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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.

Lujan Grisham cries ‘Trump recession’ while NM has 34.5% higher unemployment rate than nation

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published the August unemployment numbers. While the country’s rate has fallen significantly from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August, New Mexico continues to remain stagnant at 11.3%, which is 25% higher than the national rate, and the sixth-highest in the nation.

While other states’ economies are opening back up, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham still is keeping a tight lockdown, with extremely gradual reopenings, such as at Thursday’s presser where she announced “limited” youth sports to start, ice hockey rinks to open, and pumpkin patches to resume. 

However, the Governor’s lockdown has forced thousands of businesses to close and New Mexico working families to suffer while she has spent away the Federal stimulus funds granted to the state for COVID-19 relief. Last week, she asked Congress for yet another bailout, which was met with fury from local business owners due to her irresponsible budgeting.  

Larry Behrens from Power the future said of the 11.3% New Mexico unemployment rate, “It’s no coincidence that at the same time New Mexico’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the country our energy workers are struggling. Radical environmentalists and their allies in Santa Fe may celebrate when an energy worker loses their job, but behind our abysmal unemployment rate are real families who are hurting.”

On Wednesday, Lujan Grisham attempted to brush off her state’s failed economy under her leadership by blaming what she called the “Trump recession” hurting Hispanic and Latino communities in a tweet. She claimed Trump’s “failed pandemic response” led to suffering in these communities, despite the President taking early action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden (who Lujan Grisham endorsed) blasted Trump as “xenophobic” for restricting travel from China, where the virus originated. 

Now, while the country is getting back on track to economic progress, Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico lacks behind as the 45th in unemployment, despite her claiming “We’re doing about the same economically as Arizona” in her Thursday press conference. Arizona, led by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, has a much lower unemployment rate than New Mexico. All of New Mexico’s neighboring states have lower unemployment rates, with Arizona at 5.9%, Colorado at 6.7%, Texas at 6.8%, and Utah at 4.1%.

Later on Friday, Lujan Grisham sent out an email to supporters bashing President Trump’s leadership during COVID-19, writing “President Trump has single-handedly botched the coronavirus response, refused to take action while knowing how deadly and dangerous COVID-19 would be – and proclaimed he ‘take[s] no responsibility’ and that ‘nothing more could have been done.’”

MLG’s Health Department singles out NM GOP for non-compliance with her public health order

On Wednesday, the Republican Party of New Mexico posted a letter received from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan  Grisham’s Department of Health claiming that the Party was not adhering to the Governor’s public health guidelines, not pointing to a particular instance of compliance, just speaking in generalities. 

The letter, which was sent by General Counsel and Acting Deputy Secretary Billy J. Jimenez reads, “It has come to our attention these requirements have not been adhered to by parties and candidates. Non-compliance with the operative Public Health Order and related directives will result in enforcement actions including fines or citations.” 

The Republican Party blasted the letter, citing leftist demonstrations, including one in front of the Trump Victory Campaign Office, where the Party claims participants were not social distancing or wearing maks. 

The Republican Party’s statement is below:

Below is a letter sent to the Republican Party of New Mexico from the Lujan Grisham Administration that is both wrong and insulting. While RPNM believes peoples’ health and safety are paramount, to warn RPNM about compliance with the Public Health Order is a clear violation of equal treatment under the law. There have been a number of demonstrations and mass gatherings—most recently a BLM event outside a Trump Victory Campaign Office in Rio Rancho this past weekend that clearly show people not wearing masks or social distancing. 

Mass gatherings in Albuquerque that led to destruction of public and private property have been tolerated where people aren’t complying, and the Governor, herself, broke her own Order by wrongfully and deliberately shopping for jewelry when it wasn’t allowed. To single out RPNM is wrong by the Lujan Grisham Administration. Again, the Governor picks and chooses selected groups—with obvious political implications—that continue to violate the Constitution’s principle of equal protection.

The Governor has used her official authority in multiple cases to “pick and choose” enforcement of her public health orders, including the Lea County Sherriff’s Office, multiple restaurants across the state, the people of Española, and others. 

Despite the Governor’s previous “apology” to Españolans for singling them out for supposed non-complicance, her press secretary Nora Sackett blasted the city’s mayor as “self-righteous,” effectively wiping out any believability in the Governor’s apology.

Crow Tribal Chairman endorses President Trump, following Navajo Nation VP’s endorsement

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence met members of Montana’s Crow Tribe and U.S. Senator Steve Daines to officially accept the endorsement by Tribal Chairman Alvin Not Afraid, Jr. 

“Today I stand before you to endorse, as well as support, President Trump, Vice President Pence,” said Not Afraid, Jr. 

According to Indian Country Today:

“The Crow, since the early 1800s have always been an ally to the government,” Not Afraid, Jr. said. “From the Battle of Little Bighorn, World War II, Vietnam, and I, myself in the Marine Corp just after Desert Storm.”

He added the Trump administration has helped the Crow Tribe in amending the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance which allowed them to permit their own mineral resources.

The chairman also said he’s worked with the other candidates in various capacities including through Congressional hearings he’s testified at.

On the Crow Tribe website, it features a quotation from Not Afraid, Jr., saying, “More than anything, we desire to improve the Crow quality of life. We strive to create a future that provides an abundance of good-paying jobs while providing hope and prosperity for generations of Crow citizens. Through unity, the Apsáalooke people shall prosper.” 

The endorsement of Trump and other Republican candidates marks a shift for Indigenous people who support the America First policies of the Trump/Pence administration.

Last month during the Republican National Convention, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer endorsed President Trump in a video standing in front of the historic Shiprock in northeast New Mexico.

Later, Lizer wrote on Twitter, “Ahé’hee, Thank you Mr. President @realDonaldTrump for sharing my #RNC2020 video on your Twitter account. As mentioned, we welcome you to our Navajoland, as we look forward to hosting you, to discuss economic development on opportunity zones near the Navajo Nation.” 

Across the Navajo Nation, billboards sponsored by TurningPoint USA have been raised to build awareness for Indigenous people supporting President Trump.

In June, during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump’s son, Don Jr. addressed the Navajo Nation across the radiowaves.

“No Navajo child should have to leave the Navajo Nation to pursue the American dream,” said Don Jr. He also mentioned that the Trump Victory team and his team will have “staff on the grown throughout the campaign,” something many Republican candidates have not done in the Navajo Nation.

The tides appear to be turning in the Navajo Nation and other Tribal nations across the United States, where Indigenous people seem to be walking away from the Democrat Party. 

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