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Santa Fe, NM – Today, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented at a policy roundtable on New Mexico’s passage of the Criminal Record Expungement Act at the Criminal Justice Legislative Convening in Nashville, Tennessee. The convening was hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan coalition of American advocacy groups that works to address some of the nation’s most pressing criminal justice reform issues. Rep. Maestas was invited to speak as a national stakeholder because of his ongoing commitment to criminal justice reform.

“People with a criminal history face permanent barriers to employment, housing, education, and other quality of life opportunities,” said Antonio “Moe” Maestas. “I am proud to have sponsored this important legislation to give hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans a second chance to reintegrate into society and contribute to our state’s labor force. The more we can do to learn from one another across state lines – our successes, our challenges, and our experiences – the more educated we will be as policy makers.”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. "A MOUNTAIN OF MONEY AVAILABLE" -- $907 MILLION IN NEW MONEY FOR STATE GOVERNMENT; WILL DEMOCRATS WASTE IT?

The oil and gas industry in New Mexico continues to deliver millions in new revenues for New Mexico state government. But House Republicans are issuing a warning to Democrats: don't waste this money by expanding state government.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

For the second straight year, New Mexico lawmakers will likely have a mountain of money available for spending on public schools, roads, health care and other programs.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. "ARE YOU SERIOUS?" - DEMOCRAT STATE SEN. RICHARD MARTINEZ REFUSES TO RESIGN, NOW RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

The Albuquerque Journal caught up with Democrat State Sen. Richard Martinez, who has been in hiding since his June arrest for DWI. He finally emerged at a legislative hearing being held in Los Alamos.

 From the Albuquerque Journal:

Asked Friday whether he plans to remain in the Legislature, Martinez said, “Of course.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) has announced an unprecedented statewide voter registration challenge today as part of our goal to register more voters than ever before during the 2020 election cycle. With this challenge, DPNM aims to inspire county parties to expand voter registration efforts and increase democratic participation throughout New Mexico.

The DPNM Voter Registration Challenge will begin on September 1, 2019 and continue through the 2020 cycle. Each month, county parties will track voter registration numbers and compete to register the most people. Winners will be calculated based on percentage of registered voters to avoid giving larger counties an unfair advantage.

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico is excited to be encouraging a year-round focus on voter registration,” said DPNM Executive Director Chelsey Evans. “Democrats in New Mexico don’t just want to win in 2020. We want to build a culture of political activism and democratic participation that defines our state for years to come. After our historic victories in 2018, we’re seeing more enthusiasm than ever before from people who are new to the political process. Our county parties are eager to seize on that energy, and we’re thrilled to be giving them this opportunity to reach out to Democrats in every corner of New Mexico.”
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https://nmdemocrats.org/news/dpnm-announces-new-voter-registration-challenge/ 

 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. CALL TO ACTION! TODAY - ANTI-BUSINESS BERNALILLO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SET TO APPROVE MANDATORY PAID-LEAVE THAT WILL KILL JOBS

Today at 4:00 PM, the Bernalillo County Commission will vote on a proposed ordinance to mandate paid-leave. If you are in Albuquerque today, please show up to the commission hearing by 3:00 PM at One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. You can sign-up here to speak at the hearing.

"Rep. Deb Haaland's comments calling Antifa "peaceful protestors" are reprehensible, and our Federal delegation should disavow Haaland's irresponsible and incorrect statement that goes against our American values.”

“Haaland's comments came the very same day that Antifa members carried out violent demonstrations in Portland, OR. As Townhall.com reported: "Dressed in black, some wearing masks, Antifa struck at the windows of buses carrying people on the right, sprayed pepper spray at them and tried to drag them out of the bus using a hammer. They broke a window on one of the buses...Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons from Antifa.”

STATEMENT ON VICE PRESIDENT
PENCE'S VISIT TO NM

“Vice President Pence’s official visit to Artesia is highlighting the critical role that New Mexico plays in making America’s energy independence.

He will also highlight the importance of passing the USMCA agreement which plays a critical role in strengthening our state and national economy.”

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement in response to Vice President Mike Pence’s planned visit to New Mexico:

“The Trump administration is sending Vice President Pence to New Mexico to distract from their long record of broken promises. Republicans claim that they’ll fight for working people, but then they turn around and offer tax breaks to billionaires and multinational corporations. New Mexicans see right through this hypocrisy, and that’s why we’re ready to put a Democrat in the White House in 2020.”

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