Upcoming Actions and Meetings as of 2/16/20 

Monday, February 17th, Presidents’ Day – Remember to fly your Flag!

Garrison Flag will Fly February 17 for Presidents’ Day

The City of Las Cruces’ Garrison Flag will fly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Park, on Roadrunner Parkway, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2159  Learn more about the Garrison Flag:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star-Spangled_Banner_(flag)

Tuesday, February 18th, 1pm  (Tuesday instead of Mon. since President’s Day is on Monday, 2/17.)

Las Cruces City Council Meeting (first and third Monday of the month)

Council Chambers, City Hall, 700 N. Main Street, Las Cruces

http://www.las-cruces.org/1812/Council-Meetings-and-Agendas

Thursday, February 20th, 9am – 11am

KRWG Coffee Talk

Patron’s Hall, 1106 N. New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM

Your chance to tell the Liberal Public Media (that your Federal Tax dollars pay for) what you think of them (as President Trump tries, for the 4th time, to defund them with his 2021 Budget proposal). Plus, get a free cup of coffee, your taxes are paying for it anyway.

Thursday, February 20th, 12 Noon

2020 New Mexico Legislative Session Ends

March 11, 2020 – Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed.

Thursday, February 20th, 7pm

John Birch Society (JBS) Meeting (third Thursday of the month) https://www.jbs.org/

585 South Valley, Las Cruces (across from Caliche’s)

Saturday, February 22, 2pm

Citizenship Classes

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. Las Cruces, NM 

Attend a free, informational meeting to better understand the process of obtaining citizenship status in the United States. Interested parties can register for free citizenship classes that begin in March 2020 at the Library; class size will be limited to eight participants.  For information about this program, contact the Outreach Librarian at

(575) 528-4012 or send an email to [email protected].

Monday, February 24th  Reminder!

Deadline to RSVP for:

Doña Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW) Monthly Meeting

To:  Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected]   or 575-650-5057.

See Friday, February 28th, 11:00am event below.

Tuesday, February 25th, 9am

Doña Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Thursday, February 27th, 6:30pm 

Gun Culture Club (fourth Thursday of the month)

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Corner of Picacho and Valley), Las Cruces

Call or text Bev Courtney: 575-642-1003 or email:  [email protected]

Thursday, February 27th, 7pm   (If you’re into Opposition Research…)

Progressive Voter Alliance (PVA)  BEWARE: This is a Liberal Progressive group.

Munson Center, 975 South Mesquite Street, Las Cruces, NM

Join local legislators to talk about the NM Legislative Session.  https://pva-nm.org/

PVA’s January Mtg Recap: https://pva-nm.org/2020/01/30/january-23-2020/

Friday, February 28th, 11:00am (fourth Friday of the month.)

Doña Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW)

Trinity Lutheran Church2900 Elks Drive, Las Cruces

Speaker: Mick Rich, Candidate for U.S. Senate

Bring $15 for lunch; purchase tickets for the February Raffle – theme is St. Patrick’s Day. Meeting starts promptly at 11:30.  DACFRW 2020 dues of $30.00 is payable at this time.

Deadline for lunch reservation is Monday, February 24th (and to inquire about membership), contact: Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected] or 575-650-5057.

Saturday, February 29th, 3pm – 5pm

Campaign Kick-off Event for Cheryl De Young: Candidate Doña Ana County Clerk

Dream Center, 1400 Sixth Street, Las Cruces, NM

Please join Cheryl in this time dedicated to Prayer, Praise and Worship!

Red Flag on it’s way to first (and maybe ONLY?) House Committee TODAY.

Today, Tuesday February 11, 2020, at 1:30 pm SB5 will be going to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. They are trying to pull a fast one with this bill and bypass House Judiciary and send it right to the house floor if it passes the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee today. 

Here is a contact list for the HCPAC Board and which ones really need to hear from you. If they say yes after them, then call and email. We have 2 for sure on our side and that is Candy Ezzell and Gregg Schmedes. 
 

