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Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.

Paul Gessing


    • Oct 4, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 44m AVG DURATION
    • 353 EPISODES


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    443 Debate Analysis, Ronchetti Visits UPS, NEE and PNM/Avangrid, Natural Gas Appliances Outlawed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 40:07


    KOB TV Debate wrap up and discussion. Further breakdown of the ABQ Journal responses of both candidates. MLG rescinds order relating to public health used in Ronchetti ad.  RGF makes news due to Governor candidate Mark Ronchetti's visit to UPS facility. RGF weighs in.  A local Starbucks votes to unionize.  There is zero evidence the recent hurricane to hit Florida is the result of global warming; In fact, the end of August saw the development of NO named storms. There were no tropical storms or hurricanes in the month of August in 1961 (pre-satellite era) and 1997. Credit where credit is due to the New Energy Economy on PNM/Avangrid merger.  As NM shuts down coal plants to defeat climate change, China builds MUCH more.  California Air Resources Board to prohibit natural gas heaters/furnaces (will MLG follow suit if elected?). 

    442 Casey and Micayle Petersen - Sandia National Labs Whistle Blower and Founders of Freedom Families United

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 38:50


    On this week's interview Paul sits down with Casey and Micayle Petersen. Together they are the founders of Freedom Families United. At the outset Paul and Casey discuss his term at Sandia National Labs during which he blew the whistle on Critical Race Theory indoctrination. He ultimately left the Lab due to its COVID vaccine mandate.  Now, the couple has created Freedom Families United which works to unite pro-freedom families and educate them on the forces undermining individual liberty in New Mexico and around the nation.

    441 Gubernatorial Debates Preview, Electric Blackouts and Brownouts Forecast and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 35:17


    There will be two debates for Gov. While all debates are important, this one is especially so as MLG has so few details about her future plans. The first debate will take place Sept. 30 and will be hosted by KOB-TV. The second hourlong debate is being hosted by KOAT-TV, along with the Journal and KKOB Radio, and is set for Oct. 12.   Opinion piece runs statewide: MLG is trying to win reelection on abortion. What about other important issues?  https://errorsofenchantment.com/lujan-grisham-touts-abortion-what-about-economy-education/ So far, the most forthcoming remarks MLG has made on her future policy plans have been to the Albuquerque Journal. We compare and contrast the candidates stated views on the issues.  MLG fibs again, this time on COVID numbers. Paul really wishes the media would challenge her on some of these basic questions, but it will fall to Ronchetti to do so in the upcoming debates.  PNM tells policymakers and media (again) that New Mexicans are likely to experience blackouts and brownouts next summer. Again, the media fail to connect this to the Gov.'s Energy Transition Act. California is of course experiencing many of the same issue and will continue to do so until policies change. 

    440 Negatives of a New Mexico Hydrogen Hub with Larry Scott

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 38:45


    On this week's interview Paul talks to New Mexico Rep. Larry Scott, a Republican from Hobbs. Larry and Paul discuss hydrogen and the negatives of the hydrogen hub concept. While Larry does not describe himself as an "opponent" of the concept, he expresses concern about the massive subsidies necessary for hydrogen to be a significant energy source. He shares a number of other concerns about hydrogen and the "hydrogen hub" concept. This is part 2 of a two part series. George Sharpe provided the "pro" side. 

    439 NM Governor's Race, NM 65+ Population, Protest at UNM and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 49:29


    On this week's conversation Paul has had a busy week of travel to Dallas and Atlanta. He fills the listeners in on what he's doing out of State. A new poll gives MLG a healthy lead, but the more interesting thing is how some of the issues and demographics break down (scroll to the bottom of the story). For example, MLG's social media gives the impression that abortion is the ONLY issue on the ballot this fall, yet just 29% of voters claim it is their top motivation to vote. Also, MLG takes credit for her COVID policies, but it is simply not true to claim (as she does) that New Mexico outperformed Texas on COVID.  Gas prices are down, no thanks to Biden who has been especially stingy in leasing federal lands.   A recent article highlights the need for a dramatic expansion of mining needed to fulfill EV goals. New Mexico among the states with the fastest growing 65+ population.  A fascinating article highlights safety issues with Virgin Galactic spacecraft and especially the manufacturer Scaled Composites.  Violent protesters at UNM shut down conservative speaker Tomi Lahren.  Kenneth Starr passed away last week. He spoke at a January 2019 RGF luncheon. He is most well known for investigating then-President Clinton.

