Sanchez Keeps His Promise to News New Mexico

John Sanchez
Making good on a promise he made on his previous guest appearance on News New Mexico, Lt. Governor John Sanchez officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning on our radio show. The widely expected announcement became anti-climatic with the filing of documents with the Federal Elections Commission late last week. You can listen to Sanchez begin to make his case for why he is the best candidate for the job by clicking on the archived audio of his appearance here: News New Mexico

A Good Laugh at All Doomsday Preachers

News New Mexico note (Spence) - This is one of the best columns we have posted yet, and we have posted hundreds of good ones. We had to chuckle at the headline grabbing "end of the world prediction" last week. It was great comic relief for sure. Then along came columnist Dennis Prager with an absolutely a brilliant reminder of the faith-based, Global Warming-Climate Change predictors who are nothing more than end of the worlders that get a free pass because they support socialism. There's virtually no difference in their methods or their data. Enjoy!
Dennis Prager
Townhall - For years now, we have been told by the world's left-wing media that scientists are united in predicting that there will be worldwide catastrophe as a result of global warming caused by manmade carbon dioxide emissions. Oceans will rise so high that they will drown many of the world's great coastal cities; entire island-countries will disappear; vast areas of the world will dry up; and countries will fight one another for the little remaining fresh water. Compared to the global warming scenario, I'll face the Rapture -- and I'm not even Christian.
Of course, none of these global warming predictions has materialized. For example, in April of this year, Der Spiegel reported: "Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the UN has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing in the regions that had been identified as environmental danger zones." As a result of so many such false alarms, and because so many places have experienced record cold temperatures, global warming has been renamed "climate change." But global warming is only the most recent doomsday scenario offered by the left. Here is a small sample of some others: Read full column here: News New Mexico


Bingaman and Udall: You Want Free Trade - Give Us Alot More Government

Tom Udall
Jeff Bingaman
KOB - TV - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's two U.S. senators are throwing their support behind the White House as it pushes to extend American worker retraining as part of congressional negotiations over free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. President Barack Obama has said the trade deals are an integral part of his economic agenda, but administration officials have indicated they would be willing to delay the deals if the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program is not extended. Read full story here: News New Mexico


PNM Talks "Sustainability"

KOB - TV - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's largest electric utility has no plans for bringing on significant sources of new power generation this year, but it does plan to focus on limiting emissions from existing power plants. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Wildfire Rages Near Silver City

KOB - TV - SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire burning in southwestern New Mexico has charred more than 83,000 acres. Crews have made some progress containing 48 percent of the Miller Fire near Silver City. They're trying to preserve the natural condition of the land by minimizing the cutting of trees. Read full story here News New Mexico

Warden of NM State Pen Fired

Lawrence Jaramillo
KOB - TV ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The warden of the Penitentiary of New Mexico has been fired for sexual harassment. A spokesman for the Corrections Department told the Albuquerque Journal that Lawrence Jaramillo was terminated as of May 16. Jaramillo worked for the department for 20 years, the last year as warden of the state-run prison outside of Santa Fe. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Wilson Counters Sanchez Announcement

Heather Wilson
Capitol Report New Mexico - With John Sanchez entering the race for the Republican nomination for the soon-to-be vacant US Senate seat occupied by Jeff Bingaman, we waited for the respective reactions from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as well as Heather Wilson, who will be Sanchez’ chief rival in the GOP race. We’ll start with Wilson, who has a reputation for being a tough campaigner. Here’s the statement Wilson released Tuesday afternoon (May 24), just a few hours after Sanchez made his official announcement: “We welcome Lt. Governor Sanchez into the race and look forward to contrasting Heather Wilson’s conservative record with his invented one. On issue after issue John Sanchez is not who he says he is, and Republican voters will be quick to figure that out.” I think that counts as a shot across the bow. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Education Study Committee Meeting This Week

Santa Fe, NM – The Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) will meet Wednesday through Friday, May 25–27, 2011, in Room 307 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The meeting will be called to order Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. by Representative Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo-11), chair of the committee. Senator Cynthia Nava (D-Doña Ana-31) serves as vice chair. Among the topics to be discussed on that day are the recent audits by the Public Education Department of school districts and charter schools.
Hanna Skandera
Thursday’s meeting focuses on a report from Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera on the department’s implementation of public school-related legislation and appropriations from the 2011 legislative session. Friday’s meeting includes proposed activities for the 2011 interim. Proposed topics for the interim, the committee’s work plan, and the interim meeting schedule will be introduced for approval. The committee will adjourn on Friday at 12:00. Time will be allotted each day for superintendent and community input.
Mary Helen Garcia

