Monday, June 30, 2008
The Legislative branch creates the laws based on request made by the voting public to their representatives. The legislative branch has two subdivisions which are the U.S. House or Congress and the U.S. Senate. The Executive branch has veto power over the laws created by the legislative branch but the legislative branch can override that veto with a majority vote. The roll of the judicial branch is to judge if the laws created by the legislative branch follow the spirit and intent of the constitution because the constitution can not be overrode by any law made by the legislative branch of government.
The other duty of the federal government is to create a budget to spend the taxes taken in by the IRS for federal taxes.
What are these tax dollars spent on is often a question.
So it is up to the voters to decide if this is how they want their money spent. I like most individuals would like to see the department of education receive more and the department of defense receive less tax dollars. One other little detail is the lowest item spent is the Corp of Engineers which protects our levees and dams just a thought. Click on the chart for a larger view.
The Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Defence
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I live in the Southwest where this issue evokes strong feelings and I own a hand gun. Last week the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own guns for self defense and hunting. The ruling was like all of the other 5 to 4 votes. The ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s thirty two year old ban on handguns and brought about a whole new round of lawsuits on long standing bans in other states. I am not in the habit of agreeing with either Justice Scalia or Justice Roberts on basic issue but on this issue I am forced to agree with them.
Criminals in this country has far too much access to illegal guns therefore the only people who can not get their hands on guns in a quick process are people who are law abiding individuals. I can’t see how these laws protect anyone but the criminals. I do strongly favor handgun safety education programs for any individual who would own a handgun.
I don’t believe that people should be carrying around semi-automatic guns but they should have the right to protect themselves and their families from criminals who would break into their homes and end their lives without a care.
Case in Point:
A physically handicapped widow woman in her mid forties purchased a hand gun when she was being stalked by a mentally ill individual who did not understand that she was not interested in having a total stranger in her life. At first she turned to the legal system when the stalking started and it failed her and her small child completely. She was told by a law enforcement officer that you have to be physically harmed or killed before anything can be done to stop a mentally ill individual. The individual has a history of domestic violence and he was violence when not on medication. The officer felt the need to explain that fact to her as the man had a criminal history. She was strongly advised by the judge in her case to find a way to protect her family’s safety because the court could not and would not protect them such is the nature of our legal system. Our legal system is not designed to prevent crimes from happening but to punish indiviuals after the fact. She felt pushed to find a way to protect herself and her child from harm not that she cared for the possible results. She was sickened by the belief that she would have to take a life to preserve the life of herself and of her child nevertheless she had to protect her child for potential physical harm. Too many mentally ill individuals are not held accountable for their behavior until they have killed the target of their sick delusions. Until the laws are changed on those matters she would be forced to stand ready to use her hand gun for life saving measures when it comes to the safety of her family.
Try to explain to this woman why she should not have the right to own a hand gun because I can’t think of a good augment. It is my belief that when society can protect these individuals from harm then we can look at changing the constitution but not before then. I am sure that our founding fathers thought if they could save the life of one individual then the article was well worth keeping in the document that we call the Constitution of the United States of America.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Every lie John McCain tells gives democrats one more reason to vote for Senator Obama. Some people may not be happy with the FISA stand Senator Obama has taken lately but Senator Obama will not tell lies to the voting public like Senator McCain will to your face and not even look away while he does it.
“This New G.I. Bill will modernize the Montgomery G.I. Bill so that our troops who today so bravely and honorably serve our country in Afghanistan and Iraq will have access to benefits on par with veterans of World War II. And yet, George W. Bush doesn't want to sign it. Tom has the integrity to very publicly call on the President to sign the bill - and you can too.”
Please show your support for the New G.I. Bill by signing this letter to the President. We can show all of America and the World who truly supports our troops.
From the U.S. Senate website:
“Cloture -The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.”
The argument has been made that with the passage of the patriot act that we gave up our constitutional rights in favor of safety.
I am sorry but the last time I checked the constitution overrides any law made in this country so we can’t give up our constitutional rights by just passing a law unless we want to amend the constitution itself. Mind telling me why people are not educated on the constitution in this country any longer.
The Supreme Court ruled that other laws passed by this administration are unconstitutional so all anyone has to do is file a court case in conjunction with the enforcement of this law and then take it to the Supreme Court to have the law deemed unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable. Surely there are still a few lawyers in this country that understand constitutional law.
You have to wonder when was the last time some of our U.S. Senators read a copy of the constitution. I do believe that they vowed to uphold it when they took office.
The Senate has put off the vote until July 8 so now the voters can tell their senators just what they think of this bill.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I got this email for Senator Bingaman this morning. It is clear that the Senator is beginning to help local candidates raise money for the fall elections. Senator Bingaman makes it clear who he is supporting.
“He's (Martin Heinrich) a passionate, principled leader who I can work with to deliver the change that our nation so desperately needs.
