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New Mexico (Spanish: Nuevo México, Navajo: Yootó Hahoodzo) is a state in the southwestern United States. It is one of the Mountain States and shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado and Arizona; its other neighboring states are Oklahoma to the northeast, Texas to the east-southeast and the Mexican states of Chihuahua to the south and Sonora to the southwest. With a population of approximately two million, New Mexico is the 36th most populous state. With a total area of 314,900 km², it is the fifth-largest and sixth least densely populated of the 50 states. Its capital and cultural center is Santa Fe, while its largest city is Albuquerque. Due to its geographic location, northern and eastern New Mexico exhibits a colder, alpine climate while western and southern New Mexico exhibits a warmer, arid climate.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 34° N — Longitude: 106° W

Area: 315,194 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-NM

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | New Mexico | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 30, fiscal policy rank: 42, regulatory policy rank: 38, personal freedom rank: 1, economic freedom rank: 39
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 152


Fighting Discrimination without the Government, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Jun 2014
Comments on an amendment to Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), about discrimination by non-government individuals or groups; revised version of "We Can Oppose Bigotry without the Politicians" (28 Feb 2014)
[Arizona's] SB 1062 was said to have been prompted by a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling in the case of a commercial photographer who, apparently on religious grounds, refused to take pictures at a same-sex civil-commitment ceremony. The court held that the state's RFRA does not apply in cases involving private individuals, that is, cases in which the government is not a party. Thus a private person or business owner accused of violating the prohibition on discrimination against a designated protected group in public accommodations cannot invoke a religious exemption.


America's Most Dangerous Politician, by Gary Johnson, Michael W. Lynch, Reason, Jan 2001
Topics discussed include: drugs, why he stopped smoking marijuana, drug legalization, school vouchers, charter schools, road building and tax cuts
Johnson: ... A lot of New Mexico is rural, and building 500 miles of four-lane highway is going to make a huge economic difference to all those communities. Basically, now we have connected every town in New Mexico with 30,000 people. To save money, we looked at private alternatives ... The highway project on Highway 44, which is Albuquerque to Farmington, is designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by a private company. This is completely unique. We are actually the first state in the United States to adopt an innovative financing program for Highway 44, by bonding federal revenues.
Interview with Governor Gary Johnson, by Gary Johnson, The Week Online with DRCNet, 13 Oct 2000
Discusses Johnson's stand on legalizing heroin and marijuana (and why he chose not to delve on the former), the impact he had in New Mexico by raising the issues and what he planned to do after he left office (climb Mt. Everest)
Gov. Johnson: ... I've made it a point to talk to everyone I can in New Mexico, everywhere I can. Interest has been tremendous, there have been too many requests for me to be able to honor them all, and the reaction has been exciting. After a meeting in Farmington, a judge comes up to me and tells me "that's the best argument I've ever heard." ... I went to a conservative town, Roswell, and got a standing ovation after my speech on drug legalization ... Here in New Mexico, I set up a drug advisory council with judges, medical people, law enforcement people, and treatment people.
Related Topic: War on Drugs

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "New Mexico" as of 1 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.