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  Commentary: Washington—The National Education Association today issued its Legislative Report Card for the 114th Congress, which assesses votes and other relevant legislative actions from January 2015 through December 2016.  The Report Card tracks individual members of Congress overall support for public education, students a

El Paso State Legislative Delegation on Trump's proposed tariffs, war on the border

Jan 27, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Austin - Another day, another foolishly destructive action by the new administration. Wednesday, it was to target immigrants and border communities. Now, in order to do that, the President targets consumers by proposing a trade war with Texas' biggest trading partner, Mexico. Texas will pay the price, and El Paso will be on the front lines.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary:  Washington—The public outcry over Donald Trump’s pick to head the federal department of education reached an unprecedented milestone.  Educators, parents, students and public education advocates have emailed more than 1 million letters to the U.S

secretary of state MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER

Commentary: SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver issued the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s continued false allegations that at least three million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 General Election:

 Commentary: As we move into our 60 day legislative session, we have a mess to fix.  Unreality is high on columnists' lists so far on the budget.  What will the legislature do?  Between Paul Gessing and Dr. Swickard we sometimes wonder what’s next - just except more general cutting and no new revenue.  That is not the way to a sane NM economy.  That’s tried and true failure.  NM’s best interests lie in fixing the economy.  Cutting spending in general, no.  Try revenue. (donald trump)

Commentary: The best-selling book on Amazon, as of mid-week, was published in 1949. 

Before I discuss it, please take a just moment. Contemplate our times for a second, read over in your mind a few dominant headlines from recent days and months, and identify the 68-year-old book.  (Gee, it's nearly as old as I am!)  It's a mental task you ought to be able to perform without further assistance, if you just blank your mind and try.

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Senate voted to appropriate funding needed to prevent judicial court closures and to ensure that New Mexico court system can meet its constitutional obligations.

Early Education And Child Care Critical For New Mexico

Jan 25, 2017

Commentary: Early childhood care and education is central to any discussion about improving child wellbeing in New Mexico. Decades of research have shown that the early years of a child’s life are a special time when the brain is developing rapidly, and that providing enriching, stable environments for young children is one of the best investments a society can make.

Terry Brunner

Commentary: A new initiative, Grow New Mexico, launched today in collaboration with The Grants Collective.  Grow New Mexico’s mission is to help New Mexico communities develop projects that improve the quality of life of their citizens.  This effort complements The  Grants Collective’s existing Talent Academy work to train community grant writers and its Cooperative Network to better help organizations collaborate and share resources.

Commentary: PORTLAND, Ore. – Western Watersheds Project, a nonprofit environmental group, has launched a legal challenge to a management plan for five National Wildlife Refuges in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California. The lawsuit, filed last week in Oregon, cites failures by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect sage grouse and rare native fishes from commercial livestock grazing in the refuges.

New Mexico Food Stamps For Nutrition, Not Junk Food

Jan 25, 2017

Commentary: State Senator Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) is sponsoring a bill to ensure people on food stamps (SNAP) use the taxpayer funded benefits to buy nutritious food for themselves and their families, and be not use the government benefits to buy junk food that offer no nutrition to their families.

Under Senator Pirtle’s bill, the SNAP food stamp program would have the same nutritional requirements as the other food stamps program that offers  special supplemental nutrition for women, infants and children. That program is  called WIC.

New Mexico Joins Coalition Defending Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Jan 25, 2017

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he and a group of 16 attorneys general filed a motion yesterday to intervene in a federal appeals case in order to defend the constitutionality of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The case – PHH Corporation, et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – is currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In an October 2016 ruling, a divided court found the structure of the CFPB unconstitutional.

Commentary: There is nothing exceptional about America. To believe that our nation cannot go over the moral cliff is utter nonsense. Not only have we gone over the cliff on several momentous occasions, we have perpetrated crimes against humanity that are every bit as depraved as the Nazis.

New Mexico Transparency Bill Would Allow A Closer Look At State Investments

Jan 25, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe--How billions and billions of taxpayer dollars are invested and spent would be more open to the public under one of  Senator Sander Rue’s latest transparency bill.  The nearly $50 billion dollars that are invested by the state to benefit New Mexico state retirees and to benefit the state as a whole could receive a much closer look by the State Auditor each year under the bill. The result? Better investment decisions.

New Mexico Democratic Chair Questions Trump Decision On Dakota Pipeline

Jan 24, 2017
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – This morning president Donald Trump signed executive actions advancing both the Keystone XL (KXL) and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) projects. In part, the memo allegedly provides for expedited environmental reviews and approvals, which appear to move the controversial projects forward.  In the press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reinforced the notion that President Trump wants to ensure that taxpayers "get the best deal," and that he works with all parties involved.

