MLG claims to be anti-gerrymandering despite signing extreme gerrymandered maps

Far-left Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has once again spoken out of both sides of her mouth — this time about gerrymandering. For those unaware of the term, in essence, it means manipulating the political boundaries of districts to favor one party or class. 

Lujan Grisham signed into law the most partisan, extremist gerrymandered maps imaginable earlier this year. The maps approved for Congress, state House and state Senate were drawn by the dark money Center for Civic Policy, which skewed district lines for political gain.

These changes created snake-like figures in district maps, probably most notably in the congressional district boundaries, which chopped up many communities, such as Hobbs and Roswell, into two or even three districts, while pairing people in the extreme southeast corner of the state with communities that have nothing in common, such as with Santa Fe and the extreme northwest side of the state.

But despite this partisan gamesmanship, Lujan Grisham now claims to be on a “mission to end gerrymandering,” touting an endorsement with the far-left Eric Holder-affiliated “National Democratic Redistricting Committee,” which actually advocates for drawing districts to benefit Democrats.

The partisan group wrote, “We’re thrilled to endorse Gov.@Michelle4NM! Throughout her tenure, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishman has acted as a fierce #DemocracyDefender who signed #FairMaps into law – making her re-election pivotal to New Mexico and our nation.” 

Despite once claiming to support fair districts, leftist members of the state “Citizens Redistricting Committee” pushed through partisan choices for maps. Here is what they originally said

Board Member Curtis said, “It seems like a radical change to any of the districts — since we’re not an elected body — … the public would have to say ‘we want a radical change.’” Member Curtis said, “there would have to be overwhelming support for a radical change from the current districts” and “We are imposing something on people if we’re doing radical change without the public jumping up and saying ‘this is what we want.’” 

Board Member Rhatigan added, “…unless there’s overwhelming public consensus to change the general composition of our three congressional districts, I’m inclined to draw districts that we have one [representative] in Albuquerque and we have one northern district and a southern district.”

As we previously reported

​​The maps were not the work of the state’s Citizen Redistricting Committee. Rather, the work of dark money operatives apparently seeking a left-wing political advantage. 

During the closed-door special session in which Democrats rammed through the extreme proposals, public comment was cut off or not accepted at all and no notice was given to the public to addend critical committee hearings on the proposed maps.

Even the left-wing Albuquerque Journal decried the partisanship in the drawing of maps. In a recent editorial, the paper wrote that the maps were drawn for “naked political gain.” 

“So much for keeping like-minded communities together, prioritizing communities of interest, protecting marginalized groups, avoiding court intervention, and not favoring anyone, specifically political parties or incumbents.”

But for everyone who was involved in the redistricting process in New Mexico, it is clear that Democrats shamelessly drew political maps to benefit themselves while doing everything possible to skew the board in their favor through gerrymandering.

MLG applauds GOP senators selling out Americans’ gun rights

Over the weekend, it was reported that ten Republican U.S. Senators are joining with far-left Democrats to pass an extreme anti-gun bill that includes “red flag” legislation to rip away Americans’ due process rights and corrode the Second Amendment.

The Democrat senator leading the talks is Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and the leader of Republican negotiations is Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

Scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, a far-left Democrat, could barely contain her excitement with the potential of new anti-gun legislation being passed federally.

She wrote on Twitter, “Today, there is hope for bipartisan action on gun safety. While we have taken significant steps to reduce gun violence, NM will benefit from @ChrisMurphyCT and @JohnCornyn’s commonsense policies.”

The Governor continued, “I call on the Senate to quickly take up this proposal — the time to act is now.”

Lujan Grisham also thanked New Mexico’s radical Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, writing, “I’m grateful to the Senators including our own @TeamHeinrich. Together they found a bipartisan solution to address #GunViolence. This is a step in the right direction.”

The Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature, in tandem with Lujan Grisham, rammed through extreme anti-gun legislation in the form of a “red flag” law, among other measures such as funding $300,000 annually for an “Office of Gun Violence Prevention” to take away New Mexicans’ Second Amendment rights.

Despite Lujan Grisham’s rhetoric, her administration has overseen some of the highest crime in New Mexico, with her agenda being chiefly responsible for continued unrest in the streets. In Albuquerque, crime hit an all-time high, while homicides broke historic records. 

