Update! Gubernatorial Candidates Forum – Ward5A -11/8/2017

Jeff Apodaca, Joe Cervantes and Peter DeBenedittis respond to questions from the audience at the Santa Fe Ward 5A Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on 11/8/2017. Note that Michelle Lujan Grisham is currently serving in Congress and did not participate in the forum but did have a representative address the attendees on her behalf.

Two Segments are now online….

Candidate Introductionshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMKJ0rfkdU8

Audience Questions (part 1)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsajQVSo_yA

I’m anticipating two additional 20 minute segments of Q&A. The entire playlist can be accessed here and will grow as the other segments are added…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMKJ0rfkdU8&list=PLxj_epJQlTQqE-9kANl0HJesAHYOhY-Ee

Andy Fertal

Peoples Progressive Media

Update! NewMexicoWomen.Org Becomes Independent as New Mexico’s Only Statewide Women’s Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2017

For more information, contact:
Sarah Ghiorse, Executive Director of NewMexicoWomen.Org
505-231-6635
sarah@newmexicowomen.org

NewMexicoWomen.Org Becomes Independent as New Mexico’s Only Statewide Women’s Fund

Santa Fe, NM – After five years as a program of New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), at the end of October 2018, NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O) became an independent organization. NMW.O is the only statewide women’s fund dedicated to gender equity. As attacks on women’s rights increase, working to support the health and well-being of women and girls is more critical than ever. NMW.O remains committed to supporting organizations and groups working on gender justice and equity for women and girls of color and those in rural and low income communities across the state of New Mexico.
This move to independence follows a trajectory similar to many women’s funds across the country that incubate within community foundations before launching. It was the vision of the founding members of NMW.O that one day the program would become an independent organization. Sarah Ghiorse, Executive Director of NMW.O, shares that: “NMW.O is so grateful to NMCF for our partnership, which has enabled us to grow and expand our impact in New Mexico. An independent women’s fund for New Mexico represents a statement of our values for gender equity and a commitment to investing in women, girls, and gender justice over the long-term.”
NMW.O’s new location is at 1807 2nd Street, Suite 76, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. However, in keeping with the organization’s focus, NMW.O’s commitment remains statewide. NMW.O will be celebrating its 5th year anniversary on March 6, 2018. The celebration will also honor International Women’s Day and feature Maria Hinojosa, Anchor and Executive Producer of Latino USA, as the keynote speaker. Stay tuned in 2018 for more information.

About NewMexicoWomen.Org
NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O), is the only fund and program of its kind in the state that advances opportunities for women and girls statewide so that they can lead self-sufficient, healthy, and empowered lives. NMW.O works to fulfill its mission via a three-pronged strategy to educate, lead, and invest. We educate through research and communications, seeking to bring public attention to gender issues with a goal of influencing policy. We lead through facilitating alliances among non-profits, funders and beyond in order to foster collaboration and build capacity. Finally, we increase philanthropic investments in programs focused on gender justice and serving women and girls of color and those in rural, low income communities statewide through our strategic grant-making and donor education efforts.

For information, visit: www.newmexicowomen.org
For our Facebook page, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoWomenOrg/

DPNM News Clips – October 23, 2017

DPNM in the News

Technology guides small donations to candidates – Santa Fe New Mexican

DPNM Vice Chair Wins National Leadership Elections  – KRWG

New Mexico Democrats Working for New Mexico

Permanent fund is a tool, not an artifact – State Rep. Bill McCamley, Santa Fe New Mexican

Public service means working together – City Councilor Pat Davis, Albuquerque Journal

Policies to protect family unity are needed – Damian Lara, Albuquerque Journal

NM senators: Save nuclear oversight panel – Albuquerque Journal

AG: Rio Rancho overcharged for 911 records – Albuquerque Journal

Upcoming Elections

5th Democrat joins races for lieutenant governor nomination – Albuquerque Journal

Mayoral candidates offer stark differences – Albuquerque Journal

Pearce puts priority on public education – Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerque’s Upcoming Election is Unlike the Others – Huffington Post

Halfway There: ABQ Mayoral Run-off Has 3 Weeks To Go; Where The Race Stands Today, Plus: How Keller Did It; Numbers Tell The Tale; He Carried 8 Of 9 Council Districts; Turnout for Oct. 3 Election Passes 100,000 Mark – Joe Monahan

Doña Ana County commissioner announces bid for lieutenant governor – Santa Fe New Mexican

GOP in the News

The blame game is a GOP staple – Santa Fe New Mexican

Governor invokes high-profile cases in bail reform attack – Albuquerque Journal

GOP chair of nuclear safety agency secretly urges Trump to abolish it – New Mexico Political Report

