New Mexico

Lujan Grisham regime responds to CO gov’s comments on NM mask mandate

Democrat Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently threw shade at scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her strict mask mandate in the state, which shows it is not helping, especially with New Mexico having the fifth-highest infection rate in the nation despite the edict.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, “A Lujan Grisham spokeswoman said Polis’ comments were ‘disappointing,’ citing studies showing that wearing a mask, especially a surgical mask, reduces the spread of [the virus].”

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Department of Health spokesman Matt Bieber claimed, “The science is unequivocal: when high-quality masks are worn correctly, they are incredibly effective at reducing the spread,” claiming, “Without a mask mandate, New Mexico would have more cases.”

However, many are not buying the Lujan Grisham regime’s excuses.

Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce said that the Lujan Grisham regime lacks “real science to support” the mandate. He said that virus infection numbers “keep climbing, even with Lujan Grisham’s forced mask mandates.”

While New Mexico remains a top infected state, Lujan Grisham has been galavanting across the globe, traveling to Scotland for a “climate change” conspiracy theory conference on the taxpayers’ dime and then traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in Joe Biden’s bill signing of the far-left $1.2 trillion non-infrastructure bill.

During her trip to D.C., the governor has been spotted in a massive 3M mask covering most of her face, including while on live television interviews. Kendall Witmer, Lujan Grisham’s campaign spokeswoman claimed the embattled governor masking herself “underscored her respect of New Mexico’s health care workers and families by wearing a mask while in D.C.”

MLG jets off to D.C. while NM has 5th-highest virus infection rate

While New Mexico has the fifth-highest virus infection rate in the nation despite her strict lockdowns, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham jetted off to Washington, D.C. on Sunday to attend Joe Biden’s signing of the $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” boondoggle, which is only 15% or less infrastructure-focused.

Lujan Grisham’s D.C. trip comes just a week after the embattled Governor returned from Scotland where she and leftist world leaders wined and dined while discussing the “climate change” conspiracy theory. 

Lujan Grisham, as well as multiple staffers and cabinet members, attended the far-left Scotland excursion, likely pinning a bill of tens of thousands of dollars on New Mexico Citizens.

Now, Lujan Grisham’s trip to the Nation’s Capitol comes as New Mexico was roasted by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for having a high infection rate despite a strict mask mandate. Despite multiple crises brewing in New Mexico, Lujan Grisham’s priorities are in Washington, where she served in Congress from 2013 to 2019.

Joe Biden’s far-left infrastructure bill included many freebies, including Sen. Ben Ray Luján’s first apparent legislation signed into law in his nearly 13 years in Congress. The bill included his left-wing eco-Marxist proposals to harm the oil and gas industry. 

All members of the New Mexico delegation voted for Joe Biden’s far-left infrastructure bill except for Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM-02), who claimed the bill was full of policy “unicorns,” meaning pork. 

Despite New Mexico being ranked as the state most heavily reliant on the federal government, the state remains low in child well-being, education, opportunity, and just about every other factor regarding quality of life.

MLG claims GOP ‘attacking our personal freedoms’ in desperate fundraising ploy

Ahead of December special session for redistricting, which is rumored to begin on December 6, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is frantically sending out fundraising pleas to supporters asking for donations. During a special session of the Legislature, Lujan Grisham would be barred from fundraising, per state law.

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So, the Lujan Grisham campaign has begun the desperate fundraising asks. Since Monday, November 8, the embattled governor has sent out nine fundraising emails, averaging at least one per day. The emails read anything from “December is coming” to generic “stop the GOP” messaging.

In one email, Lujan Grisham’s team writes, “Starting in early December, we won’t be able to fundraise AT ALL for three whole months because the New Mexico State Legislature is meeting for a special session.”

“If we fail to reach our $150,000 goal, New Mexico could flip red, just like Virginia did this month,” the campaign writes.

