Feb 19 2015

Now is the Time to Come to the Aid of our Sandoval County Democratic Party

Dear Friends,

We all need to work together to make Sandoval County Blue! It starts with the ward meetings. It continues in your precincts, where you talk to your friends and neighbors and encourage folks to be involved.

The Sandoval County Democratic Party is about to have meetings to select the folks who will lead the Party for the next two years. YOU can be part of the process!

Now is the time to become part of the leadership of the Party. The way to do it is to PARTICIPATE and be elected to lead your precinct, in your ward in your County party. Here’s how :

You can be a precinct chair or vice chair. All you have to do is participate in a meeting and volunteer.

The Party will hold WARD meetings for geographic areas composed of multiple precincts

At the ward meeting, folks will sign in from a list at the door and will then meet in their precincts. The folks in each precinct will select a chair, a vice-chair and any additional delegates they are allotted to participate in the county meeting. These people who are selected will then become the County Central Committee. The schedule of the WARD meetings is below.

Congratulations! As a member of the County Central Committee, you are entitled to select the leadership for the County and ultimately the State Democratic Party.

The County Central Committee will meet on April 11, 2015 to select the leadership for the County Party for the next two years. A Chair, Vice-chair, secretary and treasurer will be elected. Members of the State Central Committee will also be elected. These leaders will then be able to participate on the State Central Committee which will, in turn, select the leadership of the Democratic Party of New Mexico for the next two years.

This is an elaborate process, from the grass roots up, open to all Democrats. Get involved! Help shape our Party and Make New Mexico Blue.



Apr 27 2015

Sandoval County Treasurer Montoya Elected to National Leadership Post

 Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya was recently elected Treasurer of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Next Generation Network, a group of approximately 300 county officials and staff dedicated to professional development and community service.

“It’s an honor to serve as a leader in NACo’s Next Generation Network. This will give our County the opportunity to share our expertise and continue our work of advocacy for sound policies at the national level, Montoya said.  “We share a passion for public service and strengthening leadership skills in counties across the country.”

The Next Generation Network provides a forum for young county officials nationwide to network, become engaged in NACo and develop a new generation of leaders.  It identifies and supports the educational and professional development needs of leaders and draws on their talents, ideas and expertise to inform NACo’s work.

The Next Generation Network is planning a service project as part of NACo’s 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Mecklenburg County, N.C.  This year’s project will benefit the Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter, a local program whose mission is to provide hope and healing for people in crisis through comprehensive programs and services.

Montoya has been active in NACo since 2013 as a member of its Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs  Committee.  She currently was appointed by President Riki Hokama as a vice chair on NACo’s Programs and Services Committee and by NACo members as the subcommittee vice chair for Fiscal Policy and Pensions on NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,069 counties.  NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.  For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.



Apr 20 2015

First Friday Luncheon May 1st

Join us on May Day, May 1, 2015 for the Sandoval County Democrats First Friday Lunch at the Range in Bernalillo.  Lunch starts at 11L30.   Nothing less than the future of our Democratic Party is on the agenda.  I hope to see you on the firstFriday or out registering voters.  Please let me know if you will be able to attend.   RSVP to margelliston@comcast.net.

Apr 07 2015

Rand Paul Announces for President – What You Need to Know


Senator Rand Paul just announced that he’s seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • He led the 2013 government shutdown that cost the U.S. $24 billion
  • He’s voiced opposition to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act
  • He said businesses have the “right to discriminate”
  • He opposes immigration reform and marriage equality

Right now, we need your help to spread the word about just who this guy is. Become a Factivist, and join the group of dedicated supporters who are getting out the truth about Republicans:


Thanks so much for taking this first step towards victory in 2016, Margaret. Let’s go win!

2016 DNC Factivists

Mar 30 2015

Important April Dates

There will NOT be a First Friday lunch in April.   Enjoy your time with your family and religious observances.

Do come to the Sandoval County Convention on April 11 if you are a delegate.  Doors open at 9 AM and the meeting starts at 10 AM in the Cafeteria of Bernalillo High School.


Feb 19 2015

Ward and County Central Committee Meeting Schedule

In response to the Call from the Democratic Party of New Mexico and in accordance with DPNM State rule 9-2.D, a Call is hereby issued for a meeting of the County Central Committee as shown below.  Ward/Precinct officers and Members of the County Central Committee will be elected at Ward Meetings as follows:

 Ward A Meeting Saturday, March 28, 2015.   Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. Registration is at 9:30 AM and attendees must arrive by 10:00 AM to participate.

