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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Rush Limbaugh
(January 12, 1951 – February 17, 2021)


“Rush was an extraordinary man,” Kathryn Limbaugh said. “A gentle giant. Brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind. Extremely generous. Passionate. Courageous. And the hardest working person I know.”
 

She added: “From today on, there will be a tremendous void in our lives, and on the radio.”
 


Thank you, Mr. Limbaugh for your many years advocating for conservative values.

Mrs. Limbaugh, we will also feel that void.
May he Rest in Peace.

Providing Dona Ana County a Voice to
Promote Conservative Principles and Protect Your Freedoms

“The NRA believes America’s laws were made to be obeyed and that our Constitutional liberties are just as important today as 200 years ago. And by the way, the Constitution does not say Government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'” ~ Ronald Reagan

SB224  Relating to Gun Safety; Creating the Crime of Failure to Secure a Firearm; Providing a Penalty.

What To Know
Another bill that chips away at your 2nd Amendment Rights!

SB 224 reads as follows: “It is an offense for a firearm owner or authorized user to store or keep a firearm in any premises unless the firearm is secured in a locked container or secured by a gun lock or other means so as to render the firearms inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or authorized user.”

You could be fined up to $500 for failing to do so, or $1,000 if a minor, an “at risk” person or a prohibited person obtains the firearm.  Both are misdemeanor penalties.

The bill further reads: “A minor may be an authorized user only if the minor is at least twelve years of age and has successfully completed a firearm safety training course.”  This bill clearly states that parents can not teach their own children firearm safety and would be charged with a misdeamor if they did so.
 “We the People” Action Needed Now!

Tomorrow, Wednesday (February 17), SB224 has been assigned to the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee for review at 1:30 pm.  You can watch and participate in this hearing by going to nmlegis.gov (select the meeting webcast). It is important to let the committee members know that SB224 must not be passed.  Contact these Senators:

Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D)      (505) 397-8839    [email protected]
Bill Tallman (D)                   (505) 397-8854   [email protected]
Gregg Schmedes (R)         (505) 986-4395   [email protected]
David M. Gallegos (R)        (505) 986-4278  [email protected]
Stuart Ingle (R)                   (505) 986-4702  [email protected]
Brenda G. McKenna (D)     (505) 397-8834  [email protected]
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D)(505) 397-8847  [email protected]
Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D) (505) 397-8851 [email protected]

Tuesday, February 16, at 10 am
Las Cruces Public Schools Admin building
505 S Main. , Las Cruces, NM
 
Vice News will be covering this event as part of their story
on the progress of ‘reopening’ Schools in Las Cruces.
There will be a nationally-covered public gathering to object to the timid and inadequate ‘re-opening’ plan to get our kids back in school.  This plan will be presented to the school board Tuesday.
 
Our kids don’t simply need to sit in a classroom and be essentially babysat as high schoolers while they do their online Zoom lessons. They need REAL instruction.
 
The local teachers Union is advocating for its teachers to remain in remote learning environments and the district is cow-towing to their demands. Even the CDC has officially released data showing that teachers need to return to school and it is safe to do so without the vaccine. Our kids deserve better.
 
At the elementary and middle school level, teachers, under the pressure and advise of the NEA, are refusing to return and only those few students with HIGHEST needs will be allowed to return. ‘Need’ will be determined by data that doesn’t include or take into consideration the emotional and mental struggle a child is having in the remote learning environment. We owe it to these kids to advocate for them.
 
If you agree, please join us! We need HUGE numbers to send a message that demands better for our kids. The VICE News exposure allows us the opportunity to show the rest of the country our plight. Hope to see you there!

Dale Carnegie said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Yesterday was rough, and we might be tempted to say what’s the use, but we mustn’t give into that. We knew it would be hard and we don’t quit just because it appears they are winning. The pendulum always swings the other way. It may take a while, but it will happen, so be encouraged.

