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Contagion: Thwarting Its Will

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.  – Winston S. Churchill A virus has a will to live but it has no life source of its own — it needs a host. COVID19, a highly contagious virus, needs living bodies in which to insert itself,...

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More Than Mere Tributes Due Healthcare Workers

By Lance Chilton Back about a millennium ago – or so it seems – New Yorkers, Frenchmen, residents of Indian cities and Vancouverites would gather on their apartments’ balconies banging pots at a defined hour as a tribute to health care workers’ actions during the pandemic.  Just a few weeks ago,...

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What a Difference Seven Months Can Make

An Urban Institute study published July 28, 2021 points out one obvious reason people across the country should vote for Democrats: the economy. A new study measures vast improvements in the fight against poverty after implementation of the Biden administration’s economic measures, including safety-net benefits, taxes and tax credits, state...

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Party Affiliation Reflects Attitudes on Racism

By Flora Lucero According to a newly published survey, there is a 42% disparity between Democrats and Republicans on whether overcoming racism requires more than a change in attitudes—i.e., through actually changing laws and institutions.   The Hidden Common Ground survey conducted by Public Agenda in May of 2021, found that...

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Sen. Ortiz y Pino: Progress in the Senate and Into the Future

By Jennie Lusk The 2021 regular legislative session was unique, and not only because it was held “virtually,” with testimony from people around the state reaching legislators. It was unique because it unified Democrats in both houses and the Governor’s mansion in passing progressive measures that actually became law. It was...

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Marijuana: What’s In A Word?

By Ellen Coplen New Mexico lawmakers have worked for years to legalize recreational use of cannabis, and the passage of the state’s Cannabis Regulation Act and recent legalization in dozens of other states opens the door for ending the stigma over the plant.   For hundreds of years, cannabis has been used in rope...

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What Happens Beyond Pride Month?

By Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director and Co-Founder Transgender Resource Center The month of June is an exciting and interesting time for us. Companies and organizations don rainbows, and now the pink and blue transgender flag, for a variety of reasons. Some genuinely support us and what we do, some are...

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Paul Tempane: DPBC Welcomes New Treasurer

When Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) treasurer Rayellen Smith was elected state party treasurer, DPBC was missing a treasurer—but not for long. Paul Tempane, a Democrat since 1976 where he was a student at the University of Minnesota, has stepped up to take over the reins at the recommendation...

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Rural Outreach: DPBC Chair Flora Lucero’s Point of View

The two New Mexico counties dominated by Albuquerque, Corrales, and Rio Rancho created a strong Democratic showing for Melanie Stansbury in the 1st Congressional District in the June 1 special election.   Thanks to all the Bernalillo County Democratic volunteers who turned out to work and to vote. Stansbury trounced Republican state senator...

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