Last fall, voters in southern New Mexico sent an exciting new delegation of progressive champions to Santa Fe to represent us. Now that the 2017 Legislature is coming to a close, let’s check in on some of their successes and how they’ve helped move New Mexico forward!
While social media seems almost united in calling last night a “disaster” for Democrats nationwide, but here at home the results were a huge disaster for Governor Martinez and the Republican agenda. The State House is now led by a Democratic majority that includes the largest progressive caucus in history. Governor Martinez is now a lame duck forced to work with a larger caucus of progressives in the State Senate. They will decide which issues and bills define her final years in office. And voters finally sent a competent, responsible person to lead the Secretary of State’s Office.
Voters in New Mexico can begin casting early and absentee votes TOMORROW so this news couldn’t have come at a more important time. This morning, the Las Cruces Sun-News announced that they had reversed their planned endorsement for Republican State Rep. Andy Nuñez because of the questions and investigation ProgressNow filed with the Attorney General about Nuñez’s activities and spending as a state lobbyists and legislator. Las Cruces Sun-News
Steinborn, Small picks for Senate, House
Monday October 10, 2016
…our endorsement in this race originally would have gone to Republican Andy Nuñez…
We changed our endorsement after recent revelations that allege Nuñez repeatedly used campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses, including during a period of time when he wasn’t even in the Legislature but was working as a lobbyist. New Mexico generously reimburses lawmakers for expenses incurred in attending meetings or conferences. It is both illegal and unacceptable for lawmakers to dip into campaign contributions to cover those expenses.
A few years ago, Doña Ana County’s clerk did a pretty amazing thing – and the Tea Party went straight to court to stop him. With your help, we established the legal defense fund to defend Lynn Ellins and other county clerks who issued the state’s first same-sex marriage licenses. Together, you helped us raise more than $30,000 and we defended them all the way to the State Supreme Court. Lynn even donated the left over money to LGBT groups helping newly married couples across New Mexico. Today, those same conservatives are targeting a new group of New Mexico’s progressive champions and we need your help again. Here’s the short version from KRWG:
The controversy continues over efforts to recall three Las Cruces city councilors. The political action committee New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is trying to get a court to force the city of Las Cruces to reinstate petition signatures that were thrown out. More than 700 people asked the city to remove their signatures from petitions to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Currently, there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election.
In yet another example of how out-of-touch New Mexico conservatives are with prevailing views about economic fairness, anti-minimum wage ideologues in Las Cruces have failed (yet again) in their attempt to recall a city councilor. The Las-Cruces Sun News reports that the conservative PAC “New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow” failed to gather enough signatures to recall City Councilor Olga Pedroza. This comes a week after the group also failed to gather enough signatures to recall City Councilor Gill Sorg. From the article:
The Las Cruces city clerk’s office announced Thursday that supporters of a recall attempt didn’t get enough valid signatures to trigger an election against City Councilor Olga Pedroza of District 3. …
Las Cruces — Las Cruces’s City Clerk announced late today that attempts by Tea Party insurgents to recall city councilors who voted for an increased city minimum wage has failed – by a substantial margin. Conservative political operative Jeffrey Isbell announced the effort in November claiming City Councilors Olga Pedroza, Nathan Small and Gill Sorg had behaved “unethically,” but he never explained the underlying actions leading his group to the conclusion. It has been widely speculated that the effort was a response to a hotly-contested campaign to raise the city’s minimum wage. From KVIA:
Las Cruces City Council voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by Jan. 2017.