New Mexico

NM ‘domestic terrorism’ bill may endanger firearms instructors

This week, the Piñon Post reported on a leftist bill, HB 70, which cloaks itself as a reasonable proposal aiming to more sharply define what an act of “domestic terrorism” is. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Bernalillo) and William Rehm (R-Bernalillo).

The revised definition of terrorism, according to the bill, reads as follows: 

Terrorism consists of committing any act that causes great bodily harm or death with the intent to: (1) intimidate or coerce a civilian population, including committing mass violence in a place of worship or public accommodation; (2) influence the policy of a state entity or political subdivision of the state; or (3) affect the conduct of a state entity, political subdivision of the state or public accommodation by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping or an act of violence enumerated as a serious violent offense in Section 33-2-34 NMSA 1978. Whoever commits terrorism is guilty of a second degree felony.

Making a terroristic threat involving a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation consists of unequivocally, unconditionally and specifically threatening to commit any act of terrorism pursuant to Subsection C of this section, whether that threat is made online or otherwise, against a person at a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation, or against a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation with the intent to: (1) cause a reaction to the threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place a person in fear of great bodily harm; or (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation. Whoever commits making a terroristic threat involving a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation is guilty of a third degree felony.

In an KOB 4, Hochman-Vigil tried to clarify what this bill would do. She said, “So if you put something on social media saying, ‘Oh I’m really upset about this and I think these people should be hurt, or I’m going to go protest at the Capitol in Santa Fe and I’m going to beat someone up’ – that I don’t think rises to that standard. It has to be very specific: ‘Rep. Hochman-Vigil, I’m going to go to the Capitol, I’m going to kidnap you, and I’m going to torture you until you die.’ That is a specific threat that I think could meet the standard of putting me in fear of great bodily harm.”

So according to the bill sponsor, saying “I’m going to beat someone up” at the Capitol does not qualify as a terrorist threat, while telling a specific individual (such as a state representative) that they are in danger of a specific threat does qualify. It appears to be a quite vague portion of the bill since the text does not necessarily line-up with the description Rep. Hochman-Vigil has given. The legislation appears to be creating a further grey area in the definition of “domestic terrorism.” 

However, portions of the bill will increase penalties not only for the individual who commits a terrorist act, but it may hold a firearms instructor liable for merely teaching someone to handle a firearm that may be used in an act of terrorism. The bill says that any firearms teacher may be charged with a third-degree felony if someone they taught may at any time use the weapon for the bill’s definition of “terrorism.” 

Any person who teaches or demonstrates the use, application or making of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person with the intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used to commit terrorism as defined in Subsection C of this section in furtherance of a civil disorder is guilty of a third degree felony

Any person who trains, practices or receives instruction in the use of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person with the intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used to commit terrorism as defined in Subsection C of this section in furtherance of a civil disorder is guilty of a [fourth] third degree felony

The narrow definition may endanger gun stores, ranges, and firearms instructors, as they may be accused of being an accomplice to domestic terrorism, even if they are not. The legislation says these penalties come if an instructor teaches the skill “with the intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used to commit terrorism.” 

There is no timeline of when an instructor can be held liable, meaning if a client who was taught how to operate a firearm a year ago suddenly goes off the deep-end and shoots up a business in a “domestic terrorism” act, there is no part of the legislation which safeguards the instructor from being charged with a felony.

The very nature of teaching firearms comes with the knowledge that the firearm has the capacity to cause bodily injury and death. So, the vagueness of the bill, which does not offer protection for instructors, could hold the wrong people accountable in this legislation, instead of the bad actors the bill sponsors may be trying to bring to justice. 

It should also be noted that the bill text in one section outlines that anyone committing a terrorist act is subject to a second-degree felony. Still, in a subsequent section, the bill outlines that any terrorist threat involving “a school, community center, place of worship or public accommodation” is a third-degree felony. A firearms instructor would be liable for a third-degree felony, meaning the instructor may be punished even harsher than the terrorist if the terrorist’s actions don’t occur in any of the aforementioned places.

Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil received a $1,000 contribution in the 2020 election cycle from anti-gun lobbyist Vanessa Alarid, who is married to a far-left lawmaker, Rep. Mo Maestas. Alarid lobbies on behalf of Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund, billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing initiative.

