Jan 21 2016

First Friday Luncheon

Announcement for next “First Friday”

The State Legislature is in session.  Bond elections are scheduled in February, municipal elections in March and we’ll have our Ward and County Pre-Primary nominating convention in February too.  We have lots to talk about.  Come to our next Sandoval County Democrats monthly luncheon on the first Friday in February – February 5, 2016 to catch up on the news.   It’s at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30-1 PM.

Judge Michael Vigil, candidate for the New Mexico Supreme Court and Julie Vargas, candidate for the Court of Appeals will be our special guests.  They will give us an overview of the Judicial contests we will be asked to vote on in 2016.  We welcome other candidates as well.  Please let me know if you will be able to attend.  I hope to see you soon.

Marg Elliston
472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048

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Jan 11 2016

Announcement for the Pre-primary Nominating Convention



Democratic Party of Sandoval County


Get Ready for our Primary Process!

The 2016 Election Cycle starts now.  It’s not just Iowa and New Hampshire which are holding primary elections.  Here in New Mexico, we are starting our own lengthy process NOW.  Our primary is on June 7, 2016, and we will help to put a cap on the primary campaigns.

NOW we are selecting delegates to our Pre-Primary Nominating Convention.  It works this way:  We have Ward meetings, a County Nominating Convention and then a State Nominating Convention.

We will be selecting ballot positions for the offices of President, Secretary of State, New Mexico state-level judges, and members of Congress at the State Nominating Convention on March 12, 2016.  To be a delegate for that meeting, you need to be selected at your Ward meeting and approved at our County Convention on February 20, 2016.  That County Convention meeting takes place at the Cafeteria of Bernalillo High School in Bernalillo.  Sign-in starts at 9 AM, the meeting starts at 10 AM.

We have 5 Wards in Bernalillo County.  Each Ward will have its own meeting, starting with the one on February 6 in Corrales.

To find out what Ward you are in, you need to know the precinct you are in  Go to the web site for the NM Secretary of State, click on “look up voter information,” type in your name, county and birthdate.  If they find you (it took me two tries), you will get a list of all the districts you are in, including your precinct number.  Write it down!  Then check out the list of Ward meetings and find the one with your precinct.  Now you know your Ward.  It is especially important for folks in Rio Rancho to do this as there are two wards in Rio Rancho.

This is the announcement of our Ward and County meetings:

In response to the Call from the Democratic Party of New Mexico and in accordance with DPNM State rules, a Call is hereby issued for the Pre-Primary Nominating Convention. Sandoval County will select 74 delegates at County Convention meeting listed below. State Central Committee Members are automatic delegates to the County and State Conventions and are not a part of the delegates listed below.

Ward A Meeting Saturday, February 13, 2016.   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. Ward A will elect 20 delegates.

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, February 6, 2016. Corrales Senior Center, 4324 Corrales Road, Corrales. Registration is at 9:30 AM and attendees must arrive by 10:00 AM to participate. Ward B will elect 9 delegates.

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

Ward C MeetingTuesday, February 9, 2016. 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. Ward C will elect 7 delegates.

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), 27 (San Ysidro) and 77 (Jemez Pueblo).

Ward D Meeting Saturday, February 13, 2016. Rio Rancho Elementary School, 4601 Pepe Ortiz Road, Rio Rancho, NM.  Registration is at 1:00 PM and attendees must arrive by 1:30 to participate. Ward D will elect 15 delegates.

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, Saturday February 13, 2016. UNM West, Room 1225. 2600 College Boulevard NE, Rio Rancho, NM . Registration begins at 2:30 PM and attendees must arrive by3:00 PM to participate.  Ward E will elect 23 delegates.

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 PRE-PRIMARY NOMINATING CONVENTION, Saturday February 20, 2016, Bernalillo High School Cafeteria, 148 Spartan Alley, Bernalillo, NM.   Registration is from 9:00 -9:45; the meeting begins at 10:00 AM.

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


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Feb 09 2016

Behavioral Health Providers Cleared; Now Who Will Investigate Governor?

