Aug 25 2016

Together we rise. Together we beat Trump.

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Sandoval County Offices:

Together we rise.  Together we beat Trump.

As Jim Hightower says:

America learned something about President George W. Bush that we Texans had long known to be true: “All hat, no cattle.” Well, Trump has no hat, so here’s the truth about him: “No cattle, all bull.” There’s only one way to take on a blustering bully like him, and make sure America keeps getting better: together.

Sandoval County Democrats have 2 offices to gather our forces together.  Join us!

In Bernaillo, the office is at 872 Camino del Pueblo, Suite F.  Look for the signs across from the Range.  The phone number is 505-777-8771.  The office is open from 11 to 5 every day and the phone calling runs from 5 to 8 everyday.

In Rio Rancho, the office is at 2345 Southern Blvd, Suite B4.  Its in between a florist and a Karate studio.  The office is open from 10-8 Monday-Thursday, 10-5 on Friday, 10-4 on Saturday, and Sunday hours will be posted in September.  The phone number is 505-891-2016.

Come visit and volunteer.  Together we win.

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Aug 16 2016

First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

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School starts!  The days are getting cooler.  The Olympics are almost over.  NOW IS THE TIME to get ready to campaign.  Here are some things you need to know:

The wildly popular First Friday luncheons at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1 PM will actually be held on the SECOND FRIDAY in September and October.  The reasons are Labor Day and Balloon Fiesta.

On September 9, 2016, we’ll hear from Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino who will talk about progressives in the 2016, the state of the state budget, the need to keep the NM Senate Blue and will answer your questions.  I hope to see you there.

The Democratic Party of Sandoval County now has TWO offices for 2016 Campaign.  We hope that you will come to the one near you and VOLUNTEER! We are coordinating the Campaigns for the entire Democratic ticket at both offices.  The offices are located in:

RIO RANCHO OFFICE  is in  a strip mall at 2345 Southern Blvd, Suite B4.  The office is in between a florist and a Karate studio and around the corner from Madrid Dentist.

The office number is 891-2016.  At this time, the office is open during the week from 10AM to 8 PM Monday-Thursday, 10-5:30 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday.  Sunday      openings are planned after Labor Day.

BERNALILLO OFFICE is at 872 Camino Del Pueblo, Suite F, across the street from the Range in an office complex.  Ruth Bouldes is the coordinator for this office.  The phone number is 771-8771.

Please help us!!!  The 2016 election  is a volunteer effort.  We all need to pull together to defeat Donald Trump, elect Hillary Clinton President, Maggie Toulouse Oliver Secretary of State, return our congress people to their jobs and elect Democrats up and down the ballot!!!  See our web site – Sandovaldemocrats.org – for a list of candidates.

We need help staffing our offices, phone banking, going door-to-door, registering voters, contacting your friends and neighbors and getting out the Vote in October.  Let me know how you can help.

We always say “this is the most important election of our lifetime”!  This time it is really true!  We need to come together to elect Democrats!

Adelante!  Marg

Marg Elliston
margelliston@comcast.net
472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048
505-259-5860

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Aug 15 2016

POLL WATCHERS WANTED

Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), a nonpartisan organization promoting open, honest and accountable government, is recruiting and training volunteer poll watchers to assist voters in getting their votes counted this election year.

Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM  http://www.commoncause.org/states/new-mexico/ recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy to make sure it works for everyone. No matter where you live we can use you.

On Tuesday, Nov 8, Poll Watchers will be deployed at polling places to assist voters in obtaining information about accessing the ballot box.  After reviewing an informational packet, Poll Watchers will have answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have the websites and toll free numbers to direct voters for additional assistance.

Poll Watchers may also attend a webinar. Pre-registration is necessary to obtain needed information and to receive poll assignments.

Volunteers may work 2 to 5 hours on Election Day, their choice.

Contact Diane Wood dianewood.ccnm@gmail.com to register and volunteer.

