First Debate Makes it Clear: Udall Standing Up to do What’s Right for New Mexico

Senator Tom Udall’s campaign manager Daniel Sena issued the following statement on last night’s New Mexico Public Broadcasting debate, which was carried on all public television and radio stations throughout New Mexico:

“Tom Udall made it clear that he will continue to stand up to anyone to do what’s right for New Mexico. Tonight’s debate highlighted Tom’s work to protect New Mexico’s military bases and national labs, fight for equal pay for women, raise the minimum wage, and protect Social Security and Medicare.

“Tom Udall works every day to do what’s right for New Mexico. Meanwhile Allen Weh reinforced that all he stands for is looking out for millionaires and CEOs like himself. Allen Weh demonstrated a lack of specifics on major policies – and even basic knowledge about New Mexico families.

“Allen Weh had no answer for New Mexico families facing real challenges. Whether it’s a tax policy that would slash funding for New Mexico’s military bases and national labs and cut the legs out from under Social Security and Medicare – or issues critical to New Mexico families, like improving child wellbeing, or ensuring drought-stricken New Mexico communities have reliable access to water, Allen Weh is way wrong from New Mexico.”

FACT CHECK

FACT CHECK 1: TOM UDALL RECAPPED HIS RECORD OF DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR NEW MEXICO

Throughout the debate, Tom Udall reminded voters about his record of always standing up for what’s right for New Mexico. Meanwhile Allen Weh had nothing to offer but talking points about Washington and Obama, Tom Udall presented his strong record on the issues important to New Mexico.

Udall Fought Back Against Members Of His Own Party Trying To Cut Funding For New Mexico’s National Labs. California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein tried to cut spending on B61 life extension project at New Mexico’s national labs. According to the Albuquerque Journal: “Udall Clashed With Fellow Appropriations Committee Members Who Aimed To Slash Funding…” Udall was successful, and the labs got “big budget boosts” in the 2014 appropriations bill, including B61 bomb life extension work. [Albuquerque Journal, 10/30/2013 and 1/15/2014]

Udall Worked Across The Aisle To Save Cannon Air Force Base, Protecting Thousands Of Jobs. In 2005, when Clovis’ Cannon Air Force base was on the chopping block, Tom Udall worked together with local Democrats and Republicans to meet with BRAC officials and change their minds about Cannon Air Force Base. Udall was successful, and Cannon Air Force base was realigned as a special operations training base, saving 5,700 jobs. [Associated Press, 6/20/2006 and 7/20/2005]

Over The Objections Of The Administration, Tom Udall Passed Legislation To Help Track Veterans Exposed To Toxic Chemicals In Iraq And Afghanistan And Work Toward A Cure.  Tom Udall met with Master Sergeant Jesse Baca, an Iraq veteran who was dying from exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq. Despite opposition from the Veterans Administration, Tom Udall pushed forward with legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes in Iraq and Afghanistan. [112th Congress, S. 1798; NBC News 7/8/2014; Associated Press, 1/26/2013; Albuquerque Journal, 1/11/2013]

Udall Worked To Bring Water To Northwestern New Mexico. Many residents of the Navajo nation have to truck in tanks of water for everyday use in chapters like Whitehorse Lake. Tom Udall introduced a bill that was wrapped into an omnibus public lands bill that authorized funding for the construction of the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline. Now rural New Mexicans in the region are already starting to see running water flowing to their homes thanks to this project [Albuquerque Journal, 1/5/2014; Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/26/2009;110th Congress, H.R. 1970]

Tom Udall Fought Back Against The Administration When It Tried To Withhold $26 Million In Oil & Gas Money From New Mexico. Under the sequestration cuts imposed by the Tea Party, the Obama administration began to withhold payments to the states for their portions of mineral royalties collected from oil and gas activity in each state. Tom Udall said, “These dollars should be off-limits to federal meddling,” and introduced legislation to force the federal government to give the money back to the states. Eventually the administration conceded and returned $26 million in mineral royalty payments to New Mexico. [Capitol Report New Mexico, 5/9/2013; Albuquerque Journal, 8/26/2013]

FACT CHECK 2: ALLEN WEH REMINDED VOTERS THAT HE’S ALL TALKING POINTS, NO SOLUTIONS

Starting with his opening remarks and continuing throughout the debate Allen Weh failed to show a clear grasp of the issues facing New Mexicans. On health care, Weh stuck to tired Tea Party talking points bashing the Affordable Care Act. While Tom Udall cited legislation he was working to fix the law, Weh still refused to offer any real solutions. Later, in a discussion on the Ute water pipeline, Udall talked about the work he is doing to solve real world issues. Weh had nothing to add other than that he agrees with Udall. Apparently he hasn’t learned anything since he started this race in February not even knowing what the Ute pipeline was.

