Mar 24 2017

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

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.

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Mar 22 2017

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


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.

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Feb 27 2017

Democrats Embrace New DNC Leadership

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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Feb 10 2017


On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure.
We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

Each of us — every protester from every march, each… congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.

No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.

Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.

Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

It might just be enough to make him crack.

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Jan 05 2017

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. Visit the web site for updates

The guide can be downloaded here.

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Jan 04 2017

10 Ways Democrats Can Do More In 2017 (Excerpt)

Here is a great article by a New Mexican rising star!

Article by Danila Crespin Zidovsky on the The Huffington Post. Read the full article here.





Based on popular vote numbers, more than half of my fellow citizens are upset by the results of this election. Some of those people are incredulously hand wringing—-or worse—-withdrawing into their own little worlds. This year we must resolve to be more active citizens. Several friends and acquaintances, of various political affiliations, have asked me what they can do to get involved. Here are a few ideas.

1. Vote. Not just every four years. Vote at every opportunity. School board, county commission, city council, and bonds. Vote, vote, vote.

2. Volunteer. What is the issue that is most important to you? The environment, early childhood education, reproductive rights, homelessness? Choose an organization dedicated to your issue and volunteer with zeal.

3. Protest. It is your First Amendment right. Exercise it. Walking in a peaceful march sends a powerful message. It reminds us that we are not alone. We can do so much more when we are united.

4. Write and call your elected officials. Learn the names and contact information for your state and federal representatives and senators. Get into the habit of writing to them. When they consider legislation that you really care about, host a letter writing party. Call them when they are doing something right or wrong. Democratic senators will be working overtime and using procedural means to obstruct damaging legislation. Call them and say thanks. It will mean the world to both them and their staff. Believe me.

5. Be an obnoxious consumer of news, literature, and new ideas. If you don’t already subscribe to a newspaper, support a local publication. If you can afford it, subscribe to the New York Times or Washington Post. Read news from various and diverse outlets. The war on intellectualism is frightening. We cannot allow inaccurate “news” media and propaganda to have a legitimate voice in our society. Fight against it.

6. Do more than liking or sharing something on social media. This election has made me look at Facebook very differently. My newsfeed was a progressive utopia. Unfortunately, our filtered and edited newsfeeds are not the real world. We must learn how to have thoughtful discourse with those who disagree with us. This does not include sharing memes.

7. Talk to one another. Incessantly. Engage your friends and colleagues in conversation. Use your phone to invite a friend to coffee. Yes, your phone still makes calls. Talk. Connect. Even weep. Commit to doing something together and then keep one another accountable in 2017.

8. Stop saying you’re busy. Just stop. If your post-election efforts included merely expressing disbelief or despair on social media, channel that emotion. Help someone run for office. Volunteer at a local public library. Join the board of directors for a nonprofit you believe in. Take your kids to a ward meeting. You will meet incredible people. You will grow.

9. Run for office. If you are a Democrat and a woman, check to see if your state has a local Emerge chapter and apply. If not, contact your state or county party headquarters. Do it today.

10. Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can. Because I am still with her.
Mid-term elections are less than two years from today. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves. If you haven’t already, take a last moment to grieve, cry, and take care of yourself. But, then move on and commit to action.

Danila Crespin Zidovsky
is an early child education advocate and policy analyst. She’s taught children both in New Mexico and South Korea. She was an original member of then-Congressman Martin Heinrich’s staff, as well as a member of his senior staff during his successful reelection campaign in 2010, when only a handful of Democratic representatives won their races across the country. She was a fellow for the Hillary for America campaign. She received her MPA from the University of New Mexico

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Dec 22 2016

The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda by Robert Reich

This is a summary of the Agenda article. You can read the full article here –

Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]:

1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand.

2. March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way.

3. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands.

4. Letters to Editors: A national letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots Americans.

5. Op-Eds: A steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for their city’s or community’s newspaper.

6. Social media: What about a new YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s First 100 Day Agenda?

7. Website containing up-to-date daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and where, so others can join in.

