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keopeli

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Hometown: El Paso, TX
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Current location: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
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US broadcast group threatens legal action over Polish media law

Source: Politico

U.S. broadcast company Discovery is threatening to bring legal action against the government in Poland after lawmakers there passed a controversial media law that tightens rules for foreign companies.

The legislation, which must still pass the Polish Senate, proposes only allowing companies majority-owned by entities from the European Economic Area to hold broadcast licenses. That would exclude U.S.-based Discovery, owner of TVN, one of Poland’s most popular TV stations, and its all-news subsidiary TVN24.

The news channel, whose license expires on September 26, has been a thorn in the side of a government that has made great efforts to bring the media under its control.

Discovery said in a statement Thursday that it sent notice of its intentions to Polish President Andrzej Duda and that while the company “continues to strive for a positive resolution to this situation … should this fail, Discovery intends to commence arbitration proceedings” under a U.S. investment agreement with Poland “and seek full compensation for Poland’s breaches.”

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/discovery-poland-media-law-legal-action/



Discovery is promoting the Free Press in a country whose government is hyper-conservative and trying to crack down on the dissenting and alternative press. IOW, they don't want people knowing the truth, which has a liberal bias, as Colbert famously quipped. My question: why is Discovery so bold in favor of truth and democracy in Poland but doesn't mind waddling in our murky sub-democratic press issues in the USA? Unfortunately, I already know the answer: money, of course.

Still, good for the Polish people that an American company is standing up for their rights and freedoms. Let's have more of that on the home front!

Dear DU Friends, I am asking for your help if you are or were active in your County Dem Party

I live in NM and am 54 years old. I have decided to become more active in my County Democratic Party. In the past month, I was elected Vice-Chairman of my county Ward, my Precinct's member of our County Central Committee, and was just appointed as the Chairman of the Communications Committee. I'm excited and honored to actually win two elections and by trusted to run the Communications Committee.

I know that many of my friends here at DU (where I have been a member since 2002) are active in their local parties. Being a rural county that lately votes Red, we need a lot of structural changes and growth. Our new County Party Chair is a great progressive and, during the past wave of county party elections, progressives have basically taken over the local party.

Here are my questions to all of you:

1. Is there a DU forum that features discussions on how local party officials run their operations and help each other?
2. Is there a forum anywhere on the "interwebs" where veterans of local political efforts share ideas, success/failure stories, and resources?
3. Is there a good resource for progressives on how to create good and effective communication efforts at the local level?
4. Are there any of you who have walked this road (mostly running the communications arm of your local party) and are willing to share your knowledge/experience?

We have an upcoming special election (in one month) to replace Deb Haaland, our former US House Member who is now the first Native American head of the Interior Dept. Keeping this seat blue is paramount to Dems retaining control of the House. With little to no structure in place (an underused and clumsy website, a facebook page with a host of administrators, many of whom lost the last election (since they were Blue Dogs) with ulterior motives), an unused Twitter and Instagram account, and a Newsletter that tends to bounce or get rejected as spam with an outdated contact list, I have a lot of work to do in a very short time.

Whatever help you can share will be valued and greatly appreciated.

In solidarity,

Keopeli

PS - If I don't respond right away, it's because I'm busy being a Middle School teacher, an acolyte at my church, a caregiver to my octogenarian parents, a director of three community choirs, or being a good partner. Fear not - I will respond as soon as I am able! And thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with me.

Bill would prevent transgender females from competing in girls, women sports

Bill would prevent transgender females from competing in girls, women sports

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Some New Mexico Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to level the playing field for female athletes competing with transgender athletes born as males. One of the sponsors of the controversial bill says this legislation all comes down to safety.

“To allow men or boys compete against women is fundamentally unfair and it’s dangerous and it takes away lots of opportunities for these girls; scholarships. You compete to win because winning is good for you psychologically, it encourages you to do other things and to excel in other things in your life. So when you take that opportunity away from girls it’s devastating,” said Representative Zachary Cook (R-Ruidoso).

House Bill 304 is called the Women’s Sports Protection Act and would prevent female athletes from competing with transgender athletes born as males. The bill state that there are only two biological sexes and that biological sex is determined at fertilization or at birth. It goes on to say that men have higher natural levels of testosterone which results in higher speed and power during physical activity, which leads to a performance gap between males and females.

