Deb Haaland gets wrecked over oil leasing failures during Senate hearing

This week, Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appeared before a U.S. Senate committee, where she crashed and burned in attempts to answer straightforward questions by Republican and Democrat senators.

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana asked Haaland, “Is it more environmentally friendly to develop and produce oil and gas” in the U.S. or in foreign countries, like Venezuela? 

Haaland attempted to shift the question about “workers,” but Cassidy pressed her to respond to the question with a straightforward answer. 

She replied, “I’m not an economist.”

In multiple instances, when answering questions, Haaland’s staffers wrote notes to her to help her struggle through her testimony.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) asked her, “On June the 30th, there is a release of a proposal. There will be a comment period and everything else on offshore. When is the earliest we could actually start leasing?” 

Haaland struggled, with lots of “uhs” and “ums.” She added, “I don’t have… I mean, I don’t think there’s an actual deadline.” 

Lankford responded, “That’s the concern, actually, that all of us have. Is that there’s actually no deadline. That the proposal to talk about it is coming on the date that it should be done and taht this is going to stretch out to the next two or three years of talking about it. And so, we’re trying to figure out when’s the deadline to actually start leasing.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asked, “Does [Biden] want to continue the oil and gas leasing moratorium?” adding, “Would you advise [Biden] to reinstate the oil and gas leasing moratorium?” 

“There was a pause; there wasn’t a moratorium. There isn’t a moratorium now,” said Haaland.

Lee responded, “Just last week, the Department [of the Interior] canceled three scheduled auctions that would have opened up space in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico for energy production. Now, a couple of interesting things about this. Gina McCarthy, the White House Climate Advisor, told a CBS reporter that an offshore lease sale had been canceled. She did so before the cancellation was even made public. Did you authorize Ms. McCarthy to make that statement?”

Haaland responded, “I don’t believe that I spoke with Ms. McCarthy that day.”

Lee added, “Just last month, Ms. Mccarthy also told MSNBC that … Biden remains absolutely committed to not moving forward with additional drilling on public lands. Do you agree with Ms. McCarthy as to that statement, yes or no?”

She responded, “Senator, I am working to lead the Department of the Interior…” 

Lee jumped in, “I get that, but do you agree with that statement or not?”

“I don’t know,” said Haaland. 

“Your answer is that you don’t know. Perfectly legitimate answer, I suppose, but troubling in some ways. Now, with respect to the Cook Inlet lease, which was canceled, your department at the Department of the Interior cited a ‘lack of industry interest’ in that lease. Now, it seems to me that industry interest cannot be reasonably gauged or gauged at all until the extent or the value of the actual bids are made clear. So, does this mean you’re going to force companies to tip their hand, show their cards every time they want to pursue a leasing opportunity?”

Haaland added, “Well, I think it’s our job to make sure that we are reaching out to companies that we’re gauging their interest by speaking with them,” adding, “If there is no interest, then it doesn’t make sense to move forward.”

Lee went on to ask about leases in other areas. “In January, a federal judge invalidated Lease Sale 257 based on … the Department of the Interior doing insufficient environmental analysis. Now, you chose not to appeal that decision, so none of those leases will be awarded or drilled. As I look at this, and as a longtime appellate lawyer, I suspect that [there are] likely one of two expectations for this: Either you were happy with the result, you liked the result, or alternatively, you knew the environmental work your department had done on this was sloppy. So, which was it?”

She responded, “Well, what I could say about that is that our solicitors consult with the Department of Justice on these issues, and they make the determination on whether an appeal should take place.”

Lee concluded, “We have a department that is determined to not allow oil and gas leasing. They’ve hiked royalties. They have taken things out of eligibility for leasing. This is coming to a great expense to the American people, who are paying dearly for it. The American people deserve better.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, said, “The Department of the Interior just put out a statement, and the statement basically says that ‘a proposed program is not a decision to issue specific leases or to authorize any drilling or development.’ This is y’alls office. So it looks like you’re going to shut everything down. Did you all know you put this out?” 

