As the new year starts to pick up speed, as our 30-day legislative session creeps ever closer, we thought it’s the perfect time to highlight some of the failures of our state’s commander-in-chief, Governor Susana Martinez. Between now and the first day of session, when Governor Martinez is set to give her last State of the State Address, Progress Now NM is pleased to present the top five times Governor Martinez has failed the people of New Mexico.
Before we end 2017, please consider one last thing for your 2018 to-do list: making a year-end gift to help us start 2018 off right! Six years ago, Susana Martinez had just finished her first year in office promising that big corporate tax cuts would create New Mexico jobs. That wasn’t true and we knew it, but Democrats and Republicans alike bought in. ALEC was adding new members in New Mexico and the Koch brothers were testing out new state-based strategies to attack unions and lower wages. We started ProgressNow’s network in New Mexico because we were tired of waiting for someone else to take on the fight. Today, that network is one of the state’s biggest and most vocal unapologetically progressive organizations, and the undisputed go-to source of progressive news for the state. With Trump in the White House and the possibility of Steve Pearce ending up in Roundhouse, New Mexico has never needed progressive leaders and actions more.
Last Tuesday evening’s election outcome created a sigh of relief felt around the nation, but it also was a wake-up call. A state in our union came within a 1.5% margin of electing a known racist, misogynist, and possible sexual predator because he supports abortion.
For some Alabama voters, supporting abortion rights may be a sin worse than some of the sexual misdeeds Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has been accused of — allegations Moore has denied. That’s the conundrum facing the state’s conservative, deeply religious electorate: Embrace Democrat Doug Jones despite his liberal stance on abortion and other social issues or vote for Moore anyway even if they believe there is some truth to the sexual assault allegations against him. “The abortion issue alone is enough to buy [Moore] a win,” predicted Brent Buchanan, an Alabama GOP pollster and consultant.
Thankfully, U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham stood up for New Mexico taxpayers. Shame on U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce for sponsoring legislation that wastes taxpayer-owned resources and hurts our schools.
We are on the precipice of change. We are seeing courageous women come forward and share their personal experiences and it’s catching fire. But there is still so much work to do to ensure that the next generation of New Mexicans has the type of future we all dream of. But, one thing we are certain of is that our stories will continue to be at the root of this change.
UNM’s acting president is encouraging students to walk out of class to support immigrant rights. High schools and community colleges statewide are hosting their own walkouts in solidarity with Dreamers, the children of undocumented immigrants brought here years ago without ever knowing another home. President Trump is widely expected today to announce his intent to end protections for these children created by President Obama’s DACA program, but with a 6-month delay to allow Congress time to pass a bill making the program permanent. That option doesn’t sit well with most Dreamers, primarily because there is little confidence that a Republican-led Congress could pass such a law Trump would sign. More than 800,000 estimated Dreamers would be deported by Trump – 97% of whom are in school or college.
When President Trump issued a directive for his Secretary of the Interior to “review” some 27 national monuments across the American West, a significant part of that process was the public comment reviews. Literally millions of people wrote in their comments to support their love of national monuments, none more fervently than New Mexicans. No, really, more New Mexicans wrote comments per capita than any other single state. The Land of Enchantment really stepped up to the plate to defend our protected public lands. Today, Sec.
In July, a federal judge convicted Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of willfully violating a federal order to stop using his police force to target residents based on race. Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would travel to Phoenix, launching speculation that Trump would pardon his long-time ally. Tuesday afternoon, White House communications staff said that Donald Trump was not prepared to talk about pardoning the former sheriff. Four hours later, Trump mentioned it anyway.