Right now, under the New Mexico Activities Association bylaws, a student must compete in the gender officially listed on their birth certificate. In New Mexico, you are now allowed to amend your sex on your birth certificate. If passed, this would apply to not only middle and high schools, but universities in New Mexico. Opponents say the bill could increase any stress transgender people already deal with which include sexual abuse, bullying, and suicide.


[link:https://www.krqe.com/news/politics-government/legislature/bill-would-prevent-transgender-athletes-born-as-males-from-competing-with-females/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR0ijLF2dO8GtL7rp0OPTjxNIrkmTljLJ00BDN77-T0BpAn6DEJDAZH6R1c|

APS makes the right decision. (They didn't really have a choice, thanks to teachers.)

Albuquerque Public Schools students will continue learning virtually, although the board Wednesday night cleared the way to expand in-person learning slightly to include additional small groups of students, possibly those at risk of failing or seniors who need the additional help.

The Board of Education voted 6-1 to allow limited in-person groups, but otherwise remain in remote schooling.

Wednesday night’s decision almost certainly ends any hope for APS’ 13 high schools to participate in the four fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country. Because of the pandemic, fall sports had to be pushed into the second semester.

According to APS data, about half of parents are ready to get their children back to school and half aren’t on board.

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A teacher at the meetings said that teachers are eager to come back, but they want to do so safely. Amen!



https://www.abqjournal.com/2360888/aps-stays-virtual-but-allows-some-small-groups-ex-decision-effectively-ends-hope-for-any-of-the-four-fall-sports.html

The view from Valencia County, New Mexico- longest winning streak in US

I'm a poll challenger in Los Lunas, NM. Rural
republican county that has picked the winning candidate correctly since 1952. What I've seen today:
1. Fewer voters than expected. Many early votes cast, but Republicans expected to vote en masse today is not happening yet.
2. Several first time voters in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. They appear to be Biden voters. Exciting!
3. Like having good "gaydar," it seems very easy to infer voter preference by dress, covid conformity, demeanor, and the company they keep. This worries me because it makes it easier for republicans to cherry pick who to challenge or harass.
4. One voter who was trying to vote multiple times.

I expected much higher turnout here today. The fact that it is low is a good sign for Biden.

Virtual Phone Banking in Valencia County & Why This is an Important County

Hi fellow Dems!

My partner and I are hosting Virtual Phone Banking events every Thursday of this month at 6 pm. You can be part of this important venture.

DID YOU KNOW that Valencia County has more registered Democrats than Republicans? Then, why do Republicans win more often than not in our little corner of the state? The reason is because too many Democrats fail to vote! If everyone who is registered to vote as a Democrat in Valencia County did so, we would win every election.

OUR GOAL is to call as many Democrats in Valencia County as possible before Election Day to GOTV. And YOU CAN HELP!

Follow the link below and register to participate in our virtual phone banking event any or all Thursdays in October from 6 - 8 pm. All you need is a computer (to Zoom) and a phone (to make calls). If you can spare a couple of hours, we could sure use your help.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure a Biden/Harris LANDSLIDE in the 2020 election!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey & Kenny

Here is the link to the event where you can register to participate:

https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/341261/

Torres Small is apparent winner in 2nd District

Source: Albuquerque Journal

LAS CRUCES – Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is the new projected winner over Republican Yvette Herrell in the hotly contested race for southern New Mexico’s congressional seat following a hand count of 8,000 absentee ballots in Doña Ana County on Wednesday. She is the first woman and Latina to represent the state’s second Congressional District. Torres Small’s apparent victory means Democrats make up New Mexico’s entire congressional delegation – both senators and all three members of the U.S. House.

The absentee ballots were not included in the election night returns that showed Herrell with a lead of 1,972 votes over Torres Small out of the 186,000 votes counted at that point. At least one national news network and the Journal along with local pollsters called the race at that time, not aware that the absentee ballots had not been counted.

Results of the hard-fought race were then hanging in the balance until the envelopes containing all the absentee ballots cast in Doña Ana County could be opened and counted.

