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Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and CPC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) made the following statement today after President Trump announced that he will offer several infrastructure proposals this week, starting with an effort to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control system.

Goodman: In Difficult Times, Hope Is Not Lost

Jun 4, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: In a quiet way, at 5:30 this morning, I felt as close as I've come in this lifetime to a nervous breakdown.  I won't list the tasks, obligations and problems that loomed large. I take on too much, most of it well-intentioned, then screw it all up. And in the midst of that, I gotta write a newspaper column? I don't feel like a person with a sufficient understanding of much of anything to presume to speak to others!

Udall Decries Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 3, 2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, responded to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Democrats: Trump's Decision On Paris Accord Hurts New Mexico

Jun 3, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

   Commentary: President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, the historic global agreement to act on climate change and move toward more sustainable and renewable energy sources. Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement on the effects the Republican administration’s withdrawal will have on New Mexico.

  Commentary: President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of a widely-accepted international agreement purportedly intended to stop damaging climate change. His decision was cheered by people politically committed to Trump, as well as certain business interests who are delighted to continue harmful climate behaviors. The decision was also met with howls of disapproval from countless world leaders and climate scientists convinced of the danger of our current climate course.

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


Pearce Cheers Trump Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

Jun 1, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump made the decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Deal:

“Any agreement the United States enters into regarding climate or emissions must ensure affordable and reliable energy is available to every New Mexican family. We all agree that we want clean air and clean water, but the United States cannot saddle the global burden of change on the backs of the American people.

  Commentary: Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a new 

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and CPC Energy and Environment Taskforce Chair Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) made the following statement after it was reported President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Pearce Fights For Equal Share Of Mineral Revenues

May 30, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) of 1920 stipulated that the federal government split mineral revenues 50-50 with the states. Recently, the federal government started taking an extra 2 percent from the states. Congressman Steve Pearce is co-leading H.R. 2661 with Congresswoman Liz Cheney to ensure states receive their proper share of federal mineral revenues.

Commentary: Immigrants (primarily Europeans) have been coming to this country for over 300 years seeking a better life. We set the standard for most countries in the world—until recently. For the last 40 years we have been going in the wrong direction in terms of access to a quality education and  health care, personal safety and tax equity. Other rich countries are doing better in these areas.

Commentary: There is much excitement both positive and negative about a proposed magnesium complex in Luna County, a project which its investors hope will transform the city of Deming into the capital of domestic magnesium production.

Commentary: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) released a report, Tobacco in America: Leaving the Vulnerable Behind, highlighting the U.S.’s failure to live up to aspirational global goals regarding tobacco use. While national smoking prevalence has been driven down over the past two decades, the most vulnerable Americans bear a disproportionate share of the costs of tobacco. Partly as a result, the U.S. now ranks 43rd in the world in life expectancy, despite spending more than any other country per capita on health.

A Lesson From 1967 Still Holds True Today

May 28, 2017

Commentary: The Summer of 2017 is an important cultural anniversary in American life. This will mark 50 years since the Summer of Love. What was the Summer of Love? It was many things both good and bad. But the common thread was a desire of many mostly young Americans to question who are as people and where our lives are headed. It was a time to think about what it means to live a good life. It was a time to question whether the acquisition of money and the pursuit of material things really was a true path to happiness.

A Reprieve For Las Cruces-Area Regional Transit

May 28, 2017

Commentary; The County Commission got a redo on rural buses Tuesday – and did what seems the right thing.  Last meeting, dozens who wanted to speak didn't get the chance.

Tuesday turned into a rather wonderful moment. More than three dozen people spoke, including bus-riders speaking Spanish, several elected officials, and dedicated non-profit leaders. None opposed transit. We marveled at the variety of speakers, the power of their words, and the moving human stories. 

Commentary: Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a new 

LinkedIn Ranks the Most Sought-After Companies

May 28, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary: Where would you like to work, if you could have the ideal job with the ideal employer?

LinkedIn recently provided some insight.

As the leading social media channel for business and professional networking, LinkedIn is essentially a job search engine, so it’s able to distill extensive career related information using its own data analytics.

Based mainly on total views of job postings by thousands of companies, LinkedIn published its most sought-after companies findings in May, ranking the top 50 employers nationally.

Trump On Trade-A Work In Progress?

May 27, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: On May 11, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a new U.S.- China trade agreement. However, the new deal is not a sweeping general trade agreement - it only targets select sectors. Many of the points in the agreement have been discussed in ongoing negotiations that precede the Trump administration. Much detail still must be revealed, but the major provisions were highlighted by Secretary Ross and his team.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement on the growing grassroots support for H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act.”   

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement today after the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, led by Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and CPC Member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) in the House, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and CPC Member Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Senate.

Democrat Announces Run For New Mexico Land Commissioner

May 27, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Longtime advocate for public lands, wildlife and New Mexico’s natural environment, Garrett VeneKlasen, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Commissioner of Public Lands at a press conference in Albuquerque this morning.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“Nearly two months after Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera announced changes to the State’s educator evaluation system at a closed press conference, the New Mexico Public Education Department is finally holding hearings for public input to the changes.

Why We Pay Dearly for the Price of Drug-Maker Profits

May 27, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary: You may have heard me before on KRWG-FM railing against the foolish and wasteful bombardment of TV advertising by the pharmaceutical industry, especially on the major network news shows.

Drug companies spend almost $6.5-billion annually advertising directly to consumers in the U.S. But that’s nothing compared to the $24-billion spent per year marketing to doctors, luring them with free golf trips and other perks.

All that exposure, much of it irrelevant to most of the TV viewing public, is only one reason that drug prices are artificially high.

10 Ways TrumpCare Leaves Rural America Behind

May 24, 2017

  Commentary: Instead of focusing on improving health care delivery in rural America, House Republicans passed a bill that will only make it harder to access affordable, quality health services in rural communities across the country.

Heinrich Warns Against President Trump’s Cuts To Mass Transit Security

May 24, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)


Commentary:  In the wake of the terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is raising serious concerns over cuts included in President Trump’s FY2018 budget to critical Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs that safeguard Americans at large events and while traveling, especially in non-secure “soft” target areas like check-in and baggage claim areas.

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