Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Newest Member of the "For Richardson" Family

Meet the newest member of the "For Richardson" family, New Mexicans for Richardson. Started by our new friend Cara, a stay at home mom who gets to witness the leadership and policy initiatives of Governor Richardson on a daily basis, we look forward to hearing from from New Mexico as we build our coalition of "for Richardson" blogs. The link to New Mexicans for Richardson is on the right.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Richardson Honored As Grade A Conservationist

Conservation Voters New Mexico released its 2006 Legislative Scorecard today, and honored Governor Bill Richardson as a "Grade A Conservationist".
Bill Richardson is the most pro-conservation Governor this state has seen in a very long time.

[...]

However, the experience of most conservation advocates at the Roundhouse was that the Governor and his staff were enthusiastic and persistent in their support of key policies (and CVNM priorities) like the Solar Tax Credit (HB 295/SB 269), the Surface Owners Protection Act (HB 437/SB 631), and the Land, Wildlife and Clean Energy Act (HB 188/SB 407).

[...]

Although it was a disappointing session for conservation, it was not for lack of effort on the part of Governor Richardson or his staff. CVNM and our allies look forward to working with the
Governor in 2007 to complete unfinished business and protect New Mexico for future generations.
At his meeting with bloggers in Seattle in July, Governor Richardson also explicitly mentioned his work to keep Big Oil out of Valle Vidal in New Mexico. While, Governor Richardson believes a clean environment and successful business are not mutually exclusive, it's clear he has a commitment to protecting our environment and securing public lands from the pillaging that some would allow to take place.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Richardson Among Top 10 Most Popular Governors

With a 65% approval rating, according to Survey USA, Governor Richardson has cracked the top 10 of most popular governors in the country.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Richardson Meets Iowa Bloggers

Yesterday, Governor Richardson took the opportunity to sit down with Iowa bloggers while he was in town. Thanks to Chris Woods for pointing me to his post on the meeting. And it appears, as has been the case with the Governor's past meeting with bloggers in Washington and South Carolina, the meeting was a success.

Governor Richardson even discussed the importance of Iowa in the presidential sweepstakes:
Drew asked a question about the primary calendar (which was a good one since the DNC meets this weekend to vote on the RBC proposal). Gov. Richardson stressed the importance of Iowa because Iowa’s citizens willingly take on the challenging role of grilling the candidates and take their democratic obligation seriously. I believe he said the “essence of democracy” was here in Iowa (I really need to invest in an audio recorder of some kind). As Tom Beaumont of the Register notes here, he doesn’t think that Nevada’s entry will do anything worthy of warranting NH to move its primary up. And he did admit that he’s thinking about running in 08 but his focus is on re-elect this year and recognizes that the path to the presidency comes through Iowa.
While some might say that Richardson made the obligatory statement while in Iowa, I think it's important to note that in my personal experience, Governor Richardson is not a man who throws out platitudes just to make people feel good. He's genuine and he calls it as he sees it. So I hope Iowans will rally around him when he decides to run for President, because Bill Richardson's personal style is very much suited for the retail politics environment that Iowa provides during primary season.

Any chance we'll be seeing an Iowa for Richardson blog, Chris?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Iowa Update

Wake-Up Wal-Mart has the details on an event Governor Richardson will be participating in today while in Iowa. If you live in Iowa, go and watch Governor Richardson stand up for working families.
Waterloo Town Hall with Governor Tom Vilsack and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson - Hosted by WakeUpWalMart.com
What:
Community Meeting/Public Hearing
Join WakeUpWalMart.com and Governor Tom Vilsack and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for a special town hall meeting in Waterloo as a part of the 2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America Tour.

We will be showing our new power point, "A Costly Truth," and having a conversation with Iowans about the need for corporate accountability.

RSVP today and join Governors Vilsack and Richardson.

When:
Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Where:
Sullivan Brothers Convention Center Rm. 23 (2nd floor)
205 W. Fourth St. (at Commercial St.)
Waterloo, IA 50701
In case you hadn't seen the story, Bill Richardson is now an official target of Wal-Mart, which apparently can afford political efforts to tell Iowans who to vote for, but refuses to pay for adequate health care for the vast majority of its employees.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Bill Richardson: Protecting Consumers from Big Oil

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Yesterday, in the Des Moines Register, Governor Richardson made the case for using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to protect customers from volatility in the oil market.