NamePartyPhoneEmailOfficeLikely to Vote
Elizabeth “Liz” ThompsonD505-239-1781[email protected]314BYes
Andrea RomeroD505-490-6155[email protected]203CNYes
Candy Spence EzzellR575-625-0550[email protected]203INNo
Angelica RubioD575-616-1090[email protected]203AYes
Gregg SchmedesR505-506-6725[email protected]203HNNo

Now HCPAC can send the bill to judiciary so we need to contact Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson and push her to send this to Judiciary for legality check since they had to pass a lot of Floor Amendments on the Senate floor just to correct spelling and punctuation. Might want to emphasize to her that she might not want to be the one blamed if something like that has to happen again on the House Floor because she didn’t follow proper procedure.

Upcoming Actions and Meetings as of 2/9/20

Monday, February 10th, 6pm (the second Monday of the month)  

Republican Party of Dona Ana County (RPDA) Monthly Mtg

**Location Change** Rudy’s BBQ, 1020 N. Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM  88011

Rudy’s Las Cruces website:  https://rudysbbq.com/location/detail/las-cruces-nm

Rudy’s Las Cruces Menu:  https://rudysbbq.com/menu

Guest Speakers: Couy Griffin (Cowboys for Trump & Otero County Commissioner) and Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace (President, Western States Sheriffs’ Association; Chairman, New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association)

Please donate $5 per person at each meeting to keep the RPDA Office running! 

RPDA also needs help at the Office!  Contact: Dave Tofsted, Chair, Republican Party of Dona Ana County at [email protected]  or 575-523-8683. 

Check out the website at:  https://rpda.us 

Tuesday, February 11th, 9am

Doña Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Tuesday, February 11th, 6pm

City of Las Cruces (CLC) Meeting

City Hall, 700 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, 2nd floor Meeting Room

Please attend this meeting to support Shelly Nichols-Shaw in her ongoing battle with the Democrats in Las Cruces City Hall who have failed to uphold local, state and federal ADA laws on West Fleming St. in Las Cruces since 1994!  Anyone and everyone’s support standing with Shelly would let our local officials know that the truth about their illegal and unethical actions is obvious and won’t be tolerated!  ADA laws have continued to be ignored because it has just been Shelly standing alone against the establishment! Please contact Shelly for more info: 575-496-4701

Thursday, February 13th, 6:30pm

Picacho Gun Club (second Thursday of each month)

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish2715 E. Northrise Drive, Las Cruces

Contact Bill Parshall at 724-612-0757 for additional information.

Saturday, February 15th, 11:30am (third Saturday of the month)

Cruces Atmospheric Sciences Forum (CASF) Meeting

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, (Corner of Picacho and Valley), Las Cruces

Meet scientists, engineers and regular folks who can factually expose the climate change hoax.  https://casf.me/

Tuesday, February 18th, 1pm  (Tuesday instead of Mon. since President’s Day is on 2/17.)

Las Cruces City Council Meeting (first and third Monday of the month)

Council Chambers, City Hall, 700 N. Main Street, Las Cruces

http://www.las-cruces.org/1812/Council-Meetings-and-Agendas

Thursday, February 20th, 12 Noon

2020 New Mexico Legislative Session Ends

March 11, 2020 – Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed.

Thursday, February 20th, 7pm

John Birch Society (JBS) Meeting (third Thursday of the month) https://www.jbs.org/

585 South Valley, Las Cruces (across from Caliche’s)

Monday, February 24th  Reminder!

Deadline to RSVP for:

Doña Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW) Monthly Meeting

To:  Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected]   or 575-650-5057.

See Friday, February 28th, 11:00am event below

Tuesday, February 25th, 9am

Doña Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Thursday, February 27th, 6:30pm 

Gun Culture Club (fourth Thursday of the month)

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Corner of Picacho and Valley), Las Cruces

Call or text Bev Courtney: 575-642-1003 or email:  [email protected]

Friday, February 28th, 11:00am (fourth Friday of the month.)

Dona Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW)

Trinity Lutheran Church2900 Elks Drive, Las Cruces

Speaker: Mick Rich, Candidate for U.S. Senate

Bring $15 for lunch; purchase tickets for the February Raffle – theme is St. Patrick’s Day. Meeting starts promptly at 11:30.  DACFRW 2020 dues of $30.00 is payable at this time.

Deadline for lunch reservation is Monday, February 24th (and to inquire about membership), contact: Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected] or 575-650-5057.

Location change this month and only this month.

