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A voting rights issue affecting all of us

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Redistricting

The American system of representative democracy rests primarily on the concept of equal representation in legislative bodies. The Constitution requires a census of the population every ten years and then states reapportion representation and draw new district lines based on this census.  Unfortunately, the...

Letter to the Editor: Failed representation with opportunity lost in the U.S. Space Command for New Mexico

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N.M. Tech alumna, B. S. Engineering, Former candidate for U. S.

Congress District 3

The news of New Mexico losing the race to land U.S. Space Command, Jan. 13th, 2020, was disheartening to read as someone who comes from the engineering field.  It brought flashbacks of me graduating from New Mexico Tech with an engineering degree and no job to be had in New Mexico.  Here in New Mexico, we were one of six finalists for the U.S. Space Command which would have overseen military space operations.  Recently, the U.S Air Force selected Birmingham, Ala. as the location for the Space Command.

Alabama will be in for job opportunities our leaders in New Mexico squelched.  From Mayor Keller...

Secy. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver responds to Trump Campaign’s withdrawal of frivolous election lawsuit

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“The Trump campaign today [Jan. 11] filed to withdraw their lawsuit against my Office attempting to invalidate New Mexico’s secure and lawful 2020 General Election and withdrew their overly burdensome public records requests motivated by an outlandish conspiracy theory involving Dominion Voting Systems.

As no new facts have come to light since they filed this lawsuit and records requests, except the anti-democratic horror show that played out as the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday [Jan. 6], this withdrawal suggests that the Trump campaign knew from the very beginning that their lawsuit was baseless and that it was simply a political show.

Let me be clear: New Mexican election...

Marijuana is back on the table at the N.M. Legislature

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The Albuquerque Journal puts out a weekly insert on Mondays titled Business Outlook. This Dec. 28 edition was almost entirely about possible cannabis legalization at the upcoming N.M. legislative session. Marijuana legalization in some form seems a sure thing.  But we need to pay particular attention to how this sensitive issue is addressed by our legislature.

“Legalize Today for a brighter tomorrow” is the title of five full pages of advertising by Ultra Health who label themselves New Mexico’s #1 Cannabis Company in the 28 December Business Outlook.  The articles included, while mildly informative, are almost entirely about proper marketing of the product and how much tax the...

The film industry is the spark plug for New Mexico’s economic recovery

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New Mexico’s film industry is uniquely poised for rapid growth, and can serve as the spark plug to re-ignite our COVID-battered economy.  The sad truth is that even before COVID, our state ranked at or near the bottom of the nation in areas from education to child poverty.  We need to not just recover, but to leap to a 21st century economy that can boost employment in communities that have been here for generations, as well as stimulate the migration of talented creatives from New York, California, and beyond.

Unlike other sectors which are in structural decline or have limited prospects for growth, the film industry is poised to double in size as soon as COVID abates, then to...
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