Susana’s favorite “Democratic” candidate…Wait, what?

Governor Susana Martinez is at it again. She has sent her top donors to rescue “Democratic” Representative Carl Trujillo’s campaign with late attack ads.

In yesterday’s campaign finance filings, we learned about the super PAC New Mexico Strong. New Mexico Strong is funded solely by $224,250 from Chevron and $50,000 from Mack Energy – oil and gas companies that are among Susana’s most favorite and largest donors.  

Sound familiar? It should. In 2012, Susana did the same thing, coming in late with attack mailers to save Carl’s campaign when he was first elected into office, funded again by two large oil companies, including Mack Energy.

It is clear that Susana’s favorite candidate is Carl Trujillo because Carl has always been friendly to Republican causes, like oil and gas and corporate tax breaks.

But even before we learned about yesterday’s filings, we’ve known that Trujillo was in the pocket of Big Energy companies. At the beginning of May, the Santa Fe New Mexican published an article with the following examination of his donors:

A review of state campaign finance records shows the majority of the $100,290 Trujillo has raised comes from big legislative players who are often thought of as power-brokers, including oil and gas company Devon Energy and telecommunications giant CenturyLink. Showing up in his reports are a “who’s who” list of professional lobbyists, as well as contributions from other legislators and political action committees.

Now more than ever, we need to come together as real Democrats and stop Susana from taking over a Democratic primary with oil and gas money. Voters will have to decide this Tuesday if they’re going to back an accused sexual harasser who takes HUGE amounts of money from Big Oil and GOP PACs, or someone dedicated to moving New Mexico forward.

 

Our local public lands need your vote Tuesday

Across the country, and especially here in New Mexico, local leaders are holding the line and the next fight is coming to the ballot box in Dona Ana County NEXT TUESDAY.

If you live in the City of Las Cruces or east/ south of town, your vote for public lands counts in a big way on May 2. We’re working to put two progressive conservation champions on this board but they need YOUR VOTE!

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Kevin Bixby for Zone 3

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Kevin Bixby for Zone 3, which is east and south of Las Cruces. See map above

  • Kevin is founder and director of the Southwest Environmental Center.
  • He has spent his entire career in natural resources conservation, working with a broad range of groups and individuals to protect wildlife and wild places, restore habitats, promote environmental awareness and preserve our natural heritage.
  • He has lived in Las Cruces for nearly 30 years and currently serves on the executive committee of the Paso del Norte Watershed Council, and the steering committee of the Lower Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Committee.
  • Kevin is a strong believer in Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, in which soil, water, plants, wildlife, and humans are all part of the land community.
  • He is especially interested in helping the community to implement low-cost, common-sense measures, such as rainwater harvesting and tree plantings, that will help to conserve our precious water resources, address climate change and enhance our quality of life.

Kevin’s opponent, Joe Delk, has been steering the DASWCD for almost a decade and is an ardent conservative who aligns with Rep. Steve Pearce and staunchly opposed conservation and environmental protections.

 

 Craig Fenske for Zone 4
Zone 4 is the entire City of Las Cruces

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Craig Fenske for Zone 4, which is anyone in the city limits of Las Cruces

 

  • Craig Fenske is a retired Washington State University Extension Agent and retired City of Las Cruces Coordinator for Keep Las Cruces Beautiful.
  • As an extension agent in Whatcom County Washington, he organized both public and private organizations to lead a forest conservation tour for over 1000 sixth graders giving them a hands-on forest experience with professional conservationists.
  • As coordinator for Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, he mobilized volunteers for numerous community beautification events including Great American Cleanup, Trek for Trash and Arbor Day events.  He organized the City of Las Cruces Tree Steward program which trained volunteers to lead community tree planting events, assist in the City nursery, and serve as advocates for trees.
  • Craig is a skilled community organizer developing volunteer-driven programs that serve both youth and adults.
  • He would like to apply his broad experience creating public-private partnerships to promote trees and habitat rehabilitation in Dona Ana County.
  • He would like to focus on partnering with K-12 schools to apply his experience in organizing recycling education programs in Las Cruces Public Schools to serve as a jumping off point for conservation education in our Dona Ana County schools.

Craig’s opponent, Kent Thurston, is a land developer clearly more interested in seeing growth on open spaces then working to preserve them.

YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT ALL THIS INFORMATION AND TAKE IT WITH YOU TO THE POLLS, OR EASILY SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! 

WHAT: Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Election

WHERE: Five voting centers across the county (See map above)

WHEN: May 2, 2017. 7am to 7pm

WHY: Because it matters!

It may be a small election, but getting two new, PROGRESSIVE, members onto the DASWCD board would be a big win for conservation in Doña Ana County. It also would show those that doubt our commitment to staying active and involved in opposing the Trump agenda which seeks to harm our environment and our very sense of democracy.

