Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) stands with working families and today endorsed the paid sick leave measure which would protect workers from losing their jobs or pay when they or a family member is sick. According to Healthy Workforce ABQ there are 107,000 people in Albuquerque who do not have earned sick days, which means that employees and school children are more likely to go to work when ill, parents are losing pay to stay home with their sick children, and many workers are at risk of losing their jobs to take care of themselves and their family’s health.
“Democrats support policies that keep our families healthy and employed,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of DPNM. “The community has an opportunity to ensure Albuquerque workers are treated fairly, and we are encouraging voters to vote ‘yes’ on the paid leave ballot initiative. Keeping employees and families healthy makes good business sense–healthy families mean a healthy workforce.”
The ordinance would require 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.”
You can learn more at Healthy Workforce ABQ.
For more information on the the Albuquerque election, please see DPNM’s ABQ Election Guide.
Pearce Voted For Previous ACA Repeal Bill
Studies have found that if the Graham-Cassidy plan passes, New Mexico would lose $1.3 billion in health care funding by 2026. Additionally, 230,000 people in the state would lose their coverage entirely, while premiums and out of pocket costs would shoot up by $13,000 annually for a 60 year old New Mexican. But Steve Pearce has continued to duck and cover, refusing to take a stand on this bill that could devastate the state he’s running to lead.
Breaking news story reveals multiple connections of misuse and abuse by Governor Susana Martinez’s administration
Albuquerque, NM. – Today, Thursday, September 21, 2017, N.M. Representative Bill McCamley and Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Richard Ellenberg will be available to answer questions on a breaking news story covering Governor Martinez’s pay-to-play tactics. In a major breakthrough, International Business Times reported an in depth look into the details of donations to Governor Martinez’s campaign and the wasteful use of tax payer dollars by the Martinez administration to give special advantages to donors.
After the news broke, Democratic N.M. Representative and Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee Bill McCamley immediately called for an investigation to determine whether the Republican administration is again putting the interests of their well-connected friends ahead of New Mexico families. Letter is attached.
***Press interested in covering the call for investigation should email Felicia@nmDemocrats.org***
WHAT: Press conference
WHEN: Today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11am
WHERE: 530 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Las Cruces, N.M. – Today, Democratic N.M. Representative and Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee Bill McCamley called for an investigation after International Business Times reported a major break through in another Governor Martinez pay-to-play scandal. The news article goes in depth into the details of donations to Governor Martinez’s campaign and the wasteful use of tax payer dollars by the Martinez administration to give special advantages to donors.
In a letter to the N.M. Attorney General, N.M. Auditor and U.S. Attorney, N.M. Rep. McCamley writes, “I am concerned, especially given that these investments represent hard working New Mexicans’ public funds.” The letter calls for the New Mexico Attorney General and New Mexico Auditor to investigate any possible violations of the Governmental Conduct Act, state disclosure laws, campaign finance laws, Securities & Exchange Commission rules and the State Investment Council’s Code of Conduct.
The news story goes on to point out the malicious pattern of pay-to-play tactics in Governor Martinez’s administration including:
In some cases, New Mexico investments flowed to firms whose top officials gave directly to Martinez — even though the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay-to-play rule aims to prevent such donations. Some investments went to donors to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) — which delivered money to Martinez-linked super PACs. Other investments went to donors to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Martinez chaired after it spent $2.5 million in New Mexico to boost her campaigns.
This breaking story has major ramifications, and N.M. Representative Bill McCamley is calling for an investigation to determine whether the Republican administration is again putting the interests of their well-connected friends ahead of New Mexico families.
This is not the first time Governor Martinez has been involved in a play-to-play scandal. In 2013, the Governor completely destroyed New Mexico’s behavioral health system to give contracts to donors from Arizona. And in the last legislative session, she tried to get a sweetheart deal for a large campaign contributor through the legislature while leaving them blind about the contributions.
PRESS AVAILABILITY: N.M. Representative McCamley and DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg will be available to answer questions at a Thursday morning press conference. Details forthcoming.
Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico will be joined by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Deputy Chair Keith Ellison at the Annual DPNM Rising Star Dinner to honor this years’ Rising Stars and outstanding volunteers. The annual event will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque.
“It’s the volunteers, activists, friends and leaders of our party that do the hard work every day to ensure a brighter future for New Mexico families,”said DNC Deputy Chair Ellison. “Democrats in New Mexico are working to create good paying jobs, better schools and provide access to healthcare – the future is bright for the Democratic Party in this state.”
Angelica Rubio and Daymon Ely, legislators for New Mexico House Districts 35 and 23 respectively, will be honored as the 2017 Democratic Rising Stars Friday evening. The Democratic Party of New Mexico will also recognize outstanding volunteers from across the state, who have consistently supported the Democratic Party of New Mexico and exemplify Democratic values.
