Sec. of State takes huge step toward more transparency in state government

In a step toward a more open and transparent government, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver launched a new online resource today aimed at tracking the financial interests of elected officials around the state. Financial Disclosure Documents have been a part of public service in New Mexico for years but were previously only available in hard copies found in Santa Fe.

Republican death penalty “selfie” pic going viral

A shockingly callous image of house republicans posing for a macabre selfie before passing highly contentions legislation (in the middle of the night) to reinstate the death penalty is already going viral. The image was first captured by Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report who Tweeted it out at 12:40 am Thursday. Before they take up the death penalty bill, a selfie. #nmleg #nmpol
— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) October 6, 2016
It was then shared by Representative Javier Martinez after hours of debate on the proposed death penalty bill and shared to his Facebook and Twitter. It has been shared hundreds of times since on both Facebook and Twitter.

ROUND TWO: Hillary and Donald Face Off in Second Debate

The Democratic and the Republican Presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump meet again on the field of political battle, in the second of three presidential debates, this Sunday, October 9 at 9pm, EST. 

Join ProgressNow New Mexico this Sunday at Dialogue Brewing, 1501 1st St NW, at 6pm in the heart of what is now known as Albuquerque’s Downtown Beer District – more room, more food, more fun! Don’t miss it:
DEBATE WATCH PARTY: Round Two, Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 6PM, Dialogue Brewing, 1501 1st Street NW. Presented by
ProgressNow New Mexico & Planned Parenthood Votes NM

Admission is free! (However, donations to ProgressNow are welcome.)

We’re happy to partner with Dialogue, the new brewery-on-the-block for a bit more elbow room, great beer, and their unique, indoor/outdoor setting (dress in layers). Come early to get a good seat – our debate parties are well-attended and this one is bound to reach capacity like our last one! Come with an appetite as well.

Last day to register to vote (or update your info) – 5 minutes online! 

Oct. 11th (today) is the last day to register to vote in New Mexico. It also marks the first day of early voting in the state. With so much emphasis on the national election dominating the media, we here at ProgressNow New Mexico want to encourage all our readers, fans, and followers to make sure that they’re prepared to help support the many progressive champions around New Mexico. Local elections matter and with the continued stalemate in Santa Fe it is more clear than ever that we have got to return the house to representatives who will resist the governor’s awful management of the state.

Representative Nora Espinoza doesn’t want you to register to vote

The Albuquerque Journal reported today that nearly 460,000 postcards were mailed out from the office of Secretary of State Brad Winter and State Representative Nora Espinoza of Roswell is not happy about it. What’s the harm of a postcard? Nothing, unless one is concerned the recipients will participate in the democratic process, get registered and vote on Election Day. The postcard alerts nearly half a million New Mexicans that if they fit certain criteria which include being 18 or older, a resident of New Mexico and a U.S. citizen, they may be eligible to vote in November. Just last year Representative Espinoza voted in favor of implementing voter outreach in March of 2015. In July 2016, the State of New Mexico signed up with Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an organization that uses data-matching tools to accurately identify the eligible, thereby increasing access to the voter registration process, making it easier for New Mexicans to engage in the political progress.

KOB: Lt. Gov. Sanchez pocketed $43K of campaign cash; ethics questioned

First Dianna Duran, now John Sanchez? When Republicans took control of the top three statewide offices in 2011 they promised to run “the most open and ethical administration” ever.  Fast forward five years and Republican campaigns have put more money into politics than any other period in New Mexico history and it looks like they are having a hard time keeping their hands off of it. Just months after former-Secretary of State Dianna Duran completed her jail sentence for stealing hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay personal expenses and a growing casino habit, KOB-TV discovered that Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez “pocketed” $43,000 in campaign cash. An investigative report by KOB-TV’s Ryan Luby detailed tens-of-thousands of dollars – as much as an entire year’s income for New Mexican families – of rent Sanchez paid himself for rent of a “campaign office” in a building he already owned, to “run” a campaign where he ran unopposed in the primary and on the coattails of the governor in the general election.

It’s Election Day in cities all across New Mexico!

It’s Election Day in cities all across New Mexico! Voters in Rio Rancho get to vote on a slate of new city councilors and ethics ordinances for elected officials and the Tea Party is working overtime to defeat a bond package to invest in streets and roads. In Santa Fe, a hotly contested city council race will likely help to decide how Santa Fe digs itself out of a budget deficit. Did you know?  New Mexico has more than 680 locally elected officials making villages, towns and cities work across the state.