AlamogordoTownNews.com Commissioner Melton rallied Resolution for Sanctuary for the Unborn
In Alamogordo, an almost 5 hour special commission meeting called by Commissioner Melton to discuss a resolution to name Alamogordo a Sanctuary City for the Unborn resulted in the resolution passing by a 5 to 2 vote.
Mayor Payne explained how she anguished over this decision in that she was battling with her faith verses her oath in office for the office she serves. She argued that this issue as a proclamation is not an issue the city should be debating and is outside the scope of the cities role as a fiscally responsable government body.
“This is a very controversial subject and one I've said all along I don't believe was a function of city government," Payne said at the meeting. Commissioner McDonald concurred and voted against the measure.
Mayor Payne also pointed out that about 200 people participated in the debate of a city of over 31,000 potential voters or residents that have a valid point of view. She expressed frustration at the lack of public engagement on city policy.
Many in the audience were concerned that this issue that is a non-issue raised so much public interest in public comments yet few participants participate in dialog about business growth or crime abatement.
However the measure passed 5 to 2.
There were 87 speakers and official emails in the record for the resolution and 105 against. The majority of the Commissioner voted against the will of those that spoke up.
Commissioner Melton dismissed the letters received accusing them of being fake letters from out of the area. Thus dismissing letters from constituents such as Rene Sepulveda who is a business partner and property owner in Alamogordo and who argued “the issue should not be debated at the city level that these types of social policy issues harm business and have harmed investment in our businesses.”
A question being posed by some business leaders is rather there is legal recourse against the city and county when engaging in actions that are harming business investment. Legal scholars and a group of attorneys are looking in to past precedents in other cities in regards to legal recourse which might be an option that certain members of the business community pursue.
Gay City Commissioner Melton argued Bible verse along with multiple others in rebuttal and dismissed the city mission statement elements that state “ALL City Decisions are to be led in a fiscally responsible manner.”
Mr Melton and his domestic partner, John Block, are who championed the resolution picking and choosing biblical passages to support their cause.
County Commissioner Couy Griffin was one of the 87 speakers and letter writers on site as a proponent of the resolution and in bed with Melton and Block, so to speak with this issue
Interesting, considering Mr Griffin has posted prior posts considered anti-gay which would hit direct in the face of the lifestyle of Melton and Block, yet each are picking and choosing Biblical beliefs and imposing their version via government actions on the will of others. A modified version of the “Gay Agenda” with an Otero sashay and twist.
The Melton biblical based resolution reads
The tamed down resolution which passed 6 to 1 reads:
Abortion continues to rally those moderate Republicans to oppose significant changes in other states however
In the first test of abortion politics since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, turnout soared in Kansas despite a heat advisoryand little else to draw Democrats to the polls. Yet in a state where Trump beat President Joe Biden by nearly 15 percentage points in 2020, the amendment was failing badly — in a brushback to Republican legislators who were preparing to move legislation restricting abortion.
And if the politics of Roe proved fraught for Republicans in Kansas, it’s going to be even more treacherous for the GOP in swing-ier, more moderate swaths of the country.
Abortion opponents’ strategic decisions around the amendment started with the choice to put it on Tuesday’s ballot in the first place. The primary electorate was expected to be small and disproportionately Republican, and it seemed like a reasonable supposition that the amendment would have a better chance of passing in that environment than on a general election ballot.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade in June upended that strategy, turning what might otherwise have been an under-the-radar ballot measure into a nationally scrutinized referendum on abortion rights. Many voters might previously have seen the stakes as theoretical: If the U.S. Constitution protected abortion rights, how much did it really matter whether the Kansas Constitution did? But then the Supreme Court undid the first part of that equation, and Kansas abruptly became an island of abortion access in a sea of Southern and Plains states banning the procedure.
Groups on both sides blanketed the state with millions of dollars in advertising. Democrats who would otherwise have stayed home, knowing their party had few competitive primaries on the ballot, turned out specifically to vote against the amendment. Supporters of abortion rights were gripped with that great political motivator: anger.
On Tuesday, the results were clear in conservative Otero County and in Kansas that Abortion is a hot button and government will continue to ignore the real issues facing Citizens of crime and safety, business development and prosperity.
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