“Angelica Rubio and Daymon Ely are dedicated to the future of New Mexico families and have shown the capacity to become great leaders in our state,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “And our volunteers are in every corner of New Mexico working tirelessly to better our communities and elect Democratic candidates—it is an honor to recognize them for their hard work.”
N.M. Representative Angelica Rubio
N.M. RepresentativeAngelica Rubio represents New Mexico House District 35 in Las Cruces. Her focus on social justice and meaningful solutions to build local economies during the 2017 legislative session included bills that would protect New Mexico immigrant communities, increase wages for working families, and keep college affordable for students in New Mexico.
N.M. Representative Rubio was born and raised in New Mexico by immigrant parents in the rural colonia of Lake Arthur. As the youngest of six children, she grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her case.
Rubio played an important role working as Lead Organizer of the local ballot initiative to raise the Las Cruces minimum wage to $10.10 by 2019. In addition to her extensive of work in activism and community organizing, you can frequently find her on Twitter at @anrubio and @thetortillakid (and a number of other social media platforms) discussing local and state politics, sharing her own personal writing, or discussing pop culture randomness.
N.M. Representative Daymon Ely
In 2016, Daymon Ely was elected to serve New Mexico House District 23, which encompasses parts of Albuquerque and Corrales, in a wave of Democrats taking back the majority in the N.M. House of Representatives. During his time in the 2017 legislative session he championed bills to bolster solar energy and make our tax system more fair. He also supported efforts to invest in early childhood education.
N.M. Representative Ely has lived in his house in Corrales for over 30 years. He has been married to Cynthia Fry, a former court of appeals judge, for 32 years. They have two children, Rachel and Asher. Ely is a proud father of a former cub scout and was a referee at the local youth soccer league when his children were young.
He is known for walking his district, listening to constituents, and raising important economic issues during interim committee meetings.
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison was born and raised in Detroit, MI and moved to Minneapolis for law school, graduating in 1990. After law school, Ellison worked as a civil rights lawyer and an organizer around social justice issues. In 2002, he was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2006, he became the first Muslim elected to Congress and in 2010, he became Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of Democrats. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District has one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the nation. In 2015, Ellison unveiled the Voters First Campaign, which aimed to increase voter turnout through grassroots organizing, campaign coordination, and low-dollar fundraising.
In 2017, Ellison joined DNC Chair Tom Perez to rebuild, organize, and modernize the Democratic National Committee.
DPNM’s Rising Star Dinner with Keith Ellison is almost here, and we’re excited to announce that this year’s Rising Stars are New Mexico Representatives Daymon Ely and Angelica Rubio!!!
Angelica Rubio is a local activist representing New Mexico House District 35. Her role in pushing for positive change for communities across the state and emphasis on social justice makes her a force in the legislature. You can learn more about what drives Representative Rubio here.
If you want to join us for a night with Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, plus honor these two rock star state legislators, get your tickets today!
New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued a memorandum of support for the new campaign finance transparency rule adopted by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver after an extensive public comment period.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s memorandum emphasized the Party’s stance to overturn Citizens’ United, a court case that allows for unlimited contributions by large corporations to campaigns, so every eligible voter is guaranteed equal access to the electoral process.
“Ending corporations’ outsized influence in elections is not an easy task, but it is challenge we must address to protect our democracy and ensure government works for New Mexicans. By requiring more disclosure and transparency, New Mexico’s Secretary of State put action to a commitment to end the influence of secret, unaccountable money in politics in New Mexico,” the memorandum reads.
New Mexico’s elections have been bombarded by secretive, dark money and it’s clear that transparency is needed. Recently leaders from both sides of the political spectrum have supported shining light on campaign finance.
Extreme conservative groups, like ALEC and Americans for Prosperity, have used New Mexico’s unclear campaign finance laws to dump money into and influence elections. The Democratic Party of New Mexico recognizes that there are special interests working to influence elections for both sides, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico highlighted the benefits this campaign finance rule will have to make the system more fair and transparent for voters.
Full memorandum of support is available here.
VOTE TIM KELLER FOR MAYOR
Tim Keller has a proven track record of tackling problems head on and finding solutions. After 8 years under the Berry-Lewis crime crisis, Albuquerque needs a real leader who will build a city for all of us.
VOTE CYNTHIA BORREGO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5
Cynthia Borrego is already doing great things for Albuquerque. She’s a small business owner, serves on the Flood Control Board, and is a UNM graduate. We need her on the city council so we can get Albuquerque back on track.
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