In March, When Was Asked Specifically About Healthcare Solutions He Had Nothing To Offer. The Alamogordo Daily News wrote a summary of a visit by Senate candidate Allen Weh in March of 2014. According to the Daily News, “When asked if he had a solution for healthcare reform Weh replied, ‘Do I have a solution for you today? No. I don’t. But I promise you this I’m going to find one. Because you can’t hurt people like that. It’s not right and it’s not fair. In terms of the details I’m not prepared to sit here today and tell you exactly what needs to be amended but I can safely look you in the eye and say that it is a train wreck.’” [Alamogordo Daily News, 3/27/2014]

Weh Didn’t Know Anything About The Ute Water Project Other Than To Say Water “Is A Major Issue Anywhere In the Southwest.” In February 2014, Clovis News Journal reported: “Weh said although he wasn’t familiar with details of the Ute Water Project, he would support it or any other program to ensure a sustainable water source. ‘Water,’ Weh said, ‘is a major issue anywhere in the Southwest.’ The estimated $550 million Ute project would pipe water from Ute Reservoir in Logan to Cannon, Clovis, Portales and other nearby communities. Most of the project is unfunded, depending largely on future federal grants or spending bills.” [Clovis News Journal, 2/14/14]

FACT CHECK 3: ALLEN WEH CAN’T HIDE FROM HIS DEVASTATING PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKERS UNDER AGE 26

During the debate, Allen Weh tried to claim that his comments on eliminating the minimum wage had been taken out of context. Allen Weh speaks for himself: Repeatedly over the course of this campaign, he has said that the minimum wage should be eliminated for young workers.

March 27: Weh Called For Eliminating The Minimum Wage For Young Workers. The Alamogordo Daily News wrote a summary of a visit by Senate candidate Allen Weh in March of 2014. According to the Daily News, “He shared his views on raising the minimum wage in the U.S. and expressed a different approach to handling wage issues. ‘People make it out to be more important than it really is,’ he said. ‘I’ve often thought that if we could reach an agreement where we carve out and eliminate a minimum wage for those below the age of 26. The trade off would be to go with minimum wage for those above 26. If you’re not 26 years old you don’t have a requirement. You can be paid anything.’ ‘I’m not saying everyone (in the younger age group) is going to be kept below minimum wage,’ he said. ‘(Employers) should be free to set the wages. I think we need the freedom to hire our kids – we have child labor laws in our country,” he said. ‘No one is going to abuse a child. This isn’t the 1900s.’” [Alamogordo Daily News, 3/27/2014]

September 7: Allen Weh Opposes A Minimum Wage For Workers Under 26, Says “So What If We Pay Them $3 An Hour, Or $4 An Hour Or $5 An Hour.” In a profile article covering Allen Weh’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, the Albuquerque Journal reported “Weh said the federal $7.25 minimum wage should be increased, but he said workers younger than age 26 should be allowed to work for less as a way to promote higher rates of youth employment. ‘We could not only reduce teen unemployment; we could reduce juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime with one fell swoop,’ Weh said. ‘And so what if we pay them $3 an hour, or $4 an hour or $5 an hour, that would be between the employer and the willing youngster.’” [Albuquerque Journal, 9/7/2014]

September 24: Weh In His Own Words: “No Minimum Wage Below The Age Of 26. SO WHAT?”

Listen To Allen Weh In His Own Words At The Albuquerque Economic Forum: HERE

FACT CHECK 4: ALLEN WEH OPENLY OPPOSES ENFORCING EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

Allen Weh denied that he had opposed protecting equal pay for women, yet on his website is a press release in which Allen Weh openly opposed legislation that would make equal pay enforceable. Weh complains that it would result in lawsuits against employers like himself, yet as Tom Udall pointed out in the debate: the way to avoid lawsuits is to follow the law and pay women equally.