Beware those scary, bad boogeymen – Santa Fe New Mexican

Legislature

Senator Steinborn to Speak at National Health Policy Conference – Senator Jeff Steinborn, KRQE

New Mexico House Republicans To Jeff Bezos: We Stand Ready To Partner With Amazon!  = Los Alamos Daily Post

Hot Topics 

Change in leadership could mean shake-up among City Hall staff next year – Santa Fe New Mexican

Johnson to take swing at two-party system – Santa Fe New Mexican

Mayor of Las Vegas, N.M., finds herself in fight for political life – Santa Fe New Mexican

Doña Ana County maps out plan for early-childhood education – Las Cruces Sun-News

Can this train wreck be salvaged? – Albuquerque Journal

$26M TorC facility raises bar for elder veteran care – Albuquerque Journal

Firms owned by women lag in loan approvals – Albuquerque Journal

Teams a good 1st step to helping area’s mentally ill – Albuquerque Journal

Jury charges ex-CEO of tribal business with embezzlement – Santa Fe New Mexican

NMSU regents hold third listening session in search for new chancellor – Las Cruces Sun-News

Communities use GIS to tackle the opioid crisis – Albuquerque Business First

Internet orders powering job growth, new life for communities – Santa Fe New Mexican

Godfather of New Mexico music dies – Santa Fe New Mexican

NM BEST robotics competition brings 27 schools from 3 states – Las Cruces Sun-News

Four Corners schools chosen as third cohort of Teachers Pursuing Excellence program – Farmington Daily Times

State economy still lags nation as unemployment rate continues to dip – Santa Fe New Mexican

National News

DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students – Santa Fe New Mexican

Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP – Elena Schneider, Politico

Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump – Albuquerque Journal

New Mexican Immigrants Are Fighting For Their Salaries -Huffington Post

Industry insider shaping EPA policy – Santa Fe New Mexican

Assistant secretary of Indian affairs, BIA director named – Santa Fe New Mexican

Poll: Vegas shooting did little to change views on gun laws – Santa Fe New Mexican

D.C. court blocks for now immigrant teen’s access to abortion – Santa Fe New Mexican

Cub Scout kicked out of group after grilling Colorado Republican on guns – The Guardian

Opinions/Editorials/Articles to Share on Social Media 

Score one for science – Santa Fe New Mexican

Today’s Republican Party is unfit to govern –  Joseph D’Anna, Santa Fe New Mexican

Dreamers are Americans – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Las Cruces Sun-News

We can turn New Mexico around – State Sen. Pete Campos

What I Saw in Puerto Rico  – DNC Chair Tom Perez, US News

NM already has the keys to success – State Sen. Pete Campos, Albuquerque Journal

Don’t look away on health care – Santa Fe New Mexican

Dreamers: The best of this nation – Santa Fe New Mexican

ABQ’s campaign finance system needs reform – Pete Dinelli

Chaco Canyon needs protection – Santa Fe New Mexican

Plenty of reason for concern in Zinke monument report – Walter Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News

Public lands are rich in cultural resources – Deborah Stevens, Las Cruces Sun-News

PED’s science standards are patently unscientific – Albuquerque Journal

People with most to gain are unregistered – Roman Montoya, Albuquerque Journal

Wind power could secure New Mexico’s future – State Sen. George Munoz, Albuquerque Journal

Felicia Salazar

Communications Director

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Follow DPNM on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news and updates.

DPNM News Clips – September 25, 2017

DPNM in the News

Report looking at possible ‘pay-to-play’ on investments stirs up a hornet’s nest – NM Political Report

New Mexico Democrats Working for New Mexico

State lawmaker sees ‘disturbing pattern’ in ‘pay-to-play’ allegations – Santa Fe New Mexican

Toulouse Oliver: No sign Russians tried to hack N.M. in 2016 election – Santa Fe New Mexican

Dems seek disclosure rules for online ads  – Santa Fe New Mexican

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump To Reject Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments – Los Alamos Daily Post

Udall talks issues with students – Albuquerque Journal

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator – Los Alamos Daily Post

Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit – Los Alamos Daily Post

Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument – Los Alamos Daily Post

Proposed changes to science ed raises concerns in Los Alamos – Los Alamos Monitor

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections – Los Alamos Daily Post

Legislature

N.M. panel seeks solutions for curbing crime wave – Santa Fe New Mexican

Upcoming Elections

See how much ABQ’s mayoral candidates have raised (database) – Albuquerque Business First

Housing developer, oil exec behind Keller attack ads – Santa Fe New Mexican

Santolina developer helped fund Keller attack ads – Albuquerque Journal

Political novice makes bid for mayor, wants to focus on restoring basic city services – Santa Fe New Mexican