In one hilarious ask, the Lujan Grisham campaign wrote, “If the GOP flips New Mexico – just like they flipped Virginia this month – they could weaken our democracy and attack our personal freedoms. So, we need your immediate support to keep New Mexico blue.”

It is unclear what the campaign is referring to with “weakening our democracy” or “attacking our personal freedoms,” but the harsh mask and jab mandates the militant regime have instituted prove ironic for a campaign trying to claim it is a bastion of supposed “personal freedoms.”

In another fundraising ask sent by Lujan Grisham’s finance director called“Brandon,” he claims voting rights to reproductive freedom is on the line.”

The desperate fundraising ploys appear just to be getting more desperate as December approaches. Still, there is no lack of irony in Lujan Grisham’s campaign emails, as her administration has mandated many anti-freedom edicts that are harming New Mexicans and permanently closed 40% of small businesses in the state.

Dem Colorado governor throws shade at MLG over mask mandate

According to CBS4 Denver, Democrat Colorado Gov. Jared Polis threw shade at New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham over her strict indoor mask mandate. The news outlet reported that Polis “does not plan on bringing back a mask mandate throughout the state, even as virus cases surge. 

Polis “said he would leave masking orders to the counties, citing that neighboring New Mexico has a mask mandate and cases were comparable to those seen in Colorado,”

“Scientists simply don’t know why our region has a spike,” Polis said.

“We are going to add five more monoclonal antibody treatment busses by mid-December. Those will be available in both urban and rural areas,” Polis said.

Lujan Grisham, on the other hand, has implemented a harsh lockdown of the state, which has not seen any success whatsoever. Despite the harsh edicts from Lujan Grisham, New Mexico is ranked fifth in the nation for new virus cases.

However, Lujan Grisham administration officials continue to blame the rise in cases on people not getting the jab, with the Santa Fe New Mexican reporting, “State Health Department officials warned during a briefing Wednesday cases in New Mexico would continue to rise as the state’s [inoculation] rate plateaus.”

Lujan Grisham and Polis served in Congress together, both being first elected governor of their respective states in 2018.

New Mexicans protest MLG’s racist CRT social studies updates

On Friday, the embattled Michelle Lujan Grisham administration’s New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) heard input from the public via a Zoom meeting regarding proposed updates to social studies standards that include the racist Critical Race Theory (CRT). 

Parents and community members were overwhelmingly against the measures proposed. Stephen Theiss, a Santa Fe parent, said: “I believe the curriculum does seem to be a little over-politicized.” He added, “I don’t necessarily trust a teacher to be disciplined enough to keep their own political views out of this discussion.”

Multiple critics assailed the proposed standards as “anti-Hispanic,” “anti-gun,” “anti-conservative,” and overall racist.

For instance, in the proposed standards, students are to “[a]ssess how social policies and economic forces offer privilege or systemic inequity in accessing social, political, and economic opportunity for identity groups in education, government, healthcare, industry, and law enforcement.” This is a tenet of CRT.

Outside of the NMPED building in Santa Fe, parents and concerned New Mexicans protested the implementation of these standards, with signs reading things like “My Kids Identify as American,” “Stop Teaching Racism and Division,” “That Wish We Call Critical Race Theory By Any Other Name Still Stinketh,” “Creates Racial Tensions,” among others. 

According to NMPED, “​​We received 1,445+ pages of written comment, and 107 people spoke about the standards in today’s hearing. By our count, 59 were in support and 48 in opposition.” These figures have not yet been independently verified by the Piñon Post.

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales also doubled down on his previous comments bashing parents concerned over CRT as a “noisy minority.” He told the Albuquerque Journal “In reality, it’s a smokescreen because critical race theory isn’t taught in the school system,” despite it being engrained in the very frameworks proposed by NMPED. 

The standards include alarming new benchmarks, specifically targeting Hispanics, writing regarding historical thinking that students should “Compare the patterns of exploration, destruction and occupation of the Americas by Spaniards.”

