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Commentary: Bennett Hertzler lived in my college dorm freshman year. I didn't know him well. Sweet-natured, gentle guy. In a dorm sweep in the spring of 1965, police found a few marijuana seeds in his desk drawer. He went to jail for years. Miserable experience. He was never the same. Died young. The War on Drugs grew out of the 1960's. Many citizens were scared. White and black young people were going around together, and demanding fair treatment for all. Long-haired students listened to...

New Mexico Democrats: Trump's Comments Not Only Vulgar, But Intolerable

Oct 7, 2016
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico today condemned Donald Trump for his vulgar comments caught on audio recording. In the recording, Donald Trump implies that he deserves special treatment for his “star” status and describes taking advantage of women without consent. “Trump’s comments are not only vulgar, they are intolerable. Trump disrespects women, and that is not a quality we want in our President,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “There...

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Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response upon learning that Donald Trump was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women: “Donald Trump couldn’t make it any clearer that he has zero respect for women. His most recent comments only add to the constant barrage of sexist and misogynistic insults that seem to dominate his worldview. The bottom line is that Donald Trump seems to see women in only two ways: as 'fat pigs' or as sex objects. This is...

Pearce Blasts Paris Climate Deal

Oct 7, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: “ Once again, President Obama is attempting to implement his extreme agenda by unilaterally bypassing the Constitution by signing a treaty without the consent of the United States Senate. It is clear that appeasing special interest groups is more important to the President than American jobs or economic well-being. “The Paris climate agreement is a bad deal for New Mexico and is a bad deal for our country. New Mexico has played an integral role in making energy abundant and...

Democrats: Strongly Bipartisan Senate Fixes Budget Crisis For Now

Oct 6, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

Commentary: New Mexico Senate Democrats today retuned to Santa Fe and swiftly passed a package of bipartisan legislative measures that balance the state’s budget, and created a small contingency reserve of funds. The Senate’s blueprint, passed at the end of a seven-day special legislative session in the House, eliminates an estimated $600 million deficit. It uses cuts to state agencies, unspent balance sweeps, and re-purposing of idle infrastructure project funds. Some revenue adjustments,...

GOP: Senate Passes Budget Fix Without Raising Taxes

Oct 6, 2016
Senator Stuart Ingle - (R)

Commentary: Senate Republican Leader Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) said the legislature came to the Capitol in a Special Session to fix the state’s budget crisis without raising taxes, and it accomplished that. “ We made some adjustments in the current budget and we balanced last year’s fiscal problems without raising taxes. These things needed to get done before the budget problems got any worse,” Senator Ingle said. “Now we have the checkbook balanced, hopefully we will have more money in...

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: Today, community leaders, parents, students, and educators “walked in” to more than 2,000 schools serving over 1 million students in more than 200 cities as part of the largest coordinated education action in American history. Today’s events are the largest iteration of a series of actions as part of the nationwide walk-in movement organized by the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools (AROS), of which the National Education Association is a partner. Parents, educators, and students...

Democrats: All Potential Revenue Streams Should Be On The Table

Oct 3, 2016
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Commentary: Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12-Bernalillo), sponsor of No Medical Marijuana Plant Limits (SB3) , expressed concern today that the measure will not be considered by the House of Representatives. SB3 increases the number of medical marijuana plants any one grower can have under cultivation at a time. The Senate passed SB3 by a wide margin with bi-partisan support on Friday . The estimated increase in gross receipts tax (GRT) revenue from the sale of the additional plants is $3 to...

New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: The N.M. House Republicans today chose to charge taxpayers an estimated $25,000 for a day that that legislators will not meet or work. The decision, which N.M. House Republican leaders hope will go unnoticed by hard-working taxpayers, occurred late in the afternoon on Monday . The Democratic led N.M. Senate, in contrast, made the prudent decision to complete all of its work to address the state’s severe budget crisis and adjourn last Saturday – meaning there has been no cost to...

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do more to ensure all students in New Mexico and across the country have equal access to the internet for educational and economic opportunity. Specifically, Udall wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC should extend the successful E-rate program , which pays for internet access in schools, and provide Wi-Fi on school buses so students can have more time to do their homework....

