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Congressional District 3 Candidate Positions Survey
A US Representative is responsible for dealing with national policy issues including Federal budgets and taxes, national defense, health and human services, homeland security, immigration and many others. A Representative must be able to think about issues on a national scale at the same time as weighing impacts of policies on constituents and businesses in his or her district.
Taos United/Taoseños Unidos, a NM non-profit, conducted this survey to help inform voters. All candidates were asked about 16 issues which are likely to be considered in the US Congress. Mr. Blair and Mr. Serna failed to respond.
All five candidates listed below:
- Support repeal of corporate personhood and Citizens United.
- Support a Federal Voting Rights Act to guarantee uniform voting rights for every citizen in every state.
- Support increased temporary work visas for immigrant laborers.
- Believe that ICE has violated human rights in its operations.
- Support a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
- Believe the federal government should take action to alleviate income inequality.
- Support raising taxes for the top 1% wealthiest Americans.
- Support a shift of federal subsidies and tax breaks away from oil & gas to renewable energy development.
- None have received campaign contributions from oil and gas companies or executives.
These five candidates differed on the following issues:
If you’ve ever wondered how to evaluate judicial candidates, here’s an enlightening explanation by retired judge Peggy Nelson that may help you “Judge the Judges”
The Merit in a Merit Selection of Judges:
The judicial selection commissions and the amendment that created them apply only to District, Appeals and Supreme Court. Melissa Kennelly is the only one vetted by that panel.
Historically, Magistrate Judges have been non-attorneys (a legacy of justices of the peace in small, far flung towns and counties), and in most parts of the state they remain lay people. The Magistrate system is strictly by election. Sara Blankenhorn is only the second attorney to hold that position. Jeff Shannon was the first.
If you missed any of the worthwhile candidate forums presented by the Taos County Democratic Party they are archived here: https://www.taosvotesblue.com/candidates
The Santa Fe Democratic Party presented a CD3 Candidate Forum on 05/06/2020: archived here:
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Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:00 pm, Conversation About Gas & Oil Influence in NM Legislature featuring Heather Ferguson, Executive Director, Common Cause NM; Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator and author; and Kathleen Sabo, NM Ethics Watch. Common Cause NM and NM Ethics Watch just published a detailed study of the influence of gas and oil industry contributions and lobbying on the NM State Legislature. It examines patterns in campaign donations, dinners and other perks, as well as the concentration of gas and oil industry lobbyists in NM. It also examines specific legislators and legislation that were significantly influenced by the industry. We will discuss how this influence unfolds and what concerned New Mexicans can do about it. You must pre-register for this zoominar. Click here to register.
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Conversation with NM Voices for Children About the NM State Budget Crisis with Amber Wallin, Deputy Director; Bill Jordan, Government Relations Officer; and Paige Knight, Research and Policy Analyst. Joining this panel will be a NM State Legislator to be determined. You must pre-register for this Zoominar. We will be discussing the dire state of the NM state budget due to plummeting gas and oil prices and the economic impact of Covid-19. Click here to register.
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 – 8pm. Conversation About the Enormous Benefits of Forming a NM State Public Bank with Public Banking Advocate Leadership & Experts. On our panel will be Elaine Sullivan, Board President of New Mexico’s Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity and other experts from NM and the nation. The composition of experts to participate in this panel discussion is still be finalized, but you will want to put this in your calendar as, especially with the state experiencing a critical budget crisis, every strategy for maximizing our financial resources is critical and public banking has immense potential for supporting the state financial capacity and advancing economic justice.
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Saturdays 30 minute KSFR show: https://www.ksfr.org/programs/retake-our-democracy
Monthly Forums cancelled until further notice.
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