VICTORY: All Three Anti-Abortion Bills Tabled in the Roundhouse

The three anti-abortion bills we told you were headed to the Roundhouse last week have been all but defeated, thanks to your swift action, true testimonies, and declarations of support for New Mexico women and their families.  

HB 37 (“Born Alive), HB 220 (20-week Abortion Ban) and HB 221 (Abortion by Parental Consent) have all be tabled for the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session, ensuring that the reproductive choices of New Mexico women, their privacy, a woman’s right to decide will remain intact until they are again challenged by the religious right, and they will be. Here’s a short summary of how things unfolded this week:

HB 37, the Forced Medical Intervention Act, otherwise known by the pro-life, radical right as the “Born Alive Bill,” would have blocked women, their families, and their healthcare providers from making personalized medical decisions. This bill was tabled in the Judiciary House & Human Affairs committee on Thursday, March 2 in the afternoon having been postponed and rescheduled twice. After grueling 6+ hours of testimony, the bill was defeated, also causing the other two bills that were planned to be heard in the same committee to roll over to the next available date.

New Mexico Crafters Rush to Make Hats For Saturday’s March

To make a visual statement and a strong declaration of solidarity with protestors at the Women’s March on Washington, knitters (along with those who crochet and sew) are stepping up their craft game and New Mexicans are doing their part to show their true colors. With only three days to go before the inauguration of the President-elect, there’s a nationwide run on pink yarn as people scramble to complete their “pussy hats” in time for the Women’s March on Washington. The Pussy Hat Project, created by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman has added new meaning to craftivism. Initiated shortly after the election results that declared Donald Trump the winner, Suh and Zweiman’s went to work to launch a nation-wide effort to encourage the making of pink hats for visual impact at the march, and to represent people who wished to attend but could not. The result is the creation thousands of hats for marchers to don at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.

ThinkProgress: ‘I Unequivocally Believe In Equal Pay,’ Says Congressman Who Consistently Votes Against Equal Pay [Pearce}

Steve Pearce is in hot water again. Credit ThinkProgress for this nifty piece:
‘I Unequivocally Believe In Equal Pay,’ Says Congressman Who Consistently Votes Against Equal Pay

BY MIKE RIVERA ON APRIL 8, 2014 AT 3:16 PM

CREDIT: AP

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) released a press release Tuesday in recognition of Equal Pay Day asserting that he “unequivocally believe[s] in equal pay for equal work.”
The statement continued:

The United States is the land of opportunity—opportunity for ALL. Race, gender, age, or religious beliefs should never impact or infringe upon one’s chance at the American Dream. When my wife and I owned our business, we practiced this concept. We must ensure that our children and grandchildren are able to live in a free society where individuals are rewarded based on their merit.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces HEAL Act of 2014

Today Congresswomen Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014. If passed, this Act will have an enormous effect on many New Mexico families. From her press release, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham states, “This legislation would correct the harmful restrictions that have been placed on legal immigrants’ ability to access affordable health insurance coverage. Limiting access to healthcare has a profound negative impact on families, communities and the nation as a whole and it must be corrected. These immigrants are hardworking taxpayers who deserve to be treated fairly under the system they pay into.”

Although they pay taxes, more than 600,000 legal permanent residents are restricted from receiving federal healthcare benefits.

THE 2014 CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE ISSUES and ALEC in NM REPORT

New Mexico ranks last in the nation in child well-being, now two years in a row.  How are New Mexico families doing? AND Special Report: ALEC in the Roundhouse.  We name names with legislators, companies and lobbyists working for ALEC against NM families. THE 2014 CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE ISSUES

This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Gun Violence in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

New Mexico ranks last in the nation in child well-being, now two years in a row.   But it’s not just children who can’t get ahead.  Did you know?:

