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Albuquerque, NM- Democrat State Representative Derrick Lente missed important committee meetings yesterday, opting instead to buddy up with filmmakers. 

While the Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee were meeting on Wednesday to conduct the business of governing the state, Rep. Lente, who is a voting member on both committees, decided he would rather rub elbows with glamorous filmmakers. In a Facebook picture posted by the Representative late Wednesday night, Lente is seen grinning for the camera, enjoying the limelight, and relaxing on his day off.

ALBUQUERQUE- New Mexico Democrats' talking points on the Interior Department's recommendations for New Mexico's national monuments aren't lining up with the facts.

DPNM attempted to misinform New Mexican voters on the truth about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposed changes to a handful of monuments. Even though Zinke did not state New Mexico's monuments would be included, DPNM continued to mislead the public.

ALBUQUERQUE – The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the sudden passing of Susan Popovich:

Susan was an enthusiastic activist and chairwoman of the Santa Fe Democratic Party. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Delay uncalled for in Pearce campaign cash dispute

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

We thought a federal court settled it in 1996. Or that the N.M. Secretary of State’s Office did last year. So why is it taking so long to get an answer in 2017?

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, has filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, over whether Pearce can transfer all of his roughly $1 million federal war chest to his campaign for New Mexico governor. Toulouse Oliver’s office has imposed state campaign contribution limits – $5,500 per contributor for both primary and general election cycles – on Pearce’s federal campaign stash.

ALBUQUERQUE – In a disappointing display of extreme partisanship, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has requested more time to respond to a court case regarding the transferring of campaign funds into Congressman Steve Pearce's gubernatorial campaign. Congressman Pearce was forced to file the lawsuit against Toulouse Oliver after she communicated that the Pearce campaign could not transfer federal campaign funds to a state account, reversing the opinion of her predecessor and changing course on a previous court in favor of the transfer for then congressman, Bill Richardson.

Recently, the Pearce campaign filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver asking a federal court to order her to refrain from prohibiting a transfer of federal campaign funds to a state account. Last Thursday, the New Mexico Secretary of State's office filed a motion to further delay responding to this lawsuit and meet its responsibility to provide an explanation for how the Secretary arrived at her politically charged decision to ignore legal precedent, existing law, and a ruling from her predecessor. In 2016, the previous Secretary of State confirmed that such a transfer would comply with the law.

ALBUQUERQUE- While Tim Keller is publicly financed through Albuquerque voters' tax dollars, he will receive over one hundred thousand dollars in help from a Union group called ABQ Forward Together.

"Tim Keller is grossly misleading the public about his financial backings and support. As he parades his moral superiority of being the only publicly financed mayoral candidate, he is allowing tens of thousands of dollars from special interests to be used directly for his campaign," said Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "Voters can't trust Keller to manage the budget at City Hall when he won't even be straightforward about the special interest dollars his close ally and former campaign manager is preparing to use for his direct benefit."

Other News Background:

Democrat Tim Keller stated, "I am walking the walk as the only candidate running a publicly financed campaign, I am demonstrating that there is better way to get to city hall. (Democracy for America).

(Publicly Financed Keller To Get PAC Help, ABQ Free Press Weekly, 6/30/2017)

(Committee raising tens of thousands of dollars to support publicly financed Keller, The Albuquerque Journal, 8/18/2017)

ALBUQUERQUE- The Republican Party of New Mexico stands against the extreme acts of violence, racism and hate occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Republican Party of New Mexico is deeply saddened by the horrific and tragic events that have occurred in Charlottesville over the past few days. These events are destructive to our nation's wellbeing, peace and progress and should be condemned. There is no room for racism and hatred in our country. The Republican Party of New Mexico takes a firm stand against any and all racism, and acts of violence and hate. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this tragic time.

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