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Martinez Shut Down Behavioral Health System on False Pretenses, Gave Contracts to Donors

The Democratic Party of New Mexico welcomed news on Monday that the Attorney General Hector Balderas had cleared the last of the behavioral health providers charged by the state with fraud, but the party also called for an investigation into Gov. Susana Martinez and her role in effectively shutting down more than a dozen behavioral health providers and then giving lucrative contracts to one of her largest campaign donors to do take on the work.

“The Attorney General’s decision, while welcomed, doesn’t begin to bring justice for the providers who lost their livelihoods, the patients who lost their care and the students who went without critical support services,” said Joe Kabourek, Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director. “These providers and their patients did nothing wrong, but Susana Martinez did. She shut down these community-based businesses with no evidence so that she could throw millions of dollars in contracts to a fat-cat donor. The real investigation that’s needed here is an investigation into Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to strip care away from thousands of New Mexicans while lining the pockets of her campaign contributors.”

Optum Health, whose Arizona-based behavioral health providers were whisked in to provide services after the governor and her administration shut down local providers, has been a major contributor to the governor’s campaigns, the Republican and even “wined and dined” the governor’s official staff in advance of getting the lucrative contracts, according to local newspaper reports.

“This is cronyism, plain and simple,” Kabourek said. “Susana Martinez shut down hard-working, local behavioral health services providers in order to pay back her high-dollar campaign contributors – and New Mexican families paid the very high price.”

This latest example of the governor’s using her authority to benefit a wealthy few is, unfortunately, nothing new, Kabourek said.

“From the FBI’s investigation of the governor to her own secretary of standing ending up in jail on corruption charges, the Martinez Administration has been plagued by scandal after scandal,” Kabourek said. “The unjustified destruction of our state’s behavioral health system to benefit her wealthy friends is just another example of Gov. Susana Martinez abusing her power to benefit her wealthy friends. New Mexicans deserve better and they deserve answers.”

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Feb 04 2016

DPNM: Espinoza’s New-Found Interest in Election Law Politically Expedient

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Contact: Doug Pacheco
Phone: (505) 231-5990

Rep Introduces 3 Elections Bills 24 Hours After Filing Candidacy for Sec of State

The Democratic Party of New Mexico on Wednesday called Rep. Nora Espinoza’s new-found interest in
elections law a political stunt that has her, once again, using her official position in the Legislature to
boost her candidacy for Secretary of State.

Specifically, within 24 hours of filing as a candidate for Secretary of State, Espinoza introduced three
election-related bills—issues she hasn’t addressed in her previous nine years in the Legislature.
“For nine years Rep. Nora Espinoza has been in the New Mexico House of Representatives,” said Joe
Kabourek, Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director, “and the first time she introduces any
elections-related legislation is less than 24 hours after she files to run for Secretary of State? New
Mexicans deserve better. After the scandals that rocked the Secretary of State’s office during Dianna
Duran’s tenure, people want change. New Mexicans deserve a Secretary of State who understands how
to make state government accountable and transparent—not a Secretary of State who conveniently
discovered elections law after she announced her candidacy.”

Last week, DPNM also filed an ethics complaint against Espinoza after she directed local radio show
listeners to go to her official legislative website to get information about her candidacy for Secretary of
State. Use of official government resources for campaigning is strictly prohibited.
According to DPNM, Espinoza’s recent introduction of legislation looks like she is again trying to leverage
her official position to benefit her campaign.

“Rep. Espinoza never cared about election law until today,” Kabourek said. “Now she’s looking to use
last-minute legislative proposals to try to boost her candidacy for Secretary of State. Rep. Espinoza’s
constituents elected her to represent them, not to grandstand during the legislative session to promote
her own career.”

In a 30-day budget session, only non-budget bills that receive a “message” from the governor can be
heard. As of Wednesday afternoon, the governor’s website did not show any new messages issued since
Espinoza introduced her bills.

“Gov. Susana Martinez has already endorsed Rep. Espinoza for Secretary of State,” Kabourek said. “The
governor’s own political action committee sent out an email last week asking the governor’s supporters
to get behind Rep. Espinoza’s candidacy. Will the governor give her hand-picked candidate a message on
her elections bills to help raise her profile? Given the scandals and corruption that have plagued the Martinez Administration, it seems likely that Gov. Martinez will once again work the system to support one of her cronies.”

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Jan 31 2016

Does Martinez Still support GOP SOS Candidate Who Used Government Resources for Campaign?