Haaland responded, “I am sorry. I am sitting in this hearing, and not…” 

“My God, somebody… this shuts it down. It shows what your intent is.” He added, “Basically it says, Sec. Haaland provides updates on [the] offshore leasing program during Senate testimony. During testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sec. of the Interior Deb Haaland confirmed that despite delays in implementation from the previous administration, the Interior Department will release the proposed program, the next step in the five-year offshore energy planning process by June 30, 2022, which is the expiration of the current program. A proposed program is not a decision to issue specific leases or to authorize any drilling or development.  So they’re going to do the proposal, but it doesn’t guarantee they are going to do any leasing at all.” 

Haaland responded, “I believe what that is saying is that it’s the plan that’s coming out.” 

Manchin clapped back, “I think What you’re prefacing it by saying after you’re acknowledging the plan. You’ll have a plan by June 30th. But you went further to say that doesn’t mean that you’re issuing any specific leases. If you have a plan, you should have; I mean, we’ve never done this. This is history. We’ve never done that before, not issue leases if you put a plan out. The plan has always been a long-term five-year plan to lease. 

Haaland said, “I don’t believe that is saying that we’re not going to do any of those things. I think it is saying that we’re putting the plan out…” 

Manchin added, “The time is not right. You all have taken as long as you possibly could” to put out the plan on oil and gas leases. 

Under the guise of saving lizard, eco-left group seeks to kill NM oil & gas industry

In another lawsuit filed by the Enviro-Marxist dark money group, the “Center for Biological Diversity” (CBD), it hopes to stop oil and gas production in the Permian Basin to protect the “dunes sagebrush lizard.” 

“The lizard lives in a very small area of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico overlaying a part of the Permian Basin, which over the last decade has been one of world’s fastest-growing oil and gas extraction areas,” the group wrote in a press release Thursday.

“The 2.5-inch-long dunes sagebrush lizard has the second-smallest range of any lizard in North America. The lizards inhabit a rare ecosystem where they hunt insects and spiders in wind-blown dunes. They burrow into the sand beneath low-lying shinnery oak shrubs for protection from extreme temperatures.”

CBD claims in a new lawsuit that the U.S. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is “stalling in making a decision on whether to grant Endangered Species Act protections to the dunes sagebrush lizard.”

“More than 95% of the original shinnery oak dunes ecosystem has been destroyed by oil and gas extraction and other development, as well as herbicide spraying to support livestock grazing. Much of the lizards’ remaining habitat is fragmented, preventing them from finding mates beyond those already living close by. The lizard is further imperiled by burgeoning sand-mining operations in the area — a secondary impact of the oil and gas industry, which uses the sand for fracking,” claimed the group, without citing any sources for their assertions.

The group cites “climate change” as the cause of the supposed habitat issues, exacerbated by oil and gas.  

“Dunes sagebrush lizards are perfectly adapted to their shinnery oak dune habitats, but they won’t survive the oil and gas industry without protection,” said Michael Robinson, a senior conservation advocate at the Center. “Climate change isn’t just caused by burning fossil fuels. It’s also driven by the destruction of carbon-storing natural habitats like those needed by the lizard. This destruction in turn is the main cause of the extinction crisis and thus the oil and gas industry’s destruction of the natural world is a double whammy.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is known for its sweeping lawsuits, which have attempted to harm the oil and gas industry, as well as the cattle industry.

Last year, CBD filed lawsuits aiming to “protect” the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in the Lincoln National Forest (LNF), which would have effectively banned ranchers from grazing due to claims the elusive mouse, which no one has actually seen in the LNF, is “endangered.”

Time will tell if CBD’s lawsuit to halt oil and gas production in the Permian is successful under the guise of protecting the dunes sagebrush lizard will be a success. If so, it could have a devastating impact on the New Mexico and West Texas economies.

