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New Mexico Women March on the Roundhouse and DC

New Mexico Women will march on the New Mexico State Capitol and in Washington, DC one day after the pending inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, soon to be the 45th President of the United States. The gathering in New Mexico will culminate in a rally at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe in what will be a national day of action. The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, January 21 is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of women to the nation’s capital to collectively denounce Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric aimed at minorities and women. This rally, and all other marches on Washington in the 2oth Century live in the shadow of the historic March on Washington in 1963, when the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his indelible, “I have a Dream” speech. The Women’s March on Washington is bound to be as impactful and the rallies that have come before.

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Sen Domenici returns to lobby Congress, Trump to transfer public lands to big oil through Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn

In August, Republican Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn announced his plan to ask the federal government to turn over “upwards of 6.5 millions acres” of  “unleased federal subsurface mineral acreage” (ie, federal public lands) and federal mining leases to him.

“Any and all unleased land… would then be leased out by the State Land Office” for new oil and gas permits, Dunn said.

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Mining sinkhole leaks radioactive water into FL acquifer; Now seeking discharge permit over NM aquifer

One day after the state’s Environment Department announced that Mosaic mining company was seeking a permit to discharge 7,500,000 gallons of mining waste water into the ground in Eddy County, the company noticed that it was missing millions of gallons of radioactive wastewater from another facility. They found it in a drinking water aquifer in central Florida.

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#SmallBusinessSaturday: In New Mexico, shopping local keeps 3X more money in local economies

Odds are you or someone you know were part of record long-lines at WalMart Thursday night or early morning sales at shopping malls and big box retailers across the state. But don’t forget your local Main Street retailers who put more of your spending back into our local economy to power schools, public projects and charitable giving. And shoppers who opt for the convenience of online shopping not only rob local stores of income, they cut state and local programs like education, public safety and cultural programs who depend on local sales tax for funding.  (A report published by The US Small Business Administration reported that states and cities lost $11.4 billion in local revenue due to online shopping in 2012). 

Local government in New Mexico lost at least $27 million last year alone. Earlier this year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on efforts to have New Mexico join 14 other states already taxing online sales to support state and local programs — and Republican efforts to kill it.

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Did New Mexico women just shatter a glass ceiling in the legislature?

Wait, did New Mexico Democrats just shatter a glass ceiling by electing an all-women leadership? New Mexico Democrats might have just set an amazing precedent and shattered an insanely huge glass ceiling for women in leadership roles around the country. Three top positions within the Democrat’s new majority leadership are being occupied by women. Not only that but Sheryl Williams Stapleton, an African American, Doreen Gallegos, a Latina, and Doreen Wonda Johnson, a member of the Navajo Nation, are all women of color from very different parts of New Mexico — potentially creating THE most diverse caucus leadership team in American history. Nationwide women only make up 24.2% of state legislators despite representing nearly 51% of the overall population.

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Heinrich: Trump will take public lands “over my dead body”

As President-Elect, Donald Trump is wasting no time filling his administration with hardliners pro-corporate, anti– (well, most anything progressive) leadership (they are also all white guys, have you noticed?). With a White Nationalist as a chief advisor and an attorney general who was rejected for a federal judgeship because of racists remarks, what else could they do to reverse centuries of progress in just four years? Turning over control of national parks and public lands to a corporate big oil tycoon, for one; and New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich isn’t having it. This tweet from Heinrich is getting a lot of attention: 

What has him all riled up?  Probably this note from Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump is just starting to arrange the team that will advise him and implement his policy agenda.