HB 47 the assisted suicide bill otherwise known as Elizabeth Whitefield end-of-life options will be heard in Judiciary tomorrow (yes Saturday) at 2 PM.  Below are the names of the committee members to contact and tell them to VOTE NO on this bill.   Read the full bill HERE.

Gail Chasey                     (505) 986-4411       [email protected]   
Micaela Lara Cadena      (505) 986-4210       [email protected]   
Eliseo Lee Alcon             (505) 986-4416       [email protected]   
Deborah A Armstrong     (505) 986-4344       [email protected]   
Zachary J. Cook              (505) 986-4221       [email protected]   
Brian Egolf                      (505) 986-4782        [email protected]   
Daymon Ely                    (505) 986-4243        [email protected]   
Georgene Louis              (505) 986-4329        [email protected]
Matthew McQueen         (505) 986-4423         [email protected]   
Greg Nibert                    (505) 986-4211         [email protected]   
William “Bill” R Rehm     (505) 986-4214        [email protected]   
James G Townsend       (505) 986-4757         [email protected]   

     This Newsletter is to focus on the legislative activities of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Many concerned citizens of NM seek to be part of the process and have logged on to various committee meetings to express their views. Yet, many are having to wait because of technical difficulty or the numbers of people that desire to speak. Our encouragement is to be steadfast and voice your views by calling, using e-mails and keep getting on the zoom calls frequently. Visit nmlegis.gov– go to webcast to see what hearings are going on.

Tone-Deaf In the Governor’s Mansion

     One of the most recent disheartening items came from the governor’s office. Michelle Lujan Grisham (MLG) has given significant pay increases to key staff and even to one who is running for public office. This is done during a time when New Mexico families are without jobs and income.

     Businesses are closing, people are out of work, and there is lack of direct opposition by the governor or staff to push back against Biden’s moratorium on the oil and gas industry. People need help right now. Here are two reactions about the pay increases.

   Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) said, “The people who received these raises protect the governor’s political image and put out her political message. One of them I will note, Victor Reyes, is now a candidate for Congress.This is sort of the short-sided, self-interested thinking that makes people question whether or not people in government know what it’s like to work a real job or have to live a real life. I think New Mexicans have a right to be frustrated and I think the governor is a hypocrite when she does things like this, it’s a very hypocritical act” (KRQE – Feb 4, 2021).

    Senator Greg Baca (R-Minority Floor Leader) said, “There are a lot of hardworking New Mexicans out there that not only would love to have a job but much more a pay raise and they’re not getting that right now, so I think the timing of this pay raise and increase to the inner circle is really just poor judgment” (KRQE – Feb 4, 2021).

Governor’s Inner-Circle Pay Increases

Name/Position                                                                       2020                  2021
Caroline Buerkle, Deputy Chief Operations Officer             $125,001         $135,001
Diego Arencon, Deputy Chief of Staff                                  $125,001         $135,001
Teresa Casados, Chief Operating Officer                            $135,200         $146,016
Dominic Gabello, Cabinet Director                                      $133,120         $143,770
Matthew Garcia, Chief of Staff                                             $133,120        $146,016
Victor Reyes, Director of Legislative Affairs                           $93,600        $101,088
Tripp Stelnicki, Director of Communications                          $88,399        $107,000
Melissa Salazar, Director of Boards and Commissions         $78,000          $90,000
source – KRQE – Feb. 4,2021

NEWS FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL –  House Resolution 1
 

     As we focus on things happening in Santa Fe, there is a big concern about the proposed legislation called HR1. Critics say HR1 is an attack of American liberties and will seriously impact the First Amendment and our election process for generations.

What to Know About HR1 “For the People Act”
 

     Radical progressives in Congress are pushing HR1 to utterly demolish the very foundation of our democracy. The intention of HR1 is to lock-in a one party control government. They are in overdrive to pass it before America wakes to see this destructive Resolution. This bill was passed by the Democrat-dominated House in 2019, however was defeated in the Senate. The concern now is the House, the Senate, and the Executive branch are controlled by progressives, canceling out moderate Democrats and Republicans voices and votes.

