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Las Cruces, NM – Economic Development is a phrase used loosely by politicians and business leaders. It isn't always clear what they are talking about. The rhetoric, frequently coupled with notions of job creation and growth, acts like a steamroller through city hall and the state house to influence ordinances and legislation. One organization which seems to have the corner on the phrase "economic development" in Southern New Mexico is MVEDA, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Las Cruces, NM – Although the recent plea for more blood donations has been answered in part, supplies in southern New Mexico are still low.

Las Cruces, NM – A new Cultural Affairs Secretary has already been chosen to replace Ruben Smith.

Las Cruces, NM – Interim President William Flores wants to make NMSU's campus more student friendly- he's also planning to apply for a permanent position as president.

Las Cruces, NM – Officials at White Sands Missile Range are confident the Army post will not be closed by the federal government.

Las Cruces, NM – With Labor Day weekend travel just around the corner, gas prices in southern New Mexico are soon to level off.

Las Cruces, NM – The city is redoubling efforts to control the mosquito population. Terrence Kelly with the city says the season should wind down in October, but people should still be taking precautions.

Las Cruces, NM – In a closed-door meeting, the Las Cruces City Council recommended keeping Jim Ericson as City Manager.

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Race And Class In American Politics

3 hours ago
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 Commentary:  “Elections can be said to hold up a mirror to a society,” Zoltan Hajnal writes in the introduction to his new book. “The decisions made privately on ballots reflect who we are and provide indications of whether the nation is what it aspires to be.”

Voter choice is a key metric informing “Dangerously Divided,” Hajnal’s look at the influence of race and class divisions in American politics from the voting booth to government.

 

Over 27,000 New Mexicans could lose food assistance due to Trump administration rule

6 hours ago
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Commentary: Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday that threatens food assistance for more than 27,255 New Mexicans and 755,000 low-income adults nationwide. The rule will go into effect on April 1, 2020.

Federal law already required that states limit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a week. The Trump administration rule makes the requirement even harsher by preventing many states from waiving these draconian time limits in areas with high unemployment.

Commentary: The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” have received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

“While it is encouraging that the EPA is taking at least some minimal action to protect the public from deadly M-44s, updating a few use restrictions –– nearly impossible to enforce and commonly ignored –– fails to meaningfully address the problem,” said Kelly Nokes, Shared Earth wildlife attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center. “EPA is blatantly ignoring its fundamental duty to protect the public, our pets, and native wildlife from the cruel, lethal impacts of cyanide bombs lurking on our public lands. We will continue to hold our federal government accountable to the law, and will continue our fight for a ban on M-44s once and for all.”

Luján Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Moving Forward With Impeachment

6 hours ago
New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Commentary: U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump:

“The United States Congress has a responsibility to uphold our Constitution and protect this country from irrevocable harm. The American people have heard from firsthand witnesses of President Trump’s corruption and seen his abuses of power laid bare. It is now an uncontested fact: The President put his political interests ahead of the interests of our nation. Inaction in the face of this lawlessness would be a dereliction of our oath of office, which is why the President’s behavior mandates that the House moves forward with articles of impeachment.”

Commentary: New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce issued this statement today regarding Speaker Pelosi's call for articles of impeachment against President Trump:

 
“What Speaker Pelosi did today was a disgrace to our nation and to our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves after getting a “history lesson” from the Speaker. She has asked President Trump to prove his innocence: what happened to the 5th Amendment and to Due Process? She hasn’t defended the Constitution herself, particularly on 2nd Amendment rights. There’s been no extortion, no bribery, no abuse of power by the President and no evidence whatsoever that Democrats can turn to. Why can't the Democrats focus on jobs, USMCA and real issues instead of this farce? They will soon have egg on their faces should this sham head to the Senate. I believe this travesty and shameful hearings will backfire in 2020 and Republicans will take back the House.”

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