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ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) issued the following statement on the decision of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to reject his draft petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 8, unenforceable legislation requiring background checks for private gun sales in New Mexico:

“Twenty-nine of New Mexico’s thirty-three sheriffs oppose SB 8. Twenty-five counties have stood up and said they don’t agree with this law and will not enforce it. The people of New Mexico want their voices heard, and the Secretary of State continues to ignore them. The Secretary of State is supposed to encourage voter participation, not suppress it.

 Three Federal New Mexico Lawmakers Qualify for “Coalition of the Radical Left” in 2018

Alexandria, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its 48th Edition of its annual Ratings of Congress. The guide ranks members of Congress based upon their commitment to conservative principles as demonstrated by their voting records in the 2018 session of Congress. These Ratings of Congress—and our Ratings of all 50 state legislatures—are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. In all, every year we rate about 8,000 elected officials across 101 legislative chambers across the country.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce today issued the following statement on the announcement by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will retire at the end of his term:

“I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Senator Udall on his upcoming retirement. Tom was my colleague in the Congress and also a worthy opponent when I challenged him for the Senate seat he won in 2008. He’s been a devoted public servant and advocate for his constituents in New Mexico and I am proud to call Tom my friend.

Today, New Mexico’s senior US Senator, Tom Udall, announced he will not run for reelection in 2020. Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, released this statement:
“Senator Tom Udall has been a tireless champion for New Mexico as our Attorney General, Congressman, and as a two-term Senator.

Today, Democrat state Senators Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Benny Shendo introduced legislation to place a four-year moratorium on new fracking permits in New Mexico.

Chairman Pearce today issued the following statement in response:
“I agree with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham when she famously said last year that left-wing progressive activists have ‘lost their minds​’ in their hostility to the oil and gas industry. The mere discussion in Santa Fe of the concepts presented in this bill will cause future investors to reconsider investing hundreds of billions of dollars in New Mexico when the state is considering eliminating their ability to recoup their investment.“



ALAMOGORDO, NM – According to a new poll, Republican candidate for Congress Yvette Herrell holds a commanding 43-point lead against her potential opponents in the Republican primary for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Herrell also holds a strong 13-point advantage over freshman Democrat Rep. Torres Small in a general election rematch.

In a potential GOP match-up between Herrell, Gavin Clarkson, Claire Chase, and Chris Mathys, Herrell is the clear favorite, with 50% of likely Republican primary voters choosing her as the party’s nominee. Meanwhile, each of her potential opponents fails to break single digits in support:

SANTA FE – Two bills proposed by House Democrats aiming to change the voting process in New Mexico are scheduled for debate on Wednesday. One bill would  allow felons to vote while still in prison while another would allow for the state’s voters to be ignored in presidential elections. Both measures contain significant problems that will disenfranchise New Mexico’s voters.

“These radical bills are pushed by out-of-state interests designed to ensure voters in New Mexico have less of a voice,” said Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque.) “New Mexicans need to know what House Democrats are trying to do before they find their vote is diminished.”

House Bill 57 (HB 57) is proposed to “restore felon voting rights.” However, current law allows those convicted of a felony to regain voting rights after they have successfully completed their sentence. Under this bill, “convicted felons” includes those who are still incarcerated; even those convicted of election related felonies would be allowed to vote. HB 57 would also raise serious residency concerns, as it is unclear in what district an inmate would reside.

House Bill 55 (HB 55) would require New Mexico to cast electoral votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, no matter the will of the state’s voters.  The result would mean any U.S. city with a population of more than 2 million would have more impact on an election than all New Mexico voters together. Instead of working to change the Electoral College rule of the U.S. Constitution, out-of-state interests are working to circumvent this process and diminish the votes of New Mexicans through questionable actions such as HB 55.

 By Steve Pearce 

As state legislators prepare to return to Santa Fe for the new legislative session in mid-January, the main topic on their minds is how to utilize the $1.1 billion budget surplus projected for fiscal year 2020. Special interest groups, state agencies, municipalities, counties, courts and anyone who interacts with state government have been hard at work putting together wish lists for how these surplus dollars should be spent. Lawmakers can expect the Roundhouse to be filled with people seeking money for all sorts of projects and programs.

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