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By John Block Friday, September 14, 2018 

https://www.abqjournal.com/1220452/candidates-pearce-rich-and-herrell-are-best-for-nm.html?inf_contact_key=bd6472da7cdc487abcd62269d63327c9f215d003776ca43da7bd5eaf39a400d0 

As New Mexicans, we have many choices for the people who will lead our state forward, even in this age of political chaos.

I am proud to say I always have been, and always will be, a proud New Mexican. My family has been here for centuries, many of them making a difference in state politics, such as my grandfather, former Democratic Corporation Commissioner Johnny Block.

By Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-District 7)

Antonio Gurule was a beautiful two-year-old boy who was thriving in foster care. His foster parents, who had tended to him since he was two months old, welcomed him into their family and tried to adopt him.

They were not successful. Three months ago, Antonio was returned to the custody of his biological mother. On September 3, he was found unresponsive in his crib with blood coming from his nose and a half-dollar sized lump on his head. The Office of the Medical Investigator determined he had died the night before.

Straight-party voting is bad move for state

ABQ Journal, Guest Column
By Brad Winter / Former NM Secretary Of State
Sunday, September 9, 2018 
https://www.abqjournal.com/1218630 

Someone told me recently that I was the least-political politician they had ever met, and I took that as a great compliment – mostly because I don’t consider myself to be a politician, even though I have served the public for years. As you know, I rarely weigh in on the opinion pages about issues. But I’m putting aside some of my nonpolitician ways to say something that I believe is extremely important for the people of New Mexico: The move by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to allow straight-ticket voting is not right and violates the sacred nature of the Secretary of State’s Office.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1218626/its-our-money-mindset-must-be-eliminated.html 

No, It’s Your Money
By State Auditor Wayne Johnson

“We honestly believe this is our money.” Seven words spoken by Representative Jim Trujillo to the Albuquerque Journal eloquently – if unintentionally – illustrate a shocking lack of understanding of public money and the absolute necessity for an independent NM State Auditor.

Trujillo chairs the North Central NM Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) and was explaining why a recent audit showed thousands of public dollars used for expensive parties and employee bonuses when the state faced serious budget cuts.

By Sarah Austin, Carrot Express Transit Manager

Public transit is an essential offering in our communities, creating independence for those without other means of transportation. Students, those with disabilities, and those without a personal vehicle all benefit from having a public transit system.

In Grants and Milan, community members from all walks of life rely daily upon transit. Children of working parents—including my own children—utilize the system to attend after-school events, summer events, visit the public library, go swimming, and to attend any type of event that would otherwise be impossible to get to with their parents’ work schedules. Additionally, our riders use transit to go to the doctor, dialysis, shopping, library, food pantries, and to run errands, among other things.

September 1, 2018

This past week, with less than 75 days to go before the November election, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver used her office to change the way people can vote in New Mexico. It’s called “straight-ticket voting."

Basically, instead of voting for the person running, you are placing a vote for the party. So, if you vote “Republican Ticket,” every Republican in each of the races gets your vote. If you vote “Democrat Ticket,” each Democrat in every race receives your vote. And this goes on for each of the parties identified by the Secretary of State’s office.

When I decided to run for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I saw an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the residents in my district by reforming and improving our state’s laws. I also believed that I could elevate awareness throughout the state of the wonderful things people are doing to make southern New Mexico a great place to live, work, and play.

I ran because I felt called to serve my friends and neighbors. The people of my district value life, liberty, and the freedom to create better opportunities for themselves and their families. They believe that when times are tough, state government should live within its means and growing the size and influence of government isn’t the solution to any of our state’s problems.

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trump sign cut down


Destroying a sign will never destroy Free Speech!!

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