All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting. Interim committee meetings are audio-webcast at Agendas are subject to change. For more information and the most current committee agendas and calendars, please go to: LESC members are : Rick Miera, Cynthia Nava, Nora Espinoza, Mary Helen Garcia, Mary Jane M. Garcia, Jimmie C. Hall, Gay G. Kernan, Lynda M. Lovejoy, Dennis J. Roch, Mimi Stewart, Vernon D. Asbill, Alonzo Baldonado, Ray Begaye, Mark Boitano, Eleanor Chavez, George Dodge, Stephen H. Fischmann, Roberto "Bobby" J. Gonzales, Tim D. Lewis, Howie C. Morales, John Pinto, Sander Rue, Sheryl Williams Stapleton, Shirley A. Tyler, Bob Wooley


Pearce: Time for a Realistic Middle East Policy

Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu’s Address to Congress Emphasizes Importance of our Ally in the Middle East - By Rep. Steve Pearce - On Tuesday, I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week. I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders. Israel is not only our best friend in this volatile region, but the freest nation. In fact, Freedom House, an independent organization which rates countries based on their protection of political and civil rights, rated Israel as the only “free” country in the Middle East last year.
Hamas Rocket Launch at Israel
That the President outlined such a troubling policy with regard to our friends in Israel defies imagination. It goes against our belief in freedom to ask this tiny beacon of human liberty, alone in an area known for violence and chaos, to retreat. It goes against our responsibility to the world to ask our strongest ally in the region, a nation that has fought for its right to exist from its very creation, to withdraw to indefensible borders. As Mr. Netanyahu said in his speech, “Imagine that right now we all had less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? Would anyone live that way? Well, we aren’t going to live that way either.”
Under the 1967 borders, the Israelis would be shut out of East Jerusalem, which contains some of the holiest sites for Christians, Jews and Muslims—including the Temple Mount, Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is unacceptable. The Prime Minister pointed out that only in Israel have Jews, Christians and Muslims been free to worship as they please. Jerusalem must never again be divided!
The 1967 borders are significant because that year saw hundreds of thousands of Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian, and Iraqi troops massed along those borders, intent on invading and destroying Israel. It is disturbing that the President would even speak of forcing our ally back into such a position.
The President refers to a non-militarized Palestinian state, but only mildly condemns the Palestinians for accepting Hamas, a recognized terrorist group that openly supports the destruction of Israel, as a governing partner. The 1967 borders would place Hamas within an 11-mile march of Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s major economic and cultural hubs.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The President expects Israel to reduce its security while Iran is building a nuclear weapon and has made clear that Israel is its preferred target. Iran ships missiles and weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, supporting a heavily armed hostile force on Israel’s northern border. Iran supports Hamas in the Gaza strip, from which rockets and missiles are launched into Israel daily.
Israeli children wait in bomb shelters for the school bus. Rocket and missile attacks are a constant and reliable terror. Recently, as Mr. Netanyahu told the President, one such rocket hit a school bus and killed a 16-year old boy. We would not tolerate such a thing in our country, and it is unthinkable for us to ask our ally to do so. Now is not the time for political fantasy, it is the time for policies that will bring about peace and stability.
Obama with Nobel Peace Prize
The President spoke of the advancement of democracy in Egypt, but failed to recognize concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood could seize power. This group poses a serious threat to global security and especially to the safety of our ally Israel. The President continues to talk about our intervention in Libya, but the fact is that President Obama risked American lives there needlessly and without congressional authorization. Gaddhafi remains alive, and the situation has become a stalemate. The President’s own Secretary of Defense admits that we had no pressing political or security interests in Libya.
Mummar Gaddhafi
The President stated that his outline on Israel’s border is a starting point for negotiations. But I would prefer that negotiations start not with massive and dangerous concessions, but with each side recognizing the other’s right to exist in peace. Israel has done this. But Hamas, Hezbollah, and others have not. As Mr. Netanyahu pointed out, when Arab states expelled their Jewish populations in 1948-49, Israel gladly took them in. Meanwhile, over six decades later, many Arab countries still leave their Palestinian populations in refugee camps. It is completely unacceptable that the President expects massive sacrifices from the only nation who has acted responsibly in the matter. During his meeting with President Obama last week at the White House, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that “a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality.” He’s right. It is time for the White House to shape a policy based in reality. Americans and our allies deserve a policy that will protect us from the very real dangers and threats in the Middle East.