In His Own Words: Weh Opposed Paycheck Fairness Legislation, Raised Concerns About Protecting Bosses. In a statement released on his website, Allen Weh said: “The ‘Paycheck Fairness’ bill, being championed by Tom Udall, is a mis-guided, damaging piece of legislation that will hurt New Mexico small business.” Weh later added: “What is Tom Udall going to do for the man or woman who is falsely accused and goes under because of an expensive lawsuit?” [Allen Weh Press Release, 4/14/2014]

FACT CHECK 5: TOM UDALL STANDS UP FOR NEW MEXICO WOMEN

Tom Udall has been a leader in standing up for New Mexico women. In the workplace, Tom Udall has cosponsored legislation aimed at helping women ensure they get equal pay for equal work. In the doctor’s office, Tom Udall has fought to keep government and employers out of a woman’s private, personal medical decisions. At home, Tom Udall has been a leader in combating violence against women.

Tom Udall Helped Pass Legislation Protecting Workers From Gender-Based Pay Discrimination. On January 8, 2009, Tom Udall signed on as a cosponsor to S.181 (111th), the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This bill allowed employees to sue employers for wage discrimination within 180 days of their last paycheck affected by the alleged discrimination. The measure was designed to overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.) that ruled a worker could not bring a wage discrimination suit more than 180 days after the initial discriminatory act. The bill was signed into law on January 29, 2009. [111th Congress, S. 181]

Tom Udall Cosponsored The Paycheck Fairness Act. On January 23, 2013, Tom Udall joined Senator Mikulski in introducing S. 84, the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would require employers to show that any pay disparity is job-related and not based on gender. It would make it easier to file sex discrimination cases in wage claims by putting the legal onus on employers to prove that pay discrepancies between women and men doing the same jobs were the result of nondiscriminatory business necessities. [113th Congress, S.84]

As Attorney General, Tom Udall Passed A Tough New Anti-Stalking Law. In November of 1996, the Albuquerque Journal reported that a coalition of advocates for domestic violence victims, including Attorney General Tom Udall proposed a set of changes to existing state laws on stalking. According to the Journal, “Under current laws, stalking is a misdemeanor until the third conviction, according to Attorney General Tom Udall, who presented the proposal. The new law would make a second conviction a felony and would require the stalker to complete a counseling program. It would also create the crime of aggravated stalking, which would automatically be a fourth-degree felony the first time and a third-degree felony the second and subsequent convictions.” That proposal was introduced in the following legislative session and passed into law [Albuquerque Journal, 11/26/1996; New Mexico Legislature 1997 Regular Session HB 211]

Tom Udall Helped Pass Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization With Protections For Native Women. On January 23, 2013, Tom Udall cosponsored S. 47, A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. This bill reauthorized a series of programs to support victims of domestic violence. According to the New York Times, a major obstacle to the bill’s passage in the House was a set of provisions backed by Tom Udall granting tribal courts jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence offenses committed against native women by non-natives on reservations. “Native women should not be abandoned to a jurisdictional loophole,” said Udall, who backed similar provisions in stand-alone legislation in the previous congress. The bill, including the tribal provisions was signed into law on March 7, 2013. [New York Times, 2/10/2013113th Congress, S.47CNN, 2/28/2013]

Tom Udall Voted To Stop The “Blunt Amendment,” Which Would Allow Employers To Cut Off Coverage Of Contraceptives. On March 01, 2012, Tom Udall voted for a motion to table (kill) the Blunt, R-Mo., amendment (no. 1520) to a transportation bill. The Blunt amendment would allow health insurance plans to deny coverage to provisions for medical services that run counter to the plan sponsor’s or employer’s religious beliefs. It also would establish a private right of legal action for enforcement of the coverage exemptions. Senator Patty Murray, who offered the motion to table the Blunt amendment said “It would simply give every boss in America the right to make the health-care decisions for their workers and their families.” [CQ Floor Votes; Senate Vote #24, 3/1/2012Washington Post, 3/1/2012]

FACT CHECK 6: ALLEN WEH BACKS BUDGET PLANS THAT WOULD SLASH SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Allen Weh continued to deny that his plans to implement a balanced budget constitutional amendment would impact Social Security and Medicare. While the idea may have a nice name, it would have the disastrous result of forcing drastic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The Balanced Budget Amendment proposal has been embraced by the extreme Tea Party fringe of the Republican Party, however mainstream Republicans have shied away from the issue knowing the damaging effects it would have on the economy. Economists have pointed out that this would necessitate deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare while also rapidly shrinking the economy. This would have a terrible impact on New Mexico’s seniors and New Mexico’s economy.

