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NM GOP should apologize, take accountability for racist tactics

BY: - November 30, 2022

When my friend showed me a mailer that had been sent out by the New Mexico Republican Party this election cycle, I was furious. I can’t explain the shock and hurt I felt when I saw this mailer comparing people like me to a predator.  People have no idea how monumentally challenging it is to […]

Red flag laws and the Colorado LGBTQ club shooting

BY: - November 25, 2022

The killing of five patrons in a Colorado LGBTQ bar on Nov. 19, 2022, is the latest mass shooting to garner headlines in the U.S. Police have said they have yet to determine a motive. But one thing that has emerged is that the suspect had a history of violent plans, having allegedly threatened to […]

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 24, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]

End of Title 42 a hard-won victory, but the work of creating a humane approach to migration remains

BY: - November 18, 2022

A Federal District Court judge in D.C. ordered the Department of Homeland Security to end the use of Title 42 at the U.S. border on Tuesday night. Frustratingly, in spite of the fact that it has been in place for close to three years, Title 42 never got the attention it deserved as a devastating […]

How the GOP’s expected red wave crashed on the rocks of the insurrection

BY: - November 17, 2022

When pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,  they probably weren’t thinking about the next election. But maybe they should have. Because the long shadow of former President Donald Trump, and the behavior of the rioters, may have helped contribute to a relatively good night for the Democrats. Historically, the party in […]

A new wave of celebrity politicians breaks the rules on acceptable behavior, inspired by Trump

BY: and - November 4, 2022

After two former girlfriends accused Herschel Walker, the Georgia Republican Senate nominee and former football star, of pressuring them to get abortions, and giving them money for the procedures, Walker’s standing with conservative voters would have been expected to dip. One reason is that Walker has taken an absolutist position on abortion – no abortions should be legal, even in the […]

State courts are fielding sky-high numbers of lawsuits ahead of the midterms

BY: and - October 27, 2022

The run-up to Election Day is often a contentious time. In recent years, it has also become a litigious time — parties increasingly turn to courts to resolve disputes about the rules for voting. This year, our research shows a significant uptick of those lawsuits occurring in the state court system and challenging every step […]

There’s no one ‘Latino vote’ – religion and geography add to voters’ diversity

BY: and - October 25, 2022

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States today are Latino, and “the Latino vote” has attracted significant news coverage as their political voice grows stronger. Yet considering all 62 million Latinos as a group isn’t necessarily all that helpful in understanding attitudes or voting patterns, as some scholars and journalists have pointed out. […]

Indian Child Welfare Act faces test before the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 11, 2022

Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as a way to honor and reflect upon Native American history and culture. Overwhelmingly approved by Oregon’s Legislature in 2021 and officially recognized in 13 other states, Indigenous Peoples Day is also an opportunity to support efforts that strengthen Indigenous communities. The Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978, […]

Photo ops in hard hats during a behavioral health crisis that won’t let up

BY: - October 4, 2022

Psychological distress can transmit and implant itself into our physical bodies, and for me, anxiety roils under my navel into a balled-up fist capable of squeezing life out of me— or at least anything well-ordered and reasonable I’ve cobbled together. It smashes plans to leave the house on time, sucks time into the anxiety’s gasping […]

Ballroom Blitz: High gloss couldn’t shine up Tomi Lahren’s dim rhetoric at UNM

BY: - September 26, 2022

Alex Jones arguably set the rhetorical standard for Trumpist blowhards: Pontificate from a gut of roiling bile, as if facing off against a snarling mortal enemy. One of my friends onlooking as I watched Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren in an inaccuracy-riddled video she broadcast about her restive guest appearance last week at the University […]

DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

BY: - September 22, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to airlift 48 migrants from San Antonio, Texas to the island resort of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. last week was depthless in its cruelty and cynicism, evoking the worst of America’s nativist and segregationist history. But if there was one benefit to this singular act of exploitation for shameless political gain, […]