Legislative Wrap Up: Seven Key Observations of New Mexico’s 2020 Legislative Session

1. No Abortion Legislation

No Abortion Legislation was introduced this session.  The Governor simply did not have the votes.  The rumor was abortion would be added to an existing bill.  The Sanctity of Life and Unity Day was very well attended.  A second very successful event was held on Valentine’s Day.

2. They Didn’t Want to Hear from Us

A bizarre scene was played out in Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino’s Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.  The Red Flag Law and the Marijuana bill were heard.  The hearing was held in the Senate Chambers.  Senator Ortiz y Pino insisted on a gun-free zone.  Everyone entering the Chamber had to be “wanded” for weapons.  Once inside the Chamber committee members were seated on the Chamber dais.  The public, seated in the balcony, yards away and above the Chamber.  A microphone was placed at the farthest point at the back of the balcony.  The person speaking could not be seen by most people seated in the balcony as the microphone was behind the seating area.  A sign-up sheet had been placed at the Chamber entrance.  No one was monitoring the sign-up.  Public comment was limited to one half hour for each side.  A random number of individuals signed up to speak, including a high school student with face-paint who said her generation needed to be instructed on the use of marijuana.

The Marijuana Bill was heard late in the evening following seven other bills.  People waited as much as seven hours to testify.  With only a half-hour per side, citizens were able to state little more than that they were for or against the bill.

3. Procedures Were Not Followed

Standard procedure is to assign each bill to two relevant committees followed by a floor vote in each Chamber.  President of the House Chamber, Brian Egolf D-Santa Fe, upon receiving the Marijuana bill, assigned the legislation to only one committee.  Fortunately, Senator Joseph Cervantes, who is in favor of the legalization of marijuana, brutalized the bill for failing to meet legal standards and for requiring unionized workers in the industry.

4. Marijuana Is Not a Problem for Legislators – All They Want Is a Decent Bill

Millions of dollars are to be made if marijuana is to be legalized in New Mexico.  Overnight we will go from chili to growing marijuana.  Big tobacco and big alcohol are behind the push to legalize marijuana.   The social costs far outweigh the financial gains.  In Colorado, every dollar gained results in four and a half dollars spent mitigating the consequences.  Despite evidence of a pending disaster, legislators are looking for a bill they can make into law.  God help us when they do.

5. Despite Overwhelming Objection, the Red Flag Law Passed

The Extreme Risk Protection Order law requires police officers to assess any assertion that a person is a danger to themselves or others.  A court-ordered confiscation of guns takes place immediately, followed by a year of retaining the personal property.  Thirty of New Mexico’s thirty-three Sheriffs stand in opposition to the law and have stated they will not enforce Red Flag laws.  The law is an obvious violation of the Second Amendment and other rights.  The Legislature passed it anyway.  Stay tuned for the litigation.

6. Filming and Photos Were Disallowed, Then Allowed

Governor Susana Martinez reportedly sent camera crews into Committee Chambers to produce embarrassing or awkward moments for campaign purposes.  In response, Committee Chairs were given the authority to allow or disallow filming.  A hapless young reporter brought a film crew into a session without permission.  The disturbance caused a change in the rules.  Now filming and photos are once again allowed.

7. Flush with Cash from Oil and Gas, Money Could Not be Found to Reduce Taxes

Instead, Big Government expansion was the only agenda item this session.

Bonus Observation:  Following a rant by a Native American, Pastors are no longer invited to given an opening prayer.  Instead, the Members themselves are praying the invocation.

Valentine’s Day Pro-Life Rally

The Pro-Life community came together yesterday, Valentine’s Day, February 14, at the Roundhouse.  We heard from legislators who promised to defend against the abortion mill that is New Mexico.  We were urged to pray and to keep in touch with our legislators on the issue.  The rally was held in part to rumors that abortion might be added to the agenda late in the session or added to existing bills.  

