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Governor Martinez Auditor Appointment Demonstrates Disregard for Transparency, Accountability

Governor Martinez Auditor Appointment Demonstrates Disregard for Transparency, Accountability

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Governor Martinez appointed Wayne Johnson as State Auditor in a clear swipe at the role of the office. 
 
“Today’s appointment clearly demonstrates Governor Martinez’s complete disregard for transparency and accountability by appointing another Republican politician rejected by voters. Additionally, Wayne Johnson is facing his own ethics complaint for ignoring the County Code of Conduct. New Mexico deserves an auditor who will hold Governor Martinez accountable.” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 
 
Wayne Johnson has a history of breaking the Bernalillo County Code of Conduct. According to a complaint filed with the Albuquerque city clerk, Johnson accepted almost $40,000 in campaign contributions from individuals and companies who do business with the county.
Under Republican Governor, New Mexico Falls to Bottom of Forbes List of Best States for Business

Under Republican Governor, New Mexico Falls to Bottom of Forbes List of Best States for Business

New Mexico – Under Governor Martinez, New Mexico falls to the bottom of another list of best states for business for fifth consecutive  year. Today, Forbes released their list of Best States for Business, New Mexico ranked 47th out of 50 despite Governor Martinez’s political posturing promoting a failed Republican economic agenda. The article specifically cites a “weak labor supply and lousy current economic climate.”

“It’s obvious that Republican policies under Governor Susana Martinez failed—New Mexico remains at the bottom of the list for businesses, and our families have yet to feel the economic boon the Governor promised,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “But we have an opportunity to change course and elect a Democratic governor next year so New Mexicans can have the opportunity to get ahead.”

Under the current Republican policies, New Mexico has seen damaging budget deficits, a drop in credit rating, and the highest unemployment in the country. Earlier year, Hulu sited a need for “larger labor pool” as the reason for choosing to create jobs in a different city. In spite of this, Republican Governor Martinez vetoed higher education funding for every college and university in the state, limiting the state’s ability to create a larger labor pool.

Currently, Republican Steve Pearce is running on the same economic agenda that failed to provide a stable economic footing for New Mexico families. Just this month, Pearce voted in favor of the GOP Tax Plan that would force New Mexicans to pay for tax cuts for the very wealthy and large corporations.

DPNM Thanks U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for Voting Against GOP Tax Scam

DPNM Thanks U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for Voting Against GOP Tax Scam

New Mexico – Shortly after the U.S. Senate voted on the GOP tax proposal that would ultimately give huge tax breaks to the country’s top earners while increasing taxes for working families, the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement thanking U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for defending New Mexico families and voting against the GOP Tax Scam.

“It’s no question that we all want a simpler tax code, but the Republicans in Congress have time and again put their political ideology ahead of our families. Their proposal would cost New Mexico millions of dollars and increase taxes for New Mexicans across the state. We’re grateful to have Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich fighting for a fair tax code that would help New Mexico families get ahead,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Last week, the only Republican in New Mexico’s congressional delegation Steve Pearce in favor of the GOP tax scam that would give his well-connected friends a tax break while forcing New Mexicans to foot the bill.

Specifically, the GOP Tax Scam gives multi-million dollar tax giveaways to the wealthiest and corporate America, while destroying key tax benefits for New Mexico families including:

  • Dismantling the State and Local Tax Deduction – imposing an unfair double tax on New Mexico families, driving down home values, and endangering local governments’ ability to fund law enforcement, schools, and health services.
  • Eliminating Student Loan Interest Deduction & Lifetime Learning Credits – destroying a key deduction for young graduates and workers getting the job training they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.
  • Eliminating Deduction for Classroom Supplies – forcing teachers who provide students with books, pens, and pencils to pay from their pocket without relief.
  •  Eliminating Medical Expense Deduction – destroying a key deduction claimed by nearly 9 million American households, which helps families with children with disabilities, long-term care needs, a need for expensive fertility treatments, and many others.
  • Imposing New Limit on Mortgage Interest Deduction – assaulting the dream of home ownership for many New Mexicans.
DPNM Statement on Judge Judith Herrera’s Ruling on Pearce Congressional Campaign Cash

DPNM Statement on Judge Judith Herrera’s Ruling on Pearce Congressional Campaign Cash

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after United States District Judge Judith Herrera ruled on Steve Pearce’s appeal to use congressional campaign cash in governor’s race.  
 
“We commend Maggie Toulouse Oliver for upholding the law in her capacity as Secretary of State in an effort to ensure the voters’ trust and a clear and transparent election process. Meanwhile, Steve Pearce should spend less time trying to figure out how to inject big money into the governor’s race and circumvent campaign finance laws, and more time playing by the same rules as everyone else. 
 
“At the end of the day, this decision highlights what’s wrong with the campaign finance system–it affords people with more money more political speech than those who do not have the same means to make their voices heard.”

Pearce Refuses to Call Out President Trump on Use of Racial Slur

Pearce Refuses to Call Out President Trump on Use of Racial Slur

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico called on Steve Pearce to denounce the President for using a racial slur during a ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers. Democratic members of the congressional delegation, the President of the Navajo Nation, and the families of the Navajo Code Talkers have all expressed disgust with President Trump’s derogatory use of the name Pocahontas–Steve Pearce remains silent on the issue.

