New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over… Ray Powell Needs Our Help!

The race for State Land Commissioner has now come down to a 757 vote margin as of Monday. An automatic recount will be done after the State Canvassing Board meets on November 25.

We need to help our Democratic Land Commissioner, Ray Powell.

Ray has been the best land commissioner that New Mexico has ever had.

During 2014 alone, his hard work has brought in over $800 Million dollars for schools, hospitals and universities. Fourteen renewable energy projects are in progress.

Ray Powell has cleaned up the State Land Office and made it a guardian for public lands.

Help Ray Powell stay in office and protect New Mexico public lands. Please contribute $15, $25 or $50 to help in the recount process.

Ray wants to continue building a better future for all New Mexicans by helping generate more funds for schools and helping create new good paying jobs ​while ​ensuring New Mexico continues to be​ a leader in wind, solar and geothermal energy.

This is New Mexico’s future and Ray Powell is the only ​State Land Commissioner that will make this happen.

Please contribute whatever you can right now, TODAY.

Ray Powell is building a better future.

Today.

Doña Ana County Democrats and DPNM Congratulate NM Congressman Ben Ray Luján as the next Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee!

Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Congressman Ben Ray Luján, who serves New Mexico’s Third Congressional District has been named Chair of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made the announcement Monday Afternoon in Washington, DC.

Congressman Luján is the first New Mexican and the first Hispanic congressman to lead the DCCC.

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins the Democrats throughout New Mexico in congratulating Congressman Luján!


Read more about Congressman Luján’s selection as DCCC Chair in the Washington Post. Click Here.

Weekly Address: Open Enrollment Starts Today

In this week’s address, the President reminded Americans that Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins this weekend. In the past year, more than 10 million people have gained health insurance, including more than 7 million who enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. They are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.

The President encouraged all Americans to take advantage of open enrollment, and remind their friends and families to do so as well.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: ¡Asegúrate! Inscríbete en cobertura médica desde hoy

En el mensaje de esta semana, Mayra Álvarez, Directora del Grupo de Intercambios de los Estados en el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos recordó que la inscripción abierta bajo la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio comienza este fin de semana. En el último año más de 10 millones de personas han obtenido un seguro médico, incluyendo a más de siete millones personas que se inscribieron en la cobertura a través del Mercado de Salud. Ellos son la prueba de que la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio está funcionando, logrando que la cobertura sea más asequible, accesible y de mayor calidad para millones de personas. El Presidente alentó a todos las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos a aprovechar del período de inscripción abierta, y recordarle a sus amigos y familiares a hacer lo mismo.

 

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

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.


Need to get covered? Find a health plan that best fits your needs at HealthCare.gov.

Learn more and get covered at the New Mexico Health Exchange: Be Well NM

Already covered? Commit to help someone you know get covered here.

Thank You From DPNM State Chairman Sam Bregman

Dear Fellow Democrats:

I am writing you today to inform you that I will not be seeking a second term as your Party Chairman.

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as your Chairman over the past year and a half and I thank you all for giving me this opportunity. Serving as your chair has been one of the greatest honors of my political career. While we have had our challenges, I cannot thank you enough for meeting those challenges head on. We are resilient, tenacious, driven and above all, refuse to back down from any fight so long as we are fighting for the interests of the people of our great state.

Across the country it was a bad election night for Democrats but I want you to know as your Chairman that I take full and complete responsibility for the poor election results here in New Mexico.

That being said, I am proud of every single one of our candidates that ran for office in 2014. They worked extremely hard and we all owe them our gratitude for throwing their hat in the ring. We have tremendous Democratic leaders in this state and many more who are coming up in the wings. So while the results of one election may be disheartening, I have never been so hopeful for the future. Now is the time for new leaders to come forward with new ideas and I am excited to help a new administration in their endeavor to take our Party to new heights.

I want to personally thank some of those great leaders of our state including Senators Udall and Heinrich, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, Congressman Luján, Speaker Martinez and Majority Leader Sanchez, and the many others that have worked tirelessly to not only support the Democratic Party, but also the people of New Mexico. Your leadership and dedication to the Party cannot be understated and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.

To all of the county party chairs, vice chairs, local party officials and all our volunteers and party staff, words cannot express enough my gratitude for all of the amazing work you have done in your communities.

All the best,

Sam Bregman
DPNM Chairman

DPNM State Chairman Bregman Announces He Will Not Seek Second Term

Dear Fellow Democrats:​

I am writing you today to inform you that I will not be seeking a second term as your Party Chairman.

​I​t has been an honor and privilege to have served as your Chairman over the past year and a half and I thank you all for giving me this opportunity. Serving as your chair has been one of the greatest honors of ​my political career. While we have had our challenges, I cannot thank you enough for meeting those challenges head on. We are resilient, tenacious, driven and above all, refuse to back down from any fight so long as we are fighting for the interests of the people of our great state.

Across the country it was a bad election night for Democrats but I want you to know as your Chairman that I take full and complete responsibility for the poor election results here in New Mexico.​

That being said, I am proud of every single one of our candidates that ran for office in 2014. They worked extremely hard and we all owe them our gratitude for throwing their hat in the ring.​ We have tremendous Democratic leaders in this state and many more who are coming up in the wings. So while the results of one election may be disheartening, I have never been so hopeful for the future. Now is the time for new leaders to come forward with new ideas and I am excited to help a new administration in their endeavor to take our Party to new heights.

I want to personally thank some of those great leaders of our state including Senators Udall and Hei​nrich, Congresswoman ​Lujan Grisham, Congressman Luján,​ Speaker Martinez and Majority Leader Sanchez, and the many others that have worked tirelessly to not only support the Democratic Party, but also the people of New Mexico. Your leadership and dedication to the Party cannot be understated and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.