    438 Positives of a New Mexico Hydrogen Hub with George Sharp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 38:36


    On the first of a two-part "pro/con" interview series on the "hydrogen hub" concept Paul talks to George Sharpe, Investment Manager for Merrion Oil and Gas in Farmington. George is a longtime fixture of the Four Corners oil and gas industry and he supports the idea of a hydrogen hub while recognizing the reliance on subsidies and numerous unknowns regarding the technology. This is an important economic issue with major implications for New Mexico! 

    437 New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidates Plans for Education and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 43:07


    On this week's conversation Paul and Wally take a look at the forward looking agendas of gubernatorial candidates Mark Ronchetti and Michelle Lujan Grisham for New Mexico's education system, MLG doesn't have any (she literally doesn't lay out ANY priorities):  Economy. You can compare Ronchetti's education plan with MLG's   Furthermore, MLG claims she is "a product of New Mexico's public school system" when she actually graduated from St. Michael's in Santa Fe.  Paul and Wally discuss the Heritage Foundation's new report on education choice.  New Mexico outpaces the nation on welfare recipients (and it's not even close).  It's almost as if New Mexico government is ineffective or something.

    436 What's Causing New Mexico's Doctor Shortage with Dr. Kenneth Adams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 43:51


    On this week's interview Paul talks to Albuquerque area ophthalmologist Kenneth Adams about New Mexico's doctor shortage. We discuss what attracted him to New Mexico from Texas in the first place. What keeps him here? What are some things that make New Mexico an unattractive state to practice medicine in? What could make things better? Don't miss this timely conversation! 

    435 Biden's dark speech, taxpayer-funded abortion clinic, California energy, education news

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 46:30


    On this week's conversation Paul and Wally discuss President Biden's dark and disturbing speech against Trump and his supporters Gov. MLG spends $10 million capital outlay dollars for a new abortion clinic in Southern NM:  Also, while Paul reiterates that RGF takes no position on abortion in New Mexico, he frames this move within the context of a new ABQ Journal poll on abortion. Less than a week after banning gas powered cars California tells Californians NOT to charge their cars due to electricity shortages. As Wally and Paul have recently discussed, 2% of all vehicles on the road in CA are electric. Notably, New Mexico is following these policies, but California recently decided to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open. To date New Mexico appears to have no inclination to keep power flowing from the Palo Verde nuclear plant.  Dismal education news this week came from two sources.   Lawmakers discuss NM Spaceport and the pipe dream of financial “self-sufficiency” at the facility while Las Cruces area Cervantes contrasts Spaceport w/ Rail Runner and asks the state of New Mexico to pick up the tab.   A new ABQ Journal poll highlights support for a pre-K amendment on the ballot this November, but this is hardly a surprise given the choices. RGF is participating in an “open house” for the new Moms for Liberty chapter in Bernalillo County.   

    434 Sarah Jane Allen - Moms for Liberty

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 41:42


    In this conversation Paul talks to Sarah Jane Allen. Sarah Jane is involved in the formation of a new Moms for Liberty chapter in Bernalillo County. We discuss what the organization is trying to do and some of the important policies they want to address.    Sarah Jane is also involved with New Mexico Alive which brings regular speakers from the State in order for them to share ways they are working to improve life in the Land of Enchantment.  

    433 Polls Out - Can R's Close the Gap on Statewide Races, NM Government Spending and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 43:24


    The ABQ Journal came out with polling for numerous races including Gov. These polls (and here) with RGF analysis here point to New Mexicans continuing to embrace the same policies and people they have for years. Can Ronchetti and other candidates close the gap?  A new RGF opinion piece takes on NM's self-inflicted doctor shortage. As bad as this shortage is now, it will get worse once MLG's medical malpractice kicks in.  California bans internal combustion engines. Biden's student loan boondoggle is awful on so many levels.  NM's state government spends the most of any state in the nation. 

    432 Caleb Kruckenberg - Defending Charter Schools Taking On Administrative Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 41:43


    The Biden Administration recently issued regulations attacking charter schools. The Rio Grande Foundation submitted comments against this attack, but we and other charter advocates were ignored. Caleb Kruckenberg is an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation. He is suing the Biden Administration over this issue. Paul and Caleb also discuss the use and abuse of administrative law and how it impacts this and other important public policies.

