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Please join Christy L. French, Chair
and the Doña Ana County Democrats at our

TWELFTH ANNUAL LABOR DAY BREAKFAST

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Linda Lopez-Garcia
AFSCME
Local 2393, NMSU

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Monday, September 01, 2014, 9:00 am at the
Ramada Palms de Las Cruces
201 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM
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Keynote Speakers

HON. GARY KING

Candidate for Governor
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and

DEBRA HAALAND

Candidate for Lt. Governor
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Tickets @ $45 each (in advance only)
Tables of 10 @ $405 (paid for with ONE check by August 22nd)
**Please note: The price of any table paid with multiple checks is $45. per ticket**
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Please make check payable to: Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and mail to:
DPDAC, 1733 Salinas Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011
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(No reservations will be accepted without payment by August 22nd)
Tickets purchased at the door are $55 each (if available)
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Please RSVP by August 22nd
For additional information, call Gayle Radom – 575.532.1780
Email: gradom@q.com
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New TV Ad Tells How Tom Udall Helped New Mexico Get Running Water

Udall overcame Senate gridlock to pass legislation creating a major pipeline project, bringing water to a community that had hauled water for generations

The Udall campaign’s latest TV ad tells the story of how Tom Udall helped get clean running water for a New Mexico family, one of hundreds on and near the Navajo Nation who will no longer have to haul water to their homes because Udall was able to secure funding for a major water pipeline project.

While fighting for New Mexico’s bases and national labs may get him more attention, the ad says, it’s just as important to Udall to help families and support small communities across the state. The new ad features the Jim family on the Navajo Nation, who had had to haul water eight miles to get it to their sick and elderly parents near Whitehorse Lake, N.M. The Jims now have clean, running water as a result of legislation Udall introduced and passed, despite obstruction in the U.S. Senate.

“If you lived in Whitehorse Lake, New Mexico, it was an eight-mile drive to get fresh water. And because Andrew lost his leg, and Sarah her sight to diabetes, their children brought the water to them,” says a narrator in the ad, which runs 30 seconds and began airing today. “But now they just come by to say hello, because Tom Udall got the community running water.”

As Senator for New Mexico, Udall has been a strong defender of funding for the labs and bases. Just as important, as a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee, Udall also has worked to get water and other critical infrastructure projects built to help strengthen economic opportunities for communities across New Mexico.

Udall, along with former Senator Jeff Bingaman, passed legislation approving the San Juan River Water Settlement and then secured funding for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project, a major component of the settlement, which provides certainty to the Navajo Nation and other New Mexico residents who rely on San Juan Basin water. Andrew and Sarah Jim now are among the 550 residents of Whitehorse Lake, north of Grants, N.M., who have access to running water as a result of Udall’s work to fund the Cutter Lateral, a segment of the Navajo Gallup project. A reliable water supply will keep families healthy, support economic development and attract young people back to the community.

“Whether it’s defending our national labs and bases or bringing water to a rural community like Whitehorse Lake, Tom Udall is working hard in the U.S. Senate to do what’s right for families across New Mexico,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “Tom is working across party lines to overcome gridlock, pass legislation and secure resources that are critical to strengthening New Mexico’s economy.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Weekly Address: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, the President talked directly to students and parents about the importance of preparing for an education beyond high school.

In today’s economy, some higher education continues to be the surest ticket to the middle class, but for too many families across the country, paying for higher education is a constant struggle. The President and First Lady know this first hand — they only finished paying off their student loans 10 years ago — and that’s why they have made it a priority to help make college more affordable for families. They have taken action to reform student loans, expand grants and college tax credits, help make loan payments more manageable, and have proposed plans to make sure colleges also do their part to bring down costs. And just this week, as part of the President’s Year of Action, the administration announced a new series of commitments to support students who need a little extra academic help getting through college.

MENSAJE SEMANAL: Cada uno debe ser capaz de pagar por la educación universitaria

En el mensaje de esta semana, mientras las escuelas se preparan para abrir sus puertas de nuevo en las próximas semanas, Maribel Duran la Jefa del Gabinete de la Iniciativa de la Casa Blanca para la Excelencia Educativa de los Hispanos habló directamente a los estudiantes y los padres sobre la importancia de la preparación para una educación universitaria. En la economía actual, la educación superior sigue siendo el billete más seguro de la clase media, pero para muchas familias en el país, el pago de la educación superior es una lucha constante. Pero el Presidente y la Primera Dama se han tomado medidas para reformar los préstamos estudiantiles, ampliar las subvenciones y los créditos fiscales para las universidades, para ayudar a hacer los pagos de los préstamos sean más manejables, y han propuesto planes para asegurar que los colegios también hagan su parte para reducir los costos. Y justo esta semana, como parte del Año del Acción del Presidente, la administración anunció una nueva serie de compromisos para apoyar a los estudiantes que necesitan un poco de ayuda académica adicional para terminar la universidad.