In many instances, these lawsuits by groups to save species such as the Mexican spotted owl have stopped logging and forest maintenance, which have caused or worsened fires and fire danger in New Mexico’s forests. The group also sued the Trump administration over construction of the border wall

CBD has radical enviro-Marxist views, including support for human population control, with measures such as male sterilization. According to Influence Watch:

CBD’s Population and Sustainability Program asserts a “link between human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis” and that “we can still save wildlife, by choosing to stop hogging the planet.” CBD asserts having just one child “increases your carbon legacy by 20 times what you could save over a lifetime of recycling, switching to low-voltage light bulbs and driving a hybrid car — combined.”

The program claims to have distributed more than a half-million “endangered species condoms” – prophylactics packaged in wrappers with colorful images of wildlife. The condom packages have been emblazoned with contraceptive slogans linking human reproduction to animal endangerment (i.e.: “Wrap with care, save the polar bear”), with each related to narratives explaining the supposed connection between danger to the particular species and the birth of new babies. 

CBD also encourages male sterilization. During the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (“March Madness”), the Population and Sustainability newsletter encouraged male fans to “get a team of players together — if you have like-minded friends” to undergo group vasectomy surgeries. “March Madness is upon us,” began the message. “And as all the number one seeds prepare for the tournament, it’s time to think about whether you want your own seeds to advance.” Playing along, according to CBD, “means you can help give wildlife like your favorite mascots, from wildcats to horned frogs, a better shot at surviving past the playoffs.”

In a July 2018 edition of the same newsletter, CBD denounced then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “Trump’s Dangerous Supreme Court Pick” due to Kavanaugh’s alleged “track record of ruling against access to abortion” which CBD stated is “a critical part of reproductive freedom and protecting women’s health.” The missive ended with a call-to-action encouraging readers to ask their U.S. Senators to vote down the Kavanaugh appointment. 

ABQ taxpayers now forced to fund Planned Parenthood abortion business

At the Albuquerque City Council’s Monday meeting, councilors voted 6-3 to add $250,000 to the City’s budget to fund the Planned Parenthood of New Mexico abortion business, according to a press release from the Council.

The measure was proposed by newly elected City Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn, a far-leftist who was endorsed by many pro-abortion politicians, including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

According to a release after the meeting, Fiebelkorn claimed pro-lifers are “extremists” who are “attacking” the right to kill one’s baby through abortion.

Ironically, Fiebelkorn claimed the $250,000 in taxpayer money is “vital.” She wrote, “I’m proud to have sponsored this amendment to provide vital support for Planned Parenthood.”

“Anti-women extremists have used aggression and intimidation towards Planned Parenthood clinics, staff, and patients resulting in increased costs, delays in treatment, and additional counseling and education needs,” Fiebelkorn claimed. “These funds support our local Planned Parenthood clinic to ensure that all Albuquerque women have access to family planning, abortion, and other reproductive health services.” 

The City’s final budget passed 7-2, with Councilors Dan Lewis and Renee Grout voting against it. 

The amendment to give money to Planned Parenthood passed with the support of two Republican city councilors: Brook Bassan of District 4 and Trudy Jones of District 8.

Following the news, the pro-life Society of St. Sebastian wrote, “Sadly, the City Council of Albuquerque, NM has given $250K to Planned Parenthood of New Mexico. This is a misuse of public funds since funds are meant to build the community, not destroy humanity.”

Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation commented about the vote on Twitter, “No matter your position on abortion, Albuquerque taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund Planned Parenthood. Sad (and certainly questionable from anti-donation perspective) that a majority on Council voted for this new subsidy.”

Leger Fernandez triggered after being called out for pro-abortion radicalism

Over the weekend, pro-abortion Democrat Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03) sent out a fundraising email complaining that the Piñon Post had run a story labeling her support for abortion up-to-birth as “radicalism.” She labeled us as the “right-wing media.”

