Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Democracy for America (DFA) is conducting a poll: Who should we (DFA) support for Congress?

Dfa (2)In an email from Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director, Democracy for America he asks the following:

"We've been hearing a lot about the race in New Mexico's 1st Congressional district from local DFA members, so I wanted to check in to see where you stood.

DFA is committed to electing progressives who share our values of community, security and liberty, and as the country's only people-powered PAC, we want to hear from our members who we should support in this race. So, who do you support for Congress? Vote now. Thank you for all that you do."

FYI FOLKS: An endorsement by DFA is a big deal. What comes with it is additional funds for your campaign and additional people on the ground. Once they choose their candidate with the help of the people in the district, they work like crazy to get that person in. Seeing we are loosing Martin Heinrich in this seat they are particularily concerned about who "us the people" want to have as a strong replacement for Heinrich.

Please take the time to go VOTE in this poll!
Who do you support for Congress? Vote now.

November 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM in 2012 Primary Election, DFA, Eric Griego, Martin Chavez, Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (4)

Friday, July 01, 2011

7/5: DFA-DFNM Meetup with Martin Heinrich, More

Rep. Heinrich at Meetup last year

The next DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for Tuesday, July 5, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Please RSVP now to let us know whether you'll be attending. (You can also join the group at that link.)

We're very pleased to have Rep. MARTIN HEINRICH as our special guest this month. He'll give a short talk about his campaign for U.S. Senate, and then take your questions and hang out a bit to chat. Don't miss this chance to interact with Martin and hear the latest on the hot Senate race in NM. We hope to have a large turnout to welcome Martin and let him know we appreciate his taking time during his busy schedule to meet with us.

We'll also be discussing Van Jones' new grassroots group, Rebuild the Dream, as well as the race for the House seat in NM-01. Come on down!

Note: FYI we plan to hear from the other Dem candidate for U.S. Senate, Hector Balderas, at a Meetup soon. Stay tuned.

July 1, 2011 at 02:48 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tonight: DFA-DFNM Meetup to Feature Analysis of 2010 Census, Role of USDA Rural Development

This month's DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for tonight, April 5, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche. Click here to RSVP and/or become a member. All are welcome.

The group will be hearing from two knowledgeable folks about two important topics. Meetup member Sterling Ray Fluharty, who has made a careful study of the demographic changes captured in the 2010 census, will discuss their meaning for politics in New Mexico. Terry Brunner, the State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico, will fill us in on what his important agency does to support communities in NM, and how its focus fits in with the demographic changes highlighted in the recent census.

We'll also be discussing what's going on in the pro-worker movement here and nationwide, and what we can do to keep the momentum going.

April 5, 2011 at 03:18 PM in DFA, DFNM - Albq, Local Politics, MeetUp, Rural Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Sign Statement Supporting Speaker Pelosi's Rejection of Obama Tax Cut Deal in Present Form

An email from Democracy for America (DFA) this morning provided the latest news on President Obama's tax cut "compromise" and urged progressives to sign a statement of support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

From CNN only hours ago:

Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

"This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It's as simple as that," said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Following the non-binding vote of the Democratic Caucus, Reuters newswire just reported this breaking news:

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not bring President Barack Obama's current proposed tax plan up for a vote in her chamber, an aide said on Thursday.

The aide said Pelosi would require changes be made to the measure that most of her fellow House Democrats formally opposed by approving a resolution of opposition to it. The aide said: "She (Pelosi) will honor the resolution."

You can also visit this link to urge Congress to reject the "compromise."

December 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM in DFA, Economy, Populism, Obama Administration, Taxes | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tonight: DFA-DFNM Meetup in Albuquerque to Focus on Assessment, Plans

The monthly DFA-DFNM Meetup will be held tonight -- Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church located on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here, where you can also join the group and get on its email list.

The group will be:

  • discussing lessons learned from the 2010 election -- what went wrong and what went right, and what we can do to improve our efforts;
  • brainstorming how to move forward in support of a progressive agenda within the Democratic Party and outside the party structure, both locally and nationally;
  • discussing what our group's focus and actions should be in the coming new year.

Bring your thoughts, ideas, opinions and suggestions. This is designed to be a civil and constructive assessment of where we are now, how we got here and where we want to go in the future, both within the Democratic Party and outside of it in terms of grassroots movement activism. Hope you can participate.

December 7, 2010 at 02:04 PM in Democratic Party, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

10/5: Join DFA-DFNM Meetup Group in Phone Bank for Rep. Martin Heinrich

Instead of holding its regular monthly DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup, group members will be volunteering TONIGHT to phone canvass for Rep. Martin Heinrich at his main campaign office in Albuquerque. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you're a member of Meetup or not.