These results came while Lujan Grisham worked with far-left Democrats in the Legislature to strip away qualified immunity rights of peace officers, institute “social justice” reforms to the criminal system, and let dangerous criminals back on the streets to ravage New Mexico streets. She also applauded Antifa/Black Lives Matter protesters who defied her lockdown orders to hold violent protests in the streets of Albuquerque.

However, Lujan Grisham and her fellow Democrats in New Mexico continue to bang the gong demanding an erosion of Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Audrey Trujillo is a true hero for New Mexico

After the 2020 Presidential Election, many Americans across the country felt that their vote didn’t count. Many voters believe that the election was stolen and the confidence in our electoral process was no longer there. Why is that? We have seen election rules meant to secure the electoral process loosened prior to an election, expanded usage of unsecured ballot drop boxes that have the potential to be ripe with fraud, unsolicited mail-in absentee ballots sent across the state in mass, weaponization of the voter laws and rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, voter rolls that haven’t been updated, and voting machines used to count ballots being compromised.

With all these irregularities, it’s no wonder why people believe we have predetermined selections, not fair elections. In New Mexico, the incumbent Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is the one who administers and oversees the electoral process. Under her tenure, election integrity has been eroding away in the state of New Mexico. Maggie Toulouse Oliver claims that she has been upholding election integrity, but her actions show otherwise. For example, this year the state legislature failed to pass SB 144, an omnibus election bill. SB 144 started off as a page and a half.  Once she finished adding to it, SB 144 was now over 160 pages long.  This bill undermined our current election laws, and would open the door to potential fraud. She repeatedly referred to this legislation as “My bill”. 

Fortunately, when it went to the Senate, the Republicans were able to successfully kill the bill using the filibuster. On July 22nd, 2021, she held a hearing and implemented rules stripping mail-in ballot verification protections. This opened the door to potential fraud without consideration from the state legislature. These rules have had the same effect as if they were law, passed by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor. You have the inalienable right to vote, but you also have the right to know if your vote is being counted and the results will be fair.

Election integrity and voting rights are not supposed to be apolitical, but Maggie Toulouse Oliver has taken advantage of these very important issues for political gain. But there is hope for the future as Maggie Toulouse Oliver has opposition in November from a 15generational Hispanic woman who has been fighting for your constitutional rights for a very long time. That woman is Audrey Trujillo. Born and raised in New Mexico, Audrey Trujillo is a woman of integrity and honesty.

She has always been a mover and a shaker; from a young age, she was always at the forefront of any decisions that needed to be made. When politicians tried to take away your constitutional rights in Santa Fe, Audrey was there fighting for you. As your next Secretary of State, Audrey will bring back election integrity and transparency to New Mexico’s elections. She will clean up the voter rolls, implement measures to secure our elections, give each county clerk the tools necessary to protect their voter precincts from fraud, advocate for voter ID, and push for changes in the rules to limit absentee voting to only disabled, elderly, military and voters who are temporarily out of the state on business.

Our votes are sacred and need to be held to the highest standards. Under the administration of Audrey Trujillo, Every legal vote will be counted and every secure measure will be put in place to protect voter rights and integrity of the process. She is the right person for the job as Maggie Toulouse Oliver has tried to discredit her with false allegations. Recently, a slanderous hit piece from the Albuquerque Journal insinuated that Audrey Trujillo is a racist and anti-Semitic. Maggie Toulouse Oliver cited the article in a fundraising email.

Audrey is a 15 generational Hispanic woman born and raised in New Mexico with Jewish ancestry. Calling her a racist is abhorrent and ignorant. I’m a Black Puerto Rican American born and raised in New Mexico. I know Audrey and she’s not racist or anti-Semitic whatsoever. For Maggie Toulouse Oliver to use these lies defaming her character for campaign contributions is disgusting and despicable. Maggie Toulouse Oliver knows she’s not going to win and is playing dirty politics to derail Audrey’s grassroots campaign. Audrey is a True Hero for New Mexico and she will bring back honesty and integrity back to the office of the Secretary of State.

A vote for her is not only a vote for election integrity but for New Mexico’s future. The position of Secretary of State is the most important government position because it concerns our elections which are paramount to a free republic. Without the right to vote in free and fair elections, we have no country. In Audrey’s own words, “The citizens of New Mexico deserve free, fair, honest elections and that starts with a Secretary of State who believes in one vote per registered eligible voter.” If you believe in New Mexico, vote for a True Hero, and Audrey is that True Hero.

