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2:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A Senate Solution? Heinirch, Flake Call For Monthly Bipartisan Lunches

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

   U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan group of 30 senators in calling on their party leaders to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses in the next Congressional session in the hope of building better and more productive relationships among all members of the Senate. 

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4:49 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Udall, Flake Pledge To Modernize Relations With Cuba

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  After returning from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pledged to continue working together in the Senate to open U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba, a potential new market for New Mexico, Arizona and other states. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

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3:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

El Paso Honored With Ballpark Digest’s Best New Ballpark of the Year

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  A ballpark should be more than just a ballpark: it should be designed to be an integral part of the community. With distinct neighborhoods, design decisions that tied the ballpark’s look into historic downtown El Paso, and Southwest University Park is named Best New Ballpark of the Year in the 2014 annual awards from Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to ballparks and baseball on the Internet.

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1:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Report: Half Of NM Families With Young Children Are Low-Income

  

  More than half of New Mexico families with children under age eight are low-income. A new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the challenges faced by the 10 million families nationwide who are just trying to make ends meet. The report looks at two-generation solutions, meaning they address the needs of both the young children and their working parents.

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1:04 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rodriguez Files Texas Legislation Aimed At Helping Develop Workforce

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Senator José Rodríguez filed two key bills that would maintain cutting edge dual-language education and ensure the state invests in students with Limited English Proficiency, who are crucial to Texas' long-term economic future.

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1:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Heinrich Introduces Watershed Protection Legislation

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced a bill to protect, restore, and improve the health of New Mexico watersheds on national forest lands. The proposal, the Restoring America's Watersheds Act, would direct greater resources toward fire-impacted watersheds and encourage partnerships with non-federal stakeholders to invest in forests that provide important water resources. 

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4:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Lawsuit Fights 38 Years Of Delay In Recovering Southwest's Mexican Gray Wolves

  TUCSON, Ariz.— A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist sued the U.S.

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3:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

National Hispanic Media Coalition Commends President Obama For Net Neutrality Support

  WASHINGTON -- Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) applauded President Obama for standing with millions of consumers in support of strong network neutrality rules and "reclassification." In a 

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3:27 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

El Paso State Senator Joins Colleagues In Filing Texas Marriage Equality Legislation

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Today, Senator José Rodríguez joined colleagues in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives in pre-filing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Texas.

S.J.R. 13 by Senators Rodríguez and Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa proposes a constitutional amendment that would repeal the existing same-sex marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. 

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12:54 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Institute for Justice Calls On New Mexico To Reform Its Civil Forfeiture Laws

Las Cruces City Attorney says “We could be czars. We could own the city.”

ARLINGTON, VA—As The New York Times reports this morning, a set of shocking videos uncovered by the Institute for Justice exposes New Mexico city attorneys conspiring to trample citizens’ private property and due process rights.

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Local Viewpoints
4:00 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Goodman: Thoughts On The 2014 Election

  Here are some thoughts on the local side of the 2014 election.

Notably, we got a good look at the political toilet bowl into which Citizens United cast us. We saw some last-minute splurges on huge and dishonest attack ads. Some were very effective.

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9:09 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Rodríguez: Court Correctly Dismisses Lawsuit To Enforce Unconstitutional Texas Senate Boundaries

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Senator José Rodríguez, chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that the dismissal by the Federal Western District Court of Texas the plaintiff's claims in Evenwell v. Perry brings to an end an argument that was frivolous from the outset.

Brought by the right wing organization, Project for Fair Representation, the lawsuit attempted to force the Texas Legislature to redraw the Texas Senate District boundaries based on the voting electorate rather than total population numbers. The lawsuit was dismissed yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014).

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12:09 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arizona, New Mexico River Snakes From Grazing

PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Forest Service today of its intent to sue the agency under the Endangered Species Act over its livestock grazing program, which threatens two federally protected aquatic snakes. The snakes’ decline reflects the declining health of rivers throughout the Southwest. 

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2:20 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Goodman: Still Troubled By Las Cruces City Council Actions On The Minimum Wage Law

     

  I suppose I should be grateful that Mayor Ken Miyagashima engineered a compromise in which the City Council won't immediately eviscerate the petition-mandated ordinance it enacted to raise the minimum wage.

But I'm still troubled. 

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5:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Allen Weh Takes Aim At Udall In New Ad

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

  Today, U.S. Senate Candidate Allen Weh hit the TV airwaves with another ad which contrasts the daily struggle of working New Mexicans with that of U.S. Senator Tom Udall. Udall has spent the last 15 years in Washington, DC living a life of luxury and privilege, travelling the world and becoming a millionaire.

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4:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Peter Goodman: Weh Is Way Out Of Line

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

      

          The time-worn phrase “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels” might be Allen Weh's motto.

This post concerns Weh's dishonest and despicable mailer attacking Tom Udall's patriotism.

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3:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Gray Wolf Spotted In Grand Canyon National Park For First Time In Over 70 Years

  GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— For the first time since the 1940s, a gray wolf is roaming the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The wolf, which is wearing an inactive radio collar, is likely a gray wolf that dispersed from the northern Rocky Mountains. The intrepid wolf is currently fully protected under the Endangered Species Act, which prohibits killing, wounding or harassing the animal and provides other protections. However, those protections could be stripped under the Obama administration’s proposed plan to remove wolves from the list of protected species.