Streets surrounding NM Capitol barricaded off from the public indefinitely, ID required for all entry, exit

On Friday, it was announced to Downtown Santa Fe businesses that they should expect roads closed all around the New Mexico Capitol Building as Gov. Lujan Grisham plans to fortress the area in, not allowing the people of New Mexico in or out of the People’s House. 

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) released in a statement that “DPS hereby gives notice that the intersections hereinafter identified, allowing ingress and egress to the area of the state capitol and the state capitol complex, will be closed to the public, beginning Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 8:00 am until midnight or as needed, and continuing day to day thereafter, until such time as the NMSP believes that it is safe to reopen the areas in and around the New Mexico State Capitol.”

The portion “until such time as the NMSP believes that it is safe to reopen the areas in and around the New Mexico State Capitol” makes it clear that the Governor is preparing to block off streets indefinitely, as she sees fit, which will indeed hurt small businesses in the Downtown area. It is a miracle many of them still remain today, as they were shuttered for months as “nonessential” businesses.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, these barriers blocking off the surrounding Capitol streets are “Jersey barriers — long, 2,000-pound concrete blocks used for highway construction projects.” 

For those in the area the intersections to watch out for are:

  • Paseo de Peralta at Old Santa Fe Trail
  • Paseo de Peralta at Don Gaspar
  • Avenue Paseo de Peralta at Webber
  • Manhattan Street at Galisteo Street
  • Galisteo Street at Cerrillos Road Cerrillos Road at W. DeVargas
  • W. Alameda Street at Don Gaspar Avenue
  • E. DeVargas and South Capitol
  • E. DeVargas and Old Santa Fe Trail

This will at least hamper an impromptu weekly protest on the corner of Paseo De Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, where Trump supporters have been waving flags at 12:00 noon. This area is now prohibited for them to protest. Two weeks ago, the Governor’s State Police scolded protesters to “social distance.” Now, they won’t be allowed to protest at all. 

These measures come after Gov. Lujan Grisham erected a fence around the Capitol and declared a state of emergency, claiming there is a “threat of riots of insurrection.” She also instructed New Mexicans not to go outside and not to protest the inauguration, saying the people should “do that from your living room.” 

DPS’ press release adds that “proper credentials” are required for entering the perimeter, which consists of “a government issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport and proof of residence or employment in the restricted area.” This is more than what is required to vote in the state of New Mexico, as no ID is required for that. 

Barriers will be erected at these intersections. NMSP Officers, City of Santa Fe Police Department officers, and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, as well as members of the New Mexico National Guard, pursuant to an emergency authorization by the Governor, will staff these posts and advise those attempting to enter or leave these areas that ingress and egress will be denied. An exception will be made to the prohibition on ingress and egress for properly credentialed members of the New Mexico Legislature and their staff, the media, residents (home owners, renters and those residing temporarily in hotels), business owners and employees.,. Proper credentials consist of a government issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport and proof of residence or employment in the restricted area. Upon request, a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian shall present the proper credentials to a law enforcement officer before being allowed ingress and egress to the area within the perimeter of the aforementioned intersections. 

In addition to the intersection closures, a fence has been erected around the State capitol, within the restricted area. Members of the public, except those members of the legislature and their staffs and the media, are strictly prohibited from entering or exiting the capitol and the capitol complex until such time as the area is reopened to the public.

Anyone violating the prohibitions on ingress and egress set forth above, is subject to citation or arrest and prosecution for violations of the New Mexico Criminal Code, including but not limited to Section 30-14-1, et.seq., criminal trespass, inter alia.

According to the New Mexico Criminal Code, punishment could be a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in a county jail for violating these dictates.

The New Mexico Capitol and its surrounding areas are now a police state, where any passersby will be stopped by the National Guard and forced to give their credentials.

NM pro-abortion org compares not aborting to not being able to own a credit card

On Thursday, the New Mexico Right to Life Committee released information it received that the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood had been shipping out misleading flyers to folks all across the state claiming New Mexico’s current abortion restrictions (which are dormant due to Roe v. Wade) are comparable to women not being able to own a credit card or rent property. 

The flyer reads, “One of these outdated laws are still on the books today,” adding, “Women aren’t allowed to own credit cards, rent property, or access abortion.” By virtue of Roe v. Wade, legally every single item Planned Parenthood lists is legal in New Mexico and can be obtained on-demand, including abortion up-to-birth.