S.F. business owner first to announce run for District 2 – Santa Fe New Mexican

Santolina developer behind sex offender ads against Tim Keller – New Mexico In-Depth

What’s Keller’s Magic Number in 1st Round? And What Happens If He Gets It? Plus: Where Race Stands Now, Newspaper Hedges And Endorses Two Candidates And Early Vote Heavy On Senior Set; Our Complete Election Coverage Starts Now – Joe Monahan

GOP in the News

It’s just business, New Mexico-style – Santa Fe New Mexican

A Disaster For New Mexico – KRWG

Pearce lauds SF County voters for rejecting tax hike – Albuquerque Journal

Treasury chief: First Amendment for players off the field – Albuquerque Journal

DeVos reverses Obama-era policy on campus sexual assault investigations – Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new ban may vary by country – Albuquerque Journal

Pence to flex fundraising muscle for Republicans – Santa Fe New Mexican

Pay-to-play déjà vu; new governor. same scandal – Las Cruces Sun-News

Hot Topics 

Facebook is hiring in Los Lunas and will continue to hire, according to the company  – Albuquerque Business First

Expert weighs in on ACA uncertainty – Albuquerque Journal

Clinics to offer help for DACA renewals – Las Cruces Sun-News

Diversity on display at WNMU – Silver City Daily Press

Land developer and Hobbs oil executive behind ads against Keller – New Mexico Political Report

Public invited to weigh in at tourism conference – Silver City Daily Press

Lawyer clarifies Kushner’s personal email use – Santa Fe New Mexican

Black Lives Matter protest built on stories of struggle, hope – Albuquerque Journal

Judge rejects move to call attorney general as witness in Griego case – Santa Fe New Mexican

Report: LANL twice violated nuclear safety standards in Aug. – Santa Fe New Mexican

‘Criticality safety event’ occurs at LANL’s plutonium facility – Albuquerque Journal

Archaeologists: More protections needed for Chaco region – Santa Fe New Mexican

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation – Los Alamos Daily Post

Ambitious guardian changes proposed – Albuquerque Journal

PNM seeks more solar, wind and geothermal – Albuquerque Journal

Work to clear rape evidence kit backlog slowly progressing – Albuquerque Journal

NMSU enrollment drops about 3 percent; officials upbeat a turnaround in store – Las Cruces Sun-News

Cannon plans open house – Eastern New Mexico News

New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race – Las Cruces Sun-News

Gov. Martinez appoints new judge to state Court of Appeals – Santa Fe New Mexican

Group seeks to remove Analee Maestas from APS board – Albuquerque Journal

Grant to fund construction of veterans’ cemetery in Gallup – Santa Fe New Mexican

NMSU to debut innovative TECH Center to engage students in STEM – Las Cruces Sun-News

‘The Kid’ movie extends Santa Fe’s star for TV and film production – Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerque is lots of places in ‘The Brave’ – Albuquerque Journal

Pentagon tests technology to fight ISIS drones – Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off -Santa Fe New Mexican

Price to stop private plane use on business during review – Albuquerque Journal

Woman arrested in ATF sting pleads guilty for reduced sentence – New Mexico Political Report

UNM leadership celebrates record graduation rate – Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016 – Los Alamos Daily Post

Across the NFL, a silent rebuke – Santa Fe New Mexican

Advocates stump for paid sick leave – Albuquerque Journal

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws – Los Alamos Daily Post

Silver board to examine construction manager hire – Silver City Daily Press

Federal judge dismisses case regarding power plant, coal mine – Farmington Daily Times

Judge Price announces retirement from bench – Farmington Daily Times

National News

Obamacare repeal effort is counting on states to shoulder the burden — but states don’t want it – CNBC News

McCain opposition to ‘Obamacare’ repeal likely dooms bill – Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump promises Alabama Sen. Strange will ‘drain the swamp’ – Albuquerque Journal

Feds: Election systems in 21 states (but not NM) targeted by Russian hackers – New Mexico Political Report

Logistics, not policy, doom GOP health bill  – Santa Fe New Mexican

McCain’s choice: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP – Albuquerque Journal

GOP appeals to holdouts with funding – Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions – Albuquerque Journa

Opinions/Editorials/Articles to Share on Social Media

Keep politics out of science classrooms – State Reps. Bill McCamley and G. Andrés Romero, Las Cruces Sun-News

Crime takes root amid voter apathy – Joline Gutierrez Krueger, Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico crew helps with Florida recovery – Las Cruces Sun-News

Tilting the scale against refugees – Santa Fe New Mexican

Words matter, science matters – Jane Baskin, Santa Fe New Mexican

Keep methane rule intact – Tom Mavilia, Santa Fe New Mexican

Charter schools: More or moratorium? – Melinda Silver, Santa Fe New Mexican

Opportunity for workers is our top need – Las Cruces Sun-News

In defense of keeping Desert Peaks as it is – Howie Dash, Las Cruces Sun-News

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Felicia Salazar

Communications Director

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Follow DPNM on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news and updates.

