Tweety Bird and the Legislature

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By Sherry Robinson

In December, Keith Gardner, the governor’s chief of staff, told a legislative forum, “It’s important to put differences aside and collaborate.”
He went on to talk about how important it was to “compromise and work together” and to “come together and do what’s best for New Mexico.”
After Republicans bankrolled an election like a coyote hunt that failed to alter the political makeup of the Legislature, Gardner sounded like a cornered Tweety Bird saying, “Nice puddy tat.”
In January, the governor sprinkled her state of the state speech with “compromise” and “bipartisan” and extended her hand instead of her foot to Sylvester the Cat.
So for this and other reasons (the sequester kicked in as I was writing this), this has been a session of compromise.
More or less.
Right off the bat, the governor took a couple of major steps. First she committed to Medicaid expansion and decided against pushing right-to-work. That was a respectable olive branch.

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