Sep 26 2015

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the air, and fall is on the calendar. Its harvest time. It also seems to be the political silly season. Can you believe these micro-candidates sucking up so much air on the Republican side? Can you believe that the 2016 election is just 13 months away?

It’s time to sharpen our message and reach out to our friends and neighbors. We don’t need a government shutdown to help America become great–as so many radicals in Congress suggest.

We need to invest in ourselves, repair our crumbling infrastructure, and support our teachers with strong funding for schools. We can offer great child care for our young ones and great colleges for the rest of us.

We can fix our economy by ending welfare for corporations. We can help deal with climate change by holding corporations responsible for the messes they make, while we control carbon emissions.

You all add to the list. No matter what else we put on the list, we will not be able to realize our dreams unless we take back the Congress, the New Mexico House of Representatives, hold the New Mexico Senate and elect a Democratic President in 2016.

You can start now by reaching out to your friends and neighbors and begin the conversations tht will lead to a victory for us all in 2016.

Stay tuned for more specific things you can do. Let me know how you want to help.


Sep 30 2015

Secretary of State Duran Must Put New Mexican Voters and Small Businesses First and Resign Immediately

Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Executive Director Joe Kabourek released the following statement on behalf of DPNM:

Enough is enough; Secretary of State Dianna Duran must resign immediately.  Rather than performing the duties she was elected to do, Secretary of State Dianna Duran has become singularly focused on abusing the powers of her office to carry out a political vendetta. It is clear that Duran is attempting to distract from the fact that she has been charged with 64 counts of criminal violations that include embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, violations of the Campaign Practice Act, the Governmental Conduct Act, tampering with public records, and conspiracy.

Just recently, Secretary Duran’s former top aide and one of her closest political advisers called for her immediate resignation citing a blatant breach of the law. If there’s one place where politics shouldn’t play a role, it’s the Secretary of State’s office. The issues facing New Mexico are too important to have our top elections official solely focused on making political attacks.

As Secretary Duran tries to change the subject, New Mexico voters and small businesses suffer. Secretary Duran must finally put New Mexico first and resign immediately.


Sep 26 2015

Once again Republicans are threatening to shut down government

In just four days, Republicans may shut down the government.

How did we get here? Here’s what you need to know:

The federal government is funded through midnightSeptember 30th. If Congress doesn’t pass a new budget by then, the government will shut down.

A Congress controlled by responsible leaders would just pass a budget and keep the government running seamlessly, but, of course, that’s not what happens when Republican extremists are in charge. Thirty-six Republican men have pledged to block any budget bill that contains funding for Planned Parenthood — a move that would then trigger a shutdown.

If we want the shutdowns and brinkmanship to stop, Democrats HAVE to take back control of the Senate and fill more seats in the House. 

You may remember that there was another government shutdown a mere TWO YEARS ago. That one was led by Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who decided he hated Obamacare so much, he would shut down the government over it.

Cruz isn’t the only Republican presidential hopeful who loves shutdowns. Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and Ben Carson have all shown support for shutting down the government.

This is what it’s been like since Republicans took over Congress. At least twice a year since 2011, they’ve threatened to shut down the government if they didn’t get everything they wanted.

End the shutdown mania and help elect responsible leaders who will protect hardworking women and families. 

Thanks for all you do,

Kate Black
Vice President of Research, EMILY’s List

Sep 26 2015

What to expect from Dianna Duran impeachment panel

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The special committee tasked with looking into a possible impeachment of Secretary of State Dianna Duran will meet for the first time next week.

DSC_0044Whether anything substantial will happen at this meeting is a good question—one we are still trying to find an answer to. State Reps. Zach Cook, R-Ruidoso, and Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque are the co-chairs of the bipartisan special investigatory committee. Neither returned our calls and emails left for them Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Last time we went here was the fall of 2011, when then-state House Speaker Ben Luján appointed a subcommittee to look into the impeachment of Jerome Block Jr., a Public Regulation Commissioner who was under fire for alleged car theft and misusing state money. Block Jr. later pleaded guilty to the charges and resigned.

That year, the impeachment panel met a handful of times before Block voluntarily resigned by the end of the month in a plea deal with then-Attorney General Gary King.

This reporter was on hand to cover a Sept. 13, 2011 meeting for the Santa Fe Reporter:

Today, the subcommittee spent about a half-hour trying to narrow the following sentence in one of the approved rules: “Only subcommittee members, an analyst for the majority, an analyst for the minority and designated Legislative Council Service staff members may attend executive sessions.”

It came as part of a rule that would require the subcommittee to conduct “appropriate proceedings” in the process of considering impeachment.

Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Curry, mentioned striking “only” from the sentence to assure impeachment sessions always have an analyst for both parties and members of the LCS present. Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Bernalillo, followed up on the idea by making it into a motion. But before that happened, others suggested that moving “may” from the sentence would be more clarifying.

After much deliberation over this, the subcommittee ended up deciding to simply strike the entire sentence in question.

