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.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Voter Registration Day

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing National Voter Registration Day:

“Fifty years ago, hundreds of young volunteers descended on Mississippi for Freedom Summer to register black Mississippians to vote. Despite being met with hatred and violence, the effort was an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement.

“Half a century after Freedom Summer, voter registration remains among the most effective methods by which to empower a community. Today, on National Voter Registration Day, and all days, we encourage every American to be sure they are able to exercise their right to vote.

“The Democratic Party believes that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate. That is why our Voter Expansion Project is committed to more than just protecting the vote, but to expanding the vote as well. Registering new voters is one of the DNC’s top priorities in 2014 and beyond, and we have used our data and technology advantage to develop tools that allow voter registration efforts to use their finite resources most efficiently.

“Unfortunately, Republicans have made the cynical calculation that their path to victory is a smaller electorate. Obstacles to registering to vote – such as elimination of same-day registration and refusal to adopt online registration – disproportionately affect young people, women, and communities of color. These are the same groups that are fueling the growth of the Democratic Party and the key to victory for Democratic candidates – and also comprise a majority of all Americans.

“The DNC is fighting to make sure that every eligible voter can register, every registered voter can vote, and every vote cast is counted. This National Voter Registration Day, everyone should take a few minutes to visit IWillVote.com orVoyAVotar2014.com to find out how to register to vote if they haven’t already. And if you are registered to vote, sign the pledge to vote this November atCommit2Vote.com.”

Weekly Address: The World Is United in the Fight Against ISIL

In this week’s address, the President thanked Congress for its strong bipartisan support for efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIL. This plan is part of the President’s comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and destroy the terrorist group, and does not commit our troops to fighting another ground war. America, working with a broad coalition of nations, will continue to train, equip, advise, and assist our partners in the region in the battle against ISIL.

In the coming week, the President will speak at the United Nations General Assembly and continue to lead the world against terror, a fight in which all countries have a stake.

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

En Español: Mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

New Mexico Sinks Deeper Into Poverty Under Martinez

In just the last two years of Susana Martinez’s “bold changes,” nearly 22,000 more people in New Mexico are living in poverty. Census figures out today show slightly more than one in five of our people suffering from hunger and being homeless. Nationally, this puts New Mexico second-highest in the rate of people living in poverty. But instead of working to help New Mexico’s poor break the cycle of poverty, in the past few days, Martinez was busy courting rich campaign donors in California and Texas, where she was born. New Mexico anti-poverty organizations are declaring that the new poverty ranking is a severe crisis that Martinez administration public policies and large tax cuts for big corporations have caused.

Susana Martinez is not only getting a failing grade for her state education blunders (think Hanna Skandera’s hiring), but in a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country’s 50 governors by job creation record, Martinez was ranked number 43. It is no wonder that tens-of-thousands of New Mexicans now live in abject poverty.

“Do New Mexicans really need further proof that my opponent would rather talk about my votes on 25-year-old legislation than discuss what she has done to fight poverty?,” said Gary King. “Her promised bold changes have only amounted to tax cuts for big corporations, less regulation, and cuts in key government spending…guess what? None of that is working to put food on the table for the people of New Mexico who need it most.”

King points to the large numbers of people leaving the state because they can’t find work, made worse by Martinez outsourcing local jobs, as key indicators of why our economy is spiraling downward.

“Let’s take our jobs back. People must earn a decent minimum wage. The growth focus should be on our state’s small businesses, not big corporations. Let’s improve our schools, not destroy them,”said King. “Nobody will work harder than me to turn things around for all New Mexicans as your next Governor.”

Senator Tom Udall Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on today’s 73-22 vote on a budget resolution to keep the federal government operating through mid-December:

“I voted for today’s budget resolution because it’s the right thing for New Mexico’s economy, and it supports jobs. New Mexico cannot afford another government shutdown and today’s vote took the threat off the table. This bill includes critical funding for New Mexico’s national labs and bases and an important provision that allows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant the flexibility it needs to continue recovery efforts after the radiological incident earlier this year. I’m proud to fight for these priorities and others for our state.

“However, with the nation moving toward war in the Middle East for the third time in three decades, arming the Syrian rebels was important enough that the Senate should have had a separate vote on it. ISIS is a threat that must be stopped, but like the New Mexicans I represent, I am deeply skeptical about the strategy for arming rebels in Syria and the possibility of further entangling our troops in a religious war in the Middle East. I was not willing to risk a government shutdown, weakening our security and risking New Mexico’s still-fragile economy over Senate process.

“The president must make his case to Congress if he believes we need to use military force beyond counter-terrorism strikes against ISIS, and Congress should debate an authorization to use force.”


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