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Bernalillo County Berners We are an active and progressive group of Bernalillo County NM Democrats that are organizing to get Progressive values represented in the state Party.
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We are an active and progressive group of Bernalillo County, NM Democrats organizing to get the Progressive values we share fully represented at every level of our local party. This includes all levels of leadership from Precinct Chair all the way up to State Chair. In addition, we are persistently engaging members of our community to participate in the Democratic party. We do this through education, activism, and democratic action. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/BernCoBerners

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We can abolish gerrymandering from the redistricting process in 2021.By Kathleen M. Burke / Project Coordinator, Fair Di...
09/01/2020
OPINION | Help NM redistrict in 2021 without gerrymandering

We can abolish gerrymandering from the redistricting process in 2021.

By Kathleen M. Burke / Project Coordinator, Fair Districts New Mexico
Monday, August 31st, 2020 at 12:02am – ABQ Journal

At Fair Districts New Mexico our goal is to make the 2021 redistricting process fair – “fair” as in reflective of the wishes of the electorate, as opposed to fair in the eyes of select politicians. This organization is frequently asked, paraphrased, “What makes 2021 any different from every other year in which redistricting has come and gone, behind closed doors, with little to no public input?” In short, this year and next, substantial portions of the electorate, party affiliation aside, are watching closely.
This is a banner year for redistricting in New Mexico. Across the political spectrum, the electorate has engaged and the electorate is watching. Such tremendous public outcry to place redistricting in the hands of the people has never before happened in New Mexico.
On July 27, a statewide redistricting webinar hosted by Retake Our Democracy drew 213 registrants. Albuquerque’s Sens. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Mark Moores received accolades for speaking frankly about gerrymandering in a large venue and in a way not heard before in New Mexico.
To date, we continue to discover tremendous knowledge and commitment to redistricting reform among our Legislature, most recently at the bipartisan Women’s Legislative Caucus, whose executive committee has stated its caucus’s support.
New Mexico organizations statewide are staking their interest in redistricting reform, too. Twenty prominent organizations have joined Fair Districts New Mexico in support of redistricting reform in the 2021 cycle. Some partners comprising Fair Districts New Mexico: New Mexico Ethics Watch, League of Women Voters of New Mexico, Save Our Western Way of Life, NAACP Doña Ana County, New Mexico First and the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico. Nationally, we are partnered by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Election Reformers Network and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.
The groups that have joined this effort are not seeking any party advantage, but rather are driving to place the responsibility of redistricting in the hands of the people, where it belongs. These groups, and an increasing number of legislators, want to right a wrong which has led to disempowerment for far too long.
It is not a stretch to say that gerrymandering in our state has oftentimes fit the criteria of institutional racism. Native Americans and Hispanics alike have suffered the effects of gerrymandering in New Mexico. Without sufficient reform, they will continue to. This is a wrong to be righted.
In 2021 the Legislature again grapples with redistricting, presenting the opportunity in New Mexico to right a wrong inflicted upon Americans even since long before New Mexico was a state; since the founding of this country. The U.S. Congress at that time probably hadn’t even an inkling of what a New Mexican might be, one day, much less the tenacity of one.
The N.M. Legislature holds the power to right this wrong in 2021, putting an end to the infliction of gerrymandering upon New Mexicans.
The 2020 N.M. Redistricting Task Force will make recommendations to the 2021 N.M. Legislature. Applications for the Task Force are being accepted from legislators and the community alike until Sept. 5. More information at www.nmfirst.org.

OPINION | At Fair Districts New Mexico our goal is to make the 2021 redistricting process fair – 'fair ...

Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter and registered Democrat in Albuquerque?If so, we need you! Deadline tomorrow midnight...
06/10/2020
DPNM Post-Primary Elector / Registration Form

Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter and registered Democrat in Albuquerque?

If so, we need you! Deadline tomorrow midnight! We need Bernie supporters to sign up to be electors to choose Bernie Delegates to go to the National Convention.

There is no money involved and you do not need to have a campaign. There is a simple sign up form here and an explanation. There will be a vote on-line this weekend and we need your participation to send Bernie Delegates. By the way, the rest of the state did not get enough support for Bernie in last week's primary to be able to send Bernie delegates. It's up to us Bernalillo County to send as many Bernie representatives as possible. Please sign up today to be an elector. It's easy but the deadline is Thursday midnight.