The flyer then instructs those who receive the mailer to “be bold” and “remove the ban” by tearing off a portion of the flyer requesting personal information and placing it in the mail to send to state legislators. This  portion reads, “Remove the old abortion ban and oppose any amendments that restrict access to abortion.” 

“There are also many good people who I personally know who are registered Democrats who are Pro-life and find this material offensive,” said Ethel Maharg of the New Mexico Right to Life Committee. “Many I’m told were confused about this flyer and automatically filled it out and sent the card back. Do NOT mail the card back. It will serve as a petition for them,” she said. 

“What I do want you to see is that it is manipulative and degrading to women as if they are stupid. They are glamorizing it with using owning credit cards and property, while we know they target impoverished minorities who will have neither, but will have an abortion because it has been paid for by your and my tax dollars. Since when is it ‘outdated’ to love life? Pay attention to this word. They are using it repeatedly as part of their messaging.” 

Gov. Lujan Grisham has outlined legalizing abortion up-to-birth as one of her top legislative priorities in the 2021 Legislative Session, so New Mexicans should begin calling and emailing their legislators requesting they oppose any amendment or bill that would try to repeal protections for women, as the Governor has proposed. In 2019, the Governor failed to ram through her extreme abortion bill, HB-51, however, due to the unexpected death and primary losses of pro-life Democrats in the Legislature, it is more probable she may have the votes to push this agenda forward.

The 55th Legislature opens on January 19 and it is closed to the public. Recently, the Governor erected a fence around the Capitol to prohibit the people of New Mexico from entering the perimeter.

If New Mexicans do not know who their legislators are, they can look them up by address here.

MLG warns New Mexicans not to protest Inauguration: ‘Do that from your living room’

On Thursday, Gov. Lujan Grisham held a COVID-19 briefing for the first time in a month, going over her plans for increased testing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine. She also was asked about the upcoming Inauguration and her decision to declare a state of emergency while erecting a massive fence around the state Capitol

“We’re seeing a drop-off in appetite for testing and we can’t have that,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham, who appeared to want to boost testing numbers. She also said the following regarding her preparations for security ahead of the presidential Inauguration on January 20th:

We’ve taken seriously all of the intel, which is not public even to some governors, right? There’s some very secure information that the FBI and others have. But they are certainly alerting us that being prepared is prudent–that there are calls to action to domestic terrorism groups all across the country and that those groups might try to travel into your state, some members of your state may be part of those groups, and I take that incredibly seriously. 

So, the safety of every single New Mexican during this next week and and beyond is first and foremost on my mind, and I believe, to date, that we have taken effective precautions for everyone.

Earnestly, there isn’t a governor in the country, including me, who doesn’t wish that we weren’t having to take these precautions and to do this preparedness and planning. My message to New Mexicans is… stay safe, and stay home. This is a week where if you’re celebrating the Inauguration, you can do that from your living room. If you’re displeased, then you do that from your living room. That we watch a peaceful transition of power, which is what this country is built on. 

And my last message is I ask for people to really work hard to keep everyone safe because no violence–domestic terrorism will not be tolerated here–and everyone who participates, if they participate, in any of those efforts in this state–they will be held swiftly and firmly accountable. And we will use the full extent of the law to do just that. But we are preparing every day. 

Earlier in the day, the Governor issued a melodramatic emergency declaration order due to the “threat of riots of insurrection.” It should be noted that the Inauguration of Joe Biden as president on January 20th is allegedly illegitimate due to widespread voter fraud across the United States.

It should be noted that during the summer, violent Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests erupted, resulting in the Governor giving these individuals a free pass to loot and riot in the streets, saying, “This is a violation of the mass gatherings, no doubt, but we’re just going to take a leap of faith in protecting protesters who have no other way, quite frankly. Right? There’s no other way to be seen, to be heard, to be respected, and to be clear about your message.”

Later in the presser, Gov. Lujan Grisham shoved local sheriffs and officials under the bus for not following her COVID-19 guidelines. She said the following:

I am still disappointed. I don’t think that we’re getting enough cooperation from local law enforcement on any of the public health orders, and you know, we recently received a complaint about a local mayor who continues to show up without a mask and engage in violations against the public health order. And we have an opportunity, and we have a court action that we have against this particular mayor to make sure this mayor is held accountable. 

