Jun 08 2017

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First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

New DNC logo-thumb-452x148-33275News From Sandoval County Democrats

First Friday Luncheon on June 2, 2017

Representative Daymon Ely,  District 23
, reported on the special Legislative session, called because the governor vetoed the funding for all higher education. Only one Republican legislator voted to override her veto so that attempt was not successful.  We need a veto-proof house, senate and governor who will work with all parties.  The final budget does not have sufficient reserves and  may impact the bond rating.

Representative Derrick Lente, District 65 reminded everyone of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, election one June 6, 7:00am to 7:00pm.  He is running for re-election to the Board.  If your tax bill has MRGCD on it you are eligible to vote in the election.

Laura Montoya, County Treasurer announced that the change in investment policy was taken off the agenda.  It is important to pay attention to the Assessor’s race.  It is too bad that the on-line shopping tax was not enacted as it    levels the playing field for local businesses.  Folks who are opposed to the oil & gas ordinance should talk to their respective elected officials and get Native American leaders involved in the effort.

Stephanie Ly, President of the Teacher’s Federation of New Mexico (TFNM—nm-aft.org) was the guest speaker.  She is an enthusiastic advocate for teachers and reminded us there are still folks in the schools who earn only $14,000 a year and are eligible for food stamps. She discussed ways the Sandoval County Dems could support students and teachers by conducting a school supply drive for the start of school in August.  To find out about news and actions to support teachers, go to the web site, above and sign up!  TFNM wants to continue working with Democrats to support teachers.

Fred Harris,  fondly referred to as the Sandoval County Democrats’ Chief of Stuff announced the June 24, Keep Sandoval Blue fundraiser in Corrales at 472 Priestley Road.  Hosts and sponsors are still needed.  Please RSVP and attend this fun event with Texas Populist Jim Hightower as guest speaker backed up by New Mexico elected officials including Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham will attend.  We’ll have food, drink and great conversation.

Alexis Jimenez announced that Moms Demand Action event will be at Harwood Art Center on Saturday June 3 at 6:00 pm.

Ryan Parra, Rio Rancho School Board member requested financial support to teach at the United Nations Golden Leadership event in New York in August.

Theresa Trujeque announced that the  June 3, Federation of Democratic Women event at UNM West is sold out.  Thanks to all volunteers.

Benton Howell, discussed the proposed Oil & gas ordinance being considered by the Sandoval County Commission.  He asked people to attend the County Commission meetings to show support on the  1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6:00pm.  Comments can be made at the beginning of the meeting even if the item is not on the agenda.  You can also email and call your respective commissioners.

Meeting participants recommended Sandoval County adopt a policy to slow climate change.

The need to research politicians’ campaign contributors was also raised and some folks volunteered to start this work.

Upcoming events include:

the Keep Sandoval Blue spectacular on June 24 from 5 to 7 pm at 472 Priestley Road in Corrales.

Fourth of July Parades in Corrales, Rio Rancho and Placitas – wave the flag!

There is NO First Friday luncheon in July.

The next First Friday meeting is August 4, 2017 at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1.

Rally to Protect our Health Care

There is a statewide rally happening between 10 AM and 11 AM on Saturday, June 17. For Sandoval County, this Rally will be happening in Rio Rancho at the corner of the Highway 528 and High Resort in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Urgent Care Center.

We are joining with Indivisible and PDA to Rally to Protect our health care. Bring signs and stories about how the ACA works for you and your family. Spend an hour, be visible and get the word out. Senators are meeting in secret, don’t plan to have any hearings or public release of their Trumpcare legislation which they may release this week. We need to let people know and this rally is a way to do it. I hope to see you Saturday!

Marg Elliston

472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048

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