New Mexico

MLG locks state down over Thanksgiving, shames mourners for attending funerals

On Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held her weekly COVID-19 press conferences, where she locked down the state for two weeks beginning Monday, November 16 and ending on Monday, November 30th. The lockdown coincidentally goes through Thanksgiving weekend.

Only five people can congregate together, and the Governor urged people not to gather whatsoever. The lockdown includes a total ban on in-person dining and a return to “essential” and “non-essential” businesses, with Big Box Stores allowed to stay open, while mom and pop shops will be closed. Houses of Worship can only operate at 25% capacity, and “non-essential” businesses are forced to reduce in-person activity by 100%.

During her presser, she also shamed mourners for attending funerals for loved ones, telling them their attendance of such solemn occasions were a “catastrophe.” She added that they should have said goodbye to dying loved ones over “FaceTime.” 

“The funerals [are] hard. You, know. I had to give a eulogy to someone who was really important to me. They did a 5-person funeral,” said the Governor. “We had a contact potential problem in the residence, which I disclosed…. I had to give a eulogy to someone I love while keeping out a family member over a telephone over a microphone,” she added.

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⁩ shames New Mexicans for attending a loved one’s funeral, tells them to say goodbye to them over FaceTime

She acknowledged that the holiday quarantine was a “terrible blow” to the hospitality industry, and also acknowledged that her lockdown was hard to enforce. She says “you really shouldn’t be here” and you should “eat in your hotel room” if you are staying in New Mexico over the holiday weekend. 

“We hate what it does to our economic partners. They did not create this pandemic. They are caught up in a pandemic with very few tools to reduce the spread,” added Lujan Grisham. Future restrictions will be based on county-by-county gating criteria based on COVID-19 cases and counties’ enforcement measures. 

“They aren’t giving states money to support their constituents and residents,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham, bemoaning the Federal government’s inaction to send even more money to the state, despite her squandering the first round of stimulus funds. She said, “Congress failed…. It’s not like they didn’t know.” 

The Governor also noted that she hopes for the Legislature to have a special session soon beginning within “days” to grant state funds for “unemployment support in a specialized state program,” among other things.

NM Secretary of State claims rigging an election is ‘next to impossible’

On Thursday, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver wrote on Twitter a strange statement defending her office’s work to ensure the integrity of election results. She claimed that it was “next to impossible” to “rig” an election and that there were multiple “safeguards” to endure elections were free and fair.

She wrote, “The layers of transparency, accountability & complexity involved in the election process make the act of “rigging” an election next to impossible. Every ballot in #NM is accounted for & every step of the process is layered w safeguards to ensure accuracy.” 

The photograph included in the tweet claims that each election has a county canvass, a canvas by the Secretary of State’s office, an independent post-election audit, and a review by the State Canvassing Board, which Toulouse Oliver notes include Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Democrat Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Michale E. Vigil, and the Canvassing Board. 

However, her office’s so-called “layers of transparency” don’t appear to add up, given that in 2018, there were thousands of irregularities in the Second Congressional District race when there was an independent audit done, which her state-run audit did not find. 

According to the report conducted after the election, “These anomalies are not simply organic. Reviewing the historical returns in the CD2 district, over the last five election cycles, the same degrees of variation between absentee votes and EV/ED votes do not exist in CD2 in any cycle to the degree found in the 2018 race.” 

Other major anomalies occurred, but the most malevolent of them is the 25% of absentee voters who requested ballots in Doña Ana County and never returned them — a number that rarely reaches 5%. According to the report:

“it is probably the strongest purely statistical red flag present in this whole election  — of the possibility that someone was submitting absentee ballot applications for Democrats. There is also a significantly high number of duplicate applications — where one voter supposedly submitted more than one absentee ballot application or submitted an absentee application after the absentee ballot had been received, or the voter had voted in person. In many of these cases the signature on the duplicate applications do not match each other.”

No information on these eye-opening irregularities came out in 2018 from the Secretary of State’s office, the state Canvassing Board, or any other supposed group that reviewed the election results, which was only found in an independent candidate-funded audit.

However, earlier in the day, the Secretary of State claimed that conspiracy theories” needed to be addressed, where she claimed Dominion Voting Systems do not glitch and that such assertions arecategorically false.” She also claimed any issues with Sharpie pens and voting are false.

The statements being made about Dominion Voting Systems are categorically false. No votes were changed or ‘glitched.’ There’s no secret CIA program for vote fraud. There are no issues with Sharpie pens being used to mark ballots,” she said.

Ted Cruz says New Mexico still ‘vigorously contested’ state in presidential election

On Sunday, Texas’ U.S. Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the election and the media’s continual urge to want to “coronate Joe Biden as the next president.” 

Cruz mentioned New Mexico in the states that are being hotly contested for the presidential race, saying, “The American people get to elect our president. And, and at this point, we’ve got numerous states that are, that are very closely and vigorously contested from Pennsylvania to Georgia, to Arizona, to New Mexico, to Michigan, to Wisconsin.” 

New Mexico uses Dominion Voting Systems to tabulate votes, the same software which has “glitched” in states like Michigan that changed thousands of Republican votes in swing districts to Democrat. 

It is unclear if similar irregularities happened in New Mexico elections, as just minutes after the polls closed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, Joe Biden was prematurely declared the winner of New Mexico, despite zero votes being counted yet.

There are multiple races that face recounts, including in the 13th Judicial District’s district attorney race where Democrat Barbara Romo and Republican Joshua Joe Jimenez are facing off for the seat with a razor-thin margin.

“The Sandoval County Clerk’s Office had around 700 additional ballots to tally up Tuesday that were not included in the totals on the Secretary of State’s website. Jimenez leads Romo by around 100 votes,” reports KOB 4.

As well, Republican former New Mexico state Rep. Ricky Little faces a recount where he leads Democrat Rep. Willie Madrid by a handful of votes in the 53rd House District. Madrid erroneously and without evidence claimed Otero County “wasn’t prepared” for the election, alleging voter suppression. 

4.5-mile-long caravan of patriotic Trump supporters parade into Santa Fe for ‘Stop the Steal’ rally

On Saturday, as part of the nationwide “Stop the Steal” rallies in support for a legal and fair election, patriots paraded into Santa Fe to the state Capitol to back the President as Democrats have been “finding” ballots in key swing states helping former Vice President Joe Biden. 

On the way to Santa Fe from Albuquerque was a 4.5-mile caravan of patriots, ready to rally for a free and fair election. 

Once the parade got to Santa Fe, it featured included notable figures in the state, such as Cowboys for Trump’s Couy Griffin, also an Otero County Commissioner, who rode into the Capitol on his horse, Red, and carrying a flag emblazoned with a Republican Party elephant.

Many folks carried Trump flags and signs, “Come and Take It” flags, and many American flags. 

Santa Fe Crime Stoppers offering $1k reward for tips after latest Santa Fe obelisk suspect arrested

On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican announced that a new suspect had been arrested following October’s toppling of the obelisk in downtown Santa Fe by supposed “Indigenous activists.” 

The press release reads as follows: 

Dawn Furlong (46 years old), was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Unauthorized Graffiti ($1,000 or less). 

The Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office continue to work together in the identification, location, and charging the individuals involved in this case in accordance with the judicial process.

At this time, we are continuing to identify individuals who will be facing charges for their involvement in the destruction of the Obelisk.

The Santa Fe Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved.

If you have information related to the damage to the obelisk or know of people who were directly involved, please contact Captain Anthony Tapia by calling 505-955-5286 or by emailing him at matapia@santafenm.gov .

If you were involved in the Obelisk destruction and would like to provide your statement to detectives, please contact Captain Anthony Tapia by calling 505-955-5286 or by emailing him at matapia@santafenm.gov.

The latest arrest comes as two individuals, Lily Sage Schweitzer and Ryan Witt were arrested and charged with similar counts, and more are expected to be arrested for the violent desecration of the downtown Santa Fe landmark.

