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By Justice David K. Thomson
New Mexico Supreme Court

As I drive to work, past the barricades and the fencing surrounding the New Mexico Roundhouse, I think how it informs public perception about our democratic process and understanding of the "rule of law." Equally important is how the "rule of law" is required to maintain a civil and democratic society.

The "rule of law" is an evasive notion, transformed into a purely aspirational concept. It is something we want a judge to follow or an executive to apply within its limits. But what is the rule of law really? Thomas Paine put it well in Common Sense, first published in 1776, describing the rule of law as one of the most patriotic concepts of our democracy.

"[I]n America the law is king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other."

Albuquerque Journal: Editorial
February 26, 2021
For full editorial, visit https://www.abqjournal.com/2363518/governors-gourmet.html...

But as tens of thousands of New Mexicans were denied not only holiday get-togethers but funerals, as they struggled to sign up for unemployment, their tax dollars were being used for tuna steaks, Wagyu beef, liquor and dry cleaning. A governor's spokesman says some of the $6,500-plus grocery bill fed the governor's Cabinet and staff at long meetings during the second half of 2020.

And that begs the question, instead of purchasing high-end gourmet food, why not feed those attendees by supporting our struggling local restaurants that had curbside service?

 Wagyu beef, tuna steaks and Crown Royal all on the taxpayer's dime.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is racking up quite the grocery bill, more than $6,000 to be exact, over just 6 months according KOB4, all while closing some grocery stores to the public.

Never mind that NM's unemployment rate just skyrocketed to 8.2%, one in three New Mexico children and one in five adults face food insecurity, and New Mexico's food banks are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming need.

You shouldn't be surprised that Grisham enjoys the high life -- remember she went on a jewelry shopping spree after ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses.

Governor's Apathy Manifests Lack of Leadership as Chief Executives of Texas and Oklahoma Fight for Their States

Albuquerque, February 17—The Republican Party of New Mexico again calls on Gov. Lujan Grisham to do what her constituents pay her to do—to govern, protect and create jobs in the state.

President Biden's policies—nothing less than a declaration of war against the oil and gas industry--are already destroying jobs, crushing communities and hurting families. RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce has warned the governor, state leaders and a national audience that New Mexico's essential oil and gas industry is seriously being threatened.

As we enter into the midpoint of the legislative session, I need to raise some concerns with you.

New Mexico businesses have had to endure – and in several quarters, continue to endure – tremendous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for small businesses. A recent report indicates that New Mexico is the 9th most dependent state in the U.S. on small businesses for employment. We've lost too many of these job creators forever, and the future for others remains uncertain. The ground on which small businesses stand is shaky, and the thread by which many of them are hanging is thin and fraying.

This is reality… which brings me to the situation unfolding in Santa Fe right now.

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Legislative Update

 

Health Care in Rural New Mexico

Many rural communities already lack adequate access to many health care services. Unfortunately, New Mexico Legislators have introduced a handful of bills that will make it even worse. We need your help! Contact your legislators about the bills below and let them know these bills take New Mexico in the wrong direction!

House Bill 122 (Health Insurance Premium Tax)  

Despite the cost of health insurance remaining as one of the most severe problems for small-business owners, House Bill 122 increases the surtax on health insurance by 275 percent. This tax will devastate small businesses by imposing a new $160 million tax on health care coverage purchased by New Mexico small-business owners, their employees, and families. An increased tax could put health care out of reach for many when they need it most. The bill is waiting to be heard on the House Floor. 
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Senator Joshua Sanchez, Representative Gail Armstrong Respond

SANTA FE – On Wednesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health updated their statewide COVID-19 "Red to Green" map. The Governor and health officials were quick to highlight that several counties moved from red to yellow. They said little, however, about the fact that at least one county – Socorro County – was downgraded from yellow to red just days before Valentine's Day.

"While the Governor dines at the White House in Washington, D.C. today, Socorro County residents and restaurants are facing another shutdown," said Senator Joshua Sanchez (District 30-Cibola, Socorro, McKinley, and Valencia). "How does the Governor expect these businesses to survive with such uncertainty from week to week? It is time to rethink the 'Red to Green Framework' and take the necessary steps to reopen our state."

By Paul J. Gessing

In New Mexico and the United States as a whole, recent months have seen unprecedented attacks on the traditional energy sector from policymakers in Santa Fe and Washington. The potential harm of President Biden's ban on oil and gas production on federal lands has been well-documented.

Our State, New Mexico, will be disproportionately impacted by such a ban, particularly if it lasts for many months or years. We are the 3rd-largest oil producing state in the nation and about half of that production (more than any other state) comes from federal lands.

Unfortunately, the Biden Administration's anti-energy animus doesn't stop there. Policies across the board are being pushed on the assumption that if the United States acts, we can address global climate change. In Washington that means everything from pulling the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline to shifting the federal government's fleet of vehicles away from gasoline and towards electric vehicles.

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