I think this movement where people are confused that states are somehow using public health orders to thwart elected independence. It’s just frankly shortsighted and nonsense. Nobody wants a public health emergency. Everyone is required to do their part. Governors, in different fashions, absolutely have the power to declare emergencies and to work cohesively to do it. So I remain disappointed. That doesn’t mean that I don’t keep trying to do two things: engage more law enforcement personnel, including duly elected sheriffs, to work with us, not against us. Two, to make sure that they know that they don’t get to pick and choose which laws to enforce and not to enforce, and three to make all of our lawmakers clear that we have to be on the same page.

I do hope as this nation heals and figures out ways to have a better platform to debate and disagree and be professional and work through that, I hope that also roots itself in law enforcement, all elected officials all across the country. This is just not how we ought to be working together. And again, it’s a violation of their oath. We pay attention. We see that blatant facebook and other posts or statement, and we give them to the Attorney General and others, and I expect folks to do all of their jobs statewide, but I remain a little frustrated that that’s where we still are a year later.

NM Capitol fenced off ahead of Legislature, NM National Guard troops sent to DC for Inauguration

On Wednesday, it was reported that New Mexico National Guard soldiers and airmen were deployed to Washington, D.C. to act as security during the January 20th Inauguration. They reportedly will be among the 15,000 other troops from other states deployed for the event. “They will assist in areas like security, communications, and medical evaluation,” one report writes. 

“I am grateful to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for authorizing the New Mexico National Guard to work on this mission,” said Lujan Grisham-appointed Maj. Gen. Ken Nava, the Adjutant General of New Mexico. “This mission provides our Soldiers and Airmen the great opportunity to work and experience our democracy at work as they assist with a peaceful transition of power.”

Gov. Lujan Grisham faced harsh criticism early in her term as governor when she removed National Guard troops from the Southern Border helping in various capacities to assist federal authorities with securing the perimeter and administrative work. She called their presence there a “charade.” 

According to one National Guardsman who declined to give the Piñon Post his name in fear of retribution, he said that he was ordered to report Tuesday night to his base on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. to be sent off for his post in Washington, D.C.

The move to lock down the Nation’s Capitol comes after alleged Antifa and fringe groups led the charge to breach the poorly secured U.S. Capitol during President Donald Trump’s January 6th speech. During the speech, the President told his supporters to march to Congress and peacefully protest the stolen election. 

Trump said at the event, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” 

Now leftists are using the breach as an excuse to haul off tens of thousands of Army National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to “protect” the Nation’s Capitol from the American people.

In similar form, at the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, a large fence has been erected around the perimeter of the building, shutting the public out ahead of the 55th Legislative Session set to convene on January 19th, one day before the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The entire 2021 Legislature will be 100% virtual, meaning no public is allowed in the building. Speaker Brian Egolf cites “COVID-19” as the reason for this.  

It is unclear if there are any formal protests being organized on January 20th or the days running up to the inauguration in New Mexico, but the liberal media outlets are sure to be looking for rambunctious behavior from Trump supporters to attempt to damage the conservative movement, so peace is key.

President Trump said last night in a video statement, “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect Law Enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it and you are attacking our country.”

FULL TEXT: Congresswoman Yvette Herrell’s speech against impeachment

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Yvette Herrell from New Mexico’s Second District rose, along with her colleagues, to speak out in opposition to the Democrats’ second impeachment attempt of President Donald J. Trump, this time erroneously accusing him of “incitement of insurrection.” 

The Congresswoman’s full floor speech reads as follows:

“Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise in opposition to these articles of impeachment. Political violence has no place in our constitutional republic and those who assaulted police officers and forced their way into the Capitol are responsible for their criminal actions. Leaders in both parties have a responsibility to condemn such violence, whether in the halls of Congress or the streets of America. I don’t believe, Madam Speaker, that the American people have an appetite for this. They are expecting us to do the will of them–those who sent us from each state around the nation. Right now, Madam Speaker, we’ve seen this body impeach once before–trying to do it a second time. Two wrongs do not make a right. We’ve got to stand for the American people because we will not get a second chance to get this right the first time. 

Watch the live session below: 

Herrell stands firmly with President Trump as Dems make second partisan impeachment attempt

On Wednesday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to force through a rushed and vengeful second impeachment attempt in her chamber of Congress, which already has anti-Trump neocons and Democrats licking their lips at the prospect of taking down President Trump.