Come on down to Rep. Heinrich's campaign headquarters at 7:00 PM tonight, Tuesday, October 5. The office is located at 2610 San Mateo Blvd NE (see map). Folks will be making calls from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM or so, but any amount of time you can volunteer tonight will be much appreciated.

The DFA-DFNM Meetup group will be organizing several more phone banks for other candidates, including Diane Denish, in the weeks before the November 2nd election. Keep an eye our for more information. You can become a Meetup member or RSVP for tonight's phone bank here.

Whether you can participate tonight or not, we hope you will donate as much time as possible to knocking doors, making phone calls and/or doing other needed work for any and all Democratic campaigns between now and the election. Turnout is the key to victory!

October 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM in DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | Permalink | Comments (0)

10/5: New Four Corners DFA Group to Hold First Meeting in Gallup

A new DFA group, Democracy for McKinley County, is starting up today in Gallup and holding its first meeting. If you live in the Four Corners area, check it out. I'll let Bill Monroe, who's organizing the meeting, explain what's up.

I am Bill Monroe. My wife and I moved to Gallup from Columbia, Missouri in June of this year. I was a founding member of Democracy for Missouri, a very active DFA group in Central Missouri which has hosted two DFA trainings, a State Convention and helped recruit and support numerous successful (and unsuccessful) candidates to elective office. One of our members was elected as a John Kerry Delegate in 2004 and I was an elected Obama Delegate in 2008.

This will be a bid to reestablish DFA progressive activism in the Four Corners region centered in Gallup. We will meet to join forces and promote a progressive agenda taking on big Uranium, native water rights, and protection of this beautiful land, while recruiting and helping to elect progressive Democrats to represent our values of community, mutual support and caring for all.

Our first meeting will be Tuesday October 5th, at 6:00 PM in Camille's Restaurant (just next to the dance circle in front of the courthouse). You can join the group and RSVP here.

I am really at a loss as to the political scene here and I am hoping to meet like minded progressives and plug into the local Democratic structure. The initial focus of this group , assuming that we get a turnout of 3 or 4 people, will be to engage in GOTV efforts this November. Lets give the lie to the meme that the "Left' is dispirited with a big Democratic turnout in McKinley County. It was so nice to register to vote here as I was able to declare party affiliation. This must make the party ID effort a cinch. I envision door knocking and phone calls to get out the vote in the weeks leading up to the election. Lets roll...!

Tea party? Coffee party? Yea sure ...whatever you want to order! It is time to rally the true majority of Americans ... progressive, civic minded and loving people who care about each other and the Country we love. We will meet in such a way as to tap into the resources of the one million strong Democracy for America organization. Lets keep McKinley County green (and very Blue!)

October 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM in DFA, Events, MeetUp, Progressivism | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Congratulations to Rep. Ben Rodefer For Being Voted DFA's New Mexico All-Star

BenRodefer The national group Democracy for America has endorsed Democratic State Rep. Ben Rodefer for his re-election bid in New Mexico House District 23 in Corrales. DFA Chair Jim Dean, the brother of Howard Dean who originally founded the organization, announced yesterday that Rep. Rodefer has been named the DFA New Mexico All-Star based on the votes of members. Go Ben!

Albuquerque's DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup group (DFA-DFNM) is loosely affiliated with Democracy for America, and has been since 2003. On behalf of the group, Mary Ellen and I would like to congratulate Rep. Rodefer on being voted DFA's New Mexico All-Star and urge everyone to contribute or volunteer for Ben's campaign. Rep. Rodefer is in a hotly contested race this year and it's important that we help him keep his seat. 

In an email, Dean had this to say about the endorsement:

DFA endorsements have always been driven by our members on the ground across the country -- that's what makes Democracy for America the country's only people-powered PAC. But the New Mexico All-Star endorsement is different because it's chosen entirely by DFA members in New Mexico.

All the votes have been cast and I'm honored to announce DFA's New Mexico All-Star -- Benjamin Rodefer. Join the campaign -- Contribute or Volunteer right now.

It's not difficult to see why Benjamin won this hard-fought endorsement. Just look at how he describes the grassroots campaign he's running:

"We need state leaders who are not afraid to stand up for the working people, leaders who will not be swayed by those with great wealth or influence, but will stick to tirelessly advocating for democratic values and positions."

Democracy for America is committed to electing progressives up and down the ballot -- to school boards, city councils and state legislatures. These offices have a huge impact on local communities and help build a bench of progressive talent that will grow and sustain a long-term progressive movement.

