New Mexico

Law-and-order Herrell clear winner over soft-on-crime, anti-Trump Torres Small in CD-2 TV debate

On Sunday night, both Republican New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell and Democrat U.S. Rep Xochitl Torres Small came together remotely for the first televised Second Congressional District debate on KOAT 7, where the candidates revealed a stark difference between themselves and their visions for the sprawling Southern New Mexico district. 

Torres Small came off as a party-line Democrat despite her spouting the continuous phrase that she “worked with President Trump,” while she voted to impeach him twice. Herrell made sure to bring up Torres Small’s vote to impeach the President that she claimed to work with, and she went on the defense. 

She repeated the debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory that the impeachment charges stemmed from, claiming, “I felt like our national security was at risk when there was a potential that the President was using his office for political gain and misusing military support to do so.” President Trump was acquitted by the U.S. Senate and exonerated by the Department of Justice of any wrongdoing from the Democrats’ flimsy accusations. 

When it came to the Second Amendment, Herrell strongly supported gun ownership without any red tape from the government bureaucracy. “I will not support any ban, in fact, I would not support any legislation that would have an impact on our Second Amendment,” said Herrell.

In contrast, Torres Small touted her vote to ban the private transfer of firearms and criminalize people under 21 from owning handguns through her support of a “Universal Background Check Bill,” H.R. 8. She said, “There shouldn’t be loopholes when it comes to our legislation either. There’s no shortcuts; that’s why I did support comprehensive background checks.” 

The rural Second Congressional District has many gun owners, and Torres Small’s vote to take those away should not bode well for her as she moves forward on the campaign trail.

Regarding defunding the police, Torres Small claimed that the American system of law-and-order is one of “systemic” racism, throwing law enforcers under the bus. In stark contrast, Herrell stood proudly by law enforcers, saying “We need to be talking about defending the police, not defunding them.” 

Torres Small also admitted to be voting for Joe Biden, despite refusing to speak publicly about her vote for president, especially with her role as a public figure. 

Herrell came off as in-tune with the needs of the district and as a champion of rural New Mexico, while Torres Small’s support for Joe Biden, Ukraine conspiracy theories, and anti-gun policies showed her as a weaker and more DC-influenced politician who can be bought and swayed, as evident with her 95% Nancy Pelosi voting record, according to ProPublica. Herrell came off as the clear winner and the best choice for the people of CD-2.

Watch the whole debate here:

MLG claims GOP trying to ‘rob the soul of our state’ by working to defeat Ben Ray Luján

Ben Ray Luján is spooked out of his wits at the prospect of Republicans; specifically, his GOP opponent Mark Ronchetti winning the open U.S. Senate seat and other races across the nation. In a rare move, Luján had Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (who may or may not be his cousin) sign an email for him asking for donations. 

Lujan Grisham wrote in the email: 

I’m proud to be the governor of New Mexico every day.

But right now, I need your urgent help to protect it. Here’s why:

— First, Trump barged into New Mexico, held a massive rally, and pledged to turn us red.

— Then, Republicans launched hundreds of thousands in attack ads to take Ben Ray down.

— Now, alarming new polls show Republicans are just SINGLE digits from overtaking him.

We cannot allow Trump and his Republicans to flood New Mexico with cash and rob the soul of our state for their political gain.

Will you rush $10 before the 72-hour deadline to ensure Ben Ray WINS this Senate race?

The move by Lujan Grisham to sign email copy for Luján may mean Republicans truly have a shot at taking the Senate seat, with the Left freaking out, at least through email correspondence, with doom and gloom rhetoric claiming the President of the United States (including New Mexico) “barged” into the state (despite it being in the United States), among other heated lines.

Particularly noteworthy is Lujan Grisham’s plea that Trump and his Republican friends are “robbing” the “soul” of our state for political gain when in reality, Lujan Grisham and Luján have been on the forefront of anti-New Mexico policies that are harming New Mexico and the economy.