Freddie Lopez is a patriotic American living in Santa Fe, New Mexico He is also the campaign manager for Audrey Trujillo. You can follow him on Twitter @freddiearlopez.

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MLG campaign asks for Mother’s Day card signatures after promoting unlimited abortion

On Friday, in truly twisted form, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign team sent out an email requesting signatures on a Mother’s Day card for the radical left-wing governor.

This comes right after Lujan Grisham touted radical pro-abortion policies, such as 2021’s S.B. 10, which she signed in New Mexico, stripping all protections for babies in the womb, pregnant mothers, and medical professionals. The bill effectively legalized abortion up-to-birth and infanticide.

This week, Lujan Grisham appeared on CNN to promote abortion and condemn pro-lifers who want to save babies from being murdered through abortions. Lujan Grisham told Jake Tapper, “You have states that are going to work to continue to restrict the decision-making of a woman about her own body, her own health care.”

She added, “And you got more than half the country that has the potential with this leaked draft decision to lose their constitutional rights. And I think it could be just the beginning. And no amount of preparation prepares you for actually being able to see what this opinion could look like and what it could actually be.” 

While sharing the clip on Twitter, the Governor wrote, “We took action in #NM to protect a woman’s right to an abortion. As governor, I’ll never stop fighting for women and their rights.”

But pro-lifers clapped back at Lujan Grisham. Elisa Martinez of New Mexico Alliance for Life and candidate for the state House of Representatives wrote, “NOT true. What about the dozens of women who are sent to the Emergency Room or have died as a result of unsafe & unregulated abortions in #NM? You’ve fought to empower #abortion businesses – not for women.”

But despite Lujan Grisham’s rabid support for abortion up-to-birth and infanticide, her team is now “thanking” Lujan Grisham with a Mother’s Day card. In an email, the campaign team wrote, “On Mother’s Day, we want to say “thank you” for everything Gov. Lujan Grisham has done for New Mexicans. Will you sign your name now to wish Gov. Lujan Grisham a happy Mother’s Day?”

Lujan Grisham recently took a maxed-out donation from Planned Parenthood and donated thousands to the sexist pro-abortion group that only helps anti-life women run for office, EMILY’s List.

Woke Santa Fe paper claims CRT doesn’t exist in NM schools

On Monday, the far-left Santa Fe New Mexican editorial board went all-in on defending the racist Critical Race Theory teachings that are indoctrinating New Mexico school children.

The leftist editorial board wrote, “Fights over what is being taught in schools are happening across the United States, framed as parents fight back against so-called critical race theory. Which, by the way, is not being taught in K-12 public schools, if facts mattered.” 

The New Mexican’s editorial board appears to have been sleeping under a rock since just in 2021, it was reported that in the Albuquerque Public Schools alone, children were being taught Critical Race Theory through its social studies curriculum.

As we previously reported:

​​The book list includes the revisionist “A People’s History of the United States” by discredited leftist indoctrinator, Howard Zinn, “A Queer History of the United States for Young People” by left-wing activist Richie Chevat, “THINK Race and Ethnicity” by Mona Scott, which is chock full of racist Critical Race Theory principles and “social justice” indoctrination regarding feminism, immigration, and race in general. 

Dr. Lindsay writes on Twitter, “This isn’t education. It’s Critical Theory programming.” He noted that the books shown are for the “social studies curriculum only. Don’t be alarmed that no math or science, etc., is on there. It’s not meant to be.” 

“Nearly all of the proposed social studies curriculum in Albuquerque, NM, schools is geared around Critical Theory interpretations of American history and social life. The goal would obviously be to make students think negatively about their country and state. I should also point out how much of the recommended reading list is feminist, which will serve the same Critical agenda. The goal is, yet again, to criticize the existing society (per Marx’s ‘ruthless criticism of everything that exists’) to demolish faith and support for it.” he continued. 

“Many of these books will be defended as ‘providing a different perspective/voice,’ and people will be challenged to say what they think is wrong about alternative perspectives/voices. That’s a trap. It’s the leveraging of all curricula to Critical Theory ends, which is wrong.” 

The paper claimed that those who are against teaching Critical Race Theory in elementary schools through the updated social studies standards are fighting fictitious “elites” that are attempting to indoctrinate children, calling the outrage “a bunch of hooey.”

