Category Archives: Governance

Move the presidential primary before 2024

Even though everything before the coronavirus now seems like a distant memory, it wasn’t long ago that half of the nation’s partisan voters were still tussling over who their presidential nominee would be. New Mexico was poised to play its … Continue reading

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Virus teaches us about crisis management

I can already see what the arguments will be after the coronavirus crisis is over. If New Mexico escapes a major outbreak and many deaths, due largely to the governor’s sweeping precautionary measures, some people will say the state overreacted. … Continue reading

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Taxes have to come from somewhere.

Let’s be realistic. Taxes have to come from somewhere. Many New Mexicans are uncomfortable that the state depends heavily on revenue from the oil and gas industry. If we want to be less dependent on oil and gas but still … Continue reading

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Bail bonds guidelines need more work

When New Mexico passed the bail bond amendment in 2016, I thought it was simple. The language, which amended the state constitution, seemed so straightforward. “Bail may be denied pending trial if, after a hearing, the court finds … that … Continue reading

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What’s behind the doors of massage parlors ?

The massage parlors in Albuquerque seem to have bought their signs from the same sign company. Many of the signs are identical, the word “MASSAGE” in bright red letters against a white background. They are everywhere. I’m beginning to think … Continue reading

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The capital outlay secret

Every year, the Legislature divides up a pot of money known as capital outlay, for one-time expenses such as construction, repair, and purchases of equipment. This year the total has approached a billion dollars. The process of dividing the money … Continue reading

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Election results may take a few days to count

The books are almost closed on the recent election. I hope we all have learned this truth: Nobody promised you final results on Election Night. Or for several days after, for that matter. Please get that straight.  If the votes … Continue reading

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New Mexico has special needs for immigration

New Mexico has such a shortage of teachers that school districts have hired teachers recruited from the Philippines. This was reported by the nonprofit investigative news organization, Searchlight New Mexico. It’s not just New Mexico. A New York Times report … Continue reading

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A better way to borrow or save

Finally there’s an alternative to payday lending. Thanks to the simple mechanism of payroll deductions, some New Mexico workers can now borrow money without having to resort to the usurious practices of payday lenders. Affordable loan programs have been adopted … Continue reading

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Schools have so much more responsibility than education

Welcome to the school year and all the issues our schools have to contend with besides educating New Mexico’s children. Such as what has is required if a student needs to take a pill. Even if you have had children … Continue reading

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