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New Mexico

IPRA: Transparency tool or burden on government?-by Daniel Chacon, Santa Fe New Mexican

6/23/23-Steve Terrell remembers his days as a reporter when he could ask a government agency for a public record and get it on the spot.

“It used to be just so easy,” said Terrell, who retired from The New Mexican nearly four years ago after a decades long journalism career.  “You could basically walk into a government office and say, ‘Hey, do you have that file on such and such?’ Unless it was confidential or something, they’d show it to you,” he said.   Those days are largely long gone.   Read More…

Abortion - Law

Where abortion laws stand in every state a year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe – Associated Press

6/23/23-In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that ended nearly a half-century of a nationwide right to abortion, states have enacted contrasting policies on the issue. The Dobbs decision overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that protected the right to an abortion until fetal viability, which is generally considered to be around 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Lawmakers, governors, courts and voters are all shaping policies — and more changes are in the pipeline.  A state-by-state breakdown of where things stand:  Read More…

New Mexico - Politics

Hispanic and Latinos’ ‘drift’ away from Dems could mean Vasquez’s downfall – Renato Costa, Pinion Post

6/22/23-Far-left Democrat U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez of New Mexico’s Second Congressional District could be in for a surprise in his 2024 attempt to seek reelection, as Hispanics and Latinos, who make up 60 percent of the District, are shifting away from the Democrat Party.  Read More…


Serious and Shocking Allegation at Ask Academy in Rio Rancho-Bob Clark Show, KKOB Radio

Police confirm and open and active investigation of a child raped in an non-gender bathroom at school.  Read More…


Trump adviser faces possible disbarment over his efforts to overturn 2020 election – Stefanie Dazio, Michael R. Blook adn Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press

6/21/23-LOS ANGELES — Attorney John Eastman, the architect of a legal strategy aimed at keeping former President Donald Trump in power, concocted a baseless theory and made false claims of fraud in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, a prosecutor said Tuesday in arguing that Eastman be disbarred.  Read Now…

Native Americans - SCOTUS - Constitutional Rights

Natives say Supreme Court challenge was never just about foster kids – Michael Warren, The Associated Press

6/20/23-Native American nations say the Supreme Court’s rejection of a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act has reaffirmed their power to withstand threats from state governments.  They say the case conservative groups raised on behalf of four Native American children was a stalking horse for legal arguments that could have broadly weakened tribal and federal authority.  Read More...

Referendum Project leader collects signatures to ‘protect the people of New Mexico– New Mexico Sun Report

6/21/23-An organization looking to “use the Constitution as the tool it was designed to be” hopes to obtain enough signatures to put several referendums on the November 2024 ballot to “protect the people of New Mexico.” Read More..

Business - Education

New Mexicans sign up for federal internet subsidy – >by Reyes Mata III, Southern New Mexico Journalism Collaborative

6/19/23-The state of New Mexico is outpacing the national average for registering residents in the Affordable Connectivity Program — a key federal initiative to help low-income Americans pay for high-speed internet.  For qualifying families, the program provides up to $30 per month toward high-speed internet.  Read More…

New Mexico - Economy

U.S. Census Bureau report sounds the alarm on NM’s long-term povertyJohn Block, Pinion Post

6/18/23-A newly published report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows where New Mexico stands regarding long-term poverty.  The report “incorporates poverty estimates from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, the 2005–2009 American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates, and the 2015–2019 ACS, 5-year estimates.”  Read More…

Referendum - Voting and Elections

Ethics Complaint Filed Against New Mexico Secretary of State for Attempting to Sabotage New Mexicans’ Right to Referendum Laws – The Editor, Estancia News

6/16/23-This week a leader of the statewide referendum effort, Ramona Goolsby, filed an ethics complaint against the New Mexico Secretary of State for dereliction of duty, malicious abuse of process, and abuse of power.  Read More…

New Mexico - Taxation

In which Southwest states do residents pay the most sales tax? – Patrick M. Brenner, Southwest Public Policy Institute

6/16/23-New Mexico and Nevada lead the region, while Oklahoma and Utah report the lowest sales tax burdens.