Democrats in New Mexico’s U.S. House delegation have lined up one by one and proudly shouted their support for another impeachment charade. This time, the impeachment claims the President “incited” what Democrats are calling “insurrection.”

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich wrote on his Facebook wall, “So should Donald Trump be impeached? Obviously. Should he be allowed to ever hold office again? Absolutely not. There must be accountability as we hold responsible those who committed these violent acts, those like the President who incited these crimes, and those who enabled the President’s worst impulses.” 

According to the Roswell Daily Record, Adan Serna, a spokesman for Democrat Ben Ray Luján, said, “If the impeachment proceedings come to the U.S. Senate and there is a trial, Lujan will support impeachment.” 

First-term Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez posted on Facebook, “Our beloved democracy was violently attacked. It’s time to finally hold this President accountable.” 

Rep. Deb Haaland did not respond to comments from the media today about the impeachment. However, she was rabidly supportive of the Democrats’ first impeachment attempt. She is former Vice President Joe Biden’s nominee for Department of the Interior despite her lack of experience in land management.

New Mexico’s lone Republican in the delegation, Rep. Yvette Herrell, spoke out strongly against impeachment or invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump, writing, “I don’t believe invoking the 25th or going through a second impeachment is really healthy for the nation. I think it puts fuel on the fire and I’m not in favor of that.” 

The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on the partisan impeachment attempt this afternoon. All of New Mexico’s congressional Democrats will likely vote for impeachment.

MLG proposes massive $7.3B budget, Dem legislators pre-file radical legislation

On Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Department of Finance and Administration released the Governor’s executive budget, which seeks to spend $7.3 billion, an increase of 3.3%. 

“The pandemic and economic uncertainty may have disrupted our forward momentum in job creation, child wellbeing improvements, and various other policy emphasis areas, but we are ready to bounce back quickly and robustly. This budget recommendation is our first step to position New Mexico to prosper in a post-pandemic world,” said the Governor.

Here’s the Governor’s proposed spend: 

  • $475M for additional pandemic relief for New Mexico.
  • $893.1M in total fund money for behavioral health support across all state agencies.
  • $193M for the continued rollout of early childhood education and care investments.
  • $5.1M for youth, adolescent, and young adult suicide prevention.
  • $151.2M to maintain K-5 Plus, Extended Learning Time (ELTP) & Career Technical Education and Community School Programs.
  • $26M to continue on the promise for tuition-free education at one of New Mexico’s public colleges, including
  • $4M for a pilot program for students that lost the lottery scholarship.
  • $25M to restore and revitalize the tourism economy.
  • $10M from the General Fund for broadband expansion across New Mexico, which should be bolstered by significant funding from capital outlay.
  • $4.5M for investments in cybersecurity for state agencies and public education institutions.
  • $2M for innovative grid modernization projects.
  • $6M for the Secretary of State to fund local elections.

NOTE: No further details from the Governor’s office were provided.

Also, Democrats in the New Mexico House and Senate are already preparing radical legislation, including an anti-life physician-assisted suicide bill that includes some horrifying language. The bill, sponsored by far-left friend of Gov. Lujan Grisham Rep. Deborah Armstrong (D-Bernalillo) and Senators Liz Stefanics (D-Santa Fe) and Bill O’Neill (D-Bernalillo) proposes a signed document where an individual requesting to have a medical professional help them kill themselves acknowledging the following:

“I understand the full import of this request, and I expect to die if I self-administer the medical aid in dying medication prescribed. I further understand that although most deaths occur within three hours, my death may take longer.” 

Another bill sponsored by Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Bernalillo) proposes “non-discrimination” in public schools over certain types of hair and headdresses, but not all. The bill outlines the “protected” styles below:

As used in this section: (1) “cultural headdresses” includes burkas, head wraps or other headdresses used as part of an individual’s personal cultural beliefs; (2) “protective hairstyles” includes such hairstyles as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, bantu knots, afros, weaves, wigs or head wraps; and (3) “race” includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, length of hair, protective hairstyles or cultural headdresses.”

A bill sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Bernalillo) proposes changes to the state’s definitions of what “domestic terrorism” is. A concerning section of the legislation appears to say any firearms teacher may be charged with a third-degree felony if someone they taught may at any time use the weapon for the bill’s definition of “terrorism.” 

