Alerts/Events

Note:  The GOP Bernalillo County Office Headquarters (BCGOP)  has moved.  It’s new location is:  1406 Eubank NE, Albuquerque NM 87109.  It is now located at the corner of Eubank and Constitution NE in Princess Jeanne shopping center.

Alert!  Alert!

February 21, 2020

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Our speaker this week is Mark Ronchetti

Candidate for the United States Senate.

 Like many, Mark believes that elected leaders in Congress too often put politics ahead of the people they represent.  He’s running for the U.S. Senate to truly be New Mexico’s voice in the nation’s capital, where he will work to keep America strong and well-protected, preserve and grow New Mexico’s role in providing for our national defense, secure our southern border, and bring much-needed federal help in the daily fight against crime. 

Mark graduated from Washington State University in 1996 and, after a stint working at a television station in Colorado, he moved to New Mexico in 1998 to work for a local station in Albuquerque.  He became a certified meteorologist and went on to become the Chief Meteorologist for Albuquerque’s CBS-affiliated news station.  Mark has had a successful career and has enjoyed the opportunity and privilege to talk with viewers across the state each night.   

Mark is a conservative who also believes that taxes should be low and 2nd amendment rights should be protected.  As a proud political outsider, he says New Mexico deserves a senator who has not been part of the problem in Washington, but a senator who will represent true New Mexican values.

Mark is ready to bring new leadership to Washington. 

He supports all the President has done to energize America’s economy (driving unemployment to record lows), invest in our national laboratories and military bases, secure the border, and bring federal muscle into Albuquerque to tackle serious crime.  And, he believes our state’s senators should work with the President – and with Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress – to build on these efforts, and stop obsessing over party politics. 

Mark grew up with a strong Catholic faith, he is pro-life, and his family attends Sagebrush Church in Albuquerque.  He says his faith is the indispensable foundation of his life. 

Mark and his family enjoy spending time in the beautiful New Mexico outdoors.  They like to hike, bike, camp, and ski, and their two huskies, Maverick and Scout, are never far behind. (Information taken from MarkRonchetti dot com/about)

We meet at the Golden Corral at 5207 San Mateo NE.  We eat at 8:00 am.  Speaker or discussion at 8:30 am.  Dismiss at 9:30 am

February 25, 2020

Ward 27 (NM House District 27) Meeting.

SMOOR

Senator Mark Moores will be our guest speaker.  Please be sure to come and get an update on the legislative session and what the future holds for you and your family!!

Time:  Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and end no later than 8:oo pm.  

Where:  Room 407 in the Adult Education Center located at the back of the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 8600 Academy Rd. NE at the intersection of  Moon & Academy NE.  

Refreshments:  Water and cookies will be available.  

RSVP:  Please RSVP with your name(s), email, and number of people attending by January 25, 2020 so that we may provide sufficient refreshments at:  https://nm-ward27republicans.org/contact/   (Note: Scroll down below banner to insert your information.)

2020  

The 2019 election is over but there the fallout will continue to impact us for many years.  In spite of the tax increases passed by the NM 2019 Legislature Albuquerque voters passed the proposed City of Albuquerque and APS bonds as well as the APS mill levy increase.  This will result in a tax increase for all citizens.  If the bonds had been voted down, you would have received a “tax decrease”.   There will be much more to say about the results of this election in future postings.

February 18, 2020

Weekly NM Roundup at the Roundhouse

1. HOUSE PASSAGE OF PENSION BILL PUTS NEW MEXICO ON  PATH
    TOWARD SOLVENCY


New Mexico could soon be on the road to pension solvency. The House has passed  SB 72, the pension reform bill by a vote of 40 to 28. The legislation is designed to fix the state’s more than $6 billion unfunded liability. SB72  will make our pension system solvent into the future, and it will ensure that over the next 25 years pension obligations are met. This bill will move PERA from 69% funded today to an estimated 97%. The state’s market-based fiscally sound investments will ensure that pensions are paid because cost of living adjustments are well above the rate of inflation. The bill will also protect the poorest, disabled and oldest retirees and will save taxpayers billions by not having to pay the cost of the unfunded liability. It’s about time lawmakers worked to fix our broken pension system.

“People rely on these pensions and we have a duty to fund them,” said.Rep. Phelps Anderson,(R)-Roswell. 

The pension reform bill has already passed in the Senate but will go back to the upper house for refinements.

2. ELECTION BILL THAT COULD LEAD TO ABSENTEE VOTER ISSUES HEADS
    TO SENATE


The election legislation HB 229 is on its way to the upper house. Yesterday the Senate Rules Committee passed the bill which eliminates language that requires that three forms of identification be used for absentee ballots. That’s the law now–you must provide your name, address and year of birth. But progressive Democrats want to remove those requirements.

If this legislation becomes law, it will cause all kinds of problems and could lead to more voter fraud.

