“Siempre dicen no”

The Democratic National Committee’s latest Spanish-language ad calls out Republicans for saying no to President Obama’s policies, including the American Jobs Act—which would put more Americans back to work and more money into the pockets of small businesses and middle-class families.

The ads will launch in selected markets next week, but you can watch and share them online today. For more on how the American Jobs Act will impact Hispanics, the citizens of New Mexico, or the legislation’s impact on other communities visit the American Jobs Act Web site.

Attorney General Gary King Announces Successful Conclusion to Corruption Case

Attorney General Gary King says Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. has agreed to resign and plead guilty to multiple felonies involving two separate cases. “Another important step was taken today in the prosecution of government corruption in New Mexico,” says AG King. “I congratulate my Government Accountability Division staffers for their good work and dedication in pursuing this matter.”

The PRC Commissioner agrees to plead guilty to two  separate embezzlement charges; fraudulent use of a credit card; theft of identity; violation of the state Election Code, Campaign Reporting Act, and Voter Action Act; and conspiracy to commit violation of the Election Code.

Block, Jr. has also agreed never to seek public office again and to repay the state for all improper charges involving state gasoline charge cards. The Attorney General adds that the state can likely save a million dollars in expected costs for impeachment proceedings in the legislature.

A sentencing agreement requires the defendant to successfully complete a drug court program and meet other requirements before final sentencing by the Court.

Not One Candidate! Is This Leadership?

When Republican debate audiences cheered for Texas’s execution record, chanted in support of letting an uninsured man die, and booed an active-duty gay soldier, the candidates on stage were silent.

None of them spoke up to admonish the crowd and call for civility. Or as the Concord Monitor put it: “Not one candidate, in situations that cried out for leadership, exhibited leadership.”

Watch and share the Democratic National Committee’s new video.

The American Jobs Act: Get Going!

You know the saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

We’ve got to get going right now—and put America back to work. And President Obama’s American Jobs Act would do just that. It would create jobs fixing roads and bridges, give tax credits to companies that hire new workers, and put more money in the wallets of the average worker. Tell Congress, no more games, pass the plan!

Check out the Democratic National Committee’s newest ad, and share it with your friends and family.

Doña Ana County Democrats Kick Off Fall at the Whole Enchilada Fiesta

Doña Ana County Democrat came out in force this past weekend to greet voters and launch our fall voter registration efforts at the 31st Annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta in Las Cruces. The Fiesta, southern New Mexico’s largest, drew as many as 40,000 to Las Cruces over the three day event.

Over the weekend, Doña Ana County Democratic Party volunteers and a team of  deputy registrars signed up new voters, greeted area residents and visitors, and distributed campaign literature for the upcoming national, state, and municipal elections. Joining Doña Ana County Democrats at the booth this weekend were Las Cruces City Councillor Miguel Silva, County Clerk Lynn Ellins, Mark D’Antonio, candidate for District Attorney, and Evelyn Madrid Erhard who is running for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District.

Councillor Miguel Silva and County Commissioner Scott Krahling were also selected to judge entries at the annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta parade on Saturday morning.

NAACP and LULAC Denounce Governor’s Extremist Allies on Driver’s License Issue, and Discriminatory Anti-Immigrant Agenda

In a joint press release, New Mexico’s chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) said they are concerned and appalled by the involvement of the Americans for Legal immigration PAC (ALIPAC) in New Mexico politics, as well as Governor Susana Martinez’s continued attacks on immigrants and her apparent abuse of power.

“It has become apparent that Governor Martinez’s anti-immigrant political agenda relies on support by national organizations with no ties to New Mexico and with questionable motives,” said Pablo Martínez, a member of the LULAC Board and former law enforcement administrator. “We’re concerned by ALIPAC’s documented ties to white supremacists and other extremist organizations.”

In an article in the Albuquerque Journal, ALIPAC President William Gheen said the group will lobby New Mexico lawmakers to fight the “illegal immigrant invasion of America.”

NAACP and LULAC pointed to reports by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that have repeatedly labeled ALI-PAC as an “nativist extremist” group and an organization that goes beyond mere advocacy of restrictive immigration policy to actually confront or harass suspected immigrants or their employers. Click for SPLC report.

They also pointed to statements in 2009 by the Anti-Defamation League decrying actions taken by white supremacists and Neo-Nazi groups on behalf of ALIPAC: click here and here.

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New Mexico State Land Office Earns Almost $10 Million for Oil and Gas Lease Sale

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell has announced that the New Mexico State Land Office earned almost $10 million for beneficiaries during its monthly oil and gas lease sale held on September 20 in Santa Fe.

Thirty tracts were offered for lease and all 30 sold for a total of $9,990,591. “Our extremely knowledgeable and professional state employees at the State Land Office have once again helped make a positive contribution to the financial support of our public schools, universities, and hospitals,” said Commissioner Powell. “In addition, this added revenue helps keep our taxpayers bills lower.”

The bonuses, or bids, earned from this month’s sale go directly to trust beneficiaries including public schools, hospitals and universities. The bid winners have earned the right to explore and develop oil and gas on their respective tracts for the next five years. The tracts must be active at the end of the lease or they revert back to the state. Leases offered by the State Land Office include 5-year development leases and 5-year discovery leases, which have different royalty rates. The lease sale results are posted on the State Land Office website at www.nmstatelands.org.

The Oil, Gas and Minerals Division of the State Land Office manages non-renewable resources, evaluates commodity resources, administers the monthly oil and gas lease sales and leases. The division is responsible for leasing and managing about 7,841 active oil and gas leases and 188 active mineral leases, together covering 2.9 million acres of the 13-million-acre trust mineral estate. Since
Commissioner Ray Powell took office in January 2011, more than $82 million has been generated through the Oil and Gas lease sales for the state trust.