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.

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…