They went on to claim pushback over the standards by New Mexicans constitutes “alarmist language” 

“That it is becoming a wedge issue in the 2022 election season is unfortunate. The nation and state face real challenges — a pandemic, the climate crisis, rising prices, homelessness and so many more. Time spent going after a threat to children that does not exist is time wasted,” it added.

The New Mexican’s editorial board concluded, “History is rich enough to include many voices. That’s a longstanding New Mexico tradition in this the state of ‘united cultures.’ To do any less would fray the ‘perfect friendship’ among those cultures.” 

But the divisive topics that made it to the final version of these standards is not “rich cultural history” 

These include having children “[a]ssess how social policies and economic forces offer privilege or systemic inequity in accessing social, political, and economic opportunity for identity groups in education, government, healthcare, industry, and law enforcement.” 

Other divisive language in the standards include anti-Hispanic racism targeting Spanish settlers in the United States. One standard reads that students are to “[c]ompare the patterns of exploration, destruction and occupation of the Americas by Spaniards.”

But to the Santa Fe New Mexican editorial board, this is what encompasses a “rich history,” as taught in public schools while CRT supposedly doesn’t exist, in their opinion. 

SOS says ‘Anyone’ supporting Otero audit is undermining ‘confidence’ in elections

On Thursday, far-left New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver relished in the news that left-wing coastal congressional Democrats, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) are launching a House Oversight investigation into the company contracted for the Otero County audit of the 2020 election.

Toulouse Oliver dubbed the County-sanctioned audit a “fraudit” and claimed it “sabotages our constitutional right to vote.” It is unclear how merely recounting votes and documenting abnormalities in the ballots cast is doing anything other than strengthening the integrity of elections. With the audit findings, New Mexicans can definitively know the results of the 2020 election in Otero County.

She wrote, “Arry, weeks ago, I said that this was a vigilante audit. Anyone supporting the ‘fraudit’ undermines public confidence in election security and continues to spread lies about our elections here in New Mexico. The fraudit is a fraud itself.”

“Millions of Americans have sacrificed their lives to vote in this country. Anything that sabotages our constitutional right to vote should be taken very seriously, and I am grateful to the House Oversight panel for proactively investigating this. It’s pure voter intimidation,” Toulouse Oliver continued.

The Secretary of State supported far-left Democrats’ proposals for an extreme pro-voter fraud bill that would enshrine voter suppression into New Mexico law during the 2022 Legislative Session. Some of these proposals included allowing widespread ballot harvesting, letting ballots be counted one week following an election, unsecured ballot drop boxes, and other corrosive measures. 

She also teamed up with Attorney General Hector Balderas and the mainstream media to try and stymie participation by citizens in answering canvassers’ questions that could verify if they voted in the election.

It appears Toulouse Oliver is gaslighting those seeking truth in Otero County by accusing them of exactly what she is guilty of — voter intimidation. If nothing went wrong in the 2020 election, why do everything possible to stop the audit of the supposedly “secure” election? 

Woke Las Cruces mayor: ‘Climate change,’ policing are city’s top concerns

On Wednesday, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima gave his first “State of the City” address in over two years, where he promoted multiple woke left-wing policies and claimed the biggest problems the city faces are “climate change” and “policing.”

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported, “The mayor mentioned the threat of climate change on the city and the human species and celebrated the council’s actions to combat it, including a resolution to convert the city’s fleet to electric vehicles, a commitment to transition off natural gas, a policy to require carbon-neutral energy for new buildings owned or subsidized by the city and upcoming building code revisions to make all new buildings ‘electric-ready.’”

Miyagishima also spewed anti-police rhetoric, claiming not all policing needs a “badge and a gun.”

“Our hope is that personnel trained in social intervention will soon be taking lead on calls to assist people suffering from mental illness, addiction and homelessness, and to respond for child welfare checks and threats to commit suicide,” he said.

He also alluded to Critical Race Theory and diversity hiring in the police force, saying, “In a city like Las Cruces, our police force isn’t an occupying force – our officers live among us as neighbors and friends.” Miyagishima added, “The path to optimal policing lies along the path we’ve just been talking about – considering our different backgrounds, fears, and expectations, and how life is experienced by all those involved.”

