American elections have become sensational horse races during which political polarization seems at it worst.
The American republic is in disarray, political polarization is the highest its been in decades, news media has become factional and balkanized, and different individuals are finding it more and more difficult to agree on reality.
Underlying all of this, neither side seems to be willing to initiate a discourse with each other or reflect on itself, as if everything that is wrong with the country is “the other side’s” fault, and compromise seems like an child-like dream. This is a dangerous state of affairs, . . .
New Mexico’s Secretary of State Maggie Tolouse Oliver held an event in Taos last weekend with the help of the Taos County Democratic Party. She was accompanied by former Missouri Sec. of State, Jason Kander, who now works as the president of Let America Vote, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving individual access to election ballots. The event was held at the Taos Mesa Brewery-Mothership which enjoyed a full crowd of patrons (mostly registered Democrats), turning out in a show of support for their newly elected Sec. of State. Mrs. Oliver will be running for a full term next November in the 2018 midterm elections.
In 2013, the Santa Fe Reporter filed suit against New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez over a claim of “damages for violations of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (Santa Fe Reporter v. Governor Susana Martinez, D-101-CV-201302328, 9/3/2013)” as well as the New Mexico Constitution. The trial was held in April of this year and closing arguments were recorded and presented in June.
This week, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from the defendants in Gill v. Whitford, a federal court case from Wisconsin in which a panel of three federal judges struck down a redistricting plan from the Wisconsin legislature. US 7th Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Ripple and US District Court Judges Barbara Crabb and Willian Griesbach decided Wisconsin’s Act 43 to be unconstitutionally partisan last December in a lawsuit brought by twelve plaintiffs against five defendants.
In recent weeks, two states figured a budget for their upcoming fiscal years: New Mexico and California. These two state budgets paint a stark difference between the internal management of these two states.
This week, the governing body for Mohave County, Arizona, advocated via a letter in the Daily Miner for the United States Department of Interior to rescind two national monuments in the state.