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Contact: Joe Kabourek
Phone: (505) 830-3650

The Democratic Party of New Mexico is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday to clarify whether she still supports prospective Republican secretary of state candidate Rep. Nora Espinoza after KOB 4 revealed yesterday that Espinoza had used official government resources for her campaign.

“Does Gov. Martinez continue to support Rep. Nora Espinoza’s bid for Secretary of State?” asked Joe Kabourek, Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director. “Does Gov. Martinez condone the use of government resources for campaigning? Given the recent scandals that have plagued the Martinez Administration and the secretary of state’s office, these are important questions that deserve immediate answers.”

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday sent out an email through her political action committee, SusanaPAC, urging people to support Rep. Nora Espinoza for secretary of state by helping collect the signatures legally required to place Espinoza on the ballot. At the same time, evidence surfaced showing that Espinoza was using her legislative website and contact information to support her campaign for secretary of state.

“It is very clear: Rep. Nora Espinoza was using legislative resources during the legislative session to campaign for Secretary of State,” Kabourek said. “Espinoza said herself on the radio that her legislative website was the place to go for information about her campaign. New Mexicans need a strong, ethical secretary of state. Will Gov. Martinez continue to put politics over ethics and maintain her support for Espinoza?”

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Jan 29 2016

Martinez Administration’s Scandals, Cronyism Hurting New Mexico Economy

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Research Shows Gov. Needs to Allow Ethics Reforms to Create Jobs

Contact: Joe Kabourek
Phone: (505) 830-3650

According to research recently released by a University of New Mexico professor, the state’s reputation for corruption and cronyism – which landed New Mexico at the top of a recent list of the worst-run states – is part of the reason that the state’s economy is failing and, in order to create jobs, Gov. Susana Martinez must finally act to pass meaningful ethics reforms.

“This study confirms what most New Mexicans already know: The lack of public trust in government under the Martinez Administration is hurting our state and businesses are holding back because of it,” said Joe Kabourek, Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director. “If Gov. Martinez is serious about turning our economy around and creating jobs, she needs to stop holding ethics reform hostage and start working across the aisle to clean up her administration.”

The study specifically cited an independent ethics commission and improved campaign finance reporting as two key ways to restore trust in government and to encourage businesses to set up shop and stay in New Mexico.

While legislators on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation to address these issues, Martinez has failed to allow the legislature to act – something only the Governor can do.

“We must act now to restore faith in New Mexico’s leaders,” Kabourek said. “From a federal grand jury investigation of the governor to the former secretary of state spending time in jail, public trust in government is at an all-time low. The governor can’t continue to ignore these problems. Hard-working New Mexicans are paying the price as their jobs disappear and they can’t find work to put food on the table.

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Jan 21 2016

State of the GOP States: A State of Disarray

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Jan 21 2016

DPNM: Gov Issues 26 ‘Messages’; All Send Wrong Message to New Mexicans

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Contact: Joe Kabourek
Phone: (505) 830-3650

Martinez Allows Legislature to Consider Her Pet Issues, But Ethics Not on Agenda

Despite more than a half dozen bills on ethics and campaign reform having been filed already in this legislative session, the 26 executive messages that Gov. Susana Martinez issued on Wednesday involved only the governor’s pet issues and did nothing to indicate consideration of bills that would directly address the egregious ethical lapses in her administration, said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland.

“It is clear that ethics in state government is not a priority for Gov. Susana Martinez,” Haaland said. “Instead of getting down to the business of fixing state government and restoring New Mexicans’ trust in their leaders, the governor is playing politics again.”

The more than two-dozen messages issued on Wednesday included teen curfews, mandatory flunking for third-graders and revoking immigrant driver’s licenses. The governor has not been willing to talk about ethics and campaign reform since news broke that she is under federal grand jury investigation and since her secretary of state was convicted on corruption charges, but Martinez had alluded in her state of the state address that she would allow some campaign finance issues to be considered.

“Why is the governor afraid of having an open debate about the kinds of ethics reforms that we need in New Mexico?” Chairwoman Haaland said. “Whether it’s creating an effective ethics commission or allowing for the governor’s discretionary fund—which she used for her now infamous pizza party—to be audited, there are good bills ready to be considered that will start to change the culture of corruption that has flourished under the Martinez Administration.”

