Congressional District 1 Candidate Evaluations

Grading based on NMD4D's policies and candidate interviews, forums and debates.
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CD 1 Candidate Grading

Debra Haaland (D)

Overall Grade: B
(78.6%)

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Lloyd Princeton (L)

Overall Grade: C
(72.6%)

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Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Overall Grade: B
(84.4%)

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Investing in New Mexico 

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: C

Debra believes New Mexico needs a financial transaction tax to ensure this happens, along with a complete repeal and replacement of the GOP tax plan.

Debra calls for a reinstatement of a robust estate tax. 

New Mexicos needs to return taxation for the wealthy and corporations to post-World War II levels.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Lloyd supports private and public investing.

Pushes for more private investing, lowering taxes for businesses and less regulation.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Janice will work with federal grants and budgets to maximize federal funds for infrastructure and tech transfer where possible.

She will leave it up to the state to determine to invest a percentage of the permeant funds into New Mexico industry, but believes it is possible.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Jobs Plan

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Debra wants a financial transaction tax plan, to repeal GOP tax plan, supports a national public infrastructure bill that creates millions of jobs and rebuilds America’s crumbling roads, parks, bridges, energy, schools, and technology infrastructure.

Supports a massive investment in America’s energy grid, 100% renewable energy, and millions of good union jobs that include living wages, and full benefits. 

Wants infrastructure improvements towards poor, black, and brown communities who have been historically neglected by our government.

Believes New Mexico should lead a massive solar and wind investments creating thousands of jobs.

New Mexico should be a leader in hi-tech, energy research, development, and manufacturing, and support small businesses.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: C

Lloyd believes New Mexico needs to be a right-to-work state and businesses need less regulation, not government oversight.

Immigrants start twice as many companies as non-immigrants.

Lloyd believes high school students need an option for job apprenticeships and vocational training so that existing job openings can be filled.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Janice believes the time is now to diversify New Mexico’s economy; protect our labs and bases, and eliminate unnecessary regulations so New Mexico’s vital industries can grow.

She will focus on Tech Transfer and expanding our bases and labs to lead the country in tech research and development.

Janice worked in the private sector as a small-business owner and contractor to Sandia National Laboratories; she believes we can invest and keep Tech Transfer here in New Mexico.

Wants to diversify our economy by making it easy to do business in New Mexico, beginning with licensing, permitting and inspection processes.

Supports building out internet connectivity so that entrepreneurs, artists, and farmers can thrive in rural and urban communities.

Janice supports improved free trade relationships for the US and NM.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Education

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Believes public education is the key to social mobility and economic security.

Believes it is time for smart investments in public schools and to find real solutions that pull our kids and all New Mexicans out of poverty.

New Mexico should get additional federal funding for infrastructure and get funding for early childhood education.

Debra will fight for: debt-free college, universal pre-k, social services that ensure our children have the support they need to focus on learning, food security, stable housing, and mental health support.

Wants more federal funding for public k-12 schools.

Debra is against school vouchers and any federal laws that would take funding away from our public schools.

She supports behavioral health programs in schools.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: C

Does not support federal funding and would eliminate the education department.

Lloyd supports the state keeping education dollars and educate from the community up.

Supports funding more state dollars into the classroom.

The government should only be responsible for national security, adjudication of legal disputes, and national infrastructure.

Believes the government is a poor administrator of education and health.

States we send more educational dollars to the federal government than we get in return.

Believes New Mexico would be better off keeping education dollars in the state.

Believes we must focus on partnering with teaching and supports community schooling.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Janice supports more state funding in classrooms.

She does not believe there is a role in the Constitution for the federal government to set policy or to fund public schools and should be controlled at a state level.

New Mexico receives 7% of its education budget from the federal government, believes education is 100% the state's responsibility.

Believes we must increase teacher's salary but considers this to be a state issue.

Believes Medicaid dollars that do come down to our schools are not getting into our schools and classrooms. Wants to make sure these dollars get to the teachers.

Supports behavioral health programs in our schools.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Immigration

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Will fight to keep families together.

Wants to abolish I.C.E., stop deportations, protect Dreamers, and will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

She opposes immigration policy that bans Muslims.

Believes DACA must be extended to offer permanent citizenship solution for families.

Supports sanctuary cities and opposes the Trump Wall.

Debra favors open borders to go back and forth with visas.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Believes Congress, not the President should resolve DACA.

He doesn't believe we should ask people who have been raised here to just leave, but we also need to do this legally.

Supports liberal Work Visa programs and an immigration policy similar to Canada’s merit-based system which takes skills, education, adaptability, language proficiency, and overall human capital into consideration.

Believes we should only deport people not eligible to apply for a work visa or citizenship or who commit criminal offenses.

He does not support Trump's wall and favors a balance of border security using technology.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Believes good boundaries make good neighbors because both neighbors respect the border and the law.

States the time is now to reform immigration policies; close all visa loopholes, and decide on a permanent solution for DACA.

Supports citizenship for DACA.

Offers a partial short-term solution which expires in 2036 for children under the age of 18 granting a path to citizenship upon graduation from high school.

Believes the deportation of 7-11 million individuals is impractical.

Believes that with no history of criminal behavior work permits are the best solution.

Does not favor amnesty but willing to work for a pathway to citizenship.

Proposes better visa regulation.

Does not favor Trump's wall and propose funding for commerce crossings and trade agreements with Mexico and South America.

Favors a comprehensive approach to enforcement the board with technology.

