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Enviro-Marxists push for a 500% increase in ‘zero-emission’ cars in NM

A group of fringe enviro-Marxist groups, including the Sierra Club, Conservation Voters New Mexico, the Center for Civic Policy, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and others are demanding that the State of New Mexico enact stricter standards mandating that car manufacturers supply New Mexico dealers with a 500% increase in “zero-emission cars such as battery-driven vehicles and low-emission cars such as plug-in hybrids,” reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The coalition of extremist eco-left groups claims the move “will help tackle the climate crisis” and build “a clean car infrastructure in the state.”  

According to Tammy Fiebelkorn of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, embattled Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is supportive of the stricter standards. The standards also include those “pertain[ing] to tailpipe and other emissions from vehicles.” 

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation told the New Mexican that battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars made up about one percent of the New Mexico market in 2020. According to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, the increase that the policy, if enacted, would be at least six percent of new vehicle sales being plug-in hybrid and battery-powered electric cars by 2026 — a 500% increase.

“Adopting this rule would make more plug-in vehicles available in New Mexico, which would make it easier for consumers to buy them and increase market share,” said Travis Madsen, the transportation program director for Southwest Energy Efficiency.

But many contend that the use of electric vehicles is even less “green” because regardless of the car not directly using fossil fuels, it is still being charged by power supplied from fossil fuels, and thus its supposed purpose is defeated. 

Also, electric vehicles have extremely short ranges, from 226 to 258 miles per charge, meaning many people in rural New Mexico who must drive long distances for work or even just to get supplies from the next closest town cannot viably use an electric car. 

The lack of range mixed with the extremely high cost of electric vehicles, slow charging times, constant replacement of batteries (not “green” at all), and subpar performance, the push from these enviro-Marxist groups to force “zero-emission” cars into New Mexico’s economy appears hollow and only targeted to a select few city dwellers who can afford the inconvenience and price of such a vehicle. Also, it is impossible to have “zero-emission” vehicles because of the power needed to charge them that can only come from reliable fossil fuels. 

The push for these unreliable vehicles comes after Democrats in the Legislature pushed for a 20-cent gas tax on the poor through fuel emissions standards for energy producers, although it was defeated after it did not make it past its last vote in the House of Representatives .

PHOTOS: Patriots from across NM join together to celebrate Flag Day

On Saturday, organizers across New Mexico celebrated the American flag ahead of Flag Day on Monday. Events happened all around the state, in Bernalillo, Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, Sierra, Torrance, Valencia, and a few other counties. 

One of the largest events in the state was the Flag Day celebration in Otero County, which featured speakers including Otero County Sheriff David Black, Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton, activist Sarah Smith, state Sen. Bill Burt, New Mexico State University law professor David Clements, the New Mexico Right to Life Committee’s Ethel Maharg, among others. Despite the over 100-degree heat in many areas of the state, New Mexicans came from far and wide to honor the American flag. 

At the events, speakers talked about the need for civic engagement to protect what the American flag represents and stories of the importance of the heroes who fought to protect it.

Check out some photos from across the state and how each county celebrated:

See more photos from the statewide Flag Day celebration at the NM Flag Day Rally Facebook page.

Alleged crotch grabber MLG defends paying off accuser, cites ‘pandemic’ as cover

During a Friday press conference, embattled Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been ducking the media for weeks, faced tough questions regarding her $62,500 payoff from her campaign fund to an ex-staffer, James Hallinan, who accused Lujan Grisham of pouring water over his crotch and then grabbing it at Democrat state Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s house. 

When posted with questions regarding the inappropriate behavior, which she appears to have admitted to by the hush money payments, she said, “I was focused on the pandemic, and I’ll stand by that decision [to settle] every minute of every day.”

When asked if Hallinan’s claims had ever been independently investigated, Grisham said she had “not seen anywhere in the country where there’s an independent investigation over an employment claim.”

