May 10 2017

First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

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Democratic Party of Sandoval County – News in the merry month of May!

First Friday Luncheon in June is on June 2.

 

85 people attended the First Friday Luncheon on May 5.  Here are some of the things discussed:

Congratulations go to Jessica Lovato, wife of County Vice-Chair Ed Lovato.  Jessica just became a US Citizen.  We gifted her with flowers, treats and cheers.  Then Jessica registered to vote and gave her form to County Clerk Eileen Garbagni.  What a great way to start the month!

Mike Sullivan, State Director for Senator Martin Heinrich updated us on some of Senator Heinrich’s work on the new budget.  He  was instrumental in getting year round Pell grants,  $4 million for Gold King mine cleanup, Water Conservation funds of $750,000, funding for the National Park Services,  and help for Indian Health Services and BIA.  There are more accomplishments on Senator Heinrich’s website

There was discussion regarding the House recently passed Trumpcare bill.  Everyone is invited to post their stories about use of the Affordable Care Act on the Senator’s website. Voter registration drives are encouraged.

Apparently, the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian interference in the U.S. elections is slow going.  There will probably not be a special prosecutor investigation. A bill has been introduced to get Trump’s tax returns released.

Former County Commissioner Daryl Madelana spoke.   Senator John Sapien advised that the date of a special session is TBD.

Newly elected State Party Chair Richard Ellenberg discussed his plans for the Democratic Party in the coming years. The Party continues to build the Democratic bench.  Ellenberg plans to keep the same staff.  There will be a fulltime staff in CD2 and a Democratic candidate is needed.  We are encouraged calls to Republican members of the NM House Representatives to encourage them to override the Governor’s veto of higher education in this year’s budget.  Folks should send postcards and letters to the editor regarding the stalled budget

Ryan Parra, Rio Rancho School Board thanked Senator John Sapien for his work on education.  Rio Rancho Schools is spending only 15% for administration and 85% for education.  If the state budget is not cut, there will be no layoffs in Rio Rancho.  Rio Rancho will have a pilot program for vocational education offered in all schools.  They will also have a lineman course in Rio Rancho which was moved from Las Cruces

Michael Roake described the Corrales Indivisible initiative.  It is a grassroots effort voters to resist Trump’s agenda on a national level.  Look for the IndivisibleGuide.com for details.  Visit Corralesindivisible.com and attend meetings.  Corrales Indivisible meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm. Check the web for time and date.

Laura Montoya, County Treasurer announced that the County has a 99.2% collection rate.  There is a proposal that the County Manager and a contract employee will co-manage County funds with the Treasurer.  The matter will be addressed at the May 18, 4:00pm Investment Meeting at the County Building on Idalia Road, 3rd floor County Commission chambers.  Attendance is encouraged.

Other speakers included Peter De Benedittis, candidate for Governor ,Rich Aguilar and John Paul John Trujillo, candidates for Magistrate Judge Dist. 1.

Announcements:

June 3, SCFDW will host the state meeting at UNM West, keynote speaker Hector Balderas

June 6, Mid-Rio Grande conservation district board elections

June 24, Sandoval County Democratic party fundraiser in Corrales from 5 to 7 PM with Jim Hightower

 August 13, Democratic Club fundraiser at Anasazi Winery in Placitas

The next First Friday meeting is June 2, at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1 PM.

Marg Elliston
472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048
505-259-5860

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/announcements/

May 16 2017

NEW MEXICO FEDERATION of DEMOCRATIC WOMEN & SANDOVAL COUNTY FEDERATION of DEMOCRATIC WOMEN – Pantsuit Power Workshops

Fellow Democrats,

The Women’s March launched a call to action for citizens in every state, but the march forward did not end there.

Not only do we need to keep up the lobbying to stop the Trump agenda and help send Democrats to Washington DC, but we must also take back the Governor’s seat and keep our House and Senate blue in New Mexico.

Now is the time to continue our efforts and become the best activists we can be. The NMFDW Pantsuit Power Workshops are designed to keep us engaged.

I urge you to participate in our spring meeting and workshops and network with Democratic Women from our county organizations.

Send in your registration form and registration fee today! The registration form is attached for your convenience.

Registration for New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women Meeting, June 3, 2017,
UNM West, Rio Rancho, NM located at 2600 College Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM.

This is a statewide event that is open to all Democrats. Training space is open to the first 100 registrants.

Pam Cordova
NMFDW President
505-514-7492

Course Descriptions and Registration Form

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May 06 2017

Where do we go from here

OK, Indivisiblists, we lost this round In the House of Representatives….barely. We need to keep in mind, however, that this is long fight, and the Republican majority is weaker from the positions many of them took during their fight to destroy affordable healthcare for all Americans. We need to stay organized, stay focused, and make those same Republicans pay for their votes on this issue.

Steve Pearce – you clearly don’t care about the welfare of New Mexico and New Mexicans.  You will never become Governor of New Mexico (I have heard that you might want that job). I will work hard to make sure that never happens.  I will work hard to make you fight to keep the job you have right now.