The unofficial totals as of late Wednesday, according to the secretary of state, gave Torres Small 99,440 votes and Herrell 96,712 votes.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1243372/outcome-of-cd-2-race-up-in-the-air.html



This is my District, which has been held by a Repub for a long time. It's the area of New Mexico that houses a large number of Texas transplants. It's largely rural and covers a huge swath of land (the entire Southern portion of our state). The previous trumpian Representative, Steve Pearce, retired to run a losing campaign for governor. Last night, the race was called prematurely for the Repub by 2000 votes. Today, our Secretary of State (Democrat) located a large batch of uncounted ballots from Dona Ana County. Now, Torres-Small leads by 3000 votes, with an estimate of only 1100 ballots left to count.

Every other Federal office in our state is held by Democrats, including our new flip of the Governor's office. Now, the lone Repub in our state Congressional delegation is gone!

My county, Valencia, as well as the entire District has been a 10 point Republican advantage for a very long time. I can't tell you how much I and my friends are rejoicing. We not only have a Democrat for the first time in ages, its a woman and she's Hispanic!!! I'm so proud of my state! We've turned from purple 20 years ago to a solid Blue stronghold!

This unexpected turn of events adds another seat to the Democratic majority in the US House!

Woo-hoo!

Legislators prepare to sue Governor over vetoes.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s legislative leaders authorized their attorneys on Thursday to sue Gov. Susana Martinez over her veto of funding for state universities and the Legislature itself.

And they directed their staff to begin gathering signatures for an extraordinary session – a legislative session called by lawmakers themselves and open to any topic.

It would take signatures from three-fifths of the Legislature to enter such a session, which has happened only once in New Mexico history, officials said.

Top Democrats in the Legislature have repeatedly questioned whether the Republican governor had authority to reject funding for an equal branch of government and for universities mentioned in the state Constitution.


Read more: Legislators prepare to sue Governor over vetoes


Gov. Martinez vetoed 145 bills, while signing 132. The legislature is lead by Democrats. Several bills were vetoed that had broad bi-partisan support.

“In the coming weeks,” Martinez said Friday, “I will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe to finish the job they were supposed to do in the first place. I believe that by working together, we can balance the budget – without tax increases. While I’m disappointed in them, I am optimistic that we can come together.”

Gov. Martinez was disengaged from the legislature while they were in session. She spent precious little time working with the legislators to compromise. Instead, she simply vetoed bills that had support from both parties, claimed they were "wasting time", and now wants to spend extra money for a special session, even though the state is in financial trouble right now.

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Cross-posted in Latest Breaking News.

Legislators prepare to sue governor over vetoes

Source: Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s legislative leaders authorized their attorneys on Thursday to sue Gov. Susana Martinez over her veto of funding for state universities and the Legislature itself.

And they directed their staff to begin gathering signatures for an extraordinary session – a legislative session called by lawmakers themselves and open to any topic.

It would take signatures from three-fifths of the Legislature to enter such a session, which has happened only once in New Mexico history, officials said.

Top Democrats in the Legislature have repeatedly questioned whether the Republican governor had authority to reject funding for an equal branch of government and for universities mentioned in the state Constitution.


Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/987469?utm_source=abqjournal.com&utm_campaign



Gov. Martinez vetoed 145 bills, while signing 132. The legislature is lead by Democrats. Several bills were vetoed that had broad bi-partisan support.

“In the coming weeks,” Martinez said Friday, “I will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe to finish the job they were supposed to do in the first place. I believe that by working together, we can balance the budget – without tax increases. While I’m disappointed in them, I am optimistic that we can come together.”

Gov. Martinez was disengaged from the legislature while they were in session. She spent precious little time working with the legislators to compromise. Instead, she simply vetoed bills that had support from both parties, claimed they were "wasting time", and now wants to spend extra money for a special session, even though the state is in financial trouble right now.

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Cross-posted in New Mexico forum.

A ballot measure requiring businesses to provide sick leave to all employees is being challenged

Lawsuit filed over proposed sick leave ordinance

Businesses don't like to provide sick leave. Read the comments: When are the Democraps going to understand to STAY OUT OF BUSINESS. Let a business run as the owner wants it to run.

Repubs, who say they love the Constitution, don't seem to understand the obligation of our government to REGULATE COMMERCE.

The ugliest, meanest and greediest people I know in this town are all Small Business owners. They are full of greed and bereft of humanity and compassion.
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