Weekly Address: What You Need To Know About Ebola

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

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

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the new television ad HERE.

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

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

 

Click to hear it here.

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

Call for National Minimum Wage Increase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

Gary King’s Plan to Boost New Mexico’s Economy

NM Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King has unveiled his plan to bring the state out of the economic black hole that his opponent helped to create.

“Stimulating economic growth and creating environmentally clean, well paying jobs for our families and the next generation is something Susana Martinez has failed to do,” charges Gary King “That’s why New Mexico is in last place in the Nation for job growth and one of the highest in unemployment. Too many of our best and brightest are leaving New Mexico to find work.”

King formally unveiled his blueprint for repairing what Martinez has broken at a special Women for King/Haaland event at the Pure Radiance Salon Small Business Platform in Albuquerque.

As Governor he will: create objective criterion to invest in local business opportunities so that we are smarter about investments and create more jobs; encourage an entrepreneurial culture by linking high school and university curricula to skills needed to start small businesses; facilitate exports by educating and helping New Mexico business owners to understand how to take advantage of federal programs focused on expanding exports to our major trading partners in the world; and increase the minimum wage to reduce corporate welfare and to ensure a livable wage for those who want to work.

The full economic plan is attached here.

DLCC Announces ‘Races to Watch,’ Including Joanne Ferrary’s Contest in NM District 37

Today, the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) announced its 2014 Races to Watch. The 69 state legislative races chosen represent targeted districts critical to Democratic majorities in 24 state legislatures across the United States.

The full list can be found here.

“With great candidate recruitment and a big emphasis on our field efforts, Democrats are in a great position to make strong gains in chambers across the country,” said Michael Sargeant, Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “As extreme Republican legislatures continue taking aim at women’s health, working families, immigrants, and equal rights, we have real opportunities to win new majorities this election cycle.”

The DLCC’s 2014 Races to Watch spotlights candidates who represent national trends and whose diversity and personal stories embody the promise of the American dream. The selection criteria for individual races are based on different factors such as:

Potential for Democrats to “flip” statehouse chambers to Democratic majorities;

Implications for Advantage 2020, a major DLCC initiative that will help Democrats win elections and level the playing field in order to be successful in the next round of redistricting;

Examples of the power of the Grassroots Victory Program (GVP), the DLCC’s field program that helps ensure that the advantage Democrats enjoy at the national level is replicated at the state level.

In 2012, Democrats won eight new majorities and netted nearly 200 legislative seats nationwide. Building upon this success, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee recently launched Advantage 2020, a $70 million program to target state legislative races across the country over the next four election cycles, based on an analysis of current electoral opportunities as well as demographic shifts over the next decade.

The states included in the 2014 Races to Watch include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Early Voting Begins Today — Tuesday, October 7 — Last Day to Register to Vote

Absentee Voting Begins

Last day to register to vote or make changes to an existing voter registration prior to the general election

First day a voter can vote in person at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces

Senator Tom Udall’s Campaign Responds to Allen Weh’s Latest Attack Ad

The Udall campaign has responded to Allen Weh’s latest attack ad against Tom Udall’s record of fighting for New Mexico families. Udall Campaign Manager Daniel Sena issued the following statement:

“On Jan. 1, 2013, Allen Weh’s radical Republican friends forced the nation into a raw deal to avoid massive tax increases caused by the so-called Fiscal Cliff. In what was one of the most divisive times for the Senate in recent years, the bill was written by a handful of senators and presented after the midnight deadline. Tom voted for it because he wasn’t willing to risk massive tax hikes for middle class families in New Mexico, but he was disgusted by the partisan gamesmanship. Situations like this are why Tom is fighting to reform the Senate and end the influence special interests have in Washington – like Allen Weh’s friend Karl Rove.

“The truth is that Tom Udall is fighting for New Mexico families 100 percent of the time, and he’s willing to work with anyone to get things done for our state. He turned back efforts in his own party to cut a vital national security program at our labs. He helped save Cannon Air Force Base when it was threatened with closure, and he has always worked to keep our bases strong. When the Obama administration tried to take $26 million in mineral royalties from New Mexico, he got it back. He was one of the first to speak up about the scheduling scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and call for VA Secretary Shinseki to resign, and he helped pass a law that makes the VA more accountable and transparent than ever before.

“While Tom Udall is talking about how he’s doing what’s right for New Mexico, Allen Weh has been fear mongering and pushing an agenda that would void 190,000 New Mexicans’ health insurance policies and cut Social Security and Medicare in order to get tax breaks for millionaires and CEOs like himself. Allen Weh is just way wrong for New Mexico.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Today we celebrate the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a survivor, this month holds a special significance for me, as it does for millions of women and families affected by this disease.

“When, months after a clean mammogram and at just 41 I heard those terrible words: you have breast cancer, I thought there was some mistake. I was not aware I was at risk, particularly as a young woman. When I was declared cancer-free six years ago, I knew I had to fully engage in the national breast cancer awareness movement and share my own personal story in the hopes that it would help other young women. Knowledge is power, and the best tool we have to fighting this disease.

“Thanks to President Obama and Democrats in Congress, breast cancer patients and survivors like me can no longer be discriminated against by health insurance companies for having pre-existing conditions. Preventive screenings, including mammograms, which can detect diseases early and ultimately save lives are now covered. It is crucial that women have access to quality, affordable health care, and I am proud that the Affordable Care Act opens those doors for millions of American women. We will keep fighting to make sure that every breast cancer survivor has the resources they need.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a renewal of our commitment to educating our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and ensuring that every woman is armed with the information and knowledge they need to give them the best chance of winning this fight.”

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