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Tipping Point New Mexico
41 minutes | 3 days ago
300 Charles Sullivan - New Mexico Public Policy and Political Articles at American Thinker
On this week's interview, Paul talks to Charles Sullivan. Sullivan is a New Mexico-based retired attorney and writer at the popular political website American Thinker. You can read some of Sullivan's articles here. Sullivan has written about various New Mexico political issues including the misguided New Mexico Legislature and his experience traveling to Texas to obtain the COVID 19 vaccine.
55 minutes | 5 days ago
299 Unemployment Benefits Slow Return to Work and more
On this week's podcast conversation, Paul and Wally discuss the latest revisions MLG has made to her emergency orders. While nearly all counties are in Turquoise, Chaves County remains in the yellow for some hard-to-understand reason. The disappointing national jobs report and rise in unemployment appears to have been caused by President Biden's overly-generous extended unemployment benefits. New Mexico’s unemployment rate is 8.3% which is third-highest in the nation, but businesses are having real issues finding workers. To her credit, Gov. Lujan Grisham has reinstated a requirement that those on unemployment actually search for a job as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits. But, Montana and South Carolina are really tackling the issue by eliminating the added unemployment benefits. Montana is giving workers a bonus after they keep a job for 4 weeks. New Mexico oil and gas royalties set a monthly record on STATE lands. According to a Bloomberg piece the US will need a lot of land for Biden’s zero-carbon economy. Already government policies vastly inflate the amount of land needed for energy production. Finally, Paul talks with Larry Behrens of Power the Future about a new rulemaking for ozone precursor particles. They discuss the rulemaking process and this proposed rule and its potential impacts on New Mexico.
45 minutes | 10 days ago
298 Ava Garner - Legal Challenge to Governor Lujan Grisham's COVID-19 Response
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Ana Garner a New Mexico-based attorney with NM Stands Up! Garner and Gessing discuss the need for change in the way Gov. Lujan Grisham has controlled the State and its response to COVID 19. Garner and her organization are suing the Gov. and working to obtain support for those lawsuits. You don't want to miss this fascinating conversation!
47 minutes | 12 days ago
297 Census is Out, Why New Mexico Barely Grew and more
On this weeks discussion podcast, topics include: MLG completely revamps her emergency orders. Overall, the situation is much better. Moving to full opening by late June depending on vaccination progress; Youth sports outdoors. Mask mandate changes. More to come? On May 1st after being closed for more than 1 month, New Mexico golf courses reopened. Fallout for New Mexico census, LFC report. Passing the buck for NM’s slow population growth. Stansbury tells Channel 4 the economy is her “number one issue” yet voted consistently for higher taxes. APS enrollment continues to plummet, yet money is not an issue at APS. Breaking: In a major economic shot in the arm for New Mexico, Intel will invest $3.5 billion and hire 700 permanent workers for its Rio Rancho plant. The Gov. says she will “incentivize” people to go back to work. RGF on KOAT 7 discussing why people aren’t getting back to work despite NM’s elevated unemployment rate.
51 minutes | 17 days ago
296 David Clements - 2020 Election Issues, Critical Race Theory in Academia and more
On this week's podcast interview Paul sits down with David Clements. A libertarian-leaning law professor at New Mexico State University, David once ran for US Senate as a Republican, but he (like Paul) was not necessarily a fan of President Trump in his run for the White House in 2016. Clements not only had a change of heart during Trump's time in office, but he has actively engaged in tracking down many problems and issues with the 2020 election. David has also spoken out publicly against "critical race theory" and efforts to stifle free speech in the halls of academia. Don't miss this timely and informative interview! You can find out more about David and his numerous interviews and discussions at: https://www.theprofessorsrecord.com.
48 minutes | 19 days ago
295 COVID-19 and Science, Spaceport, Bernalillo County, Another Plastic Bag Ban and more
On this week's podcast conversation Paul and Wally discuss: The latest COVID maps are out and the situation seems to have stalemated or even worsened. Will the State change its metrics and if so, how? The deposition of NM's Health Secretary throws "science" into question. Reporter Patrick Hayes questions Scrase who tap dances. NY Times says wearing masks outdoors makes no sense. Census data are out including data on New Mexico's slow population growth and national population shifts. Sierra County news article uses RGF data to question Spaceport. Of course, SpaceX is running ahead. Bernalillo County building taking shape with name emblazoned across Albuquerque skyline. Las Cruces City Council considering plastic bag ban. RGF op-ed in Las Cruces paper argues against this. RGF publishes payroll for NM cities & will continue to roll out additional data.