Weh Called For A Balanced Budget Amendment. On the issues page of his website, Allen Weh said: “I believe in a balanced budget amendment, nearly every state in the union has this, and there should not be an exception for the federal government.” [http://www.allenweh.com/issues/]

Allen Weh Claimed That A Balanced Budget Amendment Had Already Been In Place Before, Said He Would Support It.During a radio interview with The Blaze’s Doc Thompson, Allen Weh was asked: “What about a balanced budget amendment? Do you support that? If it’s written the right way so they can’t just raise taxes?” Weh responded: “Absolutely, and you know we had one till the spring – what was it a couple years? Then it got thrown out. It was imposed during Clinton’s administration, but most states in the union have a balanced budget amendment to the state constitution and it works fine. Out here in New Mexico we stay in the black – uh we had a prior Governor who worked real hard to get us into the red, but uh the fact of the matter is the legislature has to come to town once a year and balance the budget because it’s in the constitution. I think we ought to have the same thing at the federal level.“ [The Blaze – Doc Thompson, 2/17/2014]

  • Former Reagan Adviser: Balanced Budget Amendment “Would Unquestionably Throw The Economy Into Recession Just As It Did In 1937.” According to Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, in the Fiscal Times: “It’s one thing to require a balanced budget when starting from a position of balance or near-balance. It’s quite another when we are running deficits of over $1 trillion per year for the foreseeable future. Even if we were not in an economic crisis and fighting two wars, a rapid cut in spending of that magnitude would unquestionably throw the economy into recession just as it did in 1937.” [Fiscal Times, 8/27/10]
  • Macroeconomic Advisers: Balanced Budget Amendment In 2012 Would Have Shrunk GDP Growth By 12% And Raised Unemployment Forecast From 9% To 16%, Roughly 11 Million Fewer Jobs. According to a report from Macroeconomic Advisors on the implications of a balanced budget Amendment, “Our current forecast shows a Unified Budget deficit of about $1 trillion for FY 2012. Suppose this fall the federal government enacted a budget for FY 2012 showing discretionary spending $1 trillion below our forecast, resulting in a ‘static’ projection of a balanced budget for next year. $1 trillion is roughly two-thirds of all discretionary spending, and about 7% of GDP. Our short-run multiplier for discretionary spending is about 2, and let’s assume a simple textbook version of Okun’s law in which the unemployment gap varies inversely with, but by half as much as, the percentage output gap. Then, instead of forecasting real GDP growth of 2% or so for FY 2012, we’d mark that projection down to perhaps -12% and raise our forecast of the unemployment rate from 9% to 16%, or roughly 11 million fewer jobs. With interest rates already close to zero, the Fed would be near powerless to offset this huge fiscal drag.” [CBPP, 11/8/11]
  • CBPP: Balanced Budget Amendment Without Tax Increases “Would Necessitate Deep Cuts In Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid.” According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Policymakers would have little alternative but to institute deep cuts in specific programs. And as noted elsewhere in this statement, before the debt limit could be raised, Congress would have to approve a constitutional balanced budget amendment that essentially requires cuts even deeper than those in the Ryan budget. Reaching and maintaining a balanced budget in the decade ahead while barring any tax increases would necessitate deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. After all, by 2021, total expenditures for these three programs will be nearly 45 percent greater than expenditures for all other programs (except interest payments) combined. Big cuts in these programs would be inevitable.” [CBPP, 7/16/11]

 

After First Debate Contrast Between Senator Tom Udall and Allen Weh Has Never Been Clearer

Pre-recorded debate airs Thursday at 7 p.m. on N.M. public television and radio

Tom Udall and Allen Weh’s first debate showed a clear contrast between Tom Udall’s record of standing up to get things done for New Mexico and Allen Weh’s radical agenda to benefit CEOs and millionaires like himself. The debate, which was pre-recorded today, will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on all public television and radio stations throughout New Mexico.

