Thursday, December 2, 2021


Michiganders mourn the loss of four students after this week's school shooting at Oxford High School, and SCOTUS Justices signal willingness to back a Mississippi abortion prohibition law.


The Supreme Court debates abortion rights; Stacey Abrams will again run to be Georgia's governor; and Congress scrambles to avoid a shutdown.


Seniors in non-urban areas struggle with hunger disproportionately; rural communities make a push for federal money; and Planned Parenthood takes a case to the Montana Supreme Court.

Fairness, Transparency Urged as NM Redistricting Advances


Friday, September 3, 2021   

SANTA FE, N.M. -- In less than two weeks, proposed maps will be available to New Mexico residents who are following the once-a-decade redrawing of U.S. congressional and state legislative boundaries. The process, known as redistricting, will shape voting districts for the next 10 years.

New Mexico's seven-member Citizen Redistricting Committee, established by an act signed into law this year, has been gathering public input in recent weeks.

Dick Mason, Action Committee chair for League of Women Voters of New Mexico, said the group is pushing for as much transparency as possible.

"On September 16th, they're going to be publishing the concept maps," Mason explained. "And then after that, they're going to go out with public meetings with these concept maps to get people's input on those maps."

Advocates for fair redistricting say it is supposed to preserve communities of common interest, especially important in New Mexico, where nearly 48% of respondents to the 2020 Census identified ancestry linked to Latin America and other Spanish-speaking areas; the largest percentage of any U.S. state.

Mason noted the state has a long history of having its redistricting maps litigated and decided by the courts, which is why it is important everyone is unified over the final map.

"And we also want to be sure that, particularly the Native Americans, their wishes are paid attention to," Mason asserted. "Between the Pueblos and the Navajo Nation, and the Apache reservations."

Based on limited population growth in the past 10 years, the state will have three congressional districts, the same as it had following the 2010 Census.

For the first time in 30 years, Democrats outnumber Republicans in both houses of the Legislature, and the governor is also a Democrat. A special legislative session to review maps is tentatively scheduled for the first week of December.

get more stories like this via email
A majority of Republican likely voters support taxing billionaires' stock-market gains, which currently are not taxed until sold. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly seven in ten Americans say billionaires are not paying their fair share in taxes, according to a new survey. Among likely …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Over the coming weeks, North Dakotans will be clicking the "purchase" button as they order holiday gifts online, and fraud experts …

Social Issues

MINNEAPOLIS -- Several regional labor groups rallied in Minneapolis on Wednesday, demanding state leaders take action to reflect the sacrifices made …

According to the latest Census of Agriculture, nearly 9,000 Iowa farms use cover crops. (Adobe Stock)


GREENE, Iowa -- The proposed Build Back Better bill is getting attention for a host of funding possibilities, including one area flying under the …

Social Issues

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Michiganders are mourning the loss of four students after this week's school shooting at Oxford High School, and advocates …

Experts point to a tightening labor market and a labor-friendly administration to explain the rise in the number of labor strikes and protests. (Juan Aunion/Adobestock)

Social Issues

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Labor protests and strikes are on the upswing this fall, compared with 2020 when everyone hunkered as the pandemic closed …

Social Issues

CONCORD, N.H. -- With the holiday shopping season under way, experts are urging Granite Staters to watch out for scammers. A survey from AARP found …

Social Issues

EVERETT, Wash. -- After community pushback, Everett Community College has paused plans to close its Early Learning Center, which has provided child-…


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021