Doña Ana County Democrats Labor Day Breakfast

PLEASE JOIN LIZ RODRIGUEZ-JOHNSON, CHAIR, AND THE DOÑA ANA COUNTY DEMOCRATS AT OUR ANNUAL LABOR DAY BREAKFAST As we commemorate the AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT BY HONORING THE INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 480 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, 9:00AM AT THE NEW MEXICO FARM & RANCH HERITAGE MUSEUM 4100 DRIPPING SPRINGS ROAD, LAS CRUCES, NM KEYNOTE […]

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New Mexico Democrats Elect New Leadership Team

The Democratic Party of New Mexico has elected its’ leadership team for 2015-2017. Debra Haaland was elected Democratic Party of New Mexico State Chair. Juan Sanchez was elected State Vice Chair. Haaland was elected by a strong majority at the DPNM State Central Committee (SCC) meeting held in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 25. Also elected […]

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Doña Ana County Democrats Elect Their 2015-2017 Leadership Team

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County has elected its’ leadership team for 2015-2017 Liz Rodriguez-Johnson has been elected Doña Ana County Democratic Party Chair Julian Alexander has been elected Doña Ana County Democratic Party Vice Chair District 33 Director – Mary Helen Ratje District 34 Director – Virginia Gomez District 35 Director – Eugene Alvarez District […]

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NM House Democrats Initiate Process to Impeach Secretary of State

Today the Democratic Caucus of the New Mexico House of Representatives initiated the process to determine when and how to bring articles of impeachment against the Secretary of State Dianna Duran. House Democrats reached out to House Republicans as the first step in the impeachment process that can only begin in the House of Representatives.

“The Attorney General’s criminal complaint and supporting information against the Secretary of State are deeply disturbing and incredibly serious,” said House Democratic Leader, Representative Brian Egolf. “The House Democratic Caucus has initiated the process to begin possible consideration of articles of impeachment– which can only begin in the House of Representatives. Beginning today, we are reaching out to our Republican colleagues in the House to find a way forward that is strictly non-partisan, in keeping with the traditions of the House. While we hope that Secretary Duran will choose to leave office, we in the House must be prepared to proceed in the event she does not.”

“The Secretary of State is charged with protecting the rights of voters, upholding our campaign finance laws, and enforcing our state’s ethics laws. These are some of the most important functions of our government,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair, Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero. “New Mexicans must have trust in the chief administrator of these laws. For the sake of transparency and accountability in government we call on Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Governor Martinez to immediately appoint a qualified official to oversee these functions. Our government must be transparent and must have the trust of the public. New Mexicans deserve to have complete faith in the person that is responsible for protecting voting rights and enforcing ethics.”

House Democrats have asked that House Republicans join them in discussions regarding the potential consideration of articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Impeachment discussions will begin today with House Leadership.

Democrats Appalled by SOS Allegations

Vow to hold GOP accountable for War on Good Government

Statement from Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, Deb Haaland:

“All of us at the DPNM were shocked and saddened by the news of the announcement of a multi-count criminal indictment against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran. I applaud Attorney General Hector Balderas for taking a completely transparent and honest approach to the difficult task of filing extremely serious charges against a fellow statewide official and longtime ally of Governor Martinez. These allegations are extremely concerning for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Secretary Duran was entrusted with the duty of enforcing the very campaign finance laws which it appears she so brazenly broke. AG Balderas did the right thing for the people of New Mexico.

“Unfortunately this case is only the latest in a series of charges and allegations that reflect a Republican war on good government in New Mexico. The ongoing scandal in the Department of Education relative to the Albuquerque Public School District and charges of ethical violations in the Department of Taxation and Revenue are reminders why the DPNM will fight hard to retake control of the state house and retain control of the state senate in the 2016 election.

“As Democrats we will fight to end the callous disregard for the high standards of personal conduct expected of our elected officials by sending people to Santa Fe that put New Mexico first, not their own personal or political agenda.”

Weekly Address: Meeting the Global Threat of Climate Change

In this week’s address, the President spoke about his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century. In his address, the President spoke to ways in which we can address these challenges, including the transition away from fossil fuels to more renewable energy sources like wind and solar, an effort in which America is already leading. And he stressed that while our economy still has to rely on oil and gas during that transition, we should rely more on domestic production than importing from foreign counties who do not have the same environmental or safety standards as the United States. The President looked forward to his upcoming trip, and promised that while he is in office, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

BREAKING: AG Charges NM Secretary of State Duran With Converting Campaign Funds to Personal Use

From the Albuquerque Journal:

The office of Attorney General Hector Balderas today filed a 64-count criminal complaint against Secretary of State Dianna Duran in state district court.