CALL TO ACTION: This is your last chance to stop this bill and help keep elections fair in New Mexico. Contact your Senators and tell them NO to HB 229. And tell sponsor Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto this bill is wrong: (505) 986-4270 daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov
 

3. OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE BILL RUSHED THROUGH
 

Late last night progressive Democrats quickly rushed through SB 137 which allows any person to obtain an occupational license regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Left-leaning Democrats championed this bill to help DACA beneficiaries, but the bill does not have limitations on who may benefit. SB 137 was sent to only one committee for review by the Speaker before it was debated by the House.

“I am very concerned that in their rush to please their special interest groups, Democrats in this body are forgetting about the people in this state who are currently licensed and unemployed,” said Rep. Bill Rehm (R)-Albuquerque. “SB 137 allows illegal immigrants to receive a professional state license. Federal law requires employers to check applicant’s legal status. This license gives an employer the appearance that the applicant is a legal US resident.”

The bill heads to the Governor’s desk.

4. LEGISLATION DEMANDING TRANSPARENCY IN WRONGDOING
    SETTLEMENTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK


The House has unanimously passed SB 64 that makes public any financial settlements that involve accusations of wrongdoing by state officials. The reforms would make public the terms of taxpayer-funded settlements as soon as agreements are either signed, paid out, or mandated by a jury award. It’s time we had more transparency in our government. 
 

The reform bill from Sen. Sander Rue (R)-Albuquerque would also eliminate criminal misdemeanor penalties for improper disclosure of public records that could bar employees from state employment for five years.

Rue said the bill “closes a loophole that could extend the release of information about a claim indefinitely.”

NEW MEXICO RANKED AS THE WORST-RUN STATE IN AMERICA

It looks like Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Democratically controlled legislature are having trouble getting their act together. What they’re doing isn’t working. 

A new poll from 247wallst.com shows that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to how state governments are run across the country. With New Mexico’s high poverty rate, pension fund liability, the numbers of people getting SNAP benefits and our high unemployment rate, it’s not surprising there are problems in Santa Fe.

See list of 50 states at:  https://247wallst.com/special-report/2019/11/12/best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/2/

REEFER MADNESS IN STATE GOVERNMENT

A group of state lawmakers has been studying how to best market recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Gov. Lujan Grisham has put together a panel that’s now considering a cap on pot taxes at 17%. Lawmakers are expected to take up the issue in January. The panel also suggests licensing producers for as little as $500 a month with additional per-plant fees.

The Republican Party opposes legalizing recreational marijuana.
See the AP article at: https://apnews.com/53dbb42e23764f16a00c5fcc07c5b26e

NEW MEXICO ON PACE TO BREAK OIL PRODUCTION RECORD

President Trump’s booming economy is helping the oil industry. Federal officials say the robust economy is helping one of New Mexico’s biggest industries.

State officials say producers could top 300 million barrels for the year and daily production levels could hit a million barrels before 2020.

Please share with your contacts and spread the word about the NM State Chairman Steve Pearce’s weekly broadcast and the important issues and events taking place in New Mexico!

Click the following link to listen:

https://anchor.fm/inside-nm/episodes/Inside-New-Mexico-with-Steve-Pearce-Episode-37-e8rrth

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Again, thanks to voters for defeating “Democracy Dollars.”  Please read the Op-Ed written by Pat Rogers in the September 20, 2019 Albuquerque Journal on “Democracy Dollars” and see our webpage on this topic to review the reasons why the defeat of this measure was so important. 

January 28, 2020

The next Ward 27 meeting will be on January 28, 2020.  See our Ward 27 web page for the location and time.

Progressives Take Over Democratic Party in New Mexico

Please see this short video at:  https://vimeo.com/293632714

Before you vote, please look at this video about Progressives taking over the NM Democratic Party.  Progressives are intolerant of other opinions, they are dividing us, they want to control the land and the people, they will destroy the culture and rich-heritage of New Mexico.  Your children will be educated in the progressive education agenda to insure they control the future.  Please think carefully before you vote.

The video “Progressives have taken over the Democrat Party” is brought you by New Mexico Turn Around (NMTA). NMTA is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that is committed to investigating matters causing the state’s low rankings and then reporting the results of those investigations to New Mexicans.  It does this in the hope that its efforts will assist New Mexico to become a state where children are well educated and where productive jobs are plentiful.

If you missed it, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez was speaking on MSNBC and said, “There are no moderate Democrats left…”  Of course, he caught himself in the midst of what he was saying and changed Democrats to Republicans.  I guess that’s what they call a Freudian slip.  Courtesy of “Freedom Outpost”.

The NM State Permanent Funds and Why It is a Terrible Idea to Raid these Funds

  • NM state permanent funds are the source of the retirement pensions for both state employees and teachers.
  • All tax payers will see their taxes increase by at least $1,200 if these funds are either depleted or severely reduced.
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham has “no” authority to raid these funds.  The legislature must pass by a majority a change to the percentage withdrawn.

Please see our page on the State Investment Council/Permanent Funds for more information.