This form is for registering as a POST-PRIMARY ELECTOR for the June, 2020 New Mexico Post-Primary Conventions. Post-Primary Electors are those NM Democrats who will elect the National Delegates from New Mexico. If you want to become a Post-Primary Elector, please fill out and submit this form no lat...

🔥💙🔥💙🔥💙🔥💙🔥Please sign up here to be a candidate for National Delegate pledged to Bernie Sanders:https://nmdemocrats.org/d...
05/26/2020
2020 Delegate Selection - New Mexico Democrats

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Redistricting reform will be a giant step forward for fair elections in New Mexico. Please visit and like Fair Districts...
11/04/2019
Now is the time for redistricting reform | LAMonitor.com

Redistricting reform will be a giant step forward for fair elections in New Mexico. Please visit and like Fair Districts for New Mexico.

Following the 2020 census, New Mexico will be required to readjust its electoral districts to reflect changes in the distribution of the population. Now is the time for New Mexico to take steps to join the growing number of states that have created objective, fair and transparent systems for redistr...

Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens
10/11/2019

Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens

You may remember legislators voted into law - fracking “produced water” can now be reused in our New Mexico. Beginning next week - the New Mexico Environment Department is holding public meetings statewide - before they define the rules and regulations surrounding produced water treatment and re-use. The Rio Grande Sierra Club is working to rally citizens and groups to attend the public meetings and VOICE our concerns-to ensure that STRICT regulations are put into place. Ideas they are batting around? Putting the water into our waterways, onto crops, on the sides of roads and for livestock use! See below in the comments section some harrowing data (the "Texon Scar" for one).

From the Rio Grande Sierra Club …”Here are the facts. Produced water should NOT be used outside of the oil and gas field. There has been little research on New Mexico produced water and its potential impacts on water, soil, and human health. Because some frac fluids are classified as trade secrets, we do not actually know what is in this fracking wastewater or how to treat it. Critically, we lack EPA-approved testing methods for roughly 77% of potential produced water chemicals, and only about 9% of these chemicals appear on major federal water/waste regulatory lists-like those stemming from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Although a new research consortium just formed at NMSU to tackle our lack of understanding about produced water, doing such research properly will take years. Until we have thorough science, any re-use outside of the oilfield could allow industry to profit off of their wastewater at the expense of public health.

(Note from RACC: if you go to the link below to RSVP for any of the public meetings, there are options to receive carpool information, potential help with hotel and gas expenses and talking points – to help as many people attend as possible. Check it out!)

..."It is critical that environment supporters participate to ensure that New Mexico has strong regulations if the state decides to permit new reuse options for this wastewater. Please RSVP here to attend https://forms.gle/6nYGxBxLkSaefEmcA

Excellent assessment and guidance from the Santa Fe New Mexican.
09/22/2019
Second road to lab lined with concerns

Excellent assessment and guidance from the Santa Fe New Mexican.

A new road connecting Los Alamos and Santa Fe would take Northern New Mexico in the wrong direction.

The League of Women Voters is on this! And they are right. We need a fair redistricting process in New Mexico. It is up ...
09/12/2019
OPINION | NM should work now to implement redistricting reform

The League of Women Voters is on this! And they are right. We need a fair redistricting process in New Mexico. It is up to 'we the people' to pressure the legislature to create a fair redistricting process.

Why is fair redistricting important? Elections should be determined by voters, not politicians who draw maps to serve their own incumbency or party.

OPINION | The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to rule on two cases related to state redistricting plans. They said that it was up to the states to deal with that issue. Therefore, the League of Women…

Saturday, 2pm. 9208 Arvada, Albuquerque
04/25/2019
Albuquerque, NM: Bernie 2020 Organizing Kickoff!

Saturday, 2pm. 9208 Arvada, Albuquerque

Come together with your friends, family, and neighbors to join our historic campaign to defeat Trump and transform America. Join us on April 27th to hear from Senator Sanders about our vision and what it’s going to take to complete the political revolution. It’s going to take all of us, so let.....

Resilience is a beautiful thing.
02/19/2019

Resilience is a beautiful thing.

Bring on the memes.

This is a crime. New Mexico deserves better than oil and gas lobbyists posing as Congressional (and State) Representativ...
02/18/2019
House Climate Panel Democrats got nearly $200,000 in fossil fuel industry donations

This is a crime. New Mexico deserves better than oil and gas lobbyists posing as Congressional (and State) Representatives.

