Bear witness. Shine light. Repeat.


When it became clear around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 that House Republicans were going to force a middle-of-the-night hearing on reinstating the death penalty with no public notice, I made coffee and prepared to go without sleep. I wanted a comprehensive story waiting for you when you woke up.

A statue outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

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A statue outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

My article was widely read. On Facebook it was shared 78 times, liked by more than 1,100 people, and seen by 12,093. In addition to being published by, it also ran in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

House Republicans tried to close the door on all of us that night. Good journalism doesn’t let that happen.

Instead, Republicans got a widely read article about the Democrats’ stand against, in the words of Democratic Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, “chicanery and shenanigans.” If Democrats are successful in taking back the House next month, will be watching them too — as we’ve done time and again in the past.

Bear witness. Shine light. Repeat. Over and over.

That’s what you deserve from journalists. That’s what does.

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