I worked with Martin when he was on the Albuquerque City Council, and I was impressed with his commitment to taking on tough issues and bringing diverse constituencies together to deliver results.
More directly, I worked alongside Martin to preserve the Ojito Wilderness in Sandoval County, and I saw that Martin has the skills and aptitude to join the long line of New Mexico Congressmen who have been effective advocates for their constituents.
We need him in Congress to work with Tom Udall, Barack Obama and me to move America toward energy independence, end the disastrous war in Iraq, and turn our economy around.”
Supporters of the courts ruling say that if the law was in place that the victim might stand a higher chance of being killed after the crime or the victim might not be so willing to report the crime. I say that now the criminal stands a higher chance of being killed by a parent or angry mob rather then having the crime reported. This could result in people taking the law into their own hands in cases such as this one because the general society does not believe that the criminal will be dealt with by our legal system in a correct manner.
The child victim may also fear that at some point the criminal could return and harm the victim at a future date which would lead to the child being less likely to report the crime in the first place. There is also the possibility of a life time of appeals from the criminal which the victim will now be forced to endure. Society as a whole has strong feelings about any adult who would rapes a small child. We know from past experience that these types of criminals will reoffend if given the opportunity. No prison is full proof when it comes to a prisoner who has been sentenced to life. As for the argument that society has changing values on the death penalty, the court is correct and where child rape was not viewed in as harsh a light in the past it is now viewed as one of the most heinous crimes in our current society. One would think that the Court would have taken these issues into consideration when making such a sensitive decision.
By no mean am I saying that I support the death penalty in general but in rare cases I am giving pause to think that maybe it would be in the best interest for society. Cases such as repeated murder, muder of a law official in the line of duty and child rape are amount the most extreme cases and should be considered for such harsh punishment.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
He has spent more time away from our state but that has not been all bad because it has giving our Lt. Governor Diane Denish an opportunity to show that she will make a good governor in 2010.
Lately he has been working with the Mexican government--including President Felipe Calderon and other top officials--to find a solution to the spiraling drug violence on our mutual border.
As a result President Calderon has deployed some 3,000 troops and federal police to the border region and has shown a solid commitment to solving this dangerous situation.
Our governor has always had an interest in diplomacy and when families ask him to step in he has always responded to the needs of people in trouble. We all understood that fact when we supported him for governor. So has he kept up with that activity?
He just completed a trip to meet with both Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to try to win the release of American hostages held by Colombian rebels since 2003.
As is often the case with these negotiations, the results were not immediate--but he believes there was real progress made toward freeing the American hostages.
Now that he is back he is also supporting our candidates for the November elections and will be of great help in fundraising for those candidates.
Democrats must be careful to not let the Republican Party attack our party leaders just because they are not running for reelection this year. Those leaders are supporting our candidates and deserve better treatment. Governor Richardson never made any secret from day one that at some point in his career that he would be looking for a federal position but we in the state of New Mexico have also benefited from his name presents on the national stage of government.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Countdown with Keith Olbermann
I love the way George Carlin made me laugh with him. He was a very smart man when it came to humor. I could just see him making a big deal out of the fact that airlines are now charging people to transport their stuff. I am sure that God has not stopped laughing since he showed up. Even people who did not always agree with his choice of language had to admit that he was the master of making anyone laugh. Just think what he would have made of the New FISA bill.
“But I understand how women feel when someone speaks to them that way,” she said. “I don’t like being patronized or being spoken to in a condescending way and I think that’s what (Obama) was doing.” Funny I don’t remember her being in the room with Senator Obama.
My advice to Ms. Wilson is if she does not like being talked down to then she should quit the Republican Party because I have yet to meet a single republican male who does not condescend to women. I grew up in a republican family and still have family members who are republican males. Even though she was the better republican candidate they still voted for a women hating candidate like Congressman Steve Pearce who hangs around with people who think rape is just fine if it is not seen.
Let the Republican press get Senator Obama along for five minutes without a blogger with him and they will find something to misquote or to take out of context.
Senator Obama was not patronizing or condescending when I saw him speak to the working women of New Mexico. He is working hard to unite our party and respects the hard working women in New Mexico as he does with the hard working women in his own family. Some of Senator Clinton’s supporters are clearly and understandably still angry that she did not win the nomination. Senator Clinton herself is now supporting our nominee and she has asked her supporters to do the same. I don’t think for one minute that a woman as smart and intelligent as Senator Clinton would support someone who she felt would be patronizing to her women supporters. She has a very powerful voice in our party and Senator Obama has said that he has great respect for the Senator from New York. Senator Obama said that Senator Clinton has broken the glass ceiling into 18 million pieces and that it will never be remade in this country if he can prevent it from happening.
We don’t want a George W. Bush clone in office that will say one thing in public and do another when he is elected to office someone who has no problem lying to the public and that is just what Senator McCain would do if elected. Senator McCain does not care what the voting public thinks when it comes to issues because like President Bush he is willing to dismiss our views on issues. We have told him loud and clear to end the war but he keeps saying that it can go on for ever if he is elected to office.
