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Rodriguez Blasts U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In Texas' Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

Jun 23, 2016

  Commentary:  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 in United States v. Texas. The case will now return to the district court in Brownsville for further trial proceedings.

Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order:


Commentary:  Today the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a preliminary injunction that blocked the implementation of two deferred action initiatives of President Barack Obama, known as expanded DACA and DAPA, which aimed at keeping millions of children and families together.

State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary:  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that "[t]he race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of Fisher's application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause."

Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement, on behalf of the members of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, regarding today's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas:

NEA President On Guns: Enough is Enough!

Jun 22, 2016
Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary:  Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives today staged a sit-in, the first of its kind in four decades, demanding Republican leaders to allow votes on measures that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying firearms and expand background checks.


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:


U.S. Capitol Building / aoc.gov

 Commentary: Yesterday’s actions in the US Senate are just shameful….  Those killed by guns since 1968 - some 1,500,000 - are more than all those in US wars since our Revolution (NYTimes).  June’s Orlando murders meld various thoughts: Freely available assault-style and other military weapons; homophobia, islamophobia, general hatred and lying by the gun industry.  



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

“Today’s release of the Annie E. Casey “Kids Count” Report is, yet again, a sobering reminder that six years of failed education policy from Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez is hurting our students and weakening our public schools.

3.2 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2015

Jun 20, 2016

  Commentary:  The highly secretive arm of the U.S.

Markman: A Republican Jobs Plan

Jun 20, 2016

Commentary:  Now that the GOP short term jobs plan (for political campaign workers) is entering its final stage (presidential election) it is surprising but good to see a long term plan developing.  This might even create a new industry with a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. I’m referring, of course, to a new Republican wishful requirement to use the restroom designated for the gender to which one was born. 

Gessing: Quotas not the Answer to Oil Glut

Jun 20, 2016
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Commentary: The price of oil impacts New Mexico's economy in a big way. Oil prices that once hovered at $110 per barrel dropped as low as $27 earlier this year, and now hover around $50. That's lower than we've grown accustomed to, but it is hardly a crisis – and certainly doesn't appear to be an early-1980s-style bust.

Lower prices have hurt New Mexico producers, but consumers nationwide have benefited from lower prices at the pump.

facebook.com (donald trump)

  Commentary:  The nut case who slaughtered 50+ people in Orlando was out of control in his hatred of gay folks.

Donald Trump is very controlled in his ugly efforts to make political capital out of the tragedy. 

Omar Mateen shot up a LGBT night club. He apparently also “pledged allegiance to ISIS.” Tragic and wrong? Of course! Directed by ISIS? Almost certainly not. 

Woman's statement at trial is a call for humanity

Jun 18, 2016

Commentary:  As far as oratory goes, the speech of the year emerged not from our President, and it will not come from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; it did not emerge from any statesman, journalist, or any of the activists and organizers trying to improve  the United States from the ground up.


  Commentary:  On Saturday, June 18th, multi-faith leaders and clergy from NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) will host an event educating people of faith and the community about private prisons and the issues affecting returning citizens in Doña Ana County. For the last few months multi-faith leaders with NM CAFé have been exploring criminal justice issues i

New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

  Commentary: Leaders in the Native American community, including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, took a stand against Donald Trump denouncing his offensive language towards tribes in the New York Times. 


Krahling: Increased Turnout In Primary Election Is "Just The Beginning"

Jun 16, 2016
Scott for Clerk Campaign

 Commentary: I believe voting makes a difference and in my role in the County Clerk's office I want to inspire people to believe in voting and to participate in the process. 


The foundation of increasing voting in Doña Ana County starts with managing successful elections with trusted results.


US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary:  Following a briefing yesterday for members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Orlando terrorist attack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced his support for legislation to prevent individuals on the terror watch list and other suspected terrorists from purchasing guns and explosives. He is cosponsoring the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would give the Attorney General the authority to block suspected terrorists from buying a gun.

Let the Libertarians and Greens Debate in 2016

Jun 15, 2016

  Commentary:  The monopoly held by the Democratic and Republican parties rests on two premises that are rarely questioned by the political establishment or prominent journalists. One, that our two-party system is inherently better for its simplicity and maintenance of continuing political order; two, that our traditional parties, the GOP and the Democrats, are the institutions offering the best quality candidates.

