Local Viewpoints

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Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) respond to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s failure to release 47,000 public complaints that could show the American public's desire to keep the internet open and free. The comment period on a new FCC proposal to undo net neutrality was closed on July 17. National Hispanic Media Coalition had requested the comment deadline be extended until complaints against internet service providers (ISPs) were made public.

Former Dona Ana County Detention Center Director Chris Barela

  Commentary: Sometimes everyone's wrong.

Take the saga of Chris Barela, jailer.

He's a likable guy, but has a very mixed record at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. 

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Commentary: Immigrants’ rights organizations in New Mexico applaud the effort of 20 attorneys general –including NM Attorney General Hector Balderas– to protect the DACA program amid direct threats to end the proven successful relief.

Campaign: Partisans Attack Pearce’s Humble Beginnings

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary: STATEMENT FROM CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN GREG BLAIR: “It’s sad that people who are more focused on scoring points than solving problems would try to distort Steve Pearce’s story of hard work and humble beginnings. The Pearce family started out with nothing and worked hard to lift themselves out of the depths of poverty. Steve Pearce embraced his parents’ work ethic and got his first job when he was nine years old. Steve is a New Mexico success story.

Pearce Blasts Consumer Financial Protection Bureau On 7th Anniversary Of Dodd-Frank

Jul 21, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act seven years ago:

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today released the following statement regarding the House Budget Committee’s markup of the House Republican budget.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai /

Commentary: WASHINGTON - On Wednesday evening, Voices for Internet Freedom, a coalition of organizations advocating for the digital rights of communities of color, filed comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to maintain the strong Net Neutrality protections it adopted in 2015.

The comments filled by the Voices coalition include more than 100 personal stories from people of color across the country whose lives have been transformed by bright-line Net Neutrality rules.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON — Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced the Dream Act of 2017, legislation aimed at granting legal status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The bipartisan legislation would also provide a long-term legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program recipients and Dreamers.  


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: (donald trump)

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM - After it became clear the Senate did not have the votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate would vote to repeal funding for Affordable Care Act and leave a replacement for the future.  By Tuesday morning, three Republican Senators released statements indicating they would vote “No” on such efforts. “I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” said Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV). Senator Tom Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico also opposed the bill.

Do We Now Have A G-19 Instead Of A G-20?

Jul 19, 2017

  Commentary: The G-20 consists of 19 of the strongest economies in the world, plus the European Union (EU). At annual meetings, the chief executives of each member nation participate in top-level discussions on issues such as foreign policy, trade, climate change and immigration. The goal is to have frank discussions in order to create social and economic stability throughout the world. Collectively, the G-20 nations account for nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, 75 percent of world trade, and 80 percent of total world Gross Domestic Product.

new mexico in depth

  Commentary: New Mexico - A bipartisan group of governors rejected Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act today, but Governor Martinez was noticeably absent from their l

Yes, This Is A War Against Democracy And The Working Class

Jul 18, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Right now everyone in America should be thinking seriously about what they want this nation to become.  In talking with family and friends about the 45th presidency whose catch phrase is "Make American Great Again", clearly the administration's usage of "great" does not match ours.

This nation we love was founded because of its abundance of natural resources.  Those riches led to "colonialism" which began the plundering of those resources. 

President Trump: Keep DACA in Place

Jul 18, 2017

Commentary: Washington, DC – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the initiative that has provided deportation relief and work permits for nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, is under attack. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened the Trump Administration: if DACA isn’t ended by September 5th, he will sue to block it before a federal judge named Andrew Hanen, the notoriously anti-immigrant judge who blocked DAPA. Paxton seems to have a willing ally Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has long opposed DACA.

Politics Is American Religion

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary: There was a time not long ago when people were not totally obsessed with politics and political soap opera. Local and state elections came along and people learned about the candidates for a few weeks and voted and that was it. The presidential race came along less frequently and you’d see the candidates on the evening news for a few weeks before the election and then you voted and that was it. You didn’t see or hear much about these folks beyond that and everyone else out in the real world was quite fine getting on with their lives.

peter goodman


  Commentary: Yesterday's wonder was a bright rainbow at the top of the Organ Mountains. (God's comment to the Interior Department on keeping our monument as is?) Cameraless, I tried to capture the image with my cell phone, but hadn't a clue how to zoom in.


Amid Threats, Texas Advocates Double Down to Defend DACA

Jul 14, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

Commentary: Austin, TX – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a meeting this week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under threat and at the mercy of anti-immigrant Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Should we make fun of people who don’t recognize the Declaration of Independence?

