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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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