Some such policies that are noteworthy include their obsession with legalizing abortion up-to-birth and infanticide in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham pushed hard for a bill to strip protections in state statute for unborn infants, which the Democrat Legislature overwhelmingly rejected. Luján refused to sign onto a bipartisan bill called the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which would have given basic medical care to babies born through a failed abortion, which his fellow New Mexico Democrat representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small also refused to sign onto. 

Lujan Grisham also passed New Mexico’s “mini” Green New Deal, aiming to wipe out all state oil production. At the same time, Luján has endorsed the actual Green New Deal championed by New York socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Lujan Grisham signed a bill stripping counties’ “Right to Work” ordinances away, forcing people to join bureaucratic unions that eat away at workers’ paychecks, as well as bills to raise working families’ taxes. She also supports taxing seniors’ Social Security checks, which folks have paid into their entire working lives. 

Now, as President Trump has signaled he may be coming to New Mexico soon, Lujan Grisham and her (cousin?) are running scared, flinging any heated rhetoric at all at the wall, hoping something, anything sticks.

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Liberal media fixates on handful of pro-BLM UNM students, ignores giant #newmexit rally at Capitol

On Saturday, patriots from all across New Mexico came together in Santa Fe for a unifying pro-Trump “#newmexit” freedom rally, where speakers included the #newmexit movement’s founders, candidates, and other groups.

There were hundreds of patriots attending to support exiting from the Democrat Party and to rally the troops ahead of Election Day. According to one report, attendees numbered 900-950 people in total. 

The description on the Facebook event reads, “Celebrate New Mexicans exiting the Democrat party. New Mexico has been in blue bondage for over 85 years, and now it’s time to turn NM Red. Great speakers, music and a chance to register to vote or change your party.”

The event then turned from a political rally to a worship and prayer “revival” service called the “NM Return,” which featured music and prayer for New Mexico and the nation. 

Despite the massive crowds attracted to the hybrid event, the media instead chose to fixate on a handful of whiny college students at the University of New Mexico sitting on the quad and supporting the far-left racist “Black Lives Matter” movement, which is closely tied with Marxism and self-hatred for people who are not Black.

One of the signs at the scraggly event read, “WE ARE HERE TO ADDRESS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION TOWARDS THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND THE VIOLATION OF THEIR RIGHTS.” 

Below are screenshots of both KOAT 7 and KOB 4 fixating on the Black Lives Matter UNM rally, while not even mentioning the giant patriotic rally in Santa Fe.

Trump says his team is ‘working hard in New Mexico’ and that he ‘will be there soon’

On Friday, President Trump shot off a morning tweet to the people of New Mexico, touting his work to protect the Second Amendment and his building of the wall on New Mexico’s southern border with Mexico.

The President wrote, “Working hard in New Mexico. I built the Wall (security) and will totally protect your Second Amendment (The Dems want to obliterate it!). Will be there soon!” 

The tweet possibly signals that the President or his team will come to the state to rally the troops in a “peaceful protest,” or possibly he will send a surrogate of his campaign to the state, such as his son Don Jr., who previously came to New Mexico for a Latinos for Trump event.

In recent weeks, the Trump team in New Mexico has been holding massive events, notably the “Women for Trump” bus tour, which has been getting large crowds, and the Trump Victory team has been knocking on hundreds of thousands of doors across the state, looking for a Republican win in November.

Deb Haaland blasts Trump as a ‘dictator’ while telling followers ‘I refuse to lose my power’

On Wednesday, far-left Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1) took to Twitter to blast President Trump for calling for fair elections. The President has repeatedly spoken about all mail-in elections being prone to voter fraud, which has proven to be true.

Haaland called the President a “dictator,” saying only despotic leaders in countries “where elections are predetermined” speak as he has. However, Haaland’s party has embraced socialism, which is the ideology running through many failed states, notably Cuba and Venezuela, which are lush with natural resources. Yet, their undemocratic socialist dictators have turned them into some of the poorest places on Earth.

Haaland did not stop there. In a statement that likely only a dictator would make, she wrote, “I refuse to lose my power,” urging all of her followers to sign up to vote. 

