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DPNM Statement on GOP Announcement for New Mexico Attorney General

DPNM Statement on GOP Announcement for New Mexico Attorney General

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after GOP candidate for Congress Michael Hendricks switched races and flimsily decided to run for New Mexico Attorney General.

“It’s concerning that the Republican Party would run a candidate with no criminal prosecution or fraud investigations experience,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra.

The New Mexico attorney general is responsible for prosecuting criminal and civil offenses; enforcing consumer protections, and serve as legal counsel for the state. According to Hendrick’s website, he does not have any background prosecuting criminals or investigating fraud.

New Mexico Democrats Call on Steve Pearce To Speak Out Against Trump Administration’s Latest Sabotage That Will Increase Health Care Costs

New Mexico Democrats Call on Steve Pearce To Speak Out Against Trump Administration’s Latest Sabotage That Will Increase Health Care Costs

Ending Cost Sharing Reduction(CSR) Payments Will Increase Premiums by 20%, Drive Up Federal Deficit

New Mexico – Today, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Richard Ellenberg called on Steve Pearce to speak out against President Trump’s latest act of health care sabotage that will drive up health care costs for hardworking New Mexico families. Experts say that President Trump’s decision to end Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments will increase health care premiums by around 20% while creating instability in the insurance marketplace and actually costing taxpayers more.

“For too long, Congressman Steve Pearce has put his extreme political ideology ahead of the health and welfare of New Mexico families. We call on him to speak out against President Trump’s latest act of health care sabotage that will drive up costs for people across our state.

“As a member of Congress, Steve Pearce could be leading the way on bipartisan plans to strengthen New Mexico’s health care system. Instead, he has chosen to cozy up to Donald Trump. But now, with affordable coverage for tens of thousands of New Mexico families hanging in the balance, Steve Pearce must put people first and oppose this dangerous decision.”

5 Scary Things Republicans Are Trying to Pull That Would Bring Bad Luck to New Mexico, Friday 13th Edition

5 Scary Things Republicans Are Trying to Pull That Would Bring Bad Luck to New Mexico, Friday 13th Edition

New Mexico – On Friday the 13th, Republicans have some scary tricks up their sleeves for New Mexico:

  1. Dan Lewis is vying to be mayor of Albuquerque, but his and Mayor Berry’s agenda has already made Albuquerque the crime capital of the country and stalled our economy. Dan Lewis as Mayor of Albuquerque would only continue the downward spiral that has families feeling unsafe in their own neighborhoods.
  2. After areas in Valencia and Socorro Counties experienced intense flooding last week, Steve Pearce voted against providing support to New Mexico communities to repair roads and power lines and rebuild after a natural disaster.
  3.   Donald Trump isrecklessly gambling with American lives with his executive order ending cost-sharing reduction payments. Trump is cruelly causing millions of Americans to face skyrocketing premiums. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that a million people will lose their insurance entirely next year and the budget deficit will increase as a result of this decision.
  4.   U.S. House Republicans passed abudget resolution that includes $2 trillion in cuts to health care, including programs like Medicare and Medicaid, in order to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations.
  5. Governor Martinez’s Public Education Department (PED) is working to push their proposed K-12 Science Education standards with politicized edits that put New Mexico’s future at risk. They want to take solid scientific principles out of classrooms, and put New Mexico students at a competitive disadvantage.

 

Pearce Votes Against Disaster Funding

Pearce Votes Against Disaster Funding

 As New Mexico Responds to Fires and Floods, Pearce Votes Against Needed Resources 
New Mexico – In spite of thousands of families recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and intense flooding in Valencia and Socorro Counties this weekend, Steve Pearce voted today against federal disaster relief resources and needed flood insurance funds.

The bill, H.R. 2266, passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, making it clear that Pearce is on fringes of the political spectrum.

“Pearce would prefer to leave families without power, shelter or resources during wildfire or flood emergencies, just to push his political ideology in our state,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “As New Mexicans we believe in community and we believe in helping our neighbors; Pearce’s vote to gut funding to repair roads and power lines and provide services to families in need during New Mexico fires and floods is at odds with our values.”

New Mexico is no stranger to natural disasters—each year the state experiences wildfires and flooding. This year alone, the Cajete Fire and flooding in Hobbs, the Hatch ValleySocorro County and Valencia County have damaged property and infrastructure.

The bill Pearce rejected provides $16 billion in debt relief to the National Flood Insurance Program, which FEMA has said will run out of money as early asOct. 23 without action by Congress.

This vote follows a pattern of Pearce voting against the interests of New Mexicans, including his vote to take away heath care from more than 260,000 New Mexicans and his votes against the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides health care for more than 100,000 children in New Mexico.

Las Cruces Election Guide

Las Cruces Election Guide

Candidates Who Will Fight For Las Cruces

Las Cruces City Council District 3 Democratic Candidate 
Gabriel Vasquez
gabe@gabeforlc3.com
(575) 323-1004
(484) 639-4534

Las Cruces City Council District 5 Democratic Candidate 
Gill Sorg (Incumbent)
gillsorg@gmail.com
(575) 635-1767
(505) 446-6026

Las Cruces City Council District 6 Democratic Candidate 
Yvonne Flores
(575) 635-1767
(505) 446-6026

Municipal Judge II Democratic Candidates 
Joy Goldbaum
joybaum@aol.com
(575) 520-1817
(575) 532-9447

