[Support Local] Get your tickets now – the money stays in New Mexico

It is just over two weeks away! The 2018 Progressive Action Summit is approaching. This year’s Summit will mark the third from ProgressNow New Mexico, in two years. This year, we’ve expanded our reach by reaching out to our Progressive Alliance partners, America Votes and the Center for Civic Policy. As a trio, with added capacity and collaboration from El Centro de Igualidad y Derechos, Olé, Equality New Mexico, Working Families, and more – we are bringing Albuquerque a day of action like never seen before!

Vote – Just Go Vote… #WhoWeElectMatters

Consider your options, talk to your neighbors, attend one of the remaining forums, and then go vote. Municipal level elections are where change is influenced most immediately. As an outlet for information, keeping people aware, informed and engaged, is always our focus. We urge you to keep the focus as we head toward October 3rd and November 8th and push your friends and fellow community members to vote. We appreciate it and you.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, AG Balderas, ABQ Mayoral candidates to headline ProgressNow Progressive Summit

Albuquerque – More than 300 elected officials, community organization leaders and progressive activists will convene on Saturday at the New Mexico Progressive Action Summit for New Mexico’s largest day of political action. The one day event, hosted by ProgressNow New Mexico, pairs elected officials and community members/voters to develop policies and bills to be introduced at the legislature and in local governments statewide. US Senator Martin Heinrich will provide the opening keynote address and Attorney General Hector Balderas will welcome attendees.  Other headline events include a welcome from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and a Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Forum where each candidate will present a five-minute “TED talk-style” speech on the topic of “My big idea to change Albuquerque.” This will be the first time declared candidates and persons considering running will be featured together ahead of 2017’s mayoral election.

Senate Shake-Up Prompts Leadership Change for Dems

Elections have consequences, and for some those consequences are pretty nice.   State Sen. Tim Keller (D) won election to State Auditor leaving his International District (ABQ) seat vacant. Bernalillo County Commissioners announced last week their intent to appoint State Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-21) to Keller’s senate seat when he takes on his new role in January. (The commission is expected to take up the appointment for Stewart’s seat late this week). Keller was also the Senate Majority Whip for the Democratic caucus and his departure left an opening for another senator to assume that role.

Biz Report: NM gets D- and F for manufacturing, despite Martinez promises otherwise

Innovative car manufacturer Teslas has western states full of excitement over the company’s plans to build a “gigafactory” to support the company’s rapid expansion.  With more than 6,000 jobs on the line it could be a game-changer for any state that lands the project (and any politician who can point to their role in securing it). Naturally, that has Martinez and Democrats fighting over the right way to lure the company. Martinez says her office is in “high level” negotiations with the company and doesn’t need the legislature’s help, while legislators, led by Sens. Tim Keller and Jacob Candelaria, are pushing for a special legislative session to consider incentives to lure the company.

Report: NM still near last for biz, despite Gov's statements otherwise

Innovative car manufacturer Teslas has western states are all aflutter with excitement over the company’s plans to build a “gigafactory” to support the company’s rapid expansion.  With more than 6,000 jobs on the line it could be a game-changer for any state that lands the project (and any politician who can point to their role in securing it).  Naturally, that has Martinez and Democrats fighting over the right way to lure the company. Martinez says her office is in “high level” negotiations with the company and doesn’t need the legislature’s help, while legislators, led by Sens. Tim Keller and Jacob Candelaria, are pushing for a special legislative session to consider incentives to lure the company.