Allen Weh Joins Defeated GOP Nominee Mitt Romney At Lavish Fundraiser

Out of touch millionaires Weh and Romney welcome big donors to $2600+ per couple event

2012 defeated, multi-millionaire GOP nominee Mitt Romney jetted into Albuquerque yesterday and was joined by Allen Weh at a posh, expensive gathering for GOP mega donors. Like Mitt Romney, Allen Weh has no clue or understanding about the needs of working class New Mexicans.  Both believe that extreme wealth entitles you to put down and denigrate anyone not at your income level.

Weh Out of Touch! (Please click on the link and take a look at this revealing video)

More money, more tax breaks for the rich and powerful and zero jobs for New Mexicansthat’s the priority for Allen Weh and New Mexico state Republicans.

Mitt Romney:  All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

Allen Weh:  “No minimum wage below the age of 26.  ….So what if they make $4 an hour?  So what?…”
Mitt Romney and Allen Weh.  Same person, same ideas and same results that never work and that voters say no to over and over again.

New Mexico Democrats are building a better future.

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Senators Udall and Heinrich Announce Nearly $17 Million to Improve Rural Water Systems in New Mexico

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced nearly $17 million in federal funding to improve three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding comes in the form of nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low cost loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The projects will benefit three New Mexico communities: the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Doña Ana County, and the city of Truth or Consequences.

“These rural water investments are essential to the health, well-being, and development of communities in Sierra, Eddy, and Doña Ana counties,” Udall said. “These projects not only provide clean water to rural families, but also help keep rates down and create jobs in New Mexico. I am proud to fight for rural development funding as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and I’ll continue to work to ensure the federal government invests in clean water systems for rural New Mexico.”

“These federal investments will improve southern New Mexico’s rural water and wastewater systems, particularly in Eddy, Sierra, and Doña Ana Counties,” Heinrich said. “Access to clean drinking water and safe sewer systems are essential to public health and wellness and help boost economic development. These funds are also critical to sustaining New Mexico’s basic infrastructure.”

The city of Truth or Consequences will receive $4,492,000 in rural development funds to improve the city’s aging wastewater treatment plant. The proposed improvements covered by this funding include electrical upgrades to improve the overall operation of the plant, a disinfection system upgrade to utilize ultra violet technology, a new sludge handling system to replace the existing vacuum drying bed system, aerators for the oxidation pond, as well as general site condition improvements and safety upgrades. The funding consists of $910,000 in low cost loans and $3,582,000 in grants.

The Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County will receive $4,274,100 in rural development funds to remove and replace a water tank, replace existing water lines and add new lines to loop dead end lines. The proposed improvements covered by this funding will allow for increased systemic operability of the distribution system and will allow for future growth, with 26 new users connected to the system as a result of the project. The funding consists of $649,000 in low cost loans and $3,625,100 in grants.

The Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Doña Ana County will receive $8,027,800 in rural development funds to construct a gravity and pressurized sewer system to address the most immediate needs of the service area. This project will extend sewer service to underserved areas in Mesquite and to the unserved unincorporated community of Brazito. As part of the project, 490 new users will be connected to the system. Currently, the majority of those potential new users have conventional on-site septic and leach-field systems, which are potential sources of groundwater contamination. The funding consists of $357,000 in low cost loans and $7,670,800 in grants.

From 2009 to 2013, the USDA invested more than $166 million to support efficient water supply, treatment and storage facilities, and wastewater treatment systems in New Mexico. That investment has improved the health of thousands of rural New Mexicans who now have access to clean water and reliable sanitation. The USDA’s Rural Development funding was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which Udall and Heinrich both championed in the Senate.

Thoughts from Sam

Election Day 2014 is less than 2 weeks away. The contrast between the two parties is crystal clear. Democrats support the full inclusion of all, believing that we do better when all have a place at the table. Better jobs, education and health care are only possible when all women and men are included and involved in the outcome and results.