On Thursday a “Women’s Rally” was held.  The attendees wore “Abortion is Health Care” tee-shirts. The Albuquerque Journal headline today reads “Activists keep abortion statue in public eye.”

Pro-Life legislators who spoke were Senator Bill Sharer, Rep. David Gonzales, Rep Patricia Dow, and others.  

The Rally displayed a banner that read “Look what God has made”  Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”  Jeremiah 15.

RED FLAG HEARD TODAY, TUES. 2-11-2020

  February 11, 2020

Dear Friends, 
Red Flag Bill to be Heard Today, Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The Red Flag Law, in a manipulative effort for quick passage, has been assigned to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.  The bill has been assigned to only one committee, contrary to the usual legislative procedures of two committee before being sent to the floor.  Consumer and Public Affairs will meet in the House Cambers following the close of today’s floor session.  


To view Rep. Rob Montoya’s explanation of the manipulation see:
https://www.facebook.com/rod.montoya.186/videos/2630757803868414/?__tn__=%2CdCH-R-R&eid=ARC6SkSMDY0VZ_Y-QV8ontlw9iQElC85dY7uKwp2Xb-w3aOfxadY2siN4proXNx92t_HhaoC-aapm5JZ&hc_ref=ARRnTIOFwlk0uYsmSAwuXdGEV99axd7Sl8LJ92aalvAOCz2V0-CtkrfE-G2B8DWkhrY&fref=nf


Please pray God bless New Mexico from all nefarious efforts.  


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“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalms 1:1-2

Red Flag Law Senate Vote Today Feb 7

 February 7, 2020Dear Friends,The “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act” or the “Red Flag” law has passed two Senate committees and is scheduled for the Senate debate and vote this morning, Thursday, February 7.   The Senate convenes at 11:00 a.m.The law has been amended to allow only police officers to petition the court for gun confiscation. The issue remains the lack of due process for the accused, the securing of personal property and the burden on the court system.  Paramount is the violation of second amendment rights; the right of every citizen to bear arms.Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is pursuing a hard left agenda and the Red Flag law in one aspect of her endeavor to improve her standing as a hard line Progressive.  Our more liberal House of Representatives will be inclined to follow suit if the Senate floor vote is substantial.In an Albuquerque Journal survey published today, shows a slight majority of New Mexicans, 52%, favor the law.Your presents in the gallery today would declare an opposition to the violation of this civil right.   If you cannot attend, please call your Senator or the Capitol switchboard to express your opposition.Your legislator’s phone number can be found by clicking www.nmlegis.gov, then click on Legislators.   The capitol switchboard number is (505) 986-4589.Thank you and God bless the State of New Mexico.New Mexico Watchmannmwatchmen@comcast.net
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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9

No Clergy in the House of Representatives: Christian Leadership Irrelevant

                                                         February 3, 2020



Dear Believers, 

Our churches have not suffered the persecution Christians in other parts of the world have suffered. But the church today has suffered from irrelevance.

The latest onslaught was dealt by a high-ranking New Mexico official, a leader in the New Mexico State Legislature.

The Speaker of the House, Mr. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has ended the practice of having clergy begin each floor session with a prayer, an invocation of God’s presence in the proceedings.

The New Mexico Constitution itself requires a prayer, so Mr. Egolf, having dismissed clergy, has called for prayers from the House members themselves.

If Christianity is to remain relevant, our clergy must step forward.

Please have your Pastor, Priest or Rabbi call Mr. Egolf and volunteer.

Mr. Egolf’s Roundhouse number is (505) 986-4782. His email is brian.egolf@nmlegis.gov.

New Mexico Watchman

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. 

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

New Mexico Governor Surrenders Abortion Issues: No Legislation in 2020

Congratulations Pro-Life
No Abortion Legislation in 2020!

