New Mexico

MLG raises campaign cash off of coronavirus-related email and survey

On Friday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign sent out an email touting the Governor’s supposed work she’s done to “mitigate COVID-19.” It then goes on to say, “So first and foremost, welcome to this online community. Now let’s hit the ground running – with a face mask!” 

The email also boasted about the Governor’s penchant for pursuing “moonshot” spending on public education, the state’s raising of the minimum wage, and the passage of New Mexico’s “Energy Transition Act,” also referred to as the state’s “Green New Deal” to combat the “climate crisis.” The email then asks respondents to “take a survey” to let Lujan Grisham know what the email openers’ “top priorities” are, closing with “I’m dreaming big in these trying times because I know my work won’t end anytime soon, and there’s so much I can do to help.”

Once respondents click the survey, they are met with the question, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, do you think Democratic Governors have led where national leadership has failed?” The confusing-sounding item appears to checkmate people into either agreeing that every Democrat governor is leading during COVID-19 or not.

The next question asks, “Under Democratic leadership in New Mexico, we’ve passed so many important pieces of legislation. Which ones are you most excited about?” Multiple vague choices are given, such as “protecting our seniors” and “creating new job opportunities,” which also appears to be another catch-22 for respondents. None of the options show specific bill names, and they trick the respondent into thinking the Governor has done close to miraculous things. However, the jury is still out on the options given — especially on job creation — as families are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next page says, “New Mexico Democrats are on a mission to deliver a moonshot for our public education system. We’ve already passed several landmark bills that will invest in public education, increase educator salaries and establish a framework for community schools that will serve New Mexico’s families.” Then the question “Do you think it’s important that we keep fighting for our children and educators” is posed, forcing the respondent to either be against children and teachers by clicking “no” or agreeing that Democrats have somehow created an education paradise with “yes.” 

After the education question, the next page gives a blank box for respondents to answer what their priorities are, with the final question asking, “How important is it to you that we have a Democratic Governor leading New Mexico and fighting for our communities this year?” The answer choices range from “extremely important” to “not at all important.” 

Then, a page pops up asking — or more accurately — begging for a $5 donation, even though the survey says “times are tough.” No option is given to opt-out of giving, with either the option “Yes, I’ll give $5” or “Yes, and I can give more!” 

The Donation page features a photograph of Lujan Grisham with her arms crossed and the text “Donate now to help Michelle Lujan Grisham defend New Mexico values.” It is unclear what Lujan Grisham believes are “New Mexico values,” however, using COVID-19 in a hook to get people to donate to one’s campaign in a non-election year doesn’t appear to be a value shared by many New Mexicans. 

As Lujan Grisham has closed down the state with crippling bans on most activities, including restaurants, the ramifications of the strict mandates are increasing rapidly. The New Mexico Restaurant Association estimates that 20% of restaurants in the state will close for good due to the Governor’s ban on indoor dining and only 50% capacity outdoor dining allowed, while hotels are facing abysmal occupancy rates due to the governor’s strict 14-day quarantine mandate for out-of-state visitors. Massive demonstrations have erupted across the state in protest to the Governor’s lockdown.

City of Roswell exploring legal options against MLG for damages due to her public health orders

On Friday, it was reported that the Roswell City Council is exploring options to take legal action against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her lockdown of the state which has devastating ramifications on the City.

The City Council will consider whether to direct City Manager Joe Neeb “to not enforce emergency orders issued by the governor concerning COVID-19 through any of the city departments.” 

Another agenda item the Council will consider is if it would direct Neeb to investigate legal options against Lujan Grisham “for damages to the city of Roswell caused by emergency orders concerning COVID-19.” 

Neeb said at a Thursday forum that “According to the public health order, not wearing a mask is a misdemeanor. It is unclear how to enforce the mandate,” among other concerns. He also said that the Roswell Police Department will answer calls about violations of the order, “but will prioritize them against other calls,” according to the Roswell Daily Record. 

“She can’t just protect our health, she has to protect our economy. There has been real damage done to the economy,” City Councilor Jacob Roebuck said. City Councilor Barry Foster said that the loss in lodger’s taxes is about $30,000 to $60,000 a month from normal levels. The action taken by the council will give the city manager “clear direction in looking at the city’s options of legal action to recover those losses,” according to Roebuck. 

The Council’s action is just the latest from local leaders in response to Lujan Grisham’s strict public health order, which is estimated to close 20% of New Mexico’s restaurants permanently. Peaceful protests have erupted across the state with calls for the Governor to reopen the state, let employees get back to work, and children back to school.