DPNM News Clips – July 31, 2017

DPNM in the News

Ranking says NM 2nd-most likely to switch parties in governor’s mansion – New Mexico Political Report

Memo to Steve Pearce: New Mexicans Will Not Forget Your Vote on Health Care  – KRWG

New Mexico Ranked Second Most-Likely To Flip Democrat In Governor’s Race  – Los Alamos Daily Post

Legislature

NM’s higher ed system under microscope – Albuquerque Journal

Bondsmen, legislators challenge bail policy – Santa Fe New Mexican

Lawsuit filed over pretrial detention rules – Albuquerque Journal

State representative gets restraining order on investigator – Albuquerque Journal

Policy Issues Confronting New Mexico Today – Capitol Report New Mexico

Upcoming Elections

After councilor announces departure, two announce run for city’s District 3 – Santa Fe New Mexican

Dominguez will not seek re-election in Santa Fe – Albuquerque Journal

Motion filed to block city on sick leave ballot – Albuquerque Journal

Beware summer spin from self-serving politicians – Santa Fe New Mexican

Lawmaker rebuts claims NM schools underfunded – Albuquerque Journal

Republican Watch

Ranchers compete for Zinke’s attention – Santa Fe New Mexican

Interior Secretary Zinke, N.M. senators horse around in Sabinoso Wilderness – Santa Fe New Mexican

Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment – New Mexico Political Report

Hot Topics 

Trump tweet stirs residents   – Eastern New Mexico News

Education officials want PARCC removed from evaluations, school grades   – Carlsbad Current Argus

Local early childhood ed group looks to expand aid  – Silver City Daily Press

County job fair scheduled for Monday  – KOB 4

Small New Mexico communities struggle to deliver water free of uranium and other toxins – Santa Fe New Mexican

Public Defender Commission holds closed hearing stemming from sexism complaint – Santa Fe New Mexican

Meth booms along with oil in West Texas – Santa Fe New Mexican

NMSU program benefits Acoma rancher – Las Cruces Sun-News

Project to house families of wounded vets hits snag – Albuquerque Journal

El Norte continues tradition of resistance – Santa Fe New Mexican

Balderas, 18 attorneys general seek military transgender protections – Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico leads the way in green building tax credits, says expert – Albuquerque Business First

FBI continues to investigate 2015 Las Cruces church explosions – Las Cruces Sun-News

Gas pipeline reroute in Río Grande Gorge begins Aug. 1 – Santa Fe New Mexican

Questa hires Luján staffer as village administrator  – Taos News

Town Council takes back tax hike  – Silver City Daily Press

Chevron water treatment plant almost done after months of delays  – Taos News

Groups want you to know the signs of human trafficking   – KOAT Action 7 News

Summer program helps young refugees in Albuquerque – Albuquerque Journal

Presbyterian Healthcare has new CFO – Albuquerque Journal

Back-to-basics group wants to shake up city politics – Santa Fe New Mexican

Silver City staff bemoans hospital EMS relationship  – Silver City Daily Press

National News

Trump threat: End health payments unless there’s an overhaul – Albuquerque Journal

Zinke denies threats in calls – Albuquerque Journal

GOP fears fallout after health care stumble – Santa Fe New Mexican

Judge blocks Arkansas from enforcing 4 abortion restrictions – Albuquerque Journal

Trump appears to encourage excessive force by police – Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS’ Kelly WH chief of staff – Santa Fe New Mexican

GOP unsure what to do about Affordable Care Act – Santa Fe New Mexican

US ag secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’ – Albuquerque Journal

Opinions/Editorials/Articles to Share on Social Media

A border wall would be oppressive, even on our side – Gregory Smith

Review of mental health system needed – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Las Cruces Sun-News

Resist, but Dems also need solutions – State Rep. Bill McCamley, Las Cruces Sun-News

Ryan Zinke must respect locals on monument – Las Cruces Sun-News

NM monuments: Love them & leave them be – Albuquerque Journal

Resistance isn’t enough. Democrats need to offer real solutions. – State Rep. Bill McCamley

Editorial all wrong on voter-fraud issue – Bill Peifer, Albuquerque Journal

Let’s band together to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument – Zen Khan

Republicans are racing down a partisan dead end. Will they turn around? – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Shine light on partisan campaign funding – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe New Mexican

