We’d like to take this opportunity to ensure that you and your ovaries are up to date on any new potential laws and studies that could impact your ability to decide what you do with them – and yes – we also want to make sure that our non-ovary carrying allies are up to date too.
Just one day after Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told a Senate committee that he had not yet decided whether he would shrink New Mexico’s national monuments, Steve Pearce demanded that Zinke shrink Doña Ana County’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by an astounding 88% to accommodate just 800 businesses and individuals in the district of more than 606,000 people. From Michael Coleman in the Albuquerque Journal’s Washington Bureau:
WASHINGTON – A day after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he might not alter the size of two of New Mexico’s newest monuments, Rep. Steve Pearce implored him to dramatically shrink the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in his southern district. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Zinke, who is reviewing more than two dozen national monuments for possible reductions in size, said he was open to keeping New Mexico’s newest monuments unchanged. “If it’s settled and people are happy with it, I find no reason to recommend any changes,” Zinke said. But at a House hearing to consider the Interior Department’s budget Thursday, Pearce said that’s not the case.
The country took a pause Wednesday morning as they waited, glued to TV and Twitter, for news from the GOP Congressional baseball team practice shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. New Mexico’s lone Republican member of Congress was at the field when shots rang out and he gave a first-hand account via video shortly thereafter. New Mexico’s Senators and other Congresspersons offered their own takes as well as news filtered out. Here’s a look. New Mexico’s Federal Delegation Responds to #Shooting
And Congressman Pearce gave his own account of being pinned down by the shooter.
New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich is becoming a leading figure in the US Senate’s investigation of Russian involvement in American elections and collusion between Russian and President Trump’s campaign.
After quizzing fired FBI Director James Comey last week, Heinrich was also featured as a key questioner of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during this week’s hearings. And Heinrich pulled no punches in his assessment of the attorney general’s cooperation. Senator Martin Heinrich accuses Jeff Sessions of impeding the investigation by not answering questions. pic.twitter.com/BFBZoWF5GB
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) June 13, 2017
A recap from Business Insider captured the exchange:
Sen. Martin Heinrich aggressively questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday over his decision not to share details of his conversations with President Donald Trump. During a highly-anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat confronted Sessions about his refusal to reveal non-classified conversations with the president after Sessions dodged a question about whether Trump expressed dissatisfaction over Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Governor Martinez’s most controversial cabinet appointee is leaving her post before the end of the month. Hanna Skandera told the Albuquerque Journal her departure has been in planning for some time, though she waited until the end of the school year to make it official. She will leave PED on June 20th. A replacement has not yet been named. Martinez came to office promising “bold reform” on public education policy and appointed Skandera, who had never taught in a classroom, as the state’s PED secretary.
Birth control has meant that women have more opportunity and better control over their own lives. We’ve made important progress for women’s health. The rate of unintended pregnancy is at an all-time low, thanks in part to expanded access to birth control. People in this country, and especially New Mexico, do not want to see that progress rolled back.
New Mexico voters elected Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped New Mexico’s lone Pro-Trump Congressman, Steve Pearce, from voting with Donald Trump on everything from internet privacy to eliminating healthcare.
In fact, an analysis by ProPublica and FiveThirtyEight shows that Pearce votes Trump’s position 93% of the time, far more than any other New Mexico legislator.