First the Governor said we should tap the reserve, specifically with regard to the pipeline shutdown that BP announced last week, and which would appear to be more of a burden to those of us in the Pacific Northwest than anyone else. This would maintain the supply and effectively keep costs at the same rate they were at before the shutdown. It was Richardson's next point that drove it all home:
Second, I would tap the reserve with a significant twist. The federal government should negotiate an oil exchange with BP to repay the reserve with interest for every barrel of oil withdrawn during the pipeline shutdown.

This oil "loan" would keep the marketplace whole for now, with repayment plus interest from BP in the form of a significantly greater quantity of oil back into the reserve at a later date. This would calm markets, stabilize prices and have minimal impact on overall levels of oil in the reserve. Also, in accepting the government's terms of such a loan, BP would be demonstrating that it is trying to be a good corporate citizen.
Imagine that, an oil company trying to be a good corporate citizen. Why, when Big Oil is reaping record profits, should the American people have to tolerate a shutdown so that prices can get jacked up to help pay for repairs that BP is making to its pipeline? BP can afford the repairs, and BP can afford Richardson's proposal.

In the end, Governor Richardson shows his comprehensive grasp of energy policy when he says:
In the longer term, our policies and technology investments should acknowledge that we depend on oil at our peril. Breaking our oil addiction will require a major, "man-on-the-moon" type of effort focused on new technologies and renewable energy, including Iowa-grown corn-based ethanol. Long-term energy security will be won only when we diversify our portfolio and keep our petro dollars at home.

In the short term, our obligation is to working families who struggle to make ends meet. This obligation should be met through leadership, recognition of the new realities of the global oil marketplace, a willingness to use the petroleum reserve as a more effective tool in that marketplace - and the courage to demand responsibility and accountability from corporate America.
This is leadership. This is what a President is supposed to look like.

Name Popularity May Help Richardson Win the Presidency

From MotherPie:
William has been in the top 20 most popular names for over 30 years. Bill, however, fell out of the top 1,000 names in 1993. So William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton was a good bet back when and perhaps New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson might have a chance (if he uses his formal name more? as in William Blaine Richardson?)... William ranked #8 in 2004.

[...]

But if you were to base presidential election predictions on name popularity, New Mexico's William Blaine Richardson might have a chance.
That's right, a little name ID never hurt a candidate.

Richardson in Iowa

According to Political Forecast, Governor Richardson will be in Iowa tomorrow.
Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson will host an event at the American Legion Hispanic Post 731 in Des Moines. 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
If you're in Des Moines and reading this, go show Governor Richardson some support or at least see what he's all about. We think you'll like what you see.

More from South Carolina

Following up on last week's post by Laurin Manning, Max has posted his thoughts on Governor Richardson's visit to South Carolina.

In their meeting, Governor Richardson explained why he meets with bloggers in the states he visits:
Governor Richardson preempted our first question with an introduction that explained why he chose to contact us for the meeting.

I make it a point in every state I go to to meet with the bloggers, because I think you are a new positive influence on the policy process. Why? Because you’re issue oriented. Two, you’re talking to a lot of disaffected voters that have not participated before, and, three, you’re ideology seems to be in the right direction, most of you. And so that is why I wanted to, you know, take any questions.
Blogging isn't everything in the political process, but Governor Richardson gets it. He understands how blogs can be integrated into the political process and how they can serve as a forum for the discussion of new ideas and as the voice of the people at the grassroots/netroots level.

Max's impressions of Governor Richardson:
Our conversation with Richardson displayed his depth of knowledge and experience in matters of tax policy, economic development, foreign policy, and innovative approach that will make him a fierce national contender for years to come.

[...]

Bill Richardson did not equivocate, hedge, or vacillate on any of the questions asked. He provided honest experience-based points of view on several issues of great importance to the future of the United States. I enthusiastically endorse Richardson’s reelection bid in New Mexico, and I look forward to 2008. Look out South Carolinians; you will be seeing much more of the Governor of New Mexico.
Since it comes so early in the primary season, it's nice to see the South Carolinian blogosphere giving the Governor some love. Let's hope that Laurin and Max can build on it and grow a network of dedicated Richardson supporters.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

More Support for Richardson from NM

I received an e-mail this morning alerting me to another pro-Richardson diary on Daily Kos. Cara, whom I've just come to know through e-mail, posted her thoughts on why she (a stay at home mom) supports Richardson in 2008. You can find the diary here.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Richardson Statement on Connecticut Senate Race

If my last post didn't set your mind at ease that Governor Richardson isn't donating to Joe Lieberman, here is his statement on the Connecticut Senate Race:

"Joe Lieberman is a good friend of mine, a true public servant who has served his constituents and the Democratic Party well.

However, after a hard-fought race Connecticut's Democratic voters chose Ned Lamont as their candidate for US Senate.

