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Commentary: 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) made the following statements after House Republicans introduced legislation that would slash Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age.

Commentary: The Department of Finance and Administration (“DFA”) wants our legislators to do something really dumb this session. 

We depend on courts for justice. Our state constitution makes the judiciary one of three coequal branches of government. 

Passage of Bipartisan Measure to Expedite Gold King Mine Spill Recovery

Dec 11, 2016

Commentary:  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that a bipartisan measure to expedite reimbursements to Tribal, local and state governments for costs incurred in responding to the Gold King Mine spill has passed both Houses of Congress as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

U.S. Congress Passes Critical Water Resources Legislation

Dec 10, 2016


It’s Time to Move Forward on County UDC

Dec 9, 2016
sharon thomas / city of las cruces photo

Commentary: Louis Biad’s recent column in the Las Cruces Sun News seriously misrepresents the status of the County Commission’s deliberations over adoption of a Unified Development Code (UDC).  Contrary to his assertion that the county should extend their deliberations, it is time for the County Commission to consider and adopt what has become an excellent blueprint for responsible growth and development in Doña Ana County.

Two corporate-owned parties will not work

Dec 9, 2016

Commentary: We get an almost sane New Mexico. Dems took back the House and added Senate seats. Thank you Sen. Bill Soules. Also, thank you to Joanne Ferrary, Rudy Martinez, Angelica Rubio, Nathan Small and Bill McCamley in the House; and Jeff Steinborn in the Senate.

Public Lands are economic drivers for communities

Dec 9, 2016

  Commentary: As leaders of economic development in southern New Mexico, we know the immense value that national monuments and protected public lands contribute to our economic vitality. In Las Cruces, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is bringing more visitors, creating priceless advertising, and fast becoming a key piece of a sustainable economic future for our region. We know the same to be true for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico.

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Commentary:  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) made the following statements today after President-elect Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pearce: Short-Term Budget Is A Congressional Failure

Dec 8, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

The House of Representatives voted today on a short-term budget known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through April 2017. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to the vote:

Rep. Keith Ellison

Commentary: 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) made the following statements today after people close to President-elect Trump confirmed Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., will be nominated as Secretary of Labor.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to Visit Las Cruces

Dec 7, 2016

Commentary:  LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewel will travel to Las Cruces on Friday, December 9, to highlight the economic benefits that healthy and protected public lands provide to local communities, as well as efforts to expand access to the outdoors for diverse communities.

Jewell will highlight southern New Mexico’s own Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which has seen a sharp increase in visitation since the monument was established by President Obama in May 2014. 

Udall Blasts Trump's Nominee for EPA Administrator

Dec 7, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary:  U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President-elect Trump expected nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as EPA Administrator: “Global warming is one of the greatest threats to public health, our environment and our national security. And New Mexico is in the bull's eye, as farmers and anyone who relies on water and weather know all too well. The American people accept that the science is real; the facts can't be denied, and we need to take urgent action to stop the impacts from growing worse.

Commentary:   Las Cruces, NM—  Tuesday, December 6, the Las Cruces School Board unanimously passed the Resolution #2016-3 affirming the Board of Education’s “commitment to ensure that our schools are equitable and safe place for all students.” CAFe leaders were present at the meeting to support the resolution and ask the school board to consider other action steps to protect students. Since the election NM CAFe leaders and other community leaders concerned for children in the school district started organizing and exploring ways to protect students.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), CPC First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Chairwoman Rep.

Pearce Leads Effort To Protect Tribal Artifacts

Dec 6, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congress agreed to H Con Res 122, Congressman Steve Pearce’s PROTECT Patrimony Resolution. This resolution makes it the policy of the United States Congress to condemn the theft, illegal possession or sale, and export of cultural and religious tribal artifacts, while also calling on the federal government to do more to combat these actions. As a leader in Congress on Native American issues, Congressman Pearce issued the following statement on H Con Res 122’s adoption:

  Commentary: There is no more avoiding it. Thanksgiving is in the past and even the leftovers are gone. The stores brook no complaints: it is retail's high season, Christmas songs and baubles are up, and at my wife's insistence a dead pine tree will soon occupy its designated space in our home where the fire hazard will be adorned with decorative glass balls.


Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was released today and describes the performance of 15-year-old students across a variety of countries.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: Earlier today the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of reading, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in more than sixty countries. This year’s results showed that mathematics literacy scores for U.S. students declined, whereas science and reading literacy scores were not measurably different from previous years. 

Below is a statement from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.


Congressional Progressive Caucus: Carson is Unfit to Lead HUD

Dec 5, 2016
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: 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) made the following statement today after President-elect Trump nominated Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Connelly: A Different Opinion On Protecting Wolves

Dec 5, 2016

Commentary:  I’m writing in response to the latest, "oh poor wolf” commentary. Usually you publish verbatim a comment by the Center for Biological Diversity. This commentary, by David Forjan, I suppose is meant to elicit sympathy from city dwelling animal lovers, but it would be nice if they had some facts straight.

Goodman: The Long Path Toward Justice

Dec 4, 2016

Commentary: Justice appears to have been done. Finally.

As most readers know, David Gutierrez has been our County Treasurer for nearly eight years. In 2014, he requested to ride along with a female employee (whom he'd sexually harassed before, I've heard) to the bank, then had her drive back by an odd route and ultimately offered her money for a couple of hours in a motel room. He then tried to convince his deputy to delay reporting this misconduct so that he could “smooth things over” with the victim.

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and CPC First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statements after President-elect Trump nominated Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Department of the Treasury.

O'Connell: Trump Appointees are Scary

Dec 1, 2016 (donald trump)

Commentary:  With his recently announced appointees to key Cabinet and White House positions, President Elect Trump is showing his true colors. They are either loyalists or his billionaire buddies. Where is someone representing the blue collar white workers that put him in office?

God Loves Families...And Not Just Human Families

Dec 1, 2016

Commentary: God loves Wolf families too.  Recently a Mexican Gray Wolf was taken from the wild, taken from his family.  From PUBLIC lands no less.  Because of people who don't want to co-exist with Wolves.

Think how it feels.  Imagine being taken from your family.  Like being thrown in jail.  Or like a Dog abandoned at a shelter.  Or like an infant left in a hot car.  Imagine the feeling of separation.  Of loss.  Despair.  Hopelessness.  And all that mattered is gone.  Everything that mattered - is gone.

Commentary:  On Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 4:30pm, Las Crucens will gather at Albert Johnson Park in front of the Branigan Library in prayer and solidarity with Standing Rock.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, has called upon each of us to join him for an Interfaith Day of Prayer on December 4.  For those of us unable to join him in person in North Dakota, we will gather right here in Las Cruces in solidarity with indigenous peoples and mutual love for the water.

Heinrich: Declassify Information Regarding Russia And U.S. Election

Dec 1, 2016

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined several of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information relating to the Russian government and the U.S. election.

“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Senator Heinrich and his colleagues in their letter.

Donald Trump vs. public schools: Betsy DeVos is a radical choice

Dec 1, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary: Our public schools are the means by which the United States fulfills a collective promise: to take and teach every child seeking an education. While private, religious and charter schools have a place in the educational landscape, this most democratic of promises is unique to public schools. Obviously, some public schools need improvement. But the vast majority remain the places where we prepare the nation’s young people — rich, poor, native- and foreign-born, and of all abilities — to contribute.

Pearce: American Energy Production Driving Global Market

Nov 30, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Today, the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached a deal to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to the beneficial news for American energy producers: (donald trump)

Commentary: Can anyone make sense out of the 2016 elections and resulting mess on the U.S. domestic side before inauguration day, 2017?  I try.

There is so much crud out there. Let’s focus on reality.  The “back and forth’ folderol is no longer funny.  Much of the working class deserted the national Democratic party - which had abandoned them - and turned to Republican promises.  A few thoughts:

Renewable Energy Leasing Rule Gives Long Overdue Certainty to Important N.M. Industry

Nov 30, 2016

Commentary:  Last week the Bureau of Land Management released a solar and wind energy leasing rule to codify policies for leasing public lands for the development of renewable energy. This is a development that anyone who is interested in building a renewable energy future should be cheering. 

The BLM’s new rule will provide a predictable process for the development of renewable energy on public lands, identify areas where development should occur and help expedite that development to the benefit of the economy, environment and local communities.