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.”

Gary King: Her Own Party is Turning Against Martinez

 

This week in the Las Cruces Sun-News there was a guest column by former Chairman of the NM Republican Party, Harvey E. Yates Jr. If you have ever wondered, ‘Who is the real Susana Martinez?’ Here is an illuminating, yet cautionary tale, told by a GOP insider:

“If you have never had a PC MUTE button aimed at you, but you want to add that experience to your life’s resume, here is a suggestion. Ask our governor, Susana Martinez, why she granted her political operator, Jay McCleskey, inordinate authority to affect state government, or suggest that McCleskey is using her as a profit center. Or alternatively, you could say to her, “You ran on effectuating ‘bold change’ in New Mexico. Where is the ‘bold change’? The PC MUTE button is likely to be aimed at you by McCleskey, by the governor or by one of McCleskey’s dutiful servants.

“If you are female and raise such questions, the PC MUTE button is apt to be, “She is wild-eyed and disgruntled” — meaning you are a screwball who cannot deal with the governor’s admirable administration or McCleskey’s upright fundraising operations. If you are a male who raises the questions, the PC Mute button likely will be, “What he said smacks of sexism.” And if you happen to be an Anglo, that also presents the PC MUTE button master an opportunity for an allegation of racism.

“The use of the PC MUTE button has long been part of McCleskey’s attack planning. Look at the period following the governor’s first legislative session. On March 19, 2011, McCleskey explained by text to Andrea Goff, then chief fundraiser for Martinez, “They’re trying to keep the brown girl down!!!”

That strange statement was made less than three months into Martinez’s administration. McCleskey’s description cast Martinez in the role of a victim, and it implied that racism was the reason she was a victim. The description also implied McCleskey was planning to use the PC MUTE button against foes.

“Yet, the fact that Susana Martinez is an Hispanic female benefited her in the election. Further, before her first legislative session, an aura of goodwill enveloped her. Several Democrat legislators had tired of Richardson and were pleased to have the new governor. Some likely had voted for her.

“Had Martinez approached the Legislature with open arms and asked them to join her in devising an intelligent plan to turn around New Mexico, she probably could have secured a majority for the plan. Instead she, the newcomer, lectured legislators. And, during the legislative session, McCleskey engineered robo calls against Democrat legislators who did not agree with Susana’s position on illegals and driver’s licenses. (These were the same legislators who would be needed to vote for any reform plan.) By the end of the legislative session, Susana and McCleskey had thrown much of the earlier goodwill to the wind.

“Election season again! Martinez and McCleskey are left trying to explain why our state is at the bottom of the good lists and at the top of the bad lists. Yet, they have two advantages. Gary King has been caught in the campaign finance web built by the progressives, which was intended to catch Republicans instead. And, McCleskey and Martinez’s expertise is the ‘attack.'”

“If we are to believe Mr. Yates’ commentary, and there is no reason not to, New Mexicans are now privy to a side of Susana Martinez that she and her handlers have gone to great lengths to hide from the general public,” says her opponent Gary King. “It certainly explains the cutthroat, diabolical nature of her attacks on me and anyone who disagrees with

 

 

As Election Day Nears, LULAC Reminds Politicians who Subscribe to Laura Ingraham’s Hateful Rhetoric of the Power of the Latino Electorate

Today, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes issued the following statement in response to the remarks made by talk show host Laura Ingraham. Right-wing radio host and anti-immigration crusader Laura Ingraham launched a tirade last week against MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, mocking Diaz-Balart for translating his interview with a DREAMer and calling it “annoying” that he pronounced the woman’s name in a Spanish accent.:

“During Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latino community highlights the achievements and contributions we have made in this country of opportunity. Unfortunately, certain elements of the media choose to ignore such contributions and instead engage in hateful rhetoric. Laura Ingraham’s disparaging remarks regarding Jose Diaz Balart and the DREAMers are yet another example of the disdain some members of the right wing media hold towards Latinos. Such comments should be condemned by all fair minded Americans. In addition, the Latino community, which is 50 million strong, will show its disappointment in all politicians who subscribe to Ms. Ingraham’s view of the world by using the power of its vote in November.”

Weekly Address: America is Leading the World

In this week’s address, the President reiterated the forceful and optimistic message of American leadership that he delivered in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week. America is leading the world against the most pressing challenges, including the fight to degrade and destroy ISIL, the effort to stop the Ebola epidemic, and the movement to confront the threat from climate change.

The world looks to America and its commitment to freedom in the face of uncertainly, and as the President said, it will continue to do so for generations to come.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El liderazgo global de Estados Unidos

En el mensaje de esta semana, Juan Gonzalez, asesor del Vice Presidente para asuntos de América Latina, reiteró el mensaje contundente y optimista del liderazgo estadounidense que el Presidente Obama pronunció en su discurso ante la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas a principios de esta semana. Estados Unidos está liderando el mundo contra los desafíos más urgentes, incluyendo en la lucha para degradar y destruir ISIL, el esfuerzo por detener la epidemia de Ébola, y el movimiento para hacer frente a la amenaza del cambio climático. El mundo mira a Estados Unidos y su compromiso con la libertad frente a la incertidumbre, y como dijo el Presidente, continuará haciéndolo para las generaciones venideras.

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

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

DPNM Calls on Governor Martinez to Explain Destruction of Public Records

Former DA Amy Orlando’s office destroying possibly incriminating public records from Gov. Martinez’s tenure raises troubling questions

Yesterday the New Mexico Third District Attorney’s office released a report that former DA Amy Orlando’s office destroyed possibly incriminating public records from Martinez’s tenure as District Attorney. Ms. Orlando, currently General Counsel for the Department of Public Safety, was Governor Martinez’s handpicked successor as DA.

This report raises troubling questions.

What happened to these e mails? Was Governor Martinez aware? What public resources were used to bolster Martinez’s 2010 campaign?

These questions go well beyond politics –now it’s a matter for law enforcement professionals. If public records were destroyed to help Governor Martinez, the people of New Mexico deserve to know. We call for Governor Martinez, her former staff and allies to come clean and explain what happened.

Read the District Attorney’s final administrative report.

District Attorney D’Antonio Releases Report on Deleted E-mails Under Prior Administration

Third Judicial District Attorney, Mark D’Antonio released an “Administrative Investigative Report” of missing e-mails and destruction of computer hard drives by former District Attorney employees.  The report was prompted by difficulty encountered in the District Attorney’s Office responding to a request made under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). Mr. D’Antonio issued the following statement:

Amy Orlando

Amy Orlando

“It is the policy of my office to respond quickly and thoroughly to public records requests made by any citizen.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to comply with a recent IPRA request for e-mail correspondence because it appears that e-mails related to District Attorney business have been intentionally deleted and hard drives may have been destroyed by the prior administration.  Also very troubling is that one of the few e-mails that were found during this investigation reveals  the former District Attorney and current Department of Public Safety General Counsel, Amy Orlando, ordered staff to make it difficult for my incoming administration to apply for more than $200,000  of federal grants under the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative.”

“That e-mail clearly shows a mind set to put politics above public safety and justice. I made a commitment to the people of Doña Ana County and New Mexico that politics would have no place in my decision making and that all citizens would have free and open access to their District Attorney’s Office. I want to take this opportunity to reassure the people that the inappropriate behavior and activities that took place prior to my taking office are not occurring now and will not be tolerated under my watch.”

Final Administrative Report Click Here.

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