News NM to Take Callers Starting Next Week

News New Mexico will begin taking calls from listeners on the show beginning Monday morning August 15th. The decision was made by the board of directors received input from various radio station affiliates around the state. Callers can call 855-808-3508 during segments when Jim and Michael announce the phone lines are open. Callers will be required to provide their names, the cities or towns where they live, the essence of their statement or question and a phone number.


Court of Appeals Says Obamacare Unconstitutional

Politico - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that the Supreme Court will have to review the law. The suit was brought by 26 states — nearly all led by Republican governors and attorneys general. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. The 2-1 ruling marks the first time a judge appointed by a Democrat has voted to strike down the mandate.
Judge Frank Hull, who was nominated by former President Bill Clinton, joined Chief Judge Joel Dubina, who was appointed by George H.W. Bush, to strike down the mandate. Judge Stanley Marcus, in a dissenting opinion, said the mandate is constitutional. He was also appointed by Clinton. The panel partially upheld a ruling issued in January by Judge Roger Vinson, who struck down the entire health reform law. However, the 11th Circuit said that the rest of the legislation can stand even if the mandate is unconstitutional. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Pearce in Artesia to Learn Science of the "Lizard"

Artesia, NM (August 12, 2011) On Monday, Congressman Steve Pearce will attend a meeting in Artesia to review the work of concerned citizens specific to the proposed federal listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. At the meeting, he and other members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation will be presented with a report on the scientific data related to the listing, which he has promised to forward to officials at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.

Steve Pearce
A group of civic and scientific professionals, led by New Mexico State Representative Dennis Kintigh, has studied the issue extensively over the past few months. The independent study group has prepared a report detailing their findings, and invited the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to attend the meeting to receive copies and a summary of their findings. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting, which is hosted by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, will be held Monday, August 15th at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia, located at 310 West Main St. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.