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Politics: Enter at your own risk

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."

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez delivered her final State of the State speech to the legislature. During her speech, Gov. Martinez applauded New Mexico's oil and gas industry repeatedly and mentioned our burgeoning tourism industry. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statements.

"The oil and gas industry is pouring billions into new drilling projects in New Mexico. These investments remain critical to our undiversified economy, and it makes action to curtail methane waste and pollution that much more critical to ensure that our state reaps the full benefit of this boom," says Demis Foster, CVNM Executive Director. "We can do better. New Mexico is now a top tier oil and gas producing state. We deserve a first class oil and gas regulatory system to match. Unfortunately, Governor Martinez and her administration doesn't seem to understand this. She is proposing new permit requirements for oil and gas wells that would be some of the weakest in the nation. Her proposal would do nothing to clean up the San Juan Basin methane hot spot that is a national embarrassment. This growing reputation for oil and gas pollution threatens another strong and important part of our economy. Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience ancient cultures within reach, our breathtaking views and unique public land. Our bustling and successful tourism industry -- an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico's economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014 -- depends on our state being in its natural state. Given our dire economic situation, we should ensure success for as many industries as possible rather than picking winners and losers."

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