In his role as Senior Advisor, John Daniel contributes to the overall success of CCP by providing support on state-based strategy and civic engagement programs. He coordinates creative design and production of paid media, oversees the editorial functions of CCP’s online presence, and supports the issue advocacy and civic engagement efforts with policy and demographic research.
A proud native New Mexican, Javier has spent more than a decade engaged in New Mexico’s progressive movement. As the Center for Civic Policy’s Communications Director, he leads the organization’s communications strategy, planning, implementation, and partner support.
For a little over four years, Michelle Penson has served as the resident Data Diva and Excel Ninja in New Mexico. While she previously served both America Votes and State Voices in state, she now exclusively works with the Center’s partners to advance sector-wide goals through her data strategy, management and training expertise.
It’s a Muppet protest. The Jim Henson Company, which had been offering its line of “Muppets” toys in Chick-fil-A kids’ meals, announced that will no longer partner with the fast food chain because of its anti-gay policies. No more Muppets. In response, a defender of Chick-fil-A used social media to deploy a time-tested PR technique. [...]
Child health improved, but not economic, education, and family well-being
July 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBUQUERQUE—The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows that New Mexico made a few gains in children’s health status, but the state has a long way to go in improving the economic, education, and community-related well-being of its children. The state ranks 49th out of the 50 states.
After much anticipation, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—otherwise known as ObamaCare—by a 5-4 decision. While there is great confusion among the public about what the ACA will do to our nation’s health care delivery system, one easy way to understand the law is this: The ACA makes health insurance companies play fair.
No more denying you coverage because of pre-existing conditions; no more dropping your coverage when you get sick; no more billing you into bankruptcy; and no more annual or lifetime limits—just to mention a few of the many benefits.
July 17, 2012
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ALBUQUERQUE—While 27 percent of all New Mexico children live in poverty, the rate is much higher (42%) for the state’s immigrant children. And while about 10 percent of New Mexico children in U.S.-born families have parents with less than a high school diploma, more than 35 percent of children in foreign-born families have parents who did not finish high school.
A new report released by Progressive States Network names New York state a national leader in preventing wage theft -- or the nonpayment or underpayment by employers of wages legally owed to employees. The report also spotlights approaches taken by other states -- including Illinois, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Florida -- to a nationwide problem it argues is causing economic strain to workers and state taxpayers alike.