"The majority of the donations ($198,000) went to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who raised $117,000 from PACs connected to oil, gas, mining and electric utility corporations. Those donations constituted 6 percent of all contributions raised by Lujan."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named nine Democrats to the new committee on Thursday.

Please do. 8 million Yemeni people are starving as This is written. That's 8 million.
02/12/2019
Stop The War

Please do. 8 million Yemeni people are starving as This is written. That's 8 million.

Our public dollars are starving 8 million Yemeni people. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Mike Lee are forcing a vote to change that — and they need our help. Urge your Senators to vote YES on the Sanders-Lee resolution to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war in Yemen. Comment for “no”...

#HandsOffVenezuela #NoRegimeChange #PAZ
01/26/2019
Ilhan Omar

#HandsOffVenezuela #NoRegimeChange #PAZ

We cannot hand pick leaders for other countries on behalf of multinational corporate interests. The legislature cannot seize power from the President, and Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared their actions unconstitutional.

We can’t afford to get involved in costly interventions abroad when tens of millions struggle to access housing, healthcare, and clean water right here at home. U.S. meddling abroad always ends badly for us, and the people we claim to be “liberating”.

If we really want to support the Venezuelan people, we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis.

We should support dialogue, not a coup!

01/22/2019
Halt Holtec

Holtec wants to bury used radioactive fuel cores from commercial nuclear reactors around the U.S. in shallow concrete structures in southeast New Mexico "temporarily" until our country figures out an appropriate long-term solution.

Please attend at 9 a.m. Wednesday 1/23 to hear opposing arguments and show your support for blocking the delivery of radioactive cores to NM. The hearing is at the State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead St., Albuquerque.

The Sierra Club believes that storing this high-level waste in casks at the reactors where they were generated is the safest solution. However, Holtec sees lots of money in storing this waste in New Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of costs we the taxpayer will bear, among them, safely transporting this waste and dealing with accident training and response. And Holtec wants to transfer title to the waste to the Department of Energy. So we pick up the bill to move it. Do we pay for the consequences of accidents or leakage?

Please attend to show public opposition to the nuclear dump.

Your attendance is important. Let's keep New Mexico the Land of Enchantment, not the Land of Radiation!

See more at https://www.facebook.com/HaltHoltec/

New Mexico is being targeted as the dump site for ALL of the nation's High-Level Radioactive Waste. This page was created to raise awareness & HaltHoltec!

01/17/2019
Halt Holtec

Tuesday, JANUARY 22, Albuquerque. HALT HOLTEC!

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2019
Media Contacts: Leona Morgan, 505-879-8547
[email protected];Patricia Cardona, 505-469-3230, [email protected]

PRESS CONFERENCE: LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL GROUPS
RAISE DOZENS OF LEGAL OBJECTIONS TO THREAT OF
WORLD'S LARGEST RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP IN NEW MEXICO

Hearing Expected to Lay Groundwork for Lawsuits
Radioactive Waste Could Move Through More than 40 States

Albuquerque, N.M. – Community groups and industry will raise their objections to bringing deadly and illegal high-level radioactive waste to New Mexico at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hearing next week. Six parties are objecting to the license application submitted by Holtec International to store up to 173,600 metric tons of waste, more than double what exists in the United States today. Join representatives and lawyers from four objecting parties at a Press Conference held by the Halt Holtec Coalition from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22. The Halt Holtec Coalition asserts that consolidated “interim” facilities are illegal under federal law. They emphasize that the site is not suitable, and that storage and national transport threaten food, water, health, and economy. New Mexicans are concerned that bringing in irradiated (“spent”) nuclear fuel for supposedly temporary storage would likely become permanent. Transport relies on unsafe, untested containers to be shipped on rails throughout the country. This hearing will determine which parties have standing and which objections will be reviewed.

WHAT: Halt Holtec Coalition Press Conference Opposing World’s Largest Radioactive Waste Dump

WHEN: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WHERE: State Bar of New Mexico, Modrall Room,1st floor, 5121 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

WHO: Representatives and attorneys from local, regional, and national groups, spanning public interest, environment, and environmental justice, will speak on objections to the proposal by Holtec International and New Mexico-based Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance for a “Consolidated Interim Storage Facility” between Carlsbad and Hobbs. The parties to the proceeding (and legal counsel) are:
• Alliance for Environmental Strategies (Nancy Simmons, Albuquerque, NM);
• Beyond Nuclear (Diane Curran, Washington, D.C.; Mindy Goldstein, Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Emory University, Atlanta, GA);
• Sierra Club (Wally Taylor, Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign, Cedar Rapids, IA);
• A seven-group coalition including Don’t Waste Michigan, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination (MI), Public Citizen (TX and DC), San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (CA), Nuclear Energy Information Service (IL), Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (NY), and Nuclear Issues Study Group (NM) (Terry Lodge, Toledo, OH).

