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One size does not fit all: Children's success must be at the forefront in determining schools COVID strategy

Artesia, NM - House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, House Republican Whip Rod Montoya, and House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Ezzell today sent a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham and Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart expressing concerns with the proposed public education hybrid model released last week.

"The hybrid model as proposed simply does not work for families across our state and Santa Fe should not dictate to our communities how we should educate our children," said House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington). "What the administration is proposing has already dramatically hurt educational outcomes for students across the state, the hybrid model only exacerbates this problem. Parents are naturally starting to consider more viable alternatives to the public education system."

[Borrowing from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 "How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways…"]

I have always been proud and happy that I had the fortune to be born in the United States of America.

We, as a family, lived overseas in two different third-world countries. Both countries have regressed to being more socialistic and under the thumbs of more dictatorial regimes in subsequent years, so we were happy to be there when we were.

Op-Ed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Casey Hammond

WASHINGTON – One year ago, the Trump Administration released a strategic plan through the Departments of Commerce and the Interior designed to ensure the nation has a secure and reliable supply of critical minerals necessary for our economic and national security. In the year since, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management have worked with partner agencies to identify prospective areas for critical mineral deposits on public lands, and to accelerate review and approval of critical mineral exploration and development projects.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond highlighted some of the successes and milestones achieved over the past year in an op-ed published last week in the Elko, Nevada Daily Free Press. These include the approval of multiple critical minerals mining projects, and the expansion of many other operations. The full article is below.

House GOP Leader Jim Townsend issued the following statement today regarding the Governor signing HB1 at the close of business, the day before the budget year begins.

"It's the Governor's overspending that's left us in a financially vulnerable position. Thousands of New Mexicans are out of work yet Hollywood and Santa Fe bureaucrats are still getting paid. The Governor is social distancing from reality." - House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, Artesia

Representative Gregg Schmedes, House District 22

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes to which we must all adjust. America's sportsmen and women, a group that I am proud to represent as a member of the New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, have found a way to pursue their outdoor passions while much of the world struggles to adapt. By participating in outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, sportsmen and women are setting an example for those looking for safe and responsible recreational opportunities.

Author: House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington)

Lack of Courage Harms Restaurant Industry: Rep Rod Montoya

Most people who observe the legislative process rarely come away from the experience wowed by what took place. More often they become disengaged as hyper-partisanship wins the day. This recent legislative session, meant to address our budget shortfall, is a perfect example of why everyday people are losing faith in a once great institution.

Santa Fe- Today is Monday, June 22, the fifth day of the 2020 special legislative session. The House of Representatives could possibly be here through Wednesday. The Senate on the other hand, finished their work on Saturday afternoon.

The session has been marred with confusion, lapses in public transparency, and has revealed cracks in the cohesion within the majority's ranks. This has caused the Speaker to resort to "breaking arms" behind closed doors to ensure party discipline.

The special session was scheduled following three months of excuses by the Governor as to why solving our historic budget crisis was delayed. It appears the Governor is more interested in preserving her record 20% increase to state spending rather than trying to address the $2 billion revenue shortfall.

House Republicans blast Governor and Speaker for failing to give members and the public reasonable notice of legislation for upcoming special session

Santa Fe- Today, House Republican leaders blasted the administration and the Speaker of the House for failing to give members reasonable notice of what would be on the Governor's call for the Special Session.

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