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SANTA FE – In response to recent remarks by New Mexico State Police Association President, Sgt. Jose Carrasco, Senate Republican leaders today released the following statement:
"We stand by our law enforcement officers."
Republican Leader, Senator Greg Baca (District 29-Bernalillo and Valencia)
Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt (District 40-Sandoval)
Republican Caucus Chair, Senator Mark Moores (District 21-Bernalillo)
By Senator Pete Campos
As a global community, we have been living with the effects of the COVID-19 virus for more than a year. Over two million deaths have been attributed to the virus worldwide. There have been 425,000 deaths in the United States alone, with nearly 3,200 of those deaths in New Mexico. Along with this catastrophic loss of life, we have experienced challenges in providing medical care to the patients who have fallen ill due to complications of the virus and obstacles to providing social services to those who need them the most. Finally, we have dealt with lifestyle changes that have diminished our quality of life.
On the brighter side of a challenging year, we have witnessed great breakthroughs in science and research. Empirical results have shown that wearing a mask, safe distancing and washing hands regularly can greatly reduce the quick spread of the virus. Furthermore, research has led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. The current challenge is to mass produce those vaccines and get them to the public as quickly as possible. The health and safety of the public is of paramount importance, but there are other challenges that need our attention if we are to return to any semblance of normal life.
"On the morning of Jan. 20, every room of the two-story Stroppel Hotel in Midland, SD, was filled with men and women who work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Most of these union laborers, welders and pipefitters started their day over a cup of coffee in the hotel's common room before heading out to their jobs.
By 4 p.m., the entire place was cleared out, leaving the historic hotel silent for the first time since owners Laurie and Wally Cox took it over six months ago.
'Our whole world turned upside down with the stroke of a pen,' Laurie said.
Read the full op-ed here: https://nypost.com/2021/01/30/bidens-climate-executive-orders-devastated-these-us-workers/
Thanks to Power the Future for pointing this out.
As seen on Foxnews.com
By Reps. Steve Scalise and Yvette Herrell
Wednesday, President Biden chose left-wing activists over American workers and affordable energy costs by signing an executive order to ban new oil and gas exploration on federal lands.
Oil-producing foreign nations like Russia, Venezuela, and Iran win.
By Arthur W. Pepin
Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts
Member of the Supreme Court's Emergency Response Team
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered jury trials to resume on Feb. 1, following their suspension because of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases statewide and potential for further cases after end-of-year holidays. Recognizing public concerns about the coronavirus, all courts have implemented carefully considered, successful measures to protect jurors and trial participants. New Mexicans who reported for jury service during the pandemic overwhelmingly have indicated that they felt safe while performing their civic duty.
Jury trials serve as a cornerstone of the American justice system. In criminal cases, many defendants will remain in custody until afforded their constitutional right to a jury trial. In civil cases including business disputes, severe injuries, and divorces, parties may have waited years for a jury trial to resolve their cases. While taking appropriate and effective health precautions, it is important to provide jury trials to these New Mexicans.
How New Mexico Prepares for Today's and Tomorrow's Challenges That Affect Our Physical, Mental and Economic Health
By Senator Pete Campos
As New Mexico lawmakers head into the legislative session, the number one priority is ending the COVID-19 pandemic so we can get back to school, work and economic development. We face a pandemic that impacts two million New Mexicans of all ages and income levels, with prevention that involves federal, state, tribal, county and city governments. New Mexico has never faced such a need for coordination and communication among governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.
A comprehensive statewide COVID-19 prevention plan must go far beyond a strategy for testing, contact tracing or vaccine implementation. New Mexico requires a thorough plan to address the COVID -19 pandemic while also addressing an economic downturn and a disrupted education process.
Extended Fracking Moratorium Will Eliminate Jobs, Hurt the Economy, and Increase America's Dependence on Foreign Fuels
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Biden made a series of climate-related announcements that include a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands. This radical decision will only serve to destroy American jobs, shrink a major industry, and increase our reliance on foreign energy.
"Today's announcement confirms our worst fear," said Daniel Turner, Executive Director of Power The Future. "President Biden is committed to destroying the natural gas and oil industry, and he isn't wasting any time. Elections have consequences and halting fossil fuel leasing on federal lands will cost America good-paying jobs and much-needed revenue, in addition to squandering the energy independence that President Trump fought so hard to achieve."
Albuquerque – Power The Future issued the following statement in response to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's state of the state address:
"New Mexicans deserve the truth, but unfortunately that's not what they got from Governor Lujan Grisham today," said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. "The Governor's anti-energy agenda is causing electric rates to go up, unemployment to rise and energy jobs are again at the lowest point in over a decade. The Governor's remarks are so out-of-touch she didn't even mention her plan to deal with President Biden's order to stop energy production permits on federal land in New Mexico."
During the Governor's address, she said her energy efforts are "driving down energy costs." This is far from the truth as one New Mexico utility is seeking to raise electric bills for over 100,000 customers to pay for new infrastructure that complies with the Governor's Energy Transition Act.