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
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)

Friday, August 20, 2010

8/31: Special DFA-DFNM Meetup with Rep. Martin Heinrich and Judge Robert E. Robles

MartinHeinrich Mark your calendars for a special DFA-DFNM Meetup set for Tuesday, August 31, at 7:00 PM in the Social Hall at the First Unitarian Church at Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. We'll be welcoming Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich, the incumbent candidate for the U.S. House in New Mexico's First Congressional District.

Rep. Heinrich has taken time out of his busy schedule to speak to the group and take questions, so let's have a big turnout to let Martin know we appreciate his participation. Don't miss this chance to interact directly with Rep. Heinrich and learn more about his experiences during his first term in Washington, as well as his reelection campaign.

As we all know, this election cycle will be a tough one for Democrats and we can't allow the GOP to retake the NM-01 seat. Get Congressman Heinrich's take on the political climate and what we need to do to win.

RobertRobles100 We'll also be hearing from Appeals Court Judge Robert E. Robles, who is running to retain his position and has a Republican challenger. It's easy for judicial contests to get lost in the ballot shuffle, but we can't let that happen in November, especially in this race.

Please take a moment to RSVP for the Meetup so we know you're coming. If you're not yet a member of the group, you can sign up here.

(This special Meetup will replace our September Meetup originally scheduled for September 7th. We won't meet again until Tuesday, October 5, 2010.)

August 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM in 2010 Judicial Races, DFNM - Albq, MeetUp, NM-01 Congressional Race 2010, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | 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: http://dfa.meetup.com/160/.

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 http://dfa.meetup.com/160/.

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)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Saturday: Dem Lt. Gov. Candidate Debate at UNM Law School

The DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is excited to be hosting a debate for the Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM in Room 2401 at the UNM Law School located at 1117 Stanford NE in Albuquerque (map).

Sign-in will begin at 9:30 AM that day, and the event will start promptly at 10:00 AM. The debate will be moderated by a representative from the League of Women Voters.

To join the Meetup group and/or RSVP, go to: http://dfa.meetup.com/160/.

Please tell your friends and neighbors about this. We'd love to have a large turnout as all of the five candidates for Lt. Governor have blocked out time in their busy schedules to participate. Confirmed participants are: Rep. Joe Campos, Brian Colon, Sen. Linda Lopez, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Lawrence Rael. This is the last chance to see the candidates before the DPNM Pre-Primary Convention set for March 13 at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.

Please keep an eye out for further emails about his event, however, as it may have to be rescheduled if the special session of the New Mexico Legislature runs through Saturday. We'll keep you posted!

The DFA-DFNM Meetup has been happening monthly since 2003, when it began as a Dean for America Meetup. The LG candidate debate will replace the group's regular monthly Meetup for March.

March 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM in 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, Brian Colon, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Joe Campos, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mark Your Calendars: DFA-DFNM Meetup Group to Host Albuquerque Debate with Dem Lt. Governor Candidates on March 6

Save the date! The DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup group will host a candidate forum with the Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor on Saturday, March 6, starting at 10:00 AM in Room 2401 at the UNM Law School. The Law School is located at 1117 Stanford NE in Albuquerque (map). The public is encouraged to attend -- all are welcome.

All five declared candidates for the Democratic primary have committed to participate. They include Rep. Joe Campos, Brian Colón, Sen. Linda Lopez, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Lawrence Rael.

The forum will take place just a week before the Democratic Party of New Mexico holds its Pre-Primary Convention at the Hilton Hotel at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque on March 13. State Central Committee members and elected delegates from around the state will vote on Democratic candidates for statewide offices at the convention. To get on the June primary ballot, candidates must receive at least 20 percent of the delegate votes. The vote will also determine the position the candidates' names will appear on the ballot.

The DFA-DFNM Meetup has been happening monthly since 2003, when it began as a Dean for America Meetup. The candidate forum will replace the group's regular monthly Meetup for March.

January 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM in 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, Brian Colon, Democratic Party, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Joe Campos, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Join Us at DFA-DFNM Meetup Tonight with Lt. Gov. Diane Denish

DianeDenishCr Tonight's DFA-DFNM Meetup will feature special guest Lt. Governor Diane Denish, who'll be talking about her campaign for Governor and answering your questions. This is an excellent opportunity to interact personally with Lt. Gov. Denish and learn how to get involved as we move into the critical 2010 election cycle.

We'll also be getting brief updates from Dana Millen of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign and Victor Raigoza, who will provide some timely and vital information about how we can get a domestic partnership bill passed THIS YEAR.

All are welcome at the Meetup, which starts at 7:00 PM tonight at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church located on the southwest corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. To join the group and/or RSVP for tonight's event, click here.

Note: Kim McMurray of Environment New Mexico who was originally scheduled to appear at this meeting can't make it due to unexpected circumstances, so she'll attend the February Meetup.

January 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM in DFA, DFNM - Albq, Diane Denish, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Join Us at DFA-DFNM Meetup Tonight with Mayor Martin Chavez

MartychavezTonight's DFA-DFNM Meetup is set for 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church Social Hall at 3701 Carlisle NE in Albuquerque -- on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche.

Our special guest this month is Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, who is running for his fourth mayoral term. Mayor Chavez will be talking about his vision for the City, his accomplishments and his positions on the issues, as well as taking questions from our members. Hope you'll join us in welcoming Mayor Chavez as he reaches out to the progressive grassroots to hear our thoughts and discuss his campaign.