Sales Tax is a familiar part of our everyday transactions, whether we’re purchasing groceries or updating our wardrobes.  Read More…

SCOTUS - Native Americans

Haaland v. Brackeen: Tribal Sovereignty Wins – Patrick M. Brenner, Southwest Public Policy Institute

6/16/23-In a significant victory for the preservation of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark decision in the consolidated case Haaland v. Brackeen. This ruling upheld the constitutionality and importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), affirming its role in safeguarding the welfare and cultural identity of Native American children.  Read more…

Legislation - Abortion
OPINION - Economy - Legislation

Don’t get too excited about those rebates – Paul J. Gessing, President, New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation

6/16/23 – An aging school bus fleet prompted the Lake Arthur Municipal Schools to purchase two electric school buses as the small southern Chaves County school district looks at the future of transporting students.  Read More…

Leftists celebrate NM law harboring criminal abortionists taking effect – By Piñon Post 

6/16/23-(T)he far-left George Soros-funded group ProgressNow New Mexico (PNNM) gleefully celebrated an extremist law, S.B. 13, taking effect. S.B. 13, signed by Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, will harbor criminal abortionists in New Mexico who are wanted for extradition to other states.   Read More…

Gov. Lujan Grisham priority legislation effective today-Office of the Governor

6/16/23-SANTA FE – Multiple laws championed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and passed by the Legislature went into effect today, the default date set 90 days following the end of the session. Read More…

Education - Climate

Lake Arthur schools order electric buses for transportation futureMike Smith – Carlsbad Current-Argus

6/15/23-An aging school bus fleet prompted the Lake Arthur Municipal Schools to purchase two electric school buses as the small southern Chaves County school district looks at the future of transporting students.  Read More…


Preserving Culture – Mark Sheridan, USA Today

6/15/23-WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday preserved the system that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children…Read More…


Homeless policy presentation and podcast – Bob Clark KKOB radio
6/14/23-Judge Glock, Director of Research at the Manhattan Institute is an expert on homeless policy in the United States. On June 14 he gave a presentation in Albuquerque. Read More…

Legislation - Legal

Advocates spread word and gun locks as Bennie’s Law takes effectBy Robert Nott and Daniel J. Chacón, Sante Fe New Mexican

6/15/23-Miranda Viscoli is optimistic about the changes to come in New Mexico with the new Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act. Read More…


Reversing the Homelessness Crisis: Is New Mexico Ready for a Behavioral Health Treatment Court? Pete Dinelli, New Mexico Sun

6/15/23-On May 22, the NM Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) released a report on the state’s homeless and the affordable housing shortage which included the preliminary estimates of the 2023 Point In Time (PIT) annual homeless count. Read More…


Inflation Issues – Bob Clark Show, KKOB

6/14/23-Consumer prices rose at the slowest pace since April 2021 as inflation showed further…Read More…


See where NM ranked in child well-being on ‘The Kids Count’ report – Renato Costa, Pinion Post 

6/14/23-The Baltimore-based nonprofit, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, recently released its annual “The Kids Count” report. The report examines data across 16 total indicators in four broad categories: education, health, economic well-being, and family and community. New Mexico was once again ranked last overall.  Read More…


Heinrich on opening of new Tesla facility in Santa Ana Pueblo: ‘We (are) right at the fulcrum of incredible change with incredible leadership’

6/13/23-Tesla has opened what officials call the “first ground-up construction, full-size sales, service and delivery facility on U.S. tribal lands” at Santa Ana Pueblo.  The 35,000-square-foot facility opened June 1, featuring a sales-and-delivery center, vehicle showroom, customer lounge, 19 service bays and a parts-and-storage area.  Read More…

Gaslighting from Soros-backed MLG on election integrity reaches new levels – Erin Clements, Pinion Post

6/12/23-Recently, Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted out a link to a story from NPR titled, “How the Far Right is Making Voter Fraud Easier,” with an at-a-girl message for New Mexico’s corrupt SOS, Maggie Toulouse Oliver: Read More..

Press Release Navajo Nation - Economic Development

President Nygren and Speaker Curley express disappointment regarding Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s decision

6/2/2023-President Nygren and Speaker Curley express disappointment regarding Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s decision to withdraw lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park from future leasing and mining claims. “Despite the Navajo Nation’s position, Secretary Haaland proceeded to issue this decision one day after the Navajo Nation commemorated our Treaty Day,…Read More..