While Udall highlighted his work to protect New Mexico’s military bases and national labs, fight for equal pay for women, raise the minimum wage, and protect Social Security and Medicare, Weh demonstrated a lack of specifics and even basic knowledge about New Mexico families and how to work in the Senate to get things done for the state. Whether it was tax policy, growing New Mexico’s economy, improving child wellbeing, food stamps, or ensuring drought-stricken New Mexico communities have reliable access to water, Weh showed he is out of touch and has no answer on issues critical to New Mexico families.

Udall made it clear that he will continue to stand up to anyone to do what’s right for New Mexico.

“People in New Mexico face real challenges. I work every day to try to do what’s right for them,” Udall said. “I fight for our labs and bases and the small businesses that rely on them, for veterans, fair pay for women, and so middle class families can get ahead.”

“Weh proved that he is incapable of going beyond his talking points, and offered no specifics on the issues. He reinforced that all he stands for is looking out for millionaires and CEOs like himself,” said Udall Campaign Manager Dan Sena. “When you take a close look at Allen Weh’s statements, he stands for policies that would lead to deep cuts for Social Security, Medicare, and the labs and bases that are so important to New Mexico’s economy – in order to get tax cuts for the very wealthy.”

Among the contrasts voters will see when the debate airs tomorrow:

Udall is standing up to do what’s right for New Mexico: Whether it’s protecting funding for New Mexico’s national labs and military bases, standing up to the administration to help our veterans, or helping working families by pushing for an increase in the minimum wage or to protect Social Security and Medicare, Udall is working every day for New Mexico families.

Weh is backing an agenda that hurts New Mexico families while benefiting CEOs and millionaires like himself: Weh backs policies such as a flat tax and budgets that would slash funding for New Mexico’s labs and bases and their critical national security programs, cut the legs out from under Social Security and Medicare and devastate New Mexico families – all to give tax breaks to CEOs and millionaires like himself.

Weh’s policies are bad for New Mexico women: Not only does Weh want to abolish the minimum wage for single moms and other workers under age 26, he penned a news release blasting a proposed new law that would help women fight for equal pay in the workplace. Weh opposes allowing women to make their own health care choices – in fact, he supports allowing employers to make health care decisions for their workers, and he even wants to “void” (his words) health care that finally ensures women aren’t discriminated against by insurance companies.

At the conclusion of the debate, New Mexico voters will have a clear picture of what’s at stake in this election – and which candidate represents them. Udall is standing up for New Mexico every day. Millionaire CEO Allen Weh is out to help himself.

NM Secretary of State Issues Complaint Against Republican PRC Commissioner Ben Hall for Violation of State Campaign Finance Act

Commissioner Ben Hall

Commissioner Ben Hall

The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State has issued a letter to Republican PRC Commissioner Ben Hall (NM-PRC5) notifying him that that a complaint has been filed against him, and his campaign, for a violation of New Mexico statutes under the Voter Action Act.

Specifically, Commissioner Ben Hall has paid himself and his wife “consultant” salaries and expenses from public funds provided to his campaign committee under the State’s public campaign financing system, which is prohibited under the laws of the State of New Mexico.

According to the letter issued today by Secretary of State Duran, Commissioner Hall had “previously been advised [Hall’s] campaign treasurer that this practice is not permitted.” The Secretary of State has demanded all funds paid to himself and his wife be returned within five days.

Under State Law Commissioner Hall is subject to a $10,000 fine if found in violation of the Act.

Click here for a copy of the complaint letter.

DPNM Files Two New Public Records Requests Seeking Missing Martinez Emails

Today, DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman filed two additional public records requests for written correspondence between then-District Attorney and Gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez, her campaign staff and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office in 2009 and/or 2010.

The new requests are to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, which maintains emails archived for New Mexico’s DA offices.

In May, the New Mexico Democratic Party filed a public records request to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office following a report that Martinez’s 2010 campaign utilized her DA’s office for overtly political purposes, potentially in violation of the law.

