May 13 2014

It’s Time to Get to Work Electing Democrats

It’s time to get to work to elect Democrats in New Mexico on November 4, 2014  The election will be here sooner than we know.  NOW is the time to get people interested, to register voters and reach out to our base.  We just selected two strong candidates to run for vacant Judgeships in our 13th Judicial District.  Cindy Mercer and Chris Perez join Joshua Sanchez on the ballot.  We need to make sure these folks are elected.  We need to make sure that James Dominguez becomes a new County Commissioner and that Jesse Casaus is Sheriff and Antonio Montoya is County Assessor.  Each one of you has a Democrat running for State Legislature from your district.  If you don’t know who that person is, look it up and help them!  Then we have important races at the state level – Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State, Tim Keller for State Auditor, Tim Eichenberg for State Treasurer, Hector Balderas for Attorney General and importantly, Gary King for Governor and Deb Haaland for Lt. Governor.  We need to return our Congress people and Senator to office – Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham in CD 1, Representative Ben Ray Lujan in CD 3 and Senator Tom Udall.

Let’s get to work!  Start by attending our First Friday luncheons.  We are coming back from vacation and will meet on Friday, August 1 at the Range in Bernalillo at 11:30 AM.  You’ll be able to meet and talk with some of the folks mentioned above at that lunch or on September 5.  I hope to see you soon.

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.”

Jun 28 2014

Martinez Job Claims Truly Unbelievable

By Alan M. Webber / Former Democratic Candidate for Governor

Whenever I hear what an unbelievable record Gov. Susana Martinez has of creating jobs in New Mexico, I have to shake my head in disbelief. Because those claims really are “unbelievable” – you simply cannot believe them.

It makes you wonder if there are two different places called New Mexico: Martinez’s fictional “New Mexico,” and the real New Mexico where people are out of work and falling behind because of her total failure to create jobs.

In her make-believe New Mexico, Martinez is a champion for small businesses because she once “guarded the parking lot at a bingo,” working for her parents’ security guard business. Then there’s the recent op-ed (“Governor has done much to diversify economy”) by Rep. Nate Gentry, telling us how Martinez “has encouraged growth in our private sector” – another political fantasy.

In the real New Mexico, what is her economic record? What are the facts versus Martinez’s fictions?

Here’s an irrefutable fact: Between April 2013 and April 2014, New Mexico under Martinez lost nearly 6,000 jobs. That’s right: lost jobs. It’s hard to lose jobs when the rest of the country is gaining them. You really have to be incompetent to shed jobs in the middle of an economic recovery. But somehow Martinez did it. She actually lost jobs.

One area hit hard by job loss is Rio Rancho. A recent study found that community’s economic base has shrunk by 30 percent due to cuts at Intel and HP. The people in Rio Rancho are still waiting for Martinez to respond with her diversified job creation strategy.

How is Martinez’s one big idea – using tax incentives to bribe big out-of-state corporations to relocate in New Mexico – actually doing? Are companies lining up to move here?

Not according to a recent Ball State University study that gave Martinez’s New Mexico a D- for manufacturing climate. That rating included an F in four out of nine categories used by site selection experts, including poor logistics and diversification. Perhaps that’s one reason New Mexico has suffered 18 consecutive months of manufacturing job losses. That’s right: Martinez has given New Mexico 18 consecutive months of manufacturing job losses.

Another study, published by Area Development magazine, a publication used by site selectors to pick where to invest, rated New Mexico’s largest cities near the bottom as places to grow a business or locate one. Among the 101 largest metro areas, Albuquerque ranks dead last. That’s right: dead last.

Expanding the field to 379 metro areas across the country, Santa Fe comes in at 350, Farmington at 354, and Las Cruces at 376. Martinez’s horrible performance is at least consistent: Her record is awful for all of New Mexico.

One more study completes the picture. Unlike the others, this analysis asked small business owners themselves to rank their experience in their own states. The results contradict both Martinez’s self-serving TV ads and Gentry’s make-believe column. According to New Mexico’s small business operators, Martinez’s efforts as governor earn her a D+ and a position near the bottom of the whole country: 30th out of 38 states ranked.

Why is New Mexico doing so poorly? Why is Martinez failing so miserably? One answer may be that she and her administration are simply in over their heads when it comes to job development. She’s a prosecutor, not an entrepreneur. She doesn’t know how to create jobs.

A second answer may be she’s too busy taking care of her own job to worry about jobs for New Mexicans. Martinez always seems to be someplace else – flying around America raising money for her campaign and running for vice president, her next job.

Here’s another fact: There’s no reason why New Mexico should be No. 50 in job growth in America. We have entrepreneurs and small-business owners waiting for a new governor who wants to work with them – for real. We have solar and renewable resources to create clean energy and good jobs. The opportunities are unlimited, the future is bright, the jobs are there hiding in plain sight.

Those jobs are waiting to happen in the real New Mexico, not Martinez’s make-believe version. If we want to put New Mexico back to work, we first need to put Martinez out of work. For real.

Jun 12 2014

Letter writers – Let’s take New Mexico from 50th to 1st!

Do you want to be part of a team that helps to set the progressive agenda for public debate in the state elections this fall – especially for governor? If you are prepared to write letters to the editor and Op-Eds and push back against attacks in the media -please respond to arribanewmexico@gmail.com.

A newly formed group of concerned concerns, Arriba New Mexico, has formed who share the belief that our state is going in the wrong direction and that course-correction can only occur with a change in political leadership at the top. As the gubernatorial race heats up, more people are needed who are willing to write to the newspapers and comment on social media representing progressive positions on issues facing the state. Those include the dreadful condition of child welfare in New Mexico, the scandalous conditions of mental health services, the second lowest job creation rate in the US, the roll-back of environmental safeguards, the state’s failed education policy and the underfunding and relentless privatization of public schools, the complete lack of transparency in government and the big-money influence of right wing conservatives like the Koch brothers. There is plenty to write about.

If you have questions, please contact: Nandini Kuehn in Corrales New Mexico nkuehnpk@gmail.com 505-270-4574, or David Prescott in Santa Fe: prescottdavidp@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13 2014

Democratic Primary Election Voting Begins!

Early Voting in the 2014 Democratic Party Primary Election starts THIS Saturday, May 17, 2014.  This is when we pick our candidate for Governor from the 5 outstanding folks who are running – Senator Howie Morales, Alan Webber, Lawrence Rael, Senator Linda Lopez or Attorney General Gary King.  We also pick candidates for judgeships, state legislature and county sheriff to mention a few of the offices on the ballot.

We will be rallying to call attention to the start of early voting.  Join us and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan in Corrales on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at La Entrada Park at 3 PM.  All candidates are welcome.  Bring your signs and friends.  Rally and go vote. The Corrales polling place is across the street from the Park.

May 05 2014

Get Up, Get Out, and Go Vote!

Attention ALL primary candidates. We are gearing up for a HUGE get out the vote effort in Sandoval County. I am asking that ALL candidates drop their literature at our meeting and volunteers will take the literature of the individual candidates that they are supporting and walk to ALL Democratic houses in Sandoval County shortly before the primary in a mass get out the vote effort. We need volunteers to come to our meeting to get the logistics of the GOTV day worked out and of course, the candidates.

The meeting will take place May 19th from 3-6pm at the Bernalillo Town Hall in the Council Chamber.

829 Camino Del Pueblo
Bernalillo NM

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Alexander Weimer
c.alexander.weimer@me.com
575-621-8956

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