Aug 16 2016

First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

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Thanksgiving is a time for recognizing the things we are grateful for.  Thank you to all you Democratic volunteers who staffed two offices, made phone calls, entered data, knocked on doors, waved signs, held events, donated and supported candidates and contributed whatever you could to make Sandoval County a great place to live and a great place for our kids and grandkids!  While many of us are still recovering from the shock of losing the Presidency, we still have a lot to be grateful for.

We kept Sandoval blue, we kept New Mexico Blue, and we returned the NM House to Democratic control.  We made a lot of new friends in the process!

I know you are looking forward to some Holiday gatherings with our Democratic family so I wanted to let you know our schedule so far.  There will be NO First Friday Luncheon in December.  The next First Friday Luncheon will be in 2017 – on January 6 at the Range in Bernalillo at 11:30 AM.   At that time, we’ll focus on the Legislative Session and our work going forward. 

On December 4, 2016, the Sandoval County Federation of Democratic Women will have an organizational meeting from 2-4 PM at the home of Theresa Trujeque, 106 Kjersti Court in Corrales.  RSVP to Judy De Atley at 977-9017.

I am proud that we carried Sandoval County for Hillary Clinton for President, we helped re-elect our Congressional Representatives, Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham and we helped elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver as our Secretary of State and Julie Vargas as a new Court of Appeals Judge.

At the County Level, we re-elected Laura Montoya County Treasurer, Lemuel Martinez as District Attorney  and Eileen Garbagni as County Clerk.  We also elected Ken Eichwald to the County Commission.

We re-elected Benny Shendo and John Sapien to the NM State Senate, which remains in Democratic hands.  We also elected Daymon Ely and Derrick Lente and re-elected Stephanie Garcia Richard  to the NM House of Representatives.  At this writing, the County Clerk tells me that there will be a recount for both Ely and Sapien.  They both have a narrow but good lead, so stayed tuned for those final results.

Some of our friends and favorite candidates were not successful.  We are especially grateful to these brave men and women for stepping up, taking the risk and running for office.  Thanks go to Michael Vigil who remains on the NM Court of Appeal, to Dave Simon who was not elected to SD 10 and to Linda Sanchez Allison who was not elected to SD 40.  John Wallace and Donna Tillman ran for the House of Representatives in tough districts and did not prevail.  Nora Scherzinger and Alexis Jimenez would have been a great pair on the County Commission, but, sadly, Alexis was not elected, Nora no re-elected.  We hope to see more from all these wonderful candidates!

Progress is never easy. But we’ve never been here only for the easy fights. It’s time to redouble our efforts, to build on our victories and not give up.

In two years, we will elect a new Governor.  Lets get busy building for that!

All the best to you and your families.

Marg Elliston
margelliston@comcast.net
472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048
505-259-5860

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Dec 07 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico React to Release of 2015 PISA Report United States Remains in Middle Rankings Among Peer Countries

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Contact: John Dyrcz
December 6, 2016
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Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was released today and describes the performance of 15-year-old students across a variety of countries.

“This year’s report, while focused heavily on science proficiency, revealed among the 35 participating countries, the United States performed average in science and reading, but performed below average in mathematics. The study found one in five students in the United States are low performers in science-related fields.

“Additionally – and of great concern to education professionals in New Mexico – is the fact that economically disadvantaged students are 2.5 times more likely to be low performers than advantaged students, and underscores the need for equity in our schools. New Mexico lawmakers should focus on implementing community schools with wrap-around services including access to early childhood education, healthcare, and other needed initiatives as a method of promoting equity for our students. Community schools are recognized under new bi-partisan federal regulations as a turnaround model for struggling schools, and additional federal regulations seek to provide increased local control, and hold charter schools more accountable in the pursuit of educational equity.

“Equity for schools of greater need does not have to come at the expense of high performance across all schools in New Mexico, and this year’s PISA report is timely due to potential changes to the federal Department of Education under Education Secretary-designee Betsy DeVos. With public school systems outperforming private and charter schools, Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera should proactively advocate protecting Title I funding in New Mexico and work to ensure public schools are protected for future generations of New Mexico’s students.”

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Oct 31 2016

Trump Delivers Dangerous, Divisive Speech in Albuquerque

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/30/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Chairwoman Debra Haaland  released the following statement after Donald Trump delivered a divisive speech in Albuquerque tonight:

“What we heard from Donald Trump tonight is no different than the reckless message he’s been pushing his entire campaign. The fact that the Republican Party of New Mexico, Steve Pearce, and Nora Espinoza embrace Donald Trump only speaks to their complete disregard for women, Hispanic communities, veterans, immigrants, and our economy. Republicans are desperate and all they have to show for their work is a visit from a candidate who has divided our country and pushes the extreme Republican agenda.