Hello Everyone,

This is just a friendly reminder that we will not be meeting at La Posta like we normally do this month. Due to the number of people we are expecting because of having Sheriff Tony Mace and C4T Founder Couy Griffin to speak. 

We are meeting at Rudy’s Country BBQ, 1020 N Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011. We are meeting at our normal time of 6:00 pm, but suggest you come a little earlier to be able to get something to eat first. 

We are not permanently moving the meeting to Rudy’s, this is ONLY for this month’s meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. 

UPDATE 2020-02-07 17:00
SB5 narrowly passed the NM Senate, 22-20, and now moves to the NM House. (link)


Last night SB5 passed Senate Judiciary 6-5 and is on it’s way to the Senate Floor. Now is the time to start calling and emailing your senator and tell them that you oppose this bill. We have included a copy of the bill that passed the Senate Judiciary last night for you to read. They have changed it a lot from the original, but it is still lacking in the proving that the respondent is not in the right state of mind, lack of proper due process, and they are trying to make this a criminal issue to allow the respondent access to a public defender when this is really a civil matter. Not to mention all the constitutional issues associate with this bill as well.

Here is the contact information for all the senators who represent Dona Ana County as well as their phone numbers, and email addresses. We are also encouraging to not only call on their personal phone numbers listed here, and emailing them, but also call their offices at the Roundhouse by calling 505-986-4714 and asking to be transferred to their office.

Joseph Cervantes
(Sponsor of the bill)
575-526-5600joseph[email protected]31
Ron Griggs575-439-1331[email protected]34
John Arthur Smith575-546-8546[email protected]35
Jeff Steinborn505-986-4862[email protected]36
William P. Soules575-640-0409[email protected]37
Mary Kay Papen575-524-4462[email protected]38

Here is the copy of the bill that was passed last night. 

https://nmlegis.gov/Sessions/20%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0005JUS.pdf

SB5 – What is the true status and location of this bill & how legislation works.

So there has been some confusion as to the status of where SB5 is.

Some know, but for those who don’t SB5 is the Extreme Risk Firearms Protection Order Act bill, better known as the Red Flag Law. If this bill, or its duplicate on the house side HB7, becomes a law it will allow anyone you may have come in contact with to be able to go to the court and say that you are a danger to yourself or society and not have any proof that you actually are a danger or not in the right state of mind. Then the police come into your home and take all your firearms and ammo without due process. After that happens, you are not allowed to know who accused you, you are not allowed to face your accuser, you have to prove that you are not a danger or mentally unstable, and you will not have access to a public defender so you will have to pay for an attorney as well as any costs occurred because of this claim.

Now that you are aware of some of the dangers of this bill, here is what happened, where the bill is currently on the Senate side of the house, and who the process works.

SB5 was heard on 1/28/2020 in the Senate Floor Chambers by the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Now from time to time the different committees may hear bills in the Senate Floor Chambers due to it being a highly controversial bill and a normal committee chamber may not be large enough to accommodate the public. Now just because the committee moves the hearing of this bill to the Senate Floor Chamber, doe not mean that it was hear “on the floor”. SB5 was passed by the Senate Public Affairs Committee and is now currently waiting to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It is not on the calendar for the Senate Judiciary Committee as of yet, but that does not mean that the chair of this committee can’t have it pulled to be heard today (Monday 2/3/2020) or at any time in the future. I have included a list of all judiciary members, and listed if they support our gun rights, or are opposed to our gun rights.

Now for how a bill works. In order for a bill to become a law it first has to be introduced on either side of the house (Senate or House). From there it is assigned to it’s first committee. If it passes that first committee it then goes to the judiciary committee to discuss the legality/constitutionality of the bill (which we know they don’t always take into consideration). If it passes the judiciary committee it then goes to the “floor” on the side it was introduced on. A Floor Session is when ALL senators or representatives are present to vote on the bill. If the bill passes the Floor, it then goes to the other side of the house where it starts the process all over again. It has to be introduced on that side, assigned first committee, judiciary, then floor.

Before the bill can touch the governor’s desk it HAS to pass both Senate and House in order for her to sign it into a law.

So SB5 is waiting to be heard by Senate Judiciary and it’s counterpart HB7 is still waiting to be heard by the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee.

