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How Does Your State Rank in Heritage’s Updated Education Freedom Report Card?

I personally am thankful I no longer have any offspring in public schools or major universities. 

No matter your political persuasion, you should be concerned about the quality of education that your children and grandchildren are receiving. Just my opinion, of course, but this report is eye-opening in a lot of different ways.

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Something isn't adding up.

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Copy of a check written by James Biden to his brother, Joe Biden, in the amount of $200,000.  The check was recently presented by the House Committee on Oversight  and Accountability. The committee is currently investigating the Biden family's unusual financial dealings with several individuals and organizations.

Something isn't adding up.

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An Open Letter to the NM Legislature

This open letter to the members of the New Mexico Legislature uses "cowboy logic." Please see the letter in PDF format below:

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A Case for Article V Convention of States

In our daily lives, we deal with our personal problems and issues the best we can. When they become issues beyond our control, we look to more powerful entities to solve our problems. The tragic, and very scary, events of this past week have us looking to the largest and most powerful entity in our county, the Federal government, to address the issues and protect us. In particular, the federal legislature (the Senate and the House of Representatives), or Congress, are most suited to dealing with these complex events.

However, the drama and chaos in Congress does not instill confidence that they are up to the task. But it's not just the major issue of war. It is also issues of an unsecured border, inflation, rising food and energy prices that we all struggle with we find are not being addressed. The result is our confidence in Congress has hit an only 32% confidence level. According to a Gallup poll taken September 1-23, 2023, only 32% express a "Great deal/Fair amount of trust in the U.S. legislative branch. What is even more shocking; only 2% express a "great deal" of confidence in Congress.

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New Mexicans should Choose the Vehicles that Work for Them

By Paul J. Gessing

An unelected board called the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) is currently accepting public comments to determine whether New Mexicans have the freedom to move around this big, beautiful state (or not). We have created a website to help average New Mexicans defend that right. Go to: KeepYourCarsNM.com.

The Governor is pushing regulations which would force New Mexicans to buy vastly more electric vehicles than they currently do. If adopted 82% of the vehicles sold in our State will have to be electric within a few short years. There is nothing inherently wrong with electric vehicles, but their purchase should be a personal choice. Currently, (99.2%) of New Mexicans choose gas powered cars. Public polls find that strong majorities of Americans have no plans to buy an electric car.

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New Mexicans should Choose the Vehicles that Work for Them

By Paul J. Gessing

An unelected board called the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) is currently accepting public comments to determine whether New Mexicans have the freedom to move around this big, beautiful state (or not). We have created a website to help average New Mexicans defend that right. Go to: KeepYourCarsNM.com.

The Governor is pushing regulations which would force New Mexicans to buy vastly more electric vehicles than they currently do. If adopted 82% of the vehicles sold in our State will have to be electric within a few short years. There is nothing inherently wrong with electric vehicles, but their purchase should be a personal choice. Currently, (99.2%) of New Mexicans choose gas powered cars. Public polls find that strong majorities of Americans have no plans to buy an electric car.

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Federal government shouldn't dictate credit card fees

By Julie Wright

There is a legislative effort underway in Congress that, if passed, would impose federal price controls and routing mandates on the credit card industry. While some businesses believe they would benefit from a forced reduction in credit card fees, this legislation would have negative impacts on all New Mexicans, including those businesses.

As someone who manages a small business with a lot of credit card transactions myself, I understand the impact of credit card fees on my company's bottom line, but (like a vast majority of other businesses) I'd rather dramatically expand the number of customers I serve and make them happy than limit my company to cash and other forms of payment.

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Why not ban cars?

Everyday I see news articles from around the Country about banning firearms or magazines or both. Recently Governor Grisham issued an illegal thirty (30) day ban on all firearms carried (on person) in Bernalillo County as a "Public Health Order."

Daily I also see news articles from around the Country about traffic crashes that kill someone. Some involve a person under the influence, some intentional, some disgruntled, some accidental, some sleepy/tired and some with no explanation known.

I went outside to my driveway. I set several of my firearms down on the ground next to my truck (Ford F-350). I observed both my truck and firearms all day. Neither tried to kill me or anybody else. You know why, they are both machines! Neither do anything, without SOMEBODY purposely following a set of operating mechanisms to make them work. On their own, they are pieces of metal, plastic and whatever else. I thought WOW, if a gun is responsible for a person's death why isn't a vehicle.

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