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O'Rourke Raises $6.1 Million On First Day Of Campaign

9 hours ago
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke / File

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke announced that his Presidential campaign raised a record $6.1 million dollars on its first day.  Here is a statement from the campaign:

Beto O’Rourke raised a record-breaking $6,136,763 in online contributions during the first 24 hours of his grassroots campaign for President of the United States. Without a dime from PACs, corporations or special interests, he received contributions from every state and territory in the nation.

“In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president -- a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACs, corporations and special interests but to the people,” said O’Rourke. 

New Mexico investigates nonprofit group over pay disparities

9 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general's office has launched an investigation into a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities find work.

Attorney General Hector Balderas said Monday his office is looking into allegations that Adelante Development Center was grossly under paying employees.

Balderas' announcement follows a lawsuit filed Friday against Adelante. In the complaint, Disability Rights New Mexico alleges violations of state and municipal minimum wage laws.

Native Americans say movement to end 'redface' is slow

Mar 17, 2019

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — John Little can hardly go a week without a reminder that he and other Native Americans often are viewed as relics of the past: the Indian maiden on the butter container at the grocery store, the kids' teepees sold at popular retailers and the sports fans with their faces painted doing tomahawk chops at games.

New Mexico State routs Grand Canyon in WAC title game

Mar 17, 2019
Mark Nessia / nmstatesports.com

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle said his Antelopes ran out of gas.

New Mexico State junior Trevelin Queen said the Aggies were all gas and no brakes.

Queen fueled the Aggies' offense by scoring 27 points to lead New Mexico State past Grand Canyon 89-57 on Saturday night for its third straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

Las Cruces Agencies Train for Gas Emergency

Mar 17, 2019

“Shortcut Construction” was on full view to a crowd of about 70 members of different agencies like Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), the City of Columbus Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Anthony Water Sanitation District. However, Shortcut Construction workers don’t honor gas regulations and don’t follow the model of good gas operations…and in short order, there was an accident.

Saving Money While Helping The Environment In Las Cruces

Mar 17, 2019

At the beginning of March, two co-generators started up at the Jacob Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility (JHWWTF). John Mrozek, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Wastewater administrator, reports: “We have used all the methane gas, which is produced as a part of the wastewater treatment process, as a fuel to produce our own electricity and power the facility. This dramatically reduces our electric bills.”

Aggie Women Take The WAC Championship In Double-Overtime Win

Mar 16, 2019

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gia Pack scored seven of her 22 points to the second overtime to lead New Mexico State to a 76-73 double-overtime victory over Texas Rio Grande Valley in the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Women's Tournament.

It was the first time the WAC women's championship game went into overtime.

The Aggies make their fifth straight postseason appearance, and return to the NCAA Tournament after playing in the WNIT last season. It marks their fourth WAC tournament title in five seasons.

GOP House Leaders Say Democrats 'Overreached' This Session

Mar 16, 2019
https://www.nmlegis.gov

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico House Republicans say the Democratic-controlled state Legislature has "overreached" on gun control, taxes and spending and they expect voters to respond.

GOP House Minority Leader Rep. James Townsend told reporters after the session ended Saturday that Democrats pushed through measures that didn't represent the values on New Mexico and put the state in a dangerous financial position.

New Mexico Legislature Adjourns, Passing Budget And Tax Plan

Mar 16, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic New Mexico Legislature sent a $7 billion spending plan to an allied governor that hikes spending on low-income students, teacher pay and infrastructure as the annual legislative session came to a close Saturday.

In the final minutes, lawmakers approved a bill over Republican objections that would raise some taxes, while offering a larger family tax credit.

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Beto O'Rourke: "Born" To Be President?

6 hours ago
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke / File

 

  Commentary: Fetch the smelling salts and pick me gently off the floor: Beto O’Rourke is running for president.  

In the least surprising development of the 2020 Democratic Party primary, O’Rourke finally declared his candidacy on Wednesday after four months of buzz.

The former El Paso City Council member and three-term congressman may have lost his bid to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last November, but in so doing he cultivated an aura of celebrity, social media aptitude and fundraising prowess that persuaded enough of the Washington political establishment, political commentariat and, at last, himself that he is made of presidential timber.

Goodman: Trump Is A Symptom Of Larger Problems

Mar 17, 2019

  

  Commentary: Have we reached a fork in the road?

 

We've used and abused other humans and our environment, living extremely comfortably. For decades it's been clear that our luck was running out – and should. 

 

Less clear is the nature of the reckoning. Materially, would the pie (world economy) grow, allowing our extreme economic advantage (being 6% of the population, controlling 60% of the resources) to decline in relative terms, nonviolently, and without causing us real suffering? Would technology, ingenuity, and some self-discipline mute environmental disruption?

Common Cause Cheers Passage of New Mexico Ethics Commission

Mar 16, 2019

Commentary: “We are  pleased and excited that the 2019 legislature has fulfilled a promise to the New Mexico voters to establish an independent ethics commission,” Heather Ferguson, executive director, Common Cause New Mexico.  Three quarters of NM voters last November voted to put an ethics commission in the constitution, but it was up to the legislature to set it up. 

The ethics commission has been a subject of debate in the legislature for over a decade as a number of high-profile convictions have captured headlines and sent public officials to prison.

Failure Of New Mexico Legislature To Remove Abortion Ban Inexcusable

Mar 16, 2019

Commentary: The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that the New Mexico Senate voted against HB 51, which would have repealed the outdated law making abortion a crime. New Mexico women deserve to know that a full range of healthcare will remain available to them even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.  The League believes that in a pluralistic society such as ours the individual's right to make reproductive choices, including abortion, must be affirmed.

There is no Emergency at U.S. Southern Border

Mar 15, 2019

Commentary: The claim that there is an emergency at the U.S. Southern border is just plain false. Apprehensions are at their lowest level in the last 20 years, most illegal drugs enter U.S. through legal points of entry, El Paso has not and is not a crime infested city, more Mexican immigrants have returned home from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the great recession and legal and undocumented immigrants living here commit less crime.

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