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Some history:

In the 1950s and '60s, the U.S. Supreme Court settled some water disputes concerning the usage of Colorado River water in the cases of Arizona v. California. 

As a result of the cases, users of water lost many of their water rights from the Gila River, into which the San Francisco River drains, and which ultimately drains into the Colorado River in Arizona. 

clip image004Albuquerque – The Rio Grande Foundation and Power The Future are calling on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to take down self-promoting signs funded by New Mexico's taxpayers. Traveling along Interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe drivers are greeted with a large sign with the words "Gov. Lujan Grisham Highway Improvement Project" predominately displayed. Funds for the $17 million project come from New Mexico's taxpayers not from the Governor's own funds.


By Paul Gessing

July 31, 2020
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had yet another press conference on Thursday afternoon. She extended New Mexico’s health order for 30 days, but spent a great deal of time during the press conference and on social media complaining about the “lack of leadership” in Washington.

Mostly, as she says in the Tweet below, she wants another federal “stimulus” package with money for unemployment and other forms of government assistance.”

Some of us are old enough to remember when Presidential candidates, Republicans and Democrats alike, bemoaned the state of America's dependence on foreign oil. In fact, I'm sure there is no shortage of today's environmentalists who stood in protest lines screaming "No blood for oil" in the past.

The good news is the United States achieved the energy independence that was the bipartisan goal of so many leaders for decades. Unfortunately, today's eco-left movement demands we surrender our hard-fought independence to another part of the world that doesn't share our values: China.

By Paul Gessing

As the head of New Mexico's free market think tank and a frequent critic of New Mexico's K-12 system, many are surprised to hear that my two school-age children have been in traditional public schools throughout their educational careers. That will change this fall due to COVID 19 and the policies being imposed by the State. According to numerous reports, parents across our nation are doing the same.

This crisis and our response to it is an opportunity for policymakers to reconsider how education works in the State of New Mexico. As a reminder, New Mexico has perpetually found itself among the lowest-performing education systems in the nation. Innovative thinking, especially policies that redirect funding to students as opposed to bureaucracies, could have positive impacts now and in the future.

Rep. Rod Montoya

The Governor's Institutional Racism bill was never brought to the House floor for a vote during the Special Session. She put it on the call but didn't use the power of her office to get it passed. This begs the question – Why?

Could it be that Democrat leaders suddenly remembered THEY have controlled every institution in New Mexico for nearly 100 years? State government – public education, higher education, CYFD, corrections, healthcare, law enforcement and both chambers of the legislature have been dominated by one political party for a century! If these institutions are fundamentally flawed due to systemic racism, they own it. You broke it – You own it!

By Senator Craig Brandt

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out with a report recommending guidelines for school reopening. In short, their recommendation is that kids need to go back to school in person. So why isn’t our Governor listening?

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Lujan Grisham has made every decision without input from the people most affected by her decisions. She has closed businesses, and forced the layoff over 100,000 workers. Hundreds of those businesses are closed for good and thousands of jobs are gone forever.

Albuquerque – A new report produced by Power The Future is shining the light on how environmentalists, including those in New Mexico, are fostering a troublesome alliance with China. Additionally, an examination of some solar projects in New Mexico reveals taxpayer dollars used to purchase renewable products made in China despite an abysmal record on human rights and environmental protection.

For years, China has increased their dominance in the market of Rare Earth Elements (REE) and made the country the largest producer of solar panels on the planet. In New Mexico, these solar panels were then installed in locations in Albuquerque such as the BioPark and Ladera Golf Course using taxpayer funds. Given China's position as the largest manufacturer of solar panels, it's unlikely these are the only locations with such products in our state.

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