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Study Reveals Democrats’ Plan to End Drilling Process Would Cost State Billions

Albuquerque, December 4—The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute has unveiled the results of a new study that shows a ban on fracking would be devastating for New Mexico’s livelihood. Marty Durbin says the study reveals that 27,000 jobs would be lost in New Mexico and the state’s economy would be crushed to the tune of $7 billion in just the first year if fracking is stopped.

Albuquerque, December 4--The following is Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce's statement regarding Gov. Lujan Grisham's rapid-hire event for state workers next week:

"After nearly a year in office, the Governor can't seem to get her workforce in order. Again, she is looking to add hundreds of jobs to the roles at the taxpayers' expense. Such a mass hire could cost New Mexicans tens of millions of dollars while the Administration fattens its bureaucracy. Why are more state workers suddenly needed? This is simply a burden on our citizens. More government is wasteful and expensive. New Mexicans will pay the price. We must be more efficient and prudent in the way we run our State."

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1. ALBUQUERQUE MAYOR TIM KELLER ANNOUNCES “CRIME-FIGHTING”
PLAN

The skyrocketing violent crime rate in Albuquerque has Mayor Tim Keller looking for answers. His latest move is to create a joint agency initiative called the Metro 15 Operation. The idea is to crack down on the city’s 15 worst violent offenders. This new effort includes the City, APD, the District Attorney, the Office of Superintendent of Insurance and others. Sounds like another futile effort to crack down on crime.

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2. APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS THE RELEASE OF FABIAN GONZALES

The following is a statement from Chairman Steve Pearce, regarding NARAL Pro-Choice America’s endorsement today of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan for U.S. Senate:

“Abortion is a vital issue in our state. Our Party’s position will always be to adhere to our family values, our religious freedoms and traditional principles. RPNM’s candidates advocate a pro-life position, and we believe all life is sacred. Our Party and its candidates will never support public dollars to be used for abortion. We care for the welfare of all children, and we in New Mexico should never put any woman in a position to undergo substandard care at abortion sites.”

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1. STATE LAWMAKER PUSHES TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF THE STREETS

Rep. Bill Rehm has announced his plan for bail reform aimed at making it tougher for courts to release criminals charged with horrific crimes. This past week’s release of Fabian Gonzales, one of the suspects in the Victoria Martens case, is the latest example of how our judicial system is failing.

Legislation Aimed at Keeping Dangerous Suspects Behind Bars

Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 20, 2019—New Mexico State Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) today formally announced his plan to seek bail reform legislation designed to keep dangerous suspects off the streets.

"The function of political leaders is to protect the safety of the community," said Rehm."And right now, communities don't feel safe. We have failed communities."

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 1. U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR COMES TO NEW MEXICO AND DELIVERS SOME TOUGH TALK

The nation’s top law enforcement officer arrived in Albuquerque this past week to promote a nationwide program that netted hundreds of fugitives, including many who were nabbed in New Mexico. Looks like President Trump had to bring in the cavalry here as the state seems to lack real teeth when it comes to fighting crime these days.

Football Player's Suicide Signals Need for Mental Health Services

 Albuquerque, Nov. 16--The recent suicide of a UNM football player continues to show the need for State-funded mental health services for student athletes in New Mexico. On November 5, 21 year-old Nahje Flowers was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his off-campus residence, according the Albuquerque Police.

The suicide again sheds light on the important issue of student athletes and mental health, but this year Gov. Lujan Grisham decided to slash funding specifically targeted for this very problem.

Last March Sen. Mark Moores had earmarked $357,000 to provide nutrition and behavior health services for student athletes at UNM. It was part of vast supplemental appropriations package for the University that passed both Houses unanimously. But Lujan Grisham vetoed the money for mental health.

"We must serve these kids and not let politics get in the way of helping these athletes who might need these kind of services," said Sen. Moores. "Mental health is such an important issue, and what the Governor did deeply saddens me."

Moores points out the need for this funding because academic and athletic pressures can impact students in different ways.

"Young men and women who are at the top of their physical ability think they are invincible. We need to nourish their minds as well as their bodies. By having mental health services on the support team, like we do with trainers and coaches, it's another way an athlete can process and deal with stressful situations."

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