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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 88% of Democrats surveyed expected that improvements in the ongoing…

COVID-19 and Children

By Lance Chilton 610,000+ deaths in the US and counting . 4,400 in New Mexico. Very few of those deaths are children. Only 43 states are counting COVID cases and deaths by age; in those states, there have now been more than 4,000,000 child cases and “only” 0.01%, or about 400, have died. Those 400 deaths are more than three times the average annual…

What You Need to Know On the Status of the PNM-Avangrid Merger

By Joseph Maestas, PRC Commissioner With less than 1.5 years remaining on our terms, I and my fellow Public Regulation Commissioners (PRC) have plenty of work to do. We are focused on implementing New Mexico’s clean energy transition, including grid modernization and community solar, and advocating for increased resources to ensure a smooth transition to an appointed PRC on January…

Decision Stands on Denial of Public Funding for Sheriff Gonzales

The City’s Independent Hearing Officer (HO) on Monday affirmed the City Clerk’s decision to deny Sheriff Manny Gonzales just over $660,000 in public campaign funding, The decision leaves Tim Keller as the only publicly financed candidate for mayor in the November 2 municipal elections. The sheriff announced that he would appeal. In denying the sheriff’s appeal after a seven-hour hearing…

City Council Races Update

Here’s an update on Albuquerque City Council candidates, courtesy the City Clerk’s office: July 26 is the day that those seeking public financing can expect to hear whether they have qualified for it, based on the County Clerk’s determination.   Candidates seeking public campaign financing were required to submit petition signatures and a $5 contribution from a specified number of potential voters by…

"Medicare 4 All" Rally Set

At least eight New Mexico organizations have joined with like-minded groups nationwide to raise awareness of and support for Medicare for All. Rallies are being organized in at least 52 communities across the country and in Albuquerque. The local rally is from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 24 in front of UNM Hospital on Lomas. Sponsoring organizations for…

Offer Your Two Cents on Redistricting

By Jennie Lusk You can now draw maps, submit written comments to help identify “communities of interest,” and schedule your participation in meetings of the Citizen Redistricting Committee through the committee’s website. The website at www.nmredistricting.org has just gone “live”, as the newly formed committee commences its work redrawing New Mexico’s voting districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, both houses of…

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 unique because of cooperation and unity on progressive causes. A…

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 (hemp), and common household medications throughout the world. It has also…

Visit Bosque Redondo

By Lance Chilton It’s a long drive to Bosque Redondo on the outskirts of Fort Sumner, 167 miles from Albuquerque. It was a much longer walk from Navajo lands to imprisonment there for some 10,000 Navajo people, and for the 400 Mescalero Apaches, who, like the Navajos, had been pushed out of their homelands in the 1860s by federal troops led…