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Protesters Confront Steve Pearce

Democratic Party of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, Aug 21, 2018

Steve Pearce, candidate for governor and founding member of the extreme right wing Freedom Caucus, was confronted by protesters on Monday as he arrived at the NAIOP Gubernatorial Forum. They demanded accountability from Pearce, who has broken a promise to release his tax returns and has supported cutting health coverage for hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans. “Steve Pearce continues to hide from some basic questions New Mexicans are asking him, like why he’s hiding his taxes from voters, and why he’d support cutting health coverage from over 300,000 New Mexicans,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “If he’s already dodging these questions, how can anyone trust Steve Pearce to be governor?” 80 days ago the AP detailed Pearce’s promise to release his tax returns... “Lujan Grisham posted online five years of federal and state tax returns dating back to her first year in Congress, noting that the financial disclosures go beyond those provided by rival Democratic candidates. [...] Through a campaign manager, Lujan Grisham called on Republican candidate Pearce to follow her example by providing directly to the public at least five years of tax returns. Pearce told a radio show host Wednesday that he would release his tax returns if Lujan Grisham did.” … but he continues to hide his income and assets from the public Pearce’s website contains no information on his tax returns, even though we know he’s worth millions. And Pearce voted to strip health coverage from over 300,000 New Mexicans. After voting at least 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Pearce voted to pass the American Health Care Act, which would have kicked up to 318k New Mexicans off of their health coverage. Independent analysis by the non-partisan Urban Institute found that the Medicaid cuts in the bill could eliminate coverage for nearly 15 million nationwide, and over 300,000 in New Mexico.


Shady Super PAC Kicks Off Johnson’s Senate Run

Democratic Party of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, Aug 21, 2018

In a blatant attempt to circumvent federal election law prohibiting coordination between super PACs and the candidates they support, Elect Liberty PAC, which can accept unlimited contributions, will be organizing and paying for Gary Johnson’s first campaign event tonight. Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, responded: “New Mexicans know Gary Johnson, they know his record, and they know he’d be a terrible choice for Senate. Now Johnson is trying to stack the deck in his favor by taking advantage of unlimited cash from big money donors through his shady Super PAC. New Mexicans deserve better than that. In November, Martin Heinrich is going to show Johnson how to win an election fair and square.”


New Mexico Fishing and Stocking Report

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Santa Fe, Aug 21, 2018

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.


AG Balderas Secures Guilty Pleas from Former State Senator who Embezzled Thousands of Dollars from Campaign Donors

New Mexico Attorney General
Santa Fe, Aug 21, 2018

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured four guilty pleas from former State Senator Phil Griego, relating to his additional criminal case tied to unlawful pocketing of campaign donations. Griego pleaded guilty to two felony counts of perjury, and two felony counts of embezzlement.


Steve Pearce: Pay New Mexico Workers Less Than The Minimum Wage

Democratic Party of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, Aug 20, 2018

In a statement that shocked, but didn’t surprise the audience at a gubernatorial forum on Monday, Steve Pearce said this afternoon that he’d like businesses to be able to pay less than the minimum wage and that low pay would give workers the “discipline” they need. Pearce is a long-time opponent of raising the minimum wage to help working people get ahead. Listen: “When we allow workers to enter the workforce at less than the minimum wage level then they get the skills, they get the discipline…” Listen: “businesses can only determine [the minimum wage] for themselves” “If Steve Pearce had his way, thousands of New Mexican workers, including many parents, people of color, and workers over 20 years old, would still be making $4.25 per hour. Today he went even further, saying he doesn’t think businesses need to pay a minimum at all and that workers would learn ‘discipline’ from poverty wages. How insulting,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “If we needed any more evidence that Pearce will always stand with his wealthy friends before hundreds of thousands of New Mexico working families, we just got it.” Democratic candidate for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham supports raising the minimum wage, a move that would give over 100,000 working New Mexicans a boost in pay. If Steve Pearce’s votes had succeeded, the minimum wage would still be at $4.25 in New Mexico, meaning a full-time worker would make less than $9000 a year. Pearce voted against increasing the New Mexico minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 in 1999, and then voted against the Fair Minimum Wage Act to increase the wage to $7.25 nationwide in 2007. Someone working 52 40 hour weeks in a year would make $8840 if paid $4.25 an hour [SB497 1999; HR2, Vote #18, 1/10/07]


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