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has surrendered the abortion issue –  no abortion legislation in the 2020 Session.  Last January, eight Democrats voted with Republicans against the Governor’s effort at making New Mexico the no-restrictions abortion state.  Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) admitted “We simply do not have the votes.”

The follow-up issue is the Governor’s determination to remove all eight of the brave Democrat Senators who voted against her.  Each of those Democratic Senators is expected to face challengers in Democratic primary election next June.

The most interesting of the all the primary challenges is that of Senator John Arthur Smith, arguably the most powerful man in the legislature, behind only the leadership.  Senator Smith has served since 1989 and is the third longest serving Senator in New Mexico.

The Senators who voted against the Abortion agenda were:  Pete Campos – Las Vegas, Carlos Cisneros – Las Cruces, Richard Martinez – Espanola, George Munoz – Gallup, Mary Kay Papen – Albuquerque (President Pro-Tem of the Senate), Gabriel Ramos – Silver City, Clemente Sanchez – Grants, John Arthur Smith – Deming.

Thanks to the following organizations that impacted the Senate with events and lobbying:

Bishop of New Mexico, Abortion Free New Mexico, Alliance for Life, Family Policy Alliance, Hispanic Alliance Network, New Mexico Prays, Patients’ Rights Action Fund, Saint Anne Church – Santa Fe, Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church Santa Fe

Congratulations to the Pro-Life Community!  May the Lord continue to bless you.

New Mexico Watchman

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January 20, 2020

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Psalm 139: 13


Do 73% of New Mexican Want Legalized Marijuana?

In San Francisco in the late 80’s, I was interviewed for a marijuana “survey.”  I was given such questions as “Would you be in favor of the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana?”  I pointed out the questions were phrased to elicit a positive response for marijuana. They admitted to that.

The same thing has happened with Governor Lujan-Grisham’s Marijuana Taskforce.  The low-rent San Francisco company, Change Research, which advertises “affordable and accurate technology-based polling to forward-thinking campaigns and causes,” gave us a remarkable 73% favorable rating for marijuana in New Mexico.

The most unreliable polling sample was used to conduct the survey – the Twitter-sphere. Favorable responses jumped when economic benefits were reported.

In Colorado, hospitalizations have increase 200%, fatal auto accidents have increased 151%, the black market exploded and drug cartels have moved in.

The 1954 classic, How to Lie with Statistics, could have been written about this “research.”

What’s Wrong with Drag Queen Storytime?

Two hundred fifty people attended Drag Queen Storytime at the Albuquerque Main Library on Saturday, June 15.  The event featured two garishly dressed overweight men reading children’s stories to children.  The “Drag Queens” were trained by library staff for the presentation.

Estimates of the transgender community number .6% of the population, this less than 1% of the population makes this group a fringe element of our society.  According to Dr. Paul R. McHugh of John Hopkins University, transgenders suffering from a mental disorder that deserves treatment, not promotion.

In response to objections Mr. Dean Smith, Library Director stated the purpose of Drag Queen Showtime was to place “an emphasis on accepting differences and nurturing empathy.”  Does Mr. Smith honestly expect 3 to 7 year old children to “accept differences” in grown men in dresses in addition to feeling “empathy” towards them?  Mr. Smith appears to be quite lacking in the understanding of early childhood capabilities.

What we are in fact seeing is the promotional of a sexual agenda.  Mr. Smith states that Albuquerque and New Mexico have a “long history of honoring LGBTQ+ identities and the Library believes that every who comes to the Public Library should see themselves reflected in programming.”  Given that standard, jihadist terrorists should be reading to our children.

The library is a public institution.  Mr. Smith needs to be reminded that the public pays his salary and 99.4% of us do not dress up and make up as something we are not.  The library holds a public trust and that trust is to do what is best for our community.  To suggest that Drag Queen Showtime is something other than a farcical display for the purposes of indoctrination is a denial of that trust.

It would not be too much to ask a public official with such a lack of discernment for a children to resign his position.

New Mexico Watchman