Every campaign we run, every candidate we support is powered by you -- our members on the ground. Join me today in support of the New Mexico All-Star. Sign up to volunteer or contribute right now to help elect a progressive fighter.

Thank you for all that you do.

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

August 26, 2010 at 08:06 AM in 2010 NM Legislature Races, DFA, DFNM - Albq, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tonight: Express Yourself on Video at DFA-DFNM Meetup

The monthly DFA-DFNM Meetup is set for tonight, Tuesday, July 6, at 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Please take a moment to RSVP here.

Tonight, the group will focus on discussing the state of the progressive agenda and hear your take on how the campaigns are going, how we can get candidates and officeholders to support the Democratic Party platform and what's been going on with President Obama, the Congress and more.

BP is still gushing oil in the Gulf, talk is proliferating about cutting Social Security and Medicare -- as well as just about every safety net program nationally and in NM -- and politicos are still refusing to consider taxing the wealthy and corporations so they pay their fair share. What can we do to impact the process as active members of the progressive Democratic base? How can we encourage Dems to take courageous stands and provide real leadership at a time when too many Dems seem to be following the "conventional wisdom," apparently convinced that they have to pretend to be Republicans-lite to win?

Express Yourself on Video
Mary Ellen will have her Flip video camera on hand to record those of you who'd like to communicate short messages about these topics so our candidates and officials can hear first-hand what you think about the current political climate and the issues important to you. We'll be posting the videos publicly and sending them to the attention of our candidates and those in office to help make your views known.

Come on down and be part of the process.

July 6, 2010 at 09:08 AM in 2010 General Election, Democratic Party, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tonight: DFA-DFNM Meetup with NM House Reps and Candidates

The monthly DFA-DFNM Meetup is tonight, Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00, at the First Unitarian Church Social Hall on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. You can RSVP and/or join the group here:

This month's Meetup will concentrate on some important State House races. Whether we live in these legislative districts or not, it's very important that we support these Dem candidates so they keep or win seats their seats in this important election cycle.

Our guests include State Rep. Eleanor Chavez (District 13), one of our most progressive members of the legislature. Rep. Chavez is being challenged in the Democratic primary and will discuss her campaign, as well as her courageous stance on the Arizona immigrant law. We'll also be hearing from State Rep. Ben Rodefer (District 23), another strong advocate for progressive values and one of the good guys serving in the Legislature that Republicans are working hard to beat. And two young Dems who are challenging House seats now held by Republicans will also join us: Joel Davis, who is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert in District 44, and Alex Russell, who is taking on incumbent Republican Rep. Thomas A. Anderson in District 29.

Hope you join us! This is a great opportunity to hear directly from the candidates, ask them questions and learn about the importance of legislative races this year.

May 4, 2010 at 08:35 AM in 2010 NM Legislature Races, DFA, DFNM - Albq, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tonight: DFA-DFNM Meetup with Ray Powell, Pat Davis, Rep. Moe Maestas

Our April DFA-DFNM Meetup is scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, April 6, at 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church Social Hall located on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. All are welcome to attend.

Tonight's Meetup will provide an important opportunity to interact personally with Democratic primary candidates Ray Powell, who's running for Land Commissioner, and Pat Davis, who's running for Bernalillo County Sheriff. They'll be talking about their campaigns and answering your questions.

Also on hand will be Democratic State Rep. Moe Maestas, who will discuss his take on the legislature this year and what's going on this election cycle. We'll also be discussing the possibility of another candidate forum and other election-related issues.

Hope to see you there! You can RSVP for tonight's Meetup and/or join the group and get on our email list at

April 6, 2010 at 01:02 PM in 2010 Bernalillo County Sheriff Race, 2010 NM Land Commissioner Race, 2010 NM Legislature Races, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DFA-DFNM Dem LG Candidate Debate: Honesty and Openness in Government

Here's another follow up to my posts yesterday and Monday on Saturday's DFA-DFNM debate for Democratic lieutenant governor candidates at UNM Law School.

Below are videos of Rep. Joe Campos, Brian Colon, Sen. Linda Lopez, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Lawrence Rael answering a question from the audience about restoring honesty and openness to government.

Sen. Linda Lopez (L); Rep. Joe Campos (R)

Brian Colon (L); Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (R)

Lawrence Rael

March 10, 2010 at 04:07 PM in 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, Brian Colon, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Ethics & Campaign Reform, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Joe Campos, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez | Permalink | Comments (9)