Las Cruces City Council passes background checks resolution. Which city will be next?

With dozens of local voters on hand to watch, the Las Cruces City Council voted yes Tuesday afternoon on a resolution that urges state lawmakers to pass comprehensive background checks on all firearm purchases within the state during the 2017 legislative session! Everytown for Gun Safety and ProgressNow NM teamed up to alert and turnout Las Cruces residents for the Council Meeting. Meanwhile, the NRA made defeating the Las Cruces resolution their national call-to-action on Independence Day:

After featuring it on the front page of their action page, NRA members from around the country inundated City Councilors with (mostly) out-of-state emails and calls in a well-worn tactic to tie up means for local constituents to show their support for similar legislation. From KRWG News:
Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution urging the State Legislature to pass legislation requiring comprehensive background checks for all gun sales in New Mexico by a vote of 5 to 1 with one abstaining. Many people packed the Council Chambers for the debate on gun legislation.

A fight worth fighting: Legal defense fund supports city councilors targeted for recall over minimum wage vote

A few years ago, Doña Ana County’s clerk did a pretty amazing thing – and the Tea Party went straight to court to stop him. With your help, we established the legal defense fund to defend Lynn Ellins and other county clerks who issued the state’s first same-sex marriage licenses.  Together, you helped us raise more than $30,000 and we defended them all the way to the State Supreme Court.  Lynn even donated the left over money to LGBT groups helping newly married couples across New Mexico. Today, those same conservatives are targeting a new group of New Mexico’s progressive champions and we need your help again. Here’s the short version from KRWG:
The controversy continues over efforts to recall three Las Cruces city councilors.  The political action committee New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is trying to get a court to force the city of Las Cruces to reinstate petition signatures that were thrown out.  More than 700 people asked the city to remove their signatures from petitions to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Currently, there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election.

Las Cruces recall effort heats up in court

The Tea Party attempt to recall three Las Cruces city councilors who supported a minimum wage increase is turning into a legal battle.  Councilor Gill Sorg, one of the councilors targeted for recall, filed a request on with the District Court on Thursday to be permitted intervenor status, meaning he would be able to represent his own interests pushing back against the recall attempt which has been fraught with allegations of fraud and misinformation to voters. From KRWG in Las Cruces:

The controversy continues over efforts to recall three Las Cruces city councilors.  The political action committee New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is trying to get a court to force the city of Las Cruces to reinstate petition signatures that were thrown out.  More than 700 people asked the city to remove their signatures from petitions to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Currently, there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election. As KRWG first reported, the New Mexico State Police is conducting an investigation into allegations of fraud by petitioners…including statements that the petitions were to prevent the closure of a youth boxing center.

Anti-Minimum Wage Ideologues Lose Another Battle in Las Cruces

 

In yet another example of how out-of-touch New Mexico conservatives are with prevailing views about economic fairness, anti-minimum wage ideologues in Las Cruces have failed (yet again) in their attempt to recall a city councilor. The Las-Cruces Sun News reports that the conservative PAC “New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow” failed to gather enough signatures to recall City Councilor Olga Pedroza. This comes a week after the group also failed to gather enough signatures to recall City Councilor Gill Sorg. From the article:
The Las Cruces city clerk’s office announced Thursday that supporters of a recall attempt didn’t get enough valid signatures to trigger an election against City Councilor Olga Pedroza of District 3. …

Tea Party attempt to recall Progressive city councilors in Las Cruces fails

Las Cruces — Las Cruces’s City Clerk announced late today that attempts by Tea Party insurgents to recall city councilors who voted for an increased city minimum wage has failed – by a substantial margin. Conservative political operative Jeffrey Isbell announced the effort in November claiming City Councilors Olga Pedroza, Nathan Small and Gill Sorg had behaved “unethically,” but he never explained the underlying actions leading his group to the conclusion. It has been widely speculated that the effort was a response to a hotly-contested campaign to raise the city’s minimum wage. From KVIA:
Las Cruces City Council voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by Jan. 2017.