42 minutes | 24 days ago
294 Michael Johnson - Energy Reliability in New Mexico and Texas
On this week's podcast interview Paul sits down with Michael Johnson to discuss energy reliability both in Texas AND New Mexico. Recently Texas suffered from serious energy reliability failures, but a decade ago many New Mexicans went without natural gas for days during one of the coldest times in recent memory. Michael Johnson is a New Mexican. He wrote the definitive report on what happened in New Mexico a decade ago. Johnson, a member of ERCOT for several years in the '90s, has also studied what happened in Texas and what caused the recent outages. Johnson's experience includes serving as the CEO of Conoco Gas and Power, the midstream business of Conoco Inc., and early 2000s, he was also Chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association headquartered in DC for several years over the same period, which represents large natural gas producers.
48 minutes | a month ago
293 High Unemployment yet Few Workers to be Found and more
On the latest Tipping Point New Mexico Paul discusses the fact that the CDC has now confirmed that he was correct in questioning "surface spread" of COVID over a year ago. Last year at this time Mayor Keller shut down Albuquerque playgrounds and parks. Paul and his family did not obey these restrictions and were criticized for it at the time. NM has high unemployment and yet businesses can’t find workers because too many are getting checks for doing nothing. Some "blue" states are making COVID rules permanent. Paul is concerned this could happen in New Mexico. Scott Elder has a brand new contract at APS. Paul and Wally discuss the particulars and problems with the contract. A new report finds the US Department of Interior (headed by Deb Haaland of New Mexico) is shortchanging NM on conservation funding. The Biden Administration wants another $2 trillion “Stimulus” infrastructure via the so-called "American Jobs Plan." Paul discusses the fact that most of the money Biden wants to spend in the bill is not infrastructure-related. He also outlines a few policy changes that COULD be addressed if Biden actually wanted to improve infrastructure in the US.
41 minutes | a month ago
292 Grover Norquist - Americans for Tax Reform - Federal Government Policy
On this week's episode, Paul interviews Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. There has been a lot of bad policy coming out of Washington, DC, during the first few months of the Biden Administration. Whether it is the $2 trillion "stimulus" or another $2 trillion "infrastructure" bill or attacks on free speech and Right to Work, the amount of transformationally bad public policy moving in Washington is almost too much to keep up with. Thankfully Grover spends his days and even nights working on these issues. If you want to know what is happening in the federal government you don't want to miss this conversation.
47 minutes | a month ago
291 Energy, COVID, Freedom Index, Bleak Report for New Mexico and more
On the latest Tipping Point NM conversation, Paul and Wally discuss a few articles showing that there is "no such thing as a free lunch" when it comes to energy. ABQ/Bernalillo County remains in Yellow. San Juan County moves from Turquoise to green. There is no end in sight for MLG’s rules. Back to School seems to be going fine, but the number of students in school is down. Gov. signs “food freedom” bill but vetoes “earmark” of federal funds for unemployment insurance. The unemployment veto is important for both policy reasons as well as separation of powers. Paul goes through the results of the Foundation's annual Freedom Index: Freedom Index Results House: best 1) Rep. Strickler 122 points 2) Rep. Stefani Lord 109 points 3) Rep. Randal Pettigrew 108 points Senate: best 1) Sen. Pirtle 68 points 2) Sen. Moores 65 points House: worst 1) Rep. Miguel Garcia -189 points 2) Speaker Egolf -187 points Stansbury -177 points Senate: worst 1) Sens. Steinborn & Sen. Stewart -150 2) Sen. Stefanics -146 3) Sen. Katy Duhigg -145 New Mexico's Human Services Department's data book paints a bleak picture of NM.
46 minutes | a month ago
290 Corey DeAngelis - Education Success Evidence and Issues
On this week's podcast interview Paul sits down with Corey DeAngelis, an education expert with American Federation for Children and numerous other education reform organizations. They discuss how the fight for educational choice has ramped up during COVID and discuss both the empirical evidence on a number of education issues as well as some recent success stories and what is driving them. DeAngelis is a tireless advocate for education reform. Check out this exciting and timely discussion!
