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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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Dow Calls for NM SOS to Uphold Election Transparency

Today, New Mexico Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Dow released a statement in support of increasing transparency in our elections and strengthening voter confidence. She calls for publishing the state's voter rolls, something only currently accessible to politicians and special interest groups, meaning all New Mexicans can hold our Secretary of State and election authorities accountable.

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IPANM Statement on the Department of Interior's Leasing Announcement

IPANM (April 15, 2022) -- In response to the Department of Interior's Leasing Announcement, IPANM releases the following statement:

"The Biden administration's announcement to lease just 20% of the available acreage nominated by the oil and gas industry will do little to change the President's war on domestic production punishing American consumers.

If the Biden administration was serious about decreasing prices at the pump, fighting inflation, and returning America to energy independence, the President would have made a more meaningful announcement himself instead of pushing out a weak policy reversal by news release late on a Friday afternoon leading into a holiday weekend."

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PTF Reacts To Biden's Easter News Dump: "Another Band Aid That Won't Stop The Bleeding"

Washington, D.C. – Power The Future Communications Director Larry Behrens released the following statement in response to reports President Biden will open only 20 percent of federal land leases to new development while increasing royalty costs:

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This Tax Day, Help Is on the Way for New Mexico Families

By Amber Wallin, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children

After more than two years of a pandemic and its related recession, it's hard to remember life in 2019, let alone what great things were accomplished. This Tax Day is a good reminder that lawmakers have made several improvements to our tax code in recent years that will provide important benefits for New Mexicans in need of financial relief.

These improvements to our income tax system will benefit more than 500,000 New Mexico tax filers who earn low wages and return some $100 million more to them every year. During a time when the price of basic goods has increased, that extra money couldn't have come at a better moment.

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IPANM Statement on New Mexico Ozone Precursor Methane Rule

IPANM (April 15, 2021) -- In response to final deliberations and passage of a New Mexico Ozone Precursor Methane Rule, IPANM releases the following statement:

"The Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico believes the goal of the New Mexico ozone precursor methane rule should have been to reduce emissions while preserving well economics and minimizing potential job losses. An initial draft of the rule allowed for a reasonable regulatory framework for low-volume production, however, the state removed that provision in the 11th hour after pressure from out-of-state environmental groups who subverted a good-faith collaborative stakeholder effort. IPANM is disappointed by provisions in the final rule that disproportionately target low volume producers, which will lead to premature plugging of still-productive wells that are already environmentally safe and contribute significantly to state revenues.

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Senator Manchin: "What FERC did was a total overreach."

West Virginia Democrat notes FERC "doesn't want to be" done yet

Washington, D.C. – During an interview with Power The Future Alaska State Director Rick Whitbeck, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) addressed the latest green move by the Federal Energy Regulation Committee (FERC.) Manchin recently called FERC to testify before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources after finding they went too far in prioritizing a political agenda instead of protecting American energy.

In the interview for Whitbeck's weekly "Energy Hour" radio show, Senator Manchin said the following, "What FERC did was a total overreach and I pulled them back into the committee and let them know it. They reversed it to a certain extent…I'm watching it very carefully."

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