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Senate Confirms a New Interior Secretary

The Story: Former Congresswoman Deb Haaland is now a cabinet member, the Secretary of the Interior, after a vote Monday, March 15. Most Democrats in...
Michelle Lujan Grisham

Health: New Mexico May Increase Its Health Insurance Subsidies

The Story: The long pandemic and its dire economic impact through the United States has dramatically changed the politics of health care and how it...
Bill and Hillary Clinton announce new speaking tour

An Open US Senate Seat in New Mexico

The Story: Next year the people of New Mexico (a state that voted for Hillary Clinton for President) will elect a new US Senator to...
FBI arrests armed militia member accused of detaining migrants in NM

FBI arrests armed militia member accused of detaining migrants in NM

Larry Mitchell Hopkins is a member of the so-called border militia group United Constitutional Patriots; Jeff Paul reports from Los Angeles. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7,…
New Mexico county declares state of emergency over surge of illegal immigrants

New Mexico county declares state of emergency over surge of illegal immigrants

New Mexico county declares state of emergency over surge of illegal immigrants crossing the border FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service,…

Democratic Party chair visits Roswell, talks politics

Marg Elliston, chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, lauded the party’s recent electoral wins and sought to prepare local party activists for 2020 during a visit to Roswell recently. Last year, she was elected chair of the state party. Michelle Lujan Grisham — many are long-sought legislative goals by progressives. New Mexico has demonstrated its Democratic leanings in recent presidential elections, with the party’s nominee carrying the state’s five electoral votes in five of the last six presidential elections. Elliston said she talked recently in Taos with a political scientist who described the state as not blue or red, but “violet.” Even within the party ranks, there is not unanimity. Unlike members of the House, the state Senate is only up for re-election every four years. Part of the diversity of opinion within the party and state politically, is between urban and rural areas. State Democrats in 2018 helped the Chaves County party invest in a campaign headquarters and sent volunteers to help energize voters. Democrats did not field a candidate in any of the state legislative or judicial races in Chaves County. The state party will be working with the county parties to try to encourage people to run in those areas that have been neglected by Democrats.

‘I’m in despair’: a mother and village mourn Guatemalan boy’s death in US

Timeline shows final hours of second Guatemalan child to die in US custody Read more Early in December, Felipe Gómez Alonzo and his father, Agustín Gómez Peréz, left the family’s modest home in the mountains of Guatemala with dreams of starting a new life in the US. US authorities are investigating the deaths of Felipe and seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, but the circumstances which drove both families to risk sending their children on the long journey north are clear: the absolute poverty besetting swathes of rural Guatemala. “Felipe was happy to leave with his father,” said Alonzo in Chuj, an indigenous Mayan language. She said that both parents had agreed to let Felipe join his father, an agricultural worker, on his trip north. Gómez Pérez hoped to find work to pay off his debts and send money to the family. “We talked as soon as they reached the border,” she said, adding that Gómez Pérez called again the next day when the pair were already in border patrol custody. But for many in rural Guatemala migration is seen as the only hope for a better life. “People leave our village, find work in the US and send money to help their relatives,” said Pérez, who estimated about 200 people from the tiny village live in the United States. Before leaving Yalambojoch, Felipe shared a bedroom with both his parents and three siblings. Now, despite her son’s death, Alonzo still hopes he can remain in the US.

Shan Goshorn, Whose Cherokee Art Was Political, Dies at 61

Shan Goshorn, “Pieced Treaty: Spider’s Web Treaty basket,” 2007. Ernest Amoroso/National Museum of the American Indian Shan Goshorn, an acclaimed Cherokee multimedia artist who incorporated political activism into her work, died on Dec. 1 in Tulsa, Okla. She was 61. Shan Goshorn, “Self Portrait in Artist Studio,” 1996. Ms. Goshorn’s work is among the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C., and the North American Native Museum in Zurich. Her mother is Cherokee. She grew up in Baltimore and graduated from high school there before moving with her family to Cherokee County, N.C., where her mother is from, in the mountainous southwestern part of the state. Shan Goshorn, “Cross Culture,” 2013. It was not until 2008 that she turned to basket weaving as an art form. The craft is usually passed down through generations, but because no one in her family had known how to weave baskets, Ms. Goshorn taught herself. In addition to her mother and Ms. Beck, she is survived by her husband; a daughter, Neosha Pendergraft; a son, Loma; another sister, Diane Goshorn; and three stepdaughters, Natalie, Carolee and Sommer Pendergraft.

In Washington, politics around oil, climate change in flux

WASHINGTON -- After almost a decade of oil-friendly Republicans controlling Congress, the energy sector faced a dramatically different political landscape Wednesday. Even before the election, Democrats made clear they planned oversight hearings into President Donald Trump's efforts to cut regulations around oil and gas drilling and other industrial activity. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who is expected to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said last week that Democrats would "focus on the need to address climate change by looking at its impacts on our communities and economy, and by holding the Trump administration accountable for dangerous policies that only make it worse." “How many other things do they want to pursue and how much time do they have? There’s people who want to spend all their times impeaching Trump.” Democrats will have the power to hold hearings, conduct investigations and pass bills in the House. There will be hearings o-rama. There will be hearings o-rama. "We don't see them rolling President Trump, but the pace of deregulation at EPA will probably slow down because officials will be much busier dealing with subpoenas.” For now, most expect the partisan gridlock that has pervaded Washington over the past decade to continue. But a couple energy issues have increased odds for action with a Democratic majority in the House, McNally said. Lee Fuller, executive vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, which represents smaller oil and gas producers, said Democrats undoubtedly will come under pressure from their constituencies to take action against climate change and rein in oil and gas development.

Last night wasn’t a wave. It was a realignment.

Indeed, much like Virginia’s gubernatorial contest from last year, Democrats won big in highly educated urban/suburban areas up and down the ballot. And what we are seeing is a further realignment of our politics — with urban/suburban going Democratic, and with rural and red areas going more Republican. Also, how important is party in this realignment? The uncalled House races (14) The uncalled Senate races (3) Dems left gains on the table With CT-GOV still undecided (though Democrat Ned Lamont is ahead here), Democrats will have gained a net seven governorships: Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Michigan, Maine, Nevada and Wisconsin. In 2016, it went 63 percent to 33 percent for Clinton. Last night, it went 60 percent to 40 percent for Gillum. And of the 30 House seats picked up by Democrats so far (for a net of 28), 19 were won by women. Bill Clinton ran against a sitting speaker of the House to win re-election in 1996.