Democratic Party of New Mexico Honors Native American Heritage Month

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement honoring Native American Heritage Month:

“This month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse culture, traditions, histories and knowledge that our Native communities have contributed to our state. As Democrats, we’re committed to ensuring tribal sovereignty is realized  and that all our members have a better understanding of the needs and issues facing our native communities.”

New Mexico is home to 23 federally recognized tribes–nineteen Pueblos, three Apache tribes, and the Navajo Nation. These communities enrich New Mexico’s diverse culture and contribute to the state’s economy.

DPNM Encourages New Mexicans to Get Covered

New Mexico – Starting today, the open enrollment season for 2018 health care coverage plans begins, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico is encouraging all New Mexicans to get covered. Anyone can go to HealthCare.gov to find affordable health insurance plans or to check if they are eligible for health coverage for free or at a reduced cost. Open enrollment starts November 1st and ends December 15.

 “Every New Mexican should have access to quality health care coverage. But, President Trump has pushed relentless attempts to make the enrollment process more difficult. The Democratic Party of New Mexico is committed to making this process as easy as possible, and we encourage everyone to visit BeWellNM.com to ensure they and their families are covered,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “

 The Democratic Party of New Mexico has provided the following graphic to outline the different ways New Mexicans can get covered.

 

Governor Susana Martinez Makes List of Least Popular Governors

New Mexico – Today, the Governor Martinez was named the sixth least popular governor in the country in Morning Consult’s Q3 2017 RANKINGS America’s Most and Least Popular Governors. The poll shows that Governor Martinez has earned a 52% disapproval rating, after months of playing political games with higher education funding, vetoing bills that would build New Mexico’s economy, and campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidates while her administration is wrought with mismanagement.

“Governor Martinez’s seven years as governor shows us what happens under a Republican governor—stagnant economy, lack of focus on education, and constant attacks on our people to push an extreme political ideology. But we have an opportunity to change direction. Democrats will be fighting every day until the end of the 2018 election to make sure we stop another extreme Republican from getting into office,” said Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Richard Ellenberg.

The article notes that Governor Martinez is “went down 14 net points” and is “underwater — 37 percent approve vs. 52 percent disapprove.” Since the last Morning Consult rankings were released in July, Governor Martinez’s PED introduced changes to K-12 Science Education that omit basic scientific principles, New Mexico is still at the bottom for unemployment, Governor Martinez has been caught up in pay-to-play scandals, she walked out of a local restaurant without paying, and has also been connected to a highly political removal of an effective New Mexico university president.

Currently, Republican Steve Pearce is running on the same economic agenda that failed to provide a stable economic footing for New Mexico families. Under the current Republican policies, New Mexico has seen damaging budget deficits, a drop in credit rating, and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Pearce Supported DeVos, Has Limited Support for Public Education

New Mexico – One day after Steve Pearce blatantly misrepresented his positions as supportive of public education in a news article, the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who he supported took away guidance on protections for disabled students.

“Steve Pearce’s dishonesty is uncanny–his actions don’t reflect anything he’s saying. Despite the message he has been pushing about jobs, education, and immigration, it’s important we set the record straight. Steve Pearce is an extreme Republican who would rather push his political ideology than support policies that are good for New Mexicans,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of Mexico.

Throughout his tenure, Steve Pearce has opted to support policies that would take resources from our schools and put profits ahead of students. In November 2016, Pearce voiced no concern over Trump’s voucher plans and said he was, “excited to work with the Trump administration.”

During President Trump’s nomination process, Pearce praised his nominations including his choice for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who had a history of being responsible for one of the biggest school reform disasters in the country. Since then, DeVos has taken away programs that help students manage student loan debt, removed guidelines to address campus sexual assault, and just this week, rolled back protections for students with disabilities.

National Journal Names New Mexico Top State to Flip Governor Seat in 2018

New Mexico – Last night, National Journal named New Mexico as the top state to flip in 2018 citing eight years of Governor Susana Martinez and Democrats’ success in federal races.

“It’s clear that Governor Martinez’s Republican policies have put the state in a downward spiral, and New Mexicans can feel it. But we have an opportunity to change our state’s trajectory by electing a Democrat in 2018, so our families can start to feel the economic recovery,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.=

Currently, Republican Steve Pearce is running on the same economic agenda that failed to provide a stable economic footing for New Mexico families. Under the current Republican policies, New Mexico has seen damaging budget deficits, a drop in credit rating, and the highest unemployment in the country.

DPNM Vice Chair Wins National Leadership Elections

DPNM Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra will serve on the executive committees of the national Democratic Hispanic & Women’s Caucuses

 

Las Vegas, NV – At the Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada today, Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra was elected to the executive board of the national Democratic Women’s Caucus and Democratic Hispanic Caucus. Each office has a two year term.

The elections today, were part of the first Democratic National Committee meeting since Tom Perez was elected chair.

“I’m very honored that I have the opportunity to represent New Mexico on a national level, ” said Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra. “In my role I will make sure that our communities are represented and that the Democratic Party is aware of the challenges and opportunities in our state.”

The Democratic Women’s Caucus is the national arm of the Democratic National Committee that bolsters the Democratic Party’s goal to ensure full equality for women. The caucus encourages full and equal participation of women in the Party; backs women who aspire to public office; and raises awareness of women’s issues on the national level.

