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Since 2011, the awful Susana Martinez has been governor of New Mexico. Her anti-tax, anti-regulation leadership has led to New Mexico lagging far behind the rest of the Southwest in every metric. And while some of this is not necessarily her fault–after all, it’s not as if New Mexico’s neighbors are bastions of liberalism–when a […]

Summer States

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On July 4, 2017

Mostly I can’t disagree with this ranking of which states are the worst to spend summer. Washington is named the best state and while it might be a touch chilly at times, sure. Then it’s M

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Today in Republican Governance

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On April 10, 2017
Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, decided that if she couldn’t slash funding to higher education through the budget, she’d just veto funding it at all. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed on Friday the entire higher education budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as part of an ongoing standoff over the state’s budget […]

Music Notes

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On March 11, 2017

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I saw a band called Lone Piñon play at the Historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales. This is a very interesting musical project. As you may know, over the past 20 years

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People in an Albuquerque grocery store have the right response to hate. It was an unpleasant experience for Smith’s shoppers in Albuquerque Wednesday morning, particularly for a woman wearing a hijab, when another customer accosted her. Barney Lopez was in the store at Coal and Yale when it happened around 9:30 a.m. He remembers walking […]

Susana!

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On December 18, 2015

I’ve been long enough in Rhode Island that I’ve started to neglect the politics of my long time home of New Mexico. Luckily, Governor Susana Martinez, frequently mentioned as a Republican

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