ALEC unveils Const. Amendment to let Gov’s, Legislatures pick US Senators; DeVos, Kochs and others to discuss at ALEC conference this week

Republicans control 32 of 50 state legislatures and 33 governors’ mansions. Now they want to lock in control of the US Senate, too. The Center for Media and Democracy has been one of the nation’s foremost critics of the secretive corporate dating service for legislators: ALEC.  The bill factory brings corporations and state legislators together at posh retreats to write “model bills” helping corporations’ bottom lines and, in return, ALEC works to help conservative legislators maintain majorities in state legislatures. With a majority of state legislatures in Republican hands in 2010, the GOP redrew the lines giving them huge advantages in Congressional and state legislative races, but a new Democratic surge in response to President Trump threatens to reduce their majorities in several swing states.

[WATCH] National Monument supporters tout nearly 100,000 comments in support of Organ Mountains

Over 97,000 individual comments were submitted to Trump’s secretary of the interior in support of current the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation, organizers announced on Monday as the comment period closed. ProgressNow New Mexico activists added more than 1,340 in the final weeks of the comment period.  PNNM worked with conservation groups around the state to help spread the word and add your story to those comments as well. Related: Comment pages overwhelmed in final hours, Final day to comment on national monuments designation | NM Political Report
PNNM also live-streamed the event from the Monument entrance on Monday:

Rumors of Secretary Zinke coming to visit New Mexico’s national monuments have been swirling since an exchange last month between he and Senator Martin Heinrich in a hearing. Our hope is that with the level of support for national monuments from around the state and a first-hand account will make an impact that even Zinke can’t ignore. The other elephant in the room is Monday’s announcement that Congressman Steve Pearce will be leaving behind his congressional seat in 2018 to run for Governor of New Mexico.

[Sign Thank You Card] Maggie Toulouse Oliver says ‘no’ to giving our personal voter data to Trump’s sham panel

Maggie Toulouse Oliver was among the first secretaries of state to say no a request from Trump’s sham voter fraud panel for the personal social security numbers, voter history and personal data of more than a million New Mexico voters. At least a dozen chief elections officers around the country have since joined. “I will never release the personally identifiable information of New Mexico voters protected by law, including their social security number and birthdate. Further, I will not release any other voter information like names, addresses or voting history unless and until I am convinced the information will not be used for nefarious or unlawful purposes, and only if I am provided a clear plan for how it will be secured. As New Mexico’s Chief Election Official, I will continue to ensure the integrity of our elections while protecting the voting rights and personal privacy of our voters.”

 

When President Trump announced his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity earlier this year, Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver released this statement:

 

“If President Trump truly wants to boost Americans’ confidence in the integrity of our elections, he should stop making false claims of rampant voter fraud.   President Trump’s voter fraud allegations are simply not true and they are doing real damage to our democracy.

What your ovaries need to know…

We’d like to take this opportunity to ensure that you and your ovaries are up to date on any new potential laws and studies that could impact your ability to decide what you do with them – and yes – we also want to make sure that our non-ovary carrying allies are up to date too.

NEW: Pearce says these 800 business people should decide the size of our monuments. Let’s send him thousands who want them protected.

Just one day after Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told a Senate committee that he had not yet decided whether he would shrink New Mexico’s national monuments, Steve Pearce demanded that Zinke shrink Doña Ana County’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by an astounding 88% to accommodate just 800 businesses and individuals in the district of more than 606,000 people. From Michael Coleman in the Albuquerque Journal’s Washington Bureau:
WASHINGTON – A day after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he might not alter the size of two of New Mexico’s newest monuments, Rep. Steve Pearce implored him to dramatically shrink the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in his southern district. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Zinke, who is reviewing more than two dozen national monuments for possible reductions in size, said he was open to keeping New Mexico’s newest monuments unchanged. “If it’s settled and people are happy with it, I find no reason to recommend any changes,” Zinke said. But at a House hearing to consider the Interior Department’s budget Thursday, Pearce said that’s not the case.

Medicaid rollback will impact New Mexicans most

New Mexico is one of many states suffering from an opioid epidemic. Stories about states battling the grips of overdose and the overwhelming instances of treatment, hospitalization, and death of addicts have been the focus of national media lately.

I Am Still In – Stand with 194 Countries and Resist President Trump

On June 1st, President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. This decision threatens our security, our public health and welfare, our economic prosperity, and our clean energy industry, which supports millions of U.S. jobs. It threatens the air we breathe and the water we drink. It threatens our ecosystems and disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people on our planet. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement does not represent the will of the American people.

Something Really Awesome Just Happened

This new and brilliant protocol allows pharmacists to write prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives, allowing women with limited access to doctors to more easily get birth control.

Heinrich to Jeff Sessions: “You’re impeding this investigation”

New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich is becoming a leading figure in the US Senate’s investigation of Russian involvement in American elections and collusion between Russian and President Trump’s campaign. 

After quizzing fired FBI Director James Comey last week, Heinrich was also featured as a key questioner of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during this week’s hearings. And Heinrich pulled no punches in his assessment of the attorney general’s cooperation. Senator Martin Heinrich accuses Jeff Sessions of impeding the investigation by not answering questions. pic.twitter.com/BFBZoWF5GB
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) June 13, 2017

A recap from Business Insider captured the exchange:

Sen. Martin Heinrich aggressively questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday over his decision not to share details of his conversations with President Donald Trump. During a highly-anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat confronted Sessions about his refusal to reveal non-classified conversations with the president after Sessions dodged a question about whether Trump expressed dissatisfaction over Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.