ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Democrats' annual convention has unraveled into chaos just a few hours after being called into session. At least one candidate has have accused party leaders of stacking the deck to achieve their desired outcome, while another has described the convention activities as indefensible. It appears party leaders are doing whatever they can to ensure Michelle Lujan Grisham comes out on top in the race to earn the gubernatorial nomination – even if voters and party activists prefer someone else as their nominee.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On the eve of their pre-primary convention, two Democratic candidates for governor renewed accusations of improper campaign tactics at recent county conventions and ward meetings by fellow gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign.
ALBUQUERQUE – Local election results from across the New Mexico tonight confirmed that Republicans are in a strong position to compete and win statewide in November. In every region of the state, Republicans contested and won important local offices and proved that commonsense conservative principles appeal to voters of all backgrounds.
"These election results are a wake-up call to anyone who doubts that Republicans are ready and able to run winning campaigns across New Mexico," said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "While the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico is using his party's time and resources to attempt to silence a victim of sexual harassment and rig county conventions for his preferred candidate, our hardworking candidates and volunteers were pounding the pavement and knocking doors to elect Republicans up and down the ballot. Republicans are united and will not be outworked in 2018 and our efforts are already paying dividends.
SANTA FE — Today, thirty-three New Mexico legislators sent a letter to Archbishop John C. Wester demanding his response to recent comments made by Allen Sanchez, Executive Director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In his remarks, Sanchez claimed that a proposal to increase expenditures from New Mexico's Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood programs failed to pass because of "an element of racism" among its opponents. Sanchez further asserted that "opposition came from people with power and wealth."
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Speaker Brian Egolf appeared on C-SPAN's "50 Capitals Tour" series to speak about how national issues are playing out at in New Mexico. Aboard the C-SPAN bus in Santa Fe, Speaker Brian Egolf highlighted the New Mexico Legislature's bipartisanship and commitment to diversifying New Mexico's economy.
"The bipartisan approach of the new Democratic House majority is showing results, and we're focused on creating new high-quality jobs, improving education, addressing public safety, and developing long-term solutions," said Speaker Brian Egolf. "New Mexico is a great example to other states and an example for Washington on how to get things done and make sure government works for the people.
ALBUQUERQUE – House Education Chair Stephanie Garcia Richard has spent the legislative session playing partisan games instead of standing up for New Mexico's kids and education system. She voted against the largest teacher pay raise in decades. She's broken the rules to bury a non-controversial, commonsense proposal to help improve student performance by sending parents text messages about absences and missed assignments. Now, Rep. Garcia Richard has been busted for skipping out on work to attend a gala.
Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard is failing the students of New Mexico.
As the Chair of the House Education Committee, she has a duty to hear legislation that will improve student achievement in New Mexico. However, she isn’t doing that. She is dragging her feet, violating House Rules, and playing politics with our children’s future, all while asking New Mexico’s voters for a promotion.
SANTA FE—Statement from Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), House Republican Leader, following Gov. Susana Martinez's State of the State address:
"New Mexicans are expecting results from their state leaders. With a projected additional $330 million in new revenue, we have a chance during these 30 days to pass laws that will make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family. We must do more to protect the safety of New Mexicans, improve student achievement, and create more job opportunities. Our legislative to-do list is extensive. We've studied and debated the issues long enough. It's time to act. Let's get to work."