Doña Ana County Democrats Annual Dinner

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County

Dr. Liz Rodriguez-Johnson, County Chair

presents:

The Doña Ana County Democrats Annual Dinner

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6 PM

Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Keynote Speaker
State Senator Joseph Cervantes

Please RSVP by March 27, 2017 by 5:00PM
(Please book early, last year was a sell out)

For more information, contact
Liz Rodriguez-Johnson (575) 312-5677 lizrodjohn@aol.com

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INVITATION

 

Doña Ana County County Convention

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF DONA ANA COUNTY

The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County’s Pre-Primary Convention will be held onSaturday, February 27, Registration starting at 9:00 a.m., Meeting commencing at 10:00 a.m. at the Alma d’Arte, 402 W. Court Las Cruces, NM to elect delegates to the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Pre-Primary Convention to be held in Albuquerque on March 12, 2016.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s State Pre-Primary Convention will be held onSaturday, March 12, 2016 at Isleta Pueblo Resort, 11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM.

For further information, call (575) 650-4648 or go to www.donaanademocrats.com – Paid for by the Democratic Party of Dona Ana County, P.O. Box 16144, Las Cruces, NM 88004

DPNM Southern Summit: Education Forum & Grassroots Training – November 9

Join The Democratic Party of New Mexico,
Chairman Sam Bregman, NMSU College Democrats
for the:

Democratic Southern Summit:
Education Forum & Grassroots Training

Saturday, November 9th, 20013

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

NMSU Campus – Memorial Tower Bldg., Health and Human Services Auditorium, Rm 101A
E. University Ave & Jordan Rd., Las Cruces, NM

Democrats all over New Mexico are concerned with the issues facing New Mexican students and educators. Please Join Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Sam Bregman, fellow democrats, and education experts for an Education Forum and Grassroots Training

 

Support County Clerk Lynn Ellins

Fellow Democrats:

Aug. 21, 2013 will be remembered as an historic day in the history of human rights in New Mexico. On that day the landscape shifted for LGBT people and their allies in our county and our state.

Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins at the annual Labor Day Breakfast, September 2
Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins at the annual Labor Day Breakfast, September 2

On that day, Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins opened the doors of his office to all committed, loving couples in New Mexico and began issuing marriage licenses. He did it despite opposition from the Governor’s Office and others opposed to equality for all. But he said he was tired of waiting for the courts, and his careful reading of the N.M. Constitution and statutes compelled him to move forward.

Now a group of Republican legislators have filed suit to turn back the clock, block our county clerk from issuing marriage licenses, and invalidate the marriages of the couples issued licenses in our county.

Mr. Ellins stood for you on Aug. 21. He needs our help now. Will you stand with him today with your donation? We who support his leadership appreciate your strong consideration and your generous financial support. Any contribution of $5 or more will go a long way to supporting our courageous county clerk, and the cause of equality for all New Mexicans.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU CAN AT:
http://www.equalitydonaanacounty.com/

The Second Inauguration of Barack Obama

On Monday, January 21, at 11:55 AM Eastern Time, President Obama delivered his Second Inaugural Address. The speech was 2,137 words long and took 15 minutes to deliver.

“America’s possibilities are limitless,” he said, “for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.”

You can read the official transcript here.

You can watch the video here.

Learn more

Doña Ana County Democrats Shine at opening of the State Legislature in Santa Fe

President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen takes the gavel in the State Senate
President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen takes the gavel in the State Senate

The legislative delegation from Doña Ana County had a major impact at the opening of the 51st Session of New Mexico’s citizen legislature on Tuesday as two new southern New Mexico Democrats joined the State Senate, and five new Democratic Representatives took their seats in the House, all representing Doña Ana County.

State Senator William P. Soules (D-37) and State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-31) joined Senate veterans Mary Kay Papen (D-38) and John Arthur Smith (D-35), while State Representatives Doreen Gallegos (D-52), Bill McCamley (D-33) and Phillip M. Archuleta (D-36)  took the oath for the first time. Returning to the House once again, where they had served in the past, were State Representatives Jeff Steinborn (D-35) and Nate Cote (D-53). The five new House members join State Representative Mary Helen Garcia (D-34) and Rudolpho “Rudy” Martinez (D-39) on the House side of the legislature.

Perhaps the greatest impact from part of the state on the new makeup of the legislature came at the opening of the State Senate session when Doña Ana County’s Senator Mary Kay Papen was elected, by acclamation, to head the Senate as President pro Tempore. Papen was nominated for the post by State Senator Pete Campos (D-8) of Las Vegas. Campos had earlier sought the post, but bowed out when the State Senate unified around the candidacy of Senator Papen.

President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen and her daughter Allison Kuper Smith
President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen and her daughter Allison Kuper Smith
State Senator Joseph Cervantes
State Senator Joseph Cervantes
State Representative Phillip Archuleta and Diana Archuleta
State Representative Phillip Archuleta and Diana Archuleta
State Senator Howie Morales and State Representative Doreen Gallegos
State Senator Howie Morales and State Representative Doreen Gallegos
State Representative Bill McCamley
State Representative Bill McCamley
State Representatives Jeff Steinborn and Nate Cote
State Representatives Jeff Steinborn and Nate Cote
State Representative Rudolpho "Rudy" Martinez
State Representative Rudolpho “Rudy” Martinez
State Senator Wiliam "Bill" Soules
State Senator Wiliam “Bill” Soules
State Senator John Arthur Smith
State Senator John Arthur Smith
State Representative Mary Helen Garcia and President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen
State Representative Mary Helen Garcia and President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen

Mary Kay Papen Elected President pro Tempore of the New Mexico State Senate

New Mexico State Senate President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (Photo: Shephen Jones, Democratic Party of Doña Ana County)
New Mexico State Senate President pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (Photo: Shephen Jones, Democratic Party of Doña Ana County)

Mary Kay Papen (D-38) of Las Cruces has been elected President pro Tempore of the New Mexico State Senate. The State Senate voted to elect Papen as the titular head of New Mexico’s upper house by acclamation. As head of the Senate she is empowered, under New Mexico law, to assign committee memberships to each of the forty-two members of the chamber.

Papen has a strong background in finance, economic development, and mental health issues. Papen is serving her fourth consecutive four year term in the New Mexico State Senate. She was re-elected from her southern New Mexico district in November with 67% of the vote, winning every precinct in the district against her Republican opponent. Prior to her first election she was a successful small business owner.

Mary Kay Papen is the first woman to serve in the post of President pro Tempore in seventy-three years. The last woman to hold the post was State Senator Elizabeth Coe of Carrizozo, so left the post in 1940.

Papen succeeds former State Senator Tim Jennings of Roswell as President pro Tempore. Jennings was defeated for re-election in 2012.