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Latest Biden Energy Blunder: Botched SPR Buyback Plan

Washington, D.C. – According to reports this morning, the Biden Administration plans to buy back oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) after authorizing massive releases in a failed attempt to reign in energy prices. Some of the oil placed into the SPR was purchased at an affordable price when America was energy independent and now the Biden Administration wants to purchase oil at the current skyrocketing prices. At the same time, the President's administration is shutting down American energy production. 

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New Mexico Clean Car Rule Officials Need to Disclose Financials

Albuquerque – As Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Administration begins their push to force "clean" cars on to consumers, leaders pushing a new rule need to be upfront with New Mexicans. In hearings that start today, unelected bureaucrats with the state and City of Albuquerque will meet to consider the new rules that will impact New Mexico's families. However, those officials haven't disclosed if they, or their immediate family members, own stock in electric vehicles, charging stations, or any other companies that will benefit from this rule.

"Pushing an agenda that enriches your personal portfolio may be 'business as usual' in Washington, D.C., but New Mexicans deserve better," said Larry Behrens Communications Director for Power The Future. "There is no doubt some companies stand to profit from this so-called 'clean' car rule and citizens footing the bill deserve to know if the officials pushing this bureaucratic move own stock in those companies. New Mexicans should know if the 'green' behind this rule is lining the pockets of unelected bureaucrats or the elected officials who appoint them."

Just last March, it was reported that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband purchased over $2 million in electric vehicle stock as Congress faces calls for stronger accountably in financial disclosures.

Cost of Diesel Hits Record High During Biden Energy Crisis

Washington, D.C. – In the latest development delivered by the Biden Energy Crisis, Americans are now paying a record price for the cost of diesel fuel. The newest record cost for fuel will likely impact struggling families as they continue to grapple with the worst inflation since 1981. The latest dubious distinction comes just two months after President Biden told Americans "my top priority is getting gas prices under control."

"President Biden spent the weekend getting a few laughs at the expense of skyrocketing costs, but it's no joke to our families," said Daniel Turner, Founder and Executive Director for Power The Future. "President Biden and his unelected bureaucrats are cutting American oil and gas production at every opportunity and delivering the worst results we've seen in over a generation. How many more terrible records does this administration have to achieve before they wake up to their man-made energy crisis?"

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Russia Using Energy as a Weapon After Biden Surrenders Energy Independence

Washington, D.C. – Power The Future Founder and Executive Director Daniel Turner released the following statement in response to reports Russia has shut off the flow of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria:

"Surrendering our energy independence doesn't just lead to massive inflation and record gas prices, it also emboldens Russia to weaponize energy across the world. Our allies are working to build natural gas infrastructure abroad while at the same time Joe Biden is using unelected bureaucrats to fight natural gas infrastructure and close off our lands to production here at home. President Biden knows his pathetic policies are hurting families and he could bring relief by reversing his mistakes, but it's clear the radical faction of his base will always come first."

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New Mexico's Postpartum Medicaid Expansion Supports Parents and Newborns

By Divya Shiv, MPP, Research and Policy Analyst at New Mexico Voices for Children

On top of the extraordinary mental and physical changes one faces after having a baby, one thing that shouldn't have to change is one's health care coverage. Fortunately, new mothers who qualify now have a full year of postpartum Medicaid coverage in New Mexico so they can focus on what really matters: taking care of their babies and their own health concerns. After all, nothing is more foundational for our next generation than the well-being of mothers and infants.

Before this past legislative session, people who enrolled in Medicaid for pregnancy- and birth-related care received just two months of postpartum Medicaid coverage. This meant that, while taking care of their newborn, new parents had to worry about paying for medical care out-of-pocket or had to find new health insurance a mere 60 days after giving birth.

The 2-month cut-off did not account for the importance of the year-long postpartum period. During the first year, people who have given birth are at risk of serious and sometimes life-threatening complications. This is reflected in the fact that one-third of pregnancy-related deaths occur between one week and one year after delivery. Given that 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, the postpartum Medicaid extension is essential to providing parents with consistent coverage so they can identify and address health issues before they become deadly.

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Hispanics ignored by woke-idealism become battleground for upcoming election

Albuquerque – In a recent Axios article, New Mexico Hispanic Republicans were highlighted for their election 2022 efforts- this year a record-breaking number of Hispanic-conservatives are running for state legislative seats. Republican outreach to key Hispanic voters, and candidate recruitment comes on the heels of a recent Wall Street Journal poll that highlighted the growing gap between Hispanics and Democrats. The poll shows a 9% swing in favor of Republicans from Hispanic voters who no longer view progressive policies as representing their needs. 

"The Republican Party of 2022 is a much more inclusive party than the one I first became involved with in 1999. We have made great strides, both state-wide and nationally, to elect Hispanic candidates. New Mexico can boast the fact that we elected the first Latina Governor in the nation,"said House Republican Whip, Rep. Rod Montoya (Farmington)"In the last decade, we have seen a steady stream of walk-away Hispanic Democrats changing their registration to Republican. Many are just tired of being looked down on and/or pitied for having the 'misfortune' of being Hispanic. In the last several years, Hispanic Republicans and Democrats alike, have started calling out the blatant disregard of our shared Hispanic culture, values and heritage by those who see us as merely a tool for their political purposes. Our very language has been appropriated by white-progressives who have re-named us with the term Latin-X instead of Latino or Hispanic."

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Don't Waste New Mexico's "Unique" Opportunity

By Paul J. Gessing

New Mexico is in a unique economic situation. Despite having the highest unemployment rate in the nation for all of 2022, our incredibly strong oil and gas industry, buoyed by high prices and rapid production growth, has given politicians in Santa Fe "more money than they know what to do with." So, in the recent 30-day session we saw spending grow by more than $1 billion and some significant tax cuts. Then, in a special session, rebates to be paid out to taxpayers and non-taxpayers alike.

The impetus to return money generated by the oil and gas industry to New Mexicans is welcome, but there are serious questions about the legality and logistics of handing out checks to those who don't pay taxes to the State. Furthermore, asking the Tax and Revenue department to hand out cash "only" to those who deserve it is an unenviable and impossible task that also seems to violate the State's anti-donation clause.

But, after three years of Lujan Grisham and the Democrats raising taxes, it is hard to complain about getting some money back.

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The precious right to vote

By Myles Culbertson
Apr 18, 2022

An opinion today published in the New Mexico Sun: https://newmexicosun.com/stories/623333794-the-precious-right-to-vote

This is a story about my father – W.O. Culbertson, Jr. A few of you reading this will still remember him.

In the spring of 1972, we were branding calves on my family's ranch in Northeastern New Mexico. It was the first Tuesday in June, primary election day, and our plan was to finish up the morning's work, turn the horses loose, and stand down the chuck wagon and camp so that we and the crew could take the rest of the day off to go vote.

In the corral, as we were finishing up that day's set of calves, my father's horse fell with him – the full force and weight of the horse landing on his chest. For a moment it appeared his back might be broken, but thankfully that wasn't the case.

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