To all of the county party chairs, vice chairs,​local party officials and all our volunteers and party staff, ​ words cannot express enough my gratitude for all of the amazing work you have done in your communities. ​

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing all of you in April for our SCC meeting.​ ​
All the best,

Sam Bregman
DPNM Chairman

Sheriff-elect Enrique “Kiki “Vigil Selects Edward Lerma as Second in Command to help run the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Enrique “Kiki” Vigil selects Mr. Edward Lerma to be his Under-sheriff and be the second in command in running the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff-Elect Enrique “Kiki” Vigil appointed a transition team that composed of a broad range of law enforcement experience, which includes: the District Attorney, a retired federal prosecutor, a retired high level federal training director and mental health advocate, a retired corrections administrator, a former under-sheriff, a retired state police officer, and two (2) members consisting of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Association and Court Security and Transport Unions. This multi-disciplinary law enforcement transition team interviewed Mr. Edward Lerma with the Sheriff-Elect and the decision was unanimous in the selection of Mr. Lerma to be the next Under-Sheriff.

Enrique “Kiki” Vigil did not run with an under-sheriff during the campaign. Vigil believes that he is solely responsible for the Sheriff’s Department and the under-sheriff is not elected or ultimately responsible. During the campaign Vigil ran on his own merits. He desired to conduct interviews even though he was cognizant of the fact that the law allows him to appoint without any formal selection needed. This is an at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Sheriff. Vigil desired that is selection not only be one with strong moral character, but an individual that also is familiar with the existing operations and history of the Department that will prove a most effective transition. The Sheriff-Elect appointed retired and active duty law enforcement professionals on his transition team to assist him in interviewing and recommending the selection of his second in command.

Mr. Lerma brings over forty (40) years of impressive experience in law enforcement. He has a distinguished career with a vast combination of experience in several facets and areas critical to the needs in the administration of justice. He has served under (3) three different administrations as the under-sheriff of the Doña County Sheriff’s Department. He served as Chief of Police for the communities of Tularosa and Ruidoso Downs, NM. He was also a former Magistrate Judge in Doña Ana County. “Mr. Lerma not only brings experience of tradition within the Sheriff’s Department, but has demonstrated integrity throughout his career and possesses those capabilities necessary to help us restore leadership and respect back to an organization with great promise”, stated Sheriff-elect Enrique “Kiki” Vigil.

Senators Tom Udall & Jeff Flake Pledge Bipartisan Work to Modernize Relations with Cuba

After returning from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pledged to continue working together in the Senate to open U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba, a potential new market for New Mexico, Arizona and other states. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families. The senators also visited Alan Gross, an American who has been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. In conversations with Cuban officials and American media outlets, the senators stressed that Alan Gross wants to come home.

“New Mexicans are anxious to meet and work with Cubans, and the time is right to rebuild business and cultural ties between the United States and Cuba,” Udall said. “The Cuban regime is antidemocratic and has many flaws, but our current policy has proven ineffective and has primarily served to isolate the people of Cuba. It’s time for a 21st century approach that opens up opportunities for New Mexicans and other American interests. We’ll continue working as members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to push for the release of Alan Gross and continued steps to normalize relations with Cuba. I urge the Obama administration to act by relaxing travel restrictions and working with the telecommunications industry to improve the ability for the people of the world to communicate with Cuba.”

“My recent trip to Cuba has only reconfirmed the necessity of modernizing our failed policy toward the island,” Flake said. “While the significance of Cuba’s recent economic changes remains to be seen, there is now a burgeoning small-business community there, much of which is funded by remittances from the United States. Rather than continuing to provide the regime an all-too-convenient scapegoat and wasting money on boondoggle aid programs, it’s time to take commonsense steps to support these entrepreneurs, expand the participation of U.S. businesses in the Cuban economy, and lift the ban on non-Cuban American U.S. citizens travelling to the island. I was also pleased to have an opportunity to meet Alan Gross, and will continue to work for his release.”

Senator Tom Udall’s Statement on U.S.-China Climate Agreement

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the historic climate agreement between the United States and China:

“New Mexicans are seeing firsthand the devastating impacts of global warming, including drought, water scarcity, and more serious wildfires. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been pushing for a “do it all, do it right” plan to develop a strong clean energy sector that will cut pollution and create well-paying jobs in New Mexico and across the country. But the United States can’t do this alone — all nations must work together as partners to combat this common problem. So this historic agreement between the United States and China is good for New Mexico, the country, and the global community. We need strong leadership and a robust effort around the world to reverse these climate trends, and I hope this deal will be a game changer that spurs global cooperation.”

Doña Ana County Democrats Commemorate Veterans Day

The Doña Ana County Democratic Party joins millions of Americans today in commemorating the heroism and sacrifice of those who have served, and continue to serve in the armed forces of the United States. We celebrate the lives of nearly 23 Million American service people who have fought for our nation in every conflict since the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783.

Veterans Day in the United States was established as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of fighting in World War I on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, to commemorate both the fallen, and in the hope that a time of war might give way to an era of world peace and cooperation. On this day we renew our hope for the end of war and the beginning of an era of peace among peoples.

Senator Tom Udall Statement on President’s Net Neutrality Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president’s support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement:
“Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet. I am working in the Senate to encourage broadband infrastructure investment in rural New Mexico to get out of the Internet’s slow lane, but allowing new toll lanes on the Web would change the Internet as we know it. New Mexicans have been asking me to ensure the Internet remains an open and fair forum. I continue to urge the FCC to issue strong rules that allow the Web to continue to be a platform for free expression, to promote innovation, and help online entrepreneurs compete on a level playing field with established companies.”
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