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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 859 New Cases, Total Now 168,579 With 38 New Deaths And 93,141 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 859 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total to 420 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 38 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 184 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 30 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 74 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 49 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case

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Chart 315: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 23, 2021

The bars in this chart show the percentage of the population that have received a COVID-19 vaccination in each state. New Mexico and its five surrounding states are highlighted. So far, 20.5 million doses have been administered nationwide, including 184,698 in New Mexico. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Lahiri-Gupta: A Public Plea Against HB-70

By Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta
Los Alamos
(Studying at American University Washington College of Law)

Remember back in July when Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales drew heavy criticism for cooperating with federal agents and allowing them to patrol the streets of Albuquerque in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests? HB-70 would formalize that cooperation statewide. 

House Bill 70, titled “Domestic Terrorism Definitions”, appears to be a reactionary Bill written in the aftermath of the Capitol Riots in the beginning of January.

The Bill amends three existing statutes:

  • Homeland

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Attorney General Hector Balderas And Wife Denise Balderas Give Back To New Mexico Highlands University

Hector and Denise Balderas

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — New Mexico Highlands University alumnus Hector Balderas, the New Mexico Attorney General, is giving back to his alma mater through working with students in the university’s Legislative Fellowship Program.

Denise Balderas, the attorney general’s wife, also is a Highlands alumna. She is working with the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work to develop a field practicum for a student at New Mexico ABLE, which she directs.

“I was raised in a vulnerable and impoverished small community in Northern New Mexico,” Hector Balderas


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Secretary Of State To Pursue Enforcement Of Cowboys For Trump Arbitration Order Following Federal Lawsuit Dismissal

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – Following a federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Cowboys for Trump against the Office, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver reiterated Thursday that she will continue to uphold the state’s campaign finance laws by pursuing enforcement of the arbitration order against Cowboys for Trump that was granted in July 2020. 

“No person or entity who seeks to influence our elections in New Mexico is exempted from following our state’s financial disclosure laws,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver


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Albuquerque Journal Op-Ed Slams GOP For Blind Fealty

From the Democratic Party of New Mexico:

…Republicans are “Shooting Themselves in the Foot” by Clinging to “Indefensible” President

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board spoke out today against New Mexico Republicans’ failure to condemn President Trump’s actions in the last few months of his presidency, including his violent rhetoric which incited a mob of domestic terrorists to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election. 

The op-ed specifically pointed to GOP Chair Steve Pearce’s descent into becoming “a steadfast Trump supporter, to a fault.” It


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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve House Rule 1 Setting Up New Procedures For Working Virtually In Age Of COVID-19

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. File photo

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

It took members of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee about four hours Friday to lay out the rules for how the House of Representatives will run this year’s legislative session.

But it only took 90 minutes for Republicans and Democrats to accuse each other of launching attacks. 

The final 11-5 vote went along party lines, with Democrats voting to approve House Rule 1 and Republicans voting against it. The rules set up new procedures for working virtually in the age of COVID-19.

The conflict began when Rep. James Townsend, R-Artesia,


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Legislative Roundup: 56 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

Looking ahead: Monday starts week two of this year’s legislative session. Expect more committee hearings to debate more bills — all virtually, of course. The controversial Senate Bill 10, which would repeal a 51-year-old state law making it a crime to perform an abortion, will get its first hearing before the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee at 1 p.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 7, which would change penalties for suspending a driver’s license, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. And for those wanting to legally start a


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 921 New Cases, Total Now 167,731 With 33 New Deaths And 92,109 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 921 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 14 new cases today bringing the total to 418 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 33 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 208 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 22 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 16 new cases in Curry County
  • 136 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 40 new cases in Eddy County
  • 9 new

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Legislative Roundup: 57 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

There’s jobs to be had: The House Appropriations and Finance Committee held its initial meeting online Thursday, with lawmakers reviewing budget proposals of both Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Legislative Finance Committee.

