Good News Stories From the Midterm Elections

by Rebecca Álvarez


Across the nation, voters are deciding to fix what has been broken in our democracy.

In Florida, the Voting Rights Amendment restored the right to vote to ex-felons (except those convicted of murder or sex crimes). The pre-existing law stripping suffrage from these people was originally enacted to oppress African Americans during the Jim Crow era. The number of potential voters affected by this is between 840,000 and 1.4 million people. For a comparison, 840,000 is more people than the entire state populations of Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, or Wyoming!

Voters successfully addressed the pervasive issue of gerrymandering in many states.
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New Mexico’s Candidates and Elected Officials Sign 28th Amendment Pledge

Deb Haaland, Candidate for US Representative with Ishwari Sollohub of NMMOP’s 28th Amendment Committee
Joseph Cervantes, candidate for Governor has signed the American Promise Pledge. NMMOP’s John House was there to see it happen.

The efforts of committed NM MOP 28th Amendment Committee members are paying off, with nine New Mexican candidates and elected officials signing the American Promise Candidate and Elected Official 28th Amendment Pledge. We are thilled to have their support in this important work. We hope to have support from all our candidates for public office. We are actively growing our list of pledged incumbents too. With over 175 signers nationally to date, NM MOP is well represented, and very happy to announce the dedicated pledgers in our state.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we do not endorse or support any candidates, and as a nonpartisan organization, we do not target or exclude any person or group. Our signers come from various parts of the state, and a variety of parties and political orientations. NM MOP has made every attempt to offer the pledge to candidates and elected officials across the board. We are delighted every time we learn that we have a new signer.

American Promise in Santa Fe

American Promise founder and president Jeff Clements spoke at the Aldea Community Center to an attentive audience of over 50 people last Sunday, April 22. He shared the motivations, cross-partisan support and progress being made for a 28th Amendment to The Constitution to restore American democracy in which “we citizens – not money, not corporations, not special interests – govern ourselves.” Audience members participated in a lively and informative Q & A session.

NMMOP hosted this successful event which was co-sponsored by Common Cause New Mexico and American Promise. In attendance were a candidate for the NM House of Representatives, NM Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth and Santa Fe City Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth, Viki Harrison from Common Cause New Mexico and Steve Lipscom from FixItAmerica

House Judiciary Committee passes HJM 10

Update: February 7

HJM 10 – Fix-it America Constitutional Amendment was passed in the NM House of Representatives, 41 to 28.

We encourage interested citizens to continue following HJM 10 as it heads to the Senate. Contact your NM Senators and let them know your thoughts. Follow the legislature at www.nmlegis.gov.

A Summary of House Judiciary Committee hearing held Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 on HJM 10

by John L. House

The Fix It America Amendment hearing commenced with Vice Chair Javier Martinez, presiding, and Representatives, Eliseo Lee Alcon, Zachary J. Cook, Jim Dines, Daymon Ely, Georgene Louis, Mathew McQueen, Greg Nibert, and Bill Rehm in attendance. Chair Gail Chasey, Speaker Brian Egolf and Representative Cathrynn N. Brown joined later in the proceeding.

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American Promise 28th Amendment Pledge Drive Underway

The 28th Amendment Committee of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP) is now engaged in a pledge drive, promoting the American Promise (AP) 28th Amendment Candidate and Elected Official Pledge.

The Pledge is a way for candidates and elected officials at all levels to support – and pledge to use their office to advance – a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution: limiting the undue influence of money in politics; protecting equal representation for all Americans; and preserving constitutional rights and liberties for people, not legal entities such as corporations and special interests.

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