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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.  

Martinez Issues Statement On Veto

Feb 2, 2017
Office of the Governor

Commentary:  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez released the following statement regarding her action on House Bill 1:

  Commentary:  SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez today handed down a funding cut to New Mexico’s court system that jeopardizes the state’s jury trials and funding for court interpreters.

The “Feed Bill” (HB1) for this year’s legislative session (the bill passed every year to pay legislative staffers and fund state expenses during the session) also included emergency funding for New Mexico’s courts. The court system is estimated to run out of money for jury trials and court interpreters by March without emergency funding.

Lujan Grisham Introduces "Build Bridges Not Walls" Act

Feb 2, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the “Build Bridges Not Walls Act,” which would prohibit the implementation of President Trump’s executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

An Open Letter To Rep. Steve Pearce

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

Commentary:  Representative Pearce:  We, the voters in CD-2, are watching you.  We saw you speak for Donald Trump during his campaign.  We are also the millions of voters across this nation who cast three million more votes for Hillary Clinton than were cast for Mr. Trump.  We watched your party nominate a terribly flawed, no-experience man as leader.  We are watching the House and the Senate and we will remember their actions during the 2018 re-election campaigns.  Your Party leadership made fun of the Marches on January 21.  Take those protests seriously.  IT IS NOT OVER.

If you Cherish Freedom, Support the Humanities

Feb 2, 2017

  Commentary: In a single day preceding his inauguration, the incoming potentate announced plans to eliminate funding for, by my count, 19 agencies and programs. Time Magazine calculated the aggregate cost of these programs per capita at less than $25 per year. By comparison, we spend $1,890 per capita on war.


Udall to Vote Against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Feb 2, 2017
senator jeff sessions (r)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. Attorney General. Udall released the following statement:

Commentary: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday during his State of the State address that he will ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” and withhold funding from those jurisdictions that decline to engage in federal immigration enforcement.

Additionally, the governor reiterated his strong support for SB 4, a proposal to impose sanctions against any jurisdictions or elected officials that refuse to honor federal immigration detainer requests, even though federal courts have ruled that such detainers exceed the government’s limited warrantless arrest authority.