    431 What to Do with New Mexico's Big Budget Surplus, Unemployment, APS and Union at Impasse and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 46:43


    New Mexico has another very big surplus. What should and shouldn't be done with the surplus money? An opinion piece by one "progressive" legislator calls out their Democrat critics calling them ignorant or shills for the rich. We discuss.  NM's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5% in July and MLG is taking full credit, but New Mexico's rate remains the highest among US states as it has been for 8 straight months. But, as an RGF opinion piece notes, workforce participation remains an issue and the state must encourage people to work. PNM hasn't merged with Avangrid (yet), but their marketing materials seem to have. What's the deal? Is this even legal?  APS and their union are at an impasse, what does that mean and what are the issues at hand? 

    430 Oil and Gas Industry Issues with Krista McWilliams and Emmons Yates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 48:21


    In this week's conversation Paul talks to New Mexico oil and gas leaders Krista McWilliams and Emmons Yates. These two oil and gas industry leaders discuss the current economic and policy forces acting upon their industry. They share both the importance of the industry that provides our way of life and their expectations for the future.  You don't want to miss this conversation!  

    429 Florida vs. New Mexico Metrics, Electric Car Credit, ABQ Homeless and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 40:36


    MLG extends her health orders again. Scrase claims "success" but with what evidence given New Mexico's objectively poor COVID performance.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was here in NM recently. While MLG and her political allies call him "extreme," there are few metrics on which New Mexico outperforms Florida when one considers economy, education, crime, and COVID.  And, as if we haven't talked about various rankings enough, New Mexico policymakers were recently presented with a variety of negative metrics. Sadly, the Democrat legislators quoted in the article seem motivated to ignore NM's poor rankings. European energy prices should be a warning to Americans. No electric car on the road today would qualify or electric vehicle credit in recently-passed federal legislation.  At Monday's meeting the City of Albuquerque Council placed a moratorium on proposed homeless encampments but kept the $250,000 in place to fund Planned Parenthood. 

    428 Jeremy Gay - Candidate for New Mexico Attorney General

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 41:18


    On this week's interview Paul sits down with Republican Attorney General candidate Jeremy Gay. Paul and Jeremy discuss the role of Attorney General in New Mexico. What can he do to fight out-of-control crime? What are some limits of the office? What is the role of the AG in the economy? Will Jeremy allow billionaires like Michael Bloomberg pay the salaries of employees in the AG's office as current AG Hector Balderas has done? Gessing and Gay discuss this and numerous other issues.   

    427 Kids Count Report, Spaceport Delay, Electric Vehicles, Workforce Participation and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 45:00


    During this week's conversation Paul and Wally discuss the recently-passed and poorly-named "Inflation Reduction Act." What's in the bill and why is it so bad? Next, the latest "Kids Count" report put out by Annie E. Casey Foundation and Voices for Children is out and New Mexico is back to 50th. What does it mean and why does "Voices" wish to undermine the findings of their own report? Virgin Galactic announced that it has again moved back its launch date from New Mexico's Spaceport America. News articles indicate even more serious issues with the company's spacecraft.    The City of ABQ has offered "free" bus service in recent months. While there is little evidence of success, "free" bus ridership could prove very expensive.  A few months ago ABQ City Council gave $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. They will be voting on August 15 to potentially redirect that money.  A new report by Axios includes some interesting data on electric vehicles and their lack of market penetration.  The ABQ Journal has additional reporting on workforce participation: https://errorsofenchantment.com/education-poll-shows-support-in-new-mexico-for-school-choice-concern-for-education-system/  

    426 Carol Wight - Challenges for New Mexico's Restaurant Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 41:43


    Paul talks with Carol Wight of the New Mexico Restaurant Association about the current state of the restaurant industry.  They discuss how the industry fared through the challenges of COVID-19 as well as the post pandemic challenges of inflation, difficulty in finding workers, the impact of new regulation and more. They also discuss federal and state programs that restaurants were able to use to help survive in tough times as well as future policy changes that could benefit the industry including expanding the elimination of New Mexico gross receipts tax on food to include restaurants.

    425 Another education study, another dead last result for NM, government raising prices and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 44:24


    Another education study, another dead last result for New Mexico. The latest is from Wallethub. Paul and Wally discuss this report and other findings on New Mexico's poor educational performance. The ABQ Journal is right that poverty and low literacy are linked, but what are we spending all that money for anyway?  Is more time in the classroom the answer? The ABQ Journal editorial board seems to think so, but other studies throw water on that idea.  Finally, during COVID students who went to public schools were out of the classroom MUCH more than their peers in Catholic or other private schools.  Government intervention = higher prices.  American renewables won't fuel our economy or stop climate change, especially when China keeps building new coal plants. A new Pew report finds New Mexico has some of the most underfunded pensions in the country. President Joe Biden contracts COVID for a second time in just a few weeks. 