    This should be concerning to all moderate Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, DTS (decline to state) and conservatives Republicans everywhere.

Some Points to Know About This Partisan Bill

  • Essential safeguards that states have for protecting the electoral process would be stripped away through federal mandate by HR1.
  • The controversial vote by the mail system, which is highly susceptible to irregularities, would be expanded. The bill would also require mandatory early voting.
  • HR1 would include components undermining states efforts to clean up their voter rolls and prohibit states having voter ID requirements.
  • Ballot harvesting would be allowed with collection by a third party to deposit ballots.
  • Washington, D.C. would be put on the path to statehood.
  • The bill would have nationwide ‘Motor Voter’ registration requirements. If you get a driver’s license, you are automatically registered to vote.
  • HR1 would include a national online voter registration with minimal verification requirements.
  • Convicted felons would have voting rights under HR1.
  • HR1 would restructure the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from the current bi-partisan requirement to a single majority-party control.

     There is a big coalition of left-wing nonprofit activist foundations, teachers and industrial unions, abortion groups and environments supporting HR1 with millions of dollars to lobby congress and the media to pass it.   

“We The People” Take Action NOW
     Reach out to these government officials and express your strong opposition to HR1.

The White House              (202) 456-1111     www.whitehouse.gov
Senator Martin Heinrich    (202) 224-5521    www.heinrich.senate.gov
Senator Ben Ray Lujan     (202) 224-6621    www.lujan.senate.gov 
Rep. Yvette Herrell            (202) 225-2365    www.herrell.house.gov

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ABORTION BILL HEADS TO SENATE FLOOR 
 Tomorrow the Senate will debate and likely vote on SB-10. That bill would repeal New Mexico’s 1969 law that criminalizes abortion. This bill would allow for late-term abortions and provides no protections for girls, women, or health care workers. We must protect the unborn and keep life sacred. Stand up against this bill!

Debate on the Senate Floor begins at 11:30am.

CLICK HERE  to watch. Let’s crowd the Floor virtually!

CALL TO ACTION: Contact these Democratic leaders to tell them NO on this legislation.

Sen. Mimi Stewart Senate President Pro Tempore
Office Phone: (505) 986-4733
Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8853
[email protected]

Sen. Peter Wirth Majority Floor Leader
Office Phone: (505) 986-4727
Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8855
[email protected]

Sen. Linda Lopez Majority Whip
Home Phone:  (505) 831-4148
Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8833
[email protected]
CLICK HERE to see all Senate members. Find your lawmaker and SPEAK OUT!

QUESTION OF THE DAY

After the 55th Legislature session ends on March 20th, are you going to feel safer, know that your family, children, and grandchildren will be secure, know that the New Mexico’s economy is rebuilding and your freedoms are being protected?

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Growing Concerns Regarding New Mexico’s Oil and Gas Industry
 

The 60-day moratorium ordered by Joe Biden has sent shock waves in the eastern part of the state.  The moratorium means that new oil or natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal land will be stopped.  New Mexico is one of the nation’s top energy producers. Last year oil and gas production generated about $3.1 billion in revenue for the state. The impact of Biden’s actions to close the Keystone Pipeline and this 60-day moratorium means higher prices at the pump, more dependence on foreign oil markets and less jobs in America.

The real concern is that this moratorium will become a permanent decision by the Biden administration. Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway made the comment, “our greatest concern is that this 60-day freeze will become a long-term freeze.” The mayor went on to say, “how will New Mexico pay for its schools and roads? We keep hearing talk about wanting to work together, but we’d like to play a role in these discussion” (The Epoch Times, January 27, 2021).