The Precincts in Ward A are: 1, 2, 3, 4 in Bernalillo; 5 (Placitas), 6(Algodones), 7(Pena Blanca), 8 (Cochiti Pueblo), 9 (San Felipe Pueblo), 10 (Cochiti Lake), 14(Zia Pueblo), 19 (Santa Ana Pueblo) 20 (Santo Domingo Pueblo), 28 (La Madera), 29 (Sandia Pueblo), 55 and 56 (Placitas) 74 (Bernalillo and Rio Rancho) 76 (Placitas) 78 (La Cueva), and 79(Sierra Los Pinos)

Ward B Meeting Saturday, March 21, 2015. Corrales Senior Center, 4324 Corrales Road, Corrales.Registration is at 9:30 AM and attendees must arrive by 10 AM to participate.

The Precincts in Ward B are: 11, 12, 13, 53, 54, and 57 (Corrales), and 59 (Rio Rancho)

Ward C MeetingTuesday, March 24, 2015. El Bruno’s Restaurant North End of Cuba on Highway 550, Cuba, NM.

Registration is at 6:00 PM and attendees must arrive by 6:30 PM to participate.

Precincts in Ward C are:15 (Jemez Pueblo), 16 (Ponderosa), 17(Canon/Jemez Valley), 18 (Jemez Springs), 21 and 22 (Cuba), 23 (La Jara) 24 (Counselors Chapter House) 25 (Torreon Chapter House), 26 (Ojo Encino Chapter House), and 27 (San Ysidro).

Ward D Meeting Saturday, March 28, 2015, Rio Rancho Elementary School, 4601 Pepe Ortiz Road, Rio Rancho, NM.  Registration is at 1 PM and attendees must arrive by 1:30 to participate.

Precincts in Ward D are: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 60, 61, 62, 72, 82, and 83.

Ward E MeetingSaturday March 21, 2015, UNM West, Room 1225. 2600 College Boulevard NE, Rio Rancho, NM . Registration begins at 1PM and attendees must arrive by 1:30 PM to participate.

Precincts in Ward E are: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 58, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 80, 81, 84, 85, and 86.

COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING, Saturday, April 11, 2015, Bernalillo High School Cafeteria, 250 Isidro Sanchez Road, Bernalillo, NM  

Registration 9-9:45 ; Call to Order, 10AM – The County Central Committee (CCC) meeting shall be for the purpose of electing officers of the Democratic Party of Sandoval County (DPSC) and 21 members of the State Central Committee (SCC) and conducting other business pertaining to the DPSC. Proxies are permitted for the CCC meeting. No one may hold more than 3 proxies.

For further Information contact Chair Marg Elliston at 505-259-5860 and margelliston@comcast.net.

To find your precinct number click here.


Feb 18 2015

House Democrats in Action


Last night every Democrat in the State House of Representatives stood up and walked out en masse. Here’s why.

Republican leaders began debate on a bill to give every New Mexico teacher a raise to reward their hard work.  The speaker set aside three hours of debate and Democrats followed the rules.

Then, with just minutes to spare, Republicans substituted it with their own bill no one had seen or considered.  They cut off debate and moved it forward without anyone having a chance to debate it. They made sure the entire time to debate was eaten up by a bill they never intended to pass.

Here’s the report from The New Mexico Political Report:

After more than three hours of debate, mostly by Democrats, an amendment was introduced by a Republican. Following the introduction of the amendment, House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, moved to close debate.

Debate can be stopped by a majority vote after three hours on a bill according to House rules.

Democrats said they were not given the proper amount of time to debate the new amendment and wanted an additional three hours on each proposed change to the bill. Republicans said they were following regular procedures and that the amendment was distributed to all members with ample time to review it.

Democrats did not agree and left the floor, leaving only Republicans to vote on the final legislation. The legislation passed unanimously, 37-0.

Minority Leader Brian Egolf told New Mexico Political Report afterwards the decision to leave the floor was because the Democrats have been shorted this session.

“[House Republicans] talk about bipartisanship, they talk about reaching across the aisle, they talk about open debate,” he said. “As of now that’s all out the window.”