50 minutes | a month ago
289 NM Congressional District 1 Candidates Set for June Election, Marijuana Legalization and More
On this week's discussion, Paul shares his first-hand perspective of another locked-down state, California including the similarities and differences with New Mexico. Melanie Stansbury wins the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico's first congressional district (CD1) in an upset. She will face Mark Moores and others in a June election. What distinguishes these two candidates? Marijuana is legalized in a special session of the New Mexico Legislature. How it happened and what might the rollout of this legislation look like for New Mexico Back to school (in-person) for (some) New Mexico public school students. Kentucky Education Savings Accounts are adopted. Will this trend come to New Mexico? Don't hold your breath.
46 minutes | a month ago
288 Larry Behrens - Power the Future New Mexico and You're Fracking Welcome
On this week's interview, Paul interviews Larry Behrens of Power the Future New Mexico. They have set up a website: https://www.yourefrackingwelcome.com to honor and thank workers in the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, Larry and Paul worked together on reopening New Mexico and the Gov.'s COVID restrictions. They start the program by discussing how their recommendations made back in April of 2020 would have been much better for New Mexicans and small businesses in the State.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
287 COVID-19 Improvements, Marijuana Special Session, Legislation That Wasn't, and More
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the fact that more NM counties continue to improve on COVID. Cliffs Amusement Park is set to reopen on May 8. Hinkle Family Fun Center is still not open but is hiring. How easy will it be for these businesses to find employees with all the "free" money floating around? Arizona and Utah remove nearly all COVID restrictions Two weeks after opening Texas continued to see a decline in COVID cases In Texas when the State dropped its mask mandate on March 10 there were 5,350 new cases and a rolling 7 day average of 4,909. By March 28 there were 3,293 new cases and a rolling 7 day of 4,005. In New Mexico which remains relatively locked down and with a mask mandate in place, on March 10 there were 249 new cases and a rolling 7 day of 227. By March 28 in NM there were 161 new cases with 7 day rolling average of 188. New Mexico's Special Session begins Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Thankfully only two issues on agenda, but the timing is awkward and politically-motivated. Who did well or poorly on the Freedom Index? State Sen. Mark Moores gets GOP nod for GOP in CD1 Paul and Wally discuss several issues left undiscussed during the 2021 session: Right to Work; Reduction of or elimination of New Mexico's income tax; Reforming the GRT; Occupational licensing reform; Eliminate film subsidies; Consider new approaches to Rail Runner and Spaceport; Ambitious school choice/efforts to empower parents to choose education that makes sense for their child; Higher education reform; Repeal ETA or institute rate caps to make sure utilities don’t increase rates rapidly; 14 states are suing Biden on oil/gas moratorium, but not New Mexico even though we are the State most impacted. Finally, we discuss teacher bashing.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
286 Larry Ahrens - Greetings from Arizona
On this week's episode, Paul sits down with former New Mexico media personality Larry Ahrens. For decades Larry was a fixture on radio and television throughout our State. Paul and Larry specifically discuss the early days of having Rush Limbaugh on KKOB radio. Recently, Larry moved to Arizona for a variety of reasons that we discuss during the podcast. We discuss the differences between Arizona and New Mexico and why New Mexico is held back by its political leaders from achieving greater economic and social welfare success.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
285 NM Legislative Session, Marijuana, Haaland Confirmed at Interior, NM Civil Rights Act and More
On this week's podcast conversation, Paul and Wally discuss the conclusion of the 2021 Legislative session. Gov. Lujan Grisham plans to call a special session to deal with marijuana legalization. Wally and Paul discuss whether that is a good idea. They discuss allegations of "bullying" and they discuss some of the most important bills that passed or failed in the legislative session. Over the weekend rallies were held across New Mexico in support of reopening the State. Paul discusses what he saw at the Albuquerque rally. Gov. MLG says New Mexico stands to lose $709 million between this fiscal year and 2025 if there’s a 10 percent decline in production. Deb Haaland has been confirmed as Secretary of Interior. A CD 1 special election is set for June 1. The GOP field grows and the State central committees of both parties will soon be meeting to discuss the respective candidates. And in a special segment, Paul visits with Grace Philips of the New Mexico Association of Counties about the impact House Bill 4, NM Civil Rights Act, will have on counties in New Mexico.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
284 Paul Bunker - The Mythology of Global Warming: Climate Change Fiction vs. Scientific Facts