The New York Attorney General and the State Assembly are currently investigating sexual assault allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Lujan Grisham opined on the accusations against Cuomo, saying, “I’m, frankly, in that group of elected leaders, that you believe the individual, you give real credit and credibility there, if you don’t, we are revictimizing brave men and women who come forward.” 

The Governor’s former senior advisor Dominic Gabello, who was accused of pressuring Hallinan to stay quiet, resigned from his $143,769 position in the administration in the heat of the revelations that the disgraced Governor paid off her accuser. 

But the Hallinan incident is by no means the first time Lujan Grisham has been accused of similar behavior. According to a video made by a man named Eddie Dehart, Lujan Grisham allegedly grabbed his genitals during a birthday party in 2005. 

According to Dehart, attendees of the party were playing pool when Lujan Grisham was alleged to have groped him in front of his then-girlfriend, saying, “you have a man here” after touching his genitals through his clothes.

Lujan Grisham kicked off her campaign announcement last week, and it has already hit a rocky start. Anti-MLG protesters drowned out her speech, and in anger, the Governor called the New Mexicans fed up with her governorship “QAnon lizard people.” 

Since the insult, New Mexicans have co-opted the jab and now own the title “lizard people,” to Lujan Grisham’s chagrin. Now, the Governor is playing defense, trying to claim victimhood by saying she took the “high road.”  

The Governor is also battling an ethics complaint against her regarding the use of over $6,000 in campaign dollars to pay her daughter, a cosmetologist, for hair and makeup, a direct violation of state statute. The Secretary of State’s office has until Sunday, June 13 to respond to the complaint.

MLG claims she took the ‘high road’ after calling protesters ‘lizard people’

On Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent out an email to supporters trying to play the victim and erroneously claiming the protesters she called “lizard people” during her announcement speech tried to “threaten” her. Videos from the event prove otherwise, with people like Democrat former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, an avid Lujan Grisham supporter, getting aggressive with protesters.

“I’ve been able to start off my reelection campaign strong – even in the face of harsh pushback. During my reelection speech last week, I was interrupted by a group of disruptive and abusive protesters who threatened me, our supporters, and journalists covering the event. But I was undeterred because I know thousands of strong, caring grassroots supporters like you have my back,” she claimed.

She went even further, telling her supporters in the email, “I’ll never be silenced by opponents aiming to disrupt democracy, and I’ll never stop fighting for New Mexico families. I know that our campaign represents real New Mexico values of fairness, equality for all and hard work. Together – we’re taking the high road, and we’re going to win fair and square.” 

It is unclear what Lujan Grisham means by taking the “high road” since she branded anti-MLG protesters as “Qanon lizard people” at the event. 

Lujan Grisham also claimed she would never be “silenced,” but she canceled an event in Española in fear of lizard people protesters. That cancellation came after she told supporters she would not be “intimidated.” That proved to be a lie as well. 


Heinrich pushes for no-compromise ‘climate’ proposal, claims NM faces ‘driest year on record’

Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are intent on ramming through a far-left $2 trillion “infrastructure” proposal that would institute extreme anti-energy standards, force through large investments into “climate change” programs, and leave the American taxpayers to pay for it.

One of the most fervent supporters of the most extreme “climate change” policies in the bill is Democrat New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, who has completely chucked “compromise” out the window, instead, going for a “sky is falling” approach.

During a virtual Wednesday conference call with Climate Power, Heinrich doubled down on his no-compromise approach. “We just cannot allow this opportunity to pass us by,” he said. “We should not allow ourselves to get so bogged down in bad-faith negotiations, or to accept deals that would frankly short change or entirely leave out meaningful climate action.”

The Biden regime may be planning on leaving out some of the more extreme policies from the infrastructure bill to appease moderate Democrats and even some left-leaning Republicans, as reported by POLITICO. 

But Heinrich, who used to claim to be a “moderate,” has shown his extreme anti-energy ways through his time in Congress. He responded to the POLITICO report by writing that a weakened anti-energy infrastructure bill “goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote.”

