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Hendricks is the only Attorney General candidate in New Mexico being endorsed by the Family Policy Alliance of NM
ALBUQUERQUE: Monday, Michael Hendricks candidate for attorney general, has been endorsed by the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico for his commitment to protect the dignity of life, to reinforce the centrality of family, and to uphold the freedom of religion.
“I am honored to be given the endorsement of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico as the Attorney General candidate that is committed to protecting the values of and people that each of us hold dear, our family.”
Family Policy Alliance’s vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. This group is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. And they’re part of a vibrant national alliance of pro-family state groups.
“The family unit is the nucleus of all society. When the family is strong, society is strong. One way we can make sure that our state succeeds in the future is to provide families the tools they need to stay safe and together. Part of my plan is to educate families on the signs of drug abuse, at risk for drug use, and at risk for dropping out of school. I believe that the family has a greater interest in the well-being of their children than the state, as such, we must reinforce that interest and provide the needed tools for success.”
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Hendricks for New Mexico Attorney General
In order to understand what the platform of an attorney general can and should be, we must first look at what authority and duties are assigned to the office. Many times, the attorney general is referred to as the attorney for the state and the state’s top law enforcement officer. We must first determine if these assumptions are true and then determine what the attorney general should be doing based on the law of New Mexico. Let’s start with the statutory delegation of authority and duties assigned to the attorney general:
NM Stat § 8-5-2. Duties of attorney general.
Except as otherwise provided by law, the attorney general shall:
A. prosecute and defend all causes in the supreme court and court of appeals in which the state is a party or interested;
B. prosecute and defend in any other court or tribunal all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal, in which the state may be a party or interested when, in his judgment, the interest of the state requires such action or when requested to do so by the governor;
C. prosecute and defend all actions and proceedings brought by or against any state officer or head of a state department, board or commission, or any employee of the state in his official capacity;
D. give his opinion in writing upon any question of law submitted to him by the legislature or any branch thereof, any state official, elective or appointive, or any district attorney on any subject pending before them or under their control with which they have to deal officially or with reference to their duty in office;
E. prepare drafts for contracts, bonds and other instruments of writing which may be required for the use of the state whenever requested to do so by any state officer;
F. promptly account to the state treasurer for all state funds received by him;
G. report to the governor and legislature the condition of his office, the text of all opinions rendered and a summary of business transacted of public interest, which report shall be submitted each year;
H. keep a register of all opinions rendered and all actions prosecuted and defended by him, and of all proceedings in relation thereto;
I. attend and assist in the trial of any indictment or information in any county on direction of the governor;
J. appear before local, state and federal courts and regulatory officers, agencies and bodies, to represent and to be heard on behalf of the state when, in his judgment, the public interest of the state requires such action or when requested to do so by the governor; and
K. perform all other duties required by law.
Now that we have seen what the statute says, let’s break down what it means. Basically, the Attorney General (“AG”) is required to defend the state/state actors in proceedings, prosecute when the state has an interest in the case, and make sure that an accounting is available when requested of all money spent and all proceedings or opinions that the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) has been involved in or has rendered. As such, we can see a good definition of what it is to be the attorney for the state; however, there seems to be a real lack of information when it comes to the AG being the state’s top law enforcement officer. Generally, a law enforcement agency is defined by its jurisdiction or authority to enforce the law in a specific region. However, the OAG does not have a specifically definable criminal law enforcement jurisdiction. For example, the chief of police has a municipality, the sheriff has a county, the tribal police have the reservation, and the governor has the state police as the connective tissue for all other jurisdictions; so what geographic area is left for the OAG? The answer is that there is not a specific geographic area designated as the specific jurisdiction of state attorney general. Therefore, the question arises about what the AG can do about the criminal situation in a state. And, the answer is that the OAG and AG can do a great deal to help lower crime and prosecute offenders.
The AG has broad authority when it comes to coordinating with local and federal law enforcement to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals within the state. According to scholars, this authority comes from the common law, also known as judge made law, which is law that has been passed down through the years and is the bedrock of our legal and criminal justice systems. This grant of authority is very well established in both the common law and also the federal statutes that vest the AG of a state with the authority to enforce criminal and civil law of both state and federal statutes. Not all federal statutes vest the AG with the authority to independently enforce, e.g. immigration and deportation laws; however, there are several that do allow for enforcement.
Now that we know what the AG is supposed to be doing, let’s look at what is currently happening under this AG’s watch. If you ask your local sheriff, chief of police or District Attorney what the AG has done to help them, the common answer would be “nothing”. The question is raised as to why the AG has not been coordinating with local and federal law enforcement to assist in lowering crime in NM. Instead, the current AG is suing the federal government over issues that are not relevant to our state while our state is riddled with crime from Farmington to Hobbs from Clayton to Deming. We need an AG that fulfills the job description which is to provide the backup, like the cavalry, for local law enforcement and using the OAG to protect the people of New Mexico from criminals that are actually affecting our state. This office is not a personal position to voice your own concerns and implement your own political views, but rather to enforce the law as it is written.
Hendricks does not make many promises, but, he does promise to enforce the laws as they are written without any strings attached. Hendricks is not from New Mexico originally, and, in many cases, that sounds like a bad thing; however, in this case it just means that he does not owe anyone anything. He is not indebted to any special interests, people, or companies, so he can enforce the law without worrying about a person or group calling him to implement their agenda.
ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL HENDRICKS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN TO COMBAT CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND CRIMES IN N.M.
