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Democracy in the U.S.A.? Democracy activists to unite this August

May 24, 2017

  Commentary: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis  A large and diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students, elected officials, and others from around the U.S.

Commentary: Today, House Democratic leaders praised the Democrats’ Resistance Summer program as an integral part of the Democrats’ push to hold Donald Trump & Paul Ryan accountable for their agenda and elect more Democrats to Congress.

Commentary: El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to launch the first demand response initiative for EPE customers. Through the use of customer-owned smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, the eSmart Thermostat Program partners with customers to reduce their electricity use during peak times in the summer months.  This three year pilot program will measure ways to effectively reduce EPE’s summer peak energy demand.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: President Donald Trump today released his budget request for fiscal year 2018. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.


“The Trump-DeVos budget is a wrecking ball aimed at our nation’s public schools. Their budget shows how dangerously ill-informed they are about what works for students and in public education. Their reckless and irresponsible budget would smash the aspirations of students, crush their dreams, and make it difficult for them to go to college and get ahead.

DPNM: The Second Congressional District Is A Priority

May 23, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after President Trump unveiled his disastrous Federal Budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY2018).

Pearce Lauds Trump Proposal To Increase Defense Spending

May 23, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“Our nation’s budget has spiraled out of control. Without significant course corrections, we are slated to leave our children and grandchildren with an unsurmountable debt. It is refreshing to see a President diligently attempt to provide our nation with a balanced and sustainable budget. While nowhere near perfect or the final product that will be crafted by Congress, President Trump’s proposal forces a much needed conversation on our nation’s spending priorities.

Trump's Support of Police is All Rhetoric

May 22, 2017
Flickr (Creative Commons)

Commentary:  President Trump recently addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. In this speech he reaffirmed his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. The President remarked:

Under Trump Budget NM Children & Families Lose Health Care

May 22, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: New Mexico - With President Trump’s official budget expected to cut Medicaid by $800 billion, Republican elected officials in New Mexico have remained silent on this new development. 


“Many New Mexico children and families rely on Medicaid for health care, and Trump’s cuts to Medicaid are a serious concern,” said DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg. “Governor Martinez and Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez have not fulfilled their obligation to fight for New Mexico families, instead  they continue to allow Trump to push harmful policies that hurt our state. 


Goodman: A Nation In Crisis

May 21, 2017

Commentary: When we elect a six-year-old President, a six-year-old runs our country.

Donald Trump is behaving just like the emotionally immature and barely literate clown he seemed to be last year. 

This week alone he's fired FBI Director James Comey and said things he shouldn't have to the Russians; and it appears that before firing Comey, Trump urged him to stop investigating Trump's and Michael Flynn's Russian connections – and asked Comey for personal loyalty.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Decades in the Making

May 21, 2017

  Commentary: As with most great success stories, people are quick to forget the blood, sweat and tears and - in this case - years of public discourse, that go into achieving something big and important. With the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument’s third anniversary already here, and national monuments being reviewed for possible rollbacks by the Trump administration, it’s important to reflect on the long history of public support that resulted in the monument’s establishment.

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico First will host its biennial First Forum lecture series on June 7 in Albuquerque. Crisis Point: Advancing Healthy Politics in New Mexico will feature U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D) and Trent Lott (R).

Commentary:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. (donald trump)

Commentary: Where is the Dona Ana County Republican Party?  In the party chair's 5/12 open letter I see signs of 'blame any else' as the modus operandi.   Too bad.

Tell The Trump Administration: Protect Our Monuments

May 18, 2017
mike groves

 Commentary: Last month, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at weakening national monument designations made by his predecessors, including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico.

Lawmaker, Law Enforcement Blast Texas "Show Me Your Papers" SB4

May 18, 2017

  Commentary– Since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen a slew of anti-immigrant legislation proposed on both the local and national level.

