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Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Commentary: Today, every Senate Democrat and three Republicans voted down a procedural vote that would have paved the way for revoking a Bureau of Land Management rule to prevent leaking and flaring of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

In response, the Sierra Club released the following statements:

From Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:

Commentary: On Monday, May 8th the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) filed the first lawsuit against Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4). In response, LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha Jr. issued the following statement: 

DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

  Commentary: Las Cruces, NM - At a press conference in Las Cruces today, New Mexico Democrats, NEA-NM, and elected officials called on state House Republicans to override the Martinez-Sanchez higher education veto. The special session will begin on May 24.


At the press conference, DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg said, “House Republicans should be focused on representing their constituents, many of whom will be directly affected by the Martinez-Sanchez administration’s reckless veto...New Mexicans deserve to know if they’re prepared to override the veto.”


Commentary: On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released their annual alternative budget, The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance, for Fiscal Year 2018. The People’s Budget outlines a progressive vision

Commentary: Congratulations! Environmentalists Kevin Bixby and Craig Fenske won election to the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District boardTuesday. That's good news for progressives and moderates – and plants and wildlife.

Tuesday's win was one step in long process of change. The winning campaign gained impetus from popular concern sparked by the election of Donald Trump. The election matched strong opponents and two very different styles of campaigning.

Sloan: We Must Address Climate Change

May 7, 2017

Commentary: It’s becoming a routine occurrence. Protesters flowed down Water Street last Saturday, waving signs and chanting as they marched through downtown. And those in Las Cruces weren’t alone. Similar demonstrations sprang up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, as well as Washington, D.C. and over 300 cities nationwide. All told, over 300,000 people marched on six continents, not-so-coincidentally timed for the 100th day of the new administration. We marched to demand action on climate change, as part of the People’s Climate March for climate, jobs, and justice.

Regional Transit Is Essential: Don't Cut Funding On May 9

May 5, 2017

Commentary: In the summer of 1966, I took my first bus ride on a Greyhound bus traveling from El Paso to Las Cruces to visit my grandmother.  Greyhound, then and now, was the only intercity bus service for those traveling between urban and rural communities.    The only other travel option was El Paso City Transit, now Sun Metro, but it was limited to operating within El Paso’s city limits so when I arrived in Las Cruces I had a long walk to my grandmother’s house. 

Commentary: I have to say it’s challenging and frustrating to live in a world where the Millionaire/Billionaire Class have no idea what it’s like to work for a living and make ends meet. Politicians living a life on taxpayer expense and donations from their corporate sponsors seems to have numbed them to what it’s like to pay for medical care on top of all other expenses. The words coming from their mouths are meaningless in the end because their actions and votes are consistent with favoring the obscene profits of the medical insurance industry, and working citizens be damned.

Commentary: Dear Mr.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a controversial and deeply flawed plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement regarding passage of the American Health Care Act.


“The American Health Care Act (AHCA) plays Robin Hood in reverse. It fails to deliver better, cheaper health care for all Americans, instead giving massive tax cuts to the rich while causing 24 million people to lose coverage. 


New Mexico Healthcare in Grave Danger as Congress Moves forward with Cuts to Coverage

May 4, 2017
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Commentary: WASHINGTON D.C.—Today, Congressional House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The controversial bill was revived by House leaders after failing to capture enough votes in March and becoming extremely unpopular with the public. 

Heinrich: TrumpCare Is A Tax Cut For The Super-Rich, But A Disaster For Millions

May 4, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after House Republicans voted today on their TrumpCare bill:

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce just 

Pearce: GOP Health Bill Is A "Step In The Right Direction"

May 4, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Progressive Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) along with other Members of the CPC, released the annual People’s Budget today.

Las Cruces Groups Plan Wells Fargo Protest

May 1, 2017

Commentary: Las Cruces – Tuesday, May 2nd, Faith leaders and conservationists will join a national day of action to publicly denounce Wells Fargo’s exploitative practices. Locally, community members will meet in front of Wells Fargo to engage in a communal divesting of Wells Fargo, and call on others in the community and public institutions to also divest.

Don't Be Fooled: Budget Includes Pedestrian Barrier For Trump Wall

May 1, 2017
Russ McSpadden, Center for Biological Diversity.

