US Senate Candidate Evaluations

Grading based on NMD4D's policies and candidate interviews, forums and debates.
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US Senate Candidate Grading

Martin Heinrich (D)

Overall Grade: B 
(84.2%)

KOAT VIDEO

Gary Johnson (L)

Overall Grade: B 
(82.1%)

WATCH INTERVIEW

Mick Rich (R)

Overall Grade: C
(71.9%)

COALITION VIDEO

Investing in New Mexico & Jobs Plan 

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: C

Supports the federal expansion of investing into Tech transfer. 

Has not stated whether NM should use $24B investments into NM industries.

Equal gender pay, raise the federal minimum wage to $15, ease the barriers to entry for new businesses, tech transfer, local preference with our national labs, renewable energy for NM and export to other states, ecotourism - it will create thousands of new jobs.

No specifics on the number of jobs or how it will be done.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: C

Supports some private and public investing. 

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

Gary advocates for lower taxes on incomes, gasoline, and small businesses.

The elimination of special interest loopholes, and a system that is both simple and fair. 

Jobs will come from Cannabis, Renewables, Tech transfer and expanding labs and military in NM.

Gary wants to cut military spending from the budget but would have NM lead with our bases, labs and restricted airspace.

Gary will work with oil and gas for cleaner and increased production.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: D

Supports Trump tax plan and Jobs act. 
NM has dropped 2% in unemployment since taxes breaks. 

Mick believes in better regulations.

Engage business coalitions, private, & non-profit trade to coordinate the state’s export promotion programs.

Supports Trump tax plan and Jobs act.

Supports public lands for citizens.

Demands the return of our public land for energy production, renewables, job creation, direct our nation to become a leader in producing clean energy for national energy independence.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Education

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

Year-round Pell Grants, required parent and educator input on state education plans.

Allow states to opt-out of unnecessary standardized testing, English as a second language, labs, and regional schools to coordinate preparing students for work in the national labs, after-school program, STEM fields.

Supports permanent fund increase for head start programs. Martin Heinrich would keep Ed Dept.

Supports affordable higher education student loans, but no details how to lower costs or if the Federal Government would pay.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: B

Native American and Hispanic communities, and other factors, New Mexico, faces unique challenges: His Focus; move away from bureaucrats in Washington, DC., provide the tools within the classroom.

Empower teachers to teach, eliminate PARCC test.  

Eliminate Federal Education Dept.

Stop sending our state tax dollars to Washington, D.C., New Mexico sends 12¢ and receives 10¢ cents in return.

Believes we are better off keeping money in state with no strings attached.

State and local governments should control education policy.

Decisions that affect our children should be made here in NM.

Invest in innovation and choices, free market, allow communities and families determine best programs.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: C

Abolish the Federal Dept. of Education.

Allow funds and control state within NM and Local communities.

End Washington, D.C. control.

Would invest in early childhood education, STEM and after-school programs.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Immigration

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

Does not support Trump's wall.

He supports real, comprehensive immigration reform, including a visa system that addresses our economic needs, an earned and fair path to citizenship, and smart investments in security.

Supports rigorous screenings, DACA and supports securing the board with high tech solutions and border agents.

Has no details of how he plans to achieve this in the Senate.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: A

Does not support a wall. 

A straightforward system that allows immigrants to obtain work visas and move back and forth across the border.

Move them toward citizenship with work visas and DACA.

Wants a common-sense system that secures the board with high tech solutions and work programs to go back and forth.

Does not support separating parents from their children, and putting those children in detention centers.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: D

Supports the Trump wall, illegal immigrants who disobey our laws, disrespect our country, or intend to do us harm must be deported.

Once our current immigration pattern is reversed, we can address the status of those illegal immigrants who have become responsible members of society.

Must leave the country and get in line if they want to return and have citizenship.

Does support DACA a pathway to citizenship.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Cannabis

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

In 2012 Martin Heinrich was cautious about legalizing.

With polls showing Democrats favoring 72%, Heinrich now favors full legalization at the state level and signed on a bill where the Federal Government would remove cannabis from the list of Schedule I narcotics. 

Supports medical cannabis programs and will leave it to the states.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: A

Gary Johnson has favored legalization since the 90's when he was Governor of NM.

He supports full legalization and would open the market with no caps on medical cannabis and supports research at our labs and universities.

Johnson would support and sponsor the removal of cannabis from the Federal Schedule I narcotics list.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: D

Mick Rich does not support legalization.

Mick Rich does support the expansion of the medical cannabis state program.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Veterans

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

Supports benefits and care they deserve, supports veterans living in rural areas.

Ensured Alamogordo veterans could travel to El Paso’s VA.

Supports Santa Fe’s community-based outpatient clinic and VA clinic in Gallup, Veterans Choice Act, allowing more veterans to receive care in their communities.

Expand community-based outpatient clinics for veterans around the state, including in Gallup, Raton, and Santa Fe.

Strengthen education benefits and allowed veterans and their children to pay in-state tuition college.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: B

Healthcare choices should rest with veterans themselves in and outside our VA facilities. A system that functions efficiently provides timely care and meets the standards we would expect for our own families.

They should have the right to see any medical facility in their community, within private physicians or hospitals.

