Politics: Enter at your own risk

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Santa Fe District Court ruled against the governor’s unconstitutional vetoes of 10 bills that were passed during the 2017 regular legislative session, stating they should become law. Speaker Egolf issued the following statement:

“This case was about computer science opportunities for school kids, economic development in agriculture, and defending the state’s constitution. Today’s ruling is a victory for our youth, our farmers, our communities and our constitution.”

ALBUQUERQUE – Democrat candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham unmasked her motives for her bid for Governor, and it's not to better the future of New Mexicans. Lujan Grisham told the Washington, D.C.-based Politico she wants to be governor for one very specific reason: controlling the redistricting process, which would allow her to consolidate political power but wouldn't do much for New Mexicans who want to find a job and make sure their kids receive a high-quality education.

"For Democrats in particular, the choice between another term in the House minority or the chance to lead their home states can be an easy one. ‘It's a good partnership to have folks who have federal experience, have relationships here but can be the governor of their states so they don't execute some of these federal changes in a way that harms their citizens,' said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), who announced in December that she would run for governor in 2018. ‘And you would be in charge of redistricting.'" (Politico, 8/7/17)

"If Michelle Lujan Grisham is running for governor to accomplish anything other than improving the lives of New Mexico families, she shouldn't be running at all," said Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "New Mexicans want a governor who will fight for them every day, but it seems that Lujan Grisham has only one interest, and sadly, that's her own political power."

Silver City N.M. – The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been at the center of attention since reviewing proposals for cancer service providers. Recently, the Board of Trustees of the GRMC held an emergency meeting to finalize a contract with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center—a change from New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC), the provider that had previously served Gila Regional cancer patients for many years. Patients and their families have expressed concerns about the change in provider, and the process that led to the change in providers. Representative Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez (D-39) has heard from local patients in Silver City, and has asked State Auditor Tim Keller to review any matters related to this procurement process in order to ensure that it was executed lawfully and in the best public interest.

"It is absolutely critical that such a process follow the law, and be as transparent as possible to maintain the public's trust – especially when it concerns their health and well-being." stated Representative Rudy Martinez. "At the most difficult time in cancer patients' lives, we need to make sure that local residents can access the best possible care right here at home."

ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday, in Washington, Michelle Lujan Grisham voted against legislation to fund America's military and national security, sending a clear message to our troops that she's willing to play politics at their expense. The funding package included the largest military pay raise in eight years, as well as funding for ongoing overseas military operations. Lujan Grisham was a ‘no' vote.

"Michelle Lujan Grisham's vote against our military is an example of politics at its worst," said Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "Members of our military put their lives on the line to keep us safe and deserve our full support. Michelle Lujan Grisham turned her back on them by voting against a pay raise as well as funding for troops in harm's way overseas. If Lujan Grisham can't be a voice for our military, she certainly won't be a fighter for New Mexico families."

Michelle Lujan Grisham's decision to vote party first, is a direct vote against the bravest Americans who defend this nation.

Albuquerque, NM – The Republican Party of New Mexico was forced to notify the police after masked demonstrators vandalized the state headquarters this morning.

The extremists held signs in front of the main doors blocking the entrance to the building. The group was part of the violent left-wing protest group that goes by the name of "Bestsy Riot." They obstructed entrance for over an hour, before finally vandalizing the Marque.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi announced changes and additions to party staff. Michael Horanburg has been hired as Director of Outreach and Political Operations. Additionally, James Clarke, who was previously serving as Deputy Political Director, has been named Director of Political Strategy. Dominic Pacheco has also been named Interim Communications Director and Finance Director.

Albuquerque, NM - Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is playing politics with her role as the state's top elections officer. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Oliver disregarded a settled federal court ruling as well as direction from the previous Secretary of State dealing with the transfer of federal campaign funds to a state campaign account.

The partisan ruling by the Democrat Secretary of State office targets the Republican candidate, Representative Steve Pearce.

"This is politics as usual in Santa Fe," said Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "The Secretary of State is using her elected office to benefit candidates from her own party, attempting to circumvent the courts and the policies of her predecessor in order to disadvantage a Republican candidate. As New Mexico's top elections official, the Secretary of State should ensure that the law applies to everyone equally and fairly. This attempt to re-interpret the law for the benefit of her fellow Democrats is blatantly political."

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 6, 2017) —Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference in Albuquerque with local and statewide advocates to highlight the damaging impact Senate Republicans' health care legislation will have in New Mexico.

"The Senate health care bill will leave average New Mexico families paying thousands of dollars more for less health coverage," said Senator Heinrich. "I urge President Trump and Republicans to listen to the millions of Americans who are saying loud and clear that it's time to turn the page on this reckless path so we can finally get to work on actually fixing those things in the current health care system that need work. I will do everything I can to oppose this appalling legislation and fight to keep quality health care accessible and affordable for all New Mexicans."

"The state of New Mexico has seen tremendous improvement in access to health care through the implementation of the ACA and a marked reduction in racial and ethnic inequalities in health coverage," said Dr. Gabe Sanchez, Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. "If the ACA were to be repealed or see significant reductions in funding, this would be devastating to the state of New Mexico. We would see hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans lose health insurance in a short period of time and our Center estimates that we would see a loss in over 6,000 jobs by the year 2020. New Mexico simply cannot afford to lose these jobs at a very challenging time in our state's history."

"The Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, has ensured access to one of the most vulnerable populations in our state, the rural population, which tends to be older, sicker, and poorer," said Christina Campos, Administrator at Guadalupe County Hospital. "Guadalupe County Hospital alone saw uninsured patient rates drop from 14 percent down to under 4 percent since 2013. This expansion in coverage has helped stabilize our finances, and has helped us keep our doors open."

"New Mexico has had extraordinary success implementing the Affordable Care Act. We cut our uninsured rate in half. Hundreds of thousands of our neighbors and family members now have access to health care that they didn't have before," said Bill Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor at New Mexico Voices for Children. "Over 900,000 New Mexicans now rely on Medicaid for their health care. That is all at risk in this bill to repeal and replace."

"I work for a rural federally funded medical center where 30 percent of funding will be cut if this bill passes," said Josh Trujillo, Certified Peer Support Specialist at Pecos Valley Medical Center. "Without Medicaid, people will die. Emergency room visits will increase, overdoses will increase, and crime rates will increase."

"The health care industry is an important component of New Mexico's economy," said Dr. Jerica Johnson, member of the Committee of Interns and Residents. "If the Senate bill passes, there will be devastating consequences for the health care workforce. It would most certainly impact New Mexico's hospitals, and disproportionally effect rural hospitals."

"Not only is the Affordable Care Act under threat, but Medicare is under threat too," said Ron Schwartz, member of the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. "We should be expanding who should get health insurance benefits, not reducing those benefits. In our future, any reductions in insurance programs or attempts at privatizing Medicare will affect more generations than those targeted by the intended cuts."

Video of the press conference is available on Senator Heinrich's Facebook page.

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