Hendricks says that working to investigate and prosecute child offenders should be more efficient and include cooperation with state agencies rather than casting blame
ALBUQUERQUE: DAY, Michael Hendricks candidate for attorney general, has spoken with local law enforcement; and, believes that with greater cooperation from the OAG, New Mexico can root out and mitigate offenses against children in New Mexico.
“We have a real problem in New Mexico. Every few months, it seems, that we have a new heinous crime against a child. If the current Attorney General were paying more attention to the crime problem in our state, rather than going to other states to protest or suing the federal administration every day, then we could see real change here, where we live. In the last two most heinous cases, including Victoria Martens and the 7-year-old girl that was prostituted, we saw that CYFD and the responding law enforcement agency lacked the requisite skill and tenacity, and these children were the ones that suffered. In fact, the Attorney Generals’ Anthony Maez is the only actor that did respond in an admirable fashion, in the 7-year-old girls case, which resulted in the eventual safety of the child”
CYFD is the organization that under the executive branch, is tasked with, among other duties, fielding referrals of child abuse and neglect, and then investigating for potential referral for charges and prosecution. Their function is to be the frontline of child protection in the State. After receiving a referral, CYFD will respond and investigate accordingly. Generally, a law enforcement agency is involved in the investigation and the law enforcement agency has the authority to press charges. However, as we have seen in recent events, may times the law enforcement agency has unqualified officers investigating these crimes. The fault lies with the management of all the agencies involved. Instead would should be look for a single agency that has the management, resources, and experience to meet the need without children falling through the cracks and being in harms way.
“My plan is called “This Ends Now” (“T.E.N.”). The TEN plan will include the OAG being the first point of investigatory contact for all cases that involved the 10 main areas of crimes against children:
- Child Homicide
- Child Trafficking
- Child Abuse (Physical)
- Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
- Child Solicitation
- Child Pornography
- Child Neglect
- Child Abduction
- Child Exploitation
- Child Crimes via the Internet
Some of these types of crimes against children are already under the jurisdiction of the OAG. However, several are not. We will work to have a highly specialized taskforce that works directly with local law enforcement and local child protection agencies to oversee and direct these investigations. The OAG would be directly responsible and carry the burden of making sure these cases do not fall through the cracks and get investigated properly. We must do better, and THIS ENDS NOW for the sake of our children.”
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Hendricks for New Mexico Attorney General
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Hendricks 4 NMAG | 2929 Coors Blvd NW Ste 106, Albuquerque, NM 87120
ALBUQUERQUE: Tuesday, Michael Hendricks candidate for attorney general, has been endorsed by the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico for his commitment to protect the innocent unborn.
“I am honored to be given the support of this committee as the only Attorney General candidate that is committed to protecting life from conception through natural death. While my opponent is off in another state advocating for foreign nationals’ children, I will be here working to lower crime and protect the children in this state.”
The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico is a non-profit, state-wide organization that educates both legislators and the public on the following issues: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, cloning, and stem cell research. They use political action to support pro-life bills and to prevent anti-life bills from being passed. They support pro-life candidates that seek legislative and state offices, and assist them to get elected. In this process they build pro-life support and values, to protect innocent human life from fertilization until natural death.
“There are a few natural rights that are reiterated and reinforced in the U.S. Constitution of which the right to life is one of the paramount. This is a natural right given by God to man and it shall not be abridged without due process. So, the question is when is a baby given due process before we allow it to be dismembered and extracted from a womb? New Mexico is the late term abortion capital of this country, when will it end?”
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Hendricks for New Mexico Attorney General
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- Ian Fletcher – Catron County
- Brett Snyder – Chaves County
- Tony Mace – Cibola County
- Rick Sinclair – Colfax County
- Mark Cage – Eddy County
- Robert Shepperd – Lincoln County
- Russell Shafer – Quay County
- Ken Christesen – San Juan County
- Glenn Hamilton – Sierra County
- Louis Burkhard – Valencia County
- General Leslie Rutledge, Chairman of Republican Attorneys General Association
- Representative Steve Pearce, U.S. Representative for New Mexico District 2
- Bill Redmond, Former U.S. Representative for New Mexico District 3
- Rosie Trip, NM National Committee Woman
- Harvey Yates, NM National Committee Man
- Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of Republican Party of New Mexico
- Gail “Missy” Armstrong
- Kelly Fajardo
- Jim Hall
- James Strickler
- Alonzo Baldonado
- Rebecca Dow
- Larry Larrañaga
- Yvette Herrell
- James Townsend
- Bob Wooley
- Paul Bandy
- Time Lewis
- Jim Dines
- Cathrynn Brown
- Senator James White
- Senator Stuart Ingle
- Jay Block – Sandoval County Commissioner
- Gregg Hull – Mayor of Rio Rancho
- Dawn Robinson – Mayor pro tem and City Councilor Rio Rancho
- Lynn Crawford – Mayor of Ruidoso
- Lynn Willard – Lincoln County Commissioner
- Elaine Allen – Lincoln County Commissioner
- Rebecca Long – Lea County Commissioner
- Anita Hand – Catron County Commissioner
- Jason Perry – Former Mayor pro tem of Roswell
- John Zimmerman – Former State Representative
- Ted Barela – Former State Senator
- New Mexicans deserve transparency, especially in the area of our water rights. No more cronies.
- It is not up the Federal Government to decide on New Mexico’s water rights.
- In the future we must solve our differences in a civil way. Losing this case would have long-lasting consequences for southern New Mexico farmers.