I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Trip’s morning reading
Oregon could follow California’s lead and put an initiative to legalize marijuana on its ballot. That state’s Secretary of State has certified a petition drive with that goal in mind, reports Stateline.org.
Meanwhile, Colorado is in the throes of a major battle — anglers vs. river rafters — over who has access to the state’s waterways. The Wall Street Journal does a humorous breakout story on the battle, telling us the spat has produced legislation, and helps put the battle in context for non-Westerners by quoting Mark Twain: “Out West whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.”
Here’s an update on the controversy that erupted in Virginia this week after the governor there declared April to be Confederate History Month but forgot to mention the state’s complicated history with slavery in his proclamation. Gov. Robert McDonnell has revised the proclamation to include references to the evil of racism and apologized to anyone who was offended, reports the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, half of American families won’t pay federal 2009 income taxes this year thanks to recent tax code changes and the financial hit many have taken because of the bad economy, according to the Associated Press.
Moving to the international front, the opposition appears to have overthrown the autocratic ruler in Kyrgyzstan and complicated a strained relationship with the U.S., which uses a base within the country to supply its war in Afghanistan, reports the New York Times.
And The Economist updates us on life in the Gaza, which is still controlled by Hamas despite efforts by the U.S. to wrest that authority from the group and give it to the Palestinian Authority.