Broken Promises: Romney’s Massachusetts Record

When Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts, he said that with his private sector experience as a corporate buyout specialist, he was the only man for the job.

He had promised to balance the budget, to keep taxes low, to create jobs—but he didn’t deliver. While the national economy was growing, Massachusetts fell from 36th to 47th out of 50 states in job creation.

Watch this video to see why Romney economics didn’t work then, and won’t work now.

Senator Udall Announces almost $1.6 Million for Americorp Jobs

U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Wednesday that New Mexico will receive almost $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. Two agencies in Doña Ana County, AVANCE New Mexico and Families and Youth, Inc. will receive funding as part of the AmeriCorps grant.

The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs.

“AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico,” said Udall. “This funding will help AmeriCorps members gain valuable work and leadership experience in areas that face growing social and economic challenges.”

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through thousands of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other activities, AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, help veterans access employment and other services, respond to disasters, and recruit and train other volunteers.

AmeriCorps, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, engages 80,000 people each year in intensive, results-driven service through more than 14,000 organizations across the country. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 3.4 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 3.5 million disadvantaged youth. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.

Mitt Romney: Little to Like

When it comes to Mitt Romney, there’s little to like. Romney’s career has been a timeline of failure and bad leadership, from his time as a corporate raider shutting down businesses and outsourcing American jobs, to his abysmal economic record in Massachusetts, to his appearance yesterday with his ally Donald Trump. Really, Donald Trump?

When it comes to Mitt Romney and his pals, there’s little to like!

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Romney’s Day in Two Words: Total Disaster

Mitt and “the Donald”

Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president of the United States last night. Today should be a day of celebration for someone who’s been running for president for six years. But thanks to Donald Trump and the good people of Craig, Colorado, it’s been instead a complete disaster.

Romney spent the night in Las Vegas, getting overshadowed by one of his top surrogates: birther-in-chief Donald Trump. The Donald has been ramping up the birther rhetoric in recent days—with not a peep of protest from the candidate he represents. Instead of condemning Trump’s over-the-line remarks, Romney’s holding a fundraiser with him and making pathetic excuses: “I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.” It’s yet another example of Romney failing to take a stand against the extremists in his party.

But don’t take it from us. The Romney-Trump alliance is being described as a “total disaster,” “too dumb to be crafty,” and a “circus freakus.”

Earlier in the day, Romney stopped by rural Craig, Colorado, to inform residents that they’re “hurting right now under this President.” Well, that was news to them. As the Wall Street Journal reported, “As Mitt Romney decried the president’s regulatory agenda as a job-killer, residents of this rural coal-mining town were feeling a little more optimistic than the candidate’s rhetoric.”

One retired coal worker noted that the town hadn’t been hit by layoffs. Quite the opposite: They’ve been hiring. And even the elected officials attending the event—from the mayor of Craig to the Colorado Republican Party chair—deviated from Romney’s message of the day, noting that Craig had weathered the recession thanks to the local energy industry.

Congratulations on the nomination, Mitt—it’s too bad no one’s talking about it today.

Mitt Romney: Little to like!

President Obama Awards the Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama awards American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Today, President Obama honored 13 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This year’s recipients include cultural icons like Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison, as well as groundbreaking pioneers like former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Pat Summit, the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history. Also honored were Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and Jan Karski, whose work in the Polish resistance allowed him to share a first-hand account of the Holocaust with Western Allies.

The President said:

“Together, the honorees on this stage, and the ones who couldn’t be here, have moved us with their words; they have inspired us with their actions. They’ve enriched our lives and they’ve changed our lives for the better. Some of them are household names; others have labored quietly out of the public eye. Most of them may never fully appreciate the difference they’ve made or the influence that they’ve had, but that’s where our job comes in. It’s our job to help let them know how extraordinary their impact has been on our lives. And so today we present this amazing group with one more accolade for a life well led, and that’s the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

The Medal of Freedom is highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States. It was established in 1963 by President Kennedy and is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

See the full list of honorees here.

Justice Sotomayor: “Equal justice for all.”

Three years ago, President Obama nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Justice Sotomayor rose from the housing projects of the Bronx to take a seat in the highest court in the United States. In nominating her to the Supreme Court, President Obama demonstrated his commitment to diversifying the federal judiciary in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and life experiences — under President Obama, more women, African Americans, and Hispanics have been confirmed as judges than under Presidents Bush and Clinton.

President Obama is ready to fight for all of our communities, and make sure our children can grow up to be the next Supreme Court justices if they want to be, regardless of their background.

This video takes a look at where she came from, and the impact she’s had.

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Commemorates Memorial Day

Today, Memorial Day, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins our fellow Americans in commemorating the lives of those who have served in the cause of preserving the nation’s freedom. We pay honor to the fallen heros of every American conflict, from the fields of Lexington and Concord in 1775 to the mountain sides of Afghanistan.

We also join, today, in marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War, and honor the lives of those who fought in that conflict, with great valor, and pay special tribute to the 58,212 Americans who lost their lives in that war, and to their many comrades who were wounded or disabled during the conduct of the war.

We further honor the service of nearly three million Americans who served in the United States Armed forces during the thirteen years of that war, including over a million and a half who saw combat roles in the conflict.

On this day we join, as we should on every day, in honoring the sacrifices of those, in the words of President Lincoln, who have borne the battle, and for their families, for the cause of freedom for all of us. In that spirit we call on all Americans to come together to remember the men and women who gave their lives, in every conflict, so that we might continue to live free, and to strive for a just and lasting peace in our world.

Originally known as Decoration Day for the practice of leaving memorials at the grave sites of fallen soldiers, today’s national holiday was first observed by freed African Americans in the south at the end of spring, beginning in 1865, as a remembrance of the lives of the fallen liberators of the Civil War, both black and white, who had fought for and won emancipation. Newspaper accounts of those early annual events led General John Murray of Waterloo, New York to propose a national celebration of the lives of all fallen soldiers.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, the organization of Union Civil War veterans, issued G. A. R.  General Order No. 11, establishing Decoration Day for the members, families and friends of the veterans organization. May 30, 1868 was chosen by General Logan because it was not the anniversary of a Civil War battle. By 1891 each of the northern states had established Memorial Day as a state holiday. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an Act of Congress, honoring the service of every soldier in every American military conflict.

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Photo above: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C