 

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Your 2017 APS/CNM Progressive Voter Guide is here!

APS elections are just over a week away and Gov. Martinez is teaming up with the local Tea Party targeting four more seats – enough to give them a majority on the APS board – and the tactics they are using are right out of the national Tea Party playbook.

Now we get the first chance – in the first election since Trump’s inauguration and our resistance marches – to show local organizing power.

Across the country, conservatives are using their new organizing power to take over school boards to force schools to teach their brand of history and destroy public education.

  • In 2013 in Colorado, the local Tea Party elected 3 new members as part of a wave of conservative “reformers” taking over Colorado school boards. They formed a majority on the five-member Jefferson County School Board.
During their two years in office, “they imposed merit pay, diverted public-school funds to charter companies, and tried to make the curriculum more “patriotic.” (Labor Notes News)
  • In North Carolina, the election of four Tea Party conservatives to the Wake County school board led to a 2010 vote abolishing long-standing school integration measures, and other major changes are expected.
  • In May 2010, the [Tea Party-majority] Texas state board of education (SBOE) was garnering national attention as it considered – and eventually approved –  new social standards that were designed to neutralize the perceived liberal bias in the teaching of U.S. history.

In D.C., Donald Trump has nominated a billionaire private school advocate, Betsy DeVos to be education secretary, and progressives have overwhelmed Senate offices with calls and letters to stop her.

We need that same power here in ABQ. Locally, candidates for APS Board have promised to rollback anti-bullying and anti-discrimination rules protecting LGBT students, to end “political correctness” in teaching and push through  “moral” minded education policies. [Read more]

ProgressNow’s researchers dug into each candidate, researching their education history, campaign platforms and endorsements (from teachers and tea parties) to bring you our 2017 APS/CNM Progressive Voter Guide.

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Because these elections only turn out a few hundred voters in some districts, taking over is easy. That’s their plan and they’ve shown they can.

Find out if your APS or CNM Board member is up for election using district maps here.

 

– Pat Davis
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In 2015, after an APS board member started organizing parents to opt-out of Gov. Martinez and Hanna Skandera’s new testing scheme, Governor Martinez used her personal Super-PAC, “Susana PAC,” to fund more than $15,000 in contributions, robocalls and attack ads against her.  The Gov’s Tea Party candidate won.

We won’t let them take over these elections, but we need your help. Donate to help us spread this voter guide to 8,000 households most likely to vote in these races.

Disgusting new ads in APS races preview Tea Party takeover of APS board

In 2015, Governor Martinez used her personal Super-PAC, “Susana PAC,” to fund more than $15,000 in contributions, robocalls and attack ads against an APS school board member who had been critical of Martinez’s (failed) education policies.  The Gov’s Tea Party candidate won.

That candidate became the lead voice against new APS rules protecting LGBT students and families from bullying and discrimination.

She even helped amplify a fake news campaign firing up Tea Party voters against the “sick… perverted… and politically correct” rules required by federal anti-discrimination laws.

As a couple of New Mexico’s few openly-gay elected officials, this kind of attack hits home so we’re asking you to help us fight back.

APS elections are just 3 weeks away and our Tea Party is targeting four more seats – enough to give them a majority on the APS board – and the tactics they are using are right out of the national Tea Party playbook.

— In 2013 in Colorado, the local Tea Party elected 3 new members as part of a wave of conservative “reformers” taking over Colorado school boards. They formed a majority on the five-member Jefferson County School Board.
During their two years in office, “they imposed merit pay, diverted public-school funds to charter companies, and tried to make the curriculum more “patriotic.” (Labor Notes News)

— In North Carolina, the election of four Tea Party conservatives to the Wake County school board led to a 2010 vote abolishing long-standing school integration measures, and other major changes are expected.

— In May 2010, the [Tea Party-majority] Texas state board of education (SBOE) was garnering national attention as it considered – and eventually approved –  new social standards that were designed to neutralize the perceived liberal bias in the teaching of U.S. history.

 

Don’t believe that can happen here? Just check out their ads:

APS Tea Party Candidates

In District 7, Brian Tierney is the Vice President of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Tea Party.
In District 5, Kayla Marshall’s campaign is managed by an active Tea Party member. Her literature speaks about her opposition to the transgender policy – calling it harmful.
In District 3, Ali Ennenga talks about “reinstating the Role Model Policy” – which is vague, coded language.
In District 6, Doug Brown wants education to not focus on “political correctness”

They are running board members of the Albuquerque Tea Party, promising to roll back required anti-discrimination laws and using fake news to fire up the right-wing base they need to fire up.

The good news is that there are four terrific candidates running – endorsed by educators, labor and each running strong campaigns (Incumbents Lorenzo Garcia (Dist. 3) and David Peercy (Dist. 7) and running in open seats, Elizabeth Armijo (Dist. 6) and Candy Patterson (Dist. 5).

