He endorsed Bush at the 2009 GOP Convention, locked up tens of thousands of men of color, gentrified NYC and devastated neighborhoods of color, and now wants to be our Dem. nominee. DNC seems hellbent on helping. Really?
One Last Action for the Roundhouse ASAP: Call Speaker Egolf at 505 986-4782 and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask that he call SB 182 Behavioral Health Community Integration Act for a vote this morning. He will likely only be able to put one or two bills up for a vote due to GOP debate stalling. But it is worth a shot. Please do it NOW. He will be on the floor at 8:30am, although he may look at email on his phone during the session.
Roundhouse Roundup: Wow. There is nothing quite like the last couple days of a session. Non-stop one-on-one discussions with legislators in the halls, rumors flying, tempers flaring in committees and on the floor, and everyone competing with the same opponent: time. Two very important bills that died in Senate Finance were HB 148 Working Families Tax Credit and HJR 1 Permanent Funds for Early Childhood. But their stalling was more due to a lack of political will than a lack of time. We will have a fuller discussion of the time issue in a future post and in the 2020 Report Card to come.
Yesterday, thanks to furious lobbying and leadership from Sierra Club, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Sanders Moore and other environmentalists, plus tons of volunteer lobbyists, HB 219 Electric Vehicle Income Tax Credit and SB 29 Solar Market Development Tax Credit passed in the closing hours of the session. Also, passing on the last full day was another Retake Priority Bill, SB 57 Pet Food Fee for Neutering and Sheltering.
We will have more complete analysis of the Roundhouse session next week and also our 2020 Report Card in about a month. It will feel good to sleep in tomorrow. For more on the session, see below.
Saturday, February 22, 8:30 am – 9 am on KSFR, 101.1 FM. Our Annual Roundhouse Roundup with Roxanne and Paul. It will be an hour of discussion on the podcast available Monday and 30 minutes on Saturday morning. The following week we will interview Tabatha Hirsch, Santa Fe Prep student who was among the students who developed and presented HB 173 Gas Taxes, New Funds and Distributions, a tremendous environmental bill that died in House Appropriations. Joining her will be Marc Reynolds, the teacher who worked with the students. And our first show in March will be with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard.
The Least Electable Candidate Possible
I keep hearing Democrats talking about how Michael Bloomberg is the most electable candidate for President. I’ve written about a critique of the concept of “electability” that also used a variety of polling data on candidates and issues, to suggest that the DNC and media’s idea of who is and who is not “electable” may be based more upon which candidate most benefits the media, Wall St, and other DNC benefactors.
The DNC seems hellbent to reinforce this message and adjust clearly established Party rules to enable Bloomberg to debate, even though he does not meet the criteria the DNC had established, criteria that had been used to exclude many legitimate Democrat candidates. But the DNC made a serious mistake. I wrote this Wednesday afternoon before the debate, but I suspect that the debate will be the beginning of the bloom coming off of the Bloomberg rose.
I am going out on a limb and predicting that Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and even Biden will have a field day making sure that the American people understand much more clearly precisely who Michael Bloomberg is. It is one thing to hire the best PR staff in the world and present a highly manicured picture of who you are, but it is quite another thing to defend your record on live television. This could be ugly. There are just too many skilled debaters with too many easy targets:
- Scores of claims of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination,
- His policies that displaced thousands of low-income New Yorkers by accelerating gentrification exponentially in NYC;
- His defense of redlining, a racist policy that excluded communities of color from accessing legitimate mortgage loans;
- His support for the Iraq war;
- His racist “stop and frisk” policies and his recent embarrassing defense of those policies;
- His historic opposition to any and all regulation of Wall St; and
- His essentially purchasing his way into the primary, spending over $350M to broadcast ads that gloss over all of the above and present him as a benevolent billionaire.
The values, policies, and behaviors described above are entirely inconsistent with Democrat values, and I suspect that will be clearly evident in the debate last night. I will have more to say about Bloomberg on Saturday, as I did a very deep dive into his positions on redlining, stop & frisk, Wall St. regulation, his support for the Iraq war, and complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination at his company. In doing the deep dive, I must have read ten articles about Bloomberg, maybe more. The one that most concisely outlines my concerns is from Vox, click here to read the full article.
UPDATE AFTER WATCHING THE DEBATE. Well, it wasn’t some kind of difficult prediction, but the debate last night could be viewed only as a total disaster for Bloomberg. He was attacked on all sides and had no good rebuttal for most of it. Warren was particularly good at skewering him for his workplace sexual harassment, and Biden clearly laid out how Non-Disclosure Agreements are coerced. It was a terrible night for Bloomberg, perhaps terminal, as his wooden responses could not inspire anyone.
I sure hope the moderators and the candidates can figure out a way to divvy up time without it being determined by the urgent waving of hands. The debate seemed like a bunch of middle school students who thought they had the right answers in class and were bursting to share. Interruptions and refusal to close comments were rampant, and it isn’t a very dignified look. I worry that Trump was the big winner last night. More soon. Stay tuned.
Paul & Roxanne