Give the public access to public land – Garrett VeneKlasen, Santa Fe New Mexican

OMDP is one of our area’s great history books – Myles Miller and Larry Loendorf, Las Cruces Sun-News

Standing and riding together for national monuments – Mark Allison and Brent Bonwell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Russia can’t distract from health care – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. should be a welcoming place – Santa Fe New Mexican

Ensuring voter privacy not voter suppression – NM Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Albuquerque Journal

County will refuse to turn over voter information – Dona Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling, Las Cruces Sun-News

Public Lands Spur Local Economies – KRWG

Education plan tastes good, but is less filling – State Sen. Mimi Stewart, Albuquerque Journal

National monuments key to Hispanic culture – Ralph Arellanes, Dennis Montoya and Paul ‘Pablo’ A. Martinez, Albuquerque Journal

Editorial ignores mental health facts – State Sen. Jerry Ortiz Y Pino, Albuquerque Journal

State election bosses defend democracy – Santa Fe New Mexican

Negative impacts of new healthcare bill – John Harris, Las Cruces Sun-News

NMVC: The Real Value Of Our Public Lands  – James Jimenez, Los Alamos Daily Post

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is national treasure – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Las Cruces Sun-News

Governor puts profits before people in need – State Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, Santa Fe New Mexican

How the GOP Medicaid overhaul could become the next fiscal cliff  – Politico

Questions still plague ’13 mental health upheaval – Albuquerque Journal

Understanding Republican Cruelty – New York Times

National monument provides economic benefits to southern NM – Chris Lang

When resisting Trump, we all have to do better – State Rep. Bill McCamley, Las Cruces Sun-News

A ‘mean’ bill must be stopped – Santa Fe New Mexican

New health care bill could kill — literally – Wendy Johnson, Santa Fe New Mexican

New health care bill a death sentence for N.M. – Emily Kaltenbach, Santa Fe New Mexican

Medicaid rollback idea shortsighted – Emily Kaltenbach, Albuquerque Journal

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument was no abuse of Antiquities Act – James Hickerson

Tax cuts not creating job growth – Bill Jordan, Albuquerque Journal

We join mayors in support of monument – Las Cruces Sun-News

Feds created Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument at community’s request – former State Sen. Steve Fischmann

Gift of public lands holds untapped opportunity – Ernie Atencio, Albuquerque Journal

Trump, Pearce abuse power on monument – former State Sen. Steve Fischmann, Las Cruces Sun-News

Felicia Salazar

Communications Director

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Follow DPNM on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news and updates.

DPNM News Clips – July 26, 2017

DPNM News Clips – July 26, 2017

Legislature

Sen. Stewart Named NM’s Most Effective Legislator – ABQ Free Press

Upcoming Elections

Community Invited To Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Peter DeBenedittis In Los Alamos Monday  – Los Alamos Daily Post

Two more Democrats join crowded field for Lujan Grisham’s seat – Santa Fe New Mexican

Eighth Democrat enters race for congressional seat – Albuquerque Journal

Mayoral Campaign Manager Was Arrested For Failing To Appear In Court – ABQ Free Press

Mayoral Candidate Lobs Bomb; Boycotts Chamber Candidate Forum; Rips CEO Terri Cole – ABQ Free Press

Courtney enters race for District 3 council seat – Las Cruces Sun-News

Big money dwarfs public finance in Albuquerque mayor’s race – New Mexico In-Depth

Sandia Labs gov’t relations rep seeks NM’s 1st Congressional District  – KOB 4

Republican Watch

House approves spending bill with funds for Trump’s border wall  – The Hill

2 protesters accused of vandalizing Albuquerque GOP office  – Santa Fe New Mexican

Zinke says he’s ‘open-minded’ on NM monuments  – Albuquerque Journal

U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke reviews Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks – Las Cruces Sun-News

Up in smoke: Opportunities on climate, renewables shunned during Martinez administration – New Mexico Political Report

Politics Notebook: Martinez makes pitch to leaders in Outdoor Industries Association – Albuquerque Journal

Pearce Statement On CFPB Arbitration Rule – Los Alamos Daily Post

Hot Topics 

Udall, Heinrich slam ‘skinny repeal’ effort – New Mexico Political Report

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS OFFER AMENDMENT TO PROTECT HEALTH CARE FOR INDIAN COUNTRY – Native News Online

States have tried versions of ‘skinny repeal.’ It didn’t go well – New Mexico Political Report

NM SOS shoots down second info request from Trump voter commission – New Mexico Political Report