A lot of people are upset with Senator Obama right now because of the FISA bill. I have learned from his behavior in the past on other issues that if enough people stand up and tell the Senator their views on the matter that he would take another look at this issue, something that the Republican Party can’t or won’t do in our life time when it comes to issues. If you plan on calling Senator Obama’s office all that I ask of the voting public is that you remember to be polite to the person answering the phones that does not mean that you can’t express your strong feelings on the issue just try to remember that the person on the other end is a volunteer and they will pass the information on to the right people. Senator Obama will give honest answers to the voting public and I think that he will make a far better president then Senator McCain could ever hope to.
One last note: Senator Obama expressed the desire to spend a lot more time in New Mexico at the end of his visit. We can look forward to seeing him again before November in our state.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Senator Barack Obama meet with a group of working women in Albuquerque New Mexico today to talk about the issues that are facing working women here in this state. He started out the event by saying that pay parity for women is an important issue to him and when elected president he will work hard to fix the problem for all American Women. He said that he had a single mother who only had a high school degree and was raised by her and her parents. His grandmother was also a working women and he understands the value of addressing the issues that face women today in the workplace. Senator Obama was introduced to the women by New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish who will be our state’s next governor in 2010.
I spoke to two of the women before the event got started and they said that both were supporters of Senator Obama. The women in the group appeared to be between 20 and 40 years old. The two women that I spoke with said that healthcare was a major issue because they could not afford it and want to be able to provide it for themselves and their families.
The first question was about education and how Senator Obama could help those working women. He said that he was in favor of making student loans more afford by lowering interest rates for college students. He also wants to do away with the middle man when it comes to government loans to cut the cost of lending money to college students.
Senator Obama is in favor of giving teachers higher wages. He would like to help pay for the education of teacher in return for them working in area where teachers are needed as a way for the teachers to repay the government for helping them get an education in the field. He wants to extend after school programs and early education for our children. He wants to extend family leave as a paid leave for Americans so that they can spend time with their children and families. He would like to see paid sick leave of at least 7 days for all Americans.
Senator Obama was asked about the roll of the Small Business Administration. He said that customer service in all areas of government were very important to him. He wants the SBA to take a more active roll in helping Americans get small businesses started.
When asked about healthcare Senator Obama would like to see all Americans have healthcare. His plan would include helping businesses offer healthcare and support those who can not pay for it on their own. He would extend a program like the one now used by the senate for people who can not get healthcare through their jobs. He would also crackdown on waste in the system to reduce the cost of providing healthcare.
When asked about crimes against women he said that he completely disapproved of the behavior and the best way to help these women would be to help them get the same treatment at work as men receive when it comes to pay so that women would be free to get themselves out of a bad situation without the problem of supporting themselves and their children.
I spoke with a few of the women after the event and they were pleased with what Senator Obama had to say on the issues. All of the women I spoke to said that they would be voting for Senator Obama.
Today's event was by invitation only for the working women. This is the time for Senator Obama and his group to decide if New Mexico is someplace where time spent would be of a benefit to his campaign for president. I can foresee him spending a lot more time in the future in our state and I hope at some point in the near future he will have a public event that is open to all of the voting public in our state.
More pictures on my webshots. The link is on the left hand side of the page.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I called his campaign office last week to ask his stand on the New G.I. Bill but still no response. While Sheriff White is making the city safe for chickens men and women are giving their lives in a war where there is no plan for winning it or ending it in the near future.
Martin Heinrich has shown strong support for our troops by supporting the New G.I. Bill that would enable them to get a quality education when they return for the war in Iraq. Now he and Congressman Tom Udall are standing strong on our constitutional rights by not giving the Bush Administration a free pass on the FISA bill that would allow the government to spy on Americans without a warrant.
This all gives new meaning to the phrase “Nobody here but us chickens.”
Senator Chavez clearly understands that the major issues for the city and state are:
Educational funding including minimum wages for educational assistances.
Healthcare that is affordable by all New Mexicans
Higher paying jobs with equal pay for all individuals and a livable wage
Responding to the voting public of her area of the state.
Senator Chavez clearly understands that the key to being a good state senator is to listen to the voting public. She has fresh ideas that will help not only here state senate area but the whole state. I would encourage everyone to check out the interview at Eye on New Mexico.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I am hearing that the campaign event that is to take place on Monday is by invitation only too bad because I know a good number of the voting public would like the opportunity to see Senator Obama speak in our state. We must remember that Senator Obama has decided to forgo public funding for private fundraising. Senator McCain has learned how to game a broken system to his advantage and it would be a disservice to our candidate to ask him to play on a field where the republican candidate has the clear advantage because of dishonesty and corruption.
I hope that Senator Obama’s local support group will encourage the Senator to make time for a public event in the near future here in New Mexico because we are a battleground state and he could pick up many votes by showing our state that he is willing to listen to the voices of the voting public in this state.
