Local Viewpoints

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Commentary: In a nation of immigrants few things are more absurd than immigration policies driven by xenophobia and bigotry. Espousing systemic falsehoods from entities masquerading as news media outlets conservative politicians have weaponized fear. Using fear as a tool, conservative politicians can influence support for policies that are often against the best interests of the people who supported them, ultimately undermining our core values as Americans.

A Look at the 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session

Jan 21, 2018

Commentary: As the new year commences, we look to the current legislative session with optimistic caution.  Despite a modest increase in state revenue, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization.  We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future.  We will prioritize the state budget to address people's real needs, reinvigorating our residents' confidence and their roles in our future economy.  The legislature will focus heavily on

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Commentary: Here's hoping Progressives keep their eyes on the ball.

Steve Pearce, despite losing our county to less experienced candidates, has held Congressional District 2 for years, using it as a platform for spouting far-right ideology most folks here don't share.

We need to get the seat out of ReTrumplican hands. For everyone's sake.

Commentary: I was said to hear that Stan Fulton had passed away. Fulton, the video slot machine mogul and Sunland Park Race Track owner, was the largest single donor to NMSU. I’ve been the beneficiary of research and travel grants funded by Fulton, which I’m thankful.

I only met Stan Fulton once, but it was among the most memorable interactions that I’ve had over the years. At the time, I was a paid consultant to Sunland Park Race Track in their efforts to thwart the Anthony Casino.

With governor and her staff, transparency is a campaign slogan, not reality

Jan 20, 2018
Danielle Prokop-New Mexico In Depth

Commentary: Reading New Mexico In Depth’s 2018 Special Legislative Edition, you might notice a glaring hole in our reporting: There is no comment or perspective from Gov. Susana Martinez or her spokespeople.

It wasn’t for lack of trying by New Mexico In Depth.

Our organization sought comment from Martinez in person at a December event in Rio Rancho and in writing to her press office. As of press time, we have received no response.

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


As the New Mexico legislature meets, a new report from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows how a lack of positive environmental policy leadership from the Martinez and Trump Administrations is fueling a growing threat to the health of New Mexico’s children and families.  It offers policy suggestions for New Mexicans and their leaders this winter and in the coming year.

Commentary: New York City—A new report released today shows that amid President Trump’s campaign to block refugees seeking protection from this country, his administration has increased the criminal prosecution of asylum seekers and migrants at the southern border. The administration’s tactics, which include referring asylum seekers for prosecution even after they've clearly stated a fear of return, separating families in order to begin criminal proceedings against parents, and pushing plea agreements that force asylum seekers to forego their claims for protection, are a violation of U.S. treaty obligations and due process. 

Lujan Grisham Responds to HHS Announcement Of Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Jan 20, 2018
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to the announcement made by the Department of Health and Human Services to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which seeks to allow medical providers to refuse to provide women’s health care services, treat transgender patients based on their gender identity, or provide any service if they claim a “moral” or religious objection.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON—NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in response to the Trump shutdown: 


Commentary: “The Trump era has given me this persistent feeling of unreality,” wrote journalist Ezra Klein on Twitter earlier this month. “I am watching this, and reporting on it, and covering it, and there’s a part of me that still can’t believe it’s happening, that these tweets are real, that this man is actually the president.”

How does such a prominent journalist remain so innocent?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. -  Today, the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced their intent to appeal the 9th Circuit Court’s decision which blocked the Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rescission and forced the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) dept. to reinstate DACA renewals.

Attorney General Balderas Sues to Stop Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality

Jan 16, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

Commentary: The number $18 billion seems to roll off the tongue. This is the amount that President Trump recently announced he wants Congress to budget for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The figure certainly has a ring to it, and to realize how much money this represents, I started researching major infrastructure projects in the U.S. and doing some rudimentary calculations to see how far $18 billion would stretch. I think that this is especially relevant given President Trump’s push for infrastructure funding in other areas.

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Commentary: In 2016 we amended the state constitution to change long-standing bail rules. Under those rules, a poor defendant who wasn't a danger to the community or a serious flight risk could linger in jail because s/he couldn't post bond. A wealthier defendant, even a dangerous one, could post bond and be out on the street again. The new rules aimed to change that.


Bailbondsfolk complained that the change threatened their livelihood – and was unconstitutional. (A court challenge failed.) 


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with CPC Health Task Force Chair Rep.

New Mexico Bill Aims To Change Rules On Secret Settlements

Jan 13, 2018
Senator Sander Rue- R- Albuquerque

Commentary: Santa Fe— Now, everything is secret. But that could change under a bill filed this week.