Haaland’s Republican opponent Michelle Garcia Holmes responded, writing on her Facebook wall, “Earlier today Deb started out her tweet with these words. Last I checked Congress is the ‘People’s House.’ She’s why we have to get the POWER back to the people!”

Haaland votes 95% of the time with socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), 96% of the time with Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and 96% of the time with Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). She has been a far-left champion of the Democrat Party’s most fringe policies and called a violent Antifa mob of domestic terrorists “peaceful protesters.” 

CA’s Gov. Newsom signs order banning gas-powered car sales by 2035—NM could be next

On Wednesday, California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would bar the sale of new gas-powered vehicles starting in 2035 via executive order. 

“Transportation represents more than 50% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, Newsom said on Wednesday before signing the executive order,” reports the Washington Examiner

“Newsom said the move to bar internal combustion engines is an economic opportunity for California, which alone has 34 manufacturers of electric cars.” 

The extreme move means California’s residents will be faced with an imminent mandate to buy electric cars, which could hurt working families who cannot afford to invest in such expensive technology.

Newsom’s executive action could very well be mimicked by New Mexico, as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has followed suit with California on multiple energy-based issues, such as signing New Mexico’s “Energy Transition Act,” which will ban all oil production by 2045. 

According to a 2019 review by Power The Future, “Governor Lujan Grisham traveled an estimated 6,000 miles by car and took 15 flights across the country from May through July while utilizing fossil fuel-based transportation. This despite her promise to ‘promote the purchase and use of electric vehicles in our state, in order to help make it a center of that growing industry.’” The numbers are likely to be much higher today, as the Governor has tried to build a national presence to find a spot in the Joe Biden administration if he were to win the Presidency in November. 

In September 2019, Lujan Grisham unilaterally decided to increase the cost of cars with increased emissions standards with vehicles in the 2022 model year, which is expected to increase the average fuel economy to 52 mpg, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  

“To combat climate change, to keep New Mexico’s citizens safe, to protect the air we all breathe, it’s essential we adopt more stringent clean car standards that increase fuel economy and reduce emissions,” she said at the time. 

Power The Future’s notes that the move is predicted that car prices will rise an average of $2,700 thanks to the “regressive green agenda” set forth by the Governor.

Power The Future’s Larry Behrens wrote regarding Newsom’s executive order, “Governor Lujan Grisham has never heard of a radical California idea she didn’t like, and this one is no different. Late last year, the Governor took fossil fuel-powered transportation to New York City to sign her own extreme vehicle emissions edict. When they were asked about it, the Governor’s office worked hard to hide the fact her actions were a carbon-copy of California’s.”

“If the Governor wants to copy California and lecture New Mexican’s about what to drive, she might want to first look at the gas-mileage of her own massive SUV.”

Due to California’s left-wing energy policies, they have experienced widespread energy blackouts across the state, which has resulted in a loss of life and threatening wildfires.

It is not immediately known if the Governor is to follow suit with California and sign an executive order of her own. However, electing a pro-energy majority in the state Legislature is critical in 2020 to counteract the imbalance of anti-oil and gas rhetoric coming from the Governor and her allies in the state House and Senate.

Violent leftists continue savagery as they deface GOP signs, campaign offices across the state

Over the past few weeks, as tensions have risen due to the imminent November 3rd election, leftists have begun their perennial election year savagery, attacking, stealing, and defacing Republican political signs and campaign offices across the state. 

As Piñon Post reported earlier in September, Republicans have faced an onslaught of destructive behavior toward their political signs this election cycle, more so than in previous years, as the GOP looks to re-elect President Donald J. Trump, elect a Republican delegation to the state’s three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one to an open U.S. Senate seat, and flip the state Legislature back to Republican hands.

The Republican Party of New Mexico issued a press release condemning the recent wave of violence toward their political signs and offices, with Chairman Steve Pearce writing, “All of these crimes are acts of hate, a message has that no place in our society at any time. Earlier this year vandals defaced our Albuquerque Headquarters, but the DA failed to prosecute the suspect. This kind of criminal behavior must stop and these vandals must be punished.” 