We’re building a program to contact all of those progressive voters who just helped us take back the State House and turn them out for progressive champions on the APS ballot in just 3 weeks.   With your help, we’ll send voter guides outing these Tea Party candidates and highlighting candidates endorsed by people who know education: teachers.

 

Join the honor roll of progressive donors fighting back against a Tea Party takeover at APS.  Donate today.

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–       Pat Davis and Diane Gibson

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Let’s be clear what this is about: “According to a recent report in Education Week, the overall goal of Tea Party politicians in North Carolina and in many other states [including New Mexico] is to establish a “farm team” of conservative leaders at the local level who can then run for state or national office.”

Fracking in Corrales? It’s possible now, thanks to Paul Pacheco’s vote.

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Fracking in our neighborhoods?

 

Coming soon thanks to State Rep. Paul Pacheco

 

 
Oklahoma company proposes to explore for oil near Rio Rancho [Rio Rancho Observer, 11/15] “Oklahoma Company Proposes To Explore For Oil Near Rio Rancho” [Rio Rancho Observer, 11/12/15]
State Representative Paul Pacheco has taken almost $38,000 from the oil and gas industry Pacheco Received $38,775 In Campaign Contributions From Oil & Gas Companies. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, Pacheco received $38,775 in campaign contributions from oil & gas companies. [New Mexico Secretary of State, accessed 10/13/16]

 

He voted to allow those companies to use fracking in residential neighborhoods he represents

 

Even if local law prohibits it.

Pacheco Voted For HB 366, The Oil And Gas State Preemption During The 2015 Legislative Session. According to the New Mexico State Legislature, Pacheco voted for HB 366, the oil and gas state preemption bill. [New Mexico Legislature, HB 366, 3/10/15]

 

·       HB 366 “Would Have Invalidated Any County And Municipality Ordinance Relating To Oil And Gas Law, Including Zoning Ordinances – Removing The Critical Flexibility That Communities Need To Protect The Public Interest On A Local Scale.” According to Conservation New Mexico, “Counties and municipalities have the power to adopt local ordinances that best suit community needs and interests. To date, some communities have passed ordinances restricting certain aspects of oil and gas production in response to concerns of water contamination and health risks. HB 366 would have invalidated any county and municipality ordinance relating to oil and gas law, including zoning ordinances–removing the critical flexibility that communities need to protect the public interest on a local scale.” [Conservation New Mexico, accessed 6/28/16]

 

·       HB 366 Would “Limit Local Control And Gives The State Oil Conservation Division And Oil Conservation Commission Exclusive Authority To Regulate Oil And Gas Extraction.” According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “On a 37-28 vote, the House passed an amended version of House Bill 366, which limits local control and gives the state Oil Conservation Division and Oil Conservation Commission exclusive authority to regulate oil and gas extraction, well siting and processing except on tribal lands.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/10/15]

 

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Candidate Christina Hall: Endorsed by extreme right-wing group, Won’t even renounce Donald Trump

From the Republicans who reduced New Mexico to 49th in the country in child well-being, the 2nd highest rate of unemployment and 6th poorest state, comes their newest recruit, Christina Hall.

For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranks 49th overall for child well-being, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  [Las Cruces Sun-News, 6/21/16]

New Mexico Was “The Sixth-Poorest State” According To A Ranking By 24/7 Wall St. According to the NM Political Report, “A new ranking shows New Mexico is the sixth-poorest state in the United States. The ranking by 24/7 Wall St used recently-released U.S. Census Bureau data to rank all 50 states, from richest to poorest.” [NM Political Report, 9/26/16]

New Mexico Had The Second-Highest Unemployment Rate In The Country As Of September 2016. According to the NM Political Report, “The rate of unemployed New Mexicans is the second-highest in the nation after increasing in August. That’s according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal agency which released its latest state-by-state preliminary employment figures Tuesday.” [NM Political Report, 9/20/16]

Christina Hall is quote, the pick of the Republican establishment, unquote.

Hall “Quickly Landed The Endorsement Of James And Appears To Be The Pick Of Many Republican Party Establishment.” According to the Albuquerque Journal, “Hall, a chiropractor and former Miss New Mexico, quickly landed the endorsement of James and appears to be the pick of many in the Republican Party establishment.” [Albuquerque Journal, 5/10/16]

Hall’s party leader, Donald Trump, has pitted one race against another, mocked a disabled reporter, and talked proudly of sexually assaulting women.

 

He’s pushed for policies that would punish women for having an abortion.