In the email, Leger Fernandez wrote, “I wish I could say I was surprised, but right-wing media has decided to attack me yet again — this time in an article about the email I sent the other day, asking you to support abortion access in New Mexico. They are calling my support for reproductive freedom ‘radicalism’ and are attacking me for being a champion for reproductive rights and access.”

It is unclear why Leger Fernandez calls killing a child in the womb “reproductive freedom” because the ending of a child’s life before birth is the opposite of reproduction, while there is also no “freedom” for the child.

Leger Fernandez then doubled down on her support for extremist abortion up-to-birth policies, writing, “Let me be clear.” She added, “I will never stop standing up for a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body and her health — without government interference. In New Mexico, we know that these important decisions belong with our familias, our faith, and our medical providers — and we are dedicated to preserving access to care for New Mexicans and any patient who needs it.”

She then praised pro-abortion protesters gathering across New Mexico to celebrate killing babies through abortions. “Yesterday, New Mexicans joined thousands across the country in marching and rallying for abortion access,” she wrote. “New Mexicans won’t back down — and neither will I. But in order to hold my seat and keep fighting for women and families, I need your help.”

Many national polls time and time again show that Americans support pro-life policies, with a new Rasmussen poll even finding that 48% of Americans support Roe v. Wade being overturned while only 45% oppose it. Read more about 11 other polls showing Americans back pro-life positions.

Despite vast public opinion being against Leger Fernandez’s abortion up-to-birth stance, she is banking on pro-abortion radicalism as a campaign issue. Her district was recently rated from a D+14 down to a D+5 due to Democrat gerrymandering, which means Republicans have a good shot of winning the Third Congressional District, especially in the current political climate. 

Dem candidate bribed not to run by Democrat state treasurer: report

The Democrats’ primary for state treasurer has gotten nasty, with term-limited current State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg spending thousands on a PAC called Better Government Supporting Integrity, ripping Democrat candidate Laura Montoya. Montoya is running against Eichenberg’s “hand-picked” candidate, Heather Benavidez, who serves as his chief of staff.

In a new ad, Eichenberg ripped Montoya, saying, “Laura Montoya. Fired from CYFD for misconduct. Told by a judge not to have contact with children. Ordered by the court not to use corporal punishment against kids. And, according to court documents, [Montoya] was even charged with domestic violence while a young child was present.”

Motoya claims she was fired for “protecting kids.” 

In text messages obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican between Eichenberg and Montoya, the current State Treasurer appeared to bribe Montoya with a job if she would not run against Benavidez. 

“Heather announced for treasurer on the Emerge program tonight,” Eichenberg wrote. “If you can hold off running for treasurer till next time, I have a job for you that you would be amazing at doing.”

“He endorsed me twice for county treasurer,” Montoya said. “Now he’s so desperate to elect Heather. I think what he’s doing is so frivolous and ridiculous.”

Eichenberg has apparently been using his official office for political gain with letters sent to Democrat Party of New Mexico convention delegates affixed with the official seal of his office. This appears to be a campaign violation.

Eichenberg’s letter sent to Democrat delegates to the NM Democrat Party’s pre-primary convention.

Also, one source wrote, “Eichenberg has also been running slanderous radio ads against the opponent of his endorsed candidate, a traditional Hispanic candidate who has some conservative views.”At the Democrats’ pre-primary convention in March, Laura Montoya received 58.29% of the vote compared to 41.71% for Benavidez.

Vulnerable Dem Leger Fernandez raises cash to fund abortions

Despite facing a tough reelection in the newly redrawn New Mexico House District Three, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez is once again doubling down on pro-abortion radicalism. This time, she is not only promoting abortion up-to-birth, she is raising money for pro-abortion “funds” that finance abortion tourism to New Mexico.

In an email on Tuesday titled, “Abortion is health care,” the Democrat’s campaign wrote, “In New Mexico, we believe that the personal decision to grow a family belongs with New Mexican familias, their faith, and their medical provider — and that politics and government interference have no place.” She seems to be confused between the decision to grow a family happening before the child is conceived and not afterward by killing the baby in an abortion.


