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 SANTA FE, NM—House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) released the following statement after attending Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Energy Summit earlier today:

“Governor Lujan Grisham's Energy Summit today made one thing crystal clear: the governor wants to eliminate the industry that’s responsible for 45% of the state’s budget without having a plan to replace this funding. Other states don't depend on oil and gas revenues as much as we do. Those states might be able to afford the type of energy transitions our governor is proposing. It will be tougher in New Mexico. Without a plan, there is only one option for replacing oil and gas revenues once fossil fuels have been phased out—more taxes. New Mexicans need to brace themselves for the looming tax apocalypse on the horizon. Do we need to remind our governor that this is New Mexico, not California?”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. PRESIDENT TRUMP: "WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS STATE AND MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STATE"

Thousands of President Trump's supporters filled the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho to welcome him to New Mexico and hear his positive message.

From KOAT:

 The Republican Party of New Mexico and Chairman Pearce are excited to announce that New Mexico has officially been named a target state by the Trump campaign.

“We’re excited that President Trump and his team sees New Mexico as a state they can flip. We believe that New Mexicans are fed up with the socialist left agenda and are ready to stand with the President as he continues to lower taxes, create jobs, increase pay and employment opportunities for women, minorities and those who traditionally struggle to find good jobs,” says Chairman Pearce.

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement in response to President Trump’s planned rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico:

This president has built his administration on hateful policies and false promises. Since the beginning of his campaign, he has been focused on attacking and demonizing many of the hardworking communities that make New Mexico so strong.

Just recently, President Trump showed that pandering to his base and pursuing a racist vanity project are more important than the well-being of service members in New Mexico. His administration announced that they are stealing money from critical military projects in our state to fund an unnecessary border wall. Now he’s coming to Rio Rancho to tout those same divisive and destructive policies.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented at a policy roundtable on New Mexico’s passage of the Criminal Record Expungement Act at the Criminal Justice Legislative Convening in Nashville, Tennessee. The convening was hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan coalition of American advocacy groups that works to address some of the nation’s most pressing criminal justice reform issues. Rep. Maestas was invited to speak as a national stakeholder because of his ongoing commitment to criminal justice reform.

“People with a criminal history face permanent barriers to employment, housing, education, and other quality of life opportunities,” said Antonio “Moe” Maestas. “I am proud to have sponsored this important legislation to give hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans a second chance to reintegrate into society and contribute to our state’s labor force. The more we can do to learn from one another across state lines – our successes, our challenges, and our experiences – the more educated we will be as policy makers.”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. "A MOUNTAIN OF MONEY AVAILABLE" -- $907 MILLION IN NEW MONEY FOR STATE GOVERNMENT; WILL DEMOCRATS WASTE IT?

The oil and gas industry in New Mexico continues to deliver millions in new revenues for New Mexico state government. But House Republicans are issuing a warning to Democrats: don't waste this money by expanding state government.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

For the second straight year, New Mexico lawmakers will likely have a mountain of money available for spending on public schools, roads, health care and other programs.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. "ARE YOU SERIOUS?" - DEMOCRAT STATE SEN. RICHARD MARTINEZ REFUSES TO RESIGN, NOW RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

The Albuquerque Journal caught up with Democrat State Sen. Richard Martinez, who has been in hiding since his June arrest for DWI. He finally emerged at a legislative hearing being held in Los Alamos.

 From the Albuquerque Journal:

Asked Friday whether he plans to remain in the Legislature, Martinez said, “Of course.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) has announced an unprecedented statewide voter registration challenge today as part of our goal to register more voters than ever before during the 2020 election cycle. With this challenge, DPNM aims to inspire county parties to expand voter registration efforts and increase democratic participation throughout New Mexico.

The DPNM Voter Registration Challenge will begin on September 1, 2019 and continue through the 2020 cycle. Each month, county parties will track voter registration numbers and compete to register the most people. Winners will be calculated based on percentage of registered voters to avoid giving larger counties an unfair advantage.

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico is excited to be encouraging a year-round focus on voter registration,” said DPNM Executive Director Chelsey Evans. “Democrats in New Mexico don’t just want to win in 2020. We want to build a culture of political activism and democratic participation that defines our state for years to come. After our historic victories in 2018, we’re seeing more enthusiasm than ever before from people who are new to the political process. Our county parties are eager to seize on that energy, and we’re thrilled to be giving them this opportunity to reach out to Democrats in every corner of New Mexico.”
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https://nmdemocrats.org/news/dpnm-announces-new-voter-registration-challenge/ 

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