The complaint alleges fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, tampering with public records and other crimes. It says Duran converted campaign contributions to her own use.

According to the complaint, the investigation started with a tip about Duran’s personal bank account, where numerous cash deposits were made.

It says money was shifted between her personal and campaign accounts, behavior that “often culminates in large debits for cash expenditures occurring at casinos” throughout the state.
http://www.abqjournal.com/635916/news/ag-charges-secretary-of-state-duran-with-converting-campaign-funds-to-personal-use.html

Senators Udall, Heinrich Press Senate Leadership to Begin Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

Senate Democrats urge Leader McConnell to avoid unnecessary
budget crisis this fall

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have joined the full Senate Democratic Caucus to urge Senate Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent another budget crisis when the current fiscal year ends this fall. The call was made in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed by all 46 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

In the letter, Udall and Heinrich stressed their deep concern that, with less than two months left in the fiscal year, Leader McConnell has yet to schedule bipartisan negotiations to ensure a budget agreement is reached that keeps the federal government open and ends devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

“New Mexicans can’t afford 11th-hour bargaining and political games that threaten jobs and our economy,” said Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. “Republicans and Democrats need to come together and negotiate a responsible budget that ends devastating across-the-board sequester cuts and helps boost New Mexico’s economy. Federal employees at our state’s national labs and military bases, seniors who count on their Social Security checks and families planning trips to our national parks all deserve certainty that the government will stay open this fall.”

“We can’t go back to limping from one self-made crisis to another. That’s no way to govern, and that’s not what New Mexicans expect from their government,” Heinrich said. “Republicans and Democrats must work together on a reasonable long-term plan to get our federal finances in order and avoid across-the-board sequester cuts that threaten our economy and middle class. We need a budget agreement that will support vital services for New Mexico children and seniors, our men and women in uniform, and our national laboratories. I will work with my colleagues to pass a budget that supports families and gives businesses the certainty they need to spend and invest in ways that will boost the economy and create jobs.”

Senate Democrats have asked Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations for months, yet the requests have been met with a lack of interest in addressing this serious issue.

The full text of the letter is available HERE

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County is proud to join in the observance Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26th,1920 when votes to women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution, with the certification of the19th Amendment. This day marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.

womens-suffrageToday honors the efforts of women in American throughout American history—across years and across cultures—to achieve full legal equality with men. We honor the historic and central role of women to the nation, to the state of New Mexico, and to our local communities. In celebrating Women’s Equality Day we also join in celebrating the diversity of leadership that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world.

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress To Pass a Responsible Budget

In this week’s address, the President spoke to the economic progress that our country has made over the past few years, from over 13 million new jobs over the past five and a half years, to 17 states raising the minimum wage.

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric Inspires Criminal Assault Against Homeless Latino; Trump Refuses to Condemn the Hate Crime He Inspired

In a statement issued today LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. responded to the Trump-inspired attack on a Latino homeless man in Boston, Massachusetts.

“A Latino homeless man in Boston, Massachusetts was brutally beaten simply because he is Latino. The victim, who suffered a broken nose and bruises on his head and torso, was also urinated on. According to police reports, the perpetrators were ‘inspired in part’ by Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“‘Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric has resulted in the senseless beating of a homeless man solely because he is Latino,’ said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. ‘This recent act demonstrates Trump’s complete disregard for the safety and well-being of the Latino community and underlines that he is not fit to serve in any elected office let alone as President of the United States. It is obvious that Trump’s vision of making America great does not include Latinos.'”

“When Trump was provided an opportunity to condemn the crime, he instead redoubled his stance against the Latino community. Trump responded by condoning the actions, citing his followers as ‘passionate.’

“Recently, hate crimes against Latinos have risen. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, anti-Latino crimes rose by 35 percent between 2003 and 2006. In addition, a 2013 FBI Hate Crime Statistics report found that 52.6 percent of 821 Latino victims were targeted because of anti-Hispanic or anti-Latino bias.”

The League if United American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States.

