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September 1, 2018
This past week, with less than 75 days to go before the November election, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver used her office to change the way people can vote in New Mexico. It’s called “straight-ticket voting."
Basically, instead of voting for the person running, you are placing a vote for the party. So, if you vote “Republican Ticket,” every Republican in each of the races gets your vote. If you vote “Democrat Ticket,” each Democrat in every race receives your vote. And this goes on for each of the parties identified by the Secretary of State’s office.
When I decided to run for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I saw an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the residents in my district by reforming and improving our state’s laws. I also believed that I could elevate awareness throughout the state of the wonderful things people are doing to make southern New Mexico a great place to live, work, and play.
I ran because I felt called to serve my friends and neighbors. The people of my district value life, liberty, and the freedom to create better opportunities for themselves and their families. They believe that when times are tough, state government should live within its means and growing the size and influence of government isn’t the solution to any of our state’s problems.
Trade, particularly through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is vital for New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers. According to the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, 58% of New Mexico’s total agricultural exports in 2016 were delivered to our NAFTA partners. With New Mexico exporting $712.2 million worth of agricultural products, ranging from beef and dairy products, to our world famous chile and pecans, trade plays a pivotal role in New Mexico’s agricultural economy.
However, like many of you, I have seen both the positive and negative effects of trade on New Mexico. Being a border state, trade deals often required us to compete directly with Mexico. Although Mexico does not enjoy the freedoms we are privileged to have as Americans, a farmer cannot deny the advantage that Mexican producers have specifically when it comes to labor and environmental regulations. Being true innovators, we found ways to compete and market our products, but when countries began retaliating against U.S. tariffs, our profit margin became even more thin.
Not long ago, the United States was a world leader in infrastructure investments. Federal and private funding helped even the most remote communities obtain electricity, running water and access to the rest of the world through telecommunications.
There’s a well-known observation that close inspection of how legislation is made, is very much like watching sausage being created. In both cases it’s very unappetizing.
This process was on display recently with the machinations going on with the annual federal legislation for our military: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). To understand the missed opportunity here, one needs to have a bit of background as to how we got to where we are today.
5 Third Street, Suite 320 San Francisco, CA 94103 t. 415.449.0505
Department of Transportation
Essential Air Service Division
United States Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
Dear DOT, Grant County Commissioners, and Boutique Air Customers, My name is Shawn Simpson and I am the CEO of Boutique Air.
July 25, 2018
I’m writing today because on July 10th the Grant County Commissioners voted to replace Boutique Air with a new carrier that has no experience in rural community air service: Advanced Air.
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The New Mexico Central Arizona Project is not out of time, as has been alleged. The legal deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. Plans are not incomplete but are evolving, as the NEPA process goes forward.
Many studies and reviews have already been completed in the past 10 years by various consultants and engineers.
Irrigators belonging to the seven diversions along the Gila River and on the San Francisco diversions WANT and NEED this water to fulfill their adjudicated allocations.
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