NM House Republican Leader James Townsend Nominates Carlsbad Resident Dr. Judy Villanueva to State Ethics Commission

    ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia) has nominated Carlsbad resident Judy P. Villanueva, Ph.D., to serve on the newly formed New Mexico State Ethics Commission. Dr. Villanueva possesses a wealth of knowledge in organizational management and planning, which will aid the commission as they set up operations this year.   Dr. Villanueva’s educational background includes various areas of administration. She has an undergraduate degree in […]

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House Republicans to Governor: National Guard, More Coordination Needed On The Border

SANTA FE—Today, House Republicans sent a letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham requesting that she re-deploy New Mexico National Guard troops back to the state’s border with Mexico. The representatives also asked her to appoint a crisis response team led by New Mexico’s Secretary of Homeland Security to coordinate immigration response efforts throughout the state.   House Republicans stated that many New Mexico cities and counties were struggling […]

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Rep. Rebecca Dow Applauds Virgin Galactic Announcement

Commercial spaceflight company to move its operations to NM’s Spaceport this summer.  SANTA FE—Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) applauded the announcement made this morning by Virgin Galactic that the company plans to move its commercial spaceflight operations to Spaceport America in southern New Mexico this summer.   Dow attended a press conference earlier today with […]

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State leaders more concerned about soundbites than protecting the border

 By House Republican Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia)  The situation on the U.S.-Mexico border is an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. In times like these, one’s character is revealed, which is why the response from New Mexico’s political leaders is so disheartening.   The headlines this past month have been alarming. More than 650 people crossing the border were taken […]

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Statement from NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend on SOS Denial of Referendum Petition

ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) issued the following statement on the decision of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to reject his draft petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 8, unenforceable legislation requiring background checks for private gun sales in New Mexico:   “Twenty-nine of New Mexico’s thirty-three sheriffs oppose SB 8. […]

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Rep. Alonzo Baldonado’s Years-Long Effort to “Ban The Box” Signed Into Law

 Senate Bill 96 provides a “fair chance” for applicants with prior arrests or convictions.  LOS LUNAS—Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas) cheered yesterday’s announcement that Senate Bill 96, legislation to “ban the box” on employment application forms in New Mexico, was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The new law was the result of five […]

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NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition on Anti-2nd Amendment SB8 to SOS

Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide SANTA FE—This afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico. Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary […]

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House Republicans Support Emergency Disaster Declaration after Tornados Strike Chaves County

Santa Fe – House Republicans are expressing support for an emergency disaster declaration for Chaves County after severe storms with tornados caused major damage. According to reports, tornados touched down near Dexter and Hagerman late Tuesday afternoon damaging homes and injuring residents. “We want to do all we can to help those affected by these awful […]

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