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A drive through Tim Keller’s Albuquerque

Since March of 2020 (the start of COVID 19) the Rio Grande Foundation has been located in downtown Albuquerque. While Albuquerque has never had the greatest downtown, there is no doubt that the area has been hammered by COVID 19, the riots over the summer of 2020, and Mayor Tim Keller’s lax policies towards crime […]

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KRQE Channel 13 covers RGF’s successful ethics complaint against Mayor Tim Keller

Can elected officials use taxpayer-funded websites to campaign for and against local ballot measures? That’s what Mayor Keller’s Administration did using the City of Albuquerque’s website in the November 2019 election and the Rio Grande Foundation called “foul” and filed a complaint against the Mayor. We won. Channel 13 covered the situation in the story […]

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Rio Grande Foundation Files Ethics Complaint Against Mayor Tim Keller

(Albuquerque, NM) – For a long time the Rio Grande Foundation has argued that local election results have been tipped by the ability of public officials and taxpayer-funded interests to use taxpayer dollars or the prospect of taxpayer dollars to lobby on behalf of efforts to tap even more tax money. In the November 2019 […]

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Tim Keller of the Institute for Justice Discusses Economic Freedom and Milton Friedman’s Legacy at RGF’s Friedman Day Celebration 2013

The Institute for Justice is one of America’s pre-eminent freedom organizations. Tim Keller visited New Mexico to help the Rio Grande Foundation celebrate Friedman’s legacy at a luncheon event in Albuquerque on July 31, 2013. Video of Friedman’s talk is below: Several photos of the celebration and our radio discussion with Bob Clark of 770 […]

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Keller using shiny stadium to distract from rampant crime

This article first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on August 10th, 2021. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has decided that, despite rampant crime and a homeless problem that has grown dramatically worse on his watch, building a new soccer stadium for New Mexico United should be a top city priority. The stadium itself, to be located […]

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Is there a worse idea in this time of Coronavirus than Pat Davis’s plan to “more fully” ban plastic bags?

Just a few days ago Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis told local media outlets that he was planning to “close a loophole” in the City’s plastic bag ban which took effect this year. Davis wants the Mayor to get rid of plastic bags that are thicker than 2.25 thousandths of an inch. The thicker bags […]

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RGF questions Mayor Keller’s “Stay home for college” pitch to local high school seniors

Channel 13 covered our recent questioning of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s sending letters to local high school seniors urging them to stay home and attend UNM. Benefits offered include “free” bus passes, early childhood care, and the ability to serve on boards and commissions. The letter and blog posting which spurred KRQE’s story can be […]

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ABQ Mayor Keller’s credit card conservatism

The Rio Grande Foundation was recently asked to comment on a story involving Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s decision NOT to use a City credit card. Instead, as the story notes, he will be using his own personal money for various expenses. We applaud Keller for this fiscal restraint and point to his veto of the […]

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A new day means new tax cuts for ABQ City Council

A slightly shortened version of this opinion piece was published in the Albuquerque Journal on March 20, 2022. A chart illustrating Albuquerque’s spending is found below the text. Elections have consequences. After four years of “progressive” leadership by Mayor Keller and a left leaning city council, the election of November 2020 saw a more center-right Council. […]

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Rio Grande Foundation Settles Public Records Lawsuit Against City of Albuquerque

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2021 For further information, contact: Patrick Brenner (505) 377-6273 After eighteen months of litigation and negotiation, the Rio Grande Foundation is pleased to announce the settlement of the lawsuit related to the City of Albuquerque’s lack of transparency and openness. The actions of Mayor Tim Keller’s administration and City Clerk […]