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By House Republican Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia) 

The situation on the U.S.-Mexico border is an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. In times like these, one’s character is revealed, which is why the response from New Mexico’s political leaders is so disheartening.  

The headlines this past month have been alarming. More than 650 people crossing the border were taken into custody in just a couple hours during the early morning of April 30. 

International trade through our points-of-entry on the southern border is being choked to a standstill. Meanwhile, interior checkpoints have been shut down because the agents that usually staff those security stations have been reassigned to the border.  

According to data provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, from October 2018 through March 2019 border apprehensions of family units—a parent or guardian with at least one accompanying minor child—were up 374 percent from the previous year. In addition, almost 36,000 unaccompanied children were taken into custody during the same period.  

4/30/19

“PNM has behaved badly,” said Santa Fe PNM customer, Mrs. Leah Berg, on a variety of public platforms.

Mistakes are bound to happen, and it is the responsibility of PNM to take ownership and work towards making it right when they do. When Mrs. Berg brought her concerns to PNM and to the media, she provided information to PNM explaining that she 1) she simply enjoys baking in her detached studio and should not be charged a small power commercial rate because she was not a business, rather she should be charged a residential rate and 2) she didn’t understand why PNM installed two meters on her property.

Op-ed by Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power the Future

The men and women who work in New Mexico’s energy industry would be the last to stand up and take credit for all they have done for our state. Nonetheless, they deserve our gratitude.

There are over 100,000 energy employees in New Mexico and we proudly stand with each one of them.

New Mexico’s energy workers deliver affordable and effective power that lights our cities and heats our homes. Our energy workers have made New Mexico a top producer in the United States and the energy they create delivers billions to our classrooms and makes every aspect of our way of life possible.

By Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas)

Sometimes, New Mexico can’t help but snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Three years ago, New Mexico won a national competition to bring Facebook to our state. Facebook agreed to build its new data center in Los Lunas, and in exchange, New Mexico promised the company that the state would upgrade its electric grid to power the complex with 100% renewable energy.

The agreement was a victory for everyone involved, especially New Mexico. Facebook would get the best deal possible for its new data center and invest $1 billion in the project. New Mexico would gain millions in tax revenue from the economic activity spun-off from the data center. And everyone would benefit from upgraded transmission infrastructure that would bring more renewable energy online.

Nobody did the math on NM’s Energy Transition Act

BY REP. LARRY R. SCOTT / HOBBS REPUBLICAN
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 12:02am

For full article, please visit https://www.abqjournal.com/1305539/nobody-did-the-math-on-nms-energy-transition-act-ex-environmentalists-are-happy-power-providers-are-happy-what-about-the-citizen-ratepayers-of-new-mexico.html 

This is reprinted in part from The Albuquerque Journal 

Representatives along the Rio Grande corridor are being hammered in social media and mail fliers for failing to the support the “Energy Transition Act” – SB 489. The realities of this legislation are significantly more complicated than the simplistic view provided in those advertisements.

By Paul Gessing

We at the Rio Grande Foundation have not been shy in our critiques of the 2019 legislative session. Economic freedom lost big during the session while higher taxes, more government regulations, and bigger government won.

In the long-run such moves will inevitably result in slower economic growth and reduced wealth for New Mexicans. Low economic freedom New Mexico has consistently lagged behind all of its neighbors in terms of population growth and economic prosperity.

Nate Cote, PhD,
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Former State Representative
Past Commander and current Service Officer, DAV NM Chapter 10
U.S. Navy Veteran
Member, Board of Directors New Mexico Voices for Children

Keeping Our Promises to Veterans
The other day a Gulf War veteran, who is now in his 60s and has various service-related medical conditions that are keeping him homebound, on oxygen, and in pain with his hands trembling asked me for help deciphering some VA correspondence. As service officer for a local veteran service organization I see the first-hand consequences of war on our veterans and inadequate assistance from our federal, state, and local governments. There are endless issues around veteran healthcare, benefits, mental health, and homelessness requiring attention by some of the same politicians that sent them to war. Although it’s the federal government that sends our military to fight wars and conflicts, state and local governments are not without responsibility to those who serve our country.

Another issue at legislative session that will go against what our Founding Fathers intended in the Constitution

HB 55 at the 2019 New Mexico Legislative session proposes to change the rules of choosing a president and vice president to allow the state electors to vote only for the candidate with the highest national total of votes.

In Article II of the U.S. Constitution, it states in Section 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

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