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Three things you should know:

1. “YOU CAN TAKE EVERYTHING FROM US, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE OUR VOICE FROM US.” -- RPNM CHAIRMAN STEVE PEARCE QUOTED IN ARTICLE ABOUT DEMOCRAT’S TREATMENT OF REPUBLICANS AT ROUNDHOUSE

In today’s Santa Fe New Mexican (republished by NM Political Report), Republicans discuss being in the minority as Democrats “are pushing through contentious and liberal-leaning legislation, including bills on abortion and guns, and completely ignoring their Republican counterparts.”

“They may have beat me in the election, but they didn’t defeat me,” he said. “As leadership, I have to keep the mindset … that yes, we got beat. But we didn’t get defeated. You can take everything from us, but you can’t take our voice from us.”

Democrat Speaker Brian Egolf offers his response about the Republican’s minority status in the House: “But I think if there’s anyone who should be concerned about the next election, it should be the party in the House that’s not providing a positive agenda for the future of New Mexico.”

We wholeheartedly agree, Speaker Egolf! “Pearce said the only way Republicans will bounce back in 2020 is to not get discouraged and 'keep your message stable and strong.' He said he also believes Democrats will hurt themselves in the long run by pushing such a progressive agenda that more conservative and moderate Democrats don’t support."

2. YESTERDAY AT THE ROUNDHOUSE….

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee heard House Bill 366, aka the “Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act.” that would ban trapping on public land and thus increase the population of predators like coyotes. It passed the committee on a party-line vote of 8 to 4.

The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

“Republican lawmakers argued the issue demonstrated a tone-deafness in the state’s urban areas to rural ways of life.” -- Santa Fe New Mexican


3. TODAY! DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS TO HOST “LEGISLATIVE TOWN HALL” ON SUNDAY IN ALBUQUERQUE

Democrat State Senator Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (sponsor of the fracking ban bill), along with Democrats State Representatives Gail Chasey (HD-18), Sheryl Williams Stapleton (HD-19) and Christine Trujillo (HD-25) -- all of Albuquerque -- are hosting a Legislative Town Hall.

WHEN: TODAY, February 10 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

WHERE: 530 Jefferson St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

All are invited!

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