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Major Snowstorm May Hit I-95 Corridor From DC to NYC, Boston

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 22:00
A storm poised to hit this weekend could bring the first widespread heavy snowfall of the winter to the Interstate-95 Northeast corridor.
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7 ways you’re booking travel wrong—and how to fix them

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 22:00
See the world. Just book your trips the smart way.
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Winter Storm Watches, Warnings Issued for New Mexico, West Texas as Soggy ... - The Weather Channel

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 17:17

Winter Storm Watches, Warnings Issued for New Mexico, West Texas as Soggy ...
The Weather Channel
Heavy snow and rain will make for messy travel conditions from the Southern Rockies to the Gulf Coast through late this week, and a number of winter storm watches and warnings have already been issued. Thunderstorms are also possible in southern and ...

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Liberty on the Rocks – Albuquerque

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Tue, 2015-01-20 16:57
Join the Rio Grande Foundation For an Evening of
Discussion and Fellowship at Liberty on the Rocks!

“Liberty on the Rocks” is a no-host happy hour discussion and information-sharing session.

Liberty on the Rocks is held at Scalo Northern Italian Grill which is located in Nob Hill at 3500 Central Avenue SE in Albuquerque. A private room has been reserved for this event. In January, Liberty on the Rocks will take place on Thursday, January 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30PM. Liberty on the Rocks is normally held the third Thursday of each month but has been moved to the fourth Thursday this month only to accommodate Paul’s travel schedule.

We’ll be talking about the NM Legislature and a variety of other freedom-related issues facing our state and nation.

There is no cost for this public event, but attendees are encouraged to have dinner or drinks. Registration is not required but is much appreciated. Click here to register online … it’s fast and it’s free!

Come celebrate liberty with us!

A freedom outlook for New Mexico’s 2015 legislative session

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Tue, 2015-01-20 16:23

A freedom outlook for New Mexico’s 2015 legislative session

Posted By Paul Gessing On January 20, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

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By Paul Gessing | Watchdog Opinion

The 2014 elections represented nothing less than a seismic shift in New Mexico’s political system. Gov. Martinez won re-election handily, but the real story was the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives for the first time in 62 years.

For New Mexico, this political shift is nothing less than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve itself. New Mexico has traditionally struggled with high poverty rates, poor education levels, and an over-reliance on both federal spending and mercurial commodity prices, particularly oil and natural gas.

In recent years, oil and gas alone have generated 31 percent of New Mexico’s General Fund revenues. Also, according to data from the Mercatus Center, New Mexico topped the nation with 32 percent of its workforce occupied in public-sector and federal-contract jobs as a percentage of total jobs.

With federal employment stagnant, natural gas prices continuing to hover at historically-low levels and the recent collapse in oil and gas prices, policymakers in the Land of Enchantment face a dire need to jump-start the State’s weak private sector. An indicator of that weakness is that New Mexico is home to only one publicly-traded company headquarters, those of PNM, the State’s largest utility.

What is to be done?

For starters, the Legislature is going to be considering several labor reforms, most notably “right to work” legislation. Currently, 24 states have such laws on the books. These laws simply prohibit union membership or the payment of union dues as a condition of employment. Recently, “rust-belt” states of Indiana and Michigan have adopted similar laws.

Right to work states consistently outperform other states in the growth of employment, income, and population. Business leaders and site selection experts alike list such laws as among the most important features they look at when considering where to locate new businesses, especially those “economic base” jobs such as manufacturing.

Another important pro-freedom labor reform bill being considered this session include an effort to repeal New Mexico’s mini “Davis-Bacon” prevailing wage law. These laws cause taxpayers to spend between 10 – 15 percent more on public works projects like roads and schools than necessary. Given the budget struggles facing New Mexico due to a struggling economy, reduced federal spending in our state, and the recent decline in oil prices, taxpayers cannot afford to spend more than necessary on basic public works projects.

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Tax credits for school choice will also be considered. This form of school choice will allow children of low-income families to attend the school of their choice rather than the school chosen for them based on their neighborhood of residence. Given New Mexico’s educational struggles and the success of school choice programs in other states, it is imperative that policymakers expand educational options.

Tax credits can be “revenue-positive” for New Mexico’s budget while at the same time providing an essential life-line for children struggling in traditional government schools.

The Rio Grande Foundation has also worked to get the state to study the issue of New Mexico’s federal lands and how they might be better managed under state control. A staggering 42 percent of New Mexico is currently under federal control. Indian reservations, military installations, and national parks will not be considered for transfer, but traditional “multi-purpose” lands held by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Forest Service will be considered.