The speech comes as Democrats nationwide have attempted to ram through extreme enviro-Marxist proposals, such as in New Mexico with the Energy Transition Act, also known as New Mexico’s “mini” Green New Deal. Other cities such as Albuquerque have clamped down on police activity, instead, delegating certain 911 calls to social workers. Miyagishima appears to want to follow in these footsteps in Albuquerque.

Soros dark money groups demand investigation into Sen. Ivey-Soto

After Democrats failed to epic proportions in their attempt at ramming through their pro-voter fraud measures, S.B. 8 and S.B. 144 during the 2022 Legislative Session, dark money George Soros-funded groups dredged up a seven-year-old allegation against state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, who they claim helped kill their attempt to steal future New Mexico elections through fraud.

The usual suspects whined and moaned on Twitter and across the internet, manufacturing outrage to a left-wing lobbyist’s accusation that the senator grabbed her buttocks. The activist who came forward with the accusation just so happened to previously dredge up a false allegation about other politicians, including Democrat Jeff Apodaca who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018. 

The accuser, Marianna Anaya, is a former staffer of then-U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-01). Anaya hired the same lawyer, Levi Monagle, who participated in the slander of former state Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), which led to Trujillo losing his seat in 2018. Trujillo’s case happened in tandem with Planned Parenthood lobbyist Juliana Koob, whose dark money organization she represents spread the false accusations against Trujillo.

The allegations from Anaya reek of “political hit-job,” where there could be a potential for this to harm Ivey-Soto in 2024 or annoy him so much that he decides not to run for reelection — both wins for the far-left.

The groups that manufactured outrage include George Soros-funded dark money Equality New Mexico, Common Cause New Mexico, the Center for Civic Policy, Progress Now New Mexico, Olé, Girls Inc., and Animal Protection New Mexico. 

“When one person is denied an investigation, all survivors are denied an investigation,” the dark money groups whined in a statement calling for an inquisition. 

But these same groups not only ignored Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham paying off a sexual accuser over $150,000 for claims she groped his crotch, but they actively encourage to this very day Lujan Grisham’s activities as governor, despite the disgraced leader’s hush money settlements to alleged victims.

All the biggest victories during the 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 Legislative Session was sure a rough one — for the Democrats that is. Although there were many long nights and a few all-nighters, New Mexicans from across the state, including so many Piñon Post readers, made their voices heard and secured victories against the Radical Democrat agenda.

Here are some of the biggest victories:

H.B. 156 — Radical Magazine Ban Making Countless New Mexicans Felons

Together, because of all of our calls, emails, and testimony given in House committees, New Mexicans killed H.B. 156, a radical anti-gun bill that would ban firearm magazines containing more than 15 rounds, which would have effectively made many gun owners felons. 

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to table the radical bill by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Bernalillo). During the committee, a poll of attendees showed that 82 people were against the bill (93%) to just six in support (7%).

Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park) called the bill a“pipeline to prison” that would affect low-income families. The committee’s vote was 5-0, with no one supporting it. Rep. Randall Pettigrew (R-Lea) made the motion to table the bill. Our editor, John Block, submitted testimony against this bill. 

[Read more about it here]

H.B. 9 — Lockup Firearms or Become a Felon

Another radical anti-gun bill, H.B. 9, sponsored by Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-Bernalillo), was rejected by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on a 13-5 vote to table it. The bill would have mandated citizens to lock up their guns, imposing a cost burden on New Mexicans.

“It is unlawful for a person who keeps or stores a firearm to do so in such manner that the firearm is accessed by a minor without the authorization of the minor’s parent or guardian or when used in the commission of a crime,” the bill reads. Our editor, John Block, submitted testimony against this bill. 

It continues, “When a firearm is accessed by a minor and used in the commission of a crime, the person who keeps or stores the firearm commits unlawful access to a firearm by a minor and is guilty of a misdemeanor.” 

Reps. Patricia Lundstrom (D-McKinley and San Juan), Allison (D-San Juan), Harry Garcia (D-Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Socorro, San Juan, and Valencia), Ambrose Castellano (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Torrance), and Candie Sweetser (D-Grant, Hidalgo, Luna) voted with the Republicans on the Committee to table the bill.  Our editor, John Block, submitted testimony against this bill. 