One big difference in the two budgets — which are about $600 million apart — is the LFC’s  inclusion of $60 million for state, public school and higher education employees average raises of 1.5 percent, as well as $3 million for pay increases for essential health and social service front-line employees. The governor’s budget has no across-the-board


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Lawmaker Proposes Overhaul To Graduation Requirements

Rep. G. Andrés Romero

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

A New Mexico lawmaker who works in education is proposing an overhaul to the state’s high school graduation criteria in a bill that would reduce the number of required classes and give students the option of skipping Algebra 2.

Rep. G. Andrés Romero, D-Albuquerque, has introduced House Bill 83, which also would allow students to choose a capstone class — a long-term project exploring an interest, such as a profession or social issue — in lieu of a core subject.

Under the bill, a high school student opting for the capstone would have to work with an educator


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New Mexico House Kicks Off Historic 2021 Session

House Speaker Brian Egolf

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives called to order its 55th Legislature at noon Tuesday.

This year’s 60-day session will be a historic first in state history, with the majority of the session taking place virtually due to COVID-19. 

Recognizing the pandemic-related challenges facing New Mexicans, House Democrats are focused on delivering relief to hard-working families and small businesses, and solutions to uplift a generation.

Legislative priorities this session include economic recovery, health care, civil rights, rural infrastructure,


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Gessing: Some Basic Facts As Session Gets Rolling

By PAUL J. GESSING
President

Rio Grande Foundation

To say that this is an unprecedented legislative session in New Mexico is an understatement. After some public debate over how and when the Legislature was going to meet, the Democrats who overwhelmingly control both houses have decided to plow forward with an entirely “virtual” session.

The Roundhouse is closed to the public and if you want to engage with legislators or committees you need to get online and watch, testify, or send emails or calls to their offices. By itself this COVID-related change is both dramatic and problematic.

Then, in


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 997 New Cases, Total Now 166,823 With 35 New Deaths And 91,096 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 997 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 5 new cases today bringing the total to 406 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 35 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 232 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 59 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 125 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 50 new

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Legislators Look At Safely Reopening New Mexico Schools

Sen. William Soules
Chair Senate Education Committee

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

As state education officials continue to look for ways to safely reopen schools to students, Republican legislators want that power to be put in the hands of local school boards.

“The goal is to try to get as many kids back into in-house schooling as soon as possible — safely,” said Sen. David Gallegos, R-Eunice, who said he plans to file legislation giving school boards, rather than the state, the authority to do that. 

He said the bill will include an emergency clause making it law as soon as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


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Lynam: Why New Mexico Needs A Public Bank

By DOUGLAS LYNAM
Santa Fe

New Mexico is No. 1.

In payday lenders per capita, that is.

According to a study by California State University, Northridge, we have almost 10 times more payday lenders than we do McDonald’s restaurants.

Payday lenders are one of the worst forms of predatory capitalism, charging exorbitant interest rates on loans to desperate people.

Meanwhile, we are near the very bottom in U.S. News & World Report state rankings for education, economy, opportunity, fiscal stability and crime. And we are dead last in overall childhood well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey


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Legislative Roundup: 58 Days Left In 2021 Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM

Quote of the day: “One of my concerns is that we’re instituting all this security, and I have not heard of really a credible threat. I’ve heard what’s described as chatter – not real clear what that means – but we’re going through quite a bit of [an] extensive security operation there at the Capitol to combat this, and I just sometimes wonder if it’s all warranted or not.” –Senate Minority Leader Greg Baca, R-Belen, during Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce’s weekly statewide radio broadcast on Network New Mexico.

No parking, no money: Emergency street


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Scenes Of Security Around New Mexico State Capitol Today

Security is evident in the state capitol today in Santa Fe due to threats of upheaval throughout the nation during the presidential inauguration, however all is quiet. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
All roads to the state capitol are closed today and the roundhouse and grounds completely fenced off and surrounded by National Guard members, state police and local law enforcement. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
NMSP, National Guard and local law enforcement on alert today in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Spectator or undercover security dude … either way there’s nothing to see here. Photo by Jim O’Donnell

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