Must We Look to 'The Nation' for Local News?

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier

Maybe you’re reading it here first. Or, maybe you already read it — in The Nation.

But here’s the news: With the Senate’s 20-9 vote Saturday (Feb. 11), both houses of the New Mexico State Legislature have now passed memorials expressing opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

And there’s been no mention of either vote in the Albuquerque Journal.

ABQJournalWatch pointed out on Friday that the Journal had ignored the House vote on Citizens United.

Then, over the weekend, the Senate passed Senate Memorial 3. Like its House counterpart, it not only expresses opposition to the ruling that opened the floodgates on corporate campaign spending, but asks Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a Constitutional amendment “to restore republican democracy to the people of the United States.”

The bill was introduced by state Sen. Stephen H. Fischmann, and is almost identical to House Memorial 4, which was introduced by Rep. Mimi Stewart and which passed the House Jan. 31 on a 38-29 vote.

The Journal didn’t have the story, but readers can find out more by reading John Nichols’ “New Mexico Legislature to Congress: Amend Against ‘Citizens United‘,” which appeared in The Nation today (Feb. 13). (Nichols is a blogger and Washington correspondent for The Nation, not to be confused with New Mexico’s famed Taos author of the same name.)

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