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New Mexico Democrats to Review Trump’s First 100 Days

New Mexico Democrats to Review Trump’s First 100 Days

Albuquerque, NM – Today, April 27, 2017, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) will review President Trump’s chaotic first 100 days in office at a press conference featuring NM Senator Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), NM Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), and DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. 

***Press interested in covering the press conference should email  felicia@nmdemocrats.org***

 

WHAT: 

Press Conference to Review Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

WHO:

DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, NM Senator Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), and NM Representative Javier Martínez

WHEN:

TODAY, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:

Democratic Party of New Mexico Office, 322 Adams St SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

New Mexico Democrats Energized After County Party Elections

New Mexico Democrats Energized After County Party Elections

New Mexico – Over the past few weeks, thousands of New Mexico Democrats gathered to reorganize and elected 17 new county party chairs. This year’s changes in leadership reflect an energized group of New Mexico Democrats who are ready to organize and stand up for all New Mexicans no matter where they live or their background. 

“Democrats came out in force in 2016, and we’re excited to see that momentum fuel our county party reorganization,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Several of our county party meetings saw record attendance, and the newly-elected county party chairs are hitting the ground running, and ready to prepare for the 2018 election.”

After record breaking early voter turnout in the 2016 general election and an upswell of action against irresponsible Republican policies of the Trump and Martinez administrations, Democrats in New Mexico have continued to increase engagement across the state. At Democratic County Central Committee meetings, Democrats elected their leadership teams, and this year 17 of the 33 counties elected new county chairs. The state Democratic Party will elect a new leadership team on April 29. 

BREAKING: New Mexico One of Three Governorships in the Country Expected to Flip Party

BREAKING: New Mexico One of Three Governorships in the Country Expected to Flip Party

New Mexico – Today, an independent analysis group named New Mexico one of three governorships in the country expected to flip party. After a dismal record of lost jobs, poor education results, and a failed economic agenda under Governor Martinez and Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, New Mexico is poised to elect a Democratic governor. 

“The Republican Party has made it more difficult for everyday New Mexicans to get ahead, since Governor Martinez and Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez took office,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Democrats work to ensure all New Mexicans have more opportunities to get ahead and that government serves everyone not just the well-connected few. After the past six years of decline and pandering to well-connected donors under a Republican administration, Democrats came out in force in 2016 and we intend to garner the same excitement that helped to flip our state house in the last election.”

Democrats to March for Science Across the State on Earth Day

Democrats to March for Science Across the State on Earth Day

Why Democrats Support the March for Science
Democrats know the importance of data driven, science based policies that lead to a safer, more sustainable world for all. Democrats acknowledge the science behind climate change and work to ensure clean energy, STEM education, and climate change awareness are part of the conversation at the local, state, and national level.

Albuquerque
Saturday, April 22 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plz NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Meet Democrats at the big chair on the Plaza, so we can rally together!

Las Cruces
Saturday, April 22 at 12 PM – 4 PM
Please join Doña Ana County Dems at the Launch Pad off the Plaza this Saturday, April 22nd, so we can march together!

Santa Fe
Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 AM – 2 PM
New Mexico State Capitol, 411 N State St, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 (
THE MARCH: 10 AM @ The Plaza. Marching at 10:30 AM sharp.
THE RALLY: 11 AM @ The State Capitol.
THE EXPO: 12 PM @ The State Capitol, until 2 PM.
Meet the Santa Fe County Dems this Saturday, April 22nd in front of the First National Bank on the Plaza to march together!


Information About the March for Science

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

Will Republican Leaders Stand Up for New Mexicans’ Health Care? Probably Not.

Will Republican Leaders Stand Up for New Mexicans’ Health Care? Probably Not.

New Mexico – Today, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland called on Republican leaders to take a stand for New Mexicans’ access to health care after President Trump announced plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This move comes after the proposed Trump health care plan that would have kicked off 24 million people from their current healthcare coverage failed in the first part of the year.

“New Mexicans are benefitting from the increased access to health care that the ACA provides, and Democrats have committed to defending the ACA. Republicans continue to stand by their rigid ideology and focus on repealing the ACA, even though New Mexicans rely on the law in this time of high unemployment and an uncertain economy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “New Mexicans deserve to know where their leaders stand. Will Governor Martinez, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, and Congressman Steve Pearce stand up to protect New Mexicans’ health care?”

According to FiveThirtyEight, the number of uninsured people in New Mexico dropped by 158,400 since the ACA was enacted in 2013. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that under the ACA nearly 15,000 New Mexicans under the age of 26 are covered by their parents’ insurance, more than 82,000 New Mexicans are covered under Medicaid expansion, and health insurance companies can no longer discriminate against New Mexicans with preexisting conditions.

If President Trump and Congressional Republicans succeed at repealing the ACA, more than 265,000 New Mexicans would be at risk of losing their health care coverage.

ICYMI: Governor’s Veto of Higher Education Makes National News

ICYMI: Governor’s Veto of Higher Education Makes National News

New Mexico Gov. Martinez vetoes higher education funding. All of it.

By Valerie Strauss April 17 

Education funding in New Mexico is in trouble.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed higher education funding. All of it — and the legislature cannot override her veto.

And funding is so tight for K-12 education that Albuquerque has decided to eliminate sports programs in every middle school — at least for now — a move the governor quickly criticized.

The Republican governor’s veto came on a $6.1 billion spending bill for the next fiscal year, an action she took to protest legislative tax increases and spending. (She vetoed all funding for the legislature, too, starting on July 1.) She also complained in her veto message that the state Senate had not scheduled a hearing for nominations she had made to the Board of Regents, which oversees the public university system.

