THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. STATE LAWMAKER PUSHES TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF THE STREETS
Rep. Bill Rehm has announced his plan for bail reform aimed at making it tougher for courts to release criminals charged with horrific crimes. This past week’s release of Fabian Gonzales, one of the suspects in the Victoria Martens case, is the latest example of how our judicial system is failing.
Legislation Aimed at Keeping Dangerous Suspects Behind Bars
Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 20, 2019—New Mexico State Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) today formally announced his plan to seek bail reform legislation designed to keep dangerous suspects off the streets.
"The function of political leaders is to protect the safety of the community," said Rehm."And right now, communities don't feel safe. We have failed communities."
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR COMES TO NEW MEXICO AND DELIVERS SOME TOUGH TALK
The nation’s top law enforcement officer arrived in Albuquerque this past week to promote a nationwide program that netted hundreds of fugitives, including many who were nabbed in New Mexico. Looks like President Trump had to bring in the cavalry here as the state seems to lack real teeth when it comes to fighting crime these days.
Football Player's Suicide Signals Need for Mental Health Services
Albuquerque, Nov. 16--The recent suicide of a UNM football player continues to show the need for State-funded mental health services for student athletes in New Mexico. On November 5, 21 year-old Nahje Flowers was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his off-campus residence, according the Albuquerque Police.
The suicide again sheds light on the important issue of student athletes and mental health, but this year Gov. Lujan Grisham decided to slash funding specifically targeted for this very problem.
Last March Sen. Mark Moores had earmarked $357,000 to provide nutrition and behavior health services for student athletes at UNM. It was part of vast supplemental appropriations package for the University that passed both Houses unanimously. But Lujan Grisham vetoed the money for mental health.
"We must serve these kids and not let politics get in the way of helping these athletes who might need these kind of services," said Sen. Moores. "Mental health is such an important issue, and what the Governor did deeply saddens me."
Moores points out the need for this funding because academic and athletic pressures can impact students in different ways.
"Young men and women who are at the top of their physical ability think they are invincible. We need to nourish their minds as well as their bodies. By having mental health services on the support team, like we do with trainers and coaches, it's another way an athlete can process and deal with stressful situations."
The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce regarding the public impeachment hearings in Washington:
"These impeachment hearings are nothing more than"travesty theater." There's no due process here, no one has first-hand knowledge, and there's no quid pro quo. It's all heresay and second hand knowledge. It's unbelievable the lengths to which the Democrats will go in this partisan witch hunt. The President has to endure this charade all while he continues to deliver on his promises to make this country great again."
Today is Election Day across the State!
VOTE and make a difference in your communities!
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. WE MUST STOP ELECTION FRAUD! RPNM AND LAS CRUCES MAYOR CANDIDATE SUE SECRETARY OF STATE AND DONA ANA COUNTY CLERK OVER ABSENTEE BALLOTS
The RPNM and Las Cruces mayoral candidate Mike Tellez await a ruling after they filed suit this past week against New Mexico’s Secretary of State, the Dona Ana County Clerk and the County’s Absent Voter Precinct Board. The RPNM and Tellez claim the defendants are ignoring a 2019 law that requires absentee voters to provide their name, address and year of birth. The defendants knew that these requirements weren’t met, but still allowed the votes to be counted.
The RPNM wants an injunction to stop the counting of absentee ballots.
The Party is also asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify the meaning of the 2019 changes to the statute. It wants the court to set a uniform statewide standard for qualifying and counting absentee votes for this non-partisan election and future ones.
“What’s happening in Dona Ana County is wrong and setting a bad precedent for future elections. Our Party must stand up to this. People who vote illegally is hurting the integrity of the system. We as a Party must raise of red flag when we see people ignoring voting laws,” said Steve Pearce, RPNM Chairman. “It’s our duty to call on the State to fix these problems.”
Here’s the motion: http://newmexico.gop/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-11-01-Complaint.pdf
2. NEW MEXICO SECRETARY OF STATE DROPS OUT OF U.S. SENATE RACE
Poor Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
Looks like the Democrat Secretary of State simply couldn't get the backing from the big Dems in Washington. She only raised $85,000 to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's $1.6 million.
But don’t fret….she'll have plenty of time now to fight the RPNM which has called her out for allowing illegal voting in Dona Ana County!
3. YOUR NEW MEXICO TAX DOLLARS DOWN THE GUTTER!
How about this?
According to KOB-TV, a state agency spent nearly $12,000 on a meeting that included laser tag, bowling and arcade games! On Sept. 26, more than 100 New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration employees played hard during what was called training and team-building.
“It’s absolutely inappropriate,” said Democrat Rep. Patty Lundstrom, chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
4. MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE GOVERNMENT SPENDING
From the AP:
New Mexico likely isn’t getting the best bang for its buck since it lacks the personnel and technology needed to adequately track nearly $2 billion in government spending.
Legislative analysts have found that some state agencies are unnecessarily buying high-end vehicles, laptops, drones and other goods and are forgoing bulk purchasing and additional negotiations that would otherwise result in discounts.
The report states that some price agreements allow agencies to purchase niche products and services without the necessary expertise to judge if that product or service is what the agency really needs.
5. OTHER NEW MEXICO NEWS BRIEFS
Another setback for Democrat State Senator charged with DWI. A New Mexico judge has rejected state Sen. Richard Martinez’s request for a jury trial in a drunken driving case clearing the way for a trial scheduled to begin later this month. Martinez says he does not plan to resign from the Legislature, even if he’s convicted.
Trump economic polices showing more signs of success. The U.S. announced this past week that it added more than 128,000 jobs in October. That was better than what economists had forecasted. It’s another signal that White House policies are helping the national and New Mexico economy.
New Mexico set to harvest the National Christmas Tree for the U.S. Capitol. Forest officials in New Mexico are ready to harvest a towering blue spruce that will serve as this year’s Christmas tree in front of the U.S. Capitol. It almost didn't happen because of the lawsuit filed by a left-wing environmental group that temporarily put a stop to logging in NM's national forests.
New Mexicans Can Sign Petition Against Regressive Energy Law Written by Out-Of-State Radical Environmental Groups
SANTA FE - New Mexicans will now have a voice in repealing the controversial Energy Transition Act (ETA.) On Thursday, Power The Future launched EnergyTransitionTruth.Com which allows New Mexicans to sign a petition to let their elected leaders know that our state will not tolerate the job-killing policies that harm not only our families but also entire communities.
“The law was written and supported by radial environmental groups who don’t care about our jobs or our state’s economy,” said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. “New Mexicans deserve to determine their energy future without the regressive eco-left and their out-of-state brokers getting insider access.”
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT" -- DEMS IGNORE BIPARTISAN SHERIFFS' INPUT AND PUSH ANTI-2ND AMENDMENT "RED FLAG" BILL
Late last week in a secretive meeting in Santa Fe, Democrats signaled their intent to revive the anti-2nd Amendment "red flag" law to confiscate guns from citizens without due process. Democrats feigned their "disappointment" that the sheriffs weren't in attendance to offer their input publicly when in reality the members of the NM Sheriffs' Association weren't even invited.
From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
State Rep. Daymon Ely is moving forward with a plan to propose so-called red-flag gun legislation without modifying it based on criticism from state sheriffs, saying an attempt to compromise with them has failed....
Legislation allowing for “extreme risk protection orders” would let law enforcement obtain a court order to remove guns from people considered dangerous. Ely and Rep. Joy Garratt, D-Albuquerque, proposed a bill in the last session that cleared the House but wasn’t taken up in the Senate.