According to the Roswell Daily Record:

“The council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. The public is encouraged to watch the meeting virtually rather than attend in person due to the pandemic.

The meeting can be joined through GoToMeeting at global.gotomeeting.com/join/815060573, by calling 669-224-3412 and using access code 815-060-573, or viewed on the city’s YouTube channel.”

Leftists horrified as hundreds of patriotic ‘Reopen NM’ demonstrators rally at ABQ’s Civic Plaza

On Thursday, a huge crowd of patriotic protesters took to Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza to show Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that they want New Mexico reopened and they are ready to get back to work. According to KOB 4’s Tommy Lopez, there were over 500 people in attendance, although that number looks to be a low estimate. 

Lopez also noted that the protesters were especially “nice” and “pleasant” to media, writing, “We often, as media, get harassed/ spoken rudely to at protests of all kinds. Everyone here has been nice and pleasant today and has allowed us to roam freely to take video.”

Multiple well-known political figures and faith leaders spoke, including Cowboys for Trump’s Couy Griffin, who is also an Otero County Commissioner, Steve Smotherman of Legacy Church in Albuquerque. Also in attendance were state Senator Greg Baca (R-Belen), as well candidates for New Mexico House of Representatives Scott Chandler (R-Deming) and Dinah Vargas (R-Albuquerque). 

“Big government telling us we can’t sit in a restaurant but we can sit outside or we can crowd into Walmart,” Chandler told KOB 4 News, adding, “None of it makes sense.” 

Folks in attendance held signs reading sentiments like “Open New Mexico,” “We the People Will Not be Muzzled,” and “I miss going to school.” Members of the New Mexico Civil Guard (NMCG) were also in attendance to keep the peace. Despite the 100% peaceful protest, Albuquerque’s leftist fringe, domestic terrorist, and other hate groups such as The Red Nation, were triggered by NMCG members carrying firearms.

The protest comes after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham rolled back reopening in New Mexico, which included mandates forcing restaurants to only operate at 50% capacity and outside, a ban on contact sports, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine for out of state visitors. 

The New Mexico Restaurant Association estimates the measure will lead to at least 20% of the state’s restaurants to close permanently, while New Mexico hotels have already had to deal with thousands of hotel cancellations due to the Governor’s new rules. 

Leftist “reporters” for the University of New Mexico’s “Daily Lobo” blog/school newspaper remarked on Twitter “Way bigger crowd than I expected. This is truly horrifying!” 

The huge showing from conservative New Mexicans in Albuquerque is another indication of a growing momentum for Republicans to take back New Mexico’s government — from the state Legislature — all the way up to the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate this election cycle. There was a table at the event to register new voters

ProgressNow NM proudly endorses NM domestic terrorist group ‘Antifa’ doxxing fellow citizens

On Wednesday, the New Mexico branch of the domestic terrorist group Antifa posted names and pictures of suspected “Proud Boys” and “New Mexico Civil Guard” members, encouraging followers to “dox” them — meaning to publish private information about them to ruin their lives. 

The tweet read, “Seriously hilarious that this kinda blew up. If you’re in New Mexico and want quick reference on prominent fascist names and faces, we made these for you! Save them on your phone and keep an eye out. More cards coming soon! #GottaDoxEmAll.” The tweet was followed by a chain of photoshopped pictures of the targeted individuals onto what appeared to look like Pokémon cards with their addresses, phone numbers, and businesses they own published for people to harass them. 

Far-left dark money group ProgressNow NM, which was started by leftist Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, applauded the domestic terrorist group’s militant tactics, writing on Twitter, “Very handy guide for knowing your NM fascists by face and name. #NMpol.” 

Doxxing can be considered illegal. According to the law firm of Brickfield & Donahue, if private information was posted on the internet “with the intent of harassing the victim, intimidating them, invading their privacy, or having them assaulted, or inspiring or instructing someone else reading the information to do any of these things, the publication of the information is against the law. It is possible for doxxing in this way to be prosecuted as assault, as the intent was to intimidate someone or threaten them with violent conduct. The laws will more than likely change in the near future as this trend becomes even more worryingly common, but even until then the consequences for a full conviction can be severe.”

New Mexico Antifa and ProgressNow New Mexico could very well be in deep legal trouble for encouraging people to hunt down and harass their fellow citizens based on their political and ideological beliefs. 