Democratic Party of New Mexico State Chair Sam Bregman. Photo: Stephen Jones, Democratic Party of Doña Ana County

Democratic Party of New Mexico State Chair Sam Bregman. Photo: Stephen Jones, Democratic Party of Doña Ana County

Democrats:

  • support equal pay
  • will work to enact laws to ban sexual harassment in all workplaces
  • support continued affordable health care for all women and families
  • will push to prohibit employers from family status discrimination—denying work or promotions to employees because they have children
  • protect a woman’s freedom of choice in New Mexico

Republicans:

  • oppose equal pay
  • support anti-choice legislation anywhere and anytime
  • back Personhood amendment (Life Begins at Conception Act) that would ban common forms of birth control
  • oppose increasing the minimum wage
  • seek to overturn affordable health care hurting children and families
  • oppose anything that would help and benefit working families

Two NM Republicans:

Rep. Cathrynn Brown’s main accomplishment was to introduce a bill that charges a rape victim that ended her pregnancy with a 3rddegree felony for “tampering with evidence.” 3rd degree felonies carry a sentence of up to three years in prison. Then she tried to explain it was all a mistake.

Rep. Paul Pacheco voted against increasing the minimum wage, against an expansion in education funding and against any other issue that his constituents support.

Why would anyone vote for Republicans?

Fact is: they won’t. New Mexico voters, given the choice and provided the information, will consistently support and vote for Democratic candidates because of our common sense ideas and vision for the future.

Your contribution of $10, $25 or even $100 right now will send a strong message to the GOP that we will fight and stand up for women and families in New Mexico, even if they won’t.

New Mexicans believe in diversity, tolerance and compassion. That’s what Democrats believe too.

The choice is clear. If you share these views and want to build a better future for New Mexico and your kids, vote Democratic, from the bottom to the top on November 4th.

Building the future never stops.

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Sam Bregman is State Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico

2012 Defeated GOP Nominee Mitt Romney in ABQ Thursday—Governor Martinez Needs More Money

Disgruntled GOP candidates Weh and Conrad James will join Governor at ‘meet and greet’ staged event

2012 defeated GOP nominee Mitt Romney jets into Albuquerque tomorrow to help Governor Martinez raise even moremoney for her next political office. Like Mitt Romney, Governor Martinez continues to show her contempt for poor and middle class New Mexicans by failing to create jobs, failing to solve the education crisis she promised to fix and now using Mr. Romney to solicit contributors at $2600+ per couple.

More money, more tax breaks for the rich and powerful and zero jobs for New Mexicans–that’s priority one for this Governor and New Mexico state Republicans.

Mitt Romney: “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

Allen Weh: “No minimum wage below the age of 26. ….So what if they make $4 an hour? So what?…”

Conrad James: Former Rep. James follows the standard GOP playbook that pushes working class men and women under a bus while always protecting the privileged few. James supports a plan that would make working New Mexico families pay more for gas and groceries while cutting taxes on the wealthy. Then he votes against protecting classroom spending, resulting in local districts increasing class sizes and a loss of 3,400 local education jobs across the state.

Meanwhile, today in 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

Mitt Romney, Allen Weh and Conrad James. No plan, vision or idea to help working men and women and no interest or intention to do so.

Ever.

Senator Udall to Tour Southern New Mexico to Talk About Key Issues Facing Voters This Campaign

Udall to discuss his work to continue standing up for NM by helping create jobs, supporting middle-class families and veterans in visit Socorro, Grant, Luna, Doña Ana, Chaves and Eddy counties

On Sunday, October 19, Tom Udall will begin a four-day tour of Southern New Mexico early next week, talking about his record of standing up to do what’s right for New Mexico families. Events will discuss Udall’s work to support job creation and economic development in Southern New Mexico, as well as his support for early child care and veterans. He will also rally with supporters and encourage Southern New Mexico voters to join tens of thousands of others across the state participating in early voting.

Among the issues Udall will discuss include the need to continue investments in the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. On Monday, he will visit OMEGA Trucking, a business in Sunland Park that has grown as a result of the port expansion. Udall will meet with business leaders to talk about his work to push for funding for roads and other transportation needs around the port.

On Tuesday, Udall will visit Sapphire Energy’s Research and Development facility in Las Cruces to talk about New Mexico’s leadership in energy development and the importance of continuing to invest in energy research to create jobs.

Weekly Address: What You Need To Know About Ebola

In this week’s address, the President discussed what the United States is doing to respond to Ebola, both here at home and abroad, and the key facts Americans need to know. There is no country better prepared to confront the challenge Ebola poses than the U.S. and although even one case here at home is too many, the country is not facing an outbreak of the disease. Our medical professionals tell us Ebola is difficult to catch, and is only transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is showing symptoms.

The President made clear that he and his entire Administration will continue to do everything possible to prevent further transmission of the disease domestically, and to contain and end the Ebola epidemic at its source in West Africa.