Also demonized in the new curriculum are guns and gun owners. The rule states, that students are to “Examine the history of guns in America as compared to other world powers and the consequences of gun violence on American society past, present, and future.” 

Read more about CRT and other updates in the proposed rules by visiting our analysis.

Two more top Lujan Grisham officials jump ship from scandal-ridden regime

On Friday, it was reported that two top officials in the administration of scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are resigning from the disgraced regime. 

State Engineer John D’Antonio, the state’s chief water official, submitted his resignation, which will take effect next month. According to the Albuquerque Journal, D’Antonio cited “a lack of financial support to protect the state’s water resources.”

“But he cited a persistent lack of financial resources for the Office of the State Engineer and unfunded mandates as factors in his resignation. He expects several senior staff members who are eligible for retirement to announce departures, too,” according to the Journal.

According to D’Antonio, the Department is down over 67 employees from the Bill Richardson administration when he previously served as the state engineer. 

He said the agency had been asking for “additional staff and funding to protect the state’s water resources” for nearly three years.

D’Antonio, as the state engineer, serves on the Interstate Stream Commission, which will now create the second vacancy on the panel. 

Then, Democrat failed candidate for Congress in the Third District and deputy superintendent of the state Regulation and Licensing Department John Blair announced he would be resigning from the scandal-ridden administration, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Blair’s job is a high-profile gig that includes standing up the regulatory and licensing framework for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry.

“Blair’s unexpected departure, which he announced in an email Wednesday, has sparked speculation he was forced out,” according to the report.

He claimed, “I wasn’t asked to leave the department. I think the governor was interested in having me do some other stuff within state government and … I had this other great opportunity outside of state government, and so I thought it would be a good time to move on.”

The Regulation and Licensing Department has already hired Blair’s successor. Failed Democrat congressional candidate in the First District and ex-staffer for the Governor, Victor Reyes, has been tapped as the new deputy superintendent.The news of these latest departures from the disgraced Lujan Grisham regime comes after multiple scandals across departments, including at the Department of Workforce Solutions, where hundreds of millions of federal dollars have vanished, the Children, Youth, and Families Department where records have been mass deleted, and whistleblowers have been fired in retribution.

Four Democrat senators break with MLG, say she violated NM Constitution

According to a new amicus brief filed in the state Supreme Court supporting a lawsuit regarding scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s unilateral use of federal funds, four Democrat state senators are claiming the embattled Governor defied the Constitution. The case was originally filed by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo), who said he will not seek another term, and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen), the Senate minority leader.

Senators George Muñoz (D-Gallup), Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces), Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo), and Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo), all wrote that “New Mexico’s Constitution and previous court rulings make it clear Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a fellow Democrat, should not have sole authority to decide how to spend what’s left of $1.7 billion in federal relief funds,” according to the Albuquerque Journal.

The Constitution states “money shall be paid out of the treasury only upon appropriations made by the Legislature,” except interest or other payments on public debt.

“Our Constitution creates a separation of powers that vests the appropriation function primarily but not exclusively in the Legislature,” the document states. “Our Constitution also creates checks and balances among all three branches of government, so that no one branch can attain disproportionate power.”

“The Constitution vests the appropriation power in legislators from 112 districts across the state because it is essential to have a diversity of interests represented when the Legislature sets spending priorities,” the four legislators wrote in their filing. “This representation of diverse views would be lost if the appropriation power were vested in one person.”

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “In their amicus brief, the senators wrote counsel for the governor ‘misconstrued’ a previous court case, ‘as can be seen by actually reading the case rather than grabbing a few lines from it.’ The senators also claimed the governor’s counsel advanced a ‘confusing and erroneous argument’ in a brief filed Oct. 15. Her attorneys argued a ‘suspense fund’ where federal relief funds are being held ‘is somehow separate from the state treasury,’ the senators wrote.”