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

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 79th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 79th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law:

“Seventy-nine years ago, our nation made a promise to its citizens that in recognition of a lifetime of hard work, older Americans would be guaranteed the opportunity to retire with dignity.

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935 as the nation recovered from the depths of the Great Depression. While Republicans have seized on recent economic crises as an excuse to renege on our promises, Democrats believe they are evidence of the renewed significance of upholding the sacred trust between seniors and our country. Just last week, a leading GOP presidential contender, Sen. Rand Paul, advocated raising the Social Security retirement age by 5 years.

“Democrats will continue to oppose Republican efforts that jeopardize the retirement security of seniors, including safety net privatization that would subject their fortunes to the whims of the stock market. We remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for today’s seniors and for future generations.”

Gary King Announces Plan to Reform New Mexico’s Education System, AFT Endorsement

Democratic nominee for Governor, Gary King, announced his planned reforms for New Mexico’s beleaguered education system as students across the state returned to school Wednesday morning.

safe_imageAmong the initiatives announced, King’s number one priority is to “appoint a new and qualified Secretary of Education.” Others include utilizing New Mexico’s Permanent Fund to implement early childhood education for all New Mexican children, declaring a moratorium on all high-stakes standardized testing, and end the over testing of New Mexico’s students.

“I am proud of the legacy my family left before me, and as Governor I will make our public education system my top priority,” said King Wednesday. “We owe it to our kids to make a brighter future for all New Mexicans. I know that with these initiatives and this plan we can do that.”

“The future is what this campaign is all about,” said Deb Haaland, King’s running mate. “I’m excited to hear what parents, students and educators have to say on our nine city listening tour, beginning this Sunday in Gallup.”

“The only way that we are going to improve our school system in New Mexico is to listen to that input from professional educators,” said King, after receiving the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. “So I am so proud to have the endorsement of the educators from across the state and from all levels, and I look forward to working with them hand in hand moving forward.”

Gary King Criticizes Republican Susana Martinez Latest Mailer and Record

Gary King criticized Republican Governor Susana Martinez’ latest campaign mailer, calling it, “absurd, and an insult to our teachers and students.”

“When I saw this, I could barely believe my eyes,” said King Friday. “This is almost as off the wall as telling people she is ‘so pro-teacher it isn’t even funny.’ Well I have a message for Governor Martinez; it’s not funny. One in three kids going to bed hungry is not funny.

Graduation rates improving at a snail’s pace, while remaining on par with the worst in the nation is not funny. 63% graduation rates and 56% of our students being economically challenged is not funny. So I’m really interested to see why the Governor is so proud of going from complete worst, to not much better. New Mexico needs change, and we need it now. This Governor has had four years to improve our schools, and she has failed to deliver.” Kings comments come as Gov. Martinez and Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera take heat from the media regarding education policy.

“Hanna Skandera and Gov. Martinez’ approach to education is a failure. She claims to be an ally of teachers – then why are teachers leaving New Mexico at a historic rate? Her policies have failed in the past, and are failing now. And we are letting down our kids if we allow this to continue.”

Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq

In this week’s address, the President detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq – targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists. The President saluted America’s brave men and women in uniform for protecting our fellow Americans and helping to save the lives of innocent people. The President also made clear that the United States will not be dragged into another war in Iraq – that American combat troops will not return – because there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

Albuquerque Journal: Dems break ice on independents

<strong><a href=”http://www.abqjournal.com/441831/news/dems-break-ice-on-independents.html?paperboy=loggedin&utm_source=&#8221; target=”_blank”>Reposted from the <em>Albuquerque Journal</em></a>. August 7, 201</strong>4

By James Monteleone. <em>Albuquerque Journal</em> Staff Writer

New Mexico Democrats on Wednesday signaled support for allowing independent voters to participate in New Mexico primary elections that for decades have been open only to members of major political parties.

The effort is being taken up by two Democratic state legislators from Albuquerque. Sen. Bill O’Neill and Rep. Emily Kane planned to announce today that they will introduce legislation in January that would end the exclusion of independent voters or voters who decline to state a party affiliation when they register.

Republicans are still opposed to the idea, state Republican Party Chairman John Billingsley said Wednesday.