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11:32 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Udall Campaign: Allen Weh Subject Of Election Law Complaint For Alleged Use Of Corporate Jet

  Over the last several months, multimillionaire CEO Allen Weh has been the beneficiary of thousands of dollars in illegal corporate campaign contributions – in the form of charter flights from his own company, CSI Aviation. Now those illegal contributions are the subject of a formal federal election law complaint.

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11:22 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Sandy Jones: PRC Is Vital To New Mexico's Economic Health

  The number one issue facing Southern and Southwest New Mexico is jobs and economic opportunity.  The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) is vitally important to the economic health of our region.  The PRC makes decisions every week that affect our economy, from encouraging new investment in innovative businesses wanting to come to New Mexico to helping or hindering existing businesses.  I’m Sandy Jones and as your PRC Commissioner I always looked at how our decisions will affect jobs.  Can we create new opportunity; can we open the doors to new ideas and new ways of doing business?  I was

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11:19 am
Thu October 30, 2014

King: Martinez Food Stamp Changes "Cruel"

  Gary King says his opponent is now taking aim at New Mexico’s poorest citizens with her latest edict that will result in 80,000 people being disqualified from receiving state aid for food.

“It is draconian, arrogant, and just plain cruel,” says King, referring to Susana Martinez’s plan to reinstate certain eligibility requirements that could halt the issuance of food stamps for large numbers of people in the state.

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3:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

CAFe: We Will "Remain Vigilant" To Preserve The Las Cruces Minimum Wage Law

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – At yesterday’s work session, the Las Cruces City Council decided to enact the new $10.10 law they voted for on September 8th.  In its first phase, the new law will improve regular wages to $8.40/hour and gives tipped wage earners a raise to $3.36/hour effective January 1, 2015.

 

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3:14 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Mexico Court: Students Can't Be Barred Because Of Faith

   Students can’t be barred from receiving generally-available educational benefits just because their schools are religiously affiliated, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

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10:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

NFIB: Improvement Needed As New Mexico Is Ranked 35th For Tax Climate

  The nonpartisan Tax Foundation today released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index, and the annual report ranked New Mexico just 35th best in the nation. But the state director for New Mexico’s largest small-business association said neighboring states are pointing the way up.

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9:29 am
Tue October 28, 2014

The Definition Of Insanity-New Mexico Edition

Credit Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This link is to a spreadsheet illustrating political control of New Mexico's Legislature over the past 80+ years (since 1931). In summary, Democrats have controlled the House and Senate for a combined total of 160 years between the two bodies with Republicans having controlled one body or the other for a total of 6 years.

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3:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Groups File Lawsuit Over New Mexico Food Stamp Requirements

  In issuing strict new requirements of low-income New Mexicans who are seeking food assistance, Sidonie Squire, the Secretary of the Human Services Department, failed to follow legal requirements herself. Her failure impeded the public from learning about the new restrictions and from having the opportunity to participate in the rule making as afforded by law.

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11:02 am
Mon October 27, 2014

CAFe: We Do Not Support Amendments To Las Cruces Minimum Wage Law

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today the Las Cruces City Council will hold a work session to discuss “amendments” to the new law to improve wages to $10.10 by 2017 for 18,000 hardworking breadwinners in Las Cruces.  The new minimum wage ordinance, Ordinance #2726, is the only item on the agenda.  Public participation will not be allowed.  This discussion between the City Council, Mayor Miyagishima, and the Administration will lead to their last act in this historic citizen’s ballot initiative signed by over 6,000 Las Cruces voters.  

 

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10:31 am
Sun October 26, 2014

GO Bond C: Our Region's Future

  This fall, voters in our region will go to the polls to cast their ballots for everything from who will be our governor to who will represent our community in the state Legislature.  One of the most important questions facing our community this year will be the statewide higher education bond referendum -- General Obligation Bond C.

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10:27 am
Sun October 26, 2014

League Of Women Voters: Support GRT Increase For Transportation

  It is difficult to convince people who own cars, often one for each driver in the family, to tax themselves to provide public transportation for their friends and neighbors who cannot afford the convenience of private cars. But that is what the County Regional Transit Gross Receipts Tax Question is asking us to do.

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10:20 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Goodman: Schools Need A Doctor's Guiding Principle- Do No Harm

         

            Ever watch a young child?   

   Other than getting fed, their defining characteristic is curiosity.  They're driven to learn as much as possible about everything around them.  That's how you survive, if you're a lion cub or a quail chick. 

   Curiosity is a natural passion.   It cools as we start feeling somewhat comfortable on Earth, but it persists.  If pressure from parents and schools doesn't kill it, it can last a lifetime. 

   Unfortunately, schools often kill curiosity. 

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10:58 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Goodman: Las Cruces City Council Bound By Law On The Minimum Wage

        

  Painstakingly, following the City Charter's requirements, CAFE and volunteers gathered thousands of valid signatures on a petition to increase the minimum wage.  The Charter gave the council only two choices: enact the ordinance as it stands or reject it and let the citizenry vote. 

In September, acknowledging that a popular vote would favor the ordinance, a 4-3 City Council majority enacted the ordinance immediately.

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