    424 Audrey Trujillo - Candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 42:53


    On this week's Tipping Point conversation Paul talks to GOP Secretary of State candidate Audrey Trujillo.  Paul and Audrey discuss the role of Secretary of State in New Mexico and what the occupant of that position can/should do with and without the Legislature. They discuss the Secretary's role in elections and preventing election fraud, address recent elections in 2020 and the primary election in 2020, and her plans to improve election integrity.  Finally, Audrey and Paul talk about other parts of the Secretary's job and how it can make New Mexico more attractive as a place to do business. 

    423 Ronchetti's Economic Plan, Jobs, PNM Merger and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 49:16


    Governor candidate Mark Ronchetti has released his economic plan. Paul and Wally discuss.   RGF was quoted extensively for a national article (along with NM legislators) about how the war on energy could impact New Mexico's budget. The latest unemployment numbers are out and despite dropping again, New Mexico's rate remains the highest as it has been for the last 7 months.  ABQ Journal catches on to New Mexico's abysmal workforce participation rates, increase in disability blamed.  New data from GOP national highlights trend toward job creation in red states. COVID is spreading once again. While it is hard to put much faith in case data, deaths in NM have risen significantly in recent weeks. Deb Haaland may be in some trouble as her net worth is likely NOT zero. A national investment website Seeking Alpha believes PNM/Avangrid merger will happen. Finally, ABQ Mayor Tim Keller has announced that the homeless encampment at Coronado Park will be "closed" in August. Paul and Wally discuss. 

    422 Chaotic Energy Situation in the World and New Mexico with Larry Behrens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 46:57


    In the latest Tipping Point interview Paul talks to returning guest Larry Behrens who handles communications for the pro-energy group Power the Future.  Paul and Larry discuss the current energy situation with President Biden having been to Saudi Arabia pleading for more oil, what Biden COULD do to bring prices down, what is going on in Texas with their electrical grid and how New Mexico might not be far behind, and more. 

    421 Rebates to New Mexicans or Socialist Scheme?, New Mexico Ranks 46th in "Best States for Business", Nuclear Storage and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 49:53


    On this week's conversation Paul and Wally discuss the fact that Gov. MLG has again renewed her health emergency (which expired on July 15). The new order expires in mid-August. The ABQ Journal editorial board recently expressed some valid concerns about the Gov.'s continued use of her emergency powers.  Virgin Galactic announced plans to build their spacecraft for (someday) launch in New Mexico…in Mesa, AZ.  Republican candidate for Gov. Mark Ronchetti announces a rebate plan which would provide annual rebates based on oil and gas revenues. Also, the rebate would give additional $$ based on children. A spokesperson for MLG called Ronchetti's plan “fiscally irresponsible socialist scheme” in the Albuquerque Journal.  Speaking of "socialist schemes," MLG claims the film industry annual spending rose to $855 million in the last year. We again cite data from the Legislative Finance Committee showing the program to be a money-loser.  CNBC ranked New Mexico 46th in “Best States for Business” report. The report is thorough and comes to the correct conclusion about New Mexico, but it is worth looking at methodology due to some odd rankings. When it comes to ACTUALLY increasing the number of jobs and economic growth, Paul and Wally cite data highlighting the fact that right to work states continued to move to right to work states after the onset of COVID 19.  Finally, Paul talks to Gerges Scott who represents Holtec International. They discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recent decision relating to the facility slated to be built as a temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in Southeast New Mexico. 

    420 Homelessness in Albuquerque - Causes and Solutions with Doug Peterson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 43:39


    On this week's conversation Paul sits down with New Mexico real estate owner Doug Peterson. Doug will be moderating a panel discussion on crime issues on Thursday, July 14.  Through his Peterson Properties company Doug owns and manages large amounts of commercial real estate in and around the Albuquerque area. He has been active in calling attention to lax crime enforcement and the serious homeless problem facing his community. Doug and Paul discuss how the problem has evolved over time, whether the data support assumptions that crime has worsened in Albuquerque, and the various politicians and their impact on the situation. 