Note: There are a number of local bloggers who would kill for a chance to hear Senator Obama speak or maybe even be given an opportunity to ask one question so I hope that the local group will find a way to get a few of them a few minutes with the senator since the local press is controlled by the republican party.
Friday, June 20, 2008
"Senator Obama will be in Albuquerque doing a campaign event on Monday. We will be doing an intimate fundraiser in Albuquerque in conjunction with this campaign event."
I want an event that a single mother who works as a substitute can attend on Monday. Please Senator Obama give the voting public an event that we can attend so that the people who supported Senator Clinton can better get to know our nominee for president. I was in a mandatory meeting last time Senator Obama was in the city. I am sure that there are more then a few New Mexicans who would love the chance to see him in person.
At the event Martin Heinrich and his wife, Martin spoke of his strong support for the New G.I. Bill which would give our returning troops a chance at a good education. He does not support an endless war but he would never dream of not supporting the men and women who risk their lives everyday in a war that has no firm plan or end in sight. Growing up in West Virginia I played war games from the time I was two years old. I understand that no war can ever be won without a solid plan and a solid set of goals. I guess that President Bush never learned those lessons anywhere in his life. The major question I have on this issue is where does Sheriff Darren White stands on the New G.I. Bill? Please someone ask him or he is more then welcome to email me and let me know his answer. I have a younger brother who is a veteran and I think that it would be of great value to men like him to support their education.
We had two candidates for state senator at the pep rally. Victor Raigoza District 10 and Tim Eichenberg District 15 were at the rally. Both men are running races against republicans in their areas of our city so they need the support of democratic voters.
Chairman Brian Colon gave a very spirited speech in support of all of our candidates. His organizational skill will be of great help to all of our candidates this year. I would think that Senator Obama would want to come to New Mexico very soon to personally speak with our State Party Chairman since New Mexico is a battle ground state.
State Auditor Hector Balderas was there to show his support and spirit for our candidates. Mr. Balderas will be a valuable supporter for our candidates. He has shown that he supports people of quality and honesty.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I have to applaud Mayor Martin Chavez for his stand on protecting our children from sex offenders in this city. We should all tell him that we support his efforts to be a good father not only to his own children but to every child in this city. I want to thank Mayor Chavez for caring about our children when it comes to this issue.
New Mexico has far too many sex offenders and more are coming to our fair City every year. Sex offenders are making deals with judges from other areas to get shorter terms if they agree to move here to our City. Now a sex offender wants to drive one of our city buses. Our children use those buses to get to and from school. They use them to go places during the summer. I could not agree more with our mayor on this issue. I personal don’t think that someone who rapes a two year old child should be allowed into a job where they could end up alone with another child. I support Mayor Chavez’s stand on this issue.
I also want to thank the fathers in our community who take the time to help single mothers raise their children. Without my male friends I would have a much harder time being a single mother but I am lucky to have men in my life that will take the time for their busy schedules to spend time with my daughter and set a good example for her of what to expect from men when she is a grown women. I feel that the men in our lives should be complimented when they step up and act like fathers not only for their own children but for the children of all the single mothers in this city.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Michelle Obama will do a great job interviewing guest on the View this morning. She is a bright and intelligent woman and will be interesting to watch. I would encourage people to watch the television show if you can this morning.
Big Bill as Vice-President
Polls have Governor Richardson leading Hillary Clinton for someone they would like to see as Vice-President. As a woman I find it very hard to pick between the two because both would make good candidates. I will stick with my Governor because he would bring a lot of good attention to our state if picked for the Vice-President candidate to run with Senator Obama. He has worked very hard on women’s issues in the past and would do so in the future and he would have the knowledge of foreign affairs.
Senator McCain and Congressman Pearce give the money to victims
These two men should be ashamed of taking money for a man that thinks rape is ok as long as you can’t see it. I don’t every want either of these men representing me or my daughter. These men should be asking the forgiveness of female voters for being seen or taking money for Clayton Williams. Clayton Williams is a man who has no respect for women and Senator McCain along with Congressman Pearce appear to support this sick individual.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Senator Obama was nice enough to praise Senator McCain for his past accomplishments but pointed out that his train has lost a few wheels and that he is totally off track on the issues that matter most to the American voting public.
Former Vice-President Al Gore was happy to point out that there was a presidential candidate that was called too young for the oval office. He pointed out that most of our founding fathers along with Columbus were also the same age. That candidate was no other then John F. Kennedy. When elected Senator Obama will have brought major change to our country just by being elected but the more important issue is that he represents a hope of change for the better for low and middle income families all across this country.
The time to put aside hate and angry and to learn to embrace our differences is now because if we can’t then we harm not only the whole world's future but the future of our children. This is not just for the losers of the primary and their supporters but for the Obama supporters as well because they are faced with putting aside their anger and hate for a member of their own party. They must remember that in order to win this fall we must embrace all of the members of the Democratic Party or face having a republican in the oval office for the next four years.