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – In response to the executive order President Trump signed today to accelerate the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) and CVNM Education Fund Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:

Some Perspective As Trump Plans To Renegotiate NAFTA

Jan 22, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: In my last column, I ran through a simple scenario of how production is linked between U.S. and Mexican companies, in which a U.S. plastic injection company sells components to a Mexican components company which sells its finished product to a GM plant in Kentucky. All three companies account for a stage of the production and jobs are created/maintained in both Mexico and the U.S. One recurring question I received from several readers was pertaining to the Mexican components, and why U.S. companies simply couldn’t manufacture all the components in the chain.

Public Debate: Running The Rio Grande In Las Cruces

Jan 22, 2017

  The City Council heard suggestions last month that it toss the Doña Ana County Arts Council out of the Rio Grande Theater and put the Theater in the hands of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fortunately, the Council didn't seem to warm to that idea.

Support Our Free Press: It's More Important Than Ever

Jan 22, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary:  One of the features that distinguishes our form of government from that of “less developed” countries is our press. While some authoritarian heads of states control or even abolish reporters, our press is protected. The first amendment of our Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 Commentary:  Because the El Paso City Council Cannot Make a Decision about the Arena that is in the Best Interest of All of Us, We Ask That All the Citizens of El Paso Make the Decision for Them.

Paso del Sur, a grassroots organization who works with barrio residents to defend their neighborhoods and their right to respect and dignity, announces today that they are initiating a citywide citizen’s initiative to exclude Barrio Duranguito from the City's eminent domain demolition plan. The citizen's initiative reads as follows:

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Following President Trump’s inauguration speech– New Mexico-based immigrants’ rights organizations, which comprise “Listo Nuevo México”, are reminding the community that the fight for the safety and wellbeing of our undocumented and refugee communities will continue at the local, state, and national level through the upcoming four years under Trump’s presidency.

Pearce Cheers Trump Inauguration

Jan 20, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement upon Donald J Trump swearing in as President of the United States of America

“The inauguration of President Trump  this morning is the ultimate example of our Democracy in action,” said Pearce. “Chief Justice Roberts swearing in President Trump, as he did for President Obama, shows the strength of our nation. After a brutal election season and partisanship, the nation came together to peacefully transfer power to the people’s chosen successor.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON ― Donald J. Trump today became the nation’s 45th president. The following statement was issued on behalf of NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

  Commentary: The story of the Rio Grande Theatre, saved by the community, lovingly restored and now managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council for more than a decade, is an inspiration that demonstrates the deep commitment of the community to support and nurture local arts and culture.

No one should be surprised that to those who invested tremendous effort, time and money to bring the theater back to life, it is a source of great pride.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary:  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement after holding statewide events in support of public education and schools:

“New Mexico educators are proud to have taken part in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools’ national day of action. It is empowering to know hundreds of parents, students, educators, and community members from New Mexico joined with tens of thousands more across the United States to bring attention to issues that impact our public schools and education institutions.

Commentary: Public media is a public-private partnership in the best tradition of America’s free enterprise system. It is one of America’s best investments. It is not a large investment compared to most of what government does – just about $1.35 per citizen per year – but it pays huge dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

Commentary: TUCSON, Ariz.— Isidro Baldenegro López, a Mexican indigenous activist who fought to protect ancient forests from illegal logging in the Sierra Madre region of Chihuhua, Mexico, was shot and killed on Sunday. López, a community leader and subsistence farmer, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 for his nonviolent activism to stop deforestation.

López’s killing is the second murder of a Goldman prize winner in less than a year. Honduran environmentalist and human-rights activists Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016.

Chief Justice: NM Justice System Failing Because of Inadequate Funding

Jan 19, 2017

  Commentary: SANTA FE – Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told lawmakers on Thursday that a lack of funding has damaged New Mexico’s justice system and potentially could cause the dismissal of criminal cases if courts are unable to provide speedy trials as constitutionally required.


Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON— Today, community leaders, parents, students, and educators rallied at public schools in more than 200 cities across America as part of a national day of action. A diverse array of education stakeholders are joining together to stand for public education, for safe spaces for all of our kids and for a shared vision of cooperation over corruption and cronyism.


  Commentary: Joined by supporters at the State Capitol today, Equality New Mexico, Legislators, clergy members, mental health professionals and survivors of conversion therapy spoke about the important work that still needs to be done to ensure equality, safety and mental health for the LGBTQ community and for all New Mexicans.