An Update from Doña Ana County County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson

Dear Fellow Doña Ana County Democrats:

It’s been a busy summer, so I wanted to give you an update on what has been happening. As you’ve probably heard me state on numerous occasions, the focus of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County (DPDAC) is to get-out-the- vote for 2016. Our District Directors are working very hard to populate all of their empty Precinct Officer positions and to organize the communities within their Districts. As your County Chair I have been reaching out to numerous community organizations who can help us find Democratic volunteers. Activities that the DPDAC has undertaken this summer are described in the following paragraphs.

Doña Ana County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson and Vice Chair Julian Alexander

Doña Ana County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson and Vice Chair Julian Alexander

Our Health & Education committee booths were very well received at the 2015 Pride Festival. Thank you to Oscar Vasquez Butler & his crew for setup/clean-up. Thank you to Joanne Vullo and David Chavez for their coordinating/staffing efforts, and to Dr. Don Apodaca, Allison Apodaca, Becky King, Julian Alexander, Stephen Jones & Leslie Fritz for staffing the booths.

Our J. Paul Taylor event early this summer was well attended. J. Paul Taylor thanks you for your continued support. Don Kurtz from the Progressive Voters Alliance was our keynote speaker. Don gave an inspiring speech about getting involved. Thank you to all who attended.

The Electric Light Parade float was amazing, In fact, we are still receiving many compliments. Thank you to the Float Masters a/k/a Andy and Evelyn Segovia, Paul and Lydia Ponce, Dr. Don Apodoca, Allyson Apodoca, Scott Krahling, Don Kurtz, Ann Gutierrez, Delilah Eakman, John & Pat Aguirre, Joanne Vullo & David Chavez. Well done!

We have started a new Young Democrats committee organization headed by Chris Schialjo. This committee will lead of efforts at recruiting young people to the Party. In other words, we will be training our replacements, and ensuring the Democratic Party remains a strong force in our County. Chris is also the blogger for this committee. Here is the link to his blog: www.theyoungdemocrat.com

Our next monthly meeting will be held in Chaparral on Thursday, August 20th at 6:00PM at the Betty McKnight Community Center, 190 South County Line Drive, Chaparral, NM 88081

Our next fundraiser is our Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 7th at 9:00AM at the Farm & Ranch Museum. It is our 15th breakfast! Tickets are $50/person or $500/table. (Please click the link to the order form here). Our keynote speaker this year is Brian Egolf, Democratic House Leader. This year, we will be honoring International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 480.

The fall Democratic Party of New Mexico State Central Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Cruces, NM

Hope to see you at one or all of these events!

Liz Rodríguez-Johnson
DPDAC Chair

Senators Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $500,000 for NM Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the State of New Mexico will receive $500,138 through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. LWCF funds are a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban and rural parks and open spaces that provide recreation opportunities, enhance communities and create jobs, but the program will expire in September unless Congress takes action. Udall and Heinrich have introduced legislation (S. 890) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“I’m proud to announce these funds, which highlight how urgent it is that Congress act to ensure this program is around for generations to come,” Udall said. “From urban parks like Valle de Oro and Petroglyph National Monument to the wild backcountry of the Valles Caldera, the LWCF has had a powerful impact in New Mexico communities, providing resources to conserve special outdoor spaces that enhance tourism and enrich our quality of life. LWCF is an investment that pays dividends – for every $1, we see a return of $4 to local communities. We need to allow the LWCF to reach its full potential by permanently reauthorizing it and guaranteeing full funding.”

“You don’t have to look hard in New Mexico to see LWCF’s impact. This vital conservation program has helped protect some of our most treasured public lands and helped create many community parks across the state,” Heinrich said. “These are special places that families go back to year after year to camp, hunt, fish, hike, and play sports. They also support thousands of jobs in the state’s outdoor recreation industry. We must act now to permanently reauthorize and fully fund LWCF so that future generations can enjoy our recreational public lands.”

Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1965 to ensure access to recreational resources for present and future generations and to provide state and local governments with money to conserve open spaces for the benefit of all Americans.

Since the fund’s inception, more than $4 billion has been made available for state and local governments to fund over 40,000 projects across the nation. A recent analysis of the fund found that every $1 invested in land acquisition generated a $4 return on the investment for communities. Funding for the program is generated through reinvested revenue from offshore oil and gas leases. Congress has appropriated funding for the program at the full authorized level of $900 million only once in the past 50 years.

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