    419 Bad Numbers for New Mexico Economy, Tax Policy Changes to Come? and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 45:48


    The state-by-state economic data are in for the first quarter. New Mexico's numbers are not pretty. There was an interim committee hearing recently about tax policy. Legislators also discussed user fees for electric vehicles as a way of getting them to pay for road use. Last week the governor unveiled two new electric vehicle charging stations in Socorro, which will use $10 million in state funds along with $38 million in federal infrastructure for a network of electric vehicle charging stations to be located every 50 miles along New Mexico's interstates. Paul was recently on a road trip with his family. He has the latest gas prices and the lack of Electric vehicles on the road.  MLG's campaign fibbed about a supposed beneficiary of "free college." KOAT 7 called her on it. Mark Ronchetti outraises incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham $1.2m to $755k in first post-primary financial report. The latest RailRunner data are out and while ridership is better than when it was shut down entirely, it is still WAY down from the peak. 

    418 Katharine B. Stevens - Impact of Pre-K on children - Is the impact negative?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 42:36


    On the latest Tipping Point interview Paul sits down with past guest Katharine B. Stevens, PhD of the newly-formed Center on Child and Family Policy. Katharine is an expert on early childhood issues including pre-K and other programs aimed at improving the lives and outcomes of young children. New Mexico voters will be asked to vote to tap into the Land Grant Permanent Fund to fund "universal" pre-K, but a recent study from Tennessee's Vanderbilt University which found negative outcomes from the State's pre-K program.  Major flaws with UPK approach: ·         PROOF POINTS: In two places, researchers find problems with expansion of free pre-K (Hechinger Reports on recent NYC and Tennessee studies) ·         Pre-K Quality Stalls in New York City (Recent study by Bruce Fuller, Berkeley education professor, on NYC universal pre-K) ·         Scaling Up Pre-K Statewide: Experimental Evaluation of the Policy (presentation on Tennessee study results by Dale Farran) ·         A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool (NPR article on Tennessee study) ·         Interactive map with data on New Mexico's school achievement Other approaches to improving outcomes for low-income children that we should be spending money on instead: ·         Healthy Steps improves pediatric services provided by Medicaid, aiming to leverage the underutilized potential of the current system.  They just received a $39 million national scale-up grant from Blue Meridian Partners (through an exceptionally rigorous evaluation process). ·         Centering Healthcare Institute improves prenatal care through group medical visits — same cost as existing Medicaid-funded prenatal care but shown to get much better results.

    417 New Laws as of July 1, 2022, Supreme Court Ruling for EPA, NM Unemployment and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 48:14


    On this week's podcast conversation Wally and Paul discuss New laws that kick in as of July 1 in New Mexico including a slight gross receipts tax reduction, near-elimination of the Social Security tax, and military pensions tax, but also the new mandatory paid sick leave.  Long a leader in education reform, Arizona has just embraced universal Education Savings Accounts. Speaking of education, a new report finds no learning loss in Sweden where schools remained open. Contrasting starkly with New Mexico where schools remained closed for over a year:  Paul and Wally discuss the latest SCOTUS rulings in West Virginia vs. EPA. Despite having the nation's highest unemployment rate, a new national report finds that businesses in New Mexico are high on the list of those having trouble finding workers.  Sen. Heinrich's (and Biden's) morally dubious effort to repeal solar panel tariffs.  Finally, Paul is on the road for a family trip. He discusses the lack of Tesla's and other electric vehicles on America's open roads.  

    416 Chris Talgo on the Problems with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 41:41


    On this week's podcast interview Paul talks to Chris Talgo, Senior Editor at the free market Heartland Institute.  The main topic addressed is "ESG." ESG stands for "Environmental Social and Governance" which are social credit scores assigned to corporations, supposedly for their corporate behavior in relevant areas. Not surprisingly, ESG is yet another tool for opponents of traditional sources of energy and even free speech to attack their opponents.  Talgo and Gessing go into detail about ESG and also discuss how the Biden Administration is using ESG and other tools to kill American energy. 

    415 Supreme Court, Gas Tax, Pay for Protection and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 40:26


    Paul and Wally begin by discussing the political implications of the Roe v. Wade decision for New Mexico and the Gov's race. Will it prevent a "red wave?"  10 years ago Chief Justice John Roberts handed down a convoluted decision upholding "ObamaCare" in the NFIB v. Sebelius decision. Rep. Leger Fernandez “finally” updates her website after RGF called her out on it. RGF's column on pre-K runs throughout NM. Will Biden suspend the gas tax? Is this a good idea?  Mayor Keller: Businesses should pay twice for more policing. NM is one of 15 states still under an emergency order.