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We have a whole list of candidates to elect this fall including Tom Udall for Senate, Ben Ray Lujan for CD 3, Martin Heinrich for CD1 and Harry Teague for CD2. Democrats will be out walking neighborhoods everyday until the election. Congressman Udall is a strong democratic fighter and will lead our state Democratic Party to a huge victory this fall. We are all truly inspired by this man.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I was watching a few days ago the television show New Mexico in focus the republican panelist blame this on the Democratic Party because he said that we have control of the state government. The problem with this argument is that the federal government has set the tone with No Child Left Behind and we have had not one but two republican U.S. House of Representatives for many years along with a Republican Senator. All of whom have done everything in their power to harm the quality of live for our children in this state along with the rest of the country.
We need people like Congressman Tom Udall controlling not only the northern part of the state where children are making higher grades but in the southern and central parts of the state as well. We need more control in the U.S. Senate so that we can bring home money for our children and their schools rather then to build the war machine in this state.
We need progressive business leaders in this state that are willing to pay a fair wage and provide support for working parents rather then the conservative business leaders that we now have who cut wages and benefits while punishing working parents. Ten hour a day work days are not good for working parents. Children unfriendly work environments are also not good for working parents.
Father’s Day is a day to recognize the true value of fathers to the basic family unit. I was very lucky as a child to have a father that cared and worked hard to provide a safe and comfortable home for me and my brothers. My father died around 15 years ago but he was a good man to his family and friends. My daughter’s father died before she was born so my daughter has been forced to make due with close family friends and two uncles who are never around. We should all stress the important of the father in the basic family unit because it can only improve the lives of our children. So to all of the fathers of this state have a very happy father’s day and enjoy the gifts gentlemen.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
From the Daily Kos:
“Clayton Williams stirred controversy during his 1990 campaign for governor of Texas with a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."”
How sick can a man be to make a remark like that one? Senator McCain should strongly denounce Williams and any comments he made about rape of women. He should give every cent of that dirty money to a rape support group. Or maybe women in this country should teach Senator McCain what the work “No” means.
“He told reporters the New Mexico campaign is a low priority and that the party shouldn't waste money on races you don't need or can't win.”
This will mean that Steve Pearce will have a very difficult time raising money from his national party because no one wants to invest in a loosing race. It will also free up local republican donators to give their money to congressional candidates in the southern and center parts of the state.
At this point Pearce is 25% behind Congressman Tom Udall who is the lead democratic candidate in the state of New Mexico. Congressman Udall has total support from the Democratic Party because he has shown that he is U.S. Senate material from the very start of his public career. He was raised in a family that is dictated to public service and is well known in the southwestern states for producing quality candidates.
I can see why the Republican Party would want to spend their money on races that would be more winnable for them. It would also humiliate the Republican Party to support a candidate that could clearly lose by such a wide margin. The Democratic Party of New Mexico is inspired to work harder then every before to get out every single democratic voter they can for Congressman Udall.
This feeling of support for Congressman Udall will most likely translate into better results for the Congressional Democratic candidates as well which could be a factor in the Republican Party not wanting to supply Congressman Pearce with more money to fight the battle for the senate seat. They may fear that the senate race could turn out voters in every part of the state that would result in giving New Mexico three democratic congressmen. The Republican Party may be hoping to reduce Democratic Party voter turn out so that they can keep New Mexico a Presidential red state becasue it is a key battle state this year.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Raised in a blue collar working class family he had a better understand then most of what families face in the world today. His family, friends, and colleagues will miss the man who all had come to respect over the years as someone that could be counted on for the plain truth.
Interesting side note Rebecca Vigil-Giron let it slip that she will be looking toward the 2010 election as a candidate for Lt. Governor. She has the full support of her family. How would things change for the children in New Mexico with a Woman Governor (Diana Denish) and a Woman Lt Governor (Rebecca Vigil-Giron)? With people like Congressman Steve Pearce maybe looking toward the governor’s seat after he looses this fall we may need strong women for those two positions.
The rest of the pictures from the event are on my webshots with a link down at the left hand side of the page.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
“When asked Matt Lauer, host of NBC's Today, whether he had an estimate for when troops would start returning home, McCain said, "No, but that's not too important. What's important is the casualties in Iraq."”
How do we get it across to him that human life is important and that we need to end this war to save American lives? This is the man who has the nerve to say on local television that he hates war. If he truly hated it then he would have a plan to end the war in Iraq.
Senator Obama will make a great president for our country. I now would like for Senator John McCain to be so kind as to release a copy of his birth certificate. I wonder what they looked like back then.
Republicans might want to call this an attack ad but he is not attacking any candidate for office. Congressman Udall is pointing out the failures of the current Bush Administration. If we don’t elected people to turn the tide then we will all drown in the mess that the Bush Administration has created over the past seven and a half years.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
How loud do we have to say no in the country before the Washington insiders like John McCain get the fact that too much is just too much. Senator Obama has promised a tax cut for middle class Americans when he is elected president. We simply can not afford a Bush clone in the oval office at this point in time. Our families’ health and welfare depends on relief from the federal government.