JEC Democrats: Clean Energy, It’s Where the Jobs Are

May 18, 2017
Simon Thompson


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: 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) released the following statement after the Joint Economic Committee’s held a hearing with extremist Charles Murray this morning. Murray is most famous for his controversial book The Bell Curve, which argues that individuals of certain races are genetically predisposed to lower intelligence levels.

Major Threat: FCC Moves to Dismantle Net Neutrality

May 18, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai /

Commentary: Today, the Federal Communications Commission, under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 to pass the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to disavow the agency's well-established authority and responsibility to prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling and blocking internet content. The NPRM vote follows the U.S.

  Commentary: As a large crowd outside Public Service Company of New Mexico’s Albuquerque headquarters called for more clean energy, shareholders inside considered resolutions to direct the company to take into account the risks of climate change to its finances and to ratepayers.

Heinrich Opening Statement at Joint Economic Committee Hearing on Social Capital

May 17, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at a hearing on social capital. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:


The topic of social capital is an important one, especially when it is used to build communities up. 


I worry, though, that this conversation could be used to blame disadvantaged communities for not being successful.


Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ (CPC) Health Care Task Force, led 35 of her progressive colleagues on a letter to President Donald Trump proposing an opportunity to work together to reduce the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. The letter lays out specific proposals for how the Administration and the 36 members of the CPC could work together during the upcoming reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) User Fee Agreements (UFAs).

peter goodman

 Commentary: Tuesday's county commission meeting started with Commission Chair Isabella Solis urging citizens to respect commissioners and ended with citizens chanting “Shame!” 

At issue: should the County provide $350,000 toward continuing bus service throughout the south county?

The transit folks were to make a presentation. The chamber was full of people wanting to speak. Suddenly none of this was permitted.

Texas House members have chance to save open government

May 13, 2017

Commentary:  Keeping our Texas Public Information Act operating effectively takes effort. That’s why open government advocates have worked with public officials and businesses over the past year to fine tune the landmark state law.

Transparency legislation resulting from these work sessions emerged out of frank discussions – and with an understanding that some compromise is necessary.

Now, state lawmakers have the opportunity to pass multiple negotiated open government measures to improve the Public Information Act and restore its strength, for the benefit of all Texans.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) made the following statement as news surfaced that the Trump administration is investigating criminal histories of Haitians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS):

Failure To Pass Regional Transit Funding A Terrible Loss For The Las Cruces Area And Beyond

May 13, 2017

Commentary: In their hearts, county commissioners know rural transit services are desperately needed.  Surely they do not want to harm the woman in the wheelchair going to her appointment at La Clinica de Familia, the young man in Chaparral going to his kidney dialysis, the casino workers who take the bus to work, the early college high school students who take the bus home, the college students riding the bus to NMSU and DACC, those women in Anthony who use the bus to get groceries, and so on.  Yet they refused to hear from the South Central Regional Transit District (SCRTD) and the over 8

$1 million tax dollars lost to Dona Ana County Residents

May 13, 2017
David Armijo-South Central Regional Transit District

Commentary: This week four out the five Doña Ana County Commissioners refused, without explanation, to hear a request for funding by the South Central Regional Transit District (SCTRD).  They also chose not to hear a presentation that had been prepared by Javier Perea, Mayor of Sunland Park and SCRTD Board Chair.  

New Mexico Senators Call On FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

May 13, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

  Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing strong opposition to the Chairman’s plans to gut net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same.

Bipartisanship: The anecdote to politics fatigue and solving our state’s challenges

May 13, 2017

Commentary: “Bipartisanship isn’t an option anymore; it’s a requirement,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, who will be a keynote speaker alongside U.S. Senator Trent Lott at a New Mexico First event next month. Each day we read and hear that our country is deeply divided by economics, race, gender and politics. We are told that the chasm of partisanship has never been so wide. Many people have politics fatigue and retreat to their corners where discourse seems safe.

Celebrate Our Educators During National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10, 2017
Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

 Commentary: This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  We have wonderful Teachers, and Education Employees!  We need to celebrate the incredible teaching happening all over New Mexico. 


New Mexico has more students graduating and better test results, thanks to teachers!