Democrats Oppose DeVos Confirmation

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, following the confirmation vote in favor of President Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement:

“The confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was a misstep for this country.  New Mexicans rely on public schools to provide a quality education for their children and Betsy DeVos’s record of supporting privatization efforts and lack of any education experience should have been disqualifying.  The vote today for a billionaire from the political donor class confirms that President Trump has no sincere intention of draining any swamp.

No one understands better than New Mexicans the potential damage that someone like Betsy DeVos can do to an education system.  New Mexico’s Public Education Department, under the leadership of Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera, serves as an unfortunate warning of what happens when public education is gutted.  We are thankful, however, that Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall continued their longstanding support of public education by voting against DeVos.”

New Mexico GDP Heading the Wrong Direction Under Gov. Martinez

Albuquerque, N.M. – Governor Martinez’s lack of leadership on the economy was highlighted in a new report today from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).  The BEA, a federal government agency under the Department of Commerce, released new gross domestic product (GDP) data for the third quarter of 2016.  The BEA’s analysis placed New Mexico at the bottom of GDP growth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the quarter.  According to the BEA’s statement, GDP growth for the quarter in New Mexico was -0.1 percent. Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, issued the following statement Thursday in response to this analysis:

“We are once again seeing New Mexico at the bottom of a positive economic indicator list.  Under Governor Martinez’s leadership, New Mexico’s economic prospects have continuously worsened to the point that our economy is actually shrinking.  This is just one more sign that Governor Martinez’s failed Republican economic agenda is not working for the state.  For New Mexico to turn around, the state must invest in early childhood education and work toward creating good-paying jobs, not enacting tax cuts for the well-connected.”

This Bureau of Economic Analysis release comes shortly after a report highlighting stagnant population growth in New Mexico resulting from a faltering economy.

DPNM: New Mexicans Categorically Reject Violence & Discrimination

Albuquerque N.M – Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement regarding the bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque:

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico condemns any type of violence against our communities solely based on how they pray. Diversity is our country’s and our state’s greatest asset.  Whether it is a bomb threat against the Jewish Community Center or someone setting fire to a Mosque in Texas, the Democratic Party of New Mexico stands with people of all faiths in rejecting violence and hate.”

DPNM: Free Speech Does Not Mean Free From Criticism

Albuquerque, N.M. – Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, issued the following statement Friday on Milo Yiannopoulos’ coming speech at the University of New Mexico

“Though the first amendment grants free speech, it does not mean free from criticism,” said Vice-Chair Sanchez, also a current UNM student. “Republican groups who brought a bigoted figure like Milo Yiannopoulos to New Mexico and entertain his hateful and harmful ideas, demonstrate their party’s lack of concern for our diversity and the pride we have in our culture.  Where are Republicans like Governor Martinez to stand against the GOP’s college arm hosting a proudly racist and misogynist speaker?”

Yiannopoulos is most known for his role in promoting the “alt-right” agenda, which is based on white supremacy and hate speech. He is also a contributor to Breitbart News, a fake news organization that promoted Donald Trump for president.

Will NM GOP Leaders Stand With Trump on Taxpayer-Funded Border Wall?

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Action to build a U.S. taxpayer-funded border wall on the border with Mexico:

“In New Mexico, we have always valued our hardworking immigrant communities, and our diversity. These values are now being attacked by President Trump and we must do everything we can to keep families together. On top of that, President Trump lied to the American people when he said the Mexican government would pay for the wall. Instead, President Trump is going to stick taxpayers with a $25,000,000,000 bill.

The United States of America was founded by immigrants, and throughout history, our greatest strength has been our diversity. Will President Trump’s New Mexican allies – Congressman Steve Pearce, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, and Governor Susana Martinez – stand idly by and allow New Mexican taxpayer dollars to be spent attacking hard-working communities?”