Commentary: WASHINGTON— Congressional leaders in both parties agreed Sunday to include $146 million in the federal budget for the construction of new walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. The replacement of vehicle barriers with pedestrian barriers will step up border militarization, continue to harm local communities, and have devastating effects on wildlife, blocking the movement of jaguars, ocelots and other animals. The budget agreement also includes $77 million for new border roads that will provide the needed infrastructure to build future segments of the wall.

Commentary: We're seeing officials jump into high positions and take immediate and drastic actions based not on observations made in their new posts, but on ego or ideology, or what they've heard (or covertly promised) before taking office.

In Washington, that could destroy the fabric of our civil society – or worse. 

In our county, we'll survive the sacking of County Manager Julia Brown. 

I've criticized Brown. I've praised her. So has at least one commissioner who voted to fire her. 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai /

  Commentary: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plans to kill net neutrality in a speech at the Newseum hosted by FreedomWorks and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council. In his remarks, "The Future of Internet Regulation," the Chairman explained how he would launch a proceeding to reclassify broadband as an information service. Simply, this plan seeks to destroy the legal foundation of the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order.

Said Carmen Scurato, director of policy and legal affairs at the National Hispanic Media Coalition:

Trump Delivers Nothing but Broken Promises for Working Families and Rural Communities

Apr 29, 2017 (donald trump)

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats today released two reports on President Trump’s broken promises to working families and rural communities. After 100 days in office, the Trump administration has undermined future economic growth while making it easier for corporations to avoid paying their workers a fair wage and harder for families to save. President Trump has also broken his promise to rural voters who have trusted him to improve their lives and secure a more stable future.


Pearce Celebrates Trump's First 100 Days

Apr 29, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Congressman Steve Pearce released a statement following President Trump’s first 100 days in office:

Freedom And Order: Two Perspectives On American Justice

Apr 28, 2017

Commentary: The purpose of the Law is to mitigate against self- interest. If it were up to individuals, the Law would always work in their favor. The dice would be loaded. Fate would twist in their direction, and the coin would invariably land on the side picked. The odds would be as irrelevant as yesterday’s sports section. If it was up to individuals, every police officer would let us go without a speeding ticket and every judge would dismiss our case without looking at the evidence.

Trickle down Tax Policies do not work

Apr 28, 2017

Commentary: Here we go again. Trump and the Republicans want to cut taxes for Corporations and the rich, with the hope that it will boost the economy. Even though we have tried this dishonest policy many times in the past—it never works. In the Harding/Coolidge Administration in the 1920’s they reduced taxes and limited trade--leading to wild speculation in stocks. Rich got richer and poor got poorer—finally leading to the great depression in 1929. Under the Reagan Administration they again cut taxes for the rich, increased military spending and reduced effectiveness of labor unions.

Border "Security" Efforts Waste Precious Tax Dollars

Apr 28, 2017

Commentary: President Trump ran on several promises relating to immigration; one was the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants, another was building a wall to block further immigration.  It doesn’t seem likely that Mexico will pay any part of the 20 plus billion the wall is projected to cost. US taxpayers will pay and private contractors will benefit. We will also pay for additional thousands of new ICE and Border Patrol Agents at $15,000 per trainee, even before they begin to work.

Governor’s call for tax reform during special session irresponsible

Apr 27, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding Governor Martinez’s speech today at the Tax Research Institute:

Common Cause Report: State of the Swamp at 100 Days

Apr 27, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Common Cause has just released a report that summarizes in one place all the conflicts of interest and ethical problems presented by the new administration, Viki Harrison, director of Common Cause New Mexico, said today.  “It’s a great resource and I encourage you to check out” at 

Rep. Keith Ellison

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co- Chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement today after FCC Chairman Pai announced his plan to gut the 2015 Open Internet Order, which established strong anti-discrimination “net neutrality” rules. 

  Commentary: Washington, D.C: A new national survey shows that strong majorities of Democrats and Republicans each oppose the elimination of prevailing wage laws, which establish local-market minimum wages for different skilled crafts on government funded construction projects. The survey of 1,000 2016 voters was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research (ALG) from February 23-28, with a margin of error of +/-3.2%.

Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Apr 26, 2017

  Commentary: WASHINGTON— President Trump today launched a new attack on 27 national monuments around the country — more than 1 billion acres of natural and cultural wonders on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties.

Heinrich Slams Trump’s Executive Order Targeting National Monuments In New Mexico

Apr 26, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico: