

Democrats: Congressman Pearce Should Face His Constituents

Feb 15, 2017
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – Ahead of Congressman Pearce's telephone town hall Wednesday evening, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland issued the following statement:

Concern Over The Future Of U.S. - Mexico Relations

Feb 15, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI party assumed office in 2012. Since becoming president, his popularity ratings have declined due to issues such as scandals involving his family and snafus committed during press conferences. During the past year, the peso has severely depreciated against the dollar, and his administration removed subsidies on gasoline throughout the country, which made prices skyrocket. Different groups have taken to the streets in protest and attempted to block the international bridges with the U.S.

Commentary: Austin – Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the rate case filed by the El Paso Electric Company. The new rate case includes solar provisions substantially similar to those in its 2015 rate case. Sen. Rodríguez was outspoken in his opposition to those provisions* and has similar concerns regarding the solar provisions in the newly-announced rate case.

Congressional Progressive Caucus: Mnuchin is a Danger to Our Economy

Feb 14, 2017
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement following the Senate confirmation of Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

“By confirming Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary yesterday, Senate Republicans are telling the American people they care more about Wall Street than they do about homeowners, investors, and working families.

 Commentary: My intense study of DASO, including interviews with most everyone I could talk to, leaves me with further questions. 

New Mexico Needs a Diverse Economy to Prosper

Feb 11, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary:  A few days ago Congressman Steve Pearce was interviewed on KRWG radio, asking about the budget issues in New Mexico. He said that because of over-regulation and Corporate tax policy the oil and gas industry in New Mexico is not able to contribute their normal 40% of State tax revenue. There are so many distortions in that statement, I hardly know where to start.

The following statement on recent nationwide arrests by federal immigration officials was issued by MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz:

"MALDEF is greatly concerned about widespread reports of increased federal immigration activities in the interior of the United States.  The reported activities are a disturbing manifestation of the failed leadership of our federal government.  Terrorizing immigrant families is not leadership; it is the epitome of cowardice, injustice, and cruelty.

Pearce Thanks New Mexico Lawmakers

Feb 10, 2017

Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday addressed a Joint Session of the New Mexico Legislature. Rep. Pearce released a follow up statement from his address to thank legislators for their time and hospitality.

Rep. Pearce yesterday brought New Mexico legislators together to encourage unity and strength as they advanced towards a thriving and successful future on behalf of our State.

Let Warren Read!

Feb 10, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren / Official photo

Commentary: The rebuke of Senator Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate was disgraceful. No woman should ever be silenced in that way. No United States Senator should be treated with such indignity ever again. Not only does she have a right to speak as a powerful, emboldened woman leader, she has a right to speak as the voice of the people of  Massachusetts. She is their legal, political, and moral representation in Washington.

Commentary: The recent news that the Dow hit 20,000 bodes well for all investors—from working families with 401Ks to the beneficiaries of the state’s $15 billion Land Grant Permanent School Fund. The high volume of trading indicates that the nation’s economy is strong. It also reinforces the point that New Mexico’s permanent fund is robust. So robust that even if we increase the percentage that we take out—and invest it in early childhood care and learning services—the fund will continue to grow.

New Mexico Legislative Priorities

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: SANTA FE, N.M – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as supporting renewable energy jobs, keeping the Public Regulation Commission an accountable body, ending ruthless killing contests and ensuring that public resources stay in public, accountable hands.CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of our people.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“Today, voters across New Mexico voted for progressive school board candidates who championed New Mexico’s public schools and respect for working New Mexicans in a campaign marked by higher turnout amidst interference from Governor Martinez.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

Commentary: WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement today after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by the U.S. Senate. Ms. DeVos, having failed to earn the support of a majority of Senators, had to rely on Vice President Pence’s vote to break a 50-50 tie for the first time in U.S. history.

New Mexico Democrats Oppose DeVos Confirmation

Feb 7, 2017
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, following the confirmation vote in favor of President Trump's nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement:

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON—Despite nationwide public outcry over the nomination of Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Senate today approved the controversial pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Weeks’ long resistance followed by two high-profile Republican senators who announced their opposition to DeVos almost sank her chances of becoming the next education secretary.


Bonnie Benedetti

Commentary:  This past year I celebrated 80 revolutions around the sun, and am happy to report that I’m still kicking. This is at least partly due to my high-quality Medicare Advantage health plan. Being enrolled in Medicare Advantage has given me the choices and flexibility I need as far as coverage, cost, and quality of care.  

Commentary: Internal reports and other sources charge that Undersheriff Ken Roberts endangered lives by limiting a SWAT team's tactics January 18th. “That undersheriff is going to get someone killed,” one said.” Several said SWAT team members were “furious.” 

A dangerous armed fugitive, Sergio Ayala, wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was inside a house in Vado. A judge issued a search warrant. Deputies suggested calling out the SWAT Team. 

Congressional Progressive Caucus Opposes Supreme Court Nominee

Feb 5, 2017
judge neil gorsuch

Commentary:  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States:

  Commentary: Two dozen outdoors, community, youth, environmental and wildlife-protection groups will join Wednesday at the Roundhouse for lobbying trainings for citizens, a protest urging Gov. Martinez to stop blocking efforts to save the endangered gray wolf and a press conference to highlight legislation to protect coyotes and stop trapping on public lands.

The event is free and open to the public, which is invited to:

Dona Ana County Leads Way with Affordable Loan Program

Feb 5, 2017
Steve Fischmann

Commentary:  Many participants at the employee benefits meetings had tears of relief in their eyes.  “You’re sure I can get a loan even with my credit score?”, one man asked.  After years of financial abuse from non-bank lenders, they were being given access to affordable loans despite troubled credit histories.  For them, the new loan program could be a financial lifeline.

Kudos to Dona Ana County for becoming the first local government in New Mexico to introduce a no fuss, no credit check, affordable loan program to its employees.

Archbishop Issues Statement On Trump's Immigration Orders

Feb 3, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Archbishop John C. Wester’s Statement on the Executive Orders Relating to Immigrants and Refugees


Archbishop Issues Letter To New Mexico Immigrants

Feb 3, 2017

  Commentary: Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Immigrant Community in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe:


As your archbishop, I address you today to reiterate what I have said many times: You are a blessing to our Church and to our community!


That being said, I know this has been a stressful week for many in the immigrant community. I know there is fear because of President Donald Trump's possible changes to policies on immigration and the threat of a wall being built on the US-Mexico border.


Pearce Votes To Overtrun BLM Methane Rule

Feb 3, 2017

Commentary:  Congressman Steve Pearce voted to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Venting and Flaring Rule, which imposes arbitrary and unenforceable methane emission standards on oil and gas production.