 You can read more about the debate over the bills in our blog, too.  Read more here.

This is nothing new.

Since they took charge this year, Republican leaders have ignored Democratic debate, bypassed the deliberate committee process and manipulated the rules to jam through their agenda, even when New Mexicans don’t support it.

But Tuesday night, it was different.

Legislative heroes stood up and walked out united instead of lending legitimacy to the sham GOP effort.  They need our support to stand up for New Mexico values and democracy and oppose Republican shenanigans.

Join us in saying Thank You to legislators who stood up for their right to debate bills and represent their constituents.


Feb 18 2015

Affordable Care Act Progress: 11.4 Million Americans Signed Up for Health Insurance

We just learned that about 11.4 million Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

That’s incredible, undeniable progress.

And it wouldn’t have been possible without you.  Thank you for fighting for reform, and for doing your part to help your loved ones and neighbors get coverage. Because of you, this law is helping more people every day.

Today’s news makes it harder to understand why Congress would vote repeatedly to repeal reform, or why well-funded interest groups are still trying to challenge the law wherever they can, sometimes resorting to shameful scare tactics to prevent people from getting health care through the marketplace.

The other side isn’t going away.

The best thing we can do right now is make sure everyone knows what taking health care reform away really means – share this graphic OFA put together to show what’s at stake:

Millions could lose coverage.

Repealing health care reform might be a rallying cry for some on the other side, but it’s not some abstract debate. It would have real consequences.

Millions of Americans could lose their coverage because they will no longer be able to afford it.

Repeal would take us back to the days when insurance companies called all the shots — when as many as 129 million people could be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or families could go bankrupt just because someone got sick and hit an arbitrary lifetime cap on their coverage.

That’s a cynical outcome to root for.

Fight back — let your friends know what’s at stake by sharing this OFA graphic today:


Thank you,

Barack Obama

Feb 06 2015

Republicans Keep Playing Politics with New Mexico Worker’s Rights

Independent report shows that Right to Work law will hurt New Mexican workers

A major​ report written by the independent and non-partisan Economic Policy Institute, was released in New Mexico definitively proving​ that Right to Work laws not only do not create new jobs, they in fact hurt both union and non-union workers alike.

DPNM ​Chairman Sam Bregman:

“The facts are clear…. a Right to Work law in New Mexico will hurt our working families.  House Bill 75 was proposed with one goal in mind: hurt the Democratic Party.  This is partisan politics at its worst.  The tens of thousands of New Mexicans that will be hurt by the passage of this bill don’t care about Republicans or Democrats.  They care about having enough money to to feed their families, and put their children through school.  This bill will lead to lower wages and curtail benefits for union and non-union workers alike.  

Governor Martinez and state Republicans hear this: if you want to go after the Democratic Party, keep your attacks focused on just the Party because hard working New Mexicans should never be used as leverage in a purely partisan political attack.”

House Bill 75, sponsored by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Logan) would devastate worker’s abilities to bargain for fair wages and benefits.  It would cost New Mexico workers thousands of dollars in lost wages.  While claiming that this legislation would help add new jobs and increase wages, this report ​provides evidence that clearly refutes these claim ​s.  The sole purpose of the bill is to hurt the Democratic Party and its supporters.

Jan 27 2015

United Voices for Our Students’ Rally

The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) and the National Education Association – New Mexico (NEA-NM) will unite for a Moral Monday March and Rally in Santa Fe Monday, February 16, 2015.

”Educators from across New Mexico along with our Labor and community allies will gather in solidarity at 11 a.m. at the Santa Fe Rail Yards.   We will then march to the roundhouse, where at a brief second rally participants will be encouraged to visit their legislators’ offices.   We will raise our collective voice to oppose legislative proposals detrimental to our profession, our students and our communities,” said NEA-NM President Patterson.

“We must reclaim the promise of America by fighting for all students to have the right to succeed and to be treated as individuals.  We must reclaim respect for education professionals, and we must ensure respect for working families is the law of the land in New Mexico.  There is no better way to achieve these goals than to exercise our collective right of assembly and petition our elected officials,” said AFT NM President Ly.

Combined, AFT NM and NEA-NM represent all public education employees and higher education employees throughout New Mexico.

If you have questions contact:  John Dyrcz (505-554-8679) or Charles Goodmacher (505-450-3155).


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