Submitted by David on 20 May 2013 - 10:20am
Young Democrats remain the corner stone for building the future. All of our ideas, policies and goals will fail unless we have full partnership and support from future generations.
On Saturday, I was honored to give the keynote address to the State YD Convention, here in Albuquerque. Nothing is more exciting than seeing Young Democrats at work, showing their excitement and passion for the Democratic Party. These young men and women are our future leaders, not only for New Mexico but for the nation.
The Democratic Party supports affordable options to help with student loans, like the law President Obama signed in 2010 that allows students to lower their rates to 10% of their income, which caps student loan repayments. The Affordable Care Act eliminated pre-existing conditions for minors and allows the option to stay on a parent or guardian’s health plan until the age of 26. More choices, more options, more freedom while making plans for the future.
DPNM endorses all efforts to defeat voter suppression--the Republican war on voting. Photo ID bills passed by Republican legislatures and signed by Republican Governors have one goal—prevent youth, seniors and minorities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Our party supports full inclusion for EVERYONE, excluding NO ONE.
We need, want and support YD energy, passion and involvement in all aspects of the state Democratic Party. DPNM is ready for Young Democrats to help us BUILD THE FUTURE.
NEW LOOK, NEW FEEL
Hope you like our new logo! DPNM Facebook and Twitter sites have incorporated this logo already and it will be on the website soon. Look for more changes in the coming months. We’re just getting started!
Submitted by David on 16 May 2013 - 2:54pm
DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman statement:
"All New Mexico Democrats mourn the sudden loss of our fellow Democrat, Jimmie Fox. She was an inspiration to all that knew her and to all New Mexico Democrats.
"As a lifelong Democrat and community activist, she always helped anyone less fortunate or that needed some support. That’s what Democrats do. Whenever we called upon her, she made herself available and answered the call.
"All of us are better people for having known her and I send sincere condolences to her friends and family from a grateful Democratic Party of New Mexico." (DPNM)
Saturday, May 18 at 2 PM
Church on the Hill
25203 US Hwy 84
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
DPNM Chair Bregman Calls for Skandara Resignation or Firing; Nominee 'Unqualified and Unconfirmable'
Submitted by David on 16 May 2013 - 11:24am
Governor Martinez allows Secretary-Designate to make up job title—action ‘arrogant and above the law’
DPNM Chair Sam Bregman called for Secretary-Designate Skandera to tender her resignation immediately, as unqualified, un-confirmable and for her unprecedented attempt to ignore the New Mexico State Senate and confirm herself as Secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Department.
“Governor Martinez has nominated a polarizing, partisan consultant as Public Education Secretary. Ms. Skandera is unqualified, cannot get confirmed after three legislative sessions and has set herself above the law, ignoring the authority of the New Mexico State Legislature. She has bestowed the title ‘Secretary of Education’ upon herself because she dislikes the process. This display of arrogance is a flagrant abuse of power and indicates the disdain Ms. Skandera and Governor Martinez have for the legislature and the laws of New Mexico. Ms. Skandera should resign now,” stated Chairman Bregman.
Currently, the two nominees for state cabinet departments, David Martin, Energy and Minerals and Ryan Flynn, Department of the Environment, are following state law and using secretary-designate for their job titles.
Submitted by David on 15 May 2013 - 9:49am
“Democrats share with all parents the commitment to prepare our children to lead lives of happiness and success. That’s why we’re dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to a first-rate education and the tools to drive our economy forward.” Democratic National Committee Statement on Education
For Democrats, education is one of our core values that will help build a better future for all New Mexicans.
New Mexico Democrats:
- Support full funding for schools; rejected in Governor Martinez’s budget.
- Support improving evaluation systems for teachers and students.
- Support Early Childhood Education-K-3+ programs, with an emphasis on targeting schools that need more resources to improve.
- Took Merit Pay out of state budget and away from PED Secretary-Designate from rewarding her friends and put the money back into public schools.
In addition, the Democratic Party of New Mexico supports the student loan reform overhaul, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. This law ended government subsidies to big banks and made college more affordable to thousands of New Mexicans.
All New Mexicans want a good education for their kids and grandkids. Democrats have stepped up and have presented common sense solutions that parents, teachers, educators, as well as our kids can understand and support.
Governor Martinez is concerned with glossy photo-ops and pushing failed, partisan agendas while ignoring the proven ideas that parents, teachers and educators endorse and support.
These individuals serve on the front lines every day, performing their jobs in a professional and dignified manner, within the communities where they live and work.
