Phone Bank or Canvas in Gallup for Democratic Candidates

Come Phone Bank in Gallup for Democrats. Join us for a fun afternoon making a few phone calls or Canvas for Democratic candidates in New Mexico.

Canvas:

Tuesday, August 28th @ 1:30pm

Phone Bank:

Tuesday, August 28th @ 3:30pm (dedicated shift)

You can phone bank at any time of the day, reach out to us if you want to phone bank from home or want to come at a different time!)

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Organizing for Democratic Candidates in McKinley County

Join us for a 90 minute Organizing for Democratic Candidates in McKinley County 101 training. This first training will be held at 11:30am on Tuesday August 28th.

Learn how to start organizing for Democratic Candidates in McKinley County.

  1. Organizing Volunteers
  2. Your First Phone Bank
  3. Canvassing your neighborhood

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Retake our Democracy in Gallup to discuss Strategies for the 2018 Election

This event has been cancelled.
Retake Our Democracy is a grassroots organization, co-founded by Roxanne Barber and Paul Gibson of Santa Fe, which is attempting to Engage, Educate, and Activate the 99%.  Paul and Roxanne will be in Gallup on Friday August 24 at 1:00pm (until about 2:30). We will be meeting at Camille’s to discuss Strategies for the 2018 Election, 2019 Legislative Priorities and the formation of a Legislative Response Team.  I know this is late notice and many of you are working at that time, but please come and join our conversation for all or part of the time if you can.
Regardless of whether or not you can make it on Friday, you can learn more about Retake on their website at Retake Our Democracy . Also, if you haven’t done so already, please go the site and click on Speak Up New Mexico! TAKE THE LEGISLATIVE SURVEY! I originally sent out the link to the survey in May and I know some of you have already completed it–Thank you!  For those of you who haven’t, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard as to what you deem are the most important issues for the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.  In addition, if you choose, you can sign up to participate on the Legislative Response Team (learn more about this at the end of the survey).

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE GALLUP CEREMONIAL PARADE & VOTER OUTREACH!

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.

Ceremonial Parade Walkers meet at the Aztec Theater@ 915 West Aztec Ave. Gallup, NM.  Look for Michelle Lujan Grisham banner.

Note: You can wear traditional Native American attire, rodeo attire or uniform.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m.

Gallup Flea Market need 2 volunteers for 8:00 am to 11:00 am Shift and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Shift.  Volunteers will be getting “Commit to Vote Democrat in 2018” cards filled out by Democratic supporters.

For more information contact:

Charmaine Jackson
Navajo Nation Field Organizer
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 357-7561
Email: charmaine@nmdemocrats.org

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Stingy Steve Pearce Profits Off Taxpayer $$$…

As multi-millionaire Steve Pearce calls on New Mexico’s unsalaried State Legislature

to forgo their pensions, he continues to collect a hefty congressional salary, use generous benefits, and will receive his own pension worth over $40k each year after retirement. At the same time, Pearce continues to hide his assets and income from the public by refusing to release his tax returns even as he promised to months ago.

“Multimillionaire Steve Pearce is demanding our citizen legislators give up modest benefits while he continues to rake in his Congressional salary, receive taxpayer-subsidized health care, and rack up a big fat pension? What a hypocrite.” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “If he really believes what he says, Pearce should lead the way: Release his tax returns like he said he would and give back the millions in salary, benefits, and travel expenses he’s received as a member of Congress to help start paying for the GOP’s $1.9 trillion tax cut.”

As a member of Congress, Pearce has also received benefits like tens of thousands of dollars in travel, and paid his own companies over $17,000 in federal reimbursements.

Let’s compare Pearce and a NM state legislator:

Pearce (after seven terms in Congress) NM Legislator (serving 14 years)
$174k salaryHigh quality subsidized health care

Pension worth over over $40k per year

No salaryNo health care

Pension worth about $15k per year

Pearce paid his own companies to shuttle him around in private aircraft.

  • 2010: the Albuquerque Journal reported that Pearce spent $17,483.07 in taxpayer dollars paying two of his own companies, Gree Ltd. and Trinity Industries Inc.. “Pearce, who held the 2nd Congressional District seat from 2003 through 2008, pocketed $17,483.07 in federal reimbursements for air travel with two Pearce companies.” [Albuquerque Journal, 10/21/2010]

Tax-Hiding Peas in a Pod:

More than three years after launching his campaign for President, Donald Trump continues to hide business deals, foreign ties, and conflicts of interest from the voting public by refusing to release his tax returns. Steve Pearce, once again following directly in Trump’s footsteps, seems to think he can get away with the exact same deception in his run for governor.