Commentary:  Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico urged New Mexico Republicans to remove a gun from their fundraiser auction and donate proceeds already raised to victims in Orlando. Despite the recent attack in Orlando, New Mexico Republicans are still offering a gun at auction fundraiser which sends a clear message that Republicans are not committed to combatting gun violence. 

The Republican fundraiser event featuring Nora Espinoza is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 14th in Rio Rancho.

U.S. Capitol Building / aoc.gov

  Commentary:  Whether it is a family, business or government agency, each will have both revenue and spending. Somehow, Republicans don’t understand that truism. When it comes to government, all they want to do is cut taxes, but want to continue their favorite programs like foreign war interventions, subsidies for corn, soybean and cotton farmers, protecting patent rights of corporations like Apple and deregulate Wall Street so they can cause another financial crises. “ Supply side” tax cuts in the Reagan and George W.

Keeping the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wild

Jun 13, 2016

Commentary:  As an avid hunter, there is no place I’d rather live than Doña Ana County, because hunting opportunities in southern New Mexico are second to none and the scenic beauty is breathtaking.   I’ve trekked through the Potrillo and Sierra de Las Uvas ranges and have never once taken these majestic mountains and canyons for granted.

Udall Statement On Mass Shooting in Orlando

Jun 12, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Orlando, Fla.:   “I am grief-stricken by the news from Orlando — yet another mass shooting in the United States, and the worst in our history. We must keep the victims and their families in our hearts while we search for more information about how and why this crime happened. But it’s clear that it was an act of terror, that the killer was filled with hatred and had a powerful assault weapon and the intent to massacre innocent people.

facebook.com (donald trump)

 Commentary: The real significance of Trump's comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel isn't the racism but the stupidity: his wild remarks are a clear message to reluctant Republican supporters: “I ain't gonna get more Presidential.”

Court Blocks Releases of Mexican Gray Wolves in New Mexico

Jun 10, 2016

  Commentary:  SILVER CITY, N.M.— A federal district court in New Mexico granted a preliminary injunction and a surprise 

Courtesy: NMFO

  Commentary: Sportsmen, Native Americans, business leaders, veterans, civic groups, current and former local elected officials, archaeologists, historians, and conservation organizations applauded the re-introduction of the “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act” (S.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act

Jun 10, 2016

  Commentary:  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). The Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks Conservation Act provides permanent protection for some of Southern New Mexico's most scenic landscapes and will safeguard OMDP's sensitive cultural, historical and natural treasures for generations to come.

 Commentary:  Today at the White House, Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz and Education Secretary John King will host 15 higher education public and private institutions from across the country who are standing with the Obama Administration as founding partners in launching the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

 Commentary: I’m Lily Eskelsen García, a former lunch lady who taught wonderful kids in Utah’s public schools and in a homeless shelter. I am proud to be here today as the president of the National Education Association, representing three million of the hardest working educators in every state. I come today to say a few words about public education in our country, and more specifically to focus for a few minutes on student opportunity and success.

  Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Senate Democrats announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top. The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. 

  Commentary: Today, CVNM Verde Voters Fund, a political action committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), released the following statement in response to Cynthia Hall’s successful campaign to represent New Mexicans in Public Regulation Commission (PRC) District 1. CVNM Verde Voters Fund supported Hall with more than $50,000 spent in television, digital and radio advertising in PRC District 1, which includes most of Albuquerque.

Nachison: Change Comes Locally, Ideas Differ

Jun 8, 2016

 Commentary:  I want to thank the County Election staff for running a smooth process including some fiercely contested offices on June 7.  From six convenience centers for early voting to 60 on primary day, county staff and volunteers were tested to the limit.  As a poll watcher during both early voting and on Tuesday 6/7 things were smooth with only minor glitches - and I understand some lines.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the hard work part of voting - candidates and staff, volunteers and county employees.  

W.H. Brandenburg / New Mexico Department of Fish and Game

Commentary:  SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected nearly 35 miles of critical habitat for the Zuni bluehead sucker, an 8-inch fish with a torpedo-shaped body, in the headwaters of the Zuni River in northwestern New Mexico.