Aug 04 2014

Swing into Action Now!

Now is the time for all good Democrats to swing into action!  We want to see a change in Santa Fe, more Democrats in Washington and a better New Mexico.  To make sure we send Senator Tom Udall, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan back to Washington (brave souls that they are!), we are registering voters, calling Democrats to ask for support and volunteers, and canvassing the walkable neighborhoods in Sandoval County.  To make sure we elect Gary King and Deb Haaland as our Governor and Lt. Governor and our entire ticket of Democrats including judges, state representatives, and county officials, we are raising money, attending community events, talking to our friends and neighbors and all of the above.  We can defeat well funded opponents with our people power.  We need you!

Volunteer today by filling out an email to me, telling me what you would like to do, and I’ll link you with those that are doing.  Thanks in advance!  Marg (margelliston@comcast.net).

Aug 20 2014

It’s Time to Help Elect Democrats

“Get ready, get set, get to work to elect Democrats.  Come to our monthly luncheon at the Range in Bernalillo to hear the latest, catch up on candidates and listen to some special guests.  We’ve invited them.  Come and find out who they are!  The luncheon is on Friday, September 5 at the Range Café in Bernalillo at 11:30 AM to 1.  See you there.

Democrats are making phone calls and registering voters for the upcoming election.  If you have time to help, let me know what you want to do and I will refer you to the event organizers. “   Marg (margelliston@comcast.net).

Aug 19 2014

Can Voters Trust the SOS to Follow the Law and Just Do Her Job?

The answer is CLEARLY NO.  Read the Journal story for details.

Aug 05 2014

Congressman Lujan Campaign Offering Internship

Know someone looking for an opportunity to break into politics?

The People for Ben Campaign is seeking individuals who want to establish lasting connections, gain campaign experience and work on behalf of a current Member of Congress.The People for Ben Internship Program is designed to give people substantial exposure to practical, campaign-style politics on a Congressional level. This is a great opportunity to learn the in’s and out’s of a Congressional Campaign.

Apply today!

Aug 04 2014

Voter Registrars Needed!

Labor Day weekend at the Bernalillo Wine Festival, Sundaymornings in Corrales.  More to come.  Email Marg (margelliston@comcast.net) at to volunteer.  

Jul 25 2014

Celebrate the Opening of the Coordinated Campaign Office

Join in to celebrate the Official Office Opening for the Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.  Its on Saturday August 2, 2014.  Special guests are Senators Tom Udall and Al Franken and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.  The opening is from 10 AM to noon and its at the office at 115 Montclaire Drive SE, Albuquerque, 87108.  You may recognize the space from the 2012 Obama Campaign.  We hope to see you there!

 

Jul 09 2014

New Mexico is Ranked Dead Last in Private Sector Job Growth

Thousands and thousands of New Mexicans have been forced to move out of state the past 3 and a half years for one reason: Republican Governor Martinez.

Over the past year, New Mexico lost 600 jobs for a 0.1negative growth rate.  The Albuquerque region alone lost 2700 jobs for a 0.7 negative growth rate.

Governor Martinez’s response: Nothing. Zilch. Zero.

Republicans are always touting their pro-business/pro jobs experience EXCEPT when they are in charge and then the blame game starts as one failure after another spews forth that hurts and destroys middle class families. Who gets the blame?  The media, Democrats, unions, the poor, government employees, immigrants and liberals are the usual targets.

This is Governor Martinez’s New Mexico:

–50th in nation for well being of children

–zero jobs created—state lost almost 6000 jobs within last year

–1st in nation for child hunger; 2nd for adults

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Jul 08 2014

Senators Udall and Heinrich: $500,000 for New Mexico Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $500,000 will be awarded to the state of New Mexico through the Land and Water Conservation Fund for state-certified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has proven to be a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban parks and open spaces that contribute to environmental vibrancy and generate economic growth in communities. Udall and Heinrich urged their Senate colleagues to make funding for the program permanent.

“Outdoor activities are an essential part of New Mexico’s history and identity, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight to make funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent to help ensure the many outdoor recreational opportunities offered by our state’s special landscapes remain available to New Mexicans for generations to come,” Udall said.“Access to public parks, ball fields, and green spaces and other outdoor recreational areas is essential to the health of our children and families, and helps to boost the economy of New Mexico communities by creating and supporting tourism and recreation jobs.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool that ensures we have the resources necessary to conserve recreational lands for all of us to enjoy now, and for future generations,”Heinrich said. “New Mexico gains from policies that increase access to our treasured landscapes. Job creation is directly tied to outdoor recreation across our state, where hunting, fishing, and camping drive an enormous portion of our economy.”

“New Mexico is blessed with precious lands that are a part of our culture and way of life,” Congressman Luján said.  “Ensuring the protection and preservation of our land and water is essential and the Land and Water Conservation Fund provides important resources that help create more opportunities for our communities to enjoy the great outdoors.  In addition, investments in outdoor recreation strengthen an important sector that contributes to New Mexico’s economy and creates jobs in our communities.”

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Jul 01 2014

Congressman Lujan: Republican Decision Not to Act on Immigration Reform Shameful

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on President Obama’s speech on immigration reform and the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will not allow the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform this year.

“It is shameful that the Republican House leadership has failed to act on immigration reform and has now confirmed that they have no intention of doing so.  Over a year ago, after working on a bipartisan good-faith compromise, Senate Democrats and Republicans were able to come together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. It has since languished in the House – alongside a House Democratic proposal modeled on the Senate version – with no action by Speaker Boehner and the Republican leadership.  Despite their empty rhetoric, House Republicans have remained the one road block to passing much-needed reform that strengthens our economy and our security.

“I agree with the President that Congress must act if we are to finally fix our broken immigration system once and for all. And while it is deeply disappointing that House Republicans are refusing to listen to a broad majority of Americans who support comprehensive immigration reform, I am encouraged that President Obama has pledged to the enact solutions available to him through executive action. I look forward to his Administration’s recommendations to ensure our borders are secure while providing flexibility for those who would be eligible for a pathway to citizenship under current legislative proposals – particularly DREAMers, who want to come out of the shadows and contribute to the only home that many of them have ever known.”

 

Jul 01 2014

Senator Udall: Supreme Court Wrong to Put Corporate Interests Ahead of Women’s Health

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to protect corporate interests while rolling back women’s access to contraception:
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong. The Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby is a step backward for women’s health and another disturbing decision in which the justices put corporate interests ahead of American citizens. Nearly every woman in the United States will use birth control at some point in her life. And regardless of her reasons, the decision should be between a woman and her doctor — her boss shouldn’t have anything to do with it.
“In the coming weeks and months, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will determine how to implement this ruling. I urge the administration to do so in a way that will allow women full access to needed health services. But this decision also reinforces why I’ll keep fighting to ensure the Senate fills judicial vacancies with mainstream judges who share the values of New Mexico families — not corporate interests.”

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