Feb 19 2015

Join Us

Our special guest for the First Friday luncheon on June 5, 2015 is our new Democratic Party of New Mexico chair, Deb Haaland.  I hope you will come and ask questions, share your ideas and dreams for making DPNM a force to make New Mexico a great place to raise a family, to work, play and serve others.  Since school is almost out, I’m hoping some teachers will come to lunch and we can thank them for their service.  Let me know if you can attend the lunch.  So please join us at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1.  


May 21 2015

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill to Expand Research on Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján,Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans. The lawmakers’ bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research and Education Act (CCM-CARE) would expand National Institutes of Health (NIH) research related to CCM through grants and programs to increase awareness, treatment and prevention of CCM.
The disease, also called Cavernous Angioma, was common among Spanish settlers in the Southwest, and the hereditary mutation that continues to cause it today has passed through 17 or more generations. CCM is characterized by vascular lesions that develop and grow within the brain and spinal cord. Individuals often are not aware they have the disease until they experience the onset of symptoms, which may include neurological deficits, seizures, stroke, or sudden death. An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from the disease, which is more prevalent among New Mexicans than any other population in the world, though other Southwestern states also have high rates of CCM. Due to limited research, there is currently little treatment for CCM besides surgery, which is an option only for some patients.
“Sadly Cerebral Cavernous Malformations is difficult to diagnose and has few treatment options, but this bill is an important step along the path toward developing a cure for the New Mexicans and their families who suffer from this disease,” said Udall, who has worked to raise awareness about CCM since he was a member of the House. “Boosting CCM research through expanded efforts and interagency collaboration will help to prevent, treat and ultimately cure this devastating disease.”
“Hispanics are disproportionately affected by Cavernous Angioma,” said Heinrich. “Expanding research and treatment centers across the country to identify, monitor, and treat individuals afflicted with this illness is an important step in improving the livelihoods of many New Mexicans and developing a cure.”
“This legislation takes critical steps to bolster research, education, and treatment of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations,” said Luján. “This devastating blood vessel disease is often inherited unknowingly, and New Mexico has the highest population density in the world. It’s time that we invest in research and programs to better understand this rare disease that continues to impact New Mexico families.”
“I am glad to work together with the New Mexico delegation to bring relief to the individuals and families afflicted by Cavernous Cerebral Malformations,” said Pearce. “This legislation is a great step forward in highlighting the debilitating effects of this disease, and one step closer to finding a cure.”
“I’m proud to stand with the delegation to invest in research and raise awareness about the devastating impact CCM has, particularly among native New Mexicans,” Lujan Grisham said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues to support efforts to find a cure for this disease.”
Specifically, CCM-CARE would direct the heads of NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement the following measures to further CCM research:
- Conduct basic, clinical and translational research on CCM; identify and support three national research centers’ collaboration on multi-site clinical drug trials; and integrate CCM within relevant existing clinical research networks to expand access to clinical drug trials to CCM patients.
- Establish a CCM education and information program under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand training for clinicians and scientists; establish a CCM Coordinating Committee at HHS to coordinate all federal CCM health efforts, facilitating the exchange of information and the effectiveness of research efforts; and award grants for CCM surveillance and epidemiology.
- Support appropriate investigational new drug applications and streamline the process from clinical drug trials to review for CCM treatment; and review appropriate request for designations for orphan drugs for CCM.
The proposed legislation is supported by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the Angioma Alliance Board of Directors, the Angioma Alliance Scientific Advisory Board, and Cure HHT.


May 05 2015

Join the Fight to Lower Prescription Drug Costs!

Dear Sandoval County Democrat:

This editorial in today’s (May 5, 2015) New York Times made my blood boil. It’s about runaway drug prices. What’s most irritating about pricing is the reasons for increases — for they have little to do with increased costs and a lot to do about windfall profits for Big Pharma. Read the editorial here:

The Opinion Pages: Runaway Drug Prices, NYT 5/5/2015

Since the inception of Medicare Part D in 2003, the law has prohibited price negotiations between Medicare and pharmaceutical companies. Although Medicaid and the VA are allowed to negotiate (and are saving patients up to 40% on some prescriptions), Medicare is not, and this has got to change. As more and more boomers reach Medicare age, current law is guaranteeing a huge windfall at our expense.

In the U.S. Senate, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has sponsored S.31 Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2015. Her bill will allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices starting on 1/1/2016. She needs our help getting this passed.

I’ve started a petition at Change.org to voice support for this bill and I need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:


This bill is currently stuck in the Senate Finance Committee where it can languish and die unless we tell our Senators to support it by co-sponsoring it and helping get it out of committee.

I have a very personal stake in this.  I’m taking one medication, Esbriet, for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This drug costs $94,000 per year, and could easily bankrupt me. This price is ludicrously high and out of reach for most people who have IPF.  There are many other examples of prohibitive pricing for other medications.  This issue affects a lot of retired people on fixed incomes and it’s just bad public policy.

We need to fix this problem and it should be a non-partisan issue.   Big Pharma will complain that lower prices eat into their Research and Development budgets, but the facts are they spend more on advertising than they do on research.

Please restore sanity to Medicare Part D prescription medication costs by helping get this bill passed.

Copy and paste the link to this petition, and Email it to as many friends as possible … especially those in other states. Share it on FaceBook and other social media. We need to start a groundswell of support across the country at the grassroots level.


Paul Mansfield


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

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