WHY: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s three-judge Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear oral arguments to determine which groups have standing and which objections will be accepted or rejected regarding Holtec proposal for dump. The hearing will take place at the State Bar of New Mexico Auditorium, 5121 Masthead Street NE, Albuquerque, NM, on Wednesday, January 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and January 24 as needed.

Objections against the NRC illegally considering this license application and the application itself were filed on September 14, 2018.

Of the more than 40 objections, some were raised by multiple intervenors. Objections range from lack of legal authorization of NRC to license such a dump to environmental-justice violations and transport dangers. Specifically, regarding the proposed location, objections focus on: threats to drinking water sources; threats to Native American, historic, and pre-historic properties; impacts from nearby brine water, potash mining, and gas fracking; earthquake risks; and impacts to endangered species.

Additional information available online:
NRC ORDER: Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Oral Arguments in Albuquerque

Summary of Holtec/ELEA CISF Licensing Application Proceeding

Overview of Environmental Coalition Objections to Holtec/ELEA’s CISF and NRC ASLB Proceeding

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We Will Learn Soon Who Are The DINOs and Who Are The RINOs In The Municipal Herd Of Candidates Posted on June 14, 2017 Any one that knows me and that reads this blog knows that I am as Democrat as they come and I have never tried to hide that fact. I have been a Democrat all my life and have served as a Ward Chair, Precinct Chair and on the Democratic Party State Central Committee. I consider myself a strong Democrat and enjoy having spirited political discussions with people no matter their party affiliations. Hell, I even have a number of Republicans who are very good friends and relatives, but that’s another story for later. Four (4) years ago when I ran for Mayor, I did so as a proud Democrat and was severely criticized for it by the Republican Party and the Albuquerque Journal with little if anything being said by the Democratic Party. Four (4) years ago, the Democratic Party showed reluctance to publicly get involved with the race for Mayor. The Republican Party on the other hand, including the Governor and her political operative Jay McClusky and many prominent Republicans and Republican elected officials, jumped in full force with a vengeance into the Mayor’s race and helped raise over $910,000 for the incumbent. The Republican party orchestrated many negative press releases and even feed the Albuquerque Journal negative stories or leads for stories that wound up published in the Journal. Two questions from a good friend caught my interest: “What about the nonpartisan form of government called for by the City Charter? Seems you don’t care for people cooperating with each other? These are two very good questions. The New Mexico Constitution provides that all municipal elections be nonpartisan and that is why it is in our city charter and not because the framers of our city charter thought it was a great idea. Municipal elections are held in odd number years and the voter turnouts are always miserably low. Four years ago, in Albuquerque’s municipal election, the voter turnout was 19% of registered voters. I do care about the City Council cooperating with each other and the Mayor and I did it when I was on the city council and did it when I was a Deputy City Attorney, but I feel there are limits. As an Albuquerque City Councilor, I worked and cooperated with the entire city council and Mayor when it came to issues like passage of the quality of life tax that built the children’s science museum, the aquarium, the balloon museum, the botanical gardens, purchase of critical open space, the passage of the comprehensive ground water protection policy, passage of the vehicle emissions program and the creation of the Independent Council Office to review citizen complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department, and the creation of the Internal Audit Department. Creation of the Independent Council Office to review citizen complaints against the Albuquerque Police and the Quality of Life tax that I sponsored were the most difficult resolutions to get passed and the City Council could not have done it without Republican support. However, there is a significant difference between cooperating and working with other elected officials from the opposite party and being downright hypocritical and going against your own basic political philosophy of what you believe to be true as your core values and what you stand for as an elected official. I have been accused recently of “tearing down democrats” when I have questioned the voting record of Democrat City Councilors who vote and act like Republicans on the City Council. Pointing out the voting record and actions of Democrats who are running for re-election is not tearing someone down as a candidate, but legitimate political commentary to question how that person is acting on the City Council. What I am tired