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Albuquerque, April 12--Today Gov. Lujan Grisham signed legislation allowing recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Sales will begin next spring after the Democrat-led legislature rushed the measure through during an unnecessary Special Session devoted to recreational pot.

The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce on today's bill signing:

"It's a shame the Governor used her influence to hold a session for the specific purpose of passing a bill that's been on her personal agenda. Recreational marijuana is hardly a pressing issue for a state that's become an embarrassment in education, economic growth and opportunity. The Special Session was a waste of time and waste of more than $100,000 at the taxpayer's expense. In addition, recreational marijuana will lead to even more crime, underage use and impaired driving. The Governor has a pipe dream of saving the state's finances by hoping to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars from marijuana revenues, but it's unclear just how much money will end up in state coffers."

The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) advances the ideals of individual liberties for the advancement of its citizens and the greater prosperity of our communities throughout New Mexico. Led by an Executive Board and its Chairman, former NM Congressman Steve Pearce, RPNM serves all New Mexicans via its headquarters in Albuquerque and can be contacted at (505) 298-3662.

Governor's Response Demonstrates a Disregard for Our Citizens' Safety and Well-Being

Albuquerque, April 11—The Republican Party of New Mexico is shocked and dismayed that a request from Rep. Yvette Herrell to Gov. Lujan Grisham to deploy the New Mexico National Guard to the Mexico border was dismissed. The Governor's refusal to take action reeks of politics and manifests her lack of concern for the health and safety of New Mexicans.

Rep. Herrell had written the Governor, stressing the need for the troops to stop the massive wave of migrant families and unaccompanied children who are coming across the border. The Congresswoman informed the Governor that New Mexico is on the front line of the border problem that's been exacerbated by the Biden Administration's weak immigration policies. She added the influx of migrants also threatens public health as New Mexico continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor's Office rejected Herrell's request, suggesting she take her concerns to federal agencies.

Albuquerque, March 31—The election this evening of State Rep. Melanie Stansbury as the Democratic Party's CD-1 candidate proves that Democrats are focused on a leftist agenda that will continue to devastate New Mexico.

For years progressive Democrats have ruined our state with wild spending like drunken sailors, out-of-control taxation, constant attacks on our vital oil and gas industry and a blatant disregard for a much-needed return to traditional and sensible New Mexico values.

The decision to pick Stansbury, a California-style progressive, shows that Democrats are determined to continue on this path in Washington. She backs legislation that destroys jobs, cripples our economy and heavily taxes New Mexicans. This won't change on Capitol Hill.

"Rep. Stansbury is one of the most radical lawmakers in this state. She is simply out of touch with the needs of New Mexico," said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. "It's imperative that voters understand that her views are anti-New Mexico. She wants to ban fracking, supports anti-law enforcement legislation and consistently pushes for more spending and higher taxes on our constituents. She systematically votes with lawmakers who support leftist policies. In Washington Stansbury would vote for similar radical policies that align with the most extreme elements of the Democratic Party, and this will cause irreparable damage to our great state. Our economy and way of life will be threatened. Is this who New Mexicans want representing them in Washington?"

Pearce went on to say the choice is clear: Sen. Mark Moores will best represent New Mexicans in the 1st Congressional District.

Albuquerque, March 31—The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce on President Biden's proposed national infrastructure plan:

"The price tag of this plan is outrageous. After a nearly $2 trillion pork-filled relief package that sought simply to bail out blue states bogged down in debt, President Biden now wants to again put Americans on the hook for trillions. While it's important to rebuild our roads, bridges and airports, taxing Americans more isn't the answer. The Biden Administration will raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, and average Americans will eventually be footing the bill. It will take 15 years to offset this tax burden. Once again Biden is mortgaging our future for massive projects we can ill afford. We cannot sustain such spending sprees."

The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) advances the ideals of individual liberties for the advancement of its citizens and the greater prosperity of our communities throughout New Mexico. Led by an Executive Board and its Chairman, former NM Congressman Steve Pearce, RPNM serves all New Mexicans via its headquarters in Albuquerque and can be contacted at (505) 298-3662.

Albuquerque, March 31—Today the New Mexico House approved legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. The vote was 38-32.

The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce:

"This is another case where progressive Democrats have rammed legislation down our throats. This Special Session has been forced upon us, and it's at the expense of the public. Legalizing recreational marijuana is not what New Mexico needs. With a state facing dire problems and ranking at the bottom in education, economic opportunity and job growth, lawmakers must be focused on more pressing issues. Our legislative priorities as a state have vanished. Legalizing recreational marijuana is not only not a pressing issue, but such a law would lead to more crime, underage use and impaired driving. It's also unclear just how much revenue recreational pot would even raise, despite the Governor's pipe dream of raising millions."

The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) advances the ideals of individual liberties for the advancement of its citizens and the greater prosperity of our communities throughout New Mexico. Led by an Executive Board and its Chairman, former NM Congressman Steve Pearce, RPNM serves all New Mexicans via its headquarters in Albuquerque and can be contacted at (505) 298-3662.

Santa Fe, NM- House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia), Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington), and Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow (TorC) questioned Governor Lujan Grisham's decision to put Easter on the backburner again. Last year the governor's administration was fiercely criticized after closing churches on Easter Sunday. Now, just days before Palm Sunday, the Governor continues to show her contempt for Holy Week and its significance to traditional New Mexicans. She has once again decided to preempt the Christian holiday, but this time it is to pass her "holy grail" pot legislation.

"Does she realize that it's Holy Week? We'll likely end up working through Good Friday or possibly Easter Sunday." said House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington). "The governor's priorities and those of average New Mexicans are 180 degrees out of phase. The public is not in a mad panic to get recreational marijuana legalized, especially when it will cost taxpayers $83,000 a day to do it."


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Monday, March 22, 2021
THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION HAS ENDED.

HERE ARESOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL DAYS:
More burdens on small businesses and working families:

The legislature approved a burdensome new law to force New Mexico businesses to offer paid sick leave. At a time when our small businesses are shutting down or barely hanging on, adding still more red tape and expenses on them is the worst possible idea. We also saw a new tax on health insurance passed, yet another unnecessary and harmful move that will hold New Mexico back.

Reining in the Governor:

Unfortunately, the bipartisan legislation that would curb the Governor's emergency powers through which she has kept our state under severe lockdowns, did not make it through before adjournment. RPNM is disappointed that the legislature did not stand up for the people in this instance, and we will continue to advocate for the reopening of of our state!

The following story focuses on events that occurred on the Clifton Ranger District of the Apache Sitgreaves. The Fire Fighter in the story below worked as a fire fighter on the Gila National Forest and Apache for 4 years. Please see the article below that describes actions taken against a fire fighter in the area:

https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/03/20/two-usfs-forestry-technicians-posted-on-facebook-about-covid-one-was-fired-and-the-other-was-not-rehired/

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