Local congressman a shepherd for House Democrats – Albuquerque Journal

Protesters: HUD cuts would increase homelessness in NM – Albuquerque Journal

Water troubles in Artesia may not be over after E. coli find  – KOB 4

New Mexico rebuffs 2nd Trump voter data request – Santa Fe New Mexican

Former Wagon Mound superintendent seeks reinstatement – Santa Fe New Mexican

Northern Officials to Cut Programs – Rio Grande Sun

NM’s Medical Marijuana Industry Grows Up – ABQ Free Press

Council approves grant funds to boost Meow Wolf expansion – Santa Fe New Mexican

NMFO Announces ‘The Brave’ To Film In New Mexico – Los Alamos Daily Post

National News

Senate narrowly rejects ‘skinny’ repeal – Santa Fe New Mexican

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight – Santa Fe New Mexican

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order – Albuquerque Journal

U.S.-Mexico border mayors worry about NAFTA makeover – Santa Fe New Mexican

Opinions/Editorials/Articles to Share on Social Media

Ryan Zinke must respect locals on monument – Las Cruces Sun-News

NM monuments: Love them & leave them be – Albuquerque Journal

Resistance isn’t enough. Democrats need to offer real solutions. – State Rep. Bill McCamley

Editorial all wrong on voter-fraud issue – Bill Peifer, Albuquerque Journal

Let’s band together to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument – Zen Khan

Republicans are racing down a partisan dead end. Will they turn around? – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Shine light on partisan campaign funding – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe New Mexican

Give the public access to public land – Garrett VeneKlasen, Santa Fe New Mexican

OMDP is one of our area’s great history books – Myles Miller and Larry Loendorf, Las Cruces Sun-News

Standing and riding together for national monuments – Mark Allison and Brent Bonwell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Russia can’t distract from health care – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. should be a welcoming place – Santa Fe New Mexican

Ensuring voter privacy not voter suppression – NM Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Albuquerque Journal

County will refuse to turn over voter information – Dona Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling, Las Cruces Sun-News

Public Lands Spur Local Economies – KRWG

Education plan tastes good, but is less filling – State Sen. Mimi Stewart, Albuquerque Journal

National monuments key to Hispanic culture – Ralph Arellanes, Dennis Montoya and Paul ‘Pablo’ A. Martinez, Albuquerque Journal

Editorial ignores mental health facts – State Sen. Jerry Ortiz Y Pino, Albuquerque Journal

State election bosses defend democracy – Santa Fe New Mexican

Negative impacts of new healthcare bill – John Harris, Las Cruces Sun-News

NMVC: The Real Value Of Our Public Lands  – James Jimenez, Los Alamos Daily Post

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is national treasure – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Las Cruces Sun-News

Governor puts profits before people in need – State Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, Santa Fe New Mexican

How the GOP Medicaid overhaul could become the next fiscal cliff  – Politico

Questions still plague ’13 mental health upheaval – Albuquerque Journal

Understanding Republican Cruelty – New York Times

National monument provides economic benefits to southern NM – Chris Lang

When resisting Trump, we all have to do better – State Rep. Bill McCamley, Las Cruces Sun-News

A ‘mean’ bill must be stopped – Santa Fe New Mexican

New health care bill could kill — literally – Wendy Johnson, Santa Fe New Mexican

New health care bill a death sentence for N.M. – Emily Kaltenbach, Santa Fe New Mexican

Medicaid rollback idea shortsighted – Emily Kaltenbach, Albuquerque Journal

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument was no abuse of Antiquities Act – James Hickerson

Tax cuts not creating job growth – Bill Jordan, Albuquerque Journal

We join mayors in support of monument – Las Cruces Sun-News

Feds created Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument at community’s request – former State Sen. Steve Fischmann

Gift of public lands holds untapped opportunity – Ernie Atencio, Albuquerque Journal

Trump, Pearce abuse power on monument – former State Sen. Steve Fischmann, Las Cruces Sun-News

Felicia Salazar

Communications Director

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Udall, Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Implement Rules that Limit Natural Gas Waste and Safeguard Public Health from Rio-Methane

NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2017

Udall, Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Implement Rules that Limit Natural Gas Waste and Safeguard Public Health

Suspending safety rules poses ‘unwarranted’ threat to public health, the taxpayers and energy security 

Action ‘antithetical to the agency’s core mission,’ will result in children being exposed to harmful oil and gas well emissions for at least 2 more years in order to give the oil and gas industry a windfall

WASHINGTON – This week, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)Ed Markey (D-Mass.)Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a group of 27 Senate Democrats urged President Trump to reverse dangerous decisions by his administration to suspend federal rules that protect air quality and prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Tribal lands.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last year implemented the commonsense standards, developed after years of deliberation and public and industry input, to prevent natural gas leaks and avoid unnecessary venting and flaring to save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in royalties, create jobs, and fight climate change. This year, however, the Trump administration suspended the rules, claiming they were in need of further review.