On this week's interview, Paul talks to Bruce Bunker about the science of climate change. Bunker is a chemist who studied the issue at Sandia National Labs. His professional work led him to write the book "The Mythology of Global Warming: Climate Change Fiction vs. Scientific Facts." Bunker takes a scientific approach to the issue of man-cause climate change and the idea that it will have serious, negative repercussions for the planet or for humanity. The RGF's expertise is not "science." We don't research or comment on the science of topics like climate change, but Bunker IS an expert and this is an important and timely interview given all the policy decisions being made in New Mexico and Washington on the assumption that climate change is an existential crisis.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
283 COVID-19 Improvement, Unemployment, Tax Hikes, Marijuana, Electric Reliability and More
On this week's conversation, Paul and Wally discuss the fact that New Mexico's COVID situation continues to improve. More counties are moving into turquoise, green, etc. When will the Gov. relinquish her powers? There's no indication of that. Paul works out with a mask on for the first time. The mainstream media is starting to acknowledge that lockdowns haven't done anything to improve COVID outcomes. NM unemployment rate is 8.7%, 48th in the nation. There is a clear pattern among the lowest and highest unemployment states. The New Mexico Legislature is coming down the stretch with its conclusion on Saturday, here are some bills/issues to watch: HB 291 is an economically-harmful tax hike. Recent changes make it even worse. Plus, why is the Legislature considering raising taxes with a surplus AND federal money flowing into NM? The mandatory paid sick leave bill, HB 20 is likely to pass. It is headed to the Senate. The bill makes no exceptions for small businesses. According to the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, it would apply to babysitters, a leaf-raker hired for a single day’s work or a mom-and-pop shop with one part-time employee. All employees would accrue at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capping at 64 hours annually. It wouldn't apply to government workers. SB 42 pension bailout for the Education Retirement Board is unhelpful. HB 4 Civil Rights Act ready for final passage in Senate. The Legislature still hasn't passed a budget although initial appearances are that the Senate will go with pay hikes for state employees. Could there be a special session? SB 130 which would have mandated that 75% of New Mexico's fleet vehicles be electric failed in committee over the weekend: No action will be taken this session on constraining Gov.'s powers. No bills OR the constitutional amendment are moving. Trouble for HJR 1 pre-K amendment and pot legalization? Rail Runner took a year off but you'd never know from looking at their budget. What energy sources REALLY failed a few weeks ago in Texas?
41 minutes | 2 months ago
282 Clint Pagurko - RGF Intern and Policy Analyst
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Rio Grande Foundation intern and policy analyst Clint Pagurko. Clint has been with the Foundation for just a few months, but he has made a tremendous impact with the organization by researching and writing testimony for many of the bills of concern for the Rio Grande Foundation this legislative session. His testimony has been posted at: www.errorsofenchantment.com this session along with the Foundation's usual information and analysis. Clint is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College a unique and staunchly independent school based in Clint's home state of Michigan. We discuss that school and what makes it so unique. Finally, we get Clint's impressions of New Mexico politics and the State more generally.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
281 One Year of COVID-19
On this week's discussion show, Paul and Wally discuss the rapid-changing COVID rules being imposed by the Lujan Grisham Administration. They begin by Commemorating one year of COVID; New Mexico has announced that it is prioritizing teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine. That's a fine idea, but why wait until now when the Gov. could have made this move back in January when the vaccine came out? During this conversation, Paul and Wally receive news that schools will be reopening to all K-12 students full-time. New Mexico's bowling alleys are still closed but MLG is letting Meow Wolf reopen on the 19th. NM food insecurity among children on the rise during COVID. Even after recent reopening measures, NM remains among the most locked down states in the nation according to Wallethub. States begin to reopen Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent. Mississippi reopens as well and even Connecticut which announced it is lifting ALL capacity limits on restaurants, retail, libraries, personal services, indoor recreation, gyms, museums, offices & houses of worship. Notably, 12 of 15 states w/o mask mandates (including Texas) outperformed New Mexico on COVID deaths. The $2 trillion Federal “stimulus” passes Senate on party-line vote. It heads to the House and soon (likely) to Biden’s desk. Here’s what’s in it. 90% of the money is NOT directly for addressing COVID.
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