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American leaders have a rare opportunity to break through partisanship and support a common sense measure that will help our state, our country, and our relationships with our neighbors to the north and south. That measure is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the recently negotiated trade agreement that replaces NAFTA and has been signed by the leaders of all three countries. All that remains is legislative approval, which is why I encourage both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress to put aside political differences and approve the USMCA for the benefit of the American constituents they both serve.

Our economy here in New Mexico depends on trade with Mexico and Canada. 63,000 New Mexico jobs are supported by these trade practices, and New Mexico exported $2 billion in goods and services to these two countries in 2017. We also benefit from the tremendous economic activity surrounding our multiple ports of entry that we share with Mexico. Under USMCA, we can expect those numbers to grow, bringing greater prosperity to New Mexico workers and business.

By Paul J. Gessing

The Rio Grande Foundation supports free market policies. New Mexico Voices for Children is on the left of the political spectrum and usually supports more government. There are vast areas of disagreement, but I believe that in the end New Mexicans across the political spectrum ALL want New Mexico’s children to do better.

That’s why it is so disappointing that Voices for Children is using the annual “Kids Count” report it publishes with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to sharpen political axes rather than working to ensure that New Mexico does the best it can for its children.

I want to refine the statement I made at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. Like the Town of Silver City, Albuquerque and Las Cruces are recycling those materials for which there is a market, such as cardboard and metal. However, reality is, especially with the recent closing of other markets like Malaysia ​https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/04/26/asia/malaysia-plastic-recycle-intl/index.html?r=https%3A% 2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F , there is no market for most plastics and other materials that are part of the Town of Silver City's single stream recycling. As we recently learned, the bulk of our single stream that we thought we were recycling was actually being placed in the landfill after sending it to Freeman.

[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.”

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