Steve Pearce launches last minute push to take over Albuquerque Public Schools

Rep. Steve Pearce is at it again, this time meddling in the nonpartisan Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College elections. This week Albuquerque Republicans began receiving a robocall from Pearce instructing them to vote for Republican candidates in their district in the upcoming February 7 election, so Republicans can take back the public school system in Albuquerque. After receiving several tips about the calls, ProgressNow New Mexico’s researchers were able to contact a Republican voter in Albuquerque who did not approve of Pearce’s – whose southern New Mexico Congressional doesn’t cover Albuquerque – intrusion into APS and CNM matters. The calls were traced to Republican Party Headquarters in Albuquerque.  Staff at the party confirmed the calls.

Udall says no to Gov run; Here’s who else is expected to be in.

Almost exactly a month after he first announced that he was considering a run for governor, New Mexico’s senior senator said today that he’s sticking with the senate. That announcement (full text below), is likely good news for Albuquerque-area Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham who is widely expected to announce for governor soon. Other names rumored to be considering a run for the Democratic nomination include Attorney General Hector Balderas, Santa Fe businessman and former candidate Alan Webber and former Univision executive Jeff Apodaca. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez and Congressman Steve Pearce have both been rumored to be considering a run to follow Susana Martinez who is term limited in 2018. From Sen. Udall today:

Udall: Staying in the Senate is the Best Way I can Fight for New Mexico

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement:

“I am very grateful for the support of so many New Mexicans who have personally urged me to run for governor in 2018.

Next up: a new governor. Who do progressives support?

Everyone is talking about this week’s elections.  Donald Trump in the White House. Progressive Democrats are set to lead the State House.  What does it all mean?  It’s probably too early to tell, but that doesn’t mean political junkies aren’t already thinking about the next election.

Gov. Steve Pearce? Trump victory gives Pearce new inspiration

Gov. Martinez is a lame duck and her approval ratings are below 50% and stuck there. That’s not good news for her future political prospects but it does mean candidates who want to take over have a ready narrative: I can fix what she couldn’t. New Mexico’s lone Republican Congressman thinks that – coupled with Trump’s victory – might give him the statewide edge he didn’t have when he ran for US Senate against now-Senator Tom Udall. Here’s the math that Pearce is likely considering
Pearce easily won reelection this year with 142,773 votes (62%) of support from his Southern New Mexico Congressional District.  If he can consolidate that support and expand it to include the 94,874 Trump voters in heavily-populated Bernalillo County, Pearce could lock up 80% of Governor Martinez’s 293,000 statewide re-election votes in 2014.

ICYMI: GOP State Rep candidate under fire for “Negligence”, “Outrageous conduct”

In new court records first reported by the New Mexico Political Report, the mother of a 13-year old boy who was sexually assaulted at a Truth or Consequences education center says the director who is also a state house candidate engaged in “negligence” and “outrageous conduct” by putting her own political ambitions ahead of justice for her child. According to court records, Rebecca Dow is the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center who hired Alejandro Hernandez to work with young children in the center and associated Boys and Girls Club in TorC. The court filings came after the victim’s family had been unable to gain cooperation from Dow to determine if Dow had conducted a background check and proper training for Hernandez.  Dow has since claimed that a background check was conducted. On an AppleTree-sponsored overnight trip, that employee sexually assaulted two children.  He was arrested, pled guilty and is currently in prison serving his sentence.

Zika mosquito now found in NM; Rep. Pearce joins GOP efforts to avoid clean vote to provide help

The Flow of Money to Combat Zika Virus Festers in Stagnant Waters of Congressional Stalemate

No treatment, no vaccine, no cure. Now the Zika virus is spreading faster than you can say DDT and New Mexico’s only Tea Party Congressman, Steve Pearce, has joined House Republicans in their plan to hijack funding that could keep thousands of women and their children healthy. As of last month, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was almost out of Zika funding, and this week, Senate Democrats were wedged between a rock and a hard place when they made the decision to say no to  Zika funding at the tune of $1.1 billion. Saying yes meant accepting an absurd laundry list of items that included but were not limited to the defunding of agencies like Planned Parenthood, approving funds for military construction and allowing federal sites to continue to fly the Confederate Flag. Seriously?

Just in: Steve Pearce backs Trump’s attacks on Muslim soldier, parents

While Republicans nationwide are scrambling to distance themselves from Donald Trump’s unapologetic attack on the parents of a hero American soldier who died in service of our country, New Mexico’s own Congressman Steve Pearce doesn’t just approve of Trump’s statements, he implies that he would say the same thing.  

.@RepStevePearce says he’s OK with Trumps comments on slain soldier’s parents.
— NM Political Report (@NMreport) August 4, 2016
Read the full story at the New Mexico Political Report.  

New Mexicans who follow ProgressNow already knew that Steve Pearce was going full-on Trump in 2016. Even before Trump was the nominee, we were profiling the cozy relationship between Steve Pearce and Donald Trump.

Here are 3 things Steve Pearce could do to actually stand up to terrorists with guns

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. And it’s time for action.”
Those are the words heard once more on the floor of the US House of Representatives after another mass shooting.  But this time those words meant a little more because they came from a surprising source: a Republican. GOP Rep. Bob Dold (R.-Ill) made news by being a Republican willing to call for common-sense gun laws.  But he’s basically the only one.