Here are copies of the bills as they stand now:
SB5
HB7

Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and if they are for or against gun rights. Please email and call them all and let those who are against our gun rights know that this is not right, and thank those who are for our gun rights.

Senate Judiciary Committee:
Chair:
Joseph Cervantes (Also one of the sponsors of SB5)
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

575-526-5600
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Vice-Chair:
Daniel A. Ivey-Soto
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-881-4475
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Linda M. Lopez
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-831-4148
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Richard C. Martinez (was recorded threatening his sheriffs with keeping their vehicles requested in Capital outlay and was busted for a DWI and refused a breathalyzer as well as has to do jail time)
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-747-2337
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Bill B. O’Neil
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-450-9263
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Mimi Stewart
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-275-2355
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Peter Wirth
Against Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-986-4727
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William H. Payne
For Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-986-4702
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Gregory A. Baca
For Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-385-7303
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Ron Griggs
For Gun Rights

[email protected]

575-439-1331
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Mark Moores
For Gun Rights

[email protected]

505-681-1975

Your NRA-ILA would like to invite you to attend our Grassroots Meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at 6PM. You will have a chance to meet your NRA-ILA team and find out what’s happening with legislation, get information on our Grassroots Programs, and how you can become more involved with our efforts in New Mexico. Spacing is limited, so be sure to RSVP! 

We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP here

SB5 (Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act) passed in the NM Senate Public Affairs Committee and will be moved to the NM Senate Judiciary Committee.  If SB5 passes in the Judiciary Committee, it will be sent to the NM Senate floor for a vote.

Contact all Members of the NM Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them that you oppose SB5.

Here’s the website:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=SJC   

Scroll down the page to see the Committee Members names, starting with Cervantes.  Just click on the name and you will be transferred to the page with their info; call the “Capitol Phone” number and leave your msg. with the receptionist.

Please call your NM State Senator and tell them that you oppose SB5.  

Here’s the website to find your NM State Senator:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Legislator_List?T=S

Save your Senator’s number because if SB5 does make it to the Senate floor for a vote, you’ll need to call them again to oppose SB5.

But wait there’s more…

The NM State House has its own Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, HB7, which is in the Public Affairs Committee.  Contact all five Members of the NM House Public Affairs Committee and tell them you oppose HB7.

Here’s the website: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

Please call your NM State Representative and tell them that you oppose HB7.  

Here’s the website to find your NM State Rep:

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Legislator_List?T=R

Thank yourself for ALL the calls you can make, because our future is up to all of us!

The Reality of Abortion.

Dr. Tony Levatino is a well-known OB/GYN physician who used to do abortions, but now speaks out about the reality of abortion on many levels and to many audiences; including Congress. He has carved out some time to return to Las Cruces to speak to pastors, teachers and interested people about the reality of abortion at 7:00 p.m., January 31st at Real Life Church.


Even if you’ve heard him before, you’ll want to hear again his testimony which is sobering, riveting and timely. He also played the part of the abortion doctor in the recent movie Unplanned; and continues to share about this battle whenever given the chance. Invite your friends and family to hear Dr. Levatino speak. He speaks very openly about the process of abortion; young children need to attend at the discretion of their parents.
 
Real Life Church is located on El Paseo at Idaho.
1040 El Paseo Rd Las Cruces, NM 88001

With a great turnout of citizens, the Doña Ana County Board of County Commissioners voted down 3-2 a resolution that would have supported a proposed New Mexico red flag law.

The following is a first-hand report from Dave Gallus:

Well folks we have done it again!!!!!

 
Today we had to defend our 2nd Amendment Rights.
The County Commissioners were to vote on Resolution #11—Red Flag Laws—and send to Santa Fe, representing the will of the people.

 
Just before 9am I was stuck in traffic on Motel Blvd. as I was heading to the County Building. Funny thing though, the traffic was a large group of horses saddled by Cowboys for Trump. It was a beautiful sight.
But, an even more beautiful sight was the crowd that was moving into the County Chambers and even better than that was the massive crowd inside the chambers. It was packed, with very few seats vacant and many standing two deep along the walls.

 
After the formalities of congratulating the County Service Award Recipients and presenting the Pet of the Week, Chairman Ellins, to his credit, immediately moved to Item #11 on the Agenda—Red Flag Resolution.