The primary focus of this year’s 30-day legislative session is to pass a budget for the state. Only the governor has the power to allow non-budget bills to be considered. That means it is up to the governor to keep her word and support ethics reforms. Given the short duration of the session, the longer it takes for a bill to be considered, the less likely that bill is to pass. There are 28 days left in this year’s session.

“The people of New Mexico cannot wait any longer,” Haaland said. “The time is now for Gov. Martinez to break her own silence and allow the Legislature to debate ethics reform legislation. What is the governor waiting for?”

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Jan 06 2016

Take This Brief Survey – Your Opinion Matters!


I hope that you had a safe and prosperous holiday season. As you know the upcoming legislative session is about to begin. This is a 30 day session which typically only deals with budgetary matters, but the Governor has the ability to add other matters to the session.

I wanted to take a minute to get your feedback on issues that will be upcoming and issues that you might feel are important to the upcoming session. I have designed a brief electronic survey (Click here to fill out).

I would appreciate if you would share this survey with your networks and fill it out yourself. This will give me a better sense of the priorities you feel should be addressed in this legislative session.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to your feedback.

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Dec 19 2015

AUDIO: New RGA Chair Attempts to Intimidate Police After 1:30AM Hotel Party Busted

DGA letterheadFor Immediate Release:
December 18, 2015

DGA Contact:
Jared Leopold, 202-772-5600

Today, the DGA released the following statement after RGA Chair Susana Martinez attempted to intimidate Santa Fe police officers who were called to respond to a noise complaint at a late night hotel party:

“Today, Governor Martinez’s Vice Presidential aspirations went out the window faster than you can say ‘pizza party,’” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “We look forward to the nation’s Republican governors and candidates campaigning with an RGA Chair who attempted to use her power to intimidate local police.”

Audio of Gov. Martinez’s calls to 911 is available here.

The following KOB 4 News story offers a full recap of the situation:

Recordings: Gov. Martinez tells police to call off response to hotel noise complaint
By: Elizabeth Reed
KOB 4 News

Gov. Susana Martinez reportedly called 911 after a noise complaint was made against her room at a Santa Fe hotel and told police they weren’t needed, according to dispatch recordings obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The New Mexican reports that officers were dispatched to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa on reports of loud noises coming from a room around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
In the initial call to police, a hotel staff member says there are guests partying in their room that have been told multiple times to keep quiet. The staff member also says they were throwing bottles off the balcony.

The staff member asks for police assistance to escort the guests off the property.

In a second recording, a woman who identifies herself as the governor asks a dispatcher why police are responding to the hotel room.

Dispatcher: Because we were called out there.
Martinez: For what purpose?
Dispatcher: Reference: loud noise.
Martinez: Loud noise? We’re in a room eating pizza.
Dispatcher: I’m sorry ma’am, someone called us out there and we have to go.
Martinez: Someone? Who is someone?
Dispatcher: I can’t give you that information ma’am.
Martinez: Why can you not? It’s public record, give it to me.
Dispatcher: Give me one second, ma’am.

The dispatcher says he will transfer her to a supervisor.

The recording continues and Martinez can be heard asking someone, possibly a hotel staff member, if another resident had made a complaint. When the person would not tell her, she can be heard saying, “Oh, you can tell the police but you won’t tell me? I’ll get it from the cops.”

When she’s transferred to another dispatcher, Martinez asks who filed the complaint.

Dispatcher: The front desk.
Martinez: Oh, the front desk did. Now tell me where the front desk got that information from.
Dispatcher: I don’t have that information you have to talk to–
Martinez: So you just sent police over to shut down a room?
Dispatcher: To go to speak to individuals about a party.
Martinez: Ok, so we’re sitting there, I’m the governor of the state of New Mexico, and we’re in there with my sister who is disabled along with about six other people who are having pizza.

After talking with the dispatcher, Martinez can be heard on the recording talking to an officer in the room. She says, “whoever’s throwing bottles hasn’t been there for six hours.”

The officer’s response cannot be distinguished in the recording. Martinez then responds, “Thank you very much, we appreciate it, there’s no necessity for your officers to be here. Call them off. Goodbye.”

The governor’s office has not responded to calls about the recordings.

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