Veterans have a wide range of needs, from Eldercare, PTSD, women health issues, Cannabis treatment, family support, counseling, and other tools that help veterans deal with their unique challenges.

Homelessness, substance abuse, suicide are all-too-frequent among veterans as they re-enter civilian life. Johnson supports treatment, educational opportunities as well as SBA loan programs for jobs, education, and business ownership.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: C

Supports giving our veterans the care and dignity they deserve.

As currently run, the Department of Veteran Affairs proves that government-run healthcare doesn’t work.

Our wounded warriors deserve the best medical care possible, will support veterans that can get care in the private sector and would support programs that create veteran care, job opportunities, and education.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Healthcare

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he knew it was a critical step toward ensuring universal healthcare.

Martin wanted to curve skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, allow Medicare to negotiate best prescription cost, allow reimportation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

Martin would expand Medicare, Medicaid, and others, but gives no plan how.

Expand tele-health programs to benefit rural New Mexicans.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: B

Gary Johnson believes in a free market.

Pay as you go, with catastrophic insures pool all can buy into to.

Insurance is not working, and we need to move to an open market where people for needs.

Pay into an affordable plan for catastrophic coverage.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: C

Does not favor ACA, would repeal and replace with a plan where you can buy completive insurance across states lines.

ACA costs have gone up 140% and is on his 3rd plan in the past 5 years.

He would fight to open the market to competition, buy plans for your needs, not supportive of a government all plan to cover cost.

Would curve cost of Pharma companies.
NMD4D's Position 

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

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: B

Supports technology research and transfer to private industry.

Wants to expand the missions of our military installations and labs.

Securing missions and investments for our labs and installations is top responsibility and a critical driver of our state’s economy.

Landed two new F-16 squadrons at Holloman, Kirtland Operationally Responsive Space Program, Cannon Air Force Base needs upgrades, a new mission at White Sands Missile Range, $200 million in energy research, increase funding for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Martin he would take a look at Space Force. Believes NM labs and bases already doing most of this work. 

Does not want to create a new department, but can we do with NM assets before making a judgment call.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: C

Build up our labs and military bases.

Wants to minimize our foreign engagement.

Wants to cut def spending 20%, but wants to move military and space research 100% (or as much as possible) to NM with our labs and bases.

Wants to repair relationships with our allies, clarify our objectives, and only send our brave members of the military to war when explicitly authorized by Congress after meaningful, transparent deliberation and debate.

Supports tech transfers and will work with the state to private industry and manufactory and create jobs.

Does not support Space Force, Kirtland and labs are already working on it.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: C

Ensure that New Mexico’s military bases and national laboratories continue to play a vital role in keeping America safe.

The men and women who protect our country – our military and first responders – will be the best trained and equipped in the world.

The State has cut missions and will work to get F-16s back to NM Air National Guard where we are the only state not to have air base with National Guard.

Will expand Holloman. 

Does not support Space Force but would push to do in NM.

Renewable Energy

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: A

Renewable technologies are critical to accommodating our country’s energy needs.

New Mexico is positioned as one of the leaders in the growing clean energy economy, with a trained workforce ready to take on the oncoming jobs.

Secured funding for energy projects at New Mexico’s national labs, why he brokered solar and wind investment and production tax credits, made it easier to approve wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects on public lands.

Creating good paying jobs and revenue to NM.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: B

Johnson supports renewable energy so long as the government does not play a unique role in supporting its development.

He is not opposed to renewable energy in theory but wants to invest further in NM technological innovation as the only driver of renewable energy deployment, rather than through policy mechanisms.

Johnson said that renewable energy could account for as much as 15% of the fuel mix in fifteen years, supports this, but does not believe Government should dictate.

Gary is supportive of energy efficiency so long as it is privately paid for, because energy efficiency is cost efficiency, and Americans already have an incentive to cut costs.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: C

New Mexico’s federal public lands were always intended to benefit its citizens. Recently, much of New Mexico’s public land has been fenced off from the people. This is an outrageous overreach by the federal government. Mick demands the return of our public land for energy production and job creation, while we preserve its natural beauty for our children and grandchildren.

New Mexico can and will lead our nation in clean energy for national energy independence. In addition to oil, gas, and coal, our substantial renewable energy sources include wind, solar (15th among U.S. states in installed capacity), hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal (sixth among U.S. states). 

NM already produces its energy from 11% wind supply and 3% solar.

All of our state’s planned new electricity generating capacity will use renewable energy or natural gas.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Oil & Gas

Martin Heinrich (D)

Category Grade: C

A boom in the oil industry does not exclude New Mexico from establishing itself as a solar power leader. New Mexico can be a leader in both oil and solar.

Statewide, New Mexico has an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. A surge in oil and a rebound in solar could be essential for the state closing the gap with the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

Gary Johnson (L)

Category Grade: B

Supports the use of fossil fuels, presumably because the free market would support them.

Johnson has expressed concern about pollution from fossil fuel combustion; he has also said that he would not want us to "turn our back" on these traditional fuels.

He said "I'm going to keep an open mind on fracking," while reserving skepticism about its safety concerning groundwater contamination.

Mick Rich (R)

Category Grade: B

New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 % in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer.

We provide 4% of our nation’s natural gas. Not only does this make us energy self-sufficient, but it also enables us to reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources – which increases our national security.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

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