 
The young Commissioner Sanchez, the sponsor of the Resolution, tried to defend his reasoning for supporting the Red Flag Resolution. This was met with ‘boos’ and shouts from the crowd.

 
Then, Ellins said that considering the large crowd in attendance, he would only allow for 10 members of both sides to speak, first those in favor of the Red Flag Resolution, followed by those that opposed. His reasoning was that it would take too long for all to speak. Again this was met with shouts from the audience.

 
At first only one person stepped up to the microphone to support the Resolution. Then a second. Some anxious folks that were opposed stepped up thinking the approval group was finished. They were told to wait for the opponent portion of the Public Input. After they respectfully sat down another two that approved came to the microphone. Commissioner Ellins had to ask numerous times if anyone else that approved of the Resolution wanted to speak. It was obvious that he was coaxing some more support. The total number that finally came up to the mic was 6.
Once Ellins said that the approval comments were concluded, an immediate flood of participants, that were against the Red Flag Resolution, formed a line that extended outside the Chamber’s doors. I positioned myself in the front row and was quick to be the first in line.
Many people spoke, all with good information and reasonable opinion. As speakers made points the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. Commissioner Ellins had to use his gavel quite often today to try and gain order. We were loud and rowdy today and it was wonderful to see and hear.

 
After 10 opponents spoke, Commissioner Isabella Solis spoke. She said she believed all citizens should be given time to speak and asked for a vote of the Commissioner. Only Commissioners Solis and Gonzales agreed that the citizens should be heard.
Commissioners Ellis, Sanchez and Reynolds voted against the Citizens right to speak “…a redress of our grievances.”
Remember that folks:
Ellins, Sanchez and Reynolds did NOT want to hear anything further from us.

 
The sponsor of the Resolution, Sanchez, again tried to explain his reason for the resolution but was shouted into silence many times and again Chairman Ellins had to gavel the room to order.
  
Commissioner Gonzalez spoke against the Resolution. Thank You Commissioner
A break was called before the vote.

 
When the Commission reassembled a vote was taken and the question was “ a Resolution to approve the Red Flag Laws”

 
Gonzalez—No
Sanchez—Yes
Reynolds—Yes
Solis—No
Ellins—No

 
THE RESOLUTION WAS DEFEATED!!!!   WE WON!!!

 
Commissioner Ellins said that during the break, a person, approached him and told him a true story that changed his mind, to vote against the resolution.
That Heroine is our own Niki Overton, our RPDA Secretary.     Well done NIKI!

 
And so folks, that is another win for Liberty.

 
Think of the many wins we have had since we have unified:

 
We fought the Las Cruces City Council twice and forced them to table the discussion about infringing on our 2nd Amendment Rights.
First at City Hall where we packed the meeting brandishing our firearms
Later at Onate High School, a gun free zone, but we still made our voices heard
            The cowards did later approve the resolution in private, but we still threated them (none of them should have been
               re-elected)
Ward Chairman, Chuck Wendler, was voted in as Chairman of The Election Advisory Council, that was historically a Democratic Stronghold. Then the county Clerk dissolved the Election Advisory Council, since they couldn’t control it anymore.
In this past Municipal Election:
Carol Cooper was elected to the School Board
DJ Martinez retained his seat on The Soil and Water Board
Josh Smith retained his seat on the Soil and Water Board
When The Animal rights Activists tried to cancel the contract with The Wildlife Services (those that protect us from predators) we made our voices heard and shouted them down; the Contract was Renewed.
And today we packed the meeting, got rowdy, spoke out and stopped the infringement on our 2nd Amendment Rights.


 
To all who attended, to all who spoke and to all who support us.

 
Well Done!!!!


 
I suggest we contact:
            Commissioner Gonzalez  575-525-5804,  [email protected]
            Commissioner Ellins         575-525-5808,  [email protected]
            Commissioner Solis          575-525-5810   [email protected]
And thank them

 
Also Contact:
            Commissioner Sanchez    575-525-5809  [email protected]
            Commissioner Reynolds  575-525-5807  [email protected]
And tell them that we have recorded their vote and will remember come election time

 
Take care, stay in the fight and bring some friends,

 
Dave Gallus