The public’s money will no longer be used to buy silence when settlements are paid out for harassment and other human rights violations claims in New Mexico under Senator Rue’s bill.  All violation settlements will be made public and posted on the state’s Sunshine Portal website or no tax dollars will be paid out under a bill filed this week.

Commentary: We all share the same earth. We all share the same drinking water. We all breath the same air. We all rely on the same oxygen to exist. We all need the food that is produced from the soil. We all need the sound of birds and the touch of sunlight. We all need to feel and to love. There is so little that separates us when it comes to what we need to thrive as a species. Politics and religion make us sick of this world. Economics and warfare make us scared to dream of real freedom. The pressures of being right and powerful becomes an obsession that eliminates all other values.

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM: On Friday, New Mexico organizations and individuals launched NM Together for Healthcare, a campaign to make good healthcare affordable for everyone in the state. The campaign includes an initiative to advance an innovative Medicaid buy-in plan to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare.

“We are all equal in deserving health care,” said Alfonso Yazzie, healthcare leader from Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico. (donald trump)

Commentary: Over the past year I have written dozens of articles, blogs, op-eds, and even poems directed at Donald J. Trump. I am exhausted. I really do not have anything else to say about the man. I am actually quite bored with him.

Commentary: From America's Voice Texas-During a weekend in which our country will celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, many Americans will also have to grapple with the fact that the President of the United States is a racist.

Said Mario Carrillo, Director of America’s Voice Texas:

Recommended New Year’s resolution: Stop being a bigot

Jan 12, 2018

Commentary: America is rife with bigotry and we need to stop being bigots. Intolerance of others’ point of view characterizes current politics and it needs to end now.

A bigot, of course, is someone obstinately devoted to their own views, especially in regards to members of another group. Our country is ripe with bigoted Democrats intolerant of Republicans and bigoted Republicans intolerant of Democrats. This is very sad as the differences between the parties are modest.

VIDEO: Udall Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Dreamers

Jan 11, 2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

VIDEO: Heinrich Takes To Senate Floor To Urge Republicans To Pass Bipartisan Dream Act

Jan 11, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today

Jan 11, 2018
National Archives: Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. at 1963 March on Washington / Public Domain

Commentary: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been gone for almost fifty years. Despite his absence, his words and powerful living example continue to reach out with authority across all these decades and speak directly to our times and lives today.

Commentary: In December, the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved a plan to let El Paso Electric impose a minimum bill of $30 on new solar customers – likely the highest such fee anywhere in the nation.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: BATON ROUGE ― The Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Association of Educators will host a #TeacherVoice rally Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Abbeville to stand with Deyshia Hargave and all Louisiana educators and students. Ms.

Community Services for Seniors to Continue without Disruption

Jan 10, 2018

Commentary: SANTA FE, NM -- The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) last month elected to terminate its contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging (NMAAA) amid serious concerns about fiscal management and accounting for state and federal funds for senior programs across New Mexico. After discovering a pattern of inaccurate recording and reporting of funds by NMAAA, the Department also referred these concerns to the Office of the State Auditor on December 20 to request assistance to further investigate the accounting and use of public funds.

Trump’s EPA Administrator Pruitt Should be Recused from Attempt to Repeal Clean Power Plan

Jan 9, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM - Joining a coalition of 19 states and municipalities, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a 30-page comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on due process violations, lack of fairness, and ethical lapses that arise from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Addressing Crime In New Mexico

Jan 9, 2018

Commentary: Crime is out of control in New Mexico.  Property crimes in Albuquerque are the highest in the nation and violent crimes are increasing at an alarming rate.  Crime, particularly related to drug abuse, is rampant in communities throughout the state.  It seems like every night brings news of some horrible crime in our communities. But, ironically, we know how to effectively fight this problem and we have the ability to fix it.   The question is whether, in this next legislative session, we have the will to fix it.

Unconventional Wisdom in the Middle East

Jan 9, 2018

Commentary: Recent events across the Middle East put the lie to one of the foreign policy establishment's most enduring tenets of conventional nonsense: that Israeli-Palestinian peace is key to greater regional peace and stability. 

Sharing concerns over hegemony-seeking Iran and radical Islamic forces like the Islamic State group and Muslim Brotherhood, the key Arab states of Egypt and Saudi Arabia are drawing ever closer to Israel - with officials appearing together publicly, meeting privately and collaborating to confront their mutual adversaries.