MLG still courting Biden for longshot VP nod with virtual fundraiser for his campaign

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) to raise cash for Biden’s presidential campaign. The virtual fundraiser was announced as a “clean energy conversation,” where no doubt Lujan Grisham would tout New Mexico’s far-left anti-oil and gas “Energy Transition Act,” which has been dubbed as the state’s “Green New Deal.” 

According to the fundraiser’s website, tickets start out at $100 for “guests,” and gradually work their way up to $5,600 for “champion” sponsors. Lujan Grisham and the campaign have yet to comment on the results of the fundraiser, however, it appears to be another attempt by the Governor to curry favor with Biden for a longshot vice presidential nod. 

CNN’s recent shortlist, which was compiled from inside sources working with Biden’s Campaign, showed Lujan Grisham no longer in contention for vice president, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping her from flinging herself in front of the campaign as an alternative. 

The anti-energy fundraiser sparked criticism from pro-energy group Power The Future, in which its Western States Director Larry Behrens chided Lujan Grisham for ignoring constituents to instead flaunt Biden’s policies. Behrens wrote, “Governor Lujan Grisham’s priorities are clear: Joe Biden’s green agenda comes before her own constituents.” He also noted that “While so many New Mexicans are simply worried about finding a job, Governor Lujan Grisham is working full-time to audition for her next one.” 

In an April 12th interview, the Governor spoke about the potential of becoming vice president, saying, “I think that you want a vice president who was much like former vice president Biden. He knew how to govern, he had done a ton of work as a senator and in local government as well, and I think those are incredible attributes. I want to be the governor of New Mexico. I will do whatever it takes to support a Biden administration, and I’m looking forward to a federal administration that can do a national strategy in good times and in bad times both.” 

In a July 13th interview, Lujan Grisham said “I want Biden to pick what gets his ticket elected.”

Trump’s approval among Hispanic and Latino New Mexicans has skyrocketed since taking office

In recent weeks, leftists targeted Hispanic-owned food business Goya after their president and CEO, Robert Unanue, praised President Trump, saying, “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. And that’s what my grandfather did: He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder, and we pray – we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

In New Mexico, during President Trump’s September 2019 rally, Rep. Ben Ray Luján mocked Latino Trump supporters, calling them the President’s “political pawns” and sharing a left-wing article that called Latinos not “full Americans.” Now, Luján is running for United States Senate, despite his comments toward Latino Trump voters. 

But President Trump’s support from Hispanics Latinos in New Mexico has skyrocketed since taking office. In January 2017, a Civiqs poll showed Trump at an approval rating of 30% among the group, which now sits at 39%, a 9% increase. Among Hispanic Independents, Trump leads in approval, with 54% of them approving of his job performance. When he assumed the Presidency, only 34% of Hispanic Independents approved of President Trump, meaning his approval among that voting block has shot up 20%.

Throughout Trump’s presidency, he has made multiple efforts to focus on prosperity for Hispanic Americans, with pro-jobs, pro-growth policies. Just last week, he signed an executive order to “Improve Hispanic Americans’ access to educational and economic opportunities,” which is just his latest initiative to help the community. New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce lauded the measure, saying, “This initiative demonstrates the President’s commitment to Hispanics, and they continue to thrive under his strong policies.” 

President Trump’s campaign has been heavily investing resources in New Mexico to reach voters of all ethnicities, reaching 65,000 voters just over the Fourth of July weekend. The campaign is will also be investing in new initiatives to reach Hispanic voters with the America First agenda.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Hispanic Americans hit record-low unemployment numbers. The record lows began in the President’s first year, with even far-left outlets like CNN touting President Trump’s work to reach all-time-low Hispanic unemployment numbers. The strong economy — even in a pandemic — will be an asset to him as he moves to reach voters across the board, especially in New Mexico, with 48% of the state being of Hispanic heritage.

President Trump only lost New Mexico by eight points, with Hillary Clinton leading by 48% to his 46%, and Libertarian Gary Johnson stealing 9% of the vote. Without a viable third-party canddiate in 2020 to take away votes, Trump has a better shot than ever to flip New Mexico to Republican in November.

Deb Haaland finally gets her wish: Redskins cave to cancel culture and announce name change

On Monday, the Washington Redskins football team announced their plans to change the team’s name and logo after 87 years in the wake of the reignition of the race war by Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists. 

One of the biggest proponents of the name change was Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), who demanded the team rip down its mascot and change its name to placate the “reckoning” led by far-left race-baiting groups. She lambasted the team’s name as a “racial slur,” despite a Native American artist creating the team’s logo and nine out of ten Native Americans being in support of the team’s “Redskins” name, according to the Washington Post. Despite the overwhelming support from Indigenous people for the name to remain, Haaland and others appear to have prevailed in canceling the team’s long-time pro-Native American identity. 