    414 Alexis Martinez Johnson, Candidate for New Mexico Congressional District 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 37:46


    On this week's podcast conversation Paul is joined by Alexis Martinez Johnson. Alexis is running for congress in New Mexico's 3rd congressional district. The District, currently occupied by "freshman" Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez used to be a "safe" Democrat seat, but with redistricting it is now a much more competitive seat.  Paul talks to Alexis about her background, why she decided to run for office, and some of the important issues she is running on in this newly-competitive district. 

    413 Close Governor's Race, Unemployment, Homelessness Issues and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 42:43


    The first polling on New Mexico's Gov. race is out. No matter who you believe, the race is very close.   Paul was recently in Southeast New Mexico for several events. He also sat down with the Current-Argus to discuss the SE NM economy which is booming. While New Mexico's economy is strong and plenty of jobs are available, the May state unemployment rates are out and for the 6th month in a row New Mexico has the highest rate. New Mexico's unemployment rate is down to 5.1%. Paul also met with Pastor Mark Green to discuss the homeless situation. Paul and Pastor Green had an interesting conversation that can be watched here.  The rain may have put out most of New Mexico's awful forest fires, but the scars literally and figuratively remain. Even liberals acknowledge that the far-off federal government is a poor manager of the land. Joining NM Senator Martin Heinrich, Joe Biden is coming after your gas furnace.   In order to conserve natural gas Germany is ramping up coal-fired electricity production. Paul recently appeared in KOAT TV channel 7 on two issues dealing with the City of Albuquerque. New fees and the Council's no-strings-attached "grant" to Planned Parenthood.  Finally, the Albuquerque Schools' per person budget is $27,000 per student. 

    412 New Mexico and the Private Space Launch Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 39:43


    On this week's interview Paul talks to private space expert Doug Messier of the private space tracking  site "Parabolic Arc." While the ongoing frustration of the failures at Spaceport America cast doubt on the future of Virgin Galactic, the private space launch "revolution" is moving forward quickly to step in for NASA. Unfortunately, Virgin Galactic remains stuck "on the runway." Paul and Doug discuss Virgin Galactic and some of their other business models as well as the Spaceport America-based "Spinlaunch" which has received millions of dollars in subsidies from the State of New Mexico for their unproven technology.

    411 Albuquerque Homeless "Safe Spaces", Does New Mexico have an Education Secretary? and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 42:54


    Ronchetti wins. Paul & Wally discuss that outcome and other races; Paul recently traveled to Florida for an event with anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist. He discusses the national scene; Common Cause supports New Mexico's awful judicial election process. Paul and Wally discuss their issues with it. ABQ City Council embraces “safe spaces.” Progressive former mayoral candidate Pete Dinelli is spot-on regarding local parks:  Inflation hits 8.6%, highest in four decades.  The average US gas price hits $5/gallon.  A new study finds high gas prices hit rural, poor the most (duh). Speaking of inflation, Paul recently spoke to KOAT channel 7 about trash, water,and power fees going up in Albuquerque.   Biden visited New Mexico to offer aid to forest fire victims. A lefty news site actually goes behind the headlines and talks to Northern New Mexicans frustrated by Forest Service mismanagement. In a seeming conflict of interest, NM Environment Department (headed by MLG) gives out awards to friendly legislators. Does New Mexico have an education secretary? It is hard to say.

    410 Jennifer Fielder and Paul Fielder of the American Lands Council

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 39:32


    On this week's interview Paul talks to Jennifer Fielder and Paul Fielder of the American Lands Council. The topic is federal land management and the incredibly destructive, Forest Service-set fires now burning in New Mexico. Jennifer is the CEO and Paul a retired wildlife biologist and Montana State Legislator. The American Lands Council works to improve federal lands management with the ultimate goal of replacing a great deal of federal management with state control with incentives and resources aligned toward improving both the economic and environmental management of federally-controlled lands in New Mexico and elsewhere. 

    409 Cuts at APS, Mask Mandates, Universal Pre-K Study, No More Cooking with Gas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 43:47


    APS budget passed. Superintendent Scott Elder claims there are “big cuts.” Paul and Wally unpack the situation.    The NY Times throws in the towel on mask mandates while clinging to the supposed effectiveness of masks themselves.    On the ballot this fall is “universal” pre-K, but the best study from Tennessee shows it harms kids. Unlike most studies of the issue, the report from Tennessee is a randomized trial.    Paul (and Wall Street) takes a closer look at Virgin Galactic's troubled finances.   Los Angeles County (and City) bans gas appliances including stoves with specific implications for Korean BBQ and Chinese restaurants. Sen. Martin Heinrich is a leading proponent of banning gas appliances. 