The subcommittee members also weighed how they, like a grand jury, would make impartial decisions amid the constant embarrassing news headlines about Block. State Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, explained at that meeting how he would remain unbiased.

“I read the news and the blogs for information,” he said. “I don’t believe everything they say.”

This meeting came during the 2011 special session on redistricting. Since no such special session is happening now, more could happen during next week’s first meeting.

Earlier this month, the interim Legislative Council approved formation of the special committeeappointed by House Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro, to look into impeachment. They also approved $250,000 in funding for the committee.

In 2011, the Block impeachment subcommittee didn’t approve general counsel until its third meeting. Then, the subcommittee hired Albuquerque attorney Robert Gorence for the job after one week of searching for a lawyer.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran

To date, Duran has remained adamant that she will stay in her office while fighting the 64-count criminal charges that Attorney General Hector Balderas filed against her in August. She is accused of taking using  $13,000 in campaign contributions. The complaint also found that Duran withdrew more than $400,000 from her personal bank account at casinos since stepping into office in 2011.

If Duran resigns or is impeached before Jan. 26 of next year, that will kick off a special election for November 2016 to replace the remaining two years of her term.

But any impeachment, if it goes forward, will be a lengthy process. For that to happen, the special committee would make a recommendation to the full House. The House must then give a majority vote for impeachment.

Then, the state Senate would have to preside over an impeachment trial. At the end of trial, two-thirds of the Senate must vote to impeach in order to remove Duran from office.

The special committee is set to hold its first meeting Monday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 am at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The agenda for that meeting hasn’t yet been written.

Aug 18 2015

DPNM Staffers’ Emails Intentionally Blocked by Martinez Administration

While submitting a routine request for information necessary to conduct normal business, the Democratic Party of New Mexico uncovered a thinly veiled attempt by someone in the Republican Administration of Governor Susana Martinez to intentionally block the emails of DPNM staffers.
Access to the Voter File, the official list of New Mexico voters, is controlled by the Secretary of State’s office. The Secretary of State (SOS) is required by law to provide an accurate and up-to-date voter file to political parties so that they and members of their party are able to reach out to voters and constituents. Secretaries of State are affiliated with a political party when seeking office, but upon securing office, are expected to oversee and administer transparent, unbiased elections, in addition to providing the Voter File.
In July 2015, the Democratic Party of New Mexico confirmed it had been blacklisted from the Secretary of State’s office, and subsequently the entire State of New Mexico government servers.

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Aug 17 2015

Get Ready for 2016!

Congressman Ben R. Lujan


Getting Ready for 2016

Campaign Tips and Best Practices

Let’s Get Fired Up!
Sandoval County Democrats

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
UNM West
2600 College Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144
To RSVP, Please contact TARA at 505.385.8676,

Aug 12 2015

Message from DNC Political Director NM’s Raul Alvillar

Dear Fellow Democrat,

Happy Monday! It’s such a pleasure to have this opportunity to address my home state Democrats! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Raul Alvillar and I’m the National Political Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). But, just as important, I’m also a fellow New Mexican; I was raised in Tome in Valencia County.

I began my career in politics as a volunteer for the Democratic Party of New Mexico, so I know the importance of unlocking the potential of our volunteers and interns. It is with that in mind that I am proud to support my former intern, Joe Kabourek, who is now your new Executive Director. Joe interned for me and our illustrious CEO, Amy Dacey, 10 years ago on Senator John Kerry’s political team when I was the Deputy National Political Director and she was the National Political Director. As such, I am so happy that he has been chosen to lead the day-to-day operations of the Democratic Party in my home state! Joe understands the challenges Democrats in both New Mexico and around the country face heading into the 2016 election, and I know he will do a great job for our candidates up and down the ticket. As a fellow New Mexican, I ask that you give him your full support.

Joe represents the unique traits that are found within our party. That mix of passion, commitment to community, and professionalism is something that I am proud to say are major tenets of our party. I see it every day here at the DNC. Just recently, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. We deployed messaging and organizing tools, and reached out to our friends and allies to reinforce our commitment towards protecting every Americans’ right to vote. We have also been focused on holding Republicans’ feet to the fire, holding them accountable for their out-of-touch policy views. Each Republican in the recent debate unveiled extreme ideas that would take our country backwards. And every day, New Mexicans have to live under the corrupt Martinez administration, which has little to show for over four years in office.

We all know that the Republican path to victory depends on the American people not paying attention to their words and actions—words and actions that are not good for the country, and certainly not good for New Mexico. That is precisely why we need to be vigilant in our messaging, and maintain the passion, commitment, and professionalism that are paramount to our party, both nationally and locally.

As we near 2016, it is critical that you get involved with the Democratic Party of New Mexico! We must ensure that Republicans are held accountable! Every Democrat who becomes active will play a major part in returning our great state to safe Democratic hands. I want all of you to be a part of our victory!


