The recent revelations about the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault nationwide have not gone unnoticed here in New Mexico. We’re not immune from the kinds of predatory behavior that have been the undoing of so many men around the nation already.
State’s largest progressive advocacy group endorses Pat Rogers for GOP Committeeman
Albuquerque – Ahead of Saturday’s State Republican Party Convention, ProgressNow NM – New Mexico’s largest progressive advocacy organization – encourages Republicans to retain Pat Rogers as its National Committeeman. Harvey Yates is challenging Rogers for the post representing New Mexico Republicans on the Republican National Committee.
ProgressNow NM’s Executive Director, Pat Davis, on the organization’s endorsement of Rogers:
If anyone represents the ineffectiveness and self-serving nature of Republican leadership in New Mexico better than Pat Rogers, we haven’t met them.
As committeeman, Rogers used private emails to arrange for the governor’s staff to attend fishing trips with his lobbying clients and “quiet” meetings between the governor’s chief-of-staff and another client with a multi-million dollar state contract.
Saying he was helping Republican candidates for office, Rogers sued Sandoval County. He later asked for $180,000 from taxpayers for the privilege. The connections he attained as a professional Republican serve his private interests too, reminding voters that leaders of our Republican Party are putting their own prosperity ahead of the rest of us.
And then there are his comments about the “poor Hispanic Dr. Pepper girl” and how meeting with Native Americans dishonored the legacy of notorious Indian-killer Gen. George Armstrong Custer.
A long-rumored FBI investigation into funders and fundraisers connected to Gov. Susana Martinez came to light over the past 24-hours as reporters began confirming that federal agents had interviewed and taken evidence from former Martinez donors and appointees. Read the latest from The New Mexico Political Report here:
Report: Guv’s fundraising under FBI scrutiny (Nov. 7. 2015)
Earlier this year, as politicos were focussed on (now former) Sec. of State Dianna Duran’s misdeeds with fundraising and finance reporting, ProgressNowNM found several recent high-dollar expenditures from GOP PACs and campaigns to law firms connected to Martinez and her advisors.
Holy hypocrisy alert. This morning, the New Mexico State Republican Party sent this email to their members (we’re on their list so you don’t have to be):
I am Pat Garrett, the communications director over here at RPNM. I wanted to make sure you saw the news that Hillary Clinton is expected to hit another reset button and officially launch her campaign for President.
Many of you know she is hiding her emails, used a personal-email account while Secretary of State, endangered our national security and you know what? If she becomes President that won’t change– it will be far worse.
Republicans can’t wait to find voter fraud somewhere. It justifies their racist attempts to suppress the votes of people who don’t vote like they do.
Last night the US Supreme Court halted a drastic Voter ID law in Wisconsin and a federal judge in Texas called the state’s new Voter ID law a “poll tax” and ruled there had been motivated by a racist attempt to keep black and Latino voters away from the polls.
Republicans claimed these new laws would stop voter fraud – but the courts know better.
But some people just won’t give up, including our own Secretary of State, Dianna Duran.
Yesterday, the Santa Fe Reporter reported that notorious Republican lawyer Pat Rogers is hosting a fundraiser for Duran. Two peas in the “voter fraud” pod.
The latest chapter in the ballad of Sandra Jeff (h/t “NM Telegram”) may be the last. After a few weeks of bouncing a court case between District Court and the state’s Supreme Court, District Judge DePauli invalidated 23 signatures submitted by Jeff to place her on the 2014 ballot. Jeff needed 78 valid voters to support her candidacy, and she submitted 91. But with at least 23 ruled invalid, Jeff is short of the required number of signatures to place her name on the ballot.
From CVNM (which backed the challenge):
BREAKING: The ruling is in – 23 signatures invalid, Rep. Jeff is therefore off the ballot.
Yesterday’s explosive audio tapes of Susana Martinez and her staff making light of New Mexico’s language heritage and crafting a plan to hide their position on teacher pay made big news across the country. But this isn’t the first time internal conversations have given voters a look inside Martinez’s inner circle. Here’s a quick recap:
In January 2011, public records requests uncovered administration emails showing the new administration letting industry lobbyists write an executive order limiting regulation of the industry. [Read More]
In Aug. 2012, Martinez’s campaign lawyer and inner circle advisor Pat Rogers was forced to resign his high paying attorney/lobbyist job after he sent a racist email containing a rant against the state’s Native American community and suggesting that meeting with Native people was disrespectful to the memory of noted Indian-killer Col.
State Representative Sandra Jeff has an election battle on her hands and polling places aren’t even open yet. Jeff drew the ire of Democrats during the session after another year of her consistently reliable conservative votes cost Democrats the critical vote to pass important progressive policy positions, including an increase in the state’s minimum wage. Jeff famously denied to reporters that she had received a personal phone call from Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the minimum wage issue. Need to catch up? Read The Ballad of Sandra Jeff from Matt Reichbach at the NM Telegram
A lawsuit filed in Gallup last month contends that Jeff failed to obtain the minimum amount of signatures from voters in order to qualify her as a candidate in her District 5 state House of Representatives seat.
PROGRESSNOWNM was in the committee room yesterday as the Senate Rules committee held a informational briefing session about the now-infamous Downs Deal and the improper handling of that deal by Governor Susana Martinez and her inner circle. It seems that by now most of the news outlets in the state, and even some outside the state, have run recaps of the process that granted a 25-year, multi-million dollar lease to the Downs at Albuquerque, but if you need a refresher take a look at these articles: Downs Doings (SF Reporter), Perception, reality, and the Downs deal (ABQ Journal), The Man Who Discovered Susana Martinez Could Also Be Her Downfall (National Journal — mostly about Jay McCleskey but still a great insight into the inner workings of the Martinez inner-circle). We recorded the entirety of Monday’s hearing and you can visit our YouTube page to watch all the action for yourself. Using the awesome power of Twitter, we compiled some of the highlights of what happened during the committee hearing yesterday and turned them into a play-by-play below:
Governor Susana Martinez & her consultant Jay McCleskey were both invited to testify at the hearing, neither showed. No Republicans were present in the committee when it began so Senate Rules was operating as a sub-committee. (Dan Mourning, the State Fair Manager, and Hector Balderas, the State Auditor, were also invited but did not attend.)
Senate Rules Committee starting hearing on NM State Fair troubles.
This guest column originally appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. Tom Tinnin was the longest serving member of the state Board of Finance and Administration and formerly served as chair of the State Fair Commission. Tinnin served four governors – two Democrat and two Republican. He resigned in 2011 saying “Never had a governor ask me to compromise my integrity, on any level,” he says. “I never heard that from a Republican or a Democrat” until Martinez. State Fair-racino deal didn’t pass smell test
By Tom Tinnin / Former Member, N.M. State Board of Finance |
I’d like to thank the Albuquerque Journal for exposing the deplorable actions of Jay McCleskey in the recent feature story titled “Buster screwed us,” which revealed how angry he and Gov. Susana Martinez were about the State Fair Commission’s 4-3 vote to delay approval of a 25-year racino lease agreement.