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Progressives for Public Financing

Join the New Mexico Progressive Coalition(NMPC) for a

Progressives for Public Financing event

We’re supporting Mayoral candidate Tim Keller’s
effort to qualify for Public Financing. “Our vision for American democracy should be a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process, can run for office without begging for contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.” Sen. Bernie Sanders

Grassroots-style donations of $5 will be collected at this event
to help Tim qualify for public financing

Questions or to RSVP: nmProgressiveCoalition@gmail.com or sign-up at our website: nmProgressiveCoalition.com

Hosted by: IATSE 480, NM Working Families Party, Progressive Democrats of America-CNM, Our Revolution NM, Young Progressives Demanding Action, the New Mexico Progressive Coalition and more. Tuesday, March 14th
5:30pm–7:30pm at the
Albuquerque Press Club
201 Highland Park Circle
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Background Check Legislation Stalls in House Committee

Legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands hit a snag in the House Judiciary Committee today where it was tabled on a 7-6 vote. The motion to table ends debate and keeps the bill in committee, essentially ensuring that the bill will not make it to the House floor for a vote.

[Take Action] The GOP repeal of Obamacare really hurts New Mexico. Here’s how.

Republicans’ new health-care bill is a mass transfer of income that cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while cutting federal benefits for the middle and working class. Just two provisions in the Republican plan would allow the richest households to pay an average of nearly $200,000 less under the GOP plan, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The Washington Post, March 7, 2017
The Republican plan for health insurance works exactly the opposite from the way insurance is supposed to work. Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), consumers pay less because premiums are set each year and your costs are capped if you get sick. And in New Mexico, making health care accessible has had a huge impact: the number of uninsured in New Mexico dropped by 41% under Obamacare and 33,000 New Mexicans get help paying for new coverage.

Senate: Gov didn’t disclose donor behind her request for $20+ million special state contract; “We’re being lied to” senator says

As the governor faces down a veto override led by members of her own party, a Republican State Senator unexpectedly began the process to recall a bill exempting a real estate contract from state purchasing laws. Senators said the governor’s administration did not disclose that the beneficiary was a major donor to Governor Martinez’s campaign and PAC nor that the space was deemed incompatible with the state’s needs by one of Martinez’s own cabinet secretaries. “I found out the information I was given early on was not accurate – that there were campaign contributions I wasn’t aware of,” Republican Senator Neville said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal. “We’re being lied to,” Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, said on the floor. “This is despicable.”

Andrew Oxford reported in the NM Political Report and Santa Fe New Mexican:
In an extraordinary maneuver, state senators killed a bill Saturday that they had approved four days earlier after one of them said he had misled his colleagues about connections between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and real estate developers who stood to benefit from the legislation.

RESOLVE Española

 
Our next RESOLVE meeting will be
Friday, March 10!  
at Northern New Mexico College
in the Montoya Building Dining Room
 
5:30 Potluck (bring a dish!)
6:00 Meeting Begins

We seem to be growing, and gaining traction. The Renewable Energy Festival is off and running, sure to be a great event–thanks in small but notable part to RESOLVE. For the next meeting, let’s organize some more of the projects we have talked about so far! So, on our agenda:

Planning an educational/fundraising event: presentation and bake sale, highlighting Addiction/Recovery, through Inside Out and Barrios Unidos.(Event date/place: April 9 at the Historic Los Luceros)
Providing organizational Support for RESOLVE for the following responsibilities: communication, web management, development of the agenda, providing childcare services at meetings
Helping Somos un Pueblo Unidos implement their Community Plan. This plan, developed by the immigrant community, identifies the following tasks would be helpful:

Making contact with schools, churches, and the sheriff–working with them to strengthen immigrant-support policies
Signing up as an ‘observer’ who can record civil rights infringements if they occur.

Governor Martinez Vetoes Hemp

HB144 hit its only snag on Thursday, the Governor’s desk…
That’s right, Governor Martinez chose to veto a bill that received support from multiple committees, and cleared the floor of both the House and Senate.