Kent Yalkut (Incumbent)
yalkutlaw@zianet.com
(575) 621-5820
(575) 650-3252

Important Dates

  • October 10, 2017: Last day to register to vote in the Las Cruces municipal elections, by 5:00 PM.  
  • October 11, 2017: Absentee voting begins
  • October 17, 2017-November 4, 2017: Early voting
  • November 7, 2017: Election Day

Early Voting Locations

  • Anthony Elementary School – 600 N. Fouth St Anthony, NM 88021 
  • Doña Ana Community College: Chaparral Learning Center – 755 Prescott Anthony Dr. Chaparral, NM 88081 
  • Doña Ana Community College: Hatch Learning Center – 219 East Hill St. Hatch, NM 87937 
  • Doña Ana Community College: Sunland Park Center – 3365 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park, NM 88063 
  • Doña Ana County Government Center – 845 N. Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, NM 88007 
  • Sonoma Elementary School – 4201 Northrise St. Las Cruces, NM 88011 
  • Thomas Branigan Memorial Library – 200 E Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001 

***Absentee/Early Voting will also be held in the Las Cruces City Clerk’s Office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Important Info

  1. The last day to register to vote for the Las Cruces municipal election is October 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  2. Early voting will take place starting October 17, 2017 Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Use any of the 7 early voting locations listed here: https://donaanacounty.org/elections/voting#early
  3. An absentee ballot can be requested here: https://donaanacounty.org/sites/default/files/pages/absentee_ballot_form.pdf
  4. Verify your current registration at: https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/Home.do
#TBT: Steve Pearce Voted Against SCHIP—Twice!

#TBT: Steve Pearce Voted Against SCHIP—Twice!

New Mexico – Today, as New Mexico families worry about the lapse in authorization for the federal health insurance program that covers 11,300 New Mexico children, the Democratic Party of New Mexico is throwing it back to Congressman Steve Pearce’s two votes against SCHIP.
 
Pearce has a longstanding record pushing his view that keeps New Mexico children from accessing health care. In 2007, Pearce was the ONLY Member of the New Mexico delegation to vote to block a bipartisan expansion of children’s health care. And then one year later, he did it again, and and said he was proud to vote against overriding a veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. 
 
“With his votes against health insurance for poor children in New Mexico, Steve Pearce put his political ideology ahead of New Mexicans,” said DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg. “Our families can’t afford a extreme right ideologue like Pearce as our Governor; he is too extreme for New Mexico.”
DPNM Commits to Keep Working for Paid Sick Leave

DPNM Commits to Keep Working for Paid Sick Leave

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) recommitted to continue working for paid sick leave after the Healthy Workforce Ordinance narrowly failed with a vote of 49.61%.

“Healthy families means a healthy workforce, and we will continue fighting for policies that keep families both healthy and employed,” said DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg. “We know that when workers have protections they are more likely to keep employment, there’s less turnover, and our workforce is stronger. Though we are disappointed with this outcome, we are still committed to our work to ensure New Mexico workers have protections are are treated fairly.”

If the ordinance had passed it would have required employers in Albuquerque to meet the following requirements:

  • Employees must be allowed to take earned sick time for their own or a family member’s illness, injury, or medical care, or for absences related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  • Employees must be allowed to earn one hour of sick time per 30 hours worked.
  • If the employer has 40 or more employees it must allow employees to use 56 hours of earned sick time per year. Small employers must allow employees to use 40 hours of earned sick time per year.

The Democratic platform states in part:

“Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide all workers at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member’s serious health issue. We will fight to allow workers the right to earn at least seven days of paid sick leave. We will also encourage employers to provide paid vacation.”

 

DPNM on Outcome of Albuquerque Election

DPNM on Outcome of Albuquerque Election

Albuquerque, NM – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after the winners of the Albuquerque Municipal election were made clear:

“This election is a step forward for Albuquerque, the voters elected a number of city councilors who will work to invest in our communities and find solutions to the many challenges facing the city. The Democrats on the city council have respect for our communities know that as New Mexicans we believe in helping each other so we can build strong families and communities.

“We are proud of the quality Democratic candidates who ran in this election–they raised important issues and engaged the community in conversations that are important to New Mexico families. Our success in this election would not have been possible without the folks who knocked on doors, made phone calls and talked to their neighbors.

“As we move forward to the run off, we’ll be working with a broad coalition of supporters to elect Tim Keller for mayor and Cynthia Borrego for city council. Dan Lewis is more of the same failed leadership that stalled our economy and made Albuquerque the crime capital of the country. We’ll be working to elect a mayor and city council member who are committed to moving Albuquerque forward and ensuring it is a city for all of us.”

The results of the Albuquerque election show that Democratic values are New Mexico values. Tuesday night, Albuquerque voters elected Democratic city councilors Diane Gibson, Ken Sanchez, and Klarissa Peña. Democratic candidates Tim Keller, Brian Colón, and Gus Pedrotty received the majority of the votes cast in the Albuquerque mayoral election with nearly 20 percentage points between Democrat Tim Keller and Republican Dan Lewis.

DPNM Mourns for Las Vegas, Nevada Mass Shooting Victims’ Families

DPNM Mourns for Las Vegas, Nevada Mass Shooting Victims’ Families

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada:
 
“This tragic loss of life reminds us all that life is precious, and we must value our time with our loved ones. Our hearts are with the Nevada community and we mourn for the victims’ families of this mass shooting. We are especially grateful for the first responders and law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way to save the lives of our fellow Americans.
 
“During times of tragedy, Americans do what we do best: we come together, we help our neighbors, and we show that we treasure our similarities more than our differences. But we must also protect our communities from future events like this, and we call on our leaders to find solutions to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.”