A fight worth fighting: Legal defense fund supports city councilors targeted for recall over minimum wage vote

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.

Anti-Minimum Wage Ideologues Lose Another Battle in Las Cruces


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. …

Tea Party attempt to recall Progressive city councilors in Las Cruces fails

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.