“It is an insult to the Code Talkers to use a racial slur during a ceremony in their honor. Steve Pearce wants to be the governor of our great state, but he refuses to stand up for our communities. It’s clear the Steve Pearce is more concerned about his friend Donald Trump than the Navajo Code Talkers who served our country honorably and the many Native American families who call New Mexico home,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Last year, during President Trump’s campaign against people of color, he took to calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’, and even then Steve Pearce refused to comment on then-candidate Trump’s use of the name as an insult. Moreover, a report published today, Pearce’s office refused to comment on Trump’s use of a racial slur when asked directly.

The Navajo Code Talkers played a pivotal role in World War II using Diné to conduct military operations and protect strategic intelligence from being decoded by enemy forces.

Democratic Party of New Mexico Slams Pearce for Support of GOP Tax Scam

Democratic Party of New Mexico Slams Pearce for Support of GOP Tax Scam

Pearce Votes to Give His Well-connected Friends a Tax Break while New Mexicans Foot the Bill

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce for his support of the GOP tax scam that would give his well-connected friends a tax break while forcing New Mexicans to foot the bill. Pearce, who is also running for the Republican nomination for governor, voted for HR 1 a bill that would give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking important benefits away from everyday New Mexicans.

“Pearce’s support for the Republican tax scam is deplorable. While Pearce and his friends benefit from huge tax scams, New Mexico teachers will be forced to pay for classroom supplies without relief, families with dreams of owning a home will have fewer options, students will be burdened, and everyday New Mexicans will have fewer programs. Pearce’s decision to support the GOP tax is an indication of how he’ll govern–New Mexico doesn’t need someone with poor judgment in the Governor’s office,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

Specifically, the GOP tax scam gives multi-trillion dollar tax giveaways to the wealthiest and corporate America, while destroying key tax benefits for New Mexico families, including:

  • Dismantling the State and Local Tax Deduction – imposing an unfair double tax on New Mexico families, driving down home values, and endangering local governments’ ability to fund law enforcement, schools, and health services.
  • Eliminates Student Loan Interest Deduction & Lifetime Learning Credits – destroying a key deduction for young graduates and workers getting the job training they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.
  • Eliminates Deduction for Classroom Supplies – teachers who provide students with books, pens, and pencils
  • to pay from their pocket without relief.
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  • Eliminates Medical Expense Deduction – destroying a key deduction claimed by nearly 9 million American households, which helps families with children with disabilities, long-term care needs, a need for expensive fertility treatments, and many others.
  • Imposes New Limit on Mortgage Interest Deduction – assaulting the dream of homeownership for many New Mexicans.

An updated analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, released on November 13, found that the Republican bill coming to the House Floor will raise taxes on a staggering 36 million households across the country.

New Mexico Democrats Celebrate Another Election Sweep

New Mexico Democrats Celebrate Another Election Sweep

Albuquerque, NM – After a significant push to get out the vote in Albuquerque, the Democratic Party of New Mexico celebrated another Democratic sweep. Tim Keller was elected mayor of Albuquerque taking more than 60 percent of the vote, and Cynthia Borrego was elected to city council with more than 50 percent of the district vote. 
 
“After eight years of the failed Republican administration of Berry and Lewis, it’s obvious why voters chose Tim Keller and Cynthia Borrego tonight–they’re ready for leaders who will invest in our communities and bring solutions to the challenges the city faces,” said Richard Ellenberg Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We’re extremely proud of the grassroots efforts that our Party and both campaigns ran in this election, and owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers and Party officials who worked to walk their neighborhoods, inform voters, and get out the vote.”
 
The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s new field program has been working through grassroots organizing to support candidates in local elections. Since the Albuquerque October 3rd election, the State Party completed 30,000 door knocks and phone calls, provided rides to the polls, and invested in GOTV efforts across the city.
PSA: Rides to the Polls Available

PSA: Rides to the Polls Available

Albuquerque, NM – The Democratic Party of New Mexico will be coordinating rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 14. Voters who need assistance getting to polling locations in Albuquerque should call (505)830-3650 to request a ride. 
 
What: Rides to the Polls
When: Election Day, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque
Request Information: Call (505)830-3650 to request a ride
New Mexico Democrats Honor Our Veterans

New Mexico Democrats Honor Our Veterans

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement honoring those who have served our country: 
 
“New Mexico has a proud history of military service. We are incredibly grateful to those who have served our country and the families who selflessly sacrifice so that their loved ones can protect our nation. 
 
“Our country has a responsibility to ensure all our veterans have the benefits they have earned and the care they deserve for putting their lives on the line to defend us. Democrats recognize this and work tirelessly to improve services for our heroes when they return home.
Democrats Sweep Las Cruces Municipal Election

Democrats Sweep Las Cruces Municipal Election

Las Cruces – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Democratic candidates won all three city council district elections in Las Cruces. Gabe Vasquez carried District 3 by 70 percent to Bev Courtney’s 30 percent. Gill Sorg won in District 5 with 51 percent of the vote to Steve Montanez’s 41 percent. And Yvonne Flores took District 6 with 57 percent to incumbent Cecilia Levatino’s 43 percent.

Tonight, Las Cruces went out to vote and showed the state that when quality candidates who want to invest in their communities are on the ballot they win. We’re excited to see the work Gabe Vasquez, Gill Sorg and Yvonne Flores can accomplish for Las Cruces.

“We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers who believed in Democratic candidates, and made this success possible.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s new field program has been working through grassroots organizing to support candidates in local elections. In Las Cruces, the State Party set up a campaign headquarters where volunteers could connect with an organizer to knock on doors or make phone calls.

Full election results are available here.