In a letter to the president, the senators called the BLM and EPA decisions to suspend the rules “unwarranted,” and said the action “will harm public health, taxpayers, and our energy security.”

“Suspending commonsense regulations to reduce waste and stop air pollution needlessly poses health and safety risks on children and our most vulnerable citizens,” the senators wrote. “The BLM and EPA rules each rely on proven, widely available, and cost effective technologies to reduce leaking, venting, and flaring, and keep natural gas in production and in commerce rather than in the air. Delaying or revising these rules will only cause additional and unnecessary waste and result in substantial harm to communities across the country that will be exposed to dangerous air pollution. For the EPA to take action that will result in children being exposed to harmful oil and gas well emissions for at least two additional years in order to give the oil and gas industry a windfall is antithetical to the agency’s core mission.”

The EPA is legally obligated to enforce the rules based on a July ruling by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the senators wrote. “[The court] ruled that the EPA could not suspend the rules consistent with the Clean Air Act and new and modified oil and gas facilities must begin reducing methane emissions and other toxic air pollutants in accordance with the rules. The court noted that industry not only had ample opportunity to comment on the rule, but that the EPA had incorporated industry comments into the final rule.”

The senators noted that the states of New Mexico and California raised similar objections to the BLM’s decision to suspend the methane rule in a lawsuit filed against the agency earlier this month.

In their letter, the senators highlighted the success of the rules since their implementation. “Over the last several years, industry compliance with regulations limiting methane and other air pollutants by EPA, BLM, and several states has demonstrated that companies can cost effectively prevent the waste of important energy resources and reduce air pollution that threatens our communities and our climate.” They cited a report by Reuters that indicated “13 of the 15 biggest U.S. oil and gas producers said that compliance with current regulations is not impacting their operations or their financial condition” and a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows oil and gas industry employment has risen since the rules took effect.

“Both the EPA and BLM rules are commonsense, cost effective requirements that direct the oil and gas industry to find and fix leaks, use up-to-date  readily available equipment, and prevent waste of a natural resource — saving taxpayers money while also reducing air pollution and protecting human health. These requirements drive innovation and increase jobs in the growing sector of methane detection and capture technologies,” the lawmakers wrote. “We urge you to fully implement the EPA and BLM methane and air pollution regulations as legally required without delay and to keep these important protections for public health, American taxpayers, and our energy security in place.”

In addition to Udall, Whitehouse, Schatz, Markey, Cantwell, and Bennet, the letter was signed by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.),  Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.). The senators were among a group who in May defeated a Republican-led effort to repeal the BLM rules using the Congressional Review Act.

 

 

The full letter can be found below and here

CA and NM Sue Trump Administration over BLM methane rule shared by Rio-Methane

As you have probably heard, earlier today the States of California (Becerra: Trump Administration Illegally Ignores Rule that Protects Our Air and Planet) and New Mexico filed suit against the Trump Administration for delaying implementation of the BLM Methane Rule.

CAP has a ThinkProgress post up on the suit. Some sample social is below:

Interior @SecretaryZinke’s latest gift to the oil and gas industry might be illegal http://bit.ly/2tr7foW #cutmethane

 The Trump administration might have illegally suspended a rule that would save taxpayers $330 million http://bit.ly/2tr7foW #cutmethane

 Trump administration faces another lawsuit over failure to #cutmethane. TY @AGBecerra & @HectorBalderas http://bit.ly/2tr7foW #cutmethane

 TY @AGBecerra & @HectorBalderas for standingup to the Trump admin on behalf of taxpayers & public health http://bit.ly/2tr7foW #cutmethane

Two states sue over Trump administration suspending a rule that would save taxpayers $330 million

Interior Secretary Zinke’s latest gift to the oil and gas industry might be illegal.

Attorneys general from California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s postponement of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste prevention rule. The suit holds that the Interior Department’s failure to implement the rule will cost California taxpayers substantial royalty payments and furthers the Trump administration’s attack on public health.

“President Trump should put the health of the American people over the profits of private companies,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “This is a commonsense rule that both helps our children breathe cleaner air and protects our planet. It should be implemented as is legally required. We refuse to let blatant violations of the law go unchallenged.”

BLM’s methane rule seeks to reduce the wasteful release into the atmosphere of methane — the primary component of natural gas — from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. Studies show the rule would save $330 million worth of taxpayer-owned gas annually and would result in $800 million in direct payments to the public over the next decade.

ruling earlier this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals on a similar issue regarding an EPA methane regulation could provide a clue for where this lawsuit is going. In a 2–1 ruling, the court struck down an attempt by EPA to delay implementation of new emission standards on oil and gas wells, arguing that EPA could not delay an effective date even as they seek to rewrite the regulation.