He said, “If you’re going to pass an infrastructure plan, there aren’t many Republicans on the table. So you are going to need every single Democratic vote to pass an infrastructure plan.” But, he added, “I think there is little appetite in our caucus for an infrastructure plan that ignores the greatest crisis, the most existential crisis, that we face.”

Also, on the Wednesday call, Heinrich raised eyebrows as he claimed, “We are experiencing the driest year on record in New Mexico.” Many were quick to point out that the Maryland-based senator represents a state located in the desert, where it tends to get hot in the summertime. 

As NM projects $350M revenue increase thanks to oil and gas, leftists target critical industry

A new report released on Wednesday detailed that New Mexico sees a forecasted $350 million increase due to oil and gas royalties

Revenues for the state of New Mexico are tracking ahead of financial forecasts to the tune of $350 million, allowing the government to reduce the amount of money it will have to siphon out of its rainy day fund in the upcoming fiscal year.

According to Dawn Iglesias, the chief economist for the Legislative Finance Committee, “In addition to higher revenues, the state also expects to receive nearly $133 million more in its Tax Stabilization Reserve from excess oil and gas taxes,” reports the Santa Fe New Mexican

Although active drilling rigs have declined from 114 in March 2020 to 71 now, “production in New Mexico is recovering even though the number of active rigs has declined.”

According to the New Mexican, “The state is expected to produce about 390 million barrels in the new fiscal year. That’s 20 million barrels more than projected in February. Each additional million barrels of oil generates about $3 million for the general fund.” 

But despite oil and gas being to thank for economic recovery, the fringe leftist group ProgressNow New Mexico began a new campaign trying to destroy the oil and gas industry with a bizarre campaign called  “Crude Intentions NM,” filling and pouring onto random objects what appears to be crude oil.

The extremist group, which is tied directly to the ANTIFA domestic terrorist organization, claims the oil and gas industry is “burdensome” to the state despite it being a major funding source for critical life-saving medical facilities, education, and infrastructure. 

The group is trying to blame oil and gas (which has no seat at the table in terms of building and educational curriculum, just funding) for the state’s failed education system. ProgressNow New Mexico writes, “Big Oil contributes to New Mexico’s education system, but our public schools rank worst in the nation. We need better education for our kids, not this toxic mess.” 

The same hollow “the sky is falling” rhetoric mimics another discredited fringe group “Wild Earth Guardians,” which claimed in an online petition, “If oil and gas were the key to New Mexico’s prosperity, the state would be one of the most prosperous in the United States. It’s not even close,” adding, “The state ranks last in quality of education, has the second highest poverty rate in the United States, and was recently ranked the third worst state in the nation.” 

The liberal groups do not, however, blame the poor education system on failed Common Core standards or the Democrats’ control of the state in electoral politics for the last 80+ years.

Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power the Future, a pro-energy group, wrote in a statement, “On the same day we learn New Mexico’s energy workers have helped deliver a $350 million increase to the state budget we find one radical group attacking those workers. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt for this fringe group to find relevance and it’s clear their attempt to go after oil isn’t very slick.”

Liberal group warns that CD-1 blowout win is not a bellwether for Democrats

On Tuesday, the liberal group “Progressive Majority PAC” sounded the alarm about New Mexico’s First Congressional District June 1st blowout win for Democrats and how it should not be a bellwether to determine how liberals will do in 2022.

The group noted how the Republican nominee, state Sen. Mark Moores, lost to epic proportions, getting an 8% lower vote total than Deb Haaland during her 2020 run for the seat she vacated. 

The PAC noted that “This district has trended towards the Democrats in recent years and isn’t the best example of tougher purple districts we need to win in 2022 to expand our House majority.” 

It also noted how “New Mexico is controlled by Democrats” and the voter fraud efforts in the state by liberals have not been hampered by Republicans, such as in states like Florida or Georgia where voter laws have made it easier to vote but harder to cheat. 