National Public Radio has a tradition of reading the entire Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July. This year, NPR decided to expand the tradition to social media. They shared the entire document, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter. That’s 113 posts, in case you were wondering.

Lennes: Shocked At Governor's Stance On Monument

Jul 14, 2017

Commentary: I am shocked at Governor Susana Martinez's  anti-Monument stand. In 1947, President Harry Truman warned us about people like Governor Martinez and anti-wilderness Congressman Steve Pearce: “The battle for conservation cannot be limited to the winning of new conquests. Like liberty itself, conservation must be fought for unceasingly to protect earlier victories. There are always plenty of hogs who are trying to get natural resources for their own personal benefit ….


  Commentary:  ALEC, the secretive organization marrying corporations and legislators to create pro-corporate bills, named its New Mexico state chairperson their “Chair of the Year” in 2015 for her work pushing corporate agendas through the State Legislature.

Now its 2017 and she plans to use all that state legislative experience as a platform to run for Congress in the open Congressional seat vacated by Steve Pearce who just announced he is running for governor in 2018. 

Who is Yvette Herrell?

Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary: At Tuesday’s meeting of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, County Clerk Scott Krahling announced his support for New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s decision to protect the privacy of New Mexico voters by denying a request made by the Trump Administration’s 

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

  Commentary: Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today unveiled his third version of the Republican Plan to replace and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite some modest adjustments designed to entice wavering Senators, the core is still the same: it would drastically restructure and defund Medicaid, take away coverage from tens-of-millions, and drive up health care costs for millions more.

Senate Health Bill Would Harm Our Children

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary: As Congress takes a break from their work, I am deeply concerned over the impact that Trumpcare may have on children in  New Mexico.   As a teacher, I have seen the ravages of lack of health care for my students.  Many of the issues that affect our students from engaging in school is the fact that their medical needs are not being met, lacking immunizations and consistent medical and dental care.  New Mexico has a low ranking on child well-being.  Since the implementation of ACA, there has been better healthcare access, with more children getting the care that keeps them health

The Open Internet Must Be Protected

Jul 12, 2017
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 today on the “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.”

Researching NAFTA

Jul 11, 2017
Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Commentary: On May 18, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formerly notified Congress that he would be renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with partners Mexico and Canada. With this notice, the administration can begin renegotiations after 90 days. Even though the overwhelming majority of economists tout the value of international trade and the benefits that accrue to the U.S., NAFTA has been made a lightning rod in political battles.

Zinke: Public Comments Will Help Inform Monument Recommendations

Jul 11, 2017
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

  Commentary: On Monday, July 10, the formal public comment period closed for the review of national monuments. More than 1.2 million comments were received on and thousands more were received via traditional mail.

What is Trump’s Agenda?

Jul 11, 2017

Commentary: I recently read short histories on despots like Hitler, Mussolini and Napoleon. They all gained power with minority support—but once they had that power they set up a state controlled press and isolated their critics, either by eliminating them or discrediting their ideas. Just like Putin has done in Russia. Every President since WW II has recognized the evil intent of leaders in the former Soviet Union and today’s Russia—except Trump.

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

Commentary: Yesterday an array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified in Washington DC against a delay of the EPA's methane pollution standards. The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years.

  Commentary: Make no mistake about it. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is threatened as never before. Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a group of anti-immigrant hardliners  – in and out of government  – are demanding that President Trump kill DACA by September 5th.

Pearce: I’m Running For Governor To Change New Mexico’s Direction

Jul 10, 2017

Commentary: HOBBS – Former businessman and military veteran Steve Pearce announced today that he is a candidate for governor in 2018.

“I’m running for governor to change the direction of the state I love and call home. New Mexico has such great potential, but we need leadership to move the state forward. Too many people are struggling to find jobs and to many families are wrestling with poverty. Our kids are working their way through a broken education system.  Crime has taken over our streets. We can do better. We have to do better.”

Commentary: Following Steve Pearce’s announcement that he intends to run for governor, David Baake released the following statement:  “Traveling around our district, I have heard New Mexicans speak again and again about the need for new leadership.  Leaders who will work to protect our healthcare and defend the middle class.  Leaders who will celebrate New Mexico’s diversity and stand up to Donald Trump’s bigotry.  Leaders who understand that economic development and environmental protection must go hand-in-hand.  Pearce’s decision means the people of southern New Mexicans will have the op