By state law, to be a poll watcher, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in the County
  • Not be a candidate, law officer, or close relative (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or in-law) of a candidate Certified by the Secretary of State (Common Cause NM Election Protection program will notify the Secretary of State and send the certification letter to the poll watcher)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/poll-watchers-wanted/

Aug 25 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Respond to Public Education Department’s Release of School Grades Results Based on Arbitrary Criteria, High-Stakes Tests

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Dyrcz
August 24, 2016
505-554-8679

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Today Secretary Skandera released letter grades for New Mexico’s public schools. As education professionals, we know our schools serve different populations and each has unique needs, often not reflected in an arbitrary letter grade. We question the need to continue labeling our public schools as ‘failing’ and urge the discontinuation of this practice of so-called accountability.

“Secretary Skandera’s school grades willfully ignores important factors such as child poverty, over-testing, and limited access to early education opportunities. Leadership is more than just labeling a school, and it is impossible to cut our way to proficiency.

“Secretary Skandera needs to truly invest in our public schools through increased and earlier intervention, resource and educational equity, and the discontinuation of Public Education Department pet projects diverting taxpayer money away from local district control. Students, parents, and educators are invested in the success of our public schools, and the only failure has been the policies of the Public Education Department under Secretary Skandera.”

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Aug 18 2016

DPNM: Republicans Need to Prioritize Investments in Education and Our Economy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08/18/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

 
New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez released a timeline for a special session.
 
“Governor Martinez’s record of ignoring New Mexico’s economy and putting the interests of corporate donors before New Mexicans combined with legislative Republicans’ refusal to address the budget shortfall during this year’s 30-day budget session forced a special session. Republicans need to prioritize investments in education and our economy instead of cutting breaks to corporations and the wealthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

Senate Democrats proactively called for a special session earlier this month only to be met with the news that New Mexico was in the ineffective hands of Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez while Governor Martinez travelled outside the state. 

Last week, Governor Martinez announced a directive for all state agencies to cut 5%, without prioritizing investments to grow New Mexico’s economy just before the Albuquerque Journal reported that she attended political meetings in Dallas, Texas—in effect washing her hands of the damage her economic agenda caused to the state’s economy to build her national profile.

Just this week, Governor Martinez left the state again for another national Republican Party political trip in Colorado. 

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that $26,000 of taxpayer money has been used on Governor Martinez’s political trips outside the state during the first five months of this year.

New Mexico is facing one of its largest budget shortfalls since the great recession with a total deficit of nearly $200 million in FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of more than $600 million for FY201 and FY2017. Under Republican leadership, the state suffers from anemic economic growth and an unemployment rate that is well above the national average at 6.2%.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/dpnm-republicans-need-to-prioritize-investments-in-education-and-our-economy/

Aug 17 2016

Central NM Labor Council Labor Day Picnic

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Aug 12 2016

DPNM Launches “Pay-To-Play Pacheco” Website to Inform Voters of Paul Pacheco’s Unethical Behavior, Harmful Voting Record

State Dem LogoAlbuquerque, N.M. – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico launched the “Pay-to-Play Pacheco” website at www.paytoplaypacheco.com to inform voters about Paul Pacheco’s unethical behavior as a legislator and harmful voting record.

“Paul Pacheco is not looking out for New Mexico, and this site will allow voters to see just how unethical and extreme Paul Pacheco is. Pacheco is clearly out for himself and does not have the best interest of his district in mind. In November, voters will have the choice to put him out of office and elect someone who has been involved in the community, and has a real vision for our future,” said Felicia Salazar, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Earlier this month, an ethics complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office against Paul Pacheco revealed that his brother directly profited from funding Pacheco secured through his position in the legislature. In a clear shirk of commitment to transparency and accountability, Pacheco did not disclose a conflict of interest when securing funds for a project that was not in in his district.