Progressive Majority PAC wrote that the institution of these anti-fraud laws “will make it even harder for Democrats to compete on an even playing field.” 

Moores’ blowout loss is closely tied not as much with fraud as it is with voters being disenfranchised by the closed-door primary comprised of a couple of hundred people and not the entire GOP electorate in the First District. 

That mixed with Moores’ votes with radical Democrats on things like the Green New Deal and his hollow campaign messaging all contributed to Moores’ monumental loss to socialist Melanie Stansbury. 

On Tuesday, RINO has-beens spilled their guts to the liberal Washington, D.C. paper POLITICO trying to criticize President Trump for Moores’ embarrassing loss. Naturally, the hit piece fell flat among Republicans.

RINO has-beens gush to leftist paper, try to weaken GOP by blaming Trump for Moores’ blowout loss

On Tuesday, the left-wing paper POLITICO posted an article attempting to throw President Donald Trump under the bus for failed ex-congressional candidate state Sen. Mark Moores’ embarrassing loss to socialist state Rep. Melanie Stansbury in the June 1, 2021, special election to fill Deb Haaland’s seat. Moores lost by 24 points, losing even his own district by 3.5%.

Moores ran a limp campaign, full of empty rhetoric without even muttering the words “America First” or “Trump.” After he got the GOP nomination through a closed-door process fewer than 200 party insiders selected him as the nominee, to the displeasure of the Republican base, Moores did everything he could to placate “moderates,” while ignoring the GOP base, which would have put him over the top to win the election—if he was not a Republican In Name Only (RINO). Moores voted with Democrats on radical proposals, including for the Green New Deal.

“The striking thing about the results is that you would expect, in a special election, for the party opposite the White House to get a little bit of a bump,” said Rod Adair, a discredited blogger and long-defeated ex-legislator. “It was actually worse,” he added. He did not, however, mention Moores’ refusal to embrace Trump to bring out the GOP base, even though Trump is extremely popular among Republicans.

“Nobody’s surprised that Melanie won. I think everybody was somewhat shocked at the margin,” said RINO Darren White, the failed ex-nominee for Congress in the First District, marijuana dealer, and big-time donor to far-left Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

“I liked Trump’s policies, but his rhetoric is toxic, and it hurt people, and I think that Mark got the backlash from that,” said Lisa Torraco, an ex-state senator who failed to keep her seat in a district next to Moores.’ “And the state party hasn’t done anything to try to heal that,” she said. 

POLITICO also quoted a few others:

“Look, this is a guy who guaranteed Donald Trump was gonna win New Mexico,” said Dan Foley, a former state lawmaker and regular GOP pundit in the state.

“I think a lot of us—that aren’t saying the election was rigged and that Covid is like the flu, and all the other things that Trump stirred up—are so tired of the Trump message,” said Mark Veteto, president of Me-Tex Oil and Gas and a major state GOP donor from the state’s oil patch.

“They have gotten too close to Lauren Boebert and too far from Liz Cheney,” said Merritt Allen, a New Mexico public relations executive and 2018 GOP state House candidate, on Friday’s episode of New Mexico in Focus on NMPBS.

These RINO outsiders, including Adair, White, and Torraco, at fault for Moores’ blowout loss, continue to bash President Trump and use him as a scapegoat for Moores’ underperformance, even though these same people promoted the unelectable individual to be the nominee for CD-1. 

Conservative Republican State Rep. Stefani Lord of Tijeras responded to the POLITICO hit piece, writing, “They only quoted Republican hating Republicans that are trying to belittle anyone who doesn’t think like them. These fringe ‘Republicans’ are a small group who are out of touch with  the majority.” 

While Republicans across the state, including Lord, are working to promote conservative candidates and causes, the same RINOs appear happy to sit on the sidelines and kick Republicans while they are down. They also don’t mind spilling their guts to left-wing Washington, D.C. newspapers. But when Republicans—and even Moores—needed Adair, Torraco, or White’s help to win elections, they were nowhere to be found.

