Wonder Why Many of Our Bills Aren’t Getting Through? Research Shows the Views of the Majority Don’t Matter

We include news on a nationwide student strike for climate change on Friday, including here in Santa Fe with Santa Fe strikers speaking at Collected Works at 11am today. Critical election reform bills being heard today in Senate Rules and a NY Times Op-Ed and two very compelling video depicting why we don’t get what…

A Look Back at a Momentous Week & Forward to Rough Waters

A look back at three of the better posts, we’ve done during the Legislative Session with one focused on concerns with SB 489, one of this session’s most important bills, reflections on Parkland and Rio Rancho shootings, and how three Dems flipped and tabled an important gas & oil royalties bill, a lesson for the…

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey Introduce Green New Deal Resolution. Pelosi Dismisses It. The Battle Begins

A Roundhouse Roundup updates you on our MUST PASS bills that are sailing along. The post also includes information on AOC and Markey’s introduction of a Congressional Resolution for the Green New Deal. Finally, a tremendous 5 minute clip of AOC asking questions at a Congressional hearing about the influence of money in politics. So…

PRC Votes 5-0 to Open Hearing on San Juan Closure. Is This the End of the Securitization Bill?

The NM Constitution appears to prohibit the Roundhouse from passing legislation on issues under PRC consideration & the PRC voted 5-0 yesterday to assign the San Juan  closure to hearing officers in preparation for a hearing. Securitization bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria, told me that the legislature can proceed regardless.  Interesting. Gov Lujan Grisham snubs…

Brennan Center for Justice & the Threat of a Trump Dictatorship & Bill McCamley Picked for Cabinet Slot

The Brennan Center for Justice is not Truthout or some other publication that can get all hyperbolic over a relatively small issue. So when they sound the alarms about the ways in which Trump could use Constitutional “emergency powers” to shut down the internet, arrest advocates, and suspend an array of constitutional rights, it is…

Strong Polling Evidence: Trump Voters Support an Array of Progressive Social Justice Policies– a Huge Opening

Trump told them the Dems didn’t understand them, that he would get them jobs and protect them from those scary immigrants and from others threatening to take their guns. But on minimum wage, tuition-free college, universal health care and other social justice issues, they support progressive positions even more strongly than centrist Dems.  Hmmm. Read…

Common Cause Call to Action, Town Hall with Ben Ray, and Links to 3 Great Nation Mag. Articles on the Midterms

Normally an off-day for Retake, but late breaking actions hit my in-box and I thought you should know, as they are happening today.  As a bonus, I include links to three tremendous The Nation articles on the midterms and their long-term impact. Very worthwhile reads. Plus stunning video of Pelosi, Schumer, and Trump discussing wall…