Las Cruces Senator Pledges To Vote Against Any Education Cuts

Oct 3, 2016
Senator Lee Cotter

Commentary: State Senator Lee Cotter (R-Las Cruces) who has been in Santa Fe since last week, attending the Special Session said he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear about his votes this Special Session: “I want to be perfectly clear,” Senator Cotter said today from his office in the State Capitol. “When the Senate returns to the Special Session, I will continue to vote against any and all cuts to education. So far, I voted against all cuts to education this special session. I voted...

Las Cruces-Area Business: Time To Be More Ambitious About Spaceport America

Oct 3, 2016

Commentary: My career or any career needs to be nurtured. Careers were on the agenda at NMSU last week because of homecoming. Successful alumni who serve on various advisory boards were on campus, including my former boss who now works at NASA’s Langley Research Center. He still works in the area of technology development. He was the one who started our Student Launch program in 1994 by designing the original student payload. He worked on the TDRSS satellite system at White Sands Test...

Goodman: Time To Face The Ugly Truth About Football

Oct 2, 2016
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Commentary: How does it feel to be a 21 st Century football fan? I loved playing football and baseball as a kid. I've watched the NFL for decades. I was a New York City cabdriver when Joe Namath and the Jets shocked the world by beating the highly-favored Baltimore Colts. I moved to San Francisco in 1980 – just in time for the Niners' first Super Bowl, as Joe Montana helped rescue them out of years of mediocrity. But the facts are the facts about what the game does to its best players –...

Memo To Donald Trump

Oct 2, 2016
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Commentary: MEMO
TO: Donald Trump
FROM: Richard Kadzis Donald, you have a month to convince undecided voters that you're a viable alternative to Hillary Clinton for President. The media scoffed at your candidacy when you entered the race for the Republican nomination. They mocked you as each primary election and caucus came and went. Hardly anyone took you seriously. Then, you swept through a field of 12 GOP contenders, knocking them off one by one with a masterful outpouring of...

Voter Registration Drive at Local High Schools a Success – Many Thanks!

Oct 2, 2016

Commentary: The voter registration drive in local high schools to celebrate National Voter Registration Day was a success. We registered students and parents, made presentations about voting, conducted mock elections, and informed our youth about the election process. At Las Cruces High School, we inserted 350 voter registration forms in graduation packets for seniors. Students were eager to register and learn more about the election, and teachers welcomed the idea of partnering with the...

New Mexico Senate Passes Budget Bills, Asks House To Follow Suit

Oct 1, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

The New Mexico Senate passed a number of budget bills before finishing its special session work Saturday; no action was taken on a number of crime bills. This statement was issued Friday evening: Commentary: The Senate budget agreement contains $212 million of prudent expenditure cuts to state government, spread across all agencies and departments. A package of revenue adjustments that closes unnecessary loopholes worth an additional $45 million was passed. $77 million worth of unspent and...

New Mexico Loves Loan Sharks, Public Servants Not So Much

Sep 29, 2016
Steve Fischmann

When I first met Louis he was too deep in debt to afford a car. He got most of his meals from local food banks. He survived on a net monthly income of $170 after making payments on small loans from six different storefront lenders. His loans ranged from 80% to 240% interest. Every few months, after he paid down some of the debt, the lenders would contact Louis urging him borrow more. Cash strapped, he would refinance his loans - for an additional fee- and the debt would never go away. He was...

AFT New Mexico Responds to Governor’s Call for a Special Session

Sep 29, 2016

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

“Governor Martinez’s need to call for a Special Legislative Session is a direct result of her misplaced priorities and lack of meaningful job creation during her tenure as Governor of New Mexico. Time, and time again, she has ignored the real needs of New Mexico in favor of preserving what’s left of her political career, and her continued hubris is only adding to our...

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following reaction to the recent U.S. Department of Education (ED) announcement of awards to eight states and 15 charter operators totaling $245 million for the 2016 Charter School Program (CSP) grant cycle, and millions more in recommended funding in the coming years: “All students deserve schools that are held to the same high stands of accountability, transparency, and equity as traditional public...