The email went on: 

In the face of last week’s devastating draft SCOTUS decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, New Mexico will remain a leader in ensuring that patients can get access to care. But for many patients, that will mean traveling great distances — including to New Mexico from other states.

But this isn’t new — it’s already happening. New Mexico has long been a leader in providing health care, and we have seen a surge in patients from Texas seeking abortion care since the passage of Texas’s restrictive abortion ban, SB 8.

But for those seeking medical care, traveling out of state to access it is often an insurmountable financial or logistical burden. And for those patients, it is often local abortion funds that fill the gaps to provide the funding they need for travel, shelter, and more.

That’s why Teresa wanted us to reach out and ask for your support for New Mexico’s three local abortion funds.

Leger Fernandez’s campaign then solicited $30 donations from her supporters to fund “New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,” “Indigenous Women Rising,” and the “Mariposa Fund.” All of these dark money organizations pay for abortion costs for women to travel to get abortions in New Mexico. 

Now, as the first-term Democrat faces reelection, it seems she is going all-in on pro-abortion radicalism and in the process, directly helping end children’s lives through abortion violence. Leger Fernandez faces Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson, who previously got close to winning the election in 2020. With redistricting, the seat has changed from a D+14 to a D+5, according to analysis from FiveThirtyEight.

‘Potential crime scene’: Otero County audit finds shocking evidence

On Monday, the Otero County Commission held a special meeting on the 2020 election audit sanctioned by the County, which found some interesting results from the canvass. Included in those results was the revelation that of the 22% of the County canvassed, 41% of those had issues, including 30% who didn’t live at the address (while 40% of those voted in the election), 4% of doors knocked were “ghost votes,” and 2% of the votes were dropped. 

Erin Clements, who was one of the main organizers overseeing the audit through the New Mexico Audit Force, said these results had a margin of error of 4%, and results from the canvass did not have wild variations from day to day suggesting a consistent pattern. Erin Clements said, “These numbers did not change from weekend to weekend,” adding, “We out-sampled them by leaps and bounds.”

Erin Clements was joined by her husband, David Clements, and expert witness Jeffrey Lendberg, who was involved in finding apparent fraudulent activity in Antrim County, Michigan, during the 2020 election. Lendberg has been helping with the data side of the audit after Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai of EchoMail, Inc. was intimidated out of participating in the audit by “threats from up high” from Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

David Clements opened up his testimony on the apparent fraud by saying, “We’re told that the Lord abhors inaccurate weights and measures. What we’re finding is inaccuracy after inaccuracy after inaccuracy.” He added, “You have a potential crime scene in Otero County.” 

Clements said, “It appears you’re being held at gunpoint.” He said the County is a casualty of “lawfare” from “Congress and a bunch of operatives.”

Lendberg echoed David Clements’ sentiments, saying, “If you even question election integrity, you get canceled.” 

There were project files missing for the 2020 election in Otero County, according to Lendberg. The voting machine company, Dominion Voting Systems, came out to “service” the units in June 2021, according to Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes. Lendberg concluded that Dominion “definitely had the possibility of erasing stuff.” 

Lendberg also noted how models of Dominion machines in Otero County had the capabilities of remote access from outside sources. He said manufacturers, such as Dominion “have led people to believe they don’t have that capability.” But they do have this capability, according to evidence provided by the Clements.

Lendberg also noted that the Otero County audit found a feature within Dominion machines that would allow ballots to be filled out by the machine itself.

The Clements’ and Lendberg’s presentation noted smoking-gun evidence of ballots being left unsecured in the neighboring county of Doña Ana, where elections in New Mexico are known to flip in the dead of night from Republicans to Democrats, as evidenced by 2018’s Second District U.S. House of Representatives election and 2020’s District 53 election where Otero County Clerk Holmes accepted absentee ballots from Doña Ana after the election which swung the results in Democrat Willie Madrid’s favor. 