Gov. MLG threatens new lockdown if New Mexicans don’t wear masks in their own homes

On Thursday, during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s COVID-19 press conference with Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase. They announced new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths they claim are due to COVID-19. During the briefing, Lujan Grisham brought up her frustration with New Mexicans not following her strict public health orders. 

“You’re going to hear from medical professionals that say you should get too used to wearing a mask, even indoors in your own home because too many of us are asymptomatic, and we just don’t know,” said the Governor.

“And you have to stay away from other individuals. I cannot tell you how many times we all see — all of us — on social media where people are taking photos without their masks right next to each other and saying, ‘Well… you know, I was six feet… I had a mask on.’ You were right next to another human being. You cannot get close to other humans. If you are six feet — within six feet of another New Mexican, you are too close. You are increasing the opportunity for this virus to spread,” continued Lujan Grisham.

The Governor added, “I implore all of us. These are the things that will make the difference. If we do not do them, more drastic decision making will occur and we will have a horrible November and a dramatically bad December. And nobody in this state deserves that.” 

.⁦@GovMLG⁩ threatens new lockdowns if people do not wear masks in their own homes “You cannot get close to other humans.”

“It’s hard for me to remain patient,” said Dr. Scrase. “We are preparing all of our institutions for an Italy-like situation in the next couple weeks.” He also said he predicts the COVID-19 pandemic to extend well over another year’s time. 

NM Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase predicts COVID-19 to go on for another year, saying hospitals will have “Italy-like” response to the pandemic.

Lujan Grisham also threatened small businesses with a new public health order, saying, “For every single business that has somehow picked one of the public health options for an essential business and ignored the five-person gathering, that’s no longer going to be a loophole. This wasn’t intended to crest opportunities for folks to further spread COVID. So that’s going to get done immediately. It’s going to affect a whole number of businesses.” 

The Governor added, “And you know we’re doing our crackdown, and you know that we’re doing our enforcement,” adding, “More is coming because those opportunities for us to do less because we are doing more in mask-wearing, social distancing, and other public health hygiene didn’t occur.” 

.⁦@GovMLG⁩ renews threat of new lockdown since she claims her “crackdown” on small business and individuals not complying with her public health orders hasn’t been effective.

Lujan Grisham also complained about local Law Enforcers unwilling to enforce her mandates.

Dr. Scrase spoke about a “wedding” and “potluck” being a “spreader” infecting 15 people and urging support of the Governor’s lockdown. 

Although new public health orders went into effect today, the Governor’s strong stance on a potential new lockdown appears inevitable, based on her comments during the press conference, especially with her bleak outlook on the months of November and December.

Santa Fe Police Department files first criminal charges against plaza obelisk vandals

On Wednesday, the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD) announced that they set their first slew of criminal charges against rioters who toppled the obelisk in downtown Santa Fe on October 12, 2020.

33-year-old Lily Sage Schweitzer was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting, Evading and/or Obstructing an Officer. 

29-year-old Ryan Witt was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unauthorized Graffiti (over $1,000), Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting, Evading and/or Obstructing an Officer.

According to the SFPD release, the Department is working together with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office to “identify, locate, and charge the individuals involved in this case in accordance with the judicial process.”

“At this time, several other individuals have been identified and will be facing charges for their involvement in the destruction of the Obelisk. A handful of others have also been contacted for questioning regarding their participation in the incident,” writes SFPD. 

“We would like to express our gratitude to the community for all of the tips and information we’ve received thus far. Thank you to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police for their assistance in helping us to identify those responsible,” said Police Chief Andrew Padilla.

Previously, Padilla said during a news conference with Mayor Alan Webber, “The monument, yes, it’s historical, but it’s an object.” He appears to now be taking the rioters’ destruction of property more seriously.

2020 NM Election: GOP makes slight legislative gains, Herrell ousts Torres Small from Congress

Record turnout in the 2020 General Election garnered much attention to countless races up and down the ballot, and many wins for Republicans. 912,565 ballots were cast across New Mexico, and voter enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle was high.