8. Investigative journalism: We need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s appointees, in the White House, the Cabinet, Ambassadors and judges.

9. Lawsuits: Our version of “Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.”

10. Coordinated fund-raising: Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a coordinated fundraising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups.

11. Symbolic opposition: Safety pins are already appearing. What else? What more?

12. Intellectual opposition: Take Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas.

13. Serious accountability: Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign promises.

14. Your idea goes here. Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos.


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Dec 10 2016

Democratic Secretary of State-elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver Officially Sworn In after Running Campaign on Transparency, Fair Elections

Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – Today, Democratic Secretary of State-elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver was officially sworn in Santa Fe. Maggie Toulouse Oliver ran her campaign on government transparency and fair elections.

“We are ecstatic that Maggie Toulouse Oliver took the oath of office today,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Not only has she successfully run elections in Bernalillo County, she also has the integrity to build trust in government on a statewide level. The Democratic Party of New Mexico congratulates Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and we are proud to call her New Mexico’s Secretary of State.”

The 2016 Secretary of State race was a result of former Republican Secretary of State Diana Duran’s resignation. Maggie Toulouse Oliver defeated Republican Nora Espinoza 56 percent to 44 percent and received the most votes of any candidate running a statewide election.

During this election, New Mexico voters affirmed that in New Mexico we value inclusive Democratic policies that seek to lift all New Mexicans up rather than tear each other down. Toulouse Oliver’s election is an example of New Mexico’s direct rejection of Republicans’ extreme agenda.

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Dec 07 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico React to Release of 2015 PISA Report United States Remains in Middle Rankings Among Peer Countries

Contact: John Dyrcz
December 6, 2016

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

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was released today and describes the performance of 15-year-old students across a variety of countries.

“This year’s report, while focused heavily on science proficiency, revealed among the 35 participating countries, the United States performed average in science and reading, but performed below average in mathematics. The study found one in five students in the United States are low performers in science-related fields.

“Additionally – and of great concern to education professionals in New Mexico – is the fact that economically disadvantaged students are 2.5 times more likely to be low performers than advantaged students, and underscores the need for equity in our schools. New Mexico lawmakers should focus on implementing community schools with wrap-around services including access to early childhood education, healthcare, and other needed initiatives as a method of promoting equity for our students. Community schools are recognized under new bi-partisan federal regulations as a turnaround model for struggling schools, and additional federal regulations seek to provide increased local control, and hold charter schools more accountable in the pursuit of educational equity.

“Equity for schools of greater need does not have to come at the expense of high performance across all schools in New Mexico, and this year’s PISA report is timely due to potential changes to the federal Department of Education under Education Secretary-designee Betsy DeVos. With public school systems outperforming private and charter schools, Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera should proactively advocate protecting Title I funding in New Mexico and work to ensure public schools are protected for future generations of New Mexico’s students.”

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Oct 31 2016

Trump Delivers Dangerous, Divisive Speech in Albuquerque

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Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Chairwoman Debra Haaland  released the following statement after Donald Trump delivered a divisive speech in Albuquerque tonight:

“What we heard from Donald Trump tonight is no different than the reckless message he’s been pushing his entire campaign. The fact that the Republican Party of New Mexico, Steve Pearce, and Nora Espinoza embrace Donald Trump only speaks to their complete disregard for women, Hispanic communities, veterans, immigrants, and our economy. Republicans are desperate and all they have to show for their work is a visit from a candidate who has divided our country and pushes the extreme Republican agenda.

“Hillary Clinton has served New Mexico for years, through her work for children and families, as First Lady; and her commitment to keep our country safe as Secretary of State. New Mexico knows she will continue that effort and build an economy that works for everyone, so New Mexicans have opportunities to get and stay ahead.

“Early voting numbers show that New Mexicans aren’t buying Donald Trump’s dangerous and divisive rhetoric. The Republican vision for our state and our country couldn’t be more different than Democrats’ vision, and Trump’s desperate attempt to shore up support in New Mexico won’t work. Democrats will work everyday to ensure Hillary’s message resonates in our state and we’ll ensure that our voters cast their ballots for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.”

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