After a months-long investigation, the Third Judicial District’s office could not produce the relevant emails because they had either been deleted or destroyed, potentially in violation of state protocols.

DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman released the following statement on today’s public records request:

“New Mexicans deserve better – we deserve the truth from Susana Martinez and her allies. This is what we know: that as DA, Martinez misused her office to help her campaign. We also know that important documents have mysteriously gone missing. What we don’t know is how much public resources Martinez diverted from the DA’s office to her campaign.”

The letters are available for download here:

IPRA Request of October 28 to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office

IPRA Request of October 29 to the New Mexico Administrative Office of District Attorneys

Senator Tom Udall’s Work to Prevent Domestic Violence is Focus of Latest TV Ad

Udall stood up for tough anti-stalking laws in New Mexico; helped write the Violence Against Women Act, passed Katie’s Law in the Senate

The Udall campaign’s powerful new TV ad features Karen, a domestic violence survivor, thanking Tom Udall for working throughout his career for tougher laws to prevent domestic violence. As New Mexico’s Attorney General and now as U.S. Senator, Udall has worked to strengthen anti-stalking and anti-domestic violence laws, to prevent violence against women in New Mexico.

The ad, titled “Find Help,” runs 30 seconds, and is narrated by a woman who tells her experience with domestic violence and the strength it took to find help.

“It started after we had our son. My husband would go into a rage, and hurt me. And then be sorry. And then do it all over again,” the woman, Karen, says in the ad. “I finally found the courage to leave, to protect my son.”

“I’m so grateful for Senator Udall’s anti-stalking law, and his work to pass the Violence Against Women Act,” Karen continues. “He’s a good man, and I know the difference.”

In the Senate, Udall helped lead the effort to update the Violence Against Women Act, working to close a jurisdictional loophole that had blocked police from prosecuting domestic violence offenses committed against Native women by non-Natives on reservations. The updated law includes a new set of provisions granting tribal courts jurisdiction to prosecute such cases. As Udall said, Native women “should not be abandoned to a jurisdictional loophole.”

Udall began his work as New Mexico Attorney General, when he and a coalition of advocates for domestic violence victims led a campaign to strengthen New Mexico’s anti-stalking laws, which were difficult to prosecute and a poor deterrent to perpetrators. The new law made a second conviction a felony, requiring immediate law enforcement intervention before the behavior could escalate into violence.

Udall also introduced and passed “Katie’s Law” in 2013. Named for Katie Sepich, a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003, the law gives police new tools to track DNA from repeat offenders.

“Too many New Mexico women will face violence at home or by someone they know. Tom Udall has been working across party lines to strengthen laws and give police new tools to prevent offenders from being able to repeat acts of violence – and to make sure those women can find help,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “We’re so proud of Karen for having the strength to share her story, and we’re grateful for her support.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola

In this week’s address, the President discussed the measures we are taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa. This week, we continued to focus on domestic preparedness, with the creation of new CDC guidelines and the announcement of new travel measures ensuring all travelers from the three affected countries are directed to and screened at one of five airports.

The President emphasized that it’s important to follow the facts, rather than fear, as New Yorkers did yesterday when they stuck to their daily routine. Ebola is not an easily transmitted disease, and America is leading the world in the fight to stamp it out in West Africa.

Video Mensaje: Luchando contra el Ébola

En el mensaje de esta semana, Cecilia Muñoz habló sobre las medidas que estamos tomando para responder a los casos del Ébola en el país, mientras trabajamos para contener la epidemia en su origen en África Occidental. Esta semana continuamos centrándonos en la preparación para el hogar, con la creación de nuevas pautas de los Centros De Control de Enfermedad y el anuncio de nuevas para que todos los nuevos viajeros procedentes de los tres países afectados se dirigen hacia uno de los cinco aeropuertos designados para revisiones de control. El Presidente hizo hincapié en que es importante saber los hechos, en lugar del miedo, como los neoyorquinos hicieron ayer, cuando continuaron con su rutina diaria. El Ébola no es una enfermedad fácilmente transmisible, y los Estados Unidos es el líder mundial en la lucha para acabar con esa enfermedad en el África occidental.

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

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

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.

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