By Steve Pearce
As state legislators prepare to return to Santa Fe for the new legislative session in mid-January, the main topic on their minds is how to utilize the $1.1 billion budget surplus projected for fiscal year 2020. Special interest groups, state agencies, municipalities, counties, courts and anyone who interacts with state government have been hard at work putting together wish lists for how these surplus dollars should be spent. Lawmakers can expect the Roundhouse to be filled with people seeking money for all sorts of projects and programs.
January 7, 2019
ALAMOGORDO - Republican Second Congressional District nominee Yvette Herrell has reviewed the absentee ballot returns in Doña Ana County, and examined the procedures used by the county clerk’s office for receiving absentee ballot applications and the processing and security of ballots.
In mid-November, while not disputing the outcome of the election, or alleging any misconduct on anyone’s part, Herrell cited widespread concerns raised by the media and individual voters about election integrity, from North Carolina to California, as part of the reason she and her campaign decided to take a closer look at the Doña Ana County elections process. There is still no representative for a North Carolina congressional district in which similar issues have been raised.
Today, New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small's vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:
"With her very first vote, Rep. Small broke her promise to New Mexicans who believed her when she campaigned on being an independent voice for Southern New Mexico," said Chairman Pearce. "Her reflexive support for San Francisco radical Nancy Pelosi shows she is totally beholden to the liberal special interests who bankrolled her campaign. Southern New Mexico deserves a Representative who puts them first instead of out of state political allies who don't share our New Mexican values."
ALBUQUERQUE - Today, RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement after Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her first three cabinet selections, all of whom previously served under Governor Bill Richardson.
"One of the reasons I ran for Governor was to prevent a return to the disastrous days of the corrupt Bill Richardson Administration," said Pearce. "During the campaign, Michelle Lujan Grisham dismissed those concerns, but today she proved that New Mexicans were right to worry. Her very first picks to lead state departments all held positions under Richardson. New Mexicans should ask how this 'new' administration can govern any differently if its leaders are the very same people who worked under Richardson as he ran our state into the ground."
ALBUQUERQUE - RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi congratulated incoming chairman Steve Pearce, who was elected today by an overwhelming margin at a State Central Committee meeting in Albuquerque.
"I congratulate my friend Steve Pearce on his win in the chairman's race. Our party is in capable hands under Pearce's leadership and we will be positioned to succeed thanks to his extensive experience in management and New Mexico politics. I look forward to working with him in the upcoming election cycle to post strong Republican gains throughout the state. Our outgoing RPNM team will begin working right away to ensure a smooth transition. Congratulations, Chairman Pearce!"
Former ABQ PD Detective Michelle Garcia Holmes to Lead Federal, State, Local Group
ALBUQUERQUE—Today, Steve Pearce joined with leading police and law enforcement officials to announce that as Governor he will immediately put in place an interagency task force to combat crime and make New Mexico’s communities safer.
“The time for talk is over. New Mexico communities have heard enough excuses. On my first day in office, I will bring together the best of our law enforcement community to combat New Mexico’s crime wave and make our communities safe again for our citizens.