New Mexico frequently finds itself at or near the bottom of many lists, including child well being, education and even economy. But our state recently hit it out of the park on one ranking, and it’s cause for celebration.

It seems that one of the responsibilities of those who write politically-oriented pieces for public consumption is to point out the achievements of the first year of a Presidential administration. We have reached that point, but all the big media outlets have already seized that opportunity …

After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order. On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by…

It may be a mistake to schedule the State of the Union Address during the same week as the Super Bowl. OK, the Super Bowl is the Sunday following the address, which means it is in the next week, but still the two events occur within seven days of one another.

On Jan. 30, America was treated to “Teleprompter Trump” instead of “Twitter Trump,” and many of us breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was a pleasure to see the president cool, calm and collected, and hear him speak in almost Mr. Rogers-like hushed tones, which stood in contrast to his inaugu…

It goes without saying that in today’s political climate, there will be vocal opposition to anything President Trump proposes ­­— regardless of its merit. Much of the resistance is about politics rather than policy or what might be good for the nation.

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There’s an old proverb: “No cuentes los pollos antes de nacer.” One shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched, meaning that it’s foolish to assume that every egg laid is going to result in a healthy chicken that you can sell at market.

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Starting at one minute past midnight Friday and ending at midnight Sunday is the annual New Mexico Back To School Tax Holiday in which a variety of school supplies are sold without a sales tax added, making a second Black Friday for many retailers.

Editor's Note: According to CoreCivic, the Torrance County Detention Facility does not house many ICE detainees here and when we do it is short term, most of our population is federal inmates, pre-sentenced U.S. Marshall Inmates. ICE has a contract for their detainees to be held in Milan, ou…

With several taxpayers, a state legislator and an AARP representative questioning whether tax returns of older New Mexicans are receiving extra scrutiny at the state Taxation and Revenue Department, it would behoove Secretary Demesia Padilla to address those concerns with appropriate statist…

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn came out with rhetorical guns blazing last week when it was announced that state Trust Land was among two areas within the Rio Grande National Monument near Taos that were included in the U.S. Senate’s energy bill for wilderness status, calling the move a …

Gov. Susana Martinez is using an $800K federal grant and Twitter to help New Mexicans better play that age-old memory game “What Ever Happened To?” when it comes to drunken driving. Now they will be able to also answer the “why?”

Energy can be a strategic weapon, not just a commodity, and oil production has become a key lever in a price war between the U.S. and foreign oil producers that are targeting the U.S. oil industry.

Now that some of the legal dust has settled in the nearly three-year-old upheaval of the behavioral health system in New Mexico, it makes sense to have a thorough, bipartisan evaluation of what a future administration should do when confronted with audit findings that could threaten Medicaid…

It’s curious that seven district court judges would take a pass on hearing the criminal case against a former northern New Mexico state senator — and all but one did so without stating a reason for bailing.

New Mexico National Guard medic Greg Holmes had the training and the courage to do the right thing when he put his life at risk to rescue the driver of a crashed and burning cement truck two years ago.

It really is kind of amazing what an elected body of lawmakers can do in a short, 30-day, budget-centric legislative session when they put their minds to it. Yes, much of the past week’s productivity could be attributed to the fact that all 70 House and 42 Senate seats are up for grabs in No…

Crafting new laws is always tricky, especially when you are up against a deadline as in the final days of a short legislative session. That’s when it becomes even more important to look for unintended consequences in proposed statutes, and there’s what appears to be a doozy in SB 180.

Wednesday was DWI Awareness Day at the state Legislature. Bill Sinfield was there to speak in the Rotunda about the life and promise of his daughter, Grace, who can’t speak for herself because a suspected drunken driver with a blood alcohol content of .15 ran a red light, tore through an int…

One big hurdle on the road to reopening the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico was cleared last week when the state and the feds finalized a $74 million settlement to the state’s benefit.

New Mexico lawmakers have two bills to consider this short budgetary session that are designed to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents: rape victims and developmentally disabled adults. Both bills have been vetted, making it through much of the 2015 Legislature. Both need to…

A legislative proposal would require law enforcement officers to get a court-ordered warrant to seize a person’s electronic devices, such as cellphones, computers and tablets. It’s the logical next step in a world where search warrants, or a suspect’s permission, are typically required befor…

If you are focused on political gamesmanship, then in broad terms New Mexico’s battle to comply with the federal Real ID Act pits a governor who has fought against issuing driver’s licenses to people who are in the country illegally against Senate Democrats who have fought to continue provid…

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, maintains that considering legislation cracking down on repeat drunken-driving offenders is a “diversion” from real issues because the state already has some of the toughest DWI laws in the nation.

Every year, there is a move to tap the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood programs. January 2016 will bring the latest — a resurrected proposal by Democrats and a coalition of 40 groups to take an additional $160 million a year out of the $15 billion fund.

In an attempt to rein in the explosion of child pornography and change the perception that New Mexico is an ideal place to possess, distribute or manufacture it, three state lawmakers and Attorney General Hector Balderas are making another run at closing a loophole that makes our state a mag…

On Oct. 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told the N.M. Department of Taxation and Revenue that it would not grant another extension for compliance with the Real ID Act, a law passed in the wake of 9/11 to ensure proof of legal U.S. residency for state driver’s licenses and IDs to…

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