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April 6, 2018 - by Jacob Vigil
The recent decision to include a question on citizenship status in the 2020 decennial Census is certain to increase the number of people who won’t respond to the census. And that’s exactly the political motivation behind the decision to include a question that hasn’t been asked since 1950. This change will be particularly bad for New Mexico.
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October 10, 2017 - by Amber Wallin
When it comes to the census, it pays to be counted. The next big census is less than three years away, and a lot is at stake for New Mexico. Besides being used to determine voting districts, data from the 2020 census will translate to almost $3,000 coming into the state per person, per year for the next decade.
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July 1, 2016 - by Veronica C. Garcia, Ed.D
Besides being a champion of conservation, President Obama has used the Antiquities Act to celebrate important American stories and preserve their birthplaces for future generations. By preserving the epicenters where critical turning points in our nation’s history were made—many of them driven by the need to right societal wrongs―we are commemorating the tapestry that is America and telling the story of the richness and diversity of our country.
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May 9, 2012 - by Bill Jordan
New Mexico politics will be getting an extreme makeover this year. It’s not just a presidential year. Four of the five members of our congressional delegation are being chosen and all 112 members of the state legislature are up for election. Nearly 20 current state legislators have chosen to give up their seat this year, and that alone will mean big changes are coming.
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July 8, 2011 - by Troy Martinez
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to take part in an exploration of equity and justice. I recently spent a week in Memphis  at the Voices for America’s Children National Forum. You always wonder if leaving town to attend a conference is going to be worth putting your day-to-day workload on hold for a week. But once I got there and was able to focus on the challenges before us — not only for New Mexico, but as a nation — I was inspired and energized. The focus of the conference was to motivate and organize Voices’ national chapters (advocacy organizations in nearly every state and territory) into a unified Children’s Movement. Our own Executive Director, Eric Griego, is the Chairman of the Member Leadership Council for Voices for America’s Children, and is a leading force in the Children’s Movement. …
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May 13, 2011 - by Sharon Kayne
If access to health care is a human right—as suggested in a recent op ed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—then it makes slaves of physicians, hospital janitors, and everyone else working in the health care sector. That’s according to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the physician-cum-politician, who never saw a government program he didn’t hate. Paul made that astonishing statement earlier this week, adding that universal health care would mean, “You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery.” Therefore, he reasons, health care as a right is unconstitutional. Sadly, Paul did not take his warped argument to its logical end. Namely, that all rights guaranteed under the Constitution must makes slaves of those whose chosen professions are impacted by those rights.…
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