City needs more — not less — transparency

by Debra Helper

Councilor Carmichael Dominguez’s proposal (“Santa Fe mulls proposal to halt ballot initiative finance reports,” Oct.13) to remove a campaign disclosure requirement to avoid lawsuits challenging that requirement is illogical and undermines our power as voters.

A crucial power we, the people, still retain is the power to vote. Transparency is key to an informed vote. In today’s post-Citizens United era, one in which unlimited campaign donations and spending have been allowed, we need transparency more than ever. Whether one agreed with the soda tax or not, the knowledge that each side was funded by millions of dollars from outside interests (Michael Bloomberg of New York on the pro side and global soda companies on the anti side) helped one understand where the ads and biases were coming from, thereby informing one’s vote.
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American Politics In Moral Free-Fall

by Bruce Berlin

A dark cloud hangs over our country. With the recent Las Vegas mass murder and our government’s pathetic response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico, America’s fall from grace quickens. While Donald Trump embodies much of that darkness, all of the blame for the ugly state of our country’s politics cannot be laid at his feet. Both political parties bear a good deal of the responsibility. When it comes right down to it, all that seems to matter to our politicians is winning and the money it takes to come out on top.
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Maggie Toulouse Oliver Speaks on Oct 16

Join New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics in a discussion with New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, on how New Mexico’s new campaign finance rule will positively affect our elections by making them fairer. We’ll meet on Monday, October 16 at 6pm, in the Community Room at the Santa Fe Downtown Public Library, 145 Washington Street.

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The Grand Canyon Taught Me About American Politics

by Bruce Berlin

Being in a serene space put the noise of our society in perspective.

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Rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with my 22-year old daughter, Gioia, stirred my soul like only peak experiences can. For five days last month, we were immersed in the canyon’s magnificence, completely cut off from the outside world. What a gift! Engulfed in a timeless, hallowed space, every moment felt sacred. Continue reading “The Grand Canyon Taught Me About American Politics”