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Turning Out: A Q&A with Linda Stover

By Susannah Abbey Today, September 22, 2020, is National Voter Registration Day. So we’re going to celebrate by talking to the Voter Registrar Extraordinaire, Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover. It’s especially important for us to make our voice heard in the upcoming General Election. This year, we citizens have questions...

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Focus on the Judiciary: Vote for Democracy in Our County Courtrooms

By Lance Chilton Bernalillo County voters will encounter a lengthy list of judicial candidates on the November ballot – 15 positions in all. But it’s not as daunting as may appear: Nine of those 15 are unopposed, leaving two NM Supreme Court justices, three Court of Appeals Judges, and just one...

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Be Aware: The Republicans Want Their Own Brand of Justice

By M. Benevento The Republican Party of New Mexico is targeting more than the Roundhouse and the White House this fall. On their website, they blatantly announce a plan to change New Mexico’s judicial system by pushing a slate of conservative-leaning candidates on the ballot for November (https://newmexico.gop/republicans-ready-to-change-new-mexico-judiciary/). Their candidates,...

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Heroes Among the Heroes

By Lance Chilton One of the “aims and purposes” of National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees National Union of Hospital is to “Educate on ‘trade union principles.’”  I spoke with the Union’s District 1199NM Executive Director, Eleanor Chavez, about those principles.  “You stand in solidarity with other workers,...

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Beyond Labor Day: Dems Look to Recognize and Reward Workers

Raising Wages and Promoting Workers Rights (from the 2020 Democratic Platform) Democrats will fight to raise wages for working people and improve job quality and security, including by raising the federal minimum wage so it reaches $15 an hour by 2026. Raising the federal minimum wage, so fewer workers are...

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An Unprecedented Election Requires Bold Action

It’s one of those moments in life with a vivid memory. Maybe because it was filled with so much raw emotion and disappointment. On election night, November 8, 2016, a collective groan reverberated across the globe expressing the painful awareness that immorality, misogyny, racism, vulgarity, sedition, and greed were elected...

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What Can We Learn From North Dakota? State Banking, for a Start

By M. Benevento Early in the 20th century, a grassroots group in North Dakota campaigned to establish state-owned banks, mills and elevators, as well as farm insurance. Under state control, the organizers argued, these things would be in place to support hard-working North Dakota farmers rather than profiting nefarious out-of-state interests, such...

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