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

Senator Udall’s New Campaign Ad Highlights Udall’s Work to Keep Social Security and Medicare Strong

Allen Weh backs a plan that would cut Social Security and Medicare to give tax breaks to millionaires and CEOs like himself 

The Udall campaign’s newest ad introduces Bruce Barnaby, a local Korean War veteran, discussing why he is supporting Senator Tom Udall over Allen Weh. Udall is working to protect Social Security and Medicare, Barnaby says, while Weh supports cuts to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and CEOs.

“My Korean War buddies and I appreciate this young fella, Tom Udall, for protecting Social Security and Medicare. Allen Weh would cut Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself,” Barnaby says in the ad.

Then, standing with other veterans looking at an old fighter plane, he continues: “You can guess that doesn’t fly around here.”

Udall Campaign Manager Daniel Sena added: “Tom Udall knows that we made a solemn promise to ensure Social Security and Medicare will be there for our seniors, who paid into those programs their whole working lives. He has been working to protect Social Security and Medicare, and he’ll stand up to anyone to keep those programs strong for today’s seniors and the generations after them.

“Allen Weh supports a flat tax and a budget strategy that experts say would ‘throw the country into a recession’ and double costs to seniors while forcing deep cuts that would ‘end Medicare as we know it.’ Bruce Barnaby puts it well: that doesn’t fly in New Mexico. Allen Weh is just way wrong for New Mexico seniors and families.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Senator Tom Udall is on the air with a new radio ad

Senator Tom Udall is on the air with a new radio ad.

 

Click to hear it here.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich to Visit Mountainview Market in Las Cruces

Call for National Minimum Wage Increase

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will visit the Mountainview Market in Las Cruces on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about the growing income inequality in America and the importance of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers.

“Tackling income inequality will strengthen New Mexico families,” said Sen. Heinrich. “I’m glad to see Las Cruces taking the initiative on raising the minimum wage. It’s time to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for all workers across the country.”

During his visit to Mountainview Market, which pays their employees above the current minimum wage, Senator Heinrich will be joined by local business owners and workers, along with NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé), a local multi-faith, multi-cultural organization dedicated to improving quality of life in Southern New Mexico, including raising the minimum wage in Las Cruces.

Senator Heinrich is a co-sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years and index future increases to inflation. It would help lift families out of poverty, reduce reliance on safety net programs, and give more than 27 million working Americans a raise.

More than 147,000 New Mexicans would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10, and 43,000 more earners would see their pay increase as overall wages improve, dramatically increasing economic opportunities for hardworking people, including 87,000 parents. Nearly 2 out of 3 low-wage earners are women and over half, 55% or roughly 83,000 women, will benefit from improved wages. Moreover raising the minimum wage in New Mexico would put roughly $201 million dollars in people’s pockets to spend in the local economy. In Las Cruces, improved wages would boost the pay of 18,000 workers whose lives will improve by the city’s new law to raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017, including increased tipped wages.

Weekly Address: America Is a Place Where Hard Work Should Be Rewarded

In this week’s address, the President made the case for why it’s past time to raise the minimum wage. Increasing the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would benefit 28 million Americans, and make our economy stronger. While Republicans in Congress have blocked this commonsense proposal, a large and growing coalition of state and local leaders and owners of businesses large and small have answered the President’s call and raised wages for their residents and employees.

This progress is important, but there is more that can be done. No American who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. That’s why the President will continue to push Congress to take action and give America its well-deserved raise.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Los Trabajadores Merecen un Aumento del Salario Mínimo

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario del Trabajo Thomas Pérez habló sobre por qué es hora de dar un aumento al salario mínimo. El aumento del salario mínimo federal a $10.10 por hora beneficiaría a 28 millones de trabajadores que viven en Estados Unidos, y fortalecería a nuestra economía. Mientras que los Republicanos en el Congreso han bloqueado esta propuesta de sentido común, una coalición grande y creciente de líderes y dueños de negocios grandes y pequeños han respondido al llamado del Presidente y han aumentado los salarios para sus residentes y empleados estatales y locales. Este avance es importante, pero hay más que se puede hacer. Ningún trabajador que trabaja a tiempo completo debe tener que criar una familia en la pobreza. Es por eso que el Presidente seguirá presionando al Congreso a tomar medidas y a dar Estados Unidos su aumento bien merecido.

English/Inglís: Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

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