Board approves West Side tax plan
July 30, 2018 Albuquerque Journal
The state Board of Finance set aside the objections of its own staff – and those of legislative economists – and is moving forward with a new tax district requested by a major landowner on Albuquerque’s West Side.

Immigrants share harrowing tales from detention with NM lawmakers
July 16, 2018 New Mexico in Depth
New Mexico is in the top tier of states that rely on private prison contractors — nearly half of New Mexico’s prisons are privately operated.  While the recent trend among states is to lower the number of people in their prisons, these facilities are increasingly being used to house immigrants. 

Amid immigration debate, feds moving ahead with land seizures for South Texas border wall
June 21, 2018 The Texas Tribune
The federal government plans to move forward with private land seizures in the Rio Grande Valley to build sections of President Trump’s border wall.

She Could Be the First Native American Woman in Congress. But This Single Mother Says She’s ‘Not Exceptional’
June 7, 2018 Time
After her primary victory in New Mexico on Tuesday, Deb Haaland is on a path to become the first Native American woman ever to serve in Congress — a step more than 200 years in the making.

Outside groups spend big in NM congressional race
May 3, 2018 Albuquerque Journal
Special interest groups from outside the state have flooded New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District primary race with campaign cash…raising questions about the sources and motivations behind the money.  Outside groups have spent more than $2 million on television advertisements, direct mail, text message appeals and other media both for and against the New Mexico candidates.

To protect Chaco, the time to act is now
The New Mexican
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have introduced legislation that would withdraw lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government, protecting the Chaco ruins and the larger landscape that surrounds the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

APD Reform: Starting Over After Four Years
May 22, 2018 ABQReport
No Agreement on how to Start Over.  Four Years Wasted?

Affordable housing project planed for Albuquerque’s west side
May 21, 2018 KRQE Media
Mayor Keller and City Councilor Cynthia Borrego signed a resolution approving grant funding for a new project on Albuquerque’s west side.

State Democrats Authorize New Progressive Caucus
April 21, 2018 Adelante Progressive Caucus
The State Central Committee (SCC) of the Democratic Party of New Mexico authorized the state’s first progressive caucus on April 21 at the SCC meeting in Truth or Consequences: the Adelante Progressive Caucus.

State to Implement New Voting Rules
April 4, 2018 Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico’s election chief is adopting new rules aimed at making it easier for blind voters to cast absentee ballots on their own – among other changes – in time for the June 5 primary.

Native Activists Halt New Drilling Near New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon
April 2, 2018 Sierra
The proposed sale drew hundreds of calls for a moratorium on fracking and horizontal drilling in the greater Chaco region—”the most appeals ever received around an oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico”.