Haaland Moves to Shut Progressives Out of NM DNC Delegation

At the March 7th NM Democratic Party Pre-primary Convention, US Representative Deb Haaland put a big thumb on the scale to keep progressives from serving on the Democratic National Committee that determines party rules, and that is already heavily stacked in favor of corporate Democrats.  Two eminently qualified long term Democratic Party devotees were running for the two open New Mexico DNC seats as progressives:  Pia Gallegos of Albuquerque and…

Lawmakers push incentives for electric vehicles

Lawmakers push incentives for electric vehiclesby Leah Romero, New Mexico In Depth February 10, 2020 Legislators are continuing their drive to encourage more New Mexicans to buy low-  and zero-emissions vehicles as part of a larger strategy to rely less on fossil fuels, while ensuring that drivers who use little or no gas still chip in to maintain the state’s highways. House Bill 217 would let buyers of plug-in hybrids and…

Protect the Albuquerque Basin at the state level

Protect the Albuquerque Basin at the state level The efforts to protect the Albuquerque Basin and the water of roughly 750,000 New Mexicans have expanded to the state level. Considering that the Alb. Basin includes roughly 20 local governments it is unlikely that we could ever get every entity to agree on quality protective ordinances. And our water would be only as safe as the weakest link is strong. While…

AOC Turns the Tables on the DCCC and So Can We

--by Jerilyn Bowen AOC Announces Courage to Change PAC As we progressives know all too well, the neoliberal power brokers in the Democratic Party have long been dead set on preventing those of our persuasion from obtaining a decisive voice in the party. Top example: the national party establishment overrode the grassroots uprising of the Sanders campaign in 2016, contriving to prevent Bernie from getting the presidential nomination and thereby…

What's at Stake

--by Jerilyn Bowen             In a recent interview entitled "Democratic Party Centrism Risks Handing Election to Trump," as preface to his remarks Noam Chomsky had this to say:  I find it psychologically impossible to discuss the 2020 election without emphasizing, as strongly as possible, what is at stake: survival, nothing less. Four more years of Trump may spell the end of much of life on Earth, including organized human society…

Mind Games in the US Corral

--by Jerilyn Bowen             In his bafflement over the role of language in human knowing, twentieth century analytic philosopher Wittgenstein finally concluded that language is a game in which the rules evolve over time through usage practices.  As we watch the impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives with bated breath, we are witness to a battle between those who adhere to linguistic rules based on conveying a truth…

Pia Gallegos for DNC Committee Woman

SCC Vote on March 7, 2020  Adelante Progressive Caucus co-founder and former Chair and Pia Gallegos announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party of New Mexico Committeewoman. The DPNM has four representatives to the Democratic National Committee (DNC): the Chair (Marg Elliston), the Vice-Chair (Marcus Porter), and a Committeeman and Committeewoman. The State Central Committee (about 470 members) will elect the Committeeman and Committeewoman at the SCC meeting and Pre-primary…

Commemoration of a Campaign & Tribute to a True Leader

When Maggie Toulouse Oliver suddenly announced her withdrawal from the New Mexico Democratic Senate nomination race on October 29th, her devoted progressive supporters were stunned and stricken.  Say it ain't so, we silently pleaded.  We'd had such hopes of her carrying the day despite what she was up against:  a corporate Democrat with the full backing of the national party establishment behind him and the money that comes with that. …

Gaslighting the Country

          The 1938 play Gas Light tells the story of a man who contrives to make his wife believe she's losing her wits by dimming the gas-fueled lights in their home on the sly and insisting that her perception of the dimmed lights is a misperception. In our times gaslighting is widely recognized as one of the principle strategies employed by narcissists to undermine and control the people with whom they have relationships.  By…

Voting Rights of People with Felony Convictions in New Mexico

You can vote, here’s how! In New Mexico, people with felony convictions can vote once they have completed their sentence, including probation or parole. Once their sentence is completed, applicants must re-register to vote even if previously registered. A Certificate of Discharge or Certificate of Completion for each felony conviction must be presented to the county clerk’s office when registering. People with felony convictions should have received a Certificate of Discharge/Completion from…