On Twitter, Haaland lauded the decision to change the name and logo, writing, “About time. It shouldn’t take a huge social movement & pressure from corporate sponsors to do the right thing, but I’m glad this is happening. Huge thanks to everyone who made their voices heard. #TheTimeIsNow #ChangeTheName” 

She continued, “Today’s announcement from the Washington @NFL Team is a long time coming. Suzan Shown Harjo, Charlene Teters, & @_IllumiNatives have been tirelessly working on removing racist mascots for far too long. Grateful for their perseverance. #ChangeTheName

New Mexico Democrat Sen. Tom Udall also praised the decision to change the Redskins branding, writing, “The football team that represents the nation’s capital should not play under the banner of a racist name that denigrates Native Americans.” 

Sen. Martin Heinrich also opined on the Redskins’ decision, commenting, “Sports should bring us together, not spread division and racist stereotypes. Caricatures and slurs about Native Americans are wholly inappropriate names for sports teams and school mascots. I hope this long overdue change will lead to schools and professional sports teams across the country ending mascots and other fan traditions that alienate and denigrate.”

The Washington Redskins have yet to announce their new name, however, it is rumored to be either the RedWolves, Redtails, or Warriors.

Democrat NM Rep: ‘Who said the shut down was only supposed to be temporary?’

On Sunday, far-left New Mexico state Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), made startling comments on Facebook targeting small businesses — specifically restaurants — for their alleged “blatant disregard for workers justice” [sic]. 

In her post, she singled out restaurant owner Marci Dickerson of Las Cruces’ “The Game” sports bar and grill, who showed her “true colors YEARS ago.” Dickerson’s restaurant will be participating in the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s protest, happening at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, which will include employees of each restaurant affected standing outside their establishment and holding up a sign with the number of employees hurt by the Governor’s latest lockdown.

Apparently Dickerson’s support for her employees led Rubio to stop supporting any small business that looks to defy Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s latest re-lockdown of the state, which bans restaurants from indoor dining and limits them to only 50% occupancy outdoors. The Governor’s order is estimated to force the permanent closure of 20% of New Mexico restaurants, according to the New Mexico Restaurant Association. 

Rubio did not appear to care that small businesses would be closing and thousands of staff members would lose their jobs. She wrote, “👏🏽 restaraunt’s [sic] 👏🏽 are 👏🏽 not 👏🏽 ‘essential’ 👏🏽 for the 👏🏽 purpose 👏🏽 of fighting a 👏🏽 global 👏🏽 pandemic! 👏🏽.” She continued, “I’ll continue to not support, nor any other business—who supports this catastrophic disregard for public health and safety of our community. I ask you all to do the same. Wow!”

In response to a commenter who was appalled by her disregard for the workers affected by the health order, which was supposed to be temporary, Rubio shot back, “Who said the shut down was only supposed to be temporary?” The comment appears to be an endorsement of the permanent lockdown of New Mexico, but Rubio did not elaborate on her radical-sounding sentiments.

Multiple constituents, many of them being Democrats wrote back to her in anger, one commentator saying, “[g]ood to know your views on business owners…. I’ll make sure to never vote for you and encourage others not to. You obviously care very little for your community… Way to go.” 

Another person wrote, “Every job is essential to families relying on their paychecks. What a shameful post to make tearing down the very businesses you should instead be helping. We will remember this when you are up for re-election.”

Others’ comments mimicked these sentiments, including support for Dickerson. One comment read, “Personally attacking a business owner during a time of crisis incredibly unprofessional. This is a poor example of leadership in a time where we need unity more than ever. I encourage you to take emotions out of this and see what Marci Dickerson has done for the community while we were shut down. While it may not be essential to you, it is to 96,400 people who are employed in the state by restaurant and food service.” 

According to New Mexico Restaurant Association CEO Carol Wight, the re-lockdown is going to be much harder on restaurants than the previous one. “Last time we had PPP money, we had ways to get open, we had some savings left. We have no more savings,” she said. “Our inventory – we’ve got fresh inventory right now we’ve got to get through and three days is not enough. So what are we going to do, right? We’re all just throwing our hands up saying, ‘What can we do?’”

After public fury on Rubio’s timeline, she shared her previous post with a long-winded comment saying, “I hope that the passion you had today, to defend those willing to go against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and her attempts to keep us safe and alive, you’ll do the same for workers come January. I’ll be taking note.” In January, the New Mexico Legislature will reconvene, where Rubio will no doubt propose more far-left legislation, as she has in the past.

