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Political violence in NM

2023-01-06 19:34:10.379842+01 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

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#Comment Re: Political violence in NM made: 2023-01-18 20:59:51.997322+01 by: Dan Lyke

Just to close this up: New details emerge about plot to shoot at New Mexico Democrats’ homes — Solomon Peña, a defeated candidate for the state legislature, paid people to fire on the houses of four Democratic office-holders, authorities say

Following the Monday arrest, new details emerged Tuesday about the alleged conspiracy, including how close a spray of bullets came to the sleeping 10-year-old daughter of a state senator. Albuquerque police said in charging documents released Tuesday that Solomon Peña, 39, a Republican who lost a state House seat in November by a nearly 2-1 margin but complained that his defeat was rigged, hatched the plot. Police accused him of conspiring with four accomplices to drive past the officials’ homes and fire at them.

#Comment Re: Political violence in NM made: 2023-01-19 14:17:19.060311+01 by: DaveP

New Mexico is a little weird politically. It’s a very blue state, with incredibly red (mostly rural) areas making up more than half the state. We’ve got an election denier who was removed from office under the 14th Amendment for participating in an attempted insurrection. We’ve got a governor spending state money to make an abortion clinic near the border with Texas while outside agitators are successfully putting in abortion bans at the city and county level, and there are Westboro Baptist Church-ish protests happening outside area high schools.

Pretty sure I didn’t plan on having quite as good of a seat to watch this political violence unfold when we decided to move here, but… interesting times.

#Comment Re: Political violence in NM made: 2023-01-19 14:22:55.021206+01 by: DaveP

Oh, we’re also number one of two in the country in methane emissions (due to leaking wells), and over a third of the state budget comes from the oil and gas industries. So we have 30+mph winds routinely, in an area that historically was full of windmills, but can’t put up a wind farm due to regulations.

Another bit of fun, our legislature is unpaid, with a 30-60 day session (depending on which year of the biennial is is) mandated in the constitution, so lobbyists routinely spend more on “expenses” than state legislators make at their day jobs.

What could possibly go wrong?

#Comment Re: Political violence in NM made: 2023-01-20 13:14:20.174084+01 by: DaveP

Also, Who Paid for Solomon Pena’s Campaign?

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