“The ‘suspense’ argument is disproved by the very statute that the governor quotes in the brief,” they wrote. “How could the governor’s counsel misread the plain text of this statute? The statute says that all public money shall be paid into the state treasury.”

However, Lujan Grisham’s press secretary claimed, “Courts have previously made clear the Legislature may appropriate state, not federal, funds,” She added, “We have no further comment on pending litigation, and the Lujan Grisham administration looks forward to continuing to provide ongoing support for economic rejuvenation throughout the state.”

New Mexicans grieve the passing of GOP former state Rep. Dianne Hamilton

On Wednesday, New Mexicans learned of the passing of Republican former state Rep. Dianne Hamilton, 87, who represented District 38 in Grant, Sierra, and Hidalgo counties from 1998 to 2016.

According to the Grant County Beat

Hamilton was born in Kansas City, Mo., on January 31, 1934, to Dr. Lawrence and Thelma Miller. She attended Catholic parochial schools until high school, graduating from Southwest High in 1951. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955 with a degree in education. She taught in Kansas City public schools and pursued a broadcasting career until she married her husband of 60 years, Marine Corps officer John A. Hamilton, in December of 1956.

For the next 20 years Hamilton followed her husband’s career through the military and its many moves while raising their four children: son Drew and daughters Jared, Lynn, and Merritt. After John retired from the Marines in 1974, the family moved to Silver City where John worked for the local copper mine.

Hamilton hosted two daily radio programs in Silver City from 1976-1999. During the last 45 years, she held leadership roles in many community organizations including the Mimbres Arts Council, the Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation, the board of Hidalgo Medical Services, and the Silver City Library Board. In 1980 she became an associate member of her local LULAC council. That same year she helped to found Silver City’s first shelter for victims of domestic violence, El Refugio, which continues to help abuse victims four decades later.

Hamilton was appointed to the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents in 1990 by Governor Bruce King. She served until 1998, serving President of the Board for the last four years of her term. She received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexican Women in 1994 and was named the Silver City/Grant County Citizen of the Year in 1995.

Many legislators and public officials grieved Hamilton’s loss. Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM-02) wrote on Facebook, that she was “[s]addened that my dear friend, colleague, and great New Mexican Dianne Hamilton has passed away. She served her fellow citizens faithfully in the NM House of Representatives, and she raised up an amazing and strong family. Please join me in praying for them and celebrating Dianne’s wonderful life!”

State Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) said, “I loved each of our visits and hearing her stories from the Roundhouse. She was a friend and I will miss her dearly.”

“Our community has surely lost a wonderful woman and leader with the passing of Dianne Hamilton,” said State Representative Luis Terrazas (R-Silver City). “I remember hearing Rep. Hamilton on the radio growing up and will forever cherish her mentorship and encouragement to become involved in our community.”

“Representative Hamilton was an excellent advocate for her community, and also helped pave the way for the many women serving in our Legislature,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). “Our caucus is proud to have served with Dianne Hamilton, and we will miss her presence and friendship.” 

The New Mexico House Republicans wrote, “Our condolences are with the family and friends of former State Rep. Dianne Hamilton. Rep. Hamilton served in the legislature from 1998 – 2016. We will miss Rep. Hamilton’s presence and friendship.”
According to the New Mexico House Republicans, “Arrangements are pending with the New Mexico State Capitol where she will lie state and with St. Francis Newman Center Parish in Silver City. She will be interred with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.”

Runoff: New Mexicans must unite to elect Grout, Robertson to ABQ City Council

Although conservative New Mexicans secured many victories in the 2021 municipal elections, including our state’s mayorships, city council seats, school board positions, and other local offices, the work is not yet done.

Two conservatives, Reneé Grout (District 9) and Lori Robertson (District 7), are vying for positions on the Albuquerque City Council after they both got just shy of the 50% threshold in the November 2 elections. 

Grout faces off against far-leftist Robert C. Grilley, Jr, who has the endorsements of Sen. Martin Heinrich, abortion up-to-birth group Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico, the eco-Marxist group the Sierra Club, pro-illegal alien group Dreams in Action, among far-left legislators. 

