Gov & Politics

N.M. chief justice defends bail reform in State of the Judiciary

BY: - January 25, 2023

Since it became law, N.M. politicians at every level have called for an erosion of a landmark legal reform in the state’s history. New Mexico voters in 2016 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to abolish the cash bail system and left decisions about whether someone is incarcerated before trial entirely in the hands of judges. […]

A yellow sign with black and turquoise lettering describes COVID mask requirements on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, fully reopening to the public

BY: - January 25, 2023

Almost three years after it was instituted to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, making mask use optional in public spaces and businesses for the general public. By removing the mask mandate, the Navajo Nation is now considered fully reopened to the general public. “It’s time for the […]

A line of service vehicles work on downed power lines in Louisiana.

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: report compares utility performance 

BY: - January 25, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings.  The report by the Illinois-based Citizens […]

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House October 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

White House says DOJ had ‘unprecedented access’ to Biden home during search

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Department of Justice officials had “unprecedented access” to every room in President Joe Biden’s Delaware home Friday during a search that followed several days of disclosures that classified material from the Obama era had been found in Biden’s garage and think tank office, White House officials said Monday.  The historic 13-hour search of […]

Two hedges covered in light snow, stand in the foreground of a the New Mexico State Land Office on Jan. 18, 2023. A red sign hangs above the entrance stating the Land Office has generated "more than $5.4 billion for our schools!" The sign has a blue border, red background and white font.

N.M. educators seek a role in setting requirements for extended learning

BY: - January 24, 2023

Danielle Gurnea said she doesn’t mind the additional hours teaching middle school students in Las Cruces, and if state lawmakers approve additional funds for her public school district to expand extended learning or professional development, she just wants a say in the matter. “I enjoy doing programs with my school, but I also appreciate when […]

New Mexico’s legislative session, funded by oil and gas, promises fireworks

BY: - January 24, 2023

New Mexico headed into its 56th legislative session last week, and while much of the early talk from legislators and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham centered on money for childhood development programs, social programs and tax rebates, the big background story of this year’s session is oil and gas money and how the state is going […]

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States.  A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would […]

Albuquerque DA appoints special prosecutor in 2020 monument shooting

BY: - January 23, 2023

The Bernalillo County District Attorney has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the criminal case against a former Albuquerque City Council candidate who shot a protester in June 2020 at the statue depicting Spanish colonizer Juan de Oñate called La Jornada at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque’s Old Town neighborhood. Steven Ray Baca, 34, is accused […]

A dozen people stand in a semi-circle in a large rotunda in the center of the New Mexico Legislature. Six of them hold signs that together have 17,000 tally marks, representing the people in New Mexico denied the right to vote because of a felony conviction. They are surrounded by the polished stone walls of the Rotunda at the state capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The New Mexico Voting Rights Act is coming back, lawmakers and advocates say

BY: - January 23, 2023

June 26, 2018 is a day Adam Griego will never forget as long as he lives: the beginning of his voyage into incarceration, first in Texas, then Oklahoma, and eventually the federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Once someone is caught in the criminal legal system, Griego said, it keeps an incredibly tight grip on them […]

Midwives, doulas, and reproductive health organizers listen to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, as she thanks them for their work in the Roundhouse.

Planners for southern N.M. reproductive health clinic gather in the capital to talk next steps

BY: - January 23, 2023

There’s no timeline for the future $10 million reproductive health center in Las Cruces, N.M., but advocates turned out at the capital, touting a vision beyond abortion care. About two dozen supporters of the health center — including advocacy nonprofits such as Forward Together, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Bold Futures NM — […]

VP Harris: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

BY: , , and - January 23, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was ordering his administration to protect access to abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Harris […]

COMMENTARY
Abortion rights supporters march in Denver in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court opinion that indicates justices will overturn Roe v. Wade, on May 7, 2022.

Fifty years later, our lives still at risk

BY: - January 22, 2023

Fifty years ago, a very different U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Radical right-wing extremists control the Supreme Court and serve in elective office. We have fewer freedoms than we did a generation ago. We suffer, and women die because of it. When the Supreme Court ruled last June to strip away our rights […]