Category: Politics

Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

From the Las Vegas Optic Mora County’s attempts to ban fracking are detailed in a new documentary titled “Drilling Mora County,” which was screened Wednesday evening at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. The nearly hour-long film was written and directed by filmmaker David Luis Leal Cortez, a graduate of the College of Santa…

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WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

From the Las Vegas Optic Three principals faced the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education to present plans to improve letter grades at their schools. Other WLV principals in the district were in Albuquerque during Thursday’s regular board meeting, where they were receiving certifications and doing teacher evaluations. Those teachers are scheduled to present…

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Heinrich’s foe makes appearance in Vegas

Heinrich’s foe makes appearance in Vegas

From the las Vegas Optic U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich made a stop in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to address a small group of people at the San Miguel County GOP Headquarters on Bridge Street. The event was touted as a discussion on combating opioid abuse and overdose fatalities; however, neither topic was discussed.…

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Five WLV schools receive ‘F’ grades

Five WLV schools receive ‘F’ grades

From the Las Vegas Optic For the past six years, the Public Education Department has been grading schools’ performance using an A-through-F letter grade system. For the 2017-18 school year, two schools in the West Las Vegas School District received an A, three others received a C, and five were given an F. Union Elementary…

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City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

From the Las Vegas Optic Just in time for students to return to class, Las Vegas-area school districts and the rest of the state received report cards from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Using the PED’s A-F letter grade system — determined by measuring categories such as graduation rates, attendance and performance on standardized…

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Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   An average screen printed T-shirt costs around $15. Someone earning the current federal minimum wage would have to work over two hours to buy just one. And while prices for nearly everything consumers purchase continue to go up, minimum wage rarely increases. From September 1997 to July 2007, the…

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Walmart’s Missing Signature

Walmart’s Missing Signature

Originally published by the Progressive Populist   The scene was horrific. Over 2,500 people trapped helplessly beneath rubble—some for more than 12 hours—waiting for rescuers to find them. Over 1,100 other people didn’t get out alive. This was one year ago this week at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, a leading producer of clothing…

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The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   It was quitting time when someone noticed the fire in a scrap bin on Saturday, March 25, 1911. Inside the Triangle Waist Company factory, eight stories above New York’s Greenwich Village, hundreds were preparing to leave work for the day, but unbeknownst to most people in the factory, the…

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