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Albuquerque- Last week, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein made alarming anti-Catholic remarks against Judicial Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Feinstein suggested that Barrett's personal Catholic beliefs would hinder her ability to uphold the United States Constitution. New Mexico Democrats have remained silent on the issue, allowing Feinstein to go unchallenged in her accusation that individuals of the Catholic faith should be viewed with suspicion and possibly barred from holding public office.

The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling on Michelle Lujan Grisham, Ben Ray Lujan, Tom Udall, and Martin Heinrich to denounce Feinstein's anti-Catholic remarks.

"Catholics of all political backgrounds play a major role in New Mexico's rich religious history," said RPNM spokesman Dominic Pacheco. "The implication that people of the Catholic faith should be prohibited from holding public office should disgust any person who believes that our country values religious liberty. If New Mexico Democrats refuse to denounce the anti-Catholic bigotry coming from one of their party's senior leaders, we can only conclude that they endorse these vicious remarks."

In case you missed it, check out this story about Steve Pearce taking the lead to reach a long-term solution for individuals who came to the United States as children and built a life here.

Lujan Grisham, Pearce Differ on Trump Phaseout of DACABy Michael Coleman
Albuquerque Journal

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September 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. House members running for governor of New Mexico in 2018 had different reactions to President Donald Trump’s latest immigration policy announcement, with one calling for a congressional “solution” in a news release and the other blasting Trump’s decision as “cowardly” in a national address.

According to a new report from KOB, State Auditor and Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller appears to be in violation of the campaign finance law with an illegal campaign finance scam. Keller opted to finance his campaign with taxpayer dollars, meaning he is explicitly forbidden from accepting other monetary contributions to his campaign. Keller is clearly in violation of the law by routing illegal contributions through his campaign’s consulting firm, which then passes an “in-kind” contribution along to Keller’s campaign in the form of time and services. Ultimately, Keller has enlisted outside donors to pay his campaign bills without passing the contribution through his own campaign account. 

Albuquerque, NM- Democrat State Representative Derrick Lente missed important committee meetings yesterday, opting instead to buddy up with filmmakers. 

While the Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee were meeting on Wednesday to conduct the business of governing the state, Rep. Lente, who is a voting member on both committees, decided he would rather rub elbows with glamorous filmmakers. In a Facebook picture posted by the Representative late Wednesday night, Lente is seen grinning for the camera, enjoying the limelight, and relaxing on his day off.

While getting a taste of the Hollywood-Star lifestyle, his colleagues were discussing opportunities for Native American Veterans provided by the US Department of Defense and the Arizona Water Settlements. Not only did Lente shirk his responsibilities as a legislator, he did so while promoting a progressive film that takes aim at the oil and gas industry, an industry that contributes roughly 11.3 billion dollars to our the New Mexico economy and provides over 100,000 jobs to hard working New Mexicans.*

"It's disappointing to see Rep. Lente’s using his elected office for personal gain while neglecting the State of New Mexico's interests." said Dominic Pacheco, spokesperson for the Republican Party of New Mexico. "Though he gives lip service to creating jobs and economic development, it is evident that he will continue to work against the one industry in our state that continually supports the budget and our children’s education."

*Firgures provided by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association

ALBUQUERQUE- New Mexico Democrats' talking points on the Interior Department's recommendations for New Mexico's national monuments aren't lining up with the facts.

DPNM attempted to misinform New Mexican voters on the truth about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposed changes to a handful of monuments. Even though Zinke did not state New Mexico's monuments would be included, DPNM continued to mislead the public.

Here are statements from Zinke making it clear there would be no sell-off of public lands:

"‘I've heard this narrative that somehow the land is going to be sold or transferred,' Zinke told the AP. ‘That narrative is patently false and shameful. The land was public before, and it will be public after.'" (Albuquerque Journal, 8/24/17)

So did DPNM cease their attacks? Hardly. Instead, they doubled down with their attempts to smear Republicans like Congressman Steve Pearce and Governor Susana Martinez.

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"Democrats need to be held accountable for this false smear campaign," said RPNM spokesman Dominic Pacheco. "Unable to offer voters anything but the same tired ideas that have lost election after election, Democrats have resorted to twisting the facts in order to attack Republicans. While Republicans are working to move New Mexico forward, offering real economic and educational solutions to this state, Democrats are shamefully propagating attacks to score political points."

ALBUQUERQUE – The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the sudden passing of Susan Popovich:

Susan was an enthusiastic activist and chairwoman of the Santa Fe Democratic Party. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Delay uncalled for in Pearce campaign cash dispute

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

We thought a federal court settled it in 1996. Or that the N.M. Secretary of State’s Office did last year. So why is it taking so long to get an answer in 2017?

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, has filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, over whether Pearce can transfer all of his roughly $1 million federal war chest to his campaign for New Mexico governor. Toulouse Oliver’s office has imposed state campaign contribution limits – $5,500 per contributor for both primary and general election cycles – on Pearce’s federal campaign stash.

ALBUQUERQUE – In a disappointing display of extreme partisanship, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has requested more time to respond to a court case regarding the transferring of campaign funds into Congressman Steve Pearce's gubernatorial campaign. Congressman Pearce was forced to file the lawsuit against Toulouse Oliver after she communicated that the Pearce campaign could not transfer federal campaign funds to a state account, reversing the opinion of her predecessor and changing course on a previous court in favor of the transfer for then congressman, Bill Richardson.

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