[Read more about it here]

H.J.R. 2 — Radical Eviro-Marxist Constitutional Amendment

For the second straight year in a row, the Piñon Post helped organize New Mexicans to fight this radical enviro-Marxist proposal to enshrine a constitutional right to “clean and healthy air, water, soil and environment; a stable climate; and self-sustaining ecosystems, for the benefit of public health, safety and general welfare.” It was sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (D-Bernalillo).

The generic and subjective terms encompassed in the bill would open up private entities, state agencies, and local governments to costly litigation, as seen in other states that have enacted similar resolutions, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. 

During the short 30-minute testimony period allowed by Chair Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo) in the House Judiciary Committee, multiple industries spoke out against the radical proposal. One expert from UNM Law School shared that “Small companies and small businesses might be injured as well” as governments from the bill — harming the little guy.

The Committee ultimately voted 9-3 to table the extreme proposal — making it the second year in a row it has failed. The Piñon Post organized New Mexicans in both years against the resolution. Our editor, John Block, testified against this legislation. 

[Read more about it here]

S.B. 14 — Radical 20 to 35+ Cent Gas Tax on the Poor

During a nail-biter victory at around 3:00 a.m. Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 33-33 to kill S.B. 14 by Senate Pro-Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo), which would have installed a “clean fuel standard,” resulting in a 20 to 35+ cent per gallon gas tax, harming the poorest New Mexicans.

During the committee process, Stewart erroneously claimed gas prices were lower in California after the clean fuel standard, despite California’s prices being lower before it was implemented. Currently, California’s average price of gas is 135% greater than the national average, according to AAA. 

This is the second year in a row the Piñon Post has organized New Mexicans to fight this radical bill, and it looks to have paid off both times. Our editor, John Block, testified against this bill. 

[Read more about it here]

H.B. 126 — CRT in State Agencies

This bill by Reps. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe) and Pamelya Herndon (D-Bernalillo) would implement Critical Race Theory into state agencies, which mandates the “Chief Diversity Officer” of the state to “lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equality, equity and inclusion initiatives in support of the state’s strategic plan to create a culture of diversity, equality, equity and inclusion pursuant to Section 6 of the Diversity Act.”

The bill that would have put Critical Race Theory in state agencies thankfully died, due in part to the Piñon Post advocating against the bill. Our editor, John Block, testified against this bill. 

[Read more about it here]

S.B. 8/144 — Dems’ Extreme ‘Wild West of Voter Fraud’ Bill

Possibly the sweetest victory this legislative session was the death of the Democrats’ most desperate, extreme bill imaginable, S.B. 8 (resurrected in the dead of night as S.B. 144), which would have turned New Mexico into the “wild west of voter fraud.” 

The bill was a top legislative priority of scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who was hell-bent on ramming it through to enshrine Democrat election fraud forever. It would have legalized widespread ballot harvesting, unsecured ballot drop boxes, automatic voter registration, felon voting abilities, and more in the 165+ page bill that was amended at the last minute to give Democrats everything they could have dreamed of.

But the Democrats got greedy — and they ended up with NOTHING — not even the compromise S.B. 6 bill, which the Senate unanimously passed. 

The Piñon Post sent out tens of thousands of emails about S.B. 8/144 and it resulted in New Mexicans sending tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to members of the Legislature to oppose the radical legislation. Together, we killed the voter suppression bill that would have harvested votes from our senior citizens and taken away the voices of low-income, underserved communities. Our editor, John Block, testified on multiple occasions, both in the Senate and the House, against the bill(s).

[Read more about it here]

H.M. 38 — Critical Race Theory and ‘Sensitivity Training’ for Law Enforcers

The radical memorial, which had around an $800,000 backend appropriation through the General Appropriations Act, would have implemented the first steps into putting Critical Race Theory and “LGBTQ sensitivity training” into the police force. It luckily was never given an audience before the full House of Representatives and it died. Our editor, John Block, testified on multiple occasions, both in the Senate and the House, against the bill.

[Read more about it here]

S.B. 202 — Pay Raises for Governor, AG, Others

S.B. 202, sponsored by by Sen. Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas), would have increased the governor’s and all state-level positions’ salaries by a massive amount. 

The governor would be paid $150,000 — an increase of 36.36% while all state-level officials, including state auditor, treasurer, and secretary of state would receive a 35.29% increase in salary. The attorney general would receive a 31.57% increase in salary and the commissioner of public lands would receive a 38.88% increase. This fiscally irresponsible bill will pay politicians — who already are of little to no use to New Mexico — even more money. The pay increases far exceed inflation, which is currently at 7%. 

