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Commentary: Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva and Rep. Mark Pocan released the following statement regarding the Environment Protection Agency’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan:

O'Rourke Leading Push to Protect Johnson Amendment

Oct 9, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) released a letter on Tuesday morning with nearly 100 of his fellow representatives signing on to urge the House Committee on Ways and Means – the chief tax-writing committee – to protect the Johnson amendment and oppose President Trump’s call to diminish the separation of church and state. The Congressional effort, led by Rep. O’Rourke, Rep. James Clyburn (SC-06), Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) and Rep.

St. Petersburg, Florida Says "No" To Unlimited Money In Politics

Oct 9, 2017

Commentary: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The City of St. Petersburg City Council made history this month becoming the first municipality post-Citizens United to abolish Super PACs and limit foreign corporate spending in local elections by passing two campaign finance reform ordinances.

Enchanting Moments For A New Mexico Guest

Oct 8, 2017
copyright-Peter Goodman

Commentary: We love New Mexico, but seeing home through a new visitor's eyes is always invigorating.

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Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Healthy Workforce ABQ, the campaign behind the proposed ordinance for earned sick days, vowed today to continue its fight to ensure that all workers have access to earned paid sick leave after unofficial election returns showed a narrow margin of 718 more votes against the ordinance.

What’s Wrong With Our Election System?

Oct 2, 2017

Commentary: What’s wrong with our election system? That’s a big question. Most of what’s wrong can be summed up into one generalization; our election system is designed to only encourage certain types of voters while creating burdens for those viewed as less desirable types of voters. Candidates, political parties, and governing entities are largely able to control the outcome of an election by taking advantage of low voter turnout and noncompetitive elections. These tactics ensure that those in power, stay in power.

A Day That Changed The World

Oct 2, 2017

Commentary: Sixty years ago, two momentous things happened on October 4, 1957. Both events continue to have effects that ripple into today and beyond. On that October day, the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite called Sputnik. Also on that day a television show called Leave It to Beaver debuted which dramatized the adventures of a typical but fictional 1950s American family, the Cleavers. And these two very different events actually connect to each other. 

Domenici's Impact On Trade In Southern New Mexico

Oct 1, 2017
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Commentary: “Saint Pete.” That’s what many of us who knew and worked with New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici called him. He got this nickname for the successful work he did in Washington, D.C., on behalf of his native New Mexico to obtain earmarks, save military bases, and help constituents. Elected in 1972, he served six terms in the U.S. Senate, making him New Mexico’s longest-serving senator. The first time I ever heard his name mentioned was when I was a small child in my hometown of Española, New Mexico.

Patriots Can Protest Trump's Conduct

Oct 1, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Trump called NFL players who kneeled in protest “SOB's.” His intent was racist. The players are largely black, the kneelers were almost wholly black, and Trump was speaking to a mostly-white Alabama crowd deciding between the right-wing senator Trump supports and the even more right-wing and racist challenger. The subtext was, “My guy's as tough on n****rs as your guy.”


Rodríguez Responds To El Paso City Council Over Duranguito Controversy

Sep 29, 2017

Commentary: El Paso – State Sen. José Rodríguez responded to members of El Paso City Council who wrote a letter to him justifying the city's actions in trying to place a sports arena in historic Duranguito, the first platted neighborhood in the city. [note: copy of full letter is attached]

In the letter, Sen. Rodríguez notes the successful court challenges to date, the city's responses to its losses, and the processes through which it has acted.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: “President Trump's tax plan is nothing but an enormous transfer of wealth to the richest Americans at the expense of our country and working families. It does nothing to fix a tax system riddled with loopholes that only benefit those at the top. Instead, it makes it worse. So, once again the rich get richer and working Americans continue to pick up the tab.  And with trillions more going to the wealthy and huge corporations, Republicans will continue to propose slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.” 

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Today, Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages.

Has the time for single-payer healthcare arrived in the U.S.?

Sep 29, 2017

  Commentary: According to an old maxim, if the headline ends in a question mark, the answer is generally no.


To see that question entertained in Congress, however, is a sign that the parameters of what is possible are under review. There are reasons to celebrate the “Medicare-for-All” bill introduced in September by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, even if its prospects of passing the current Congress are dim.

Bill Introduced To Stop Taxpayer-Funded Private Jet Travel

Sep 28, 2017
Rep. Ted Lieu

Commentary: WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W.

