Speaker Egolf tries to disband land grant committee

In this week's Intelligencer, the Speaker of the House tries to quietly disband two key House committees, a CDC study used to impose school mask mandates turns out to be phony, UNM rolls out a new COVID policy, and NMMI wins a national championship title.

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Dax Contreras
Executive Director, Hispanos Unidos

1. Speaker Egolf tries to disband key House committees as the special session closes

Details: In a sly last-minute movida that was clearly intended to go unnoticed by the public, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf attempted to disband two important House committees: the Local Government, Land Grants Committee and the Cultural Affairs Committee.

The big picture: What is particularly noteworthy in this move by Speaker Egolf is that these two committees represent traditional Hispanic culture and values that are frequently out of sync with the expectations of the progressive, elite social class in control of the Roundhouse Leftist agenda. This is unfortunately emblematic of the ongoing class warfare spearheaded by the radical left: since the two committees were formed to protect ancestral lands and cultural values that stand in conflict with the progressive agenda, Egolf and his allies thought it would be best to silence Hispanic voices that do not fall in line.

What they're saying: “It took years of work by grassroots community leaders and legislators to establish a standing committee that could properly address the non-partisan, complex governance and natural resource issues that land grants and acequia communities face,”  Andrea Padilla, president of the New Mexico Land Grant-Merced Consejo, said in a statement.

“Without this committee, issues relating to land grants, acequias, other local governments and cultural affairs will not have an appropriate committee for these to be heard while the Legislature is in session,” she added.

What we're watching: Although Egolf mentioned the committee was “hereby dissolved,” the decision is not final and will need to go through the rules changing process in the upcoming session in January.

2. “The [CDC's] decision to trumpet the study’s dubious findings, and subsequent lack of transparency, raise questions about its commitment to science-guided policy.” 

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Details: A study of 1,000 public schools in Arizona that has been frequently cited by the CDC as evidence for justifying mask mandates in schools across the country turns out to based on very shaky science, questions the CDC's lack of transparency, and raises serious doubts about its commitment to science-based policy. 

What they’re saying: “You can’t learn anything about the effects of school mask mandates from this study,” says Jonathan Ketcham, a public-health economist at Arizona State University. Interdisciplinary scientist and a co-author of a systematic review of COVID-19 mitigation policies Noah Haber called the research “so unreliable that it probably should not have been entered into the public discourse.” The article in The Atlantic is jam-packed with evidence of intentional deception by the Biden Administration.

The big picture: The author of the piece, David Zweig, asks: “How did research with so many obvious flaws make its way through all the layers of internal technical review? And why was it promoted so aggressively by the agency’s director?...the CDC did not respond to my inquiries.” It seems obvious that the answer to those pointed questions is that Big Government’s agenda comes before science.

3. The Pit closes its doors to the unvaxxed

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Details: If you want to see a Lobo home game, UNM now requires either proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID test (a PCR test within 72 hours of the event or an antigen test within 24 hours of the event - home tests are not accepted).

What they’re saying: “We understand that this is different, but we need them now to be understanding and patient with us,” said UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez.

The big picture: The new directive will start with the women's and men's basketball games on December 28th and will remain in place at least until the end of January. As can be expected (and sadly for the UNM community), in the story KOB TV said people told them they were against the mandate and that fewer people will show up to the games and events.

4. NMMI brings it home

Details: In an incredible feel good story from New Mexico this holiday season, New Mexico Military Institute beat previously undefeated Iowa Western 31-13 on Friday in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I football championship game in Little Rock, Arkansas. After the game, NMMI head coach Kurt Taufa’asau was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.

Congrats to NMMI and thank you for proudly representing New Mexico!