    408 KKOB Radio Host Bob Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 43:55


    On this week's episode Paul is very excited to interview KKOB radio host Bob Clark. Bob has had a long and varied career in media throughout New Mexico. They detail that history, some of Bob's more interesting guests and events that he's covered, and discuss the ever-changing media landscape. You don't want to miss this conversation!

    407 APS Budget, CRT in NM, Energy Prices, Public Health Order, COVID-19, Medicaid

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 40:21


    APS budget continues to grow while the school board tentatively rejects a near $2 billion budget. CRT summer reading from PED. I wrote in National Review about MLG's clean car mandate. Gas prices rise to the highest level ever with the start of summer driving season. When does MLG's latest public health order expire? It is getting confusing?  NM removes "breakthrough" cases from regular reports. Medicaid recipients per capita in NM far outrstrip other states.

    406 Clif Horace - New Mexico Clean Fuel Standard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 42:46


    On this week's conversation Paul talks to Clif Horace owner of Horace Motors, a car dealer in Farmington. They discuss the Clean Fuel Standard that was recently imposed by Gov. Lujan Grisham's hand picked Environmental Improvement Board. The Board has imposed rules that will force New Mexico car dealerships to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicles sold in the State. But, California is considering imposing far more aggressive rules that could result in the elimination of internal combustion engines in cars sold in New Mexico. Listen to this important conversation to find out more about this outrageous situation.

    405 Polling on GOP Gov. race, NM Budget Strong, Unemployment Remains Elevated, Energy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 44:40


    Full early voting is underway at convenience centers. Thoughts on the ABQ Journal polling and where things stand in the Gov.'s race. New Mexico's unemployment rate remains the nation's highest in April. Nonetheless, New Mexico's budget continues to boom due to a combination of oil/gas and inflation.  The unintended consequences of abandoning natural gas include starvation. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was called on the carpet by Sen. Manchin over energy leases during a recent hearing. With energy prices continuing to skyrocket, it is worth reviewing the track record of New Mexico's anti-energy Democrat politicians. RGF had an opinion piece on the Lujan Grisham Administration's Clean Car rule hits papers across the state including the Las Cruces Sun News. The New York Times covers a new Harvard study decrying COVID school closures. Said one Harvard researcher: “This will probably be the largest increase in educational inequity in a generation.”

    404 Carol M. Swain - Challenging Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 38:39


    On this week's conversation Paul sits down with author and speaker Dr. Carol Swain. Swain is an academic, author, and writer who has taken on the issue of "critical race theory," what it means, its "intellectual" beginnings, and why it is harmful to Americans of all races and classes. Swain was recently in Albuquerque recently to give a talk and Paul jumped on the chance to sit down with her to discuss these important and timely issues. You don't want to miss their conversation. 

    403 Gas Prices, Electricity Problems, Forest Fires and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 43:27


    As gas prices in the U.S. have reach new all-time highs, with the national average at $4.48 per gallon, the Biden Administration has canceled more oil and gas leases.   New Mexico's energy transition is already failing, Paul and Wally explain why.  A solar trade dispute means less than half of PNM's solar is ready for Summer 2023. A state representative explains the solar tariff issue and also explicitly states that the Energy Transition Act was designed to shut down San Juan Generating Station.   New data confirms that after years of declines US CO2 emissions did rise in 2021 with Joe Biden in office. CO2 emissions are down 18.3% from their peak in 2007.  The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire now largest wildfire in state history Critics have been saying for years that the feds weren't doing a good job. A 2006 article from the Albuquerque Journal discusses some of this history.  MLG extended the health order again. It expired May 16, but has been renewed until May 30.   20% spending growth year-over-year was just passed at Albuquerque City Council.  Early voting continues at county clerk's offices across New Mexico.  

    402 Daniel Suhr - Vaccine Mandates and Roe Leak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 37:45


    Daniel Suhr is a Managing Attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, a conservative non-profit legal firm. Paul and Daniel discuss vaccine mandates, the judiciary's performance during COVID, and numerous other issues relating to COVID and the government's use of emergencies. They also discuss the Roe v. Wade leak (and apparent decision) and their implications for the Court.

    401 Clean Car Rule, "Living Lots" for Albuquerque, Virgin Galactic Delayed Again and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 45:47


    New Mexico's unelected Environmental Improvement Board has adopted a new "clean car rule" at the urging of Gov. Lujan Grisham. California's (and New Mexico's)  standards will require roughly 7% of new cars sold to be zero emission in 2025. In the 3rd quarter of 2021 zero emission vehicles amounted to just 2.29% of new vehicle sales in New Mexico. So, those sales will need to just more than triple from Q3 of 2021 to 2025. The rule could get much more restrictive soon as California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an  executive order ordering the end the sale of gas-powered cars in California by 2035. California's own unelected board is expected to hold a vote on final adoption of that in August. If California enacts this rule, 35% of new cars, SUVs and small pickups sold in California (and thus New Mexico) must be zero-emission starting with 2026 models, then increasing yearly, reaching 51% of all new car sales in 2028, 68% in 2030 and 100% in 2035. Of those, 20% can be plug-in hybrids. Another delay for Virgin Galactic as their stock market continues to drop.  New Mexico's loan ban was based on false information. A new report from Illinois which adopted a similar law show the number of lenders and loans available to low-income customers has dropped dramatically.   Questions remain for New Mexico's future electricity reliability. PNM had proposed to build a 280-megawatt “peaking” natural gas plant – which can rapidly ramp up and down as needed – alongside new renewable generation but that has not been built due to PRC opposition. The Avangrid/PNM merger remains alive with an appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court, but the real strategy seems to be to wait for MLG to put pro-merger people on PRC before she leaves office.  ABQ City councilor proposes “living lots” for local homeless, Paul and Wally have some thoughts.   New Mexico's new sick leave mandate takes effect on July 1, but we STILL don't have a final rule.  According to a new Tax Foundation report New Mexico's sales tax is very broad, 2nd most broad among US states (to Hawaii).  Early voting at county clerk offices begins (today) May 10. Paul has recently interviewed the four main GOP candidates for Gov. and both candidates for CD 1 here and here (all of which are contested). 

    SP10 - Greg Zanetti Candidate for New Mexico Governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 39:16


    Greg Zanetti, GOP candidate for Governor: Zanetti was a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army and investment advisor. Paul and Greg discuss his background and the race to challenge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November.

    SP9 Mark Ronchetti - Candidate for New Mexico Governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 40:57


    Mark Ronchetti, GOP candidate for Governor: Ronchetti is a former weatherman. Paul and Mark discuss his background and the race to challenge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November.

    SP8 Rebecca Dow - Candidate for New Mexico Governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 38:18


    Rebecca Dow, GOP candidate for Governor: Dow is the only sitting legislator in the race for Gov. Paul and Rebecca discuss her legislative record and the race to challenge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November.

    SP7 Jay Block - Candidate for New Mexico Governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 36:50


    Jay Block, GOP candidate for Governor: Block is a Sandoval County Commissioner. Paul and Jay discuss his efforts as a county commissioner and the race to challenge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November.

    400 Garrett Ballengee of Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 47:19


    Paul visits with Garrett Ballengee, Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. They discuss West Virginia's culture and politics, the current economic and social forces impacting the state and an outlook for the future. 

    SP6 Paul Gessing on the Forgotten America Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 69:56


    This episode is a re-release of Paul Gessing's appearance on the Forgotten America Podcast with host Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. Forgotten America is a podcast about the many places that get flown over, driven past, or completely forgotten and the people who call these places home, and the unique challenges faced by rural America and solutions to those challenges.  Garrett and Paul discuss some of the ways that West Virginia and New Mexico are different and similar from a public policy perspective.  

    399 Legislative Finance Committee Report on Albuquerque Public Schools and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 46:00


    On this week's conversation Paul and Wally discuss the Legislative Finance Committee's new report on Albuquerque Public Schools. The report has important information for state and school districts across New Mexico.  Student loan forgiveness as Joe Biden has discussed doing would be highly regressive (AND bad policy). Albuquerque is considering sanctioned homeless camps. Wally and Paul explain why this and other supposed "solutions" are problematic.  Natural gas prices are increasing. Unfortunately natural gas production in the US is declining.  New poll places MLG among least popular Governors in the US, but still slightly above "water."  Paul recently interviewed Congresswoman Yvette Herrell and also sat down with the top GOP candidates for Gov. this week on Tipping Point NM. 

    SP5 Representative Yvette Herrell

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 22:30


    On this special podcast edition Paul sits down with New Mexico Congressman Yvette Herrell. She and Paul discuss redistricting and the changes made to her 2nd Congressional district. Rep. Herrell also discusses current economic, energy, and border security issues facing New Mexico that she is working on in Congress.  You don't want to miss this special conversation!  

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