“Hillary Clinton has served New Mexico for years, through her work for children and families, as First Lady; and her commitment to keep our country safe as Secretary of State. New Mexico knows she will continue that effort and build an economy that works for everyone, so New Mexicans have opportunities to get and stay ahead.

“Early voting numbers show that New Mexicans aren’t buying Donald Trump’s dangerous and divisive rhetoric. The Republican vision for our state and our country couldn’t be more different than Democrats’ vision, and Trump’s desperate attempt to shore up support in New Mexico won’t work. Democrats will work everyday to ensure Hillary’s message resonates in our state and we’ll ensure that our voters cast their ballots for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.”

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Oct 22 2016

DPNM Chairwoman Calls on Secretary of State Brad Winter to Defend Integrity of New Mexico Elections

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10/21/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – At a press conference Thursday, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland called on New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter to defend the integrity of New Mexico’s elections against Donald Trump and Nora Espinoza’s reckless claims questioning the legitimacy of election results. Today, the Chairwoman renewed her call with the following statement:

“New Mexico’s Secretary of State Brad Winter has a responsibility to ensure New Mexicans have trust in our elections. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Nora Espinoza have all undermined the integrity of our elections and pose a threat to our democracy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.“New Mexicans must make sure we keep dangerous candidates like Donald Trump and Nora Espinoza out of office—neither of them are qualified for the positions they seek and they don’t deserve our votes.”

The Republican Party has made intimidation and fear the new Republican standard. Earlier this month, the Republican Party of New Mexico sent a malicious mailer to voters aggressively threatening them to go to the polls.

Nora Espinoza has run a campaign on fear making false claims about voter fraud and campaigning to make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballots.

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Sep 20 2016

Montoya appointed Vice Chair of NACo Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee & Elected as Next Generation Chairwomann

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CONTACT: David Jackson, djackson@naco.org 202.942.4271

Long Beach, Calif. – Sandoval County, N.M. Treasurer Laura Montoya has been appointed chair of the Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee (FPIGA) of the National Association of Counties for a one-year term. Montoya’s appointment was made by new NACo President Bryan Desloge, commissioner, Leon County, Fla., on the final day of NACo’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles County. Montoya has served on the committee since 2013. Montoya is the only elected official from New Mexico to be appointed to a chair or vice chair position of any of ten policy steering committees.

FPIGA analyzes and advocates for counties on all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections and Native American issues. “I believe it is imperative to have New Mexico concerns discussed at a federal round table in order to develop policy that is reflective of New Mexico needs,” said Montoya. “Representing New Mexico at the national level is a noteworthy responsibility and honor.”

Montoya, active in NACo since 2013, was also elected as Chairwoman of the association’s Next Generation Network which works to develop a new generation of leaders. There are over 250 members. The NACo NextGen Network is a member-driven forum that identifies and serves the unique educational and professional development needs of young county officials. NextGen also draws on the energy, ideas, talent and expertise of young officials to inform NACo’s strategic plan and programs and services for the future.

The Next Generation NACo Network assists with one community service project per year in the county in which the annual conference is held. This year, NextGen partnered with the Saving Innocence organization to provide over 150 backpacks to victims of human trafficking. “NextGen is a network that is developing strongly within the NACo spectrum to provide education, services and workshops that affect county leaders. Montoya added, “I am eager to work with this energetic group of elected officials in developing efficient and transparent policies that better assist our counties.”

Additionally, Montoya is a member of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurer’s and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) and was recently appointed to the Programs and Services Standing Committee as well as the Rural Action Caucus (RAC).

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Sep 18 2016

Lt. Governor John Sanchez Refuses to Lead on Economy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
09/16/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – While Governor Susana leaves New Mexico facing a dire budget crisis to fundraise for an anti-LGBT candidate, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez refuses to take the lead on the economy.

“Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez has an opportunity to address our looming budget crisis, but instead he shows no leadership and refuses to act,” said Joe Kabourek, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “New Mexico needs leadership right now. We don’t see it coming from Governor Martinez and clearly we can’t rely on Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez.”

Governor Martinez continues to leave New Mexico in the hands of the unreliable Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez and travel outside the state to campaign for national Republicans while New Mexico faces a shortfall of $223 million for FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of $431 million for FY2017.