The Democratic Hispanic Caucus fosters better and more representative government for Hispanics; increase the political participation and influence of Hispanics Democrats; and support and call for legislation and government action on a national, state, county and local level which reflects the best interest of the Hispanic community.

During this meeting DNC Chair Tom Perez also appointed the most diverse slate of appointments to the DNC that:

– Doubles millennial representation,

– Doubles Native American representation,

– Doubles AAPI representation,

– Includes Ellie Perez, a DREAMer from Arizona,

– Increases LGBTQ representation,

– Increases the representation of Puerto Ricans, and

– Includes unprecedented labor representation, with 21 different unions represented

Democratic Party of New Mexico Credits Public Engagement for PED Change of Tune on Science Curriculum Standards

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico credited public engagement for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) change in tune on science curriculum standards. After public outrage was made clear, Governor Martinez’s PED announced that they would not be including the politicized changes they proposed in September.

“New Mexico was facing the possibility of Governor Martinez’s PED altering science education in a way that would have put New Mexico kids at a disadvantage. Despite the New Mexico PED hosting a hearing during a time when many folks are at work, despite the fact that the PED pushing a highly politicized agenda, New Mexicans made a difference, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico was proud to stand with the community,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We will continue to monitor this process and advocate for solid scientific principles to be taught in our classrooms.”

Last month, Governor Martinez’s Public Education Department proposed changes to the New Mexico K-12 Science Standards that omit basic scientific principles. The omissions would have put New Mexico kids at a competitive disadvantage and risk their future endeavors. The outrage spanned from parents, teachers, students and the New Mexico’s top science industry leaders through public comment, op-eds, attendance at the public hearing, marches and rallies. The massive engagement swayed Governor Martinez’s PED to abandon their ploy to include politicized edits in K-12 science education curriculum.

DPNM Statement on GOP Announcement for New Mexico Attorney General

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after GOP candidate for Congress Michael Hendricks switched races and flimsily decided to run for New Mexico Attorney General.

“It’s concerning that the Republican Party would run a candidate with no criminal prosecution or fraud investigations experience,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra.

The New Mexico attorney general is responsible for prosecuting criminal and civil offenses; enforcing consumer protections, and serve as legal counsel for the state. According to Hendrick’s website, he does not have any background prosecuting criminals or investigating fraud.

New Mexico Democrats Join Community at Rally to Demand Full Adoption of Next Gen Science Education Standards Without Politicized Edits

Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Democrats joined the community to rally outside the PED hearing on proposed edits to Next Generation Science Education Standards to demand that the standards be adopted and implemented in their entirety. Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens took the street to ensure the facts were clear on the proposed edits.

During the rally, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg said, “Democrats are here because we care about New Mexico children…because we care about our future.”

In September, Governor Martinez’s Public Education Department proposed changes to the New Mexico K-12 Science Standards that omit basic scientific principles. The omissions have the potential to put New Mexico kids at a competitive disadvantage and risk their future endeavors.

The Bernalillo County Democratic Party Strike Force played a significant role gathering Democrats to attend the rally and submit comments opposing the changes to the Next Generation Standards.

Also present at the rally was Democratic N.M. Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (Los Alamos) who pointed out the economic impact the edits would have on our state, “This puts our state at risk of being dismissed by cutting edge industry.” Garcia Richard is also an elementary school teacher.

N.M. Representative Bill McCamley (Las Cruces) attended the hearing to defend the Next Generation Science Standards. McCamley carried a bill during the 2017 legislative session that would have required the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in their entirety. You can read the op-ed he penned with colleague and teacher N.M. Representative Adrés Romero (Albuquerque) here.

More information on the Next Generation Science Standards is available here.

Supporting groups at the rally included:

  • 350.org
  • Bernalillo County Democratic Party Strike Force
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Climate Parents
  • Conservation Voters of NM
  • Democratic Party of New Mexico
  • Earth
  • Earth Care
  • Energy Foundation
  • Environment NM
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Moms Clean Air Force
  • National Center for Science Education
  • National Education Association- New Mexico
  • New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
  • New Mexico Science Teachers
  • NM InterFaith Power and Light
  • NM Solar Energy Association
  • Retake Our Democracy
  • Santa Fe Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
  • Temple Beth Shalom

 

New Mexico Democrats Call on Steve Pearce To Speak Out Against Trump Administration’s Latest Sabotage That Will Increase Health Care Costs

Ending Cost Sharing Reduction(CSR) Payments Will Increase Premiums by 20%, Drive Up Federal Deficit

New Mexico – Today, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Richard Ellenberg called on Steve Pearce to speak out against President Trump’s latest act of health care sabotage that will drive up health care costs for hardworking New Mexico families. Experts say that President Trump’s decision to end Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments will increase health care premiums by around 20% while creating instability in the insurance marketplace and actually costing taxpayers more.

“For too long, Congressman Steve Pearce has put his extreme political ideology ahead of the health and welfare of New Mexico families. We call on him to speak out against President Trump’s latest act of health care sabotage that will drive up costs for people across our state.

“As a member of Congress, Steve Pearce could be leading the way on bipartisan plans to strengthen New Mexico’s health care system. Instead, he has chosen to cozy up to Donald Trump. But now, with affordable coverage for tens of thousands of New Mexico families hanging in the balance, Steve Pearce must put people first and oppose this dangerous decision.”