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Governor continues to disregard constituents' hardships and fails to comprehend fairness and justice

Albuquerque, May 13—Gov. Lujan Grisham's announcement today regarding her public health order is too little too late. The Chief Executive continues to violate the principles of fairness and justice for all.

The decision to restrict small businesses to only 25% capacity when national chains are going at full steam, making obscene profits, is ludicrous and unjust. This latest order will continue to gut our locally owned mom-and-pop businesses, establishments that are going broke after exhausting their life savings during the past weeks.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PARTY

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Republican Party of New Mexico encourages everyone to take precautions, practice safe health measures and do what's required to protect oneself and families. The Party stresses that the health and safety of all New Mexicans are paramount. Therefore, the Party is currently conducting operations and communications remotely. The Party continues its mission and engagement, but will utilize virtual/remote practices for outreach, projects, campaign events and other initiatives.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION

Albuquerque, April 30--The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce regarding Gov. Lujan Grisham's press conference today on changes to her public health order:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PARTY

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Republican Party of New Mexico encourages everyone to take precautions, practice safe health measures and do what's required to protect oneself and families. The Party stresses that the health and safety of all New Mexicans are paramount. Therefore, the Party is currently conducting operations and communications remotely. The Party continues its mission and engagement, but will utilize virtual/remote practices for outreach, projects, campaign events and other initiatives.

Albuquerque, April 23-- The following is RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce's statement on today's passage of the $484 billion stimulus package by the U.S. House:

"During this health crisis and economic collapse, it is imperative that we provide funding to save our small businesses, hospitals and other vital institutions. The country's economy is in a free fall, and the federal government's assistance is the right tactic. But it's temporary relief. New Mexico's government must take decisive action now and reopen our businesses. Big Box stores are steering New Mexico dollars out of the state, while locally-owned businesses and Main Streets here are shuttered and suffering a slow death. For us to recover as a state, we must act now."

Albuquerque, April 23--While the health and safety of New Mexicans are the top priority, Gov. Lujan Grisham's decision to extend her stay-at-home order to at least May 15 demonstrates she has no solid plan to get New Mexico moving again.

A third of our counties have fewer than 10 COVID-19 cases, some none at all, yet the governor has offered no real statewide strategy, while putting a stranglehold on New Mexico's economy: it's business or bust for hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans, as local economies drown, unemployment soars and Main Streets become ghost towns.

Despicable, Disgusting Tweet Goes Beyond Boundaries of Decency In Our Current Health Crisis

Albuquerque, April 16-- In an absurd and offensive way to shift attention from the struggles of locally-owned mom and pop businesses competing against national chains, the Governor and her Office have stooped to a new low. The Republican Party is demanding an apology from the Governor's Office after Communications Director, Tripp Stelnicki, referred to RPNM and Republicans as a "Death Cult." This outrageous tweet, suggesting that Republicans want to get more New Mexicans to contract COVID-19, is shocking and disgraceful. The tweet shows to what lengths the Governor's Office will go to scare the public and politicize the pandemic. The tweet is disgusting and twisted, and the Governor's Office is way out of line with this monstrous claim. Nothing is further from the truth. First, here's the tweet:

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This revolting statement blatantly says that Republicans want New Mexicans to become sick and die from COVID-19. This is sick.

RPNM has repeatedly stated that the health and safety of all New Mexicans is first and foremost.

We believe social distancing at small businesses and establishments can responsibly be achieved. We can protect our citizens while continuing everyday life and business here in our great state. Again, RPNM believes that the health and wellness of New Mexicans are paramount.

The Governor's Office tweet is false, disgusting and the Party demands an apology.

In addition, there has been at least one media report that's been perpetuating these false statements through the Governor's Office that Republicans want to spread COVID-19. For example, one television report stated the following when getting a response to a GOP call for more flexibility for hospitals to care for more patients:

"In response to the letter, the governor's spokesman stated the Republicans have painted an inaccurate picture of the situation inside hospitals. He said their calls to open parts of the state is advocating for further spread of the virus."

Here's the story from KOB.

It is irresponsible for the media to make false claims from the Governor's Office that promote fearmongering.

High Court Ruling Offers More Protections Against Fraud and Keeps Constitutional Separation of Powers in Check

Albuquerque, April 14—Today's ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court clears the path to a Primary Election that will protect the health and wellness of voters across New Mexico while preserving the integrity of the election. The court's refusal to rewrite New Mexico election law—to allow the unsolicited mailing of live ballots as part of an all vote-by-mail (VBM) election--shows the proper respect for the importance of election integrity, even in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19. Allowing Secretary Oliver to mail live VBM ballots to every address on New Mexico's poorly maintained voter rolls would have put the integrity of our primary election at risk and left the election vulnerable to fraud.

With the Court's decision, RPNM is pleased it has successfully made the case that existing law allows for the use of absentee ballots, while keeping voters and poll workers safe from COVID-19 and taking reasonable steps to preserve the integrity of the process. The health and safety of all are paramount.

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