Any person who teaches or demonstrates the use, application or making of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person with the intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used to commit terrorism as defined in Subsection C of this section in furtherance of a civil disorder is guilty of a third degree felony

Any person who trains, practices or receives instruction in the use of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person with the intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used to commit terrorism as defined in Subsection C of this section in furtherance of a civil disorder is guilty of a [fourth] third degree felony

The narrow definition may endanger gun stores, ranges, and firearms instructors, as they may be accused of being an accomplice to domestic terrorism, even if they are not.

The bill also redefines terrorism, as follows:

Terrorism consists of committing any act that causes great bodily harm or death with the intent to: (1) intimidate or coerce a civilian population, including committing mass violence in a place of worship or public accommodation; (2) influence the policy of a state entity or political subdivision of the state; or (3) affect the conduct of a state entity, political subdivision of the state or public accommodation by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping or an act of violence enumerated as a serious violent offense in Section 33-2-34 NMSA 1978. Whoever commits terrorism is guilty of a second degree felony.

The bill also bars the public from filing an Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) request on more information relating to “terrorism.” 

The following information is not subject to inspection pursuant to the Inspection of Public Records Act: (1) information a state entity receives regarding cyberterrorism, terroristic threats, terrorist acts or any other information prohibited by the Antiterrorism Act; (2) notice sent from the state entity to the New Mexico all source intelligence center regarding cyberterrorism, terroristic threats, terrorist acts or any other information prohibited by the Antiterrorism Act; and (3) information that the New Mexico all source intelligence center, other state entities and any political subdivision of the state receives from federal entities regarding the detection and prevention of cyberterrorism, terrorism and terroristic threats, terrorist acts or any other information prohibited by the Antiterrorism Act.”

Another bill proposed by far-left Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) looks to force private businesses, already suffering through Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s lockdowns, to pay their employees one hour of “paid sick leave” for every thirty hours worked. This means that if a worker works 40 hours per week for a year (52 weeks), they would have accrued 69.3 hours each year of “paid sick leave,” which all New Mexico employers would be forced to pay. The act, does, however, limit that number to 50 hours per year of accrued sick leave hours. 

Rubio is known for belittlign her constituents and saying, “Who said the shut down was only supposed to be temporary?”

These legislative proposals by House and Senate Democrats are not a definitive list for the 2021 Legislative Session, however, there is sure to be a fight ahead between Democrats and Republicans on this legislation. Abortion up-to-birth and legalization of recreational marijuana bills are expected to be proposed, per the Governor. All bills proposed so far can be found on NMLegis.gov.

This upcoming legislative session will be 100% virtual, per House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), meaning the public is barred from attending in-person, and technology will be 100% utilized.

NMSU professor and fmr. ‘NeverTrumper’ jumps on Trump Train, blasts leftist school president’s letter

Over the weekend, David K. Clements, a business law professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and former candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014, broke his silence on a left-wing letter the University President, John D. Floros, was disseminating.

Clements, who described himself as a “NeverTrumper,” said he did not vote for Trump or Clinton in 2016, but he did vote for the 45th President in 2020. 

In the video, he describes the double-standards he sees reeking from the left as they work to discredit and lie about the protesters who entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, interrupting a joint session of Congress as they prepared to vote on certification of the allegedly fraudulent presidential election.

“I don’t like making these type[s] of videos. I like my privacy. I don’t like confrontation, but I feel compelled to respond to an email that was sent yesterday by the President of the University because I feel someone needs to speak up for a large segment of the University that is silent,” said Clements. He added, “I hope to give you an idea of what a Trump voter might look like because right now, I’m seeing all kinds of things being sent through social media online that has equated Trump voters as ‘traitors,’ as ‘treasonous scum,’ as ‘racist.’” 

“75 million people–at least–voted for President Trump,” Clements noted. He mentioned one of these liberals dehumanizing Trump voters, state Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque), who wrote on her Twitter account that Trump voters should be “forever branded with a Scarlet S for seditionist.” The Piñon Post previously reported on this statement by Thomson. 

He then read from the letter NMSU President Floros penned. 

“Wednesday was a scary and difficult day. The heart of our democratic institutions, in the building that symbolizes freedom and democratic ideals around the world, was brutally attacked by an angry mob incited by a group of demagogues claiming to represent ‘true’ American values.” wrote Floros in the letter.

