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As I begin my 13th year as a legislator, I have seen New Mexico achieve progress on many important issues. Regretfully, one area where we continue to resist reform and lag behind other states is the need for full transparency regarding the role of lobbyists and those who hire them in the legislative process. more
Everybody loves deregulation, until their kid gets sick from drinking the water. And for good reason. Deregulation is always good for business, at least in the short term. more
It is the best of times. Calving at its finest. The calling of those chosen to tend God's creatures. To take part in simple miracles. To alter the balance of life on earth by one small addition. It is the worst of times. more
About a year ago, on a nice February Saturday, as I was driving near the New Mexico State University campus, I said, “I should go to Presley Askew Field and check out the Aggies’ baseball team and their star, Nick Gonzales.” more
Near the beginning of the 2021 New Mexico Legislature, nine statewide health professions’ organizations sent a letter to legislators and the governor in support of the 2021 Health Security Bill. more
The Australian Open Tennis Tournament is being played without line judges this year to reduce the number of people in the arena. And it’s much better. more
We will be dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 for years. The fallout will include nearly immeasurable long-term issues with health (both physical and behavioral), many social issues and far-reaching negative economic impacts, some of which we may not even realize right now. more
Having statewide broadband is something critical to both professionals and students in New Mexico, as 20 percent of our state’s homes and businesses lack access to broadband service (CTC Technology & Energy, 2020). more
As the representative from House District 34 in southern Dona Ana County, I know many New Mexicans may not be familiar with the legislative district I represent. The communities of La Mesa, San Miguel, Brazito, Chamberino, La Union, Sunland Park and Mesquite are home to good, hard-working people. more
Some little kids will heed your advice and never touch the hot stove; others need to find out for themselves. It’s the kid who touches the hot stove twice you’ve got to worry about. more
Lee Trevino has a street named after him in El Paso. Abraham Lincoln has a town named after him in Nebraska. Monty Montana has his namesake state, and I’ve even got some hills named in my honor in South Dakota. more
The morning of Friday, Feb. 5, I drove U.S. 70 from Las Cruces to Tularosa. The whole way, across the desert, two counties, three cities and two military installations, flags were at half-staff. At homes, businesses, government agencies, churches. more
Why must Sunday morning remain the most segregated time of the week in America? Is breaking the color barrier in the church so impossible? Do we expect heaven to be separated by color, too? more
I’m not sure if the Super Bowl this Sunday is a testament to our persistence and ability to overcome challenges, or more evidence that our priorities are all screwed up. more
Do you believe in ghosts? How ‘bout angels? Miracles? Tarot cards? more
It was late on a Tuesday night in early December, so late it turned into Wednesday morning. A person or persons decided, for whatever reason, the way to get in the holiday spirit in southern Doña Ana County would be to derail a train. more
Today I can report that the state of our state is … to be determined. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham broke with tradition last week and skipped the state of the state address, which has always been given by the governor a couple hours after the start of each legislative session. And I’m not sure why. more
"As long as you've got good elimination, you've got it made." – Uncle Leonard "If a man can't drive in a bar ditch, he's got no business on the highway." – Tink more
I don’t believe any of these five businesses closed in 2020 due solely to the Coronavirus, but it certainly had an impact. more
If they get the technology right, this could be one of the most productive 60-day sessions in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. It will undoubtedly be the least ceremonious. more
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