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Two taboo political topics in NM

There are two political topics in New Mexico that are taboo to talk about. The first is that no state in the United States has had single party Democrat rule at the state level longer than New Mexico. The second is that there is even the possibility of a connection between single party Democrat rule and the tremendous problems the state has.

For those who are unaware, the last time that Republicans held a majority in both houses of the New Mexico state legislature at the same time was 1930. In the last 91 years, Democrats have held a majority in both houses of the legislature for 81 of the 91 years. In our court system, the last time Republicans held a majority on the New Mexico State Supreme Court was in the 1920s. Our Court of Appeals was formed in 1966 and has never had a Republican majority. Currently all five justices on our Supreme Court and 9 of the 10 judges on our Court of Appeals are Democrats. There are 33,178 days between January 1,1931 and November 2,2021 during which time Republicans held the governor's office for 11,694 days or just 35% of the time. Even when we have had a Republican governor during that time, that governor has never held a Republican majority of both houses of the state legislature while in office, greatly limiting his or her power.

And what has 91 years of Democrat stewardship brought New Mexico? Here are just a few salient examples.

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Governor Lujan Grisham to Double-Down on Failed Eco-Policies

Albuquerque – Today, Power the Future Communications Director Larry Behrens released the following statement in response to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announcing she will seek to enact clean car standards and a renewable portfolio goal in the upcoming legislative session.

"The proposals put forth by the Governor today will do nothing more than increase the green tax on New Mexico's working families.

"It's incredible to hear the Governor and her eco-supporters celebrate policies that are causing energy prices to skyrocket both in Europe and here at home. Families are going to pay more to heat their homes this winter than they have in years and there is real concern about brownouts facing New Mexico next summer. Our families deserve ideas that are based in reality, not failed ideology."

Power The Future Statement on Governor Lujan Grisham's Junket to UN Climate Summit

Albuquerque – Today, Power The Future Communications Director Larry Behrens released the following statement regarding Governor Lujan Grisham's plans to attend the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow:

"New Mexico is a national leader in unemployment and rising electric bills so it's no surprise Governor Lujan Grisham wants to jet off to Scotland and leave her record behind. Additionally, it is the height of hypocrisy for the Governor to hop on a plane instead of appearing virtually. New Mexicans deserve better than a Governor who depends on fossil fuels to travel and for her budget but then undermines our energy workers at elitist resorts among her friends."

Power The Future is a national non-profit organization advancing America's energy interests. You can learn more at www.PowerTheFuture.Com

New Mexico is facing its own energy crisis

By Paul J. Gessing

Western Europe is facing an energy crisis this winter. Prices have skyrocketed. Natural gas is 400% higher than the start of 2021 while coal is up over 300%. As if high prices weren't enough of a problem, 40% of the natural gas that Europe uses comes from Vladamir Putin's Russia, an unreliable supplier to say the least.

New Mexicans should take heed. Thankfully, despite the Biden Administration's permitting ban on federal lands (since invalidated by a judge), New Mexico has steady supplies of oil and natural gas. Those supplies help protect us from wild price swings and supply disruptions like those that could cause massive economic pain and human suffering in Europe this winter.

While we'll be fine this winter, New Mexico's largest utility is facing serious challenges finding enough electricity by next summer. Due to the Energy Transition Act of 2019 which forms the cornerstone of Gov. Lujan Grisham's "Green New Deal" agenda, the San Juan Generating Station is slated to be permanently shut down next June during the hottest part of next summer.

PNM executives have stated clearly that the hunt for "renewable" power to replace San Juan Generating Station is not going well. Even in the best of circumstances "renewables" like solar and wind are inconsistent and require backup like batteries, but the pandemic has hit supply chains hard and projects are being delayed.

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Freedom is not free

This sounds like a cliché, because it is mentioned so much.

In actuality, freedom is not free, because of the blood shed by Americans and military members in wars ever since the American Revolution established the United States of America.

Americans, in general, are an independent lot. They believe that their rights as stated for them in the Declaration of Independence and secured in the Constitution are God-given and cannot be taken away by fiat by someone who simply thinks he/she is in a position of authority.

The U.S. government was formed to be "of the people, by the people and for the people," as President Abraham Lincoln so eloquently proclaimed in the Gettysburg Address.

The U.S. Constitution is the "supreme law of the land."

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Added to: What drugs are approved for treatment of Covid-19? And by whom?

Most of us have heard about Remdesivir and Regeneron, monoclonal antibodies, that are approved by CDC, WHO and FDA for the treatment of Covid-19.

Did you notice any three-letter agency that was left out? It's the National Institutes of Health, NIH.

If you are unfamiliar with the NIH, it is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. You may read its mission and goals at this link:

https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/what-we-do/mission-goals

Notice the words "enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability." Can you wonder if the federal government of the U.S.A is paying any attention to this mission?

Yes, I'm asking you to research things yourself. Do NOT take my word for it. But please keep reading.

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New Mexico Electric Bills Now 14th Highest in the Nation

New Mexico Electric Bills Now 14th Highest in the Nation

Albuquerque – The latest numbers from Choose Energy show New Mexicans are paying nearly 5 percent more for electricity than at the same time last year. Additionally, while the national price for power per kilowatt hour is 13.9 cents, families in the Land of Enchantment are shelling out 14.49 cents for the same amount of electricity. In fact, New Mexico is now paying the 14th highest electric bills in the nation trailing only California, Hawaii, and states in the Northeast.

The high electric bills in New Mexico provide a stark contrast to the rhetoric from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who is trying to convince the public that because of her “mini” Green New Deal energy costs are going down.

“Every New Mexican knows they’re paying more for electricity and gasoline and yet Governor Lujan Grisham continually says the opposite. It’s really unclear if she’s being intentionally untruthful or if she simply doesn’t get it,” said Larry Behrens, Communications Director for Power The Future. “While our families are paying more for energy, our state also suffers from some of the worst unemployment in the nation all because of our Governor’s alliance to extreme special interests.”

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Reality Check for PED Secretary

By Paul J. Gessing

Kurt Steinhaus has been on the job for just a month or so, but he has already put forth some policies and ideas regarding New Mexico's education system that leave us scratching our heads.

We all want our children to do better in school so that they are prepared to be productive workers and informed citizens. That is not an easy task, and it is made even more difficult by the pandemic and the government's reaction to it.

The first question is why PED has chosen not to release standardized testing data that it has from March of 2020 prior to the Pandemic. Yes, only 10% of students took the test, but there is still useful information to be gleaned from the 10% that took it. That's especially true since there will be no data available at all for 2021. We know New Mexico students began the pandemic behind their peers in other states, but New Mexico families and our education leaders deserve to have at least some insights into where things stood right before the pandemic.

More bizarre are comments Steinhaus made in early October at a Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC). When asked what New Mexico would need to do to "make New Mexico teacher salaries competitive" he claimed the State would "have to double teacher salaries."

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