The general election for president has now started and we need to get the word out that the only hope for real change in this country is Senator Barack Obama. The time has finally come to put away the divides of the primary season and get our nominee elected before we don’t have jobs or a home. We need a senate that will work with Senator Obama to create change that is why we should elect candidates like Tom Udall for senate and also Martin Heinrich for Congress.
The republicans have held the oval office for the past seven years and nothing good has come from it. We have an endless war that keeps taking millions of dollars to run. We have unemployment rates of 5.5% the highest in recent history. We have a sitting president that is now trying to start a war with Iran before he leaves office. We have gas prices so high that everyday Americans can not afford to drive to the local market and even if they get there the prices on food have risen to the point that you can not afford to take home much for your family. I suggest that we turn the tables and make the republicans homeless this year. We want our White House back so that everyday Americans can afford their homes.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
“My Democratic Friends,
We now have our candidates! Now begins the real work, the real fight to make this state a BLUE State in 08. Senator Obama, Congressman Udall and Martin Heinrich - they all need our help along with some of our Democrats running for state representatives and state senators (Two of my personal favorites: Eric Griego and Victor Raigoza). Let's start now - we can't afford to take a breather. I am going to begin canvassing the South Valley. We will be canvassing in ward 14B starting this Sunday. Let's meet for breakfast at the Los Compadres restaurant (841 Isleta) at 9 AM or 9:30 if you are not having breakfast. We will distribute walking lists at that time and begin our canvass at 10 AM and end the canvass at 12 Noon. Everyone is welcome but I need as many Spanish speaking Hispanics as possible and we will pair you off with a non-Spanish speaker. It is getting hot, so make sure to bring water, hats and sunscreen. CANDIDATES - YOU ARE WELCOME TO WALK WITH US. This is going to be an ongoing project through November 4th, so if you can't come this weekend, then come next weekend. Let's do it - let's wake them up and get them out to vote!
Call me at 515-9662 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
In the spirit of Democracy,
Chair, Democratic Party of Bernalillo County”
I ask the people opening doors to hard working volunteers to welcome them and make their jobs easier by giving your support to the party. Let’s all show the Republican Party that we are one big family in Bernalillo County this November and that we are voting for real “Change.” If you missed today’s walk as I did then it is still not too late to help next weekend. I look forward to seeing my friends and fellow democrats next weekend.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Our fighting men and women deserve better treatment for the President of the United States. No veteran should vote for Senator McCain if he plans on not rewarding them for their service to our country. Where is the support that was promised these brave men and women?
Friday, June 6, 2008
MSN money reported today that: “Crude has its biggest one-day gain ever, and the Dow's loss is its worst in 15 months. Stocks drop about 3% for the week. Financial stocks are hit the hardest. The Labor Department says the economy lost 49,000 jobs in May; unemployment spikes to 5.5%.”
Want to talk about someone who lacks experience in the very areas that we need most from a president. Senator Obama has the education and the skills to develop a plan that will bring this country back into financial balance without harming low income or middle class families. We can not afford a Bush clone in the white house for the next four years unless we are willing to face a serious recession where older Americans on fixed incomes are the hardest hit.
Young people can work more hours and eat less without ill effects to their long term health. Not that anyone is looking forward to that prospect but our older individuals don’t have the ability to withstand that type of treatment from our government.
The only answer for President this year is Senator Obama.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I went up to a new state senator yesterday and reminded him that one of our local schools had been promised money for road improvements for the safety of the high school children by the man he was replacing. He looked at me and reminded me that he could not make any real promises because he was now a junior state senator. There was not words to describe the feeling of here we go again.
If I had wanted to hear excesses on my issues than I would talk to my own state senator Cisco McSorley, I would invite Cisco to take a drive down San Mateo but I don’t think it would have much effect on his behavior. We need a real community center in our part of the city. We need a larger library for our children with more books. We need economic redevelopment and something needs to be done about the homeless issue on San Mateo. We need to hold our own state senator accountable for the economic decline in our part of the city. I hold out little hope that he will go along with working with the new state senators to redevelop our area of the city. I foresee our part of the city becoming the next war zone if something is not done in the near future to stop the decline. I am asking State Senator Cisco McSorley to prove me wrong or he will be hearing about it in the next election. I am thinking about spending the weekend out taking pictures for an article of then and now for the next election.
My advice to new state senators is don’t just tell the voting public that you are new and can not make promises. Have the backbone to ask what their issues are and listen to them carefully. Then don’t just promise but work hard to help people who want change for their issues. You are now a state senator and the whole state is your problem not just your little corner of our state. We are not looking for guarantees but we are looking for someone who cares and wants change and is willing to work hard for the issues that matter to the voting public.
