Powell Bans Fireworks and Smoking

Ray Powell
KOB - TV - Fireworks, open fires and smoking are being banned on New Mexico's state trust land until further notice. New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced the ban Monday. It covers 13 million acres of trust land throughout the state. Powell cites severe drought, high winds and dense fuel loads for the ban. Read full story here: News New Mexico

President is NOT Polling Well

Rasmussen Reports - The daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends).
Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters nationwide believe that border control is more important than legalizing the status of illegal immigrants already in the country. At the same time, 61% favor a welcoming policy of legal immigration. As they have consistently since the president’s health care plan was passed, most voters continue to favor repeal of that law. Thirty-four percent (34%) rate their own finances as good or excellent. That’s down a point since President Obama took office and down nine since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the fall of 2008. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Some Arizonans Blame Illegals for Some Fires

Wilcox Range News - As of Tuesday, the five-week-old Horseshoe Two fire has burned 171,333 acres; 23 structures have been destroyed and the fire is burning within the Chiricahua National Monument, where structure protection is also taking place. So far, the cost of the fire has reached $38,433,369. The new Coronado Memorial Fire in the Huachucas, has quickly burned more than 3,000 acres since Sunday, and caused evacuation of several areas including Coronado Memorial Road and Ash Canyon south of Highway 92. Did a band of illegal immigrants start the Horseshoe Two fire in the Chiricahua Mountains and the Coronado Memorial Fire in the Huachucas? Ranchers in the Portal area believe it so, including Toni Arena, who operates a ranch with her husband. In an Bisbee Daily Review interview Monday, Arena said that on May 7, the day before the fire that has now claimed nearly 150,000 acres of public and private land was started by illegal immigrants who had been chased into the canyon by Border Patrol agents. Read full story here: News New Mexico

NM GOP's Watkins: Democrat Claims About Voter Fraud Don’t Pass The Straight Face Test

Albuquerque, NM – “Democrat claims about voter fraud don’t pass the straight face test,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Executive Director Bryan Watkins. The Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico contended in a statement released last week that, “There has never been a successful prosecution for voter fraud in New Mexico.” In fact, RPNM found many examples of voter fraud convictions in New Mexico. A couple examples to refresh Mr. Forrester’s memory include: In 1992, an Albuquerque community activist, and former state Democratic Party worker, and her assistant plead guilty and were convicted on federal charges of voter fraud (“Former Dental Clinic Head, Aide Sentenced for Embezzlement,” Albuquerque Journal, August 6, 1992).
In 2009, a former Democrat municipal court judge was convicted of false voting, making a false statement on his candidate declaration and falsifying documents in a municipal election (“Former Judge Gets 18 Months Probation In Vote Case,” Associated Press, October 9, 2009). Less than a year later that same judge’s wife was convicted of voting in Dona Ana County in 1998 and 2000 -- but not 2004 -- with the knowledge that she was not a qualified voter (“Wife Of Former Judge Sentenced,” Las Cruces Sun-News, May 14, 2010). Watkins continued, “Once again, Democrats are playing fast and loose with the facts and short-changing New Mexico families in the process. Secretary of State Duran is fighting to protect the integrity of the voting process and ensuring the voice of hard working New Mexicans is heard loud and clear. “As stated by the U.S. Supreme Court, ‘not only is the risk of voter fraud real,’ but ‘it could affect the outcome of a close election.’ New Mexicans deserve a clean, honest election process and they deserve to have confidence that their voice was not marginalized by fraudulent interests.”


NBC cut "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance

(NewsNM - Swickard) I am at a loss for words that a major television network would let this happen. It had to be planned. So I will plan to not watch NBC ever again. If one person does so NBC will not even notice. If a million people stop watching, now you have their attention.
From News Busters.com - By Noel Sheppard - NBC on Sunday decided to cut the words "under God" from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. In fact, this happened twice during the show's introduction Read more: