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N.M. shows increase in concentrated poverty

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Progress on the way

ALBUQUERQUE – Despite a fairly strong economy nationally, ten states – including New Mexico – have seen an increase in the share of children living in areas of concentrated poverty. This information comes from the latest KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report also shows that children of color are more likely to live in high-poverty, low-opportunity neighborhoods than white children.

“While children do best when their family is economically secure, the well-being of the larger community is also important. Children need to grow up in neighborhoods with high-quality schools, safe places to play, good job opportunities, and reliable...

Governor’s Medicaid plan means better healthcare for McKinley County

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New Mexico currently has a shortage of physicians in 32 of its 33 counties. Large swaths of McKinley County lie within the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian reservation in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of McKinley County’s 75,000 residents are Native American. New Mexico leads all other states in Medicaid enrollment, with 43 percent of its residents on the program.

The goal of New Mexico’s healthcare community is to bridge the gap in rural health and ensure adequate and appropriate care is available to all New Mexican’s regardless of their address.   Therefore, I support Governor Grisham’s plan to increase Medicaid by $78.5 million for the State of New Mexico.

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Don’t know much about history

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Gallup group looks at the decline in history education

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

Some would argue that whether we learn our planet’s written history or not, we may very well repeat the worst mistakes. But area historian and archaeologist Martin Link hopes to open up a discussion on the mounting crisis in history education (and arts education, music instruction, and more) that is increasingly lessened by a focus on vocational training, economic development, and the ensuing loss of critical thinking skills.

The impact of “High Stakes Testing,” or “Teaching to the Test,” has had some unfortunate impacts...

Udall, Heinrich announce investigation to protect N.M. land

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Senators looking into proposed seizure of land to build Trump border wall

WASHINGTON, D.C.-  U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Sept. 11, that the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office  will investigate the Trump Administration’s efforts to use eminent domain to “take the land” of private landowners by any means necessary in order to build an ineffective border wall.

In August, Sens. Udall and Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, urging GAO to investigate the Trump Administration’s harmful efforts that could affect New Mexico.

Sens. Udall and Heinrich emphasized that despite multiple requests...

‘Trump is the laughing stock of the world’

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With the 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign underway, the likelihood of having more debates with challengers to Donald Trump has taken a new turn with two Republicans joining the race, with former Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois entering on August 24th launching his bid for the Republican nomination, and Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts.

Twenty Democratic candidates are still in the mix although the requirements to stay in the race have been more of a challenge for them than Trump; they must top one percent in three polls from pollsters approved by the Democratic National Committee or tally 65,000 unique campaign donors, with at least 200 donors in 20...

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