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By Justice Judith K. Nakamura
New Mexico Supreme Court
Closing and locking the doors to justice is not an option during a public health emergency.
Imagine you are a victim of domestic violence isolated at home with your abuser. The stress of the pandemic has escalated the violence and you need an order of protection. The courts are your only recourse. This is not a hypothetical situation. Domestic violence case filings in our district courts are above pre-pandemic levels.
Farmington, NM - This week the Governor has continued targeting New Mexico restaurants, revoking operating licenses from a handful of establishments that protested the forced economic shutdown by allowing patrons to dine-in.
Governor Lujan Grisham has used the license revocation tactic in a separate earlier incident with a restaurant in Silver City. A judge subsequently told the State of New Mexico to reissue the license and allow the establishment to operate. The ever shifting scope of the Governor’s emergency powers have sparked criticism across the state, with many New Mexicans participating in a virtual protest against the executive's targeting one specific industry.
By Paul J. Gessing
Recently, a judge denied a request made by the Lujan Grisham Administration that the Yazzie lawsuit be dropped. That lawsuit claims that New Mexico's K-12 system is "inadequate." Many would argue that our K-12 system has long been "inadequate" due to the State's poor outcomes.
We wholeheartedly agree that New Mexico's education system has long been "inadequate," though the issue is not a lack of funding. The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has exposed the many inadequacies of our K-12 system as well. Parents (and when schools closed this spring, I had two children in public schools) were abruptly forced into the role of home-school teacher in March.
By Larry Behrens
Albuquerque – Presumptive Democratic Nominee for President Joe Biden has outlined an energy plan that would be devastating for New Mexico. Power The Future is launching a petition to demand an answer because the people of our state deserve to know why Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is silent about it.
Just a few months ago, Joe Biden reveled part of his energy plan would be to end oil and gas drilling when he told a nationwide audience:
"No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one."
One size does not fit all: Children's success must be at the forefront in determining schools COVID strategy
Artesia, NM - House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, House Republican Whip Rod Montoya, and House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Ezzell today sent a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham and Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart expressing concerns with the proposed public education hybrid model released last week.
"The hybrid model as proposed simply does not work for families across our state and Santa Fe should not dictate to our communities how we should educate our children," said House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington). "What the administration is proposing has already dramatically hurt educational outcomes for students across the state, the hybrid model only exacerbates this problem. Parents are naturally starting to consider more viable alternatives to the public education system."
[Borrowing from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 "How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways…"]
I have always been proud and happy that I had the fortune to be born in the United States of America.
We, as a family, lived overseas in two different third-world countries. Both countries have regressed to being more socialistic and under the thumbs of more dictatorial regimes in subsequent years, so we were happy to be there when we were.
Op-Ed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Casey Hammond
WASHINGTON – One year ago, the Trump Administration released a strategic plan through the Departments of Commerce and the Interior designed to ensure the nation has a secure and reliable supply of critical minerals necessary for our economic and national security. In the year since, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management have worked with partner agencies to identify prospective areas for critical mineral deposits on public lands, and to accelerate review and approval of critical mineral exploration and development projects.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond highlighted some of the successes and milestones achieved over the past year in an op-ed published last week in the Elko, Nevada Daily Free Press. These include the approval of multiple critical minerals mining projects, and the expansion of many other operations. The full article is below.
House GOP Leader Jim Townsend issued the following statement today regarding the Governor signing HB1 at the close of business, the day before the budget year begins.
"It's the Governor's overspending that's left us in a financially vulnerable position. Thousands of New Mexicans are out of work yet Hollywood and Santa Fe bureaucrats are still getting paid. The Governor is social distancing from reality." - House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, Artesia
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