Thank you to all parents, teachers and educators for all the hard work and dedication you give to our students. It’s priceless.
Submitted by David on 13 May 2013 - 12:04pm
Governor Martinez and Mayor Berry begin and end their days pushing ideas and policies that fail to create jobs for out-of-work New Mexicans.
Governor Martinez and Mayor Berry begin and end their days pushing ideas and policies that fail to create jobs for out-of-work New Mexicans. Big photo-ops are staged in Albuquerque and around the state that display smiling children, balloons and big, empty promises. In Albuquerque, a few hundred jobs are offered by Target and the Downs Race Track, while thousands and thousands of applicants stand in line for hours waiting to apply. On Election Day, Governor Martinez hands out pizza to long lines, but offers a shrug, silence and a wave saying ‘good bye and good luck’ to the forgotten masses of New Mexicans that continue to leave because of this Governor’s failed policies and uncaring attitude.
Item: Mayor Berry refuses to enforce the new minimum wage law passed by city voters’ saying it’s up to the city attorney—the one he appoints and that reports directly to him. Next, he forces companies doing business with Albuquerque to fund his re-election campaign in violation of campaign finance laws, telling his friends to sue his City Clerk to make sure the law is overturned. Then, he outsources the city contract that promotes and markets Albuquerque, to New York, pushing local, small businesses that are qualified to receive this contract, under a speeding bus. These selfish, what’s-in-for-me Republicans are only concerned about the next election and making sure their friends receive government contracts.
Democrats are going to hold Governor Martinez and Mayor Barry accountable for their callous, indifference to the thousands and thousands of New Mexicans that have no job and no hope for the future.
The DPNM is building the future right now---new ideas, new energy, and new staff, ensuring that Democratic candidates stand up and promote pro-job policies while supporting strong ethics and transparency for all elected officials.
Bold change is coming—I’m just getting started.
Submitted by David on 9 May 2013 - 5:02pm
What's wrong with Albuquerque businesses?
Mayor Berry has decided that there is no company located in Albuquerque that is qualified to market and sell the Duke City nationally. According to Albuquerque Business First, the city of Albuquerque has hired a New York company to launch the first phase of a national campaign to market the Duke City.
“This is disrespectful to the struggling men and women who work hard every day building their small businesses. The Democratic Party believes that the people in Albuquerque are the best equipped to market Albuquerque,” stated DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman. “This type of mentality is why Mayor Berry needs to be voted out of office.”
DPNM Chair Sam Bregman says Mayor Berry is Fostering “Culture of Pay-to-Play” in Re-election Campaign
Submitted by David on 7 May 2013 - 7:36pm
Formal Ethics Complaint to be filed with Board of Ethics as Albuquerque Mayor Berry Solicits Campaign Funds from vendors doing business with the City
DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman has filed a formal complaint with the Albuquerque Board of Ethics, saying Mayor Richard Berry is fostering a “culture of pay to play” while seeking campaign funds from vendors holding city contracts. “Republicans were quick to go after Democrats a few years ago, ready to pronounce themselves judge and jury when allegations of impropriety surfaced. Now, when there is clear evidence of a violation of the city charter in requesting and accepting contributions that are against the law, there is dead silence and an attitude that says ‘we don’t care and no one will remember anyway’,’’ stated Chairman Bregman.
Governor Martinez recently vetoed House Bill 33, which would have required prospective contractors to disclose all campaign contributions and increased transparency by putting this information on the Sunshine Portal for all New Mexicans to access.
“New Mexicans want their elected officials to follow the law and practice full transparency with anyone seeking special access, especially campaign contributors. Governor Martinez and Mayor Berry talk a good game about transparency, then they do the complete opposite. More empty promises of promoting sunshine in government,” commented Chairman Bregman.
Submitted by David on 7 May 2013 - 6:10pm
Jill Cooper Udall and the host committee Invite you to a 65th Birthday Celebration honoring U.S. Senator Tom Udall Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:00pm at the Home of Jim Noel and Amanda Cooper 6690 Corrales Rd, Corrales
Jill Cooper Udall Jim Noel & Amanda Cooper, Diane Albert, Clara Apodaca, Kyle & Yasine Armstrong, Shana Baker, Timothy Backes & Herb Altheimer, Stan Betzer, Rebecca Branch, Kevin Calnan, Jim Collie, Robert Lara, Bob McNeil, Donnie Leonard & Donna Wylie, Kim Sanchez Rael, Peter Schoenburg & Jane McGrath, and Art Schreiber (Host committee still in formation).