The acts of vandalism include Trump/Pence signs tagged with swastikas and the word “Biden,” referring to the Democrat nominee for President, and the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” referring to the violent leftist political movement which has unofficially partnered with Antifa and other left-wing groups to cause havoc in American cities and burn down neighborhoods in the name of “social justice.” One sign had the acronym “A.C.A.B” scribbled on it, presumably meaning “All Cops Are Bastards,” according to the release.

At Juan Tabo and Montgomery Boulevard in Albuquerque, a man took a machete to a Trump/Pence sign, violently chopping at the sign. At the northeast corner of Academy and Eubank, a large sign was stolen. The video has since garnered over 140,000 views on one Twitter post sharing the video.

As reported on earlier, other campaigns have faced the wrath of these intolerant leftists, but possibly none more than state House of Representatives candidate Isabella Solis, who has posted repeatedly about her signs being defaced with hateful messages such as “F*ck Trump” or the signs being ripped into shreds. Solis is running against far-left Rep. Joanne Ferrary, a militant pro-abortion advocate. 

Solis wrote in a Facebook post, “Our political process is rooted in our freedom to choose. Please don’t limit anyone’s expression of choice or the freedom of speech we all enjoy. This should not be what the community is about. We are running based on integrity and the change that Dona Ana County needs and we will not be deterred. Destroying these signs is a felony.” 

In one post from the Republican Party of San Juan County, they showed similar vandalism in their area, with Trump/Pence signs tagged and other Republican signs vandalized. In one rare act of vandalism on a Democrat sign, the vandal appears to have mistaken Democrat Ben Ray Luján’s sign as a Republican sign and written “F*ck Trump” on it. 

This is unfortunately not likely the last Piñon Post article on the Democrat intolerance toward opposing political campaigns before the election, however, it may be an indication that leftists are scared for a November loss and are trying to tank GOP campaigns up and down the ticket, by hook or by crook. 

ABQ City Council overwhelmingly rejects two anti-gun bills

On Monday afternoon, the Albuquerque City Council voted down two anti-gun ordinances, O-19-82 and O-19-83, with both measures failing 3-6. 

These two measures, O-19-82, and O-19-83 aimed to severely limit gun protections for citizens, with 19-82 sponsored by City Councilor Pat Davis proposing mandates on how gun owners can store their firearms, with locked storage mandates, and 19-83 sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis, Isaac Benton, and Diane Gibson banning all firearms from buildings owned or leased by the City of Albuquerque. 

According to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, the two bills would have done the following: 

Ordinance O-19-82 mandates locked storage requirements for any firearms outside your immediate possession or control, with fines and/or jail time for violations.  Requiring all firearms out of arm’s reach to be stored with a lock or in a locked container will render them useless in self-defense situations and most recreational or competitive shooting scenarios.  New Mexico already has a child abuse/endangerment statute that gives law enforcement and district attorneys the tools to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases when their child gains unauthorized access to a firearm and commits a crime or injures himself or another.  This ordinance is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

Ordinance O-19-83 bans firearms at any building owned or leased by the city for conducting business with the public, including city hall, city libraries, city community centers, city parks and recreation facilities.  This would negate your right to carry and protect yourself in these taxpayer-owned buildings and facilities and nullify your state-issued concealed handgun license in countless locations.  Criminals would ignore these newly-created gun-free zones that leave law-abiding citizens defenseless.  This measure is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

The pro-Second Amendment victory is the third straight win for firearm advocates this month, previously on September 9, the Council voted down a measure by 5-4 to urge the New Mexico legislature to strip the “firearms pre-emption clause” from Article II, Section 6 of the state Constitution. The measure would ask for the revision to the article of the Constitution to be put on the ballot for voters’ approval.