Sanchez to Announce Senate Run On NewsNM

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez
From the National Journal -New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) will announce his Senate campaign on Tuesday, a Republican source familiar with his decision has confirmed to Hotline On Call. Sanchez filed statement of candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for the Senate, the Senate Public Records office confirms. The papers arrived on the 19th and was reported first in a tweet by Bloomberg's Greg Giroux. Sanchez, a first-term lieutenant governor who is serving under Republican Gov. Susana Martinez (R), has been mulling a run for months. In an interview with Hotline On Call in late March, he pulled no punches in going after former Rep. Heather Wilson (R), the most prominent Republican currently in the race, saying "I don't believe that she is a conservative Republican."   More News New Mexico

Williams: The Miseducation of America

Armstrong Williams
Townhall - The true test of whether an education is an investment or merely a form of conspicuous consumption is whether the degree or skills one learns is likely to increase one’s earning ability by more than the (time and monetary) cost of the education. This seems like a simple process to gauge – much like a back of the envelope computation – but it is something that many college graduates fail to clearly consider before incurring huge debts and spending years collecting degrees. While college graduates earn on average more than non-graduates, they tend to enter the work force later with more debt. This is especially the case with people that spend on ‘name brand’ educations. It is increasingly clear that there is a disconnection between the price and the value of higher education.
It’s obvious by now that the latest collapse of the U.S. stock market and the ensuing recession was spearheaded by experts – those same people who received fancy degrees from Ivy League institutions. They sold the public on their complex mathematical models purporting to show huge profits – all the while masking the risk of a total blow up. In many respects, this is the societal effect of a miseducated population. It is the result of an over-reliance by many people on the advice of experts, and the reliance of those experts on theoretical constructs that have little bearing on the real world. It is a classic case of mistaking the map for the territory. Read full column here: News New Mexico


Chinese Premier "Warns" U.S. Demands Respect for Pakistan's Sovereignty and Solidarity

Wen Jiabo
The Statesmen - In the wake of the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”, a media report claimed today. The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign minister at last week's China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying. China also advised the U.S.A. to “respect Pakistan's sovereignty and solidarity”, the report said. Chinese Premier Mr Wen Jiabao informed his Pakistani counterpart Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani about the matters taken up with the US during their formal talks at the Great Hall of the People yesterday. The report said China “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”. The two premiers held a 45-minute one-on-one meeting before beginning talks with their delegations.
The Chinese leadership was “extremely forthcoming in assuring its unprecedented support to Pakistan for its national cause and security” and discussed all subjects of mutual interest with Mr Gilani, the report said. Mr Gilani described Pakistan-China relations and friendship as “unique”. Talking to Pakistani journalists accompanying him, he said that China had acknowledged his country's contribution and sacrifices in the war against terrorism and supported its cause at the international level. “China supported Pakistan's cause on its own accord,” Mr Gilani said with reference to the Sino-US strategic dialogue where the Chinese told the US that Pakistan should be helped and its national honour respected. Mr Gilani said China had asked the US to improve its relations with Pakistan, keeping in view the present scenario. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Teacher's Union Work Rules Have Consequences

Capitol Report New Mexico - In light of the protests concerning public sector unions in Wisconsin, Ohio — and to a much less noisy degree — Detroit and Tennessee, a study conducted by a Yale law student is drawing a lot of attention by concluding that when it comes to teachers unions, students in poorer neighborhoods end up getting shortchanged. On top of that, the study used New Mexico public schools as its laboratory. Benjamin Lindy, a former middle school teacher himself, wrote in the Yale Law Journal that New Mexico provided a perfect “natural experiment” to study the effects of mandatory collecive bargaining on public school students. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Wal-Mart Haters Lose in Santa Fe

Santa Fe New Mexican - Nothing is routine for Santa Fe Walmart shoppers. A state agency Monday overturned a 5-4 decision by the Santa Fe City Council and will allow the new Walmart Supercenter to sell package liquor, despite opposition from the governing board. Alcohol and Gaming Division Director Gary Tomada on Monday granted the transfer of a liquor license to Wal-Mart Stores, saying there wasn’t substantial evidence to support the decision by the City Council, which disapproved the license at a late-night meeting in March. Read full story here: News New Mexico