Just like Trump, Steve Pearce has exploited his public profile to get richer and now he’s got to hide the evidence. Pearce said would release his tax return 68 days ago, but he still hasn’t delivered on his promise to New Mexicans.

“The only reasonable explanation for Pearce’s blatant lies and refusal to release his tax returns is that, like President Trump, there’s something he doesn’t want you to know hidden in there,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Pearce has had 68 days to release the last five years of his returns, like he promised. And like with Trump, until we see Pearce’s returns, we can’t know whether he’s hiding shady foreign investments, corrupt business deals, or conflicts of interest that the public deserves to know about.”

PEARCE FOLLOWS: Doesn’t even pretend to have an excuse after his false promise

  • Pearce promises on-air to release his returns: “Lujan Grisham posted online five years of federal and state tax returns dating back to her first year in Congress, noting that the financial disclosures go beyond those provided by rival Democratic candidates. […] Through a campaign manager, Lujan Grisham called on Republican candidate Pearce to follow her example by providing directly to the public at least five years of tax returns. Pearce told a radio show host Wednesdaythat he would release his tax returns if Lujan Grisham did.”
  • And months later, there’s still nothing there:Pearce’s website contains no information on his tax returns, even though we know he’s worth millions.

DONALD TRUMP LIES: Cited “routine audit” to justify concealing his tax returns.

  • In 2016 Trump justified keeping his tax returns a secret by saying they were under a “routine audit”… routine for someone with a history of shadybusiness deals.
  • Fact checked: the Washington Post called out then-candidate Trump, saying “the audit does not prohibit from releasing the returns.”

Gun violence prevention takes center stage, with Giffords in Albuquerque

Courtesy of NMPoliticalReport.com

When retired U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly asked nine high school students how many knew someone who had been shot, all of them raised their hands.

The students were from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and two schools on tribal land.

He said that’s the first time every student raised a hand; it’s usually closer to 50 percent when he asks that in other states—and closer to zero percent in other developed nations.

Three of the students later said they had been shot at themselves .

Kelly appeared with his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Albuquerque on Tuesday. Giffords survived an assassination attempt in Phoenix in 2011 in which six other people were killed. She has since become one of the most high-profile gun violence prevention activists in the country.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and First Lady Liz Kistin Keller also took part in the roundtable discussion with student activists, some of whom were part of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence or March for Our Lives.

The students spoke about their experiences with gun violence. One high school student said he became involved when a friend killed himself with a gun. Another said that he’s known so many people who have been shot at that he’s lost count.

Kelly offered advice to the students on how to advance the cause of gun violence prevention. He encouraged them to vote, when eligible, to make sure their peers vote and to call their legislators and other elected officials.

Giffords herself briefly spoke, saying that we live in “scary times” and urged the students to “make our country a safer place, a better place.”

Keller told students that the real battleground is at the state level, in part because local governments have their hands tied.

But he was optimistic that their generation would be able to move gun violence protection forward.

“Thanks to your generation, I think there’s more hope than there has ever been to reduce gun violence,” he said.

He compared it to the LGBTQ rights movement, which saw a swift move towards gay marriage legalization after years of incremental moves forward.

Kelly agreed and said the group of students who took part themselves “stand out as a pretty compelling group of people” because of their diversity and backgrounds

“As a group of people, you guys can be pretty powerful if you organize as a group and worked on this issue at the state and local level,” he said.

Just down the hall, state legislators held a joint hearing that included presentations on four bills, including one that passed the Legislature last year and would have stopped domestic abusers from keeping their firearms, but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. .

Interim hearing

Julia Mazal and Sophia Lussiez, high school students who also participated in the roundtable discussion, presented a bill in front of the Legislative Health and Human Services and Courts, Corrections and Criminal Justice Committees.

According to the students, the Child Access Prevention Bill would prevent minors from accessing guns.

Mazal told legislators two-thirds of school shootings could not have happened if the shooter did not have access to guns, such as at home. Since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, nearly 150 young men have turned firearms upon schoolchildren.

One bill that has a chance of passing next year would prevent people who are convicted of domestic violence or stalking from owning a gun. Currently, there is no legal framework in the state for the removing firearms from those convicted of domestic abuse.

State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, said the bill would save lives.

“The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations makes it five times more likely that the woman will die,” she said. “And it is one of the highest causes of death in domestic violence is the use of a gun.”

Similar legislation passed the Legislature in the 2017 legislative session, but Martinez vetoed the bill. She said in her veto message that judges already had the authority to bar those subject from restraining orders from possessing firearms.