This battle has been a wake up call to Democrats, progressives, liberals, and all Americans who believe in fairness and justice.  We have been getting complacent, and we need to check that.  Progressive groups have had a surge in donations since this bill was past.  Moreover, you have probably seen quite a few articles in the press that indicate that, in winning this battle, Trump and the Republicans have really stirred a hornet’s nest.

Indivisibleguide.com has a great web page full of information about where we go from here and how we win this war.  Check it out and check out the video as well.

The next healthcare fight is in the Senate.  Trumpcare will have a very difficult time there.  And don’t forget to keep the pressure on the Trump administration about Russia.  Call our Senators (Heinrich is on the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence).  Call your Congressman.  Call the Justice Department. Write letters to the editor.

Continue the Resistance

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May 06 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week

Since 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association has designated the first full week in May as “Teacher Appreciation Week.”

We know here at AFT NM it is more than just the teacher who helps to create a positive environment in our public schools – it is the educational assistants, support personnel, nurses, transportation, councilors, facilities personnel, secretaries, and cafeteria workers who all lend a hand to our students’ successful learning.

We also know that successful students’ education begins with our earliest learners even before public school and continues through higher education, and eventually will lead to a lifelong career.

Every educator contributes to the successes of our students, and no so-called reforms or top-down mandates can ever replace the role you play in our students’ lives and academic journey. The work you do matters and cannot be overstated, and we will continue to support you in every way that we can.

For all of the educators who play a part – we say “THANK YOU!”

Each educator’s hard work deserves to be recognized and honored, not only this week, but throughout the year. We hope that your week has been filled with many parents and students saying “Thank You!”

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Ly
AFT NM

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Apr 30 2017

New Mexico Has New Democratic Party Leadership Team


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/29/2017
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505)750-2585

New Democratic Leadership Will Continue Democratic Momentum through Grassroots Efforts & Statewide Voter Engagement

New Mexico – On Saturday, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) elected a new leadership team to guide the Party into the 2018 election. Richard Ellenberg (Santa Fe) will serve as state Party chair, Naomi Martinez Parra (Lordsburg) will serve as vice chair, Katharine Clark will serve as secretary, and Robert Lara (Las Cruces) will continue to serve as Treasurer.

“Democrats are united and working hard to make sure we never have another governor like Governor Susana Martinez nor a disaster like Donald Trump,” said Richard Ellenberg, the newly-elected chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “I look forward to the state Party supporting the efforts of our volunteers and continuing to build a strong grassroots network.”

The new officers are well-positioned to continue Democratic success into the 2018 election. The outgoing Democratic Party Officers worked to eliminate the Party’s debt, regain a Democratic majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives, expand the majority in the New Mexico Senate, and elect a Democratic Secretary of State.

“New Mexicans deserve opportunities to make our lives better, and we know Democrats work to for New Mexico families in all levels of government,” said Neomi Martinez-Parra, the newly-elected DPNM Vice Chair. “We’ll be working to further enhance the lines of communication between the Democratic National Committee, our state party, county chairs, SCC members and our constituency. Above al, l we will work to get Democrats elected so New Mexico has a brighter future.”

The new leadership team was elected by the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s State Central Committee (SCC), at this weekend’s SCC Meeting. Each member of the new Democratic leadership team will serve a two-year term. At the meeting, Democrats heard from elected officials, worked on grassroots campaign organizing and looked ahead to the 2018 election.

“I look forward to working to keep New Mexico Blue and the State Party in the black. As we move forward, the work to retain our majorities in the State House, retake the Governor’s office, and maintain our blue federal delegation will be at the top of our priorities list,” said DPNM Treasurer Robert Lara, who begins his second term as state Party Treasurer.  “When we work together, can we help the entire state move forward together. Lets get to work.”

The new DPNM Secretary Katharine Clark stated, “As Secretary of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, I’m looking forward to maximizing coordination with all our hardworking Democrats and using my experience to reach voters in all parts of the state.

The Democratic Party has seen renewed engagement in efforts to resist the Trump and Martinez-Sanchez Administrations’ reckless Republican agendas. Over the past few weeks, thousands of New Mexico Democrats gathered to reorganize on the county level and elected 17 new county party chairs. This year’s changes in leadership reflect an energized group of New Mexico Democrats who are ready to organize and stand up for all New Mexicans no matter where they live or their background.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/new-mexico-has-new-democratic-party-leadership-team/

Apr 17 2017

Ben Ray Lujan Fundraiser – April 22nd

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Apr 05 2017

Gov. Martinez Leaves State with More Than 200 Bills on Her Desk, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez Does Nothing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/05/2017
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505)750-2585

New Mexico – News broke that Governor Martinez spent the first part of this week in Tennessee while she has more than 200 bills on her desk and only until Friday to sign them. Meanwhile acting governor, Lt. Governor John Sanchez took no responsibility to sign legislation that would increase opportunities for New Mexicans across the state.

