Millions March For Our Lives nationwide – New Mexico turns out for gun safety

Rallies associated with the March For Our Lives movement organized by students affected by gun violence may have surpassed already record-setting rallies that have been happening ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Perhaps even more important and impressive is that it is likely one of the largest collective movements of young people since the iconic anti-war protests of the Vietnam era. 

New Mexicans joined by the thousands across the state, with especially large turnouts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In Las Cruces where students were out of school for spring break, an impromptu rally was still organized after the beginning of the week saw armed pro-gun advocates take over a city council meeting specifically to derail a proposed resolution on school safety as it relates to firearms. Even Silver City students held a rally that was well attended. 

Some students from Aztec High School were able to travel to Washington DC and participate in the national rally as well as speak with Senator Martin Heinrich about gun safety. Heinrich has publically denounced the National Rifle Association and called for better and smarter gun regulations and even written an Op-Ed piece about his former relationship with the NRA. While the NRA hasn’t rated me for this election yet, if my work in the Senate to pass gun violence reform hasn’t earned me an F rating, I suspect this post will. And that’s fine by me. -Sen. Martin Heinrich
New Mexico remains a state with relatively few gun laws on the books overall.

Five New Mexico Cities Host Women’s Marches This Saturday: What You Need to Know

What began as a Facebook event invite and a response to the now imminent inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has quickly turned into a viral, global grassroots movement and an international day of resistance. The Women’s March on Washington launches in five days with a New Mexico delegation to represent the progressives marching here at home. New Mexico is doing its part and you can participate. On Saturday, January 21, millions of people will gather in cities across the United States and in international locations in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington D.C. In every state in the Union, more than 370 peaceful, inclusive, gatherings are playing host to an estimated 735,070 marchers and participants. Here’s what you need to know to participate in the marches happening in our state.

Bernie and Bill coming to New Mexico – here’s how you can see them both (What, no Trump?!)

New Mexico’s primary day is often overlooked by national candidates since it comes on the very last possible day for primaries nationwide. But this year is special because the Democratic nomination is still unsettled and the candidate will be selected based on delegates picked on our primary day – June 7th. Even though there are a lot more delegates available in California and other states that day, neither the Clinton nor Sanders campaign are treating the Land of Enchantment like a flyover state this year. Both campaigns are coming to NM this week and here’s where you can see them:

Bernie Sanders
Friday May 20

3pm, Santa Fe Community College, William Witter Fitness Center:  This event with Senator Sanders is limited to just 2,500 people. Doors open at 1, so get there early.

[LISTEN] Susana Martinez drunk dialed 9-1-1 and the audio is amazing

Everyone has that one co-worker or cousin who gets a little too tipsy at the holiday party, but Governor Martinez just took it to a whole new level.  
When the staff of the El Dorado Hotel called Santa Fe police at 1:30 am last weekend to evict the partiers in room 465, the partier-in-chief called 9-1-1 herself demanding to know why they were coming.  
“I am the governor of the state of New Mexic-oooo… I’m sitting in there with my sister, who is disabled, and about six other people eating pizzz-aa” Susana Martinez tells 911. “Call them off!”

How PNM rewrote Santa Fe’s clean energy resolution to support dirty coal [Read the Internal Emails]

Update, Mon. Dec. 22, 8:00pm :  The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacon (@danieljchacon) reports that, “under public pressure,” Councilor Bushee will remove language calling for Santa Fe to renew an agreement with PNM:
Under public pressure, City Councilor Patti Bushee removed language calling for a franchise agreement with Public Service Company of New Mexico from a controversial resolution she is sponsoring.“It’s turned into a red herring, so I’m happy to remove it,” she said Monday… Bushee said City Attorney Kelley Brennan had advised her to include the franchise agreement language in the resolution, which Brennan denied. “I urged you not to include negotiation of the franchise in the draft,” Brennan wrote in an email to Bushee on Monday.