While it has been rare for gun control bills to become law over the past few decades, thanks in large part to lobbying from organizations like the National Rifle Association, some states have passed so-called “red flag” laws to allow authorities to remove firearms from those deemed to be an imminent danger to themselves or others.

State Rep. Daymon Ely, R-Albuquerque, said eight states have passed red flag laws since the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February.

Hannah Shearer, a staff attorney and Second Amendment Litigation Director with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said it isn’t just for preventing mass shootings, but to prevent suicides.

“New Mexico has a real opportunity to use this law to reduce its high suicide rate,” she said.

New Mexico has the eighth highest rate of suicide in the nation.

State Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, also presented a bill that would close what he calls a loophole on gun sales through the internet by requiring background checks for gun sales arranged online.

“This is about denying convicted felons and people who should not have possession of firearms,” Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Harold Medina told legislators.

Giffords Visit Puts Pearce In The Hot Seat

Failing to acknowledge that common sense gun laws lead to safer communities and save lives, for 20 years Steve Pearce has worked hand in hand with his major donors in the gun lobby to halt any progress. Only three sitting members of the House have gotten more cash from gun lobbyists.Since his early days as a state legislator, Pearce has worked to block child access prevention laws, undermine concealed carry restrictions, and he even opposed legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and domestic abusers.

“New Mexico has one of the highest rates of death from gun violence in the country, but it seems like Steve Pearce doesn’t care,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “There are steps New Mexico must take to protect our communities, but Steve Pearce is more interested in helping the NRA and Donald Trump put more guns on the streets.”

Pearce said he supports background checks, but voted against strengthening life-saving checks.

  • 2002: Pearce Said He Supported Background Checks. In 2002, Pearce said he supported background checks to prevent felons from acquiring weapons. [Albuquerque Journal, 5/23/02]
  • 2015: Pearce Voted for Blocking Consideration Of Background Checks For Gun Purchases. In October 2015, Pearce voted for to block consideration of a vote “on the bipartisan King-Thompson Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act to strengthen the life-saving background checks that keep guns out of the wrong hands.” The previous question passed, 244-183. A vote against the previous question was to force a vote on background checks. [H Res 466, Vote #541, 10/8/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 10/23/15]

Pearce has fought child access prevention laws since 1999.

  • 1999: Pearce voted against the “Children and Firearms Safety Act.”The law would have required firearms dealers to provide safety locks and required owners to safeguard guns from children. [HB 239 1999]
  • 2006: Pearce Supported Overturning Law Requiring Child Safety Locks on Handguns. In 2006, Pearce voted in favor of an amendment to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all handguns sold in the United States. In 2005, President Bush signed legislation giving gun makers broad protections from civil lawsuits, but that law contained the mandatory trigger lock provision. The amendment reversed the trigger lock provision. [Reuters, 6/29/06] The amendment passed 230-191. [HR 5672, Vote #343, 6/28/06]

Pearce supports letting domestic abusers keep firearms.

  • New Mexico had the third highest rate of men killing women, and more than half of these intimate partner victims are killed with a firearm.
  • 2011: Pearce Voted Against a Motion that Would Prevent Concealed Weapons for Stalkers and Abusers. Pearce voted against a motion that prevented the forced recognition if the permit carrier had been convicted of a sex offense against a minor; had a restraining order for harassing, stalking or threatening loved ones, partners or the children of partners; or if the attorney general had determined them suspected to be, engaged in, or supported terrorism. [CQ Floor Votes, 11/17/11] The motion failed 161-263. [HR 822, Vote #851, 11/16/11]

Pearce voted 20 times to let suspected terrorists purchase firearms.

And he doesn’t think states should have any leeway to pass reasonable gun laws.

  • In August 2017, Pearce Sponsored “Reciprocity” Legislation that Would Undermine New Mexico’s Training and Screening Standards for People Seeking Concealed Carry Licenses. According to the Los Alamos Monitor, “With members of Congress returning home for August recess, Americans for Responsible Solutions on warned that concealed carry “reciprocity” legislation would undermine New Mexico’s rigorous training and screening standards for people seeking to obtain licenses so they can carry concealed handguns. Robin Lloyd, director of government affairs for Americans for Responsible Solutions, warned that as many as 25 other states do not meet New Mexico’s requirements for background checks and firearms safety training for people authorized to carry concealed weapons. New Mexico could be forced to allow unverified people from other states to carry concealed guns in public places under the proposed legislation, according to a flier distributed by the group. [Los Alamos Monitor, 8/2/17]