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I’ve not found a suitable buyer for NMPolitics.net, so I’m shutting down the site. Before I go, I want to leave you with some parting thoughts about the importance of finding common ground.
It’s time for me to focus on New Mexico In Depth, but I want this site to continue and hopefully to grow. At this point, it has a better chance of doing that if someone else takes it over.
In the wake of the Aurora massacre we can, and perhaps should, debate the role of guns in our society. But as long as we focus on that at the expense of working to solve our core problems, we’re seeking a Band Aid instead of true societal healing.
As investigators scramble to figure out what’s going on at the New Mexico Finance Authority, and NMFA officials claim they were duped by a rogue employee who created a fake audit but say little else, there are questions the agency can – and needs to – answer now.
If the Las Cruces Tea Party wants to be taken more seriously, it needs to consider why so many have viewed its float as offensive and demonstrate a greater sensitivity for their feelings and opinions.
Two situations that have recently made headlines show how sought-after teachers’ personal information is. Teachers, like the students they work so hard to educate, are caught in the middle of a war.
Whether personal e-mail accounts should be used for public business and whether such e-mails are public record are issues that beg for clarity. I’d accept a legislative solution or, if anyone wants to take this issue to court, a judicial solution.
Government officials throughout New Mexico, including legislators, should use public e-mail accounts, which are undoubtedly subject to the Inspection of Public Records Act, to discuss public business.
Pat Rogers has spent much of his legal career fighting for government transparency, but his recent actions helped create the appearance that the Martinez administration’s controversial contract with the Downs at Albuquerque was an insider deal.
A company that donated to the governor’s campaign won a lucrative state contract after hiring a political insider who was communicating privately with at least one person in the governor’s inner circle before the contract was awarded. Think I’m talking about Bill Richardson? Think again.
My recent visit to a community cut in half by the U.S.-Mexico border served as a reminder that, despite our efforts at border “security,” we’re still connected – and that, when we debate immigration and border issues, we’re talking about real people.
I’m helping start a new organization dedicating to fostering, promoting and publishing public-interest journalism in New Mexico called New Mexico In Depth. Don’t worry, NMPolitics.net isn’t going anywhere.
Our government and too many churches contribute to the culture of discrimination against gay people that exists in America. I’m taking a stand because it’s time that we put an end to that discrimination.