What does this mean for students? Nothing good. If the situation isn’t resolved — and an immediate fix looks unlikely — college students could face significant tuition increases at public universities, and institutions of higher education can’t prepare budgets for a school year that starts in several months.

Garrey Carruthers, chancellor of the New Mexico State University and a former Republican governor of the state, said in a statement:

“I’m concerned that NMSU and the state’s other universities now appear to be caught up in a political strategy. Clearly, higher education in the state must be funded, and we hope both sides will work expeditiously to resolve their differences.”

Public funding for higher education in New Mexico has been shrinking for years. A 2015 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that inflation-adjusted funding in New Mexico since the 2008 recession had fallen 32.2 percent. That amounted to a loss of $4,383 per student, the third-largest drop among states nationwide.

But it’s not just higher education funding that is in trouble. The $6.1 billion spending plan Martinez vetoed called for increases to public schools, which rely almost entirely on state funding and which sustained a 2 percent state budget cut in the fall. Furthermore, money in school district reserves was recently used to help close a budget deficit, the Associated Press reported. School administrators have said further cuts could lead to drastic action, such as layoffs and/or a shorter school year.

A 2016 report by the budget and policy center found that New Mexico cut general school funding by nearly 14 percent between 2008 and 2014 — and that the state’s inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending was 7 percent lower in fiscal 2017 than it was in 2008.

Albuquerque school officials decided to cut sports programs from middle school unless the budget crisis is resolved to the benefit of public school funding. The cuts will save $580,000, the AP reported, and help avoid cuts in the classroom. School district spokeswoman Monica Armenta said that “if it wasn’t middle school sports, it might have been AP classes,” and that no programmatic loss would be welcome.

According to KRQE News 13, Martinez criticized the school district, saying, “It’s really disappointing they would make such a reckless decision.” She also said:

“Their priorities are distorted. We need to make a decision to put kids first. Especially when they’re savings is about $500,000 to $750,000, when they’re paying out a million dollars on, on public relations specialists and on lobbyists, a million dollars.”

School district officials rejected her criticism and said administrators were taking cuts as well.

How can the state get out of this budget stalemate?

Martinez said she wants to call a special legislative session soon to find solutions to the problem, but it is not clear when that would be or whether there is a real path to consensus on key issues. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in the legislature are planning to sue her over the veto.

How to Help Dems While Doing Your Taxes

How to Help Dems While Doing Your Taxes

Did you know you could help New Mexico Democrats when you file your taxes? It’s super easy, and makes a big difference. 

Paper Filing Instructions:

To make a contribution using your tax refund, check off the box that reads, “Refund donations” on the New Mexico Personal Income Tax Return (PIT-1) and attach a PIT-D, New Mexico Voluntary Contributions Schedule. For a PIT-D form click here.

 Online Filing Instructions:

If you’re filing online be sure to say ‘yes’ to give a voluntary contribution and say ‘yes’ to contribute to a political party. Then, select Democratic Party. It’s that simple.

These $2 donations add up, and they give us a boost when we need it most. We  use these funds to pay for basic Party operations, so we are ready to support our Democrats running for office. 

Happy filing,

Team DPNM

JOBS UPDATE: Job Creator Chooses Different State

JOBS UPDATE: Job Creator Chooses Different State

Governor Martinez Limits State’s Ability to Create Larger Workforce Pool  

New Mexico – Today, Hulu announced that it will be expanding in San Antonio, instead of Albuquerque. The company cited a “larger labor pool” as the reason for choosing the Texas city. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Martinez vetoed higher education funding for every single college and university in the state, limiting the state’s ability to create a larger labor pool.

“A job creator chose a different state—Governor Martinez’s failed Republican agenda doesn’t deliver, again. New Mexico must invest in workforce training, and yet, the Governor chose to eliminate a huge part of workforce development when she vetoed funding for higher education in our state,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland.

In addition, the Republican Mayor Berry, appeared to be out of touch with the state of the city’s workforce, when he stated that he was confident that Hulu would come to Albuquerque. 

The Republican administration and Republicans in the House claimed that corporate tax cuts would bring more jobs to the state, but New Mexico continues to fall behind other states when competing for new industries. Democrats know that smart investments in education and workforce development will create new jobs and improve New Mexico’s competitive edge.

DeVos Takes Away Student Loan Protections from New Mexico Students

DeVos Takes Away Student Loan Protections from New Mexico Students

Announcement Comes After Republican Governor Martinez Eliminates New Mexico Higher Education Funding

New Mexico – Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a rollback of student loan protections, including programs that help students manage debt. This announcement comes on the heels of Republican Governor Martinez’s veto of all state funding for New Mexico colleges and universities. 

Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Juan Sanchez III is currently a student at the University of New Mexico. He responded to the announcement stating, “The Republican approach to education puts New Mexico students’ success at risk. DeVos’ policies coupled with Governor Martinez’s elimination of higher education funding limit opportunities for New Mexico students who are just trying to get ahead and make a better life for their families.”

In New Mexico, the student loan debt average is $18,969 and more than half of students graduate with student loan debt. 

Democrats have worked to pass and implement important solutions to help with growing student loan debt by capping student loan interest rates, ensuring anyone with outstanding debt can refinance at lower rates, and expanding availability of the pell grant. 

In addition, Democrats in the New Mexico legislature worked to ensure there would be no cuts to public education by passing a bipartisan budget and revenue package, which Republican Governor Martinez rejected.