The effort for this session is limited to setting up a process to study legal issues involved in a land transfer. It will also study the impact such an effort might have on New Mexico’s budget and a variety of interested stakeholders including, but not limited to, Hispanic Land Grant families, New Mexico’s extractive industries, and outdoorsmen.

Lastly, but by no means least important, is an effort under way to address the issue of civil asset forfeiture. This process was created as a means of going after the assets of drug dealers and kingpins and it has been used to seize $3 billion since just 2008. The problem is that the process has too often been abused in ways that allow police to unfairly seize the assets of innocent Americans for the financial benefit of local police forces.

President Obama’s administration recently recognized the serious problems with asset forfeiture when his Department of Justice banned state and local police from using federal law to seize cash, cars, and other property.

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Article originally appeared at Watchdog.org: http://watchdog.org

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Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ban - Houston Chronicle

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 15:22

Houston Chronicle

Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ban
Houston Chronicle
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned a northeastern New Mexico county's effort to ban oil and natural gas drilling. District Judge James O. Browning's 199-page order released Tuesday declares Mora County's ordinance invalid.

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7 things to know: 2015 State of the State address - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 15:19

UNM Daily Lobo

7 things to know: 2015 State of the State address
KOAT Albuquerque
In everything we do this session, we must focus on how it impacts the children of New Mexico: how it improves their safety and well-being today, and how we ensure they have a future without limits, as they chase their dreams for tomorrow,” Martinez ...
Governor focuses on education reform, attracting more businessesUNM Daily Lobo
New Mexico Legislature convenes 60-day sessionSilver City Sun-News
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New trial motion denied for convicted New Mexico ex-sheriff - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 14:46

KRQE News 13

New trial motion denied for convicted New Mexico ex-sheriff
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial sought by a former northern New Mexico sheriff convicted in road rage case. U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled Tuesday that a defense lawyer for former Rio Arriba County ...
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New Mexico child poverty still near the bottom - KVIA El Paso

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 14:29

KVIA El Paso

New Mexico child poverty still near the bottom
KVIA El Paso
The New Mexico Voices for Children released Tuesday its annual New Mexico Kids Count report that also faulted state lawmakers for not presenting any new anti-poverty initiatives. The report says the state ranked 48th nationally in child poverty. It ...
Advocates: New Mexico child poverty still near the bottomKOB.com

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Rep. Stefanik: Who pays for Obama's community college plan?

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 14:10
Reaction from the youngest woman ever elected to Congress
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New Mexico Legislature convenes 60-day session - WRAL.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 13:05

Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico Legislature convenes 60-day session
WRAL.com
During the session, lawmakers are also expected to debate proposals that call for making New Mexico a right-to-work state, raising the minimum wage, ending the practice of issuing driver's licenses to immigrations who are in the country illegally and ...
Overview of the New Mexico LegislatureAlbuquerque Journal
New Mexico Legislature to convene 60-day sessionLas Cruces Sun-News

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Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 12:42

Albuquerque Journal

Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has overturned a northeastern New Mexico county's effort to ban oil and natural gas drilling. District Judge James O. Browning's 199-page order released Tuesday declares Mora County's ordinance invalid.
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Advocates: New Mexico child poverty still near the bottom - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 12:36

Advocates: New Mexico child poverty still near the bottom
KOB.com
(AP) - A new report says New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically. The New Mexico Voices for Children released Tuesday its annual New Mexico Kids Count report that also faulted ...

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Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty - SunHerald.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 12:26

Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty
SunHerald.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said. The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released ...

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Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 11:58

Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance
Las Cruces Sun-News
ALBUQUERQUE >> A federal judge has overturned a northeastern New Mexico county's effort to ban oil and natural gas drilling. District Judge James O. Browning's 199-page order released Tuesday declares Mora County's ordinance invalid. The ordinance ...

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Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty - Rock Hill Herald

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 11:24

KVIA El Paso

Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty
Rock Hill Herald
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said. The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released ...
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Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 11:19

Albuquerque Journal

Judge overturns New Mexico county's drilling ordinance
Albuquerque Journal
Mora County is far from the energy hotspots in southeastern and northwestern New Mexico, and there are no active oil or gas wells within the county. But county officials took the step out of fear that their scarce water supply could become further ...
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New Mexico's children struggling, report says - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 11:08

New Mexico's children struggling, report says
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
New Mexico's teen suicide rate is nearly twice the national average. The teen birth rate is one of the highest in the nation, and the state is dead last in the percentage of fourth-graders who can read at grade level. These are some of the findings ...

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Advocates: New Mexico still among worst for child poverty, 'bold' legislative ... - Fox Business

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:35

KVIA El Paso

Advocates: New Mexico still among worst for child poverty, 'bold' legislative ...
Fox Business
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said. The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released its ...
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Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty - WRAL.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:32

Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty
WRAL.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said. The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released ...

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