Favors based skill visa renewal process but must be reformed to be effective.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:
  • NMD4D supports building trade with our border countries, not walls.
  • We believe in immigration programs that allow immigrants to obtain work visas and offer a  clear and legal pathway based on time spent in our country.
  • We support citizenship for DACA families and securing the boards with high-tech solutions and work programs.
  • We do not support separating parents from their children and placing children in detention centers.

Veterans

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: C

Our country must live up to the promises made to our Veterans in exchange for their service and their lives.

All veterans deserve good health care, including mental health services, and support to transition into civilian jobs.

Supports benefits and care within their communities.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: C

We must support veterans with the care and dignity they deserve.

Veterans need better access to doctors within VA hospital, and we must allow veterans to see doctors where they need to be seen.

Believes in an open market. 

Does not want to waste dollars on administration, wants to get the dollars to our veterans.

Veterans deserve the best medical care possible, will support veterans getting access to care in the private sector and supports programs that create additional veteran care, job opportunities, and education.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Supports medical care within our community and favors Tricare.

Healthcare choices should rest with veterans communities.

Supports programs within healthcare, education and job opportunities.

Believes veterans should have the right to be seen at any medical facility in their community, within private physicians or hospitals.

Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Healthcare

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Wants to challenge corporate dominance over our health and a corporate healthcare system that is inefficient and wildly expensive.

Supports national public health insurance -- Medicare for all or universal healthcare for all.

Will fight to protect Obamacare (ACA), and work to transition our country to a Medicare for all.

Will stand up to big pharma to cut cost.

Supports and favors state-run behavioral health programs.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Believes the federal government should not be involved in healthcare.

Emphasizes the plethora of lawsuits against pharma which is where Lloyd believes the blame rests along with lax oversight from prescribers.

Opposes a national single-payer health system, and believes in reining in health care costs by shifting to a direct primary care model with insurance for major medical events and making insurance available across state lines.

Believes in making services and products costs available to consumers so they can shop around for services and determine need.

States a third of healthcare expenditures are wasted in administration, multiple vendors and complexity.

Believes in choice, competition, out of pocket primary care, and negotiations for a lower cost; the consumer must have access to alternatives.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

Believes health insurance means nothing if you can’t see a doctor or afford to pay the premiums.

Believes it's time to cut out the middleman and empower medical professionals to provide real care.

Wants to create a worldwide competitive drug pricing for Americans and patient authorized real-time sharing of all medical testing with medical professionals and organizations.

Does not support Medicare for all.

Plans to rein in cost, increase transparency of hospital costs, eliminate networks, reduce paperwork, limit the role and billing practices of most Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).

Wants to reduce and speedup benefit authorization processes.

Review and streamline all processes, intake in particular.

Supports catastrophic career insurance across state lines.

Supports creating more competition and believes we must control prescription costs by negotiating with big pharma.


Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:
  • The ACA is a good idea but does not control the cost of insurance. Premiums and prescription costs have jumped up 140% in the last six years.
  • NMD4D is in favor of a single payer system where you pay for your needs, creating healthcare corporations within and with out-of-state firms, and the state negotiating cost of prescription drugs.

Military & Labs

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Supports increasing in funding for military bases.

Will fight to expand both our bases and labs.

Does not support Space Force and believes we should use our military and labs to fight climate change.

Does not support any additional funding for Space Force.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Believes Space Force is a good idea and would use our labs and bases to lead with satellite and laser technology in NM.

Supports cutting defense budget but wants to have NM lead the country in military bases and research.

Supports tech transfer and will work with the state for private industry and manufacturing to create jobs in NM.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: A

Supports technology research and tech transfer in NM.

Believes we need to support more military installations and labs.

Will request Armed Services Committee to protect and expand research and military missions.

Believes investments in our labs and installations is top responsibility and a key driver of our state’s economy.

Focuses on Kirtland, space, satellite, and cybersecurity programs.

Supports upgrades to Cannon Air Force Base and new missions across all bases.

Supports Space Force maximizing NM assets.

Believes NM can lead with our labs, military, and spaceport.

States we need to review our federal budget and use NM resource to streamline our military budge to help NM.

Renewables

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: B

Focused on 100% renewable energy.

Supports tax incentives but gives no plan on how to do.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Supports renewable and will work to expand in NM.

Will support renewables but will allow the market to determine the demand, does not support government mandates.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: B

New Mexico's abundant energy resources hold the promise for a true economic development for the state and the nation.

Believes her knowledge of energy issues, as an industry executive, makes her uniquely qualified to represent New Mexico on this issue.

Believes our nation already has the solutions to our energy needs.

Believes domestic oil, natural gas, wind, solar resources will power America and create jobs for New Mexico.

States in Congress, she'll work to enable job creation in New Mexico's energy industry, fight-off harmful legislation and ensure that we have a real energy policy.

Oil & Gas

Debra Haaland (D)

Category Grade: C

Supports 100% renewable, says she can keep jobs and create a cleaner economy that will put people to work.

Will not stop oil and gas and states she would limit the expansion and stop fracking in some area with no details.

She would not support expanding of the oil and gas industry.

We received no reply when we asked about the 150,000 New Mexico oil and gas jobs vs. her stated 1,000-5,000 renewable jobs.

Lloyd Princeton (L)

Category Grade: B

Supports the use of fossil fuels and a free market.

Supports protecting some areas and will not allow fracking on native lands and near aquifers to protect groundwater.

Janice Arnold - Jones (R)

Category Grade: A

Supports our largest industry and will work with them to support 150,000 jobs in NM. 

She will make sure this industry follows regulations, but will work with both industry and environmentalist to make sure we are protecting our lands and water supply.

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