MLG touts her $35M taxpayer-funded ‘free college’ proposal as small businesses struggle to stay afloat

On Saturday, the Democrat Party of New Mexico held a virtual “rally” touting their new initiative, “New Mexico for All,” which is a coordinated campaign across the Party to express support for Democrat candidates.

During the call, Democrat U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) promoted Joe Biden’s campaign, saying that “Joe Biden is a person of strong character, a decent man, a man of compassion, someone that will restore competence and sanity to our government.” In recent months, many people have questioned Biden’s sanity, with a recent Rasmussen poll showing 38% of voters holding the belief that Joe Biden has dementia. 

During the virtual “rally,” members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation patted themselves on the back, including Senate candidate Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), who claimed the only way to correct “injustices” was to vote for Joe Biden in 2020. However, Luján did not mention Biden’s abysmal record on race, which even far-left NBC News and New York Magazine called it “problematic.” 

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small did not mention Joe Biden, but repeatedly mentioned how “proud” she was to “be a Democrat,” despite her previous ploys to appear “moderate” and not following the party-line. She also spoke about how she looks to plus orphaned oil wells and invest in “environmental energy.” 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was not physically on the call, but she did have a pre-recorded message play, in which she touted her expensive social justice programs, her free pre-K plans, and her future “effort well underway to provide universal free college to every New Mexico student.” The plan would cost the New Mexico taxpayers an estimated $35 million annually, but that is a rough estimate. She did not mention how she plans to pay for these costly new initiatives, especially as local businesses, have been forced to close — many for good. 

The Governor recently had the New Mexico Legislature convene to fix her $7.6 billion budget passed during the 2020 Legislative Session, in which millions of dollars in spending had to be cut. However, once the budget reached Lujan Grisham’s desk, she vetoed $23 million meant to go to Tribal communities hurting from the ramifications of COVID-19, and she cut $15 million specifically meant to help other Indigenous communities hurting from the effects of the virus.

According to the New Mexico Restaurant Association, approximately 700, or 20% of New Mexico’s restaurants are estimated to close their doors permanently due to her latest order, and nearly every other industry has been hit hard by the Governor’s strict coronavirus mandates.

MLG’s new COVID-19 rules estimated to force 20% of New Mexico’s restaurants into permanent closure

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued new restrictive health orders for the state, which included a restriction for restaurants to only be allowed to serve customers outside and at 50% capacity — a crippling blow to the industry, according to New Mexico Restaurant Associaton CEO Carol Wight. 

Wight estimated that about 700 restaurants (or 20%) will be forced into permanent closure, with little to no safety net to catch the newly restricted businesses. 200 restaurants have already closed for good since the start of Lujan Grisham’s lockdown. “She doesn’t have the latest number but estimates New Mexico will lose 20% of its restaurants – or 700 restaurants – with the new regulations in place,” reports KOB 4. Wight also said “Restaurants aren’t where COVID is being spread. We’re just not the problem, and [Michelle Lujan Grisham] punishing us for it.”

Another startling point Wight revealed was that Gov. Lujan Grisham never even took the time to speak to the restaurant industry before closing it down. “My board is putting together a letter to ask her to sit down with us and really think this out because she never did talk to the industry about this,” she said. 

Now restaurateurs are being forced into a panic, as they previously were allowed to get back to work on June 1st, meaning they had hired back members of their staff and begun regular shipments of food and supplies to their establishments.

According to Carol Wight, it is going to be much harder on restaurants than the previous lockdown. “Last time we had PPP money, we had ways to get open, we had some savings left. We have no more savings,” she said. “Our inventory – we’ve got fresh inventory right now we’ve got to get through and three days is not enough. So what are we going to do, right? We’re all just throwing our hands up saying, ‘What can we do?’”

Lujan Grisham’s latest set of lockdowns includes a 14-day mandatory quarantine for out-of-state visitors, which is already negatively affecting the hotel industry. Joe Schepps, president of Santa Fe’s Inn on the Alameda said, “We had 157 room night cancellations in the 36 hours after the governor’s announcement.”

Jeff Mahan, executive director of the Santa Fe Lodgers Association blasted the Governor’s lockdown, with a similar criticism to Carol Wight’s of the NM Restaurant Association. “Why are you bringing an entire industry down to its knees?” said Mahan. “The data doesn’t justify such a severe 14-day quarantine.”

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