80 Illegal Immigrants Abducted in Mexico

From heritage.org -Late last week, at least 80 illegal immigrants were abducted from a train by armed gunmen in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. According to accounts, the train operators “didn’t stop where they usually do.… Instead, they continued on to a remote area where the trains that come from Coatzacoalcos pass by.” There the gunmen were waiting and “went straight—like they already knew—to (the cars in which the) women and children were riding.” Sadly, this violence is nothing new. According to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, more than 400 kidnappings involving 22,000 individuals likely occur in Mexico each year. More News New Mexico


Poll: Obama's Lead Among GOP Contenders Shrinking

From capitolreportnewmexico.com -According to a Democratic Party polling group, New Mexico voters prefer President Obama over all the Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential race but Obama’s popularity in the state is declining. Public Policy Polling, which is affiliated with the Democratic Party and based out of Raleigh, N.C., released the results of a telephone survey of 732 New Mexico voters and reported that while President Obama carried New Mexico by 15 points in the 2008 election, just 50 percent of those surveyed between June 23-26 approved of the job Obama is doing while 44 percent disapprove. New Mexico is expected to be a swing state in the 2012 presidential race and controls five electoral votes. More News New Mexico

2003 is Remembered Quite Well

Jim Spence
We were reading a column by Larry Kudlow today and he reminded us that tax rates were lowered across-the-board in mid-2003. I remember that time well because I wrote the following passage in a monthly newsletter:
The proposal (to cut tax rates) should do more to help restore investor confidence and the vitality of American businesses than any other proposal we have seen in many decades. 
Sure enough, economics 101 worked like a charm. The improved incentives immediately propelled the U.S. economy forward. Over the following fifty-four months more than 8.2 million jobs were created in this country. And during that time frame U.S. non-farm payroll headcounts increased from just under 130 million to just over 138 million.
Oddly, President Obama would give away his golf club set for this kind of job creation right now. So, the question is this: Will he learn from history and cut businesses a break? It won't happen. Based on what we saw at his press conference today, just the opposite is in store if the president gets his way.
You see, the president doesn't care as much about how jobs are created as he does about how much income he can redirect away from job creators. And today he re-iterated his view that the only way out of an economic downturn (like the one we were facing in 2003 and again now) is to tax our way out of it. It seems that he is content to remain woefully uninformed on how the basic laws of economics work. It is going to cost all of us (including him).
Sadly for the president, he steadfastly refuses to concede that in the wake of the adjustment in tax rates that occurred in 2003, as a share of our GDP, tax revenues actually rose from 16.2 percent to 18.5 percent. Someone should explain these economic facts to the current White House economic team. Today it was made clear that they will be asking those who already pay 87% of all federal income taxes to take on more of the burden. The president's plan to tax our way to prosperity won't work any better than his vaunted stimulus did two years ago. And even if it feels good to his aides to simply blame job creators for high unemployment. Their plan of attack is destroying President Obama's political career.


75% of Americans Find Energy Policies Deficient

Rasmussen - Most voters continue to feel America needs to do more to develop domestic gas and oil resources. They also still give the edge to finding new sources of oil over reducing gas and oil consumption. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 19% believe the United States does enough to develop its own gas and oil resources. Seventy-five percent (75%) do not think the country is doing enough in this area. Read full story here: News New Mexico

New Wildfire at Hondo Consumes 15,000 Acres

KOB TV - A wildfire burning on part of a southern New Mexico ranch owned by veteran newsman Sam Donaldson is uncontained and chewing through more terrain. Fire information officer Jennifer Myslivy says the fire in Alamo Canyon has burned 15,000 acres and reached the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, where it has so far burned 1,200 acres. Crews used bulldozers Wednesday to cut fire lines and conducted controlled burns to fight the blaze. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Farmers Ask Governor to Release Water

From therepublic.com -Dona Ana County farmers are making an urgent plea to Gov. Susana Martinez for water for their thirsty crops. If they don't get the water, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District is slated to close down for the season July 5, after slightly more than a month of irrigation. The season typically starts much earlier and ends in September or October. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports there was no response from Santa Fe as of Tuesday. The irrigation district has asked the state to hand over 100,000 acre-feet of water now in storage at Elephant Butte Lake. More News New Mexico


Newsnm.com Crosses 100,000 Page Views

Less than a year ago News New Mexico took to the airwaves in New Mexico with our website and daily radio show. Yesterday we crossed the 100,000 count for page views on our website. We thank all of our listeners, sponsors, and contributors for helping us become successful. Onward and upward!

Greeks Riot: Big Government Convenes for Vote

Washington Times - ATHENS — Youths hurled rocks and firebombs at riot police in central Athens on Tuesday as a general strike against new austerity measures brought the country to a standstill. Lawmakers were embarking on their second day of debate on austerity measures that must be passed in votes Wednesday and Thursday if Greece’s international creditors are to release another batch of bailout funds to see it beyond the middle of next month. The package must be passed so the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can release the next installment of Greece’s $156 billion bailout loan. Without that $17 billion installment, Greece faces the prospect of a default next month — a potentially disastrous event that could drag down European banks and hurt other financially troubled European countries. The austerity drive is hugely unpopular in Greece, and the demonstration in central Athens soon degenerated into violence. Read full story here: News New Mexico

CD # 1: Denish Out Chavez In

Diane Denish
NMPolitics - Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez is running for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Martin Heinrich; meanwhile, former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has decided against running. Chávez, a Democrat, declared his candidacy late Tuesday in an Albuquerque Journal article. The newspaper also referred to a video it said was posted on Chávez’s website, but as of the publication of this article, the video and any announcement of his congressional campaign had not been posted. Read full story here: News New Mexico