Here is a list of my issues:
- Please give us more funding for classrooms and the children because we have enough high paid administration that gets large salaries.
- Better pay for teaching assistances in K-16. Please drop the percentage raises because it is a joke to even think that 2% of $100,000 or more even comes close to 2% of less then $25,000. The issue is compounded even more when you get days off without pay during the year.
- Economic redevelopment in the older parts of the city because I am sick of seeing more and more empty store fronts along San Mateo.
- More funding for mental healthcare for the homeless because these people deserve to be treated like human beings after all think how you would feel if it was a member of your family out on the street. Politicians need to stop telling voters that the mentally ill can make informed decisions when it comes to taking their own medication. They would not be homeless if they had the choice. No I don’t have a family member on the streets but I have met and talked with people who do and those families are pleading for help.
- Drug and alcohol treatment programs for the homeless and low income because it is a matter of humane treatment and may save the life of another mother and child on our roads.
These are all issues well worth fighting for on a state level. We need people in our state government who are willing to go to bat for the voting public and effect real and lasting change at the state and local level. I hope our new state senators fight for some of my issues in the coming year.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Our State Party Chairman Brian Colon had good reason to be very pleased with the evening’s outcome. We all had the major candidates we wanted in Bernalillo County. The only down side was that there are always a few losers when you run a campaign but not for long because we wish them well and move on to the general election. Some of those candidates will still end up with government jobs just because they are very good at working with the public. I know that people like Rebecca Vigil-Giron and Michelle Lujan-Grisham will be around for a long time to come because they clearly care about their local communities.
I enjoy watching the local judicial races and was very pleased with the results from last evening. Justice Charles Daniels won hands down for the State Supreme Court. Judge William Parnell also had no one running against him. Something to be said when you are just too good that no one wants to run against you. Judge Elizabeth Whitefield was a big winner and she deserved it. She will now be able to relax because there was not a republican candidate for her race. Judge Charles Brown also won his race and like Judge Whitefield will be able to turn his attention to the job at hand because he also does not have a rival in the fall race. Judge Schwartz won over Judge Chavez. I am sure that we will see more of Judge Chavez because he has learned a great deal from this campaign. I was sad that Clyde Demersseman did not win his race but I am sure he will do well in the future.
Pictures of the party on my webshots.
This evening Lt. Governor Diane Denish is having a BBQ and Unity Rally at the Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack and Casino from 5:00 until 7:00 today. We should all attend to show our support for the Lt. Governor and make it clear that we are one united party for the fall election.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I am sitting here in my chair watching the midday fox news station. I just saw an ad that asked if I wanted a committed republican. My answer is no but I would not mind committing a few republicans. We could start with Congressman Steve Pearce and Congresswoman Heather Wilson. They are nuts to think that they have any hope of winning in November because we will work hard to get every democrat in this state out to vote for Congressman Tom Udall this fall.
Speaking about voting, get off that computer right now and go vote already will you! The later in the day you wait the longer it will take you to vote today.
I have already cast my vote today. I voted for:
Tom Udall for Senate
Martin Heinrich for Congressional District One
I support Ben Ray Lujan for CD 3 and Bill McCamley for CD 2.
Maggie Toulouse-Oliver for Bernalillo County Clerk
Charles C. Daniels for State Supreme Court
William (Bill) Parnell for State Second Judicial District Court Children’s Court
Elizabeth Whitefield for State Second Judicial District Court Division XXV
Please don’t forget that the other guy does not want the job and he is supporting Judge Whitefield for the seat.
Charles Brown for State Second Judicial District Court Division XXVI
Maria I. Dominguez for Division 6 Metropolitan Court Judge
Clyde William Demersseman for Division 10 Metropolitan Court Judge
Each area will have its own State Senator and State House Representative. In those races I voted for Sheryl William Stapleton who is a great Representative for our area of the city.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Do you have a campaign website or some way for people to contact you if they are interested in volunteering for your campaign?
Tell us about your family. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a 12th generation Hispanic New Mexican who grew up in Santa Fe and graduated from St. Michael's High School. She is a widow with two daughters and has resided in Albuquerque since 1978. He daughters are now 23 and 21. She has been a single Hispanic parent in Albuquerque. She was an active parent in her daughters’ education on the local level. She still speaks well of her late husband.
Where did you get your education and why did you decide to work here in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
1983-1987 University of New Mexico Law School, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Graduation – May 1987,
Passed New Mexico Bar – July 1987, Sworn in – October 1987
1977-1981 University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM
Bachelor of University Studies – 1981 (Engineering Dept. endorsed transcripts for engineering relevance) Major: Energy Engineering, Minor: Public Administration
What is your career history?