Other evidence presented included voter registration trends by date which showed that Democrats, Republicans, and Declined to State voters all mysteriously had the same patterns in registrations, which is impossible. As well, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s emails showed she corresponded with left-wing activist Catharine Clark and her staffer, Alex Curtas, who received internal numbers from the polling places. The final numbers of votes were way off from those that were shared internally at the Secretary of State’s office. Finally, election day votes in multiple counties disappeared and then reappeared on Election Day, with 20% gains in the vote in a matter of 12 minutes. 

Lendberg and the Clements noted how the only way to fix these large abnormalities is to return to counting of paper ballots from precinct to precinct, removing ballot drop boxes, and strengthening security measures. According to David Clements, returning to hand-counted paper ballots is already happening in multiple Nevada counties.

The Clements will present the evidence found in Otero County from the ballot image matches at a subsequent meeting of the Otero County Commission.

Audrey Trujillo is a true hero for New Mexico

After the 2020 Presidential Election, many Americans across the country felt that their vote didn’t count. Many voters believe that the election was stolen and the confidence in our electoral process was no longer there. Why is that? We have seen election rules meant to secure the electoral process loosened prior to an election, expanded usage of unsecured ballot drop boxes that have the potential to be ripe with fraud, unsolicited mail-in absentee ballots sent across the state in mass, weaponization of the voter laws and rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, voter rolls that haven’t been updated, and voting machines used to count ballots being compromised.

With all these irregularities, it’s no wonder why people believe we have predetermined selections, not fair elections. In New Mexico, the incumbent Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is the one who administers and oversees the electoral process. Under her tenure, election integrity has been eroding away in the state of New Mexico. Maggie Toulouse Oliver claims that she has been upholding election integrity, but her actions show otherwise. For example, this year the state legislature failed to pass SB 144, an omnibus election bill. SB 144 started off as a page and a half.  Once she finished adding to it, SB 144 was now over 160 pages long.  This bill undermined our current election laws, and would open the door to potential fraud. She repeatedly referred to this legislation as “My bill”. 

Fortunately, when it went to the Senate, the Republicans were able to successfully kill the bill using the filibuster. On July 22nd, 2021, she held a hearing and implemented rules stripping mail-in ballot verification protections. This opened the door to potential fraud without consideration from the state legislature. These rules have had the same effect as if they were law, passed by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor. You have the inalienable right to vote, but you also have the right to know if your vote is being counted and the results will be fair.

Election integrity and voting rights are not supposed to be apolitical, but Maggie Toulouse Oliver has taken advantage of these very important issues for political gain. But there is hope for the future as Maggie Toulouse Oliver has opposition in November from a 15generational Hispanic woman who has been fighting for your constitutional rights for a very long time. That woman is Audrey Trujillo. Born and raised in New Mexico, Audrey Trujillo is a woman of integrity and honesty.

She has always been a mover and a shaker; from a young age, she was always at the forefront of any decisions that needed to be made. When politicians tried to take away your constitutional rights in Santa Fe, Audrey was there fighting for you. As your next Secretary of State, Audrey will bring back election integrity and transparency to New Mexico’s elections. She will clean up the voter rolls, implement measures to secure our elections, give each county clerk the tools necessary to protect their voter precincts from fraud, advocate for voter ID, and push for changes in the rules to limit absentee voting to only disabled, elderly, military and voters who are temporarily out of the state on business.

Our votes are sacred and need to be held to the highest standards. Under the administration of Audrey Trujillo, Every legal vote will be counted and every secure measure will be put in place to protect voter rights and integrity of the process. She is the right person for the job as Maggie Toulouse Oliver has tried to discredit her with false allegations. Recently, a slanderous hit piece from the Albuquerque Journal insinuated that Audrey Trujillo is a racist and anti-Semitic. Maggie Toulouse Oliver cited the article in a fundraising email.