“Open primaries dilute party principles,” Billingsley said in a statement. “Independents may register with the party that most suits them, and vote.”

The O’Neill-Kane plan was shared in an email Wednesday by the Democratic Party of New Mexico, which previously has voiced strong opposition against opening its primary elections to include any non-Democrats. The two current major parties, the Democratic and Republican parties, hold primary elections the same date in June but on separate ballots and only party members are eligible to participate in the respective primaries.

Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman said he personally has changed his mind and now supports opening primaries to include independents. He said declining voter participation in New Mexico primary elections and a recent spike in young voters registering as independents prompted his change of heart.

“We are a party of inclusion. We want more people participating in our primary,” Bregman said.

Voter turnout in this year’s primary election was about 20 percent of eligible voters. Meanwhile, about 38 percent of voters between ages 18 and 24 have either declined to state a party affiliation or register with a minor party, according to recent voter registration data.

O’Neill said he hopes extending primary participation to independent voters would draw younger voters to consider Democratic candidates and provide a sharp increase in voter engagement.

“We are talking about inviting independent voters that comprise about 20 percent (of statewide voter registrations), issuing an invitation to get involved,” O’Neill said. “How is that a bad thing?”

O’Neill said his proposal would not allow registered Republicans to vote in the Democratic Party primary election or vice versa.

A proposed constitutional amendment to open primaries to independent voters was introduced in the Legislature in 2012, but failed to clear committee. O’Neill said he is optimistic a new effort will draw more support.

If the proposed legislation fails during the next legislative session, Bregman said he would push for the Democratic Party to act independently to open its primaries even if Republican primaries remained closed.

Fred Nathan, executive director of the independent think tank Think New Mexico and a longtime advocate for allowing independent voters to cast primary election ballots, said Wednesday that the increased interest in open primaries might be “a turning point.”

“I am hopeful that opening primaries to independents will become more of a bipartisan movement, since every New Mexican benefits when voter participation increases and more people feel invested in their government,” Nathan said.

A lawsuit filed by Nathan’s group in June seeking to open primary elections to independent voters still is pending.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 49th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law:

Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz

Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz

“Forty-nine years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Building on our nation’s long history of progress on voting rights – including the Fifteenth Amendment, Nineteenth Amendment, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the Voting Rights Act put in place important protections so that every American could exercise their right to vote.

“Unfortunately, these protections are under assault. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key component of the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that enabled prior federal review to ensure non-discrimination before any new voting law went into effect. Since then, Republicans in numerous states have enacted voting law changes that could suppress the vote through discriminatory, burdensome voter ID requirements or restricting early voting periods.

“Democrats are committed to the legacy of the Voting Rights Act by fighting to ensure that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. It is time for Congress to honor those who struggled for the civil rights movement by passing the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act and restoring the promise of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Newest Ad Highlights Senator Tom Udall’s New Mexico’s Work to Protect New Mexico’s Labs and Bases

Saving Cannon Air Force Base, fighting for funding for labs means jobs for future generations of New Mexicans

The Udall campaign’s newest ad tells how Tom Udall is working to ensure a strong future for New Mexico by fighting for the national laboratories and military bases so they can continue to create thousands of well-paying jobs and drive economic development for generations to come.

The new ad features kids from across New Mexico who are the future scientists, engineers and fighter pilots working at the labs and Air Force bases. Fighting for them is the “best part” of the job, says Udall in the new ad, which runs 30 seconds and began airing today.

“I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future,” Udall says in the ad. “Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too.”

As Senator for New Mexico, Udall has been a strong defender of funding for the labs and bases. When the government’s base closure commission proposed shutting Cannon Air Force Base, Udall played a leading role in fighting to keep it open. Today, Cannon has a critical new special operations mission, it’s an engine for economic development, and last month, an Air Force Times survey ranked it the 10th most livable base for airmen.

As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has turned back efforts to cut funding for vital national security missions at Sandia and Los Alamos national labs, and he has fought for funding for cleanup work at Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

“Tom Udall knows that one of the best ways he can fight for jobs and economic development today – and for generations into the future — is by making sure our labs and bases are strong. When some in Congress wanted to cut funding for the labs, Tom was there to defend their national security mission and keep funding strong. When Washington wanted to shut down Cannon Air Force Base, Tom fought to keep it open,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “New Mexico faces challenges, but Tom Udall has always been there to do what’s right for our state.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Transcript of “BEST PART” running 30 seconds: “I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future. Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too. I’m Tom Udall and I approved this message because this is the best part of my job.”

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