CABINET SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Santa Fe, NM - August 2004 to June 2007
CABINET SECRETARY, AGING & LONG-TERM SERVICES DEPARTMENT, Santa Fe, NM – February 2004 to August 2004
DIRECTOR, STATE AGENCY ON AGING, Santa Fe, NM - February 1991 to August 2004
DIRECTOR, LAWYER REFERRAL FOR THE ELDERLY PROGRAM, STATE BAR OF NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque, NM - November 1988 to February 1991
STAFF ATTORNEY, LAWYER REFERRAL FOR THE ELDERLY, STATE BAR OF NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque, NM - January 1988 to August 1988
LEGAL ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, LEGAL DEPARTMENT, Albuquerque, NM – April 1987 to December 1987
LAW CLERK, MODRALL, SPERLING, ROEHL, HARRIS & SISK, P.A., Albuquerque, NM – February 1984 to March 1987
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST, UNIVERSITY OF N.M. LAW SCHOOL, Albuquerque, NM - August 1985 to May 1986
LAW CLERK, GRISHAM AND LAWLESS, P.A., Albuquerque, NM - May 1984 to August 1985
ASSOCIATE STAFF ASSISTANT, WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC ADVANCED ENERGY SYSTEMS DIVISION, Albuquerque, NM - August 1981 to May 1983
Tell us the experience and qualities you think would make you a good Congresswoman. Michelle Lujan-Grisham has worked for the Governor’s of this state as the director of New Mexico State Agency on Aging and as a cabinet secretary of the department of health. She has taken people home with her in order to help them. Her major goal and passion is constituent services to New Mexicans.
What is the biggest issue(s) facing woman here in New Mexico and how would you resolve it if given the opportunity? For Michelle healthcare and support services are the major issues facing women in New Mexico. She has put together a team of people who work to address any issues that come up with voters she is talking to so that they can get service now rather then later. She said that there is just no way that she can listen to a person's problems and simple walk away with out trying to help that individual.
Will you stay away from negative ads during the last few hours of the campaign? Michelle Lujan-Grisham like any good lawyer told me that all of the candidates have very close stands on the issues and that she is trying very hard to draw or make a distinction between herself and the other three candidates. To that end she has admitted that there will be some very few remarks about the other candidates in her last minute ads but she will also point out what her stands are on the issues. I personal think that the one thing that sets her apart from the other candidates is her dedication to quality constituent services.
Do you have a campaign website or some way for people to contact you if they are interested in volunteering for your campaign?
Where did you get your education and why did you decide to work here in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
1991– Bachelor of Arts – French and Social Science – New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico.
What is your career history?
2006-Present Commission on accreditation for law enforcement agencies Commissioner
2004-2005 National association of secretaries of state President
1999-2006 State of New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Secretary of State
1994-1998 Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Senior Sales &
Marketing Representative and Corporate Relations Coordinator
1987-1990 State of New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Secretary of State
1978-1986 Public Services Company Of New Mexico Project Monitor, Customer
Service Representative, Secretary
Unlike any of the other candidates in this race Rebecca Vigil-Giron has the most name recognition because she was secretary of state twice over her career.
Tell us the experience and qualities you think would make you a good Congresswoman. Rebecca Vigil-Giron feels that she would be a good congresswoman because of her past job experience in New Mexican politics. She is a female Hispanic who has first hand experience of what it is like to be a single mother here in New Mexico. She has lived in Albuquerque for the past thirty years and is an active member of her community. She would maintain a close relationship with her community including her church if elected to congress.
What is the biggest issue(s) facing woman here in New Mexico and how would you resolve it if given the opportunity? Rebecca Vigil-Giron sees a number of interrelated issues such as income, child care, healthcare and general supports systems such as educations that could be improved to help women here in New Mexico.
You have come under a lot of political heat because of the Help America Vote Act money that your office received during your time as Secretary of State. What is your response to the charges that your office did not handle those funds correctly? Rebecca Vigil-Giron feels that the Federal auditor has not given her a fair chance to give a response to these charges. She has written a response to the auditor and I have post a copy of it here for the voting public to read and decide for themselves. .
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tim Keller, Clyde Demersseman, and Bob Schwartz are democrats. Truth be told they had democratic values all along and for one reason or another they ended up in the wrong party at first. They come to our party with an understanding of just how wrong the Republican Party has become over the last eight years. These are men of honor who care about the voting public and who want to do good for their party. They have values and morals that can not be traded for public office. They are finding that most of us will talk to them and then welcome them to the democratic family. Some of our long time democrats who are running for public office are asking why him over me. The answer is because they have the passion and the knowledge to move the voters. They are willing to reach out to the voters while these long time democratic candidates display a reaction of entitlement. These new democrats take the time to show up to the party events. They are working hard to fit in and that counts. The voters are not children they look carefully at these new democrats and ask more questions then with any long time democrat. We are willing to give these men a chance to prove that they are true democrats. No candidate should every display a sense of entitlement toward the voting public when running for office. Voters want public servants not Prima Donnas. Maybe the long time democratic candidates should be asking what can I do to get your vote and start telling voters their vision of how they want to fix the problems we face rather then speaking ill of their rivals.