Expand New Mexico PreK

Sep 29, 2016

Commentary: New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) launched the Expand NM PreK Tour in Las Cruces this week . Our tour included a visit to NM PreK site Alpha School and a lunch and community conversation with policymakers, providers and Head Start staff. NMECDP is focusing on a multi-year initiative to expand the state-funded, voluntary PreK program to every 3-and 4-year-old who wants it. Currently, 35,000 three and four year olds lack access to early learning...

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Commentary: National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following reaction to Donald Trump's continued attacks against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado: “Donald Trump is reminding us all just how unfit he is to be the next president," said Eskelsen García. "His actions set a horrible example for children as he makes harassment and shaming of a woman the central focus of his campaign. This is not the type of role model that America’s children need. Educators...

Sierra Club NM

Commentary: On Wednesday , the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission decided on PNM’s request for an increase to electric rates. Below is the statement on the decision from Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter chair David Coss: Today’s decision held good news and bad news for ratepayers and a healthy climate. While PNM got its way on making consumers pay for its poor decision to reinvest in coal, the commission prevented PNM from punishing ratepayers with significantly higher service fees, and we...

Pearce Applauds Override Of President's Veto

Sep 28, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after both the House and Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto: “ Congress just overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s veto. This vote proves the voice of the people is alive and well. Since the release of the Saudi Pages earlier this summer, the American people have demanded Congress provide those impacted by the September 11 th attacks their day in court. The President does not have totalitarian rule. Today was...

Commentary: New Mexico has the 35th most competitive tax code in the nation according to the 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index , released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The report measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance. The breakdown of New Mexico’s rankings this year is as follows (1st is best, 50th is worst...

Young Republicans React to First Presidential Debate

Sep 27, 2016
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Commentary: Young Republican National Federation Chairman Dennis Cook reacts to the first Presidential Debate voicing young Americans concerns with Hillary Clinton. As Donald Trump said tonight , “Hillary has experience. It’s bad experience. We can’t afford another four years of that experience.” The past eight years have not been kind to young Americans. Jobs are few. Wages are stagnant. Home ownership is at an all-time low. The American Dream is fading for our generation. What is clear is...

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García swiftly praised Hillary Clinton for ably exposing Donald Trump as unfit for office during tonight’s first Presidential debate while cohesively presenting a clear, positive vision to move the country forward as tens of millions of Americans watched. Eskelsen García also emphasized that Trump failed students’ and educators’ positive role model test. The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García: “ Tonight’s debate...

Commentary: Until last month, Governor Susana Martinez resisted calls for a special session by lawmakers. Facing a budget shortfall for the current year of $458 million following another bad budget year, Senator John Arthur Smith (who heads the Legislative Finance Committee) and other legislators called for a session to figure out how to pay the bills and contain the catastrophe. Calling a special session is the Governor's prerogative, and she sets the agenda at that session. By July,...

Goodman: Some Thoughts On Two Local Races

Sep 25, 2016

Commentary: The Do ñ a Ana County Clerk and Treasurer races each present an obvious choice – the Democrat and the Republican, respectively. Deputy County Clerk Scott Krahling faces Maria Rodriguez. Deputy County Treasurer Eric Rodriguez faces former treasurer's office employee Jill Johnson. In each race the deputy's history is adequate grounds for decision. Mr. Krahling is a competent and enthusiastic deputy to Clerk Lynn Ellins. He's worked to ensure honest and relatively smooth elections....

Don’t Forget Small Business Contributions to Job Creation

Sep 25, 2016
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

Commentary: We’ve witnessed meager economic growth and rising unemployment in New Mexico since the Great Recession. So it comes as no surprise that New Mexicans are very excited about the new Facebook facility coming to Los Lunas, NM. For all the attention garnered by that high-profile victory, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a comprehensive economic recovery strategy for our state must also give strong consideration to our largest job creators in New Mexico: small businesses....

Democrats: New Mexicans Won't Be Deceived By Trump's Appointment

Sep 24, 2016
dpnm.net

Commentary: Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III released the following statement after the Trump campaign announced a new advisor on issues affecting Hispanic communities. “New Mexicans won’t be deceived by this appointment. After all, Donald Trump launched his campaign insulting our Hispanic communities and he has continued to insult them ever since. Trump is the same divisive and dangerous candidate he's always been, he's unfit to be President, and that isn’t going to...

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