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Politics: Enter at your own risk

State Auditor Wayne Johnson recently announced an independent approach to identify gaps in our criminal justice system. "Crime continues to be a huge problem in Albuquerque – it affects our entire state. It's long past time that we find out what's going on with our criminal justice system."

His guest column in June 11, 2018 edition of the Albuquerque Journal follows.
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ALBUQUERQUE – Steve Pearce announced today that the House of Representatives passed a water bill that includes an amendment he authored that will require the federal government to repay communities for costs incurred on water projects. Currently, the federal government owes a significant amount of money to New Mexico communities for water projects, including the Town of Bernalillo, which is in Lujan Grisham's congressional district.
 
"Michelle Lujan Grisham has been asleep on the job for years with no legislative accomplishments to speak of," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "She used her official position to profit off government contracts that reek of corruption and has neglected to assist a community in her district. Steve Pearce has proven to be a fierce advocate for all New Mexicans, without regard for whether they are in the Congressional District he represents. This episode represents an embarrassing lack of leadership by Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has failed New Mexico once again. New Mexicans deserve better."

ALBUQUERQUE, May 24, 2018 – Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Mick Rich today congratulated Congress and President Trump for the rollback on Dodd Frank banking regulations, but added that this correction to Obama-era regulation was "too little, too late."

"Community banks lend money that lets businesses grow and create jobs for New Mexicans," Rich said. "Now they will be able to resume their vital role in our local economy that they played before Dodd Frank."

Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico is calling on Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate Representative Monica Youngblood for using her position as an elected member of the legislature to attempt to influence a police investigation after officer lapel video of her arrest for Aggravated DWI was released to the public today. In the video posted on local media outlets, Rep. Youngblood continually tells the officers she is a legislator and that she runs bills to protect police, works hard for police, and stands up for them when people say they "treat people of color like (expletive)". Youngblood asks multiple times for special treatment as well on the lapel video.

The House passed legislation that allows veterans’ access to doctors outside of the Veterans Affairs system. All three New Mexico house members voted in the affirmative on this critical piece of legislation. The Republican Party of New Mexico stands with President Trump as he calls on the members of the Senate to put veteran’s needs ahead of partisan politics.

“We implore Senators Udall and Heinrich to follow Congressman Steve Pearce’s lead and pass this critical piece of legislation that will ensure greater access to care for veterans here in New Mexico,” said Ryan Cangiolosi, chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "The care and wellbeing of our veterans throughout the country is not a partisan issue, nor should politics play a role in ensuring expanded access to medical providers for those who have worn the uniform.”

Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the successful confirmation of Judge Joel Carson III to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit:

"We congratulate Judge Joel Carson III of Roswell, New Mexico on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit," said Ryan Cangiolosi, chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "President Trump is keeping his commitment to nominate well-qualified persons of honesty, courage, benevolence, morality and intellect to the federal judiciary and no one exemplifies that more than Judge Carson."

Her campaign requested the following "quotes and background."

The CHC Chairwoman takes allegations of sexual assault and harassment extremely seriously. In fact in December of 2017, she released the following statement in response to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations made against members of Congress: “It is the position of the CHC that those responsible for sexual harassment or sexual assault must be held accountable. Every allegation of sexual harassment and misconduct is extremely disturbing and requires a thorough investigation. As elected officials, we must adhere to the strictest and highest standards, regardless of political party, elected office, or seniority. The CHC is committed to being a part of the solution, which ensures that our workplaces are safe, professional, and treat all employees with dignity and respect.”

ALBUQUERQUE – Michelle Lujan Grisham, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, sent a clear and disturbing message about her values and priorities this week. When caucus member Tony Cardenas, a Congressman from California, was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, Michelle Lujan Grisham did…nothing. Cardenas continues to serve in a leadership role and Lujan Grisham has refused to answer questions from the press about his alleged assault.
 
"In a private meeting on Monday, Cardenas made his case to members of the Hispanic caucus, denying the allegations of sexual misconduct and suggesting he was a victim of a political vendetta, according to people who were present. He urged his colleagues to stick behind him… A spokesman for the chairwoman of the CHC, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, did not comment on whether the congresswoman wants Cardenas out as the chairman of the PAC." (CNN, 5/9/18)

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