Post Alabama (and there are more Alabamas in queue), Is Abortion Now an Absolute Litmus Test?

Despite  60-70% of the population wanting to uphold Roe v Wade, a national effort is afoot that is developing a momentum of its own and it is beyond frightening. The post examines how quickly a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body is disappearing in one state after another. We also raise the…

We Warned the Governor HB 546 Allowed Produced Water to be Used in Agriculture–Two Months Later…..

That didn’t take long. Encore Green Environmental Group filed a permit application to use produced water to irrigate NM land and they have identified a fracking operator eager to sell them the produced water.  Before HB 546 was signed, we asked the Governor: why would you explicitly include agriculture as one of the potential uses…

Readers’ Views on Extinction Challenge + Call to Action As DCCC Stoops to a New Low + NEE Wins in Supreme Court

Days after Alabama essentially banned all abortions, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is staging a pricey fundraiser for a strident opponent of a woman’s right to choose. Call to Action on this. And it will be fun. The Supreme Court decision announced late yesterday validates NEE’s claims about PNM and voids PNMs acquisition of nuclear…

Political Communication: A Look at the Different Styles of Ben Ray, Bernie and Seth Rogan

Is it possible to raise funds for your campaign and still offer substantive, provocative communication to your supporters? Today we examine the most recent fundraising email from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and of Bernie Sanders. And we toss in a brief discussion of the new film Long Shot starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron because…

Escaping Extinction: Two Perspectives Both Looking at You

For months Retake has been framing the climate change as a crisis of capitalism that can only be solved by inventing another system. In two well crafted articles, from The Nation and Resilience, this challenge is framed brilliantly. Capitalism insists on me against you, me over you, with a thirst for profit eroding the value…

Ben Ray Lujan Slammed for Deception + A Report On Packed Retake Input & Strategy Session, A Plan for 2019-20 Is Emerging

We had 12 RSVPs, but 47 folks showed up and were brimming with enthusiasm at Thursday’s meeting. Next meeting: June 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Also, Milan Simonich absolutely nailed Rep. Lujan for his fundraising emails, which are clearly annoying, but also apparently riddled with lies. We summarize Simonich’s piece and provide a link. Maggie Toulouse Oliver on…

Sixty Mega Corps Paid Zero in Taxes in 2018: A Symbol of What We’ve Become. A Very Important Post

This is NOT just Trump, this is US tax policy for decades. We of the 99% pay taxes, can’t deduct medical expenses, or college tuition costs, but corporations benefit from tax policies that allow them to entirely escape paying any of the burden of funding our country. This is not a coincidence, this is how…

US Senate, As an Unrepresentative Institution, Is a Bigger Threat to Democracy than the Electoral College

Today’s blog  examines the Electoral College and the US Senate as two antiquated Constitutional institutions that grossly undermine representative democracy by by allowing a significant over-representation of white, rural, conservative voters. The post identifies fixes to the Electoral College, but the Senate appears impervious to fixes. Chaco action announced for Monday, Apr.15.