Raul Alvillar

DNC National Political Director

Jul 26 2015

Please Join Us!

Believe it or not, summer break is almost over and some people are getting ready for school.  Even if you aren’t one of those folks, its time to end our break and resume our First Friday Lunches!  Join us on Friday, August 7 at the Range in Bernalillo at 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  We have lots to talk about!  We’ll count on you to comment on the first Republican Debate which occurs August 6.
Our guest this month is Pamelya Herndon, director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center.  She is a popular attorney and activist, Vice Chair for CD 1 and officer in the Democratic Party of New Mexico.  Pamelya will talk about the Fair Play for Women Act and Paid Parental Leave and answer your questions.  I hope you can join us to discuss these issues and show our support.  Please let me know if you can attend.
We are recruiting Voter Registrars for Sunday is Funday in Rio Rancho on August 16 and for the new Beer Fest in Bernalillo over Labor Day Weekend.  Let me know if you can help with these events.
I hope to see you soon.  Best, Marg

Jun 09 2015

Bipartisan State Senate Passes Strong Job Creation Package

During a one-day Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, the Senate today passed a package of legislation that funds needed infrastructure construction projects – seniors centers, higher education facilities, and tribal infrastructure – worth nearly $300 million. Work on those projects will create jobs in communities across the state quickly. The overall legislative package consisted of three parts: capital outlay funds of infrastructure projects, funding to meet budget shortfalls for Magistrate Court operations and the State Department of Health, and a series of tax breaks.

“This legislative package was a strong compromise, a compromise between the Senate, House and the executive branch. All sides made concessions and negotiated in good faith. The Senate has fulfilled its part of the agreement,” said Senate Finance Chairman, Senator John Arthur Smith (D-35-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra).

Funding for a long list of infrastructure construction projects was contained in Senate Bill 1. The Senate passed it unanimously, restoring $10 million for repairs and improvements for many senior centers. Funds also will flow to infrastructure projects at institutions of higher education, public libraries, fire stations, elementary schools, at tribal entities as well as local projects throughout the state totaling $295 million.

“We came together and took action to kick-start jobs across the state by passing needed infrastructure construction projects. We also got some relief for individuals and families who have high unreimbursed medical expenses. I am pleased that we could forge a real compromise with Governor Susana Martinez and House Republicans to put progress before partisanship. I am proud of my fellow Senators from both parties for sticking to our principles to put the best interests of the people of our state first,” said Majority Leader Senator Michael S. Sanchez (D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia).

“Jobs are the number one concern of the people of New Mexico. Passage of today’s capital outlay bill will create up to 15,000 jobs over the next three years,” said Senator Michael Padilla (D-14-Bernalillo).

House Bill 1, passed by the Senate today, includes $300,000 to meet shortfalls at the state’s magistrate courts, and $4 million for a nursing-related shortfall at the Department of Health.

Included in the tax-breaks portion of the legislative package was the restoration of an expired tax deduction for medical expenses that go unreimbursed by health insurers.


Jun 09 2015

New Mexico House Democrats Vote for Economic Opportunities for Us All!

House Democrats voted for a package of legislation that will bring a more secure future to all New Mexicans. House Democrats stood strong and voted for bills that will create jobs and fund critical projects in our schools, for our seniors and help families and communities all across the state.

“This is a victory for all New Mexicans – regardless of political party affiliation,” said House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf. “When we work together for the good of every New Mexican, great things can happen. This package of legislation will positively impact the everyday lives of New Mexican families.   We have been proud to fight for a more secure future for every New Mexican.  We hope that our colleagues across the aisle will continue this work with us and not revert to partisan politics, as we saw in the 60-day session. Every New Mexican deserves a chance to get ahead, and these jobs will help many get one step closer to success.”

“These projects represent critical needs across the state of New Mexico for seniors, families, students, and local communities.  On the final day of the legislative session, House Democrats stood united to ensure that projects for seniors, students and our Native communities would not be cut,” said House Democratic Whip Sheryl Williams Stapleton, “The legislation we passed today restored those cuts and will create jobs for New Mexico’s families.”

“The changes to the capital outlay package reflect the majority of positive changes that House Democrats have been championing since the 60-day session,” said Caucus Chair Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, “Our seniors, our students and our Native communities faced serious cuts to critical projects.  This package restored those cuts, and now we can move forward with projects that will boost the health and security of our seniors, help our students learn in safe and modern classrooms, and improve the community facilities that New Mexicans families use every day.”

“I’m glad that we could come back to work to accomplish something that makes life better for New Mexicans every day.  Today we invested in jobs and the future of our state,” said Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard.

“When it comes to jobs and investing in the infrastructure of New Mexico, we can’t let politics get in the way.  Today we worked together to move New Mexico forward and help families – that’s the job we were elected to do.”

The legislation included $295 million in capital outlay projects in communities across the state, a little over $5 million in tax incentives for tech jobs, and special appropriations for the Department of Health and the courts.

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