Trump Said That If Abortion Was Illegal “Women Should Face ‘Some Sort Of Punishments.’” According to Real Clear Politics, “Donald Trump tells MSNBC if abortion becomes illegal women should face “some sort of punishment.” Trump was speaking at a taped town hall event with Republican voters in Wisconsin moderated by Chris Matthews.” [Real Clear Politics, 3/30/16]

And Republican establishment pick Christina Hall has failed to denounce him.

 

It’s no surprise then Christina Hall has earned the endorsement of an extreme anti-abortion group.

New Mexico Right To Life Endorsed Hall For The 2016 General Election. According to New Mexico Right to Life, the organization endorsed Christina Hall for the 2016 election. [New Mexico Right to Life, 8/23/16]

 

Christina Hall puts her political party ahead of the people she wants to represent.

 

Let’s vote for a State Representative who will work to get New Mexico out of the hole we’re in, not one who just keeps digging

 

Sharon Stover: She stood silent, every time.

 

He said a judge was unfair because he is “Mexican”

 

Republican Sharon Stover was silent

He bragged about sexually assaulting women.

 

Not a word from Sharon Stover

When is enough enough?

 

Apparently, not yet for Sharon Stover

If he won’t stand up to Trump

How will he stand up for you?

 

No on Sharon Stover for State Representative

State Rep. Nate Gentry missed 260+ votes – You’ll never guess what he did instead.

State Representative Nate Gentry has one job, show up and vote for our interests.

 

But Nate Gentry can’t even seem to do that right.

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Nate Gentry has skipped out on to two hundred and sixty-eight votes.


Gentry Missed 98 Votes During The 2015-16 Legislative Session.
According to the New Mexico Legislature, Gentry missed 98 votes during the 2015-16 legislative session. [New Mexico Legislature]

 

Gentry Missed 76 Votes In 2013-2014. According to Progress Now NM, Gentry missed 53 votes in 2013 and 23 votes in 2014. [Progress Now NM, 6/24/14]

 

Gentry Missed 94 Of The 805 Votes (11.68%) During His Tenure In The New Mexico State Legislature. According to New Mexico Votes, Gentry missed 94 of the 805 votes (11.68%) during the 2011-2012 Legislative sessions. [New Mexico Votes, accessed 9/18/12]

But he has collected over $47,000 in taxpayer funded pay for his… ahem, work.

Gentry Received Over $47K In Per Diem From 2011 Through 2016

Maybe it’s a good thing Nate Gentry doesn’t show up to work, because when he does, his record is criminal.

 

State Representative Gentry called a bill making contraceptive more available to women, a quote, silly stunt, unquote.

Gentry Called A Substitute Bill Making “Contraception More Available” And Adding “$5 Million To Early Childhood Education” A “Silly Stunt,” & A “Gotcha Substitute” Designed To “Make This Side Take A Bad Vote.” The Deming Headlight wrote, “Early in the debate on the first bill, House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, introduced a substitute bill that would have made contraception more available statewide and would have added $5 million to early childhood education. This, he argued, would reduce the number of abortions in the long run. But Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, said the substitute was unconstitutional because it would change the original purpose of Herrell’s bill. He called the move “intellectually dishonest,” a “silly stunt” and a “gotcha substitute” designed to “make this side take a bad vote.”” [Deming Headlight, 03/08/15]

 

And Gentry is a member of a group that’s pushed to allow insurance companies to deny coverage for mammograms and other lifesaving cancer screenings.

Gentry, A Member Of ALEC, Said, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Legislators Exposing Themselves To Different Ideas.” According to the State Net Capitol Journal, “ALEC didn’t have much to lose in New Mexico, where Democrats have held sway in the Legislature for decades. New Mexico Rep. Paul Bandy (R), a state co-chairman of ALEC, said the only model legislation that has passed there is a 2010 measure establishing the Sunshine Portal, a website listing state budget and other public information that was overwhelmingly supported by both parties. But New Mexico Rep. Nate Gentry (R), another ALEC member, said he wished more Democrats would become involved with the group. ‘There’s nothing wrong with legislators exposing themselves to different ideas,’ he said.” [State Net Capitol Journal, 7/23/12]

ALEC Pushed To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Which Would Require 54 Million Americans To “Pay Out Of Pocket For Their Colonoscopies, Cholesterol Screenings, Mammograms And Other Services.” According to ALEC Exposed, the organization pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would require “The 54 million people who, thanks to the ACA, had access to preventive care without co-pay, coinsurance or deductibles would once again have to pay out of pocket for their colonoscopies, cholesterol screenings, mammograms and other services.” [ALEC Exposed, accessed 9/8/16]

Nate Gentry doesn’t show up to vote, and when he does look at what he does to women.

 

No wonder Nate Gentry has refused to denounce Donald Trump.

 

There’s one way to make sure State Representative Gentry never shows up to vote again… this November don’t vote for Nate Gentry.