In New Mexico’s congressional delegation, Yvette Herrell bested first-term Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small by 20,461 votes, winning by a margin of 53.9% to 46.1%. Torres Small voted with Nancy Pelosi 94% of the time, including to impeach President Donald Trump and to pass sweeping anti-Second Amendment gun bans. 

Herrell had the endorsement of President Donald Trump and many pro-Trump leaders, including Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and others. Torres Small had the support of D.C. establishment figures, Planned Parenthood, and anti-gun groups. 

Democrat Rep. Ben Ray Luján won the open U.S. Senate seat, beating Republican Mark Ronchetti by 4%. Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland won re-election in the 1st Congressional District, while Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez won the open 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Luján.

In the state legislature, Republicans picked off a few seats from Democrat control, including Sen. Clemente Sanchez’s 30th Senate District seat, which he will be vacating after he lost the primary. Republican Joshua A. Sanchez won that race against far-left Democrat Pamela Cordova. 

Republican Crystal Diamond picked up Senate District 35 in the southeast part of the state, being vacated by Sen. John Arthur Smith, who also lost his primary election. Diamond ran against Naomi Martinez-Parra, a favorite of far-left Speaker Brian Egolf and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

Republican Luis Terrazas bested incumbent Democrat Rep. Rudolpho Martinez in House District 39, also in southeast New Mexico, winning 53% to 47%. 

House District 53 is still up in the air, as there is a possible recount between former Democrat Rep. Ricky Little and incumbent Rep. Willie Madrid. Little is leading by a handful of votes with 3,275 to Madrid’s 3,268.

In an open seat in House District 22, being vacated by Senator-elect Gregg Schmedes, Republican Stefani Lord beat out Jessica Velasquez in the Bernalillo-area seat. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Democrats picked up a net gain of one seat in the New Mexico Senate, “pushing their advantage to 27-15 — and lose three seats in the House, dropping their edge to 43-26, with one independent.” 

New Mexicans approved Constitutional Amendment 1 to give more power to the New Mexico Governor by abolishing an elected Public Regulation Commission and instead allowing the Governor to appoint a three-member panel to regulate utilities in New Mexico. The measure passed with 55% support.

Another measure, Constitutional Amendment 2 allowing the Legislature to dictate term limits on state, county, and local elected leaders also passed, giving more power to Santa Fe bureaucrats. The measure passed with 67% support. 

Although Republicans did not win the presidential race and many others down the ballots, they did make gains in the Legislature, while flipping the crucial Second Congressional District race. The newly elected legislators across New Mexico will be positioned well to fight hard against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her increasing penchant to hold onto power.

Report: Herrell projected to unseat Torres Small in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District

Late Tuesday night, KOB 4 protected Republican Yvette Herrell to unseat first-term Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, returning the southern New Mexico district back to Republican control.

In 2018, news outlets projected Herrell the winner late in the night until thousands of absentee ballots mysteriously appeared in Doña Ana County, swinging the election to Torres Small.

Piñon Post has yet to project the race, although by 11:36 p.m., Herrell leads Torres Small by 54% to 46%, with Herrell at 140,808 and Torres Small at 119,784. 

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has stopped the counting of absentee ballots at 11:00 p.m., however, it is unclear if mysterious ballots will once again appear in the district to swing the election to Torres Small once again.

Republican Party of New Mexico offering free rides to the polls on Election Day

On Monday, New Mexico Republican Party (RPNM) Chairman Steve Pearce announced that RPNM is offering free rides to the polls on Election Day.

Rides will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by calling 505-298-2662 to schedule a ride.

Pearce wrote on Twitter, “Do you need a ride to the polls tomorrow? We are offering FREE rides to polling locations across New Mexico on Election Day.” 

Polls are open on November 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and as loong as voters are in line at 7:00 p.m., they are allowed to vote no matter how long they must wait to vote. 

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