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Sep 16 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Reacts to Release of OECD Education Report US Compares Poorly in Early Education Enrollment, Educator Pay

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Contact: John Dyrcz
September 15, 2016
505-554-8679

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest education report paints a troubling picture for early education access and enrollment and educator pay in the United States.

“We have a lot of work to do to serve the needs of our students from cradle to career according to the newly released ‘Education at a Glance’ report. With only 42 percent of children enrolled in early childhood education in the United States, we have one of the lowest rates of enrollment among industrialized countries. In New Mexico, upwards of 60 percent of children are not enrolled in any form of early education.

“Given we are one of the richest countries in the world, enrollment numbers this low are embarrassing considering access and investments in early education not only pave the way for future academic success, but creates a more attractive climate for business investment.

“Additionally, the report draws a clear line between educator salaries and the ability to attract and retain highly qualified educators to our classrooms. This disconnect is clearly impacting public schools in New Mexico as we face historic educator shortages largely due to low levels of pay and an abusive evaluation system.

“Lawmakers in New Mexico – in particular Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera – should do everything in their power to increase funding and access for early education in New Mexico, including utilizing a portion of the Land Grant Permanent Fund and raise educator salaries to ensure that future generations of New Mexico children are receiving the tools and training necessary to be successful throughout their life.”

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Sep 01 2016

Hillary for America Statement on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Speech

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Hillary for America National Latino Vote Director Lorella Praeli released the following statement on Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant hateful speech in Arizona:

“In his darkest speech yet, Donald Trump doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attempted to divide communities by pitting people against each other and demonizing immigrants. Trump committed to sending a new “Deportation Task Force” into American communities, rescinding the President’s executive actions to protect DREAMers and their families, building a wall that he continues to claim will be paid for by Mexico, and made clear that “Operation Wetback” was not severe enough. The only immigrants allowed in the future are those that pass Donald Trump’s own test of ‘desirability.’

“Donald Trump once again showed us that he will continue his decades-long record of divisiveness and campaign of hate by pledging to forcibly remove every single undocumented immigrant from our country. He showed us, very clearly, what’s at stake in this election by painting a picture of his idea of America: one in which immigrants are not welcomed and one in which innocent families are torn apart.”

For Immediate Release, September 1 , 2016
Contact: press@hillaryclinton.com

 

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Aug 25 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Respond to Public Education Department’s Release of School Grades Results Based on Arbitrary Criteria, High-Stakes Tests

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Contact: John Dyrcz
August 24, 2016
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Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Today Secretary Skandera released letter grades for New Mexico’s public schools. As education professionals, we know our schools serve different populations and each has unique needs, often not reflected in an arbitrary letter grade. We question the need to continue labeling our public schools as ‘failing’ and urge the discontinuation of this practice of so-called accountability.

“Secretary Skandera’s school grades willfully ignores important factors such as child poverty, over-testing, and limited access to early education opportunities. Leadership is more than just labeling a school, and it is impossible to cut our way to proficiency.

“Secretary Skandera needs to truly invest in our public schools through increased and earlier intervention, resource and educational equity, and the discontinuation of Public Education Department pet projects diverting taxpayer money away from local district control. Students, parents, and educators are invested in the success of our public schools, and the only failure has been the policies of the Public Education Department under Secretary Skandera.”

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Aug 18 2016

DPNM: Republicans Need to Prioritize Investments in Education and Our Economy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08/18/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

 
New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez released a timeline for a special session.
 
“Governor Martinez’s record of ignoring New Mexico’s economy and putting the interests of corporate donors before New Mexicans combined with legislative Republicans’ refusal to address the budget shortfall during this year’s 30-day budget session forced a special session. Republicans need to prioritize investments in education and our economy instead of cutting breaks to corporations and the wealthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

Senate Democrats proactively called for a special session earlier this month only to be met with the news that New Mexico was in the ineffective hands of Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez while Governor Martinez travelled outside the state. 

Last week, Governor Martinez announced a directive for all state agencies to cut 5%, without prioritizing investments to grow New Mexico’s economy just before the Albuquerque Journal reported that she attended political meetings in Dallas, Texas—in effect washing her hands of the damage her economic agenda caused to the state’s economy to build her national profile.

Just this week, Governor Martinez left the state again for another national Republican Party political trip in Colorado. 

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that $26,000 of taxpayer money has been used on Governor Martinez’s political trips outside the state during the first five months of this year.

New Mexico is facing one of its largest budget shortfalls since the great recession with a total deficit of nearly $200 million in FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of more than $600 million for FY201 and FY2017. Under Republican leadership, the state suffers from anemic economic growth and an unemployment rate that is well above the national average at 6.2%.

 

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