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[SPECIAL NOTE: Late this afternoon UNMH Management sent an email to all employees regarding THEIR assessment relative to negotiations. They are certainly entitled to their own fantasies, however, until long overdue compensation improvements are agreed to by both parties, we have much more work to do at the bargaining table – and it’s time that the public gets informed along the way at how unfair UNMH has treated its employees. See below for details.]

The Following Statement from District 1199 NM of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees will be delivered tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at about 8:00 AM at UNM Hospital.

Chris Mathys, Conservative Republican and Candidate for U.S. Congress
June 11, 2019

I invite everyone in southern New Mexico to read the article published on February 1, 2019 in the Roswell Daily Record titled “Torres Small gives her thoughts on border security.” I suggest the title should have been, “Torres Small gives deer in headlights look in response on border security.”

Congresswoman Torres Small is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Democrats appointed Torres Small chairwomen to the Oversight, Management and Accountability Committee, which oversees the U.S./Mexican border crisis. Torres Small believes she “will have a chance to influence policy about the border.” My question is: when will Torres Small make any concrete decision that affects border crisis security? I believe that the facts speak for themselves.

Local Election Act Op-Ed
from Mandy Vigil, New Mexico Elections Director

There are some big changes coming to the way New Mexicans vote and, because of these changes, some real costs savings are available for municipalities throughout our state.

The upcoming changes are the result of 2018’s Local Election Act, a legislative overhaul of the way non-partisan local elections are run throughout the state (such as for municipal officers, school boards, and other governmental bodies with taxing authority).

"Many have imagined republics and principalities which have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation." ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics has become an emotional tug-of-war game with politicians espousing one set of principals while not practicing those same set of principals themselves. In general, their followers do the same thing; parrot or espouse one principal for others to live by, but do not live by those same principals themselves.

SANTA FE - Emails obtained by Power The Future – New Mexico reveal the Secretary of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) relied upon a former employer to help craft the Energy Transition Act (ETA.) In fact, several environmental groups with out-of-state ties were given the opportunity to craft this controversial legislation that will lead to job losses and increased electric rates all over New Mexico.

“It is outrageous for the eco-left to be writing bills that will impact the lives of thousands of New Mexico’s families when the interests of energy workers were simply cast aside,” said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. “Even more concerning is the appearance that a high-level administration official worked with her former employer in crafting this bill. The ETA is going to cost jobs and harm our economy, and New Mexican’s deserve to know who is behind it.”

By Senator Pete Campos

All across the country, states are moving to legalize cannabis. So far, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form. Ten states and the District of Columbia allow adult recreational use, and another 14 states, including New Mexico, have now passed laws decriminalizing marijuana possession. During this year's legislative session, hundreds of citizens came to voice their opinions regarding the next logical step, the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico. Policy changes such as this have profound effects on health, education and the economy, so it is imperative that we proceed cautiously.

By Paul Gessing

For years the Rio Grande Foundation has attempted to educate New Mexicans on the bad economics of film subsidies. The program which actually began under then Gov. Gary Johnson was enhanced by Bill Richardson when he and the Legislature made it state policy to return 25 cents for every dollar spent in the State to the film industry.

The amount that could be spent in support of the film industry was uncapped during the Richardson Administration leading to some wild swings in annual subsidy payments. That situation was partially resolved during the Martinez Administration when a $50 million annual cap was placed on payouts, but subsidies could (and did) accumulate above that amount.

By Leslie Bronken

(DEMING, NM)     On May 14, 2019 a meeting was held at the Deming Fairgrounds to discuss the status of the fair and the asylum seekers who had been transported to Deming by US Customs and Border Patrol. Approximately 150 people from the community arrived to listen to what government officials had to say and to ask questions.

On Saturday, city and county government officials were given next to no advance notice that CBP was going to drop off asylum seekers at two bus stops in Deming so they could catch buses to their sponsors' locations. CBP does not get involved in the process of helping asylum seekers contact their sponsors. There was no place to purchase tickets at these two bus stop locations. Government officials held a meeting and decided to find temporary shelter and secured building #1 at the fairgrounds. This decision was made so that the asylum seekers would not be roaming around homeless in Deming without any way to make contact with their sponsors.

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