Last Friday, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved
the National Popular Vote bill by a vote of 42-27, becoming the 23rd
legislative chamber in the country to support adopting a system where
the candidate winning the most votes for President nationally would win
the election. The vote in the House reflected polls in the state showing 76% support for moving to national popular vote.
In a positive step forward for federal respect of state regulatory powers, President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider a previously denied waiver to allow California to set more stringent auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards than required by federal law. In a statement by the White House, President Obama said "the federal government must work with, not against, states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." The directive represents not only greater respect for state authority, but also a sharp break from the climate policies of President Obama's predecessor.