Tag Archives: New Mexico

New Mexico Judge Ousts Cowboys For Trump Founder From Office: Disqualified For Being An Insurrectionist

The watchdog group CREW reports: A New Mexico judge ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin’s participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a …

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NAACP Urges Court To Bar Rioter From Holding Office

The Associated Press reports: The NAACP is supporting efforts to bar a New Mexico-based county commissioner from public office, alleging that the Cowboys for Trump cofounder has sought to disenfranchise voters — including people of color — and stoke insurrection. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization urged a state district court judge to remove and disqualify Otero County Commissioner Couy …

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Suspect Nabbed In Killings Of Four NM Muslim Men

The Associated Press reports: Albuquerque police say they have detained the “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men in New Mexico’s largest city. Police Chief Harold Medina on Tuesday announced the update on Twitter. The killings have sent ripples of fear through Islamic communities in New Mexico and beyond and fueled a race to find who was responsible. …

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Election Denier Nominated As NM Secretary Of State

The Washington Post reports: Last night, Audrey Trujillo became the latest 2020 election denier to win her party’s nomination to oversee a state’s elections. The New Mexico Republican is part of a wave of candidates beholden to conspiracy theories about election hacking and fraud who are seeking to lead elections in more than a dozen states — including in many …

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New Mexico Governor Furious After US Forest Service Admits Sparking Massive Wildfires In “Controlled Burn”

Reuters reports:  Two blazes that grew into New Mexico’s largest ever wildfire were both started by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the agency said on Friday, prompting the state’s governor to demand the federal government take full responsibility for the disaster. Forest Service investigators determined the Calf Canyon Fire was caused by a “burn pile” of branches that the agency …

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NM Archdiocese To Pay $121M In Abuse Settlement

ABC News reports: One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal. The tentative deal totals $121.5 million and would involve about 375 claimants. “The church takes very seriously its responsibility to see the survivors of sexual abuse …

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New Mexico Links Two Deaths To Misusing Ivermectin

The New York Times reports: A wave of misinformation touting the deworming drug ivermectin as a Covid treatment appears to be showing no signs of abating, with calls about the drug to poison control centers surging, and officials in New Mexico saying misuse of the medication contributed to at least two deaths. Federal health authorities have repeatedly warned Covid patients …

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New Mexico Warns Of Imminent Health Care Rationing

ABC News reports: Top health officials in New Mexico are warning that the state is about a week away from having to ration medical care as coronavirus infections continue to climb. The state health secretary said Wednesday the state is tracking along with its worst-case projections when it comes to spread of the virus and hospitalizations for COVID-19. Dr. David …

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Dem Candidate Attacked In “Dildo Drone” Incident

The New York Daily News reports: A mayoral hopeful in Albuquerque was punched at a campaign event by a man who was also accused of flying a drone adorned with a dildo around the candidate while he was on stage. It’s the second time the “Dongcopter” — complete with its own Twitter account — has harassed a New Mexico politician …

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Dem Easily Wins New Mexico Open US House Seat

CBS News reports: Democrat Melanie Stansbury has won the special election in New Mexico’s 1st district, according to the Associated Press. Her win is a positive sign for the party, adding to their razor-thin majority in Congress and breaking their streak of underperformances since the 2020 election. New Mexico’s 1st district was left open by Secretary of the Interior Deb …

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New Mexico Leads States In Fully Vaccinated Residents

NY1 reports: The United States surpassed a significant milestone Friday toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 100 million people having received at least one vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number as of early Friday afternoon stood at 101.8 million, or 30.7% of the population. Nearly 58 million are fully …

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Detention Officer Sues Over “Mandatory” Vaccine Order

The Hill reports: The detention center officer, Isaac Legaretta, sued a county manager and his supervisor on Sunday, Bloomberg Law reported. The officer’s attorney, Ana Garner, said he was told he would be fired for refusing inoculation. The complaint claims the county manager and supervisor violated his rights by making the vaccine a condition of employment for first responders unless …

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Trump Camp Sues New Mexico Over Ballot Drop Boxes

The Las Cruces Sun News reports: On the very day that New Mexico electors met in Santa Fe to formally cast New Mexico’s electoral votes for president, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit over New Mexico’s use of drop boxes in the 2020 elections. The federal lawsuit claims that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver violated the …

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Far-Right Militia Shoots Man At Albuquerque Protest

The Washington Post reports: Protesters in Albuquerque wrapped a chain around the neck of a bronze statue and began tugging, chanting “Tear it down,” shortly before sunset on Monday. Their efforts to pull down a monument of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate suddenly stopped as four shots rang out. Most people instinctively turned toward the noise, videos from the scene …

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NEW MEXICO: Republican Official Earns Cheers For “The Only Good Democrat Is A Dead Democrat” [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Is the only good Democrat a dead Democrat? That’s what Otero County’s District 2 Commissioner Couy Griffin alleged at a May 17 gathering in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. “I’ve come to a place where I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” he said to a crowd gathered in Sierra …

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Trump To Hispanic Supporter At New Mexico Rally: Who Do You Love More, The Country Or Hispanics? [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump, looking to put New Mexico in play in 2020, sought to win over Hispanic voters at a rally here Monday. The president’s pitch to Hispanic voters seemed to silo them off from the rest of the electorate, including the rally crowd (“We love our Hispanics.”) It featured an assertion that they had a greater …

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Valerie Plame Stunt-Drives In Wild House Ad [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: In a guitar-heavy campaign video complete with desert stunt driving and a slo-mo camera approach, Valerie Plame lays out her candidacy for a U.S. House seat in New Mexico. Gritty images of Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby crackle across the scene, as Plame recounts how Libby leaked her name out of revenge against her husband, former …

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Landowner Faces Jail Over Illegal GoFundMe Wall

The Hill reports: The man who allowed a private group to build a portion of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, N.M., is reportedly being charged with illegally constructing without a permit and could now face jail time. George Cudahy, owner of American Eagle Brick Factory, allowed the group We Build The Wall to use his property …

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FBI Arrests New Mexico Militia Head On Guns Charge

Slate reports: The FBI arrested on Saturday the head of a right-wing militia that had been detaining migrant families at gunpoint. Law enforcement officers arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who went by the alias Johnny Horton Jr., in New Mexico on charges of firearms possession by a felon. Hopkins had previously been arrested in 2006 on charges of impersonating an officer …

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PayPal & GoFundMe Cut Off Accounts For New Mexico Militia Accused Of “Arresting” Hundreds Of Migrants

Buzzfeed News reports: A right-wing “patriot” group that detained hundreds of migrants at gunpoint at the southern border this week after raising thousands of dollars online was notified by crowdfunding giants PayPal and GoFundMe that its fundraising campaigns have been shut down, dealing a major blow to the militia’s operation. Known as the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), the militia has …

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