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Commentary: After weeks of secrecy, Republican leadership in the Senate has presented a discussion draft of their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill that shows the ultimate bill is likely to be as bad as, if not worse than, the bill narrowly passed by the House.

When Resisting Trump, Let’s All Try To Do Better

Jun 21, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: For the last five months I’ve woken up furious every morning as the news comes on describing Donald Trump’s failures. Taking basic health care away from millions. Insulting our nation’s friends while siding with dictators. Ripping immigrant families apart for no reason. Discriminating against people for how they pray. His tweets. Words fail to describe how outraged and embarrassed I am by this. Seriously.


It leaves me and many others wanting to fight. But to do it effectively, we need to do it right. What does that mean?

Trade As A Geopolitical Tool

Jun 20, 2017
Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Commentary: Trade is a multi-faceted concept. At its most basic level, it consists of two or more companies from different countries engaging in an agreement to exchange products or services for compensation. Logistics companies then move the products to their final destination. These transactions occur every minute of the day around the world. At a more macro level, trade is a geopolitical tool that is used as part of a government’s diplomatic strategy to further its interests in strategic locations. 

Las Cruces Mayor Calls On Congressman To Support Renewable Energy

Jun 20, 2017
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Commentary: Las Cruces – ProgressNow New Mexico EF (501c3) has released a video ad featuring City of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima that calls on Rep.

Commentary: City officials should include the initiative process among the city charter amendments the Las Cruces City Council will consider shortly.

In 2014, the process of raising the minimum wage satisfied no one. Business leaders complained that proponents were really motivated by the political desire to get the issue on the ballot. Proponents said businessfolks ignored the issue for months, then requested “dialogue” just for delay. Then the council flouted the City Charter. The Charter was not specific on what happened next, and councilors could ignore it with impunity.

It's Time For America To Think Big Again

Jun 18, 2017

Commentary:  For a moment, let’s stop obsessing about the polarizing news story of the day and widen our focus a bit with something to ponder. When did America stop dreaming big? What happened to our grand and great ideas and national goals? When did we give up our ability to dream large?

What is our majestic hope or project for tomorrow? What about for ourselves personally? Is it getting that latest and flashiest smartphone? Is it waiting for our internet speed to get faster so we can spend even more time on our devices?

  Commentary: SANTA FE, NM -- Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and the 

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Last night, the Trump Administration announced the rescinding of the memo which would have protected millions of immigrant parents from deportations. DACA+ & DAPA would have expanded the administrative relief known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has proven to be a successful program that shields over 800 thousand young people from deportation nationwide.


It is important to note that the DACA 2012 program still remains in effect.


Monumental Oppression

Jun 16, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Critics claim that creating the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument amounted to a massive overreach of federal power.  When signing the executive order to re-evaluate the Monument, President Trump said that it would “end another egregious abuse of federal power and give back that power to the states and to the people, where it belongs.”

Commentary: Austin, TX – The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced yesterday that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. DAPA, announced by President Obama in 2014, would have protected upwards of five million immigrants with citizen or long term resident children from deportation and prov

Commentary: On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the emergency stay motion filed by public interest groups, including the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Free Press, Common Cause, Media Alliance, and United Church of Christ, OC, Inc., which sought to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its decision to reinstate the so-called UHF discount.

Senator José Rodríguez Blasts Abbott Vetoes

Jun 16, 2017

Commentary: Austin – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed bills by state Sen. José Rodríguez that would have given consumers vital loan information and set deadlines for well owners to secure their deteriorated water wells.

·         SB 830 would have required seller-financed mortgage lenders to send to their borrowers a single annual statement containing basic information about the status of their loan, including how much was paid to interest and principal. 

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Father’s Day, Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a 

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement of the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“For five years, DACA has improved the lives of over 750,000 DREAMers who were brought to the U.S. as children and have never known any other country but the United States as their home. Each and every day, they are fulfilling their dreams of higher education and successful careers and making our country a better place.” (donald trump)

  Commentary: Washington, DC -- This morning, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced th

New Mexico Rank on Child Well-Being Reveals Failure of Republican Policies

Jun 13, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - Today, New Mexico’s rank in child well-being revealed a dramatic contrast between the failure of Republican policies and success of Democratic initiatives.

Commentary: Public schools teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.

  Commentary: Late night jokesters like Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers have had fun with the unusual name of Senior Airman Reality Winner, but there is nothing funny about her legal predicament – for her or for the country.


KIDS COUNT Data Book: New Mexico Ranked 49th in Nation for Child Well-Being

Jun 13, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., —While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which was released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Commentary: On Thursday, June 15, the New Mexico Soil & Water Conservation Commission will meet in Las Cruces and appoint members to the State's soil and water districts, including the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District.

In May, we elected two new boardmembers to DASWCD. There are five elected members, four of whom must be resident landowners. The Commission may appoint two more, who need not be landowners or live in the district.

All Public Lands Matter: We Need BLM to Protect Otero Mesa

Jun 11, 2017
State Senator Bill Soules

Commentary: Southern New Mexico is blessed with a rich heritage of public lands, and should have a strong voice in the discussion about how to protect and manage those public lands.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Mr. Comey's testimony clearly shows that the President intended to obstruct the Russia investigation by firing Director Comey. It is also clear that the President lied about this fact in subsequent interviews and comments.” 

  Commentary: LAS CRUCES – On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Francia Elena-Castaño, separating her from her children, her husband, and her church community. Francia lived in the Las Cruces community for nearly 20 years and was an active and beloved member of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. 

Changes On Tap For NAFTA?

Jun 7, 2017
Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Commentary: On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent notice to Congress that it was the Trump Administration's intention to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico, "regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement." According to the notice, "In particular, we note that NAFTA was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. Many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards. For example, digital trade was in its infancy when NAFTA was enacted.

Commentary: The Border Trade Alliance today stated its support for H.R. 2213, legislation by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) to reform Customs and Border Protection’s polygraph examination process, which has created needless bureaucratic hurdles in the agency’s ability to recruit new officers.

The ripple effects of the President’s budget cuts

Jun 7, 2017

Commentary: Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be. And because no one reaches their potential without a little help, our nation provides opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because these are investments that will pay off for all of us with a better quality of life, a stronger economy, and a brighter future.

Commentary: The National Hispanic Media Coalition along with major tech companies and other internet activists will be participating in an "

Our Fact-Free Universe is Poison to Democracy

Jun 6, 2017

Commentary: Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has found time during his first term to author a book entitled “The Vanishing American Adult,” about a perceived loss of personal integrity and self-discipline in American civil discourse, and ways to develop a citizenry “fully formed, vivacious, appealing, resilient, self-reliant, problem-solving [and] called to love and serve their neighbors.”

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and CPC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) made the following statement today after President Trump announced that he will offer several infrastructure proposals this week, starting with an effort to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control system.