Pearce Applauds Republican Tax Cut Plan

Sep 27, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Republicans introduced their plan to reform America’s tax code:

GOP Tax Plan Is A Disaster

Sep 27, 2017

Commentary: After months of speculation, the Trump Administration, along with Congressional Republicans, today released a plan for overhauling America’s tax code—the first of such in several decades. What’s being lauded today as "tax reform" is little more than tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations. The plan proposed by this “Big 6” group slashes the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, and the rate for wealthy individuals from 39% to 35%. Additionally, it raises taxes for the poorest Americans in the lowest tax bracket from 10% to 12%. 

Democrats Encourage Albuquerque Voters To Support Paid Sick Leave

Sep 26, 2017

  Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) stands with working families and today endorsed the paid sick leave measure which would protect workers from losing their jobs or pay when they or a family member is sick.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary- The Pearce for New Mexico campaign released the following statement after the Secretary of State and the Attorney General filed responses to the campaign’s legal action to allow the transfer of funds from a federal account to a state account.

Commentary: Dear Sirs/Madams-  Yes, it's an old form of salutation.  However, it's not as old as going back to pre-Enlightenment values on science as in the proposed PED science standards.  Cutting out reference to the incredibly well-studied age of the Earth and to the alarming rate of climate change caused by humans takes us back to the 18th century, before Lord Kelvin, before Aarhenius, before the work of tens of thousands of scientists dedicated to knowledge about our one and only world. 

A Disaster For New Mexico

Sep 24, 2017

Commentary: What a disaster Susana Martinez has been!

Recent investigative journalism suggests that some of her apparent “pay-for-play” conduct involved law-breaking, at least by the folks who paid her to disregard our interest to serve theirs; and her Education Department has released new anti-science rules for teaching science.

She wrongfully destroyed mental health facilities to clear the field for Arizona companies that had contributed to her campaign.

Rep. Pearce: Protect Our Public Lands

Sep 23, 2017

Commentary:  New Mexico, like every other state, elects individuals to represent our best interests in the nation’s capital. To do this job well, from what I learned about leadership serving in the US Navy, one must display certain qualities, including honor, honesty, and integrity.

Representative Steve Pearce, who represents the people of southern New Mexico, continues to miss the mark on what it takes to make a good leader.

Commentary:  LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Wildlife Federation announces the release of radio advertisements holding Congressman Steve Pearce and Governor Susana Martinez accountable for their positions that put the protection and ownership of our public lands at risk. The ads are running statewide.

Football And Concussions: Running Out of Bounds

Sep 23, 2017

  Commentary: Let’s acknowledge this from start. Football players have unique skills and talent. Most football fans are not bad folks. But the game of football has a problem and it is big.


An Open Letter To Rep. Steve Pearce

Sep 23, 2017

Commentary: Yesterday morning (September 16) you, our Congressman, Steve Pearce, conducted a Town Hall Meeting in Anthony, New Mexico. You called on me. It was, indeed, the usual. I did thank you for conducting the meeting here. And then I asked very simple question," Why do you hurt us all’? Congressman Pearce, you are very knowledgeable and skillful in the ways of Washington. You could be a help to all of us, to both The United State and the local folks. If you only understood and instead of bending low, stood up tall. You could help your people rather than hurting us all.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Dark money groups continued their attack on Steve Pearce for being the only candidate for governor who puts New Mexico above special interests, releasing a misleading and desperate ad today as part of an ongoing campaign funded by left-wing out-of-state donors with a partisan agenda.

Commentary: As an Australian citizen, I was brought to Las Cruces on a high-skilled work visa by New Mexico State University to fill a TV reporting/producing position at KRWG. The borderlands of southern New Mexico proved to be a far more interesting and magical part of the world than I ever fathomed. There is a treasure trove of important, fascinating and untold stories beyond green chile and child poverty.

Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

Commentary: Las Cruces, N.M. – Today,  Democratic N.M.

Under The Stars Of Las Cruces, I'm Home

Sep 17, 2017
peter goodman

  We thoroughly enjoyed the Las Cruces Symphony's “Pops under the Stars.” 

Beforehand, I visited with several elected officials, with people I've fought beside or against over various issues, and with folks I've known nearly five decades. So many are damned decent people!

Then the music starts. Capturing us. Lonnie Klein is an animated conductor, and seems a skillful one. Visiting vocalist Diane Penning sounds even better than last year. 

Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  Jack Kerouac published On the Road 60 years ago (September 5) to rave reviews, including by The New York Times, which predicted that the autobiographical novel would become to the Beat Generation what Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" meant to the Lost Generation.

Pearce Supports Federal Land Access Bill

Sep 15, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.