Single women heading households in New Mexico make $10,437 less than their male counterparts
New Mexico pays legislators and ALEC-member for-profit prisons an indexed rate for per diems and incarcerating prisons, but the minimum-wage workers who serve the legislators and wardens don’t get that same annual adjustment to keep up with the rising cost of living
Since Governor Martinez took office, the number of middle-class families has shrunk (down 3%) but the number of poor and rich workers rose – that’s expanding our income inequality gap (already the worst in the nation)
New Mexicans are more likely to die from gun violence than soldiers serving in war in Afghanistan

AND

ALEC reports that 35% of New Mexico’s legislators are members – yet, we only know the names of 1/2. ALEC member corporations spent more than $1,000,000 on contributions to politicians in just two elections
For the first time, we can report the names of some ALEC members who received scholarship

This guide is meant to be an informational resource for anyone interested in the state of our state.

Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality

   Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

Hard work deserves fair pay. The hardest working New Mexicans have not seen an  increase in the minimum wage since 2009, even as the cost of gas, milk, and everything else has gone up. 92% of minimum wage earners are adults, increasing the minimum wage will help parents take better care of their families. 21 states have higher minimum wages than the federal government.

Guide to the Issues: Driver's License Policy

Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

Since New Mexico first began issuing licenses to resident undocumented immigrants in 2010:

•  Eight others states, districts and territories have followed our lead issuing similar licenses:

Colorado, Nevada, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, California, Oregon, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Illinois. Four other states passed similar legislation in 2013 with implementation coming in 2014

Since 2011, New Mexico’s MVD has enacted new procedures for identifying irregular documents and license applications.  

MVD has used the numerous tools the legislature has given it to effectively catch and punish those who would game the system and commit fraud. Public news reports show that MVD credits these procedures with safeguarding our license system from fraud. REAL ID was passed by Congress in 2005 and establishes mandatory standards governing state issuance of secure driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO

ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

ALEC is “the most influential corporate-funded political force most of American has never heard of.”  It’s been described as  “dating service” for corporations and legislators and a Common Cause complaint led to the IRS launching an investigation into

the organization’s tax-exempt status.  Some states have already started investigations into whether ALEC’s “scholarships” are actually contributions members should publicly report. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) brings together nearly 2,000 state legislators with hundreds of corporate leaders and lobbyists from the world’s most powerful corporations to secretly draft model legislation that benefits the corporate bottom-line. They wine and dine legislators who then bring this “model legislation” back to states, including New Mexico, where they introduce it without ever disclosing the hidden source or benefactors of this corporate-made legislation. Most notably, they drafted and fed the NRA’s “Stand Your Ground” laws that led to the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. But they are also behind recent “Right to Work For Less” laws in Wisconsin and Michigan, private prisons and voter suppression laws in New Mexico and across the country.

Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico

This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

ALEC MEMBER-CORPORATION LOBBYISTS IN NEW MEXICO

ALEC member corporations don’t just lobby legislators at fancy resorts or expensive legislative dinners.  They employ armies of lobbyists in state legislatures to ensure that the legislators they support move the model bills they want. In some cases, lobbyists have no idea the bill they push came from ALEC. We reviewed 2013 Secretary of State lobbyist filings and ALEC member corporations identified by the ALEC watchdog group ALEC Exposed (a project of the Center for Media and Democracy).   The resulting report identified these New Mexico lobbyists employed by ALEC-member corporations. Both sources were obtained in November 2013.

Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below. Read the full guide with more issues here
Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

ALEC: Conservative New Mexico’s  $1,000,000 political donor
While both member and non-member politicians receive contributions from corporate members, ALEC member legislators often receive much larger donations – and many of those donations come within days of ALEC’s closed-door junkets with corporate lobbyists and legislators. ProgressNowNM reviewed thousands of pages of campaign finance reports available from the Secretary of State. We catalogued every donation from ALEC-member corporations in a searchable database to track ALEC dollars and help identify ALEC members’ biggest friends and targets in the Roundhouse. View all ALEC-member corporation donations to New Mexico legislators in this interactive report.