The Doña Ana County Wilderness debate.

Wilderness bill deepens gap between groups. Las Cruces Sun News.

The good news is that Representative Steve Pearce is running for the U.S. Senate where he is going to be beaten badly. He has been a real problem for the sound management of public lands in New Mexico on many fronts.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to The Doña Ana County Wilderness debate

  1. avatar Maska says:

    Tom Udall has a good chance of beating Pearce, but it won’t be an easy fight. Pearce has pots of dough, and the GOP doesn’t want to lose this seat. It will take a lot of work and dedication on the part of New Mexico conservationists to send this guy, famous for saying that New Mexico has “too much public land” into well deserved retirement.

    The good news is that lots of generally Republican sportsmen have become disillusioned with Pearce. I was in a room full of them last evening, and they were just dripping venom and sarcasm when his name was mentioned. I think there will be some serious ticket splitting going on this year.

  2. avatar dbaileyhill says:

    Pearce said in a congressional hearing…”the most provocative thing to a wolf is a baby crying or laughing.”
    -source, DoW e-mail

    Maska, I hope the sportsman’s sentiments/sarcasm is an indication that Pearce does not end up in the senate. That is scary to think that someone like him might end up there.
    Please keep us posted.

  3. The latest Rasmussen poll on this race (6/18, likely voters) Tom Udall (D): 58% Steve Pearce (R): 30%

  4. avatar Maska says:

    That’s cheery news, Ralph. One additional positive note: as voters statewide learn more about Pearce, it’s likely that they’ll find less to like about him. The reverse is probably true for Udall.

    Nevertheless, I’ve been involved in too many electoral campaigns to take anything for granted, especially in races that are awash in money.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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