ABQ City Council to consider two more anti-gun measures on Monday

On September 9, the Albuquerque City Council voted down a measure by 5-4 to urge the New Mexico legislature to strip the “firearms pre-emption clause” from Article II, Section 6 of the state Constitution. The measure would ask for the revision to the article of the Constitution to be put on the ballot for voters’ approval.

Despite the tiny win for the Second Amendment on September 9, on Monday the Council is set to hear another slew of bills aimed at limiting Albuquerque residents’ gun rights.

These two measures, O-19-82 and O-19-83, aim to severely limit gun protections for citizens, with 19-82 sponsored by City Councilor Pat Davis proposing mandates on how gun owners can store their firearms, with locked storage mandates, and 19-83 sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis, Isaac Benton, and Diane Gibson banning all firearms from buildings owned or leased by the City of Albuquerque. 

Analysis of these two measures by the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action is as follows: 

Ordinance O-19-82 mandates locked storage requirements for any firearms outside your immediate possession or control, with fines and/or jail time for violations.  Requiring all firearms out of arm’s reach to be stored with a lock or in a locked container will render them useless in self-defense situations and most recreational or competitive shooting scenarios.  New Mexico already has a child abuse/endangerment statute that gives law enforcement and district attorneys the tools to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases when their child gains unauthorized access to a firearm and commits a crime or injures himself or another.  This ordinance is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

Ordinance O-19-83 bans firearms at any building owned or leased by the city for conducting business with the public, including city hall, city libraries, city community centers, city parks and recreation facilities.  This would negate your right to carry and protect yourself in these taxpayer-owned buildings and facilities and nullify your state-issued concealed handgun license in countless locations.  Criminals would ignore these newly-created gun-free zones that leave law-abiding citizens defenseless.  This measure is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

To contact the members of the Albuquerque City Council to oppose these measures, you can do so through NRA-ILA’s portal, or by contacting them through their information below: 

District 1: Councilor Sena – lansena@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3183

District 2: Councilor Benton – ibenton@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3186

District 3: Councilor Pena – kpena@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3127

District 4: Councilor Bassan – bbassan@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3101

District 5: Councilor Borrego – cynthiaborrego@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3189

District 6: Councilor Davis – patdavis@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3152

District 7: Councilor Gibson – dgibson@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3136

District 8: Councilor Jones – trudyjones@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3106

District 9: Councilor Harris – dharris@cabq.gov | (505) 768-3123

The bills will be brought forth during the 3:00 p.m. MDT meeeting on Monday, September 21, 2020. Sign up for live public comment here or watch live here.

Leftists holding Sunday RBG-themed rally in ABQ—will MLG scold them for violating her health order?

On Sunday evening, a handful of radical far-left organizations, such as ProgressNow NM, OLÉ, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and others will hold a rally honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night, and a “Call to Action” to support “progressive” candidates and causes.

According to the event, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. MDT at Tiguex Park, “there’s still more to do. Now, it’s up to us to continue the fight. Before we even had a chance to mourn her loss the Senate has committed to appointing a new conservative justice. As in 2018 when we felt the outrage and fear of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, our rights are once again on the line. Rights for reproductive health and justice, LGBTQ+, equal pay, criminal justice reform, immigration, public education, environmental protections, worker’s rights and so much more.” 

The band of pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration and other fringe groups say in their invite tp “Please bring your mask and practice social distancing,” however over 1,000 people have responded to the Facebook event, meaning it is unlikely they will be able to abide by the Governor’s public health order barring gatherings of ten people or less. 

Last week, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Health Department sent a targeted letter to the Republican Party of New Mexico for holding a “Women for Trump” bus tour, where the Department contends it violated the health order due to more than ten people congregating and allegedly not enough people wearing masks or “social distancing.”

Although the leftist event will have more than ten attendees, it is unknown whether the left-wing Governor will reprimand the Democrat-aligned groups as they attempt to fire up their supporters using the death of Bader Ginsburg as their “call to action.” As of 11:45 a.m. MDT, 208 people had RSVP’d as “going” to the event while 829 were “interested.” 

The link to the event with more information can be found here.

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