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Senate candidate claimed $6000 in Valencia County tax breaks he never earned

  • Valencia Co. Senate candidate cheated on property taxes, deductions he was not eligible for add up to thousands in back taxes owed to County
  • County tax records show that Senate candidate Greg Baca claimed to live in both Bernalillo & Valencia County, claiming head-of-household exemptions for both.
  • State law makes it a crime to claim ineligible exemptions; Could face prosecution and repayment of $6000 in taxes owed
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Celebrating Reproductive Rights in New Mexico

Two New Mexico cities play host to events that celebrate Women’s Health this week.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in Albuquerque the Southwest Women’s Law Center is Celebrating Reproductive Rights and access in New Mexico. Join them for food, fun, poetry, music and more on Wednesday, September 28, from 6pm until 8pm, at the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall, 310 San Pedro NE, 87108. For more information about this event, please contact Southwest Women’s Law Center.

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Legislative survey: would you vote for a Constitutional amendment to legalize Marijuana in New Mexico?

Progressives across the country are leading efforts to end Marijuana prohibition. Is New Mexico ready? According to a report in the ABQ Business First, a legalized and regulated Marijuana industry would create 11,400 jobs in New Mexico and add $412 million in new revenue for our economy (!)
Colorado reports that new Marijuana taxes bring in twice as much funds as alcohol taxes in the state. In New Mexico, that could mean more than $40 million in new revenue for the state. New Mexico would save more than $33 million in costs associated with police, courts and corrections according to a presentation given to the Legislature.

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Clash of the Titans: Debate Watch at Tractor Brewery Wells Park MONDAY

Join ProgressNow New Mexico as we watch the candidates verbally duke it out in their first of three, Presidential debates. Expect a lively evening at Tractor Brewing Company in Wells Park during our DEBATE WATCH PARTY, Monday, September 26, 2016, at 6PM. Admission is free. (However, donations to ProgressNow are welcome.) Over the years, hundreds of progressives have packed our watch parties to enjoy the chance to yell at the TV, cheer for their candidate, and tonight will be no exception. Show up and have a beer, purchase a savory meal from the Spork the World Food Truck and get some progressive swag.

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Reproductive Rights Matter for Indigenous Women

“My identity and experiences as an indigenous woman and mother inform my perspectives on how strong the connection between our traditions and our environment really is.” — Rachael Lorenzo

The whole world is watching while the Standing Rocky Protectors of North Dakota continue to hold their ground as winter approaches the Great Plains. The urgent need to protect and respect the inherent rights of indigenous peoples not only includes the sovereignty of sacred lands, but also the autonomy and sovereignty of Native women’s reproductive health. Young Women United Policy Associate, Rachael Lorenzo writes about reproductive issues through her own experience as an indigenous and Xicana woman for Rewire News. https://rewire.news/article/2016/09/20/standing-rock-environmental-justice-reproductive-justice/

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Gov announces new Special Session to return NM’s death penalty; Thousands already sign petition opposing her plan

New Mexico – Today Governor Martinez announced her intent to seek a special legislative session to restore New Mexico’s death penalty, in spite of more than 2,000 New Mexicans who have already joined an online petition to the Governor and legislators opposing the plan. ProgressNow New Mexico, the petition sponsor and New Mexico’s largest progressive advocacy organization, will deliver the petitions in person to Governor Martinez and legislators on the opening day of the legislative session.  Electronic copies of each signature have already gone to the governor and legislators. “While New Mexico continues to be mired in economic woes and hovering at the bottom of major indices around education, job growth, and poverty, Martinez has trotted out a tried and true political hail mary to distract voters and legislators by calling for a reinstatement of the death penalty. Despite overwhelming evidence that such draconian laws do little to curb violent crime, top Republicans around the state have echoed the governor’s call in what is clearly election year hijinks,” says Lucas Herndon of ProgressNowNM.

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ICYMI: GOP State Rep candidate under fire for “Negligence”, “Outrageous conduct”

In new court records first reported by the New Mexico Political Report, the mother of a 13-year old boy who was sexually assaulted at a Truth or Consequences education center says the director who is also a state house candidate engaged in “negligence” and “outrageous conduct” by putting her own political ambitions ahead of justice for her child.

According to court records, Rebecca Dow is the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center who hired Alejandro Hernandez to work with young children in the center and associated Boys and Girls Club in TorC.

The court filings came after the victim’s family had been unable to gain cooperation from Dow to determine if Dow had conducted a background check and proper training for Hernandez.  Dow has since claimed that a background check was conducted.

On an AppleTree-sponsored overnight trip, that employee sexually assaulted two children.  He was arrested, pled guilty and is currently in prison serving his sentence.

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Mom says that after her son was sexually molested in her facility, Rebecca Dow sent the family a bill for “services”

The court documents also contain a copy of a bill which, according to the victim’s lawyer, was sent to the family a bill for “services” the family had received.

And as if that wasn’t enough, this.

It turns out, the parent of one of the students who was sexually assaulted was also Dow’s employee.
swwlc

Celebrating Reproductive Rights in New Mexico

Two New Mexico cities play host to events that celebrate Women’s Health this week.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in Albuquerque the Southwest Women’s Law Center is Celebrating Reproductive Rights and access in New Mexico. Join them for food, fun, poetry, music and more on Wednesday, September 28, from 6pm until 8pm, at the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall, 310 San Pedro NE, 87108. For more information about this event, please contact Southwest Women’s Law Center.

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Legislative survey: would you vote for a Constitutional amendment to legalize Marijuana in New Mexico?

Progressives across the country are leading efforts to end Marijuana prohibition. Is New Mexico ready? According to a report in the ABQ Business First, a legalized and regulated Marijuana industry would create 11,400 jobs in New Mexico and add $412 million in new revenue for our economy (!)
Colorado reports that new Marijuana taxes bring in twice as much funds as alcohol taxes in the state. In New Mexico, that could mean more than $40 million in new revenue for the state. New Mexico would save more than $33 million in costs associated with police, courts and corrections according to a presentation given to the Legislature.

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Clash of the Titans: Debate Watch at Tractor Brewery Wells Park MONDAY

Join ProgressNow New Mexico as we watch the candidates verbally duke it out in their first of three, Presidential debates. Expect a lively evening at Tractor Brewing Company in Wells Park during our DEBATE WATCH PARTY, Monday, September 26, 2016, at 6PM. Admission is free. (However, donations to ProgressNow are welcome.) Over the years, hundreds of progressives have packed our watch parties to enjoy the chance to yell at the TV, cheer for their candidate, and tonight will be no exception. Show up and have a beer, purchase a savory meal from the Spork the World Food Truck and get some progressive swag.