Alert Sen. Hearing on Chaco Canyon Protection Bill Moved to Tuesday, 9am. But House Hearing on Chaco is Sunday and PNM II is Back: Hearing Sat at 9am

Devil in the Details and HB 325 has the Devil’s Work in Its Details

Please come out tomorrow at 9am.  Sorry for the late notice but we just learned of this ourselves. We are working on amendments that would fix the bill and will have them by the end of the day.  We support economic development in San Juan County but not at the expense of ratepayer protections! Call and email the Dems on this list, that suggested amendments to this bill will be presented at the hearing and possibly before, but that for the two reasons above, in its current state, the bill is not a good deal for San Juan, Four Corners or ratepayers.

Title Name District Party Role
Representative Gail Chasey 18 D Chair
Representative Javier Martínez 11 D Vice Chair
Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon 6 D Member
Representative Cathrynn N. Brown 55 R Member
Representative Zachary J. Cook 56 R Member
Representative Jim Dines 20 R Member
Representative Brian Egolf 47 D Member
Representative Daymon Ely 23 D Member
Representative Nate Gentry 30 R Member
Representative Georgene Louis 26 D Member
Representative Matthew McQueen 50 D Member
Representative Greg Nibert 59 R Member
Representative William “Bill” R. Rehm 31 R Member

Chaco Canyon Landscape Preservation.  HM 85 Sunday 10am, Room 309. Click here to get to this morning’s post with contact info, background information and speaking points. Updated Chaco Hearing Times/Locations, below.

HM 85.  Sunday, Feb 11, 10am, Room 309.  House State Government, Indian and Veteran Affairs Committee., Speaking points and contact info for members of this committee are provided at the bottom of this post. The Chaco bill is the only bill on the agenda, so the hearing will begin promptly. Roxanne and I will not be able to attend these hearings as we and others in the Adelante Progressive Caucus of NM are being trained by the head of the CA Progressive Caucus. If you want to hear from the CA Progressive Caucus Chair, see below.

SB 43. Tuesday, Feb 13, 9am. Room 303. House State Government, Indian, and Veterans Affairs. Speaking points and contact information for Committee Members are provided at the end of the post.  

Bridging the Gap. A Citizen’s Discussion on Reforming the Democratic Party.  Saturday, Feb. 10, 6pm-8:30pm. UNM Continuing Ed. Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE, ABQ.  Opening by Hakim Bellamy, Former Albuquerque Poet Laureate. Guest speaker Karen Bernal Chair, Progressive Caucus, Democratic Party of California, Co-author of the Democratic Autopsy Report. Panel discussion Juan Abeyta of La Red Del Rio Abajo, Aleta “Tweety” Paisano-Suazo, Andrea Serrano of OLÉ. Moderator: Roberta Rael of Generation Justice. Suggested donation, $10. This will be an excellent discussion of how New Mexico can learn from California and their experience creating a strong Progressive Caucus within the CA state Democratic Party. Roxanne and I are founding members of Adelante, The Progressive Caucus of New Mexico, an emerging group of DPNM State Central Committee members seeking to form a progressive caucus within DPNM.

Town Hall March 4 from 2-4pm at the Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Santa Fe.  For now our base is largely concentrated in Santa Fe, Espańola, Taos, and Albuquerque. But that is quickly changing as we expand outreach to build a statewide Rapid Response Network. Come to our Town Hall to learn more about our 2018-2019 Election and Legislative Strategy and to meet candidates for state office endorsed by Retake.  For now Andrea Romero (Dist. 46) and Stephen Fischmann (PRC vs. Sandy Jones) are confirmed. In addition to hearing from these and other candidates, we will discuss plans to challenge vulnerable GOP House Representatives and to build our Rapid Response Network. A full year of planning has gone into developing this strategy. But to implement it, we need you.  Click here to RSVP.


As one who completed the survey commented:  “I can’t believe all of these bills aren’t law.” But none are. The quote and the fact that few of these bills even got to the Governor’s desk, despite a Democratic majority in both chambers, is why it’s critically important that every one of our supporters complete the 2019 Legislative Priorities Survey and share it with others.  The survey will be the lynchpin for our 2018 election strategy and our 2019 legislative strategy. So please complete it today, if you haven’t already. Click the blue button above, left. It will take 10 minutes. We will share preliminary results at the Town Hall….but the good news is we have had almost 500 folks complete the survey so far with over 45 House Districts represented among respondents and 60% want to be part of the Response Network.  We launched our outreach effort to other parts of the state last night. If you want to get involved, please write to me at We could use more volunteers on our Roundhouse Activism Team,  to increase the impact the work of this heroic gang of ten.

Never a dull moment.


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  1. Why are you telling us about Senate Conservation? Isn’t the Committee meeting this morning House Judiciary?

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