NM high court rules against harmed businesses, claims Gov. MLG’s lockdown was ‘reasonable’

On Monday, it was reported that the 100% Democrat-controlled New Mexico Supreme Court, which has many Gov. Lujan Grisham-appointed judges, including Shannon Bacon and David Thomson, ruled that businesses harmed by Gov. Lujan Grisham’s pandemic lockdowns “are not entitled to compensation from the state to recoup their losses,” according to Dan Boyd of the Albuquerque Journal. 

“Occupancy limits and closure of certain categories of businesses, while certainly harsh in their economic effects, are directly tied to the reasonable purpose of limiting the public’s exposure to the potentially life-threatening and communicable disease, and thus can be deemed ‘reasonably necessary,’” the Court wrote in an opinion by Justice C. Shannon Bacon.

After the announcement, New Mexicans angered by hte decision took to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

One commenter wrote, “The Supreme court of NM again shows it is a rubber stamp for @GovMLG.  That should be your headline. Or maybe NM Supreme Court supports the governor’s ongoing efforts to kill small businesses in NM.”

Elisa Martinez, a past U.S. Senate candidate and pro-life activist with New Mexico Alliance for Life wrote, “NM Sup. Court perpetuates [Gov. MLG’s] UNCHECKED UNILATERAL authority: 1) create a 14 month “emergency” 2) shutter 40% of small businesses, transferring wealth to large corporations 3) spend $10 MILLION taxpayer dollars in a vaccine sweepstakes 4) endless scandal 5) ETC.” 

The Court mulled the case in January but had not made a ruling until now.

New Mexico redistricting commission members revealed

On Friday, the names of most of the New Mexico redistricting commission members were revealed, with Democrat retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez, who was initially appointed to the Court by embattled Democrat Gov. Bill Richardson, being tapped as the commission’s chairman of the seven-person panel, which is set to draw district boundaries to present to the Legislature.

Other members joining the committee include State Demographer Robert Rhatigan and teacher Joaquin Sanchez, both of which are not registered to vote with any major party. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, “Rhatigan is director of Geospatial and Population Studies at the University of New Mexico, where his work gives him a strong background in census data and map-making. Sanchez is a former engineer who now works as a math and special education teacher at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School.” 

Republican New Mexico Senate Leader Greg Baca (R-Valencia) chose Albuquerque attorney Christopher Saucedo, a New Mexico State University regent to be on the committee, while Democrat Senate Pro Tem Mimi Stewart chose former Democrat state Sen. Lisa Curtis and Democrat House Speaker Brian chose disgraced former state Sen. Michael Sanchez to serve on the panel. Republican House Leader Jim Townsend has yet to make his selection for the seven-person panel.

In December, the New Mexico Legislature is likely to convene to hash out differences on the committee’s proposed legislative maps. The new “independent” process is a proposal set to “limit political influence over the once-a-decade drawing of district maps for Congress and the Legislature,” according to the Journal.

The redistricting panel bill passed in the last hours of the 2021 Legislature as a brokered deal between Democrat and Republican leaders to get the proposal to the finish line. 

Previously on a Zoom call with a left-wing group, Retake Our Democracy, Egolf blasted the idea of an independent redistricting commission, saying, “I think that it puts at unacceptable peril a woman’s right to choose, environmental protection, fairness in taxation.” He added, “It puts at tremendous peril all of the progressive causes that we care about.”

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Speaker Egolf continually whined about Republicans “casting aspersions” that he did not want a fair redistricting process, demanding an apology from Republicans, including GOP Leader Jim Townsend (R-Chaves, Eddy, and Otero). He did not end up getting one, as Egolf has constantly worked to favor Democrats in the redistricting process and only recently joined Sen. Ivey-Soto’s last-ditch redistricting bill to install a more political way of redrawing district maps. After the meeting, Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe) wrote, “We will NEVER apologize for standing up for the people of New Mexico!” 

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