Invite you to a 65th Birthday Celebration honoring U.S. Senator Tom Udall
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:00pm
The Home of Jim Noel and Amanda Cooper 6690 Corrales Rd, Corrales
Please help us to celebrate Senator Tom Udall’s 65th Birthday with a $65 contribution to his re-election campaign!
Suggested Contributions: Hosts – Raise or Write - $650 Guest - $65
Please RSVP to Brenna Gormley at 505.206.4683 or BGormley@TomUdall.com This event is complimentary to Turquoise & Gold Level Contributors.
Contributions are not tax-deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Please make personal or PAC checks payable to “Udall for Us All” and mail to PO Box 25766, Albuquerque, NM 87125 or contribute online at TomUdall.com
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 24 April 2013 - 11:52am
ALERT: Last night at the Bernalillo County Commission Meeting, County Commissioners voted 3-2 to raise Minimum Wage for working people.
It was a great win for all Bernalillo County residents, that was until the Republicans realized they were defeated and resorted to childish humor and sexism to trivialize the hard-working organizers who were there advocating for progress.
This is why just 22% of Americans are even willing to self-identify as Republicans. The Republican Party is out of touch, living in a different era, and every time they open their mouths they lose another chunk of mainstream America.
Check out what the Bernalillo County Republicans were tweetting and facebooking about when they realized they lost ( Attachment )
Please forward if you think this is disgraceful and they should apologize for their remarks.
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 1 April 2013 - 12:04pm
Okay for RJ, But No One Else
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Forrester 505-934-5681
April 1, 2013
Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry running for re-election this year, will need as much money as he can get to hide from his "do-nothing record," and it was clear early on that public finance wouldn't fund his campaign nearly as well as the fat cat donors who are lining up to keep their guy in City Hall.
However, that's a pretty big change in philosophy if you consider the fact that he was all for public financing in his first race and even touted it as a sign of his strong support when he qualified.
But contradictions are no problem for Mayor Berry, who, as expected, has simply flip-flopped on his views regarding public financing. We suppose that when it comes to his own political advancement, no belief is too fundamental, no value too core for this mayor to simply change his mind.
In 2009 when running for Mayor, RJ Berry said the following after qualifying for public financing:
“I am greatly humbled by the tremendous support my campaign has received from our many volunteers, family and friends from across this great city. Our momentum going into this campaign is incredible. Albuquerque is ready for a fresh start. This city is ready for a mayor who will bring a business-like approach and common sense to City Hall and who understands that accountability to the taxpayer is paramount. As mayor, I will work diligently on behalf of all Albuquerque citizens. I look forward to the campaign and to the election on October 6.”
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But today, as Democrat Pete Dinelli turns in enough $5 petitions and signatures to become a publicly financed candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, Mayor RJ Berry now sees it as a political opportunity on which he can (at least attempt) to pounce:
"In these tough economic times, Mayor Berry does not believe that taxpayer dollars should be used to fund political campaigns, particularly after much of the city's public financing law was ruled unconstitutional. Mayor Berry is receiving tremendous support from citizens, small business owners, job creators and employees. Contrary to Mr. Dinelli's belief, these are not special interests. The Berry campaign will not accept corporate donations and will publicly disclose every contribution his campaign receives, which will be limited in accordance with city law."
Below is statement from DPNM Executive Director Scott Forrester on Berry's flip-flop to hide his do-nothing record:
"Mayor RJ Berry cannot hide from the voters that in 2009 he thought public financing was paramount to his campaign, but now that he needs more money from special interests to hide from his "do nothing record" he is trying to spin public financing into something negative. That's cynical politics at his worst, and it's amateur hour at city hall. The best argument against the Mayor's statement today is the Mayor's statement from 4 years ago. All the Mayor had to do was go back and look at what he said himself, and he could have saved himself looking like the bald-faced hypocrite he now appears to be."
Mayor Berry cites the economy as his reason for not taking public financing. Are we to assume he just didn't notice that we were well into the recession when he took public financing before? And exactly whose fault is it that our economy hasn't turned around? With the exception of Albuquerque, every city in the region is adding jobs and growing at recovery pace, but Berry has done nothing to turn the economy around in Albuquerque. RJ cannot hide from his do nothing approach to Albuquerque's sinking economy, the black eye at the Albuquerque Police Department, or the colossal blunder that was ABQ the Plan.
It is time for him to go."