The Interior Department announced in June it would delay implementation of BLM’s methane waste prevention rule and would, instead, rewrite the rule to be less “burdensome” to the oil and gas industry. This action treads on shaky ground because the rule was already finalized under the Obama administration, and the department is legally obligated to enforce it.

“We are disappointed with your actions to undo this rule,” wrote Senators Cantwell and Udall in a letter to Secretary Zinke concerning his suspension of the rule. “The Department [of the Interior] published a notice in the Federal Register suspending parts of the Rule under a novel theory of administrative law. This action seems impossible to square with unapologetic admiration for Teddy Roosevelt. It also seems impossible to square with the Administrative Procedure Act”.

Interior’s suspension of the rule may indeed be a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, a law which allows an agency postpone the implementation date of a rule that has not taken effect but does not allow for suspending a regulation that is already on the books. Properly reversing an already implemented rule can often take years, given that public comment and notice need to take place.

The courts have already weighed in on this very issue. According to the opinion in Safety-Kleen Corp v. EPA, the Administrative Procedures Act “does not permit the agency to suspend without notice and comment a promulgated rule.”

It appears that Zinke cannot simply refuse to enforce a rule to appease the oil and gas industry.

The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the three companies that have the most to gain from repeal of methane regulations, as well as other oil and gas industry groups have led the charge against the rule in both the courts and Congress. Oil and gas interests also donated more than$4.9 million to members of Congress that sponsored a resolution to repeal the rule.

But efforts from the fossil fuel industry and their beneficiaries in Congress to block the rule legislatively and in the courts have already failed.

In January, a judge found that the rule is “unambiguously” within BLM’s authority, has economic and environmental benefits, will not impinge on states’ sovereign interests, and will not cause significant economic burden to states or oil and gas companies. In May, the Senate rejected a bill that would have scrapped the rule entirely.

D.C. Circuit rejects EPA methane rule delay via Rio-Methane

D.C. Circuit rejects EPA methane rule delay

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter

Published: Monday, July 3, 2017

A federal appeals court today vacated the Trump administration’s decision to delay an Obama-era U.S. EPA rule curbing methane emissions from new oil and gas operations.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with environmentalists that EPA lacked authority under the Clean Air Act to issue the 90-day administrative stay of the rule.

EPA’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious” under the law, the three-judge panel ruled.

The Obama administration issued the standards in 2016 to halt leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from new oil and gas operations. The rule also aimed to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds that contribute to the formation of smog.

In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt granted a 90-day delay of key provisions of the rule, including its fugitive emissions, pneumatic pumps and professional engineer certification requirements.

Pruitt’s decision came after EPA granted requests by energy industry trade groups to reconsider parts of the rule (Greenwire, May 31). He then announced EPA would further delay those provisions by two years (Energywire, June 14).

Green groups — the Clean Air Council, Earthworks, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Integrity Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club — filed a lawsuit over the first delay, along with an emergency motion to overturn EPA’s decision and put the standards back in place (Greenwire, June 5).

A group of states led by Massachusetts lined up behind the environmental groups, while companies and a separate coalition of states led by West Virginia said they supported Pruitt’s position.

The Trump administration premised the stay on a provision in the Clean Air Act that allows EPA to pause certain regulatory requirements when it has granted a petition for reconsideration of a rule.

But in court documents, environmentalists argued the energy industry’s reconsideration request was invalid because the issues it raised had already been extensively hashed out during the Obama rulemaking process. The D.C. Circuit agreed in today’s per curiam opinion.

The administrative record, according to the court, “makes clear that industry groups had ample opportunity to comment on all four issues on which EPA granted reconsideration, and indeed, that in several instances the agency incorporated those comments directly into the final rule.”

The panel, though, emphasized that “nothing in this opinion” prevents the Trump administration from reconsidering the methane curbs using formal rulemaking procedures.

“It is free to do so as long as ‘the new policy is permissible under the statute … , there are good reasons for it, and … the agency believes it to be better,'” the court said.

Judges David Tatel and Robert Wilkins, two Democratic appointees, heard the case with Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a George W. Bush appointee.

Brown issued a dissenting opinion, disagreeing with her colleagues that the court had jurisdiction to hear the case in the first place.

She wrote that EPA’s decision to delay implementation was not a final agency action subject to court review.

“I would dismiss the Environmental Petitioners’ motion on the grounds that we lack jurisdiction to review EPA’s stay, and not reach the remaining issues,” Brown wrote.

Click here to read the opinion.