Clements opined, “Let me stop right there. Our cities were on fire… Kenosha, Wisconsin, was on fire. Parts of Minneapolis were burned to the ground. Courthouses were set on fire, police precincts were destroyed. I never got an email from the president condemning mob violence that was perpetrated by Antifa or Black Lives Matter, but we get this now. Hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and we are told time and time again that ‘riots are the voice of the unheard.’”  

Clements added how he was “offended that this is the email you’re going to send to faculty when you have been largely silent while cities have burned–people have lost their businesses, homes.” 

He went on to go through the rest of the NMSU president’s letter and explained that when he ran for U.S. Senate, he dealt with people who tried to push him around. He said, “I don’t have tolerance for bullies,” regarding a lawsuit one of his opponents filed against him, and he got dismissed with prejudice. 

Watch Clements’ full video below:

Piñon Post Editor: I am leaving Twitter FOREVER.

On Friday night, Twitter, President Trump’s once-preferred social media network, permanently suspended the 45th President’s account (@realDonaldTrump) and barred him from even posting on his official government account (@POTUS)—an unprecedented and dangerous assault on free speech. 

If these tech tyrants can suppress or “cancel” the United States’ sitting President, they can do the same to all of us—and they are. The mainstream media, aided by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and the hyenas screeching from their Ivory towers on Capitol Hill, erroneously claimed President Trump began an “insurrection” on the U.S. Capitol. Now, many unhinged and deeply disturbed members of Congress believe these leftist lies and conspiracy theories are grounds for another impeachment (coup) attempt. Trump called for no insurrection, but that didn’t matter to the left-wing media. 

These cowards’ move is not because they are actually angered by the lives lost at the U.S. Capitol, but because their hatred for President Donald Trump is greater than their love for this great country. If they somehow manage to impeach the President, they would permanently bar him from ever holding elected office again. 

These rabid partisan leftists and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) will do whatever it takes to tear down the President, uphold their illegitimate and fraudulent election results, and try to silence forever true Americans who duly elected and re-elected the 45th President of the United States. Aided by the tech giants, the fake news media, and the rabid cesspool rotting in the bowels of the D.C. Swamp, the Left started a civil war. Their first action: silence us.

On my personal Twitter account, which used to have nearly 5,000 followers, it now sits around the 3,600 follower mark, with over 1,100 followers are either suspended or left for another platform. On the Piñon Post Facebook and Twitter accounts, the platforms purged an editorial we wrote, claiming we “violated” their “community standards” and tanked our distribution. 

Note: the bloodthirsty terrorist Ayattolah Kamaine of Iran, anti-Semitic pastor Louis Farrakhan, white supremacist Richard Spencer, and Chinese Communist Party propagandists are still active on Twitter, yet the sitting U.S. President cannot post on the platform. 

But the mass exodus from the social media platforms wasn’t enough for these deranged, power-hungry tyrants. They couldn’t bear to see us leave their oh-so-precious Twitter and Facebook for another platform (the free speech application, Parler). So, these anti-free speech oligarchs colluded to effectively cripple Parler by removing it from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. But even that wasn’t enough. Amazon, the application’s server provider, pulled their hosting services, leaving Parler stranded and searching for a new host service. This will result in the social media platform being offline beginning late Sunday night until Monday afternoon.

The shameless assault on the American peoples’ right to free speech and expression, not to mention the President of the United States’ suppression, is dangerous and against everything our country was founded on. These social media titans can hide in their dark rooms and plot against honest, hard-working, and decent American patriots, but they will not be rewarded by me or by millions of others.

For these reasons, I announced over the weekend to all my remaining followers that I will be effectively leaving Twitter forever effective 11:59 p.m. tonight (Sunday) due to their down-right assault on basic free speech rights bestowed upon every citizen. If anyone would like to follow me on Parler, MeWe, Gab, or any other platform, I have linked them there, or you can find me on each platform @JohnForNM. I follow back. The Piñon Post will still be available on these platforms until we are permanently banned (which we expect to be sooner than later). I encourage each and every reader to leave Twitter and take their business elsewhere.

We must stand strong by our President and for our First Amendment. The Elitist Democrat Establishment and the spineless anti-Trump traitors in the Republican Party must be stopped, and the first step is by bleeding their allies in Big Tech dry by leaving these unpatriotic platforms full of double standards and censorship. 

As I wrote on my Twitter today as one of my last posts on the platform, “If Davy Crockett lived today, he’d probably say, ‘You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Parler!’”

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