The bill never reached the Senate floor and effectively died. Our editor, John Block, submitted testimony against this bill.

[Read more about it here]

H.B. 4/H.B. 227 — MLG’s Hydro Hub Bills

Despite making this a top priority for this legislative session, Michelle Lujan Grisham’s eco-left“hydrogen” bill died early, with both Republicans and leftists rejecting H.B. 4 on a vote of 6-4 in the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. The Democrats tried to resurrect it in the form of a zombie bill, H.B. 227 by Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), but it once again died, being withdrawn from the committee and tabled.

This top Lujan Grisham priority was yet another victory for the reliable oil and gas industry, which the Governor has been hell-bent on crippling throughout her tenure.

H.B. 6 — ‘Clean Future Act’ DEAD

This radical bill by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) would have further crippled energy producers in New Mexico by mandating the Environmental Improvement Board adopt rules that would force the reduction of “greenhouse gas emissions.” 

“by 2030, statewide direct emissions of greenhouse gases shall not exceed fifty percent of 2005 levels; and by 2050, total statewide greenhouse gas emissions shall achieve at least net-zero emissions; provided that total statewide direct emissions of greenhouse gases shall not exceed ten percent of 2005 levels in 2050 or any subsequent year,” the bill reads.

The bill never achieved final passage in the House and ended up dying before it could reach the finish line. This was another top legislative priority of the Piñon Post to kill in the 2022 session, and we did just that — killed it. Our editor, John Block, testified against this bill.

[Read more about it here]

Although there were multiple other pieces of radical Democrat legislation that New Mexicans helped kill, these most horrifying bills all died — thanks to YOU, the readers of the Piñon Post. We are not only your #1 source for online conservative news and opinion in the state, we are an effective resource to battle the Santa Fe Swamp! Thank you for staying in this fight with us to take back our state.

The Republicans who voted for the radical Dems’ far-left $8.5 BILLION budget

On Thursday, far-left Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives rammed through a far-left budget co-opted from scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive budget. Despite the extremist content of the budget, including hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending, some Republicans aided the Democrats in their efforts and voted in favor of the radical budget.

The budget included items such as $10 million for eco-left policies to carry out the Governor’s Green New Deal, hundreds of thousands of dollars for an “Office of Equity and Inclusion” and $300,000 ​​to hire a vehemently anti-gun activist to develop policies to limit the Second Amendment, $2.9 million for anti-energy “conservation” projects, among other disastrous measures.

State Rep. Stefani Lord, who did not vote for the wasteful budget commented on social media, “Many programs in this budget need funding. Unfortunately, this budget bill is filled with excessive reoccurring spending that will cause tax increases.” 13 fiscally responsible Republicans did the right thing and voted against the budget.

Here are the state representatives who voted for the extreme $8.5 billion Democrat budget that increases spending at least 13% from the previous year and millions in wasteful recurring It is 50% larger than spending ten years ago in New Mexico. See their recorded votes here.

Rep. Gail Armstrong (Magdalena)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4227

Email: gail@gailfornewmexico.com

Rep. Brian Baca (Valencia)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4450

Email: brian.baca@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Rachel Black (Alamogordo)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4453

Email: rachel.black@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Jack Chatfield (Tucumcari)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4467

Email: jack.chatfield@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Kelly Fajardo (Tome-Adelino)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4215

Email: kelly.fajardo@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Joshua Hernandez (Rio Rancho)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4221

Email: joshua.hernandez@nmlegis.gov

Rep. T. Ryan Lane (Aztec)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4221


Rep. Bill Rehm (Albuquerque)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4214

Email: bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Luis Terrazas (Bayard)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4336

Email: luis.terrazas@nmlegis.gov

​​Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (Corrales)

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4214

Email: jpandp@comcast.net

Following the disastrous vote, Rep. T. Ryan Lane attempted to downplay his vote with the Radical Democrats on the bad budget bill. He explained it away, claiming the boondoggle had some good things in it and defensively accusing New Mexicans who disagreed with him on the budget that they “clearly don’t understand the budget process.”

The fiscally conservative Rio Grande Foundation tweeted, “Sad for ANY @NMHouseGOP member to vote for this wasteful budget.”

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