Election Day Alert: Doña Ana County Soil & Water on the ballot this Tuesday

President Trump just announced a plan to “reevaluate” Obama-era national monuments and Congressional Republicans are working with Scott Pruitt to give oil and gas companies “more input” on rules governing our clean air and water. 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. Our ProgressiveChampions PAC is working to put two progressive conservation champions on this board but we need YOUR VOTE! Visit our Progressive Champions Voter Guide to find out more about them! In 2014, local Tea Party leaders noticed that almost no one votes in local Soil & Water Conservation District elections, so they ran their own candidates and won enough seats to change their work from conserving public lands and water to opposing it.

In first post-Trump elections, progressives sweep school elections helped by record voter turnout

Progressive candidates fought off pro-Trump Tea Party candidates in school board elections around the state, Tuesday. It was the first election test of the newly energized progressive movement in the Trump era. The results are still coming in but the early results are already clear:  this movement isn’t just about resistance in the streets – we’re voting, too! “Voter turnout in Albuquerque was almost double what it was two years ago, and early numbers show that those voters came out for a slate of progressive candidates endorsed by educators unions, progressive elected leaders and community organizations, including ProgressNowNM,” says Pat Davis, executive director of ProgressNowNM. In a sign of progressive voting power:

ProgressNowNM’s Progressive Champions PAC Voter Guide was viewed online more than 25,000 times – 14,511 times in the 7 days preceding the election.

Udall says no to Gov run; Here’s who else is expected to be in.

Almost exactly a month after he first announced that he was considering a run for governor, New Mexico’s senior senator said today that he’s sticking with the senate. That announcement (full text below), is likely good news for Albuquerque-area Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham who is widely expected to announce for governor soon. Other names rumored to be considering a run for the Democratic nomination include Attorney General Hector Balderas, Santa Fe businessman and former candidate Alan Webber and former Univision executive Jeff Apodaca. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez and Congressman Steve Pearce have both been rumored to be considering a run to follow Susana Martinez who is term limited in 2018. From Sen. Udall today:

Udall: Staying in the Senate is the Best Way I can Fight for New Mexico

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement:

“I am very grateful for the support of so many New Mexicans who have personally urged me to run for governor in 2018.

Next up: a new governor. Who do progressives support?

Everyone is talking about this week’s elections.  Donald Trump in the White House. Progressive Democrats are set to lead the State House.  What does it all mean?  It’s probably too early to tell, but that doesn’t mean political junkies aren’t already thinking about the next election.

Gov. Steve Pearce? Trump victory gives Pearce new inspiration

Gov. Martinez is a lame duck and her approval ratings are below 50% and stuck there. That’s not good news for her future political prospects but it does mean candidates who want to take over have a ready narrative: I can fix what she couldn’t. New Mexico’s lone Republican Congressman thinks that – coupled with Trump’s victory – might give him the statewide edge he didn’t have when he ran for US Senate against now-Senator Tom Udall. Here’s the math that Pearce is likely considering
Pearce easily won reelection this year with 142,773 votes (62%) of support from his Southern New Mexico Congressional District.  If he can consolidate that support and expand it to include the 94,874 Trump voters in heavily-populated Bernalillo County, Pearce could lock up 80% of Governor Martinez’s 293,000 statewide re-election votes in 2014.

Gov. Tom Udall? Senator says he’s considering run to fix Martinez’s mess

In 725 days, New Mexicans will pick a new governor.  That may sound like a long way off but for a job that big, no time is too early to start. That’s why, on Tuesday night, just hours after the country learned that Donald Trump was moving into the White House potential candidates started lining up to test drive their ideas to dig New Mexico out of this hole that Gov. Martinez keeps digging. First up was Sen. Tom Udall (D), a former attorney general, congressman and current progressive champion in the United States Senate.  

During post-election analysis on KANW FM with Joe Monahan (and our own ProgressNowNM board member Sandy Buffett), Sen. Udall called in to say that he was considering a run for governor.