of are Democrats trying to act and talk like Republicans, especially after they get elected to positions like the City Council and arguing that they are being “nonpartisan” when the issues are indeed partisan as they come such as the minimum wage, the mandatory sick leave initiative, public finance of elections, equal pay for woman, sanctuary city and the privatization of city services that is anti-union, all which have been before the city council. Four years ago, the voter initiative prohibiting late term abortions was on the ballot, which was clearly partisan, but the Mayor and the Republican City council made sure it was on the runoff ballot so as not to have any affect on the Mayors race and to affect voter turn out. I opposed the late term abortion prohibition initiative while the incumbent supported it. Marriage equality was also an issue in the Mayor’s race four years ago when the New Mexico Supreme Court recognized gay couples right to marry. I publicly supported marriage equality while the incumbent insisted that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. For the last 8 years, we have had the most partisan Mayor in Albuquerque history especially when the Republicans controlled the City Council by a 6 to 3 margin just over four years ago. During his time in office, Mayor Berry has appointed numerous Republican political operatives to six figure plus salaried positions with contacts to Governor Martinez and Jay Mc Clusky, yet he proclaims to have acted in a non-partisan fashion. Good examples of Berry’s political operative appointments include their salaries are the following: 1. Republican Darren White appointed Chief Public Safety Officer. Previously White served as Bernalillo County Sherriff, served as Governor Gary Johnson’s Cabinet Secretary for Public Safety and ran for Congress, paid $130,000 a year by Berry. 2. Republican Rob Perry appointed City Attorney and then Chief Administrative Officer. Perry served as Secretary of the Department of Corrections under Gary Johnson and ran for New Mexico Attorney General, paid $191,000 a year by Berry. 3. Republican Jessica Hernandez appointed City Attorney. Hernandez was the general Counsel for Governor Susana Martinez before becoming City Attorney, paid $151,942 a year by Berry. 4. Republican APD Chief Gordon Eden. Chief Eden served as US Marshal under President George W. Bush and then as Cabinet Secretary for Governor Martinez before becoming APD Chief, paid $168,480 a year by Berry. 5. Republican Tito Madrid appointed constituent liaison for the Mayor. Tito Madrid was campaign chairman for Berry’s election and served with Congresswoman Heather Wilson handling constituent services. When Berry had the chance to appoint two city councilors to vacancies in predominantly Democrat seats, he appointed two Republicans instead. Both of Berry’s appointed City Councilors lost their re-election bids to Democrats Isaac Benton and Diane Gibson. For a supposedly nonpartisan race, Mayor Berry’s 2013 contributors list was top heavy with prominent Republican donors and players including the Republican National Committee, Brewer Oil Company, Western Refining Company, Pete Domenici, Harvey Yates, Micky Barnett, Ed Lujan, Bill Sego, Don Chalmbers, Jon Barela, John Sanchez, Margaret and Turner Branch, Nadine Bicknel, Larry Laranaga , Nate Gentry, Herb Hughes, Sherman McCorkle, Trudy Jones, Michael Brasher, John Ackerman, Bob Stamm, Jack Stahl, Gerry Geist, Justin Fox Young, and Doug Turner just to mention a few. The Albuquerque’s press, especially the Albuquerque Journal, likes to point out party affiliations of candidates running for municipal office, even though the races are supposed to be non-partisan. I was severely criticized and blasted by the Albuquerque Journal in an editorial for running as a Democrat for Mayor and being critical of Democrats who vote for Republicans who oppose Democratic core values. The first question that the Albuquerque Journal asks in their candidate questionnaire is what party affiliation are you? What I have also seen over the years, and see even today, is that candidates, both Democrat and Republican, like to downplay their party affiliation when running for municipal office to get votes, especially when they are running in a district that is predominantly voters from the opposite party, only to show their true colors once elected. To say we have a form of nonpartisan government is a farce when it comes to reality and how the city council works and votes. The New Mexico legislature needs to change municipal elections to be conducted in the same year as federal and state elections and make them partisan. As candidates or Mayor and City Council talk like progressive Democrat, they need to be asked point blank by Democratic Party voters if once elected will they act or vote like a Republican saying they are non-partisan. As all those who run for Mayor and City Council, none of the candidate should be afraid to disclose their party affiliation, unless they are afraid to be identified with their own political party and philosophy and what they stand for in order to mislead voters. Voters sooner or later figure out who are the DINOs (Democrat In Name Only) and who are the RINO’s (Republican In Name Only) in the herd of candidates.