Robertson faces off against another leftist, Tammy Fiebelkorn, who has the endorsements of billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing group Moms Demand Action, the Sierra Club, as well as far-left former city leaders.

If these two candidates win the runoff election, the Albuquerque City Council will shift power from a leftist majority to a conservative majority — putting a huge barrier on Tim Keller’s apparent unchecked power with the current makeup of the Council. This election is a critical one, especially since the fate of New Mexico’s largest city hangs in the balance with this runoff election.

In the past, far-left Albuquerque city councilors have attempted overreaching gun bans, eco-leftist proposals, plastic bag and straw bans, and “demilitarization” of the police: code for defunding the police and leaving them defenseless against the enemy. More of this extremism will creep into the Albuquerque City Council if Grout and Robertson do not win on November 7.

VOTING DETAILS:

December 7, with early voting starting November 14 through December 4. Early voting sites are closed Nov. 25 through the 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Early voting locations: 

Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A 87104 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Caracol Plaza – 12500 Montgomery NE, Suite 101 87111 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E 87108 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE, 87110 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Ave SE, Suite 1420 87123 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly Ave NE, Suite B-6 87113 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE, Suite B-3 87111 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo – 6001 San Mateo NE, Suite B-3 87109 Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Learn more about Lori Robertson here.

Learn more about Reneé Grout here.

Activists holding Tuesday protest against NMSU’s jab mandate

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (NMFA) is holding a protest to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) jab mandate on-campus, which is forces all students and staff to get the jab by December 8. 

“This mandate violates the fundamental right of bodily autonomy and prevents Informed Consent,” the group claims.

“In response to the mandate, NMSU staff and students will be having a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not agree with this mandate. Vaccinated and unvaccinated alike will stand … together in solidarity for the human right of being able to choose one’s own medical treatments. The demonstration will be on Tuesday, November 9th from 1-3 pm at the sundial on the horseshoe,” a press release reads. More logistics about the event:

What: Demonstration Against NMSU Vaccine Mandate

When: Tuesday November 9th from 1-3pm

Where: Sundial on the NMSU Horseshoe, Main Campus

“These mandates are not only going to cripple the workforce at NMSU but will affect the many families that rely on this job to feed their families. How many are going to become homeless due to this mandate? This is not a  choice, this is coercion by our government,” said Karen Montoya, an administrative assistant on NMSU’s main campus.

“We have many custodians, admin assistants, instructors, professors, and students who demand the right to choose. Coercion is not a choice. Our individual rights are undeniable, and NMSU will lose many talented,  dependable and essential people if it continues down this path.” 

Robin Korody, an adjunct instructor at NMSU said, “This mandate violates my rights, and it does not even make sense. I work remotely and have no contact with students or other staff. I also have natural immunity to the virus. I will not agree to take a shot I do not need, nor to be tested weekly. I do not consent.”  

“I should not have to choose between my livelihood and being forced to receive a medical treatment. How can people sit by and watch this level of discrimination and unequal treatment? Just like everyone else, I deserve the right to weigh my own healthcare decisions and discuss them with my doctor, without any threats or coercion,” said Kass Sammons, an administrative assistant in the Cooperative Extension Service. 

NMFA continued, “NMSU’s vaccine mandate is coming at a time when the effectiveness of all COVID-19 vaccines at preventing spread is being called into question. The CDC has acknowledged that vaccinated people can easily spread the illness to others.  Requirements to test only unvaccinated students and staff do not make sense in light of these facts”

“Furthermore, no government or institution can know what is best for everyone’s health decisions. People have diverse healthcare needs, and one-size-fits-all medical solutions are not appropriate. All NMSU students and staff deserve the right to choose what happens to their own body. The people who want to get vaccinated should do so. Those who don’t  want to do so have the fundamental human right to say NO!”

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