“Governor Martinez clearly does not respect our state — instead of doing her job, the Governor leaves the state in the hands of Lieutenant Governor Sanchez, who follows lock step in her reckless policy decisions,” said DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “Democrats passed bills that focus on job creation, improving education, creating opportunity for New Mexico businesses, and putting our state on better economic footing; these bills need attention before the deadline.”

While legislators were hard at work during the 60-day session this year, Governor Martinez was in Utah on a ski trip, instead of doing her job. And since then, the Governor has avoided doing her job, irresponsibly threatening to shutdown state government and furlough state employees who have families that rely on their income. Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez echoed Governor Martinez’s irresponsible stance instead of voicing support for budget that includes important revenues that mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services.

Martinez and Sanchez refuse to heed the warning that Moody’s analytics sent to other states when the Republican Kansas Governor vetoed important revenue increases and gave them a negative credit rating. A lower credit rating leads to a waste of taxpayer dollars by increasing the cost of important infrastructure projects that lead to economic development and opportunity.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/gov-martinez-leaves-state-with-more-than-200-bills-on-her-desk-lt-gov-john-sanchez-does-nothing/

Mar 24 2017

Governor Martinez’s Hiring Freeze Means CYFD, HSD & Other State Agencies Remain Understaffed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/23/2017
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 303-0748

Understaffing at agencies has led to a serious problems processing food assistance applications & children falling through the cracks at CYFD

New Mexico – Today, Governor Susana Martinez continued her raid against everyday New Mexicans by ordering a hiring freeze at state agencies, even though many agencies are already understaffed. Lack of staff at state agencies has led to serious problems processing food assistance applications, and children falling through the cracks when abuse is suspected.

“Under Governor Martinez’s watch, children are less safe, families have fewer economic opportunities, and our state is hanging on a fiscal cliff,” said DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “Governor Martinez’s hiring freeze means that Children Youth and Families Department, the Human Services Department, and other state agencies remain understaffed and unable to provide the services New Mexicans need.”

Democrats in the legislature sent a balanced budget to the Governor’s desk with important revenues that would mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services. Despite Democrats’ work to ensure New Mexico is on a better financial footing, Governor Martinez ended the legislative session by promising to shut down state government before the budget even arrived on her desk.

Moody’s analytics sent a strong message to other states when the Republican Kansas Governor vetoed important revenue increases, and gave them a negative credit rating. A lower credit rating leads to a waste of taxpayer dollars by increasing the cost of important infrastructure projects that lead to economic development and opportunity.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/governor-martinezs-hiring-freeze-means-cyfd-hsd-other-state-agencies-remain-understaffed/

Mar 22 2017

Governor Martinez Seeks Government Shutdown, Risks New Mexico’s Future


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/22/2017
Contact: Douglas Pacheco-Myers
Phone: (505) 303-0748

New Mexico – Governor Martinez ended the legislative session by promising to shutdown state government before the budget even arrived on her desk. Democrats in the legislature sent a balanced budget to the Governor’s desk Saturday with important revenues that would mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services.

“Governor Martinez shows an immense disrespect for our families, our traditions, our educators and our state as a whole when she threatens to shutdown the government. Democrats in the House and Senate, with bipartisan support, passed a balanced budget  and revenue package that would greatly benefit all New Mexicans,” said DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “The Governor shows that she’s more interested in playing political games and putting state employees out of work, than creating opportunity for New Mexico families.”

Under Governor Martinez’s lack of leadership New Mexico is on a fiscal cliff. Moody’s analytics sent a strong message to other states when the Republican Kansas Governor vetoed important revenue increases, and gave them a negative credit rating. Lower credit ratings leads to a waste of taxpayer dollars by increasing the cost of important infrastructure projects.

Over the 60 day session, the Governor vetoed vital legislation that would create jobs, invest in our kids, increase revenue, and she continues to threaten a Government shutdown at the risk of New Mexico’s future.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/governor-martinez-seeks-government-shutdown-risks-new-mexicos-future/

Feb 27 2017

Democrats Embrace New DNC Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/25/2016
Contact: Douglas Pacheco-Myers
Phone: (505) 303-0748

Albuquerque N.M – Today, Democrats from across the country elected Secretary Tom Perez as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In his first action as DNC Chair, Perez nominated Representative Keith Ellison to serve as Deputy Chair of the DNC.  Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement:

“We congratulate Secretary Tom Perez on his hard-fought victory and look forward to working together with him and Keith Ellison as the new leaders of the DNC. Under Perez’ leadership, the focus will be on winning elections on all levels. Throughout his life, Chairman Perez has fought for Americans’ civil rights, better wages, overtime pay and collective bargaining rights. His vision for the Party begins by growing from the grassroots and advocating in every zip code.

With the successes we had in New Mexico in the 2016 election, we are ready and willing to help Chairman Perez in the resistance of the Trump agenda, and ready to focus on building a stronger party for all New Mexicans and all Americans. With the leadership of Secretary Perez and Representative Ellison, Democrats will move forward united and together,” said Chairwoman Haaland.

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