Audrey is a 15 generational Hispanic woman born and raised in New Mexico with Jewish ancestry. Calling her a racist is abhorrent and ignorant. I’m a Black Puerto Rican American born and raised in New Mexico. I know Audrey and she’s not racist or anti-Semitic whatsoever. For Maggie Toulouse Oliver to use these lies defaming her character for campaign contributions is disgusting and despicable. Maggie Toulouse Oliver knows she’s not going to win and is playing dirty politics to derail Audrey’s grassroots campaign. Audrey is a True Hero for New Mexico and she will bring back honesty and integrity back to the office of the Secretary of State.

A vote for her is not only a vote for election integrity but for New Mexico’s future. The position of Secretary of State is the most important government position because it concerns our elections which are paramount to a free republic. Without the right to vote in free and fair elections, we have no country. In Audrey’s own words, “The citizens of New Mexico deserve free, fair, honest elections and that starts with a Secretary of State who believes in one vote per registered eligible voter.” If you believe in New Mexico, vote for a True Hero, and Audrey is that True Hero.

Freddie Lopez is a patriotic American living in Santa Fe, New Mexico He is also the campaign manager for Audrey Trujillo. You can follow him on Twitter @freddiearlopez.

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MLG campaign asks for Mother’s Day card signatures after promoting unlimited abortion

On Friday, in truly twisted form, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign team sent out an email requesting signatures on a Mother’s Day card for the radical left-wing governor.

This comes right after Lujan Grisham touted radical pro-abortion policies, such as 2021’s S.B. 10, which she signed in New Mexico, stripping all protections for babies in the womb, pregnant mothers, and medical professionals. The bill effectively legalized abortion up-to-birth and infanticide.

This week, Lujan Grisham appeared on CNN to promote abortion and condemn pro-lifers who want to save babies from being murdered through abortions. Lujan Grisham told Jake Tapper, “You have states that are going to work to continue to restrict the decision-making of a woman about her own body, her own health care.”

She added, “And you got more than half the country that has the potential with this leaked draft decision to lose their constitutional rights. And I think it could be just the beginning. And no amount of preparation prepares you for actually being able to see what this opinion could look like and what it could actually be.” 

While sharing the clip on Twitter, the Governor wrote, “We took action in #NM to protect a woman’s right to an abortion. As governor, I’ll never stop fighting for women and their rights.”

But pro-lifers clapped back at Lujan Grisham. Elisa Martinez of New Mexico Alliance for Life and candidate for the state House of Representatives wrote, “NOT true. What about the dozens of women who are sent to the Emergency Room or have died as a result of unsafe & unregulated abortions in #NM? You’ve fought to empower #abortion businesses – not for women.”

But despite Lujan Grisham’s rabid support for abortion up-to-birth and infanticide, her team is now “thanking” Lujan Grisham with a Mother’s Day card. In an email, the campaign team wrote, “On Mother’s Day, we want to say “thank you” for everything Gov. Lujan Grisham has done for New Mexicans. Will you sign your name now to wish Gov. Lujan Grisham a happy Mother’s Day?”

Lujan Grisham recently took a maxed-out donation from Planned Parenthood and donated thousands to the sexist pro-abortion group that only helps anti-life women run for office, EMILY’s List.

Otero County takes action after feds limit cattle grazing in Lincoln Nat’l Forest

On Wednesday, the Otero County Commission held a special meeting at the Flickinger Center in Alamogordo to discuss and send a letter to the Lincoln National Forest (LNF) after it “lowered the number of livestock that the [Sacramento Grazing Association, or SGA] are allowed to graze upon their lawful grazing allotment to a number that will not sustain their livelihood and likely lead to bankruptcy,” according to the letter.

The action by the Commission came after Gary Stone, the President of the Otero County Cattleman’s Association (OCCA), brought the grave issue to their attention in an April 27, 2022 letter. 

In the letter, Stone wrote, “The SGA is being discriminated against in that the LNF is using unlawful means and methods in order to reduce livestock numbers. The SGA is teetering on the brink of losing everything that they and their predecessors have worked for all of their lives and most likely bankruptcy will follow. Not only do they lose, the families that they employ, the community as a whole and the county lose as well. The loss of tax monies collected by the county on the SGA’s cattle will be a significant reduction in revenue for the county and ultimately the negative consequences are felt state and nationwide.”