In addition, Paul Pacheco voted for numerous measures that harm New Mexico’s economy, attack the education of New Mexico children, put harsh and unfair restrictions on women, and put New Mexico’s air and water at risk.

 

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Aug 11 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Reacts to Governor’s Call for 5% Cuts Across State Budgets

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Susana Martinez’s Broken Promises Have Created Budget Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Dyrcz
August 10, 2016
505-554-8679

Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The Governor’s call for five percent cuts across state department budgets is an irresponsible action from a Governor who has failed to fulfill her promise to improve New Mexico’s economy when she took office over six years ago.

“Balancing the budget on the backs of our children is not only immoral, but it is a short-sighted stop-gap to a longer term problem in New Mexico – specifically this Governor’s inability to meaningfully create jobs and diversify our economy.

“Cutting budgets and blaming decreased oil and gas revenues is the easy answer, but other natural resource-reliant states like North Dakota have also suffered decreased revenue without making cuts to education. Budgets are moral documents, and Governor Martinez’s compass is pointing in the wrong direction.

“Our students, schools, and communities in both urban and rural locations rely on educational services like after school programs, wrap-around support, early intervention reading programs, and maintenance of safe staffing levels, among many other critical educational services.

“Which of these critical educational programs are you planning to cut, Governor Martinez?” said Ly.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/american-federation-of-teachers-new-mexico-reacts-to-governors-call-for-5-cuts-across-state-budgets/

Aug 11 2016

After Ordering Irresponsible Cuts to New Mexico Programs, Gov. Martinez Leaves State

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Ineffective Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez in charge, but refuses to do anything (literally does nothing)

New Mexico – After ordering irresponsible cuts to New Mexico programs, Governor Martinez attends political meetings in Texas leaving New Mexico in ineffective Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez’s hands. As acting governor while Governor Martinez is in Texas, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez could heed New Mexico Senate Democrats call for a special session to address the more than $600 million budget shortfall for FY2016 and FY2017.

“Governor Martinez refused to prioritize New Mexico families in her cuts yesterday, and today she’s not in the state to answer for her actions. Instead she has left the state in the hands of Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, who has done little to nothing for New Mexico and doesn’t take a stand against Governor Martinez’s failed economic agenda,” said Joe Kabourek, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Both Governor Martinez and Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez are avoiding the real problem: they continue to keep the cash rolling for corporate donors instead of investing in New Mexico’s economy.”

Yesterday, Governor Martinez announced a directive for all state agencies to cut 5%, without prioritizing investments to grow New Mexico’s economy, and today the Albuquerque Journal reported that she is attending political meetings in Dallas, Texas—in effect washing her hands of the damage her economic agenda caused to the state’s economy to build her national profile.

New Mexico is facing one of its largest budget shortfalls since the great recession with a total deficit of nearly $200 million in FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of more than $600 million for FY201 and FY2017. Under Republican leadership the state suffers from anemic economic growth and an unemployment rate that is well above the national average at 6.2%.

Senate Democrats proactively called for a special session earlier this month. Governor Martinez refused to address her failed economic policies, while the state’s economic outlook continues to worsen.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/after-ordering-irresponsible-cuts-to-new-mexico-programs-gov-martinez-leaves-state/

Jul 29 2016

DPNM Statement on Historic Nomination of Hillary Clinton and Her Acceptance Speech

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07/29/2016
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

Philadelphia, PA – Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after the historic nomination of Hillary Clinton, the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party:

“When Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination tonight, a glass ceiling was shattered, and in this election, we intend to shatter the next glass ceiling, and elect her as the 45th President of the United States.

“Tonight, Hillary Clinton shared her vision for the future of our country, which will improve the lives of all Americans. She will work to create good paying jobs, make college and early childhood education affordable, increase access to health care, and build a country where all of our children have an opportunity to succeed.

“Coming out of the convention Democrats are energized and we’re going to take this momentum to deliver a victory for Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot in New Mexico.”

AND Hillary’s Acceptance Speech…..

 

 

 

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