A long term freeze would have a devastating effect on New Mexico – 50,000 jobs could be lost, along with projected revenue of $3.5 billion. The oil and gas industry provide 40% of the revenue for the state’s budget. Last year, $2.8 billion of New Mexico’s $7.86 billion budget came from royalty payments and taxes on the oil and gas industry. 
 
Real life stories about the moratorium’s negative impact have been communicated to Steve Pearce, the state chairman for the Republican Party.  He shared a text he got from a welder who was working on 3 or 4 rigs. The worker stated his contracts were canceled right after Biden signed the executive order for the moratorium. The welder’s bosses told him they were moving their rigs to Texas, which has little federally owned land and more private land than any other state in the nation (The Epoch Times, January 27, 2021).

The Las Cruces Sun News posted a quote from Sarp Ozkan with Enverus, an energy industry analytics, said “with no new wells drilled in NM on federal land for the 60 days prescribed in the moratorium, NM would see a 15% decline in oil production and a 7% decline in the production of natural gas.”  The quote continues with a wake-up call, “this could lead to higher prices as supplies dwindle and ultimately translate to motorists paying more for gasoline as produces could be forced to move operations to places less economical than New Mexico’s Permian Basin.”  Ozkan condules his remarks by saying, “no state would be impacted more than NM . . . Biden’s sweeping executive orders could prove too rapid a shift for the state’s fossil-fuel-dependent economy.” (Las Cruces Sun News – 2/8/21).

Our CD2 Representative in Washington, DC, Yvette Herrell (our voice in Washington) has sent a letter to the governor and the president stating that the current moratorium is going to hurt New Mexico’s economy hard.  She has also introduced the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021. The legislation would block President Biden’s ability to ban new energy leases on federal lands without the approval of Congress.  Call Congresswoman Herrell (202-225-2365) and show your support for her fight against what Biden is doing to the Land of Enchantment.

“We the People” action needed now

Contact the Governor’s office and ask her to fight against this moratorium order:
         (505) 476-2200    www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor/
Contact Senator Martin Heinrich at (202) 224-5521
Contact President Joe Biden (202) 456-1111    WhiteHouse.gov/Contact

ALERT! Take Action Today!

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/9/2021) the House Committee will Hear ‘Expansion on Red Flag Law’ (HB193) and ‘Ban on Home-Built Firearms’ (HB 166)

Two more bills introduced to chip away at our 2nd Amendment rights!

What to Know – Violation of ‘due process’

HB193 – Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ) & Rep. Daymon Ely (D-ABQ), authors the Red Flag Bill from the 2020 session. They want to attach an amendment to the red-flag law that would allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order directly. This violation of due process order will allow law enforcement to search and seize weapons and trample on a person’s civil liberties, even when no crime had been committed or alleged to have been committed, for the order to be issued. It would also allow the police to search the home of the person and seize any firearms the officer finds. Read the entire Bill HERE.

Take Action TODAY – Contact your Representatives to oppose HB193.

HB193 has been assigned to two committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, and House Judiciary. 

Elizabeth Thomson, Chair (D)    (505) 986-4415
     [email protected]
Andrea Romero, Vice Chair (D)  (505) 986-4243
     [email protected]
Brittney Barreras, Member (D)   (505) 986-4248
     [email protected]
Stefani Lord, Member (R)           (505) 986-4453
     [email protected]
Randall T. Pettigrew, Member (R) (505) 986-4467
     [email protected]

SECOND ALERT – HB166 would make YOU a Felon!

HB166 ‘CREATE NEW FIREARMS CRIMES’ is written to ban people from making guns. Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe) wants to criminalize gun hobbyists who design, assemble, or manufacture their own guns or gun components. The bill creates an over-the-top new list of felony offenses and restrictions that exceed federal law and this is from a state representative!  Read the entire Bill HERE.

STATEMENT – The Republican Party of Doña Ana County

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of Elaine Rafferty passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Elaine will be missed by all who knew her. May God wrap His arms around you to bring you comfort and peace.