“OCCA believes that LNF representatives are in violation of federal law,” Stone concluded in the letter. 

During the special Commission meeting, many concerned over the grazing limits spoke, including Kelly and Spike Goss of Weed, who have been battling the federal government and enviro-Marxists, namely the Center for Biological Diversity, who want to snatch their grazing rights over claims the “New Mexico meadow jumping mouse” lives on land they have their cattle graze. Yet nobody has seen this mouse on their land. 

One man, David Rawls, traveled all the way from Florence, Arizona to tell his story about how his family was devastated by the federal government after their sandstone mine was eventually snatched from under them through a similar process, which he dubbed “tyrannical.”

Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM-02) was in attendance, and she lent her office as a resource for the ranchers to fight the crippling LNF policies. Herrell said, “it’s death by a thousand cuts to any natural resources,” speaking about the federal agencies and leftist environmental groups.

Congresswoman Herrell speaking at the meeting.

The final letter sent by the Commission to Forest Supervisor for the Lincoln National Forest Travis Moseley read:

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Otero County considers themselves an interested party and stakeholder in this matter. Ranching is an integral part of Otero County’s customs and culture, as well as being a County economic interest. After reviewing the [Annual Operating Instructions], it is clear your team failed to review, consider and identify conflicts between Otero County policies and the AOI process. The Otero County Comprehensive Plan (last updated in 2020), the Otero County Environmental Planning and Review Ordinance, and the Otero County Land Use Ordinance, all set forth the County’s position on many of the issues considered in the AOI process. Nevertheless, the USFS again failed to address these issues or even request a coordination meeting with us to work out potential conflicts.

The BOCC believe that decisions to reduce or suspend grazing should be informed by an appropriate quantitative assessment of long-term and short-term trends in rangeland conditions. If, after consultation with the state and county, the federal agency decides to reduce, suspend, close, or modify an allotment due to documented harmful wildlife impacts, a suitable alternative allotment (if it exists), properly authorized pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), must be made available to the displaced operator prior to adjustment of the original allotment. In order to fully implement this policy, USFS must have alternative allotments properly authorized under relevant planning documents. This ensures that suspensions or modification of grazing permits will not result in a net loss of Animal Unit Months (AUMs) and that appropriate alternative allotments are available.

Federal land management agencies’ decisions to reduce or close allotments should only be based upon a full and complete administrative review and analysis, including a complete review under the provisions of NEPA. The decision process must include opportunities for state, county, livestock grazing permittees, and other stakeholders to provide input. Allotments should not be closed due to a pending NEPA review without allowing authorized use of the allotment pending a final decision, or the use of an equivalent amount of forage at reasonably equivalent cost to compliant operators. The AOIs in this instance does not meet this standard and is scientifically challenged by experts at NMSU.

Federal land management agencies must give interested state agencies and counties an opportunity to fully participate in or provide input to grazing permit actions – prior to their initiation. Among other things, states and counties should be able to participate in: generalized review of livestock operations on federal lands; any assessment of grazing conditions as part of a federal planning process; review of past compliance of the operator with grazing allotment conditions; and individual allotment reviews. Grazing permit decisions should not be finalized until after this opportunity for meaningful consultation with the states, local governments, and the affected permittees.

We respectfully request that the USFS conduct a reevaluation of the SGA GY2022 AOIs based on the concerns raised by the NMSU Range Improvement Task Force. The decisions made by the USFS impact the Otero County economy, businesses, and families. Consequently, we request that you recognize this is bigger than a simple exercise in bureaucracy and red tape. 

The Piñon Post wil continue following this story and speaking with stakeholders affected by the LNF’s decisions. If members of the public would like to submit op-eds about this important issue, please send them to info@pinonpost.com, and they will be printed.

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