If you plan to attend, please join the group and/or RSVP at http://dfa.meetup.com/160/.

August 6, 2009 at 01:21 PM in 2009 Albuquerque Mayoral Race, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tonight: Richard Romero and Jerry Ortiz y Pino at DFA-DFNM Meetup

Tonight's the monthly DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church at Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Click to RSVP and/or join the group. Our special guest will be Albuquerque Mayoral candidate Richard Romero, who'll be getting interactive with us -- discussing his candidacy and taking questions and suggestions. State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino will also stop by briefly to fill us in on his future plans in the electoral department. Come on down and join the discussion.

June 4, 2009 at 03:58 PM in 2009 Albuquerque Mayoral Race, 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, Healthcare, Local Politics, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tonight's DFA-DFNM Meetup: State Auditor Hector Balderas

Our regular monthly DFA-DFNM Meetup is set for tonight, Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall at the First Unitarian Church at Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque.

Hector-Balderas-07We're very pleased to have State Auditor Hector Balderas as our special guest. He'll speak to the group about the responsibilities of the Auditor's office, how the office works to make government more transparent and accountable and what he's done to improve it since he was elected in 2006. He'll also discuss ethics in government, and take your questions.

State Auditor Balderas has been in the news recently regarding a legal battle with New Mexico Attorney General Gary King regarding the AG's broad subpoena of documents from the Office of the State Auditor. Many see the AG's subpoena as a fishing expedition. It requests a massive amount of documents including "copies of all electronic communications ... including e-mail, text, Fax, attachments and embedded files,” as well as certain personnel files, case logs, correspondence and fraud hot line complaints.

The New Mexico Independent reported yesterday about the latest developments:

State Auditor Hector Balderas says Attorney General Gary King may be illegally using a subpoena for documents as a way to find out what Balderas has discovered in the course of investigations involving King, the AG’s office or other agencies with which King has a conflict.

While Balderas isn’t saying exactly what his office is investigating that might involve King or King’s office, he said he believes a broad subpoena issued by King’s office for state auditor records “is being used as a backdoor” for information about the auditor’s probes that relate to the AG or his office. He called that “illegal misuse of the subpoena” and said it threatens the auditor’s ability to investigate.

“I’m very concerned that a subpoena would be used to disrupt or usurp independent, constitutional authority to protect taxpayers,” Balderas said in an interview. “The law is set up in a way that there are two, independent watchdogs.”

The Albuquerque Journal reported this morning on a closed-door hearing held yesterday in state District Court yesterday about the subpoena:

It's unknown what exactly was discussed during Wednesday's hearing, which lasted more than two hours. But in an interview in front of the courthouse, Balderas, while saying he couldn't discuss specifics, described the dispute as now down to a “narrow issue” concerning the auditor's ability to independently investigate other state agencies without interference.

Balderas said he was fighting the AG subpoena's demand that he provide information gathered in the course of ongoing special audits and examinations that were generated from the fraud hot line. Doing so could compromise the investigations, he said.

“It would mean an elected official could obstruct an investigation,” Balderas said. “It's our position that there should be no interference with that auditing function.”

Also on the agenda at tonight's Meetup will be planning our involvement in the effort organized by Howard Dean, Democracy for America and MoveOn to achieve REAL health care reform that contains a public component. We'll be discussing what we can do to get our members of Congress and other elected officials to commit to the tenets of genuine reform.

Don't miss this one. To join the group and/or RSVP, click here.

May 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM in DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, Government, Healthcare, MeetUp | Permalink | Comments (4)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Howard Dean Wants to Talk With You Tomorrow at 7 PM

Celebrate with Gov. Howard Dean this Wednesday

From Howard Dean: I'm looking forward to celebrating the 5th Birthday of Democracy for America on Wednesday. Over the last week, we've been flooded with DFA success stories and it's great to read about all the incredible accomplishments DFA members have achieved. And of course, there are a lot of questions for me too.

I'm going to answer a lot of them on the nationwide conference call that you can also listen to live online, starting at 7 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday, March 25.

I am also going to announce some exciting news about the future of DFA.

I think this is a call you won't want to miss. My hope is the entire progressive community will be able to do their part. Listen live online or by phone, all you need to do is sign up and get the information you'll need to participate.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

DFA 5th Birthday Nationwide Conference Call
Participate online or by phone
Wednesday - March 25th - 7 PM Mountain Time

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

Many of you have asked me what I will be doing next. The short answer is a lot of things but rest assured my biggest focus will on health care reform.

It is hard to believe it's been five years since we began Democracy for America. Now, we're stronger than ever with over one million members nationwide. We've elected over 575 progressive candidates up and down the ballot and trained over 20,000 activists and candidates in the skills to win.

But we're just getting started.

You know that healthcare for all is an important issue to me. I look forward to working with you to pass meaningful reform that makes sure that every American has the care they need. Join me on the conference call and you'll be first to hear what's next.

-Howard
Governor Howard Dean, MD
Founder, Democracy for America

The Albuquerque DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup has been getting together monthly since Howard Dean ran for president in 2004. What was once Dean for America has been Democracy for America since 2005, with loosely affliated groups all over the nation. If you're not yet a member, click here to join and get on our email list. DFA-DFNM meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Get empowered. Get active. Get involved.

March 24, 2009 at 02:36 PM in DFA, DFNM - Albq, Events, Healthcare, MeetUp, Progressivism | Permalink | Comments (4)