I look forward to supporting Ned as he fights to help Democrats take back the Senate, and I call on Joe Lieberman to respect the will of the voters and step aside."

Got it? Despite his friendship with Senator Lieberman, Governor Richardson supports the will of the Democratic voters of Connecticut and stands with Ned Lamont. In addition, unless someone has seen it elsewhere, Richardson is the first elected Democrat to publicly call for Senator Lieberman to step aside and bow out of the race.

Update: Hat Tip to Emmett for pointing out that Richardson is the first elected Democrat to publicly call for Lieberman to drop out.

Update 2: Once again Bill Richardson shows his leadership skills by being the first elected Democrat to call for Senator Lieberman to step aside.

This says a lot about Richardson's character because he isn't being a yes-man to his friend. It's easy to tell your friends what they want to hear. It's more difficult to tell your friend to make a difficult choice (for him or her), something they don't want to hear, in order to do what is right.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

No $ To Lieberman

If you read Matt Stoller's post on MyDD, earlier in the week, about donations to Senator Joe Lieberman (the post has since been edited to correct it), you may have seen something in it about Governor Richardson donating to Joe Lieberman. If that got you all fired up, Democracy for New Mexico will put you at ease.

In more detail, the facts are these. The entity that made the donation looks to be Move America Forward, which is a Republican PAC with a name very similar to Richardson's PAC. Richardson's Moving America Forward PAC was closed down completely in April of 2005. In addition, since Richardson's organization was a state rather than federal PAC, it was prohibited by law from donating to federal campaigns like Lieberman's. It only operated in five states with a goal of registering Hispanic and Native American voters. It succeeded, registering more than 150,000 new voters in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Florida and Nevada.

Because Richardson's gubernatorial campaign also is a state level fund, it cant donate to any Senate candidate, either. Both cash and in-kind contributions are prohibited by legal restrictions. So, clearly, there is no way the contribution from something called "Move America Forward" came from the Richardson gubernatorial campaign or his disbanded PAC with a similar name.

I can verify that Richardson's Moving America Forward PAC has been closed down for a while, because this past winter while I was searching for contact info for Richardson's campaign manager, Amanda Cooper, who used to work for the PAC (If my memory is correct she was in charge there), the PAC did not exist at that point nor did it have an address or contact info.

Regardless, if you look at this, you'll see that in 2006 the Moving America Forward PAC belongs to Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Richardson to North Korea?

Ken over at America for Richardson has a post up about a possible trip to North Korea for Governor Richardson. As one of only two men who have had reasonable conversations with the North Koreans (President Carter being the other) and with his wealth of experience in dealing diplomatically with rogue regimes, Bill Richardson is eminently qualified to help resolve the crisis with Pyongyang. Here's hoping President Bush gives the Governor his blessing and full support for this trip and allows diplomacy to work before I end up with a nuclear warhead aimed at me here in Olympia, Washington.

Richardson Meets Bloggers in SC

Last weekend Governor Richardson was in South Carolina (another early, key state in the Presidential sweepstakes) for the annual meeting of the National Governors' Association. While there, Richardson continued his efforts to reach out to bloggers. Laurin has the details.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson scores an A+ on the “guy you’d wanna drink a beer with” Presidential litmus test.

Of course we didn’t throw back any ice-cold longnecks at our 11 AM meeting at the Doubletree Hotel by the Charleston Market this morning, but the Governor is just so darn likeable that at the close of our meeting, I considered asking him when he’d be in town next so we could pal around again.

Bill Richardson is not the stiff, aloof, wonky type that we Democrats have put up for election the past couple of times. That's not to say he's not an intelligent man, he is, but he has this regular guy air about him that makes him approachable. When engaging in conversaiton with him, you almost feel as if you've known him all of your life. Voters like this quality in a candidate.

Of course Richardson also has this:

Richardson’s got the resume’ to be President. Over the course of his career, he’s served as a Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of Energy. Currently he’s the Governor of New Mexico and has been praised across party-lines for lowering taxes and boosting revenues in his home state. He’s earned high marks from the fiscally-conservative CATO Institute, a think-tank which regularly rebukes President George W. Bush for his profligate spending habits.

The most experience of any of the mentioned candidates in 2008. As George W. Bush has proven, there is no substitute for experience.

And Laurin wraps up with this:

Governor Richardson’s genuinely upbeat, and I expect he’ll be one of the leading anti-Hillary candidates among the 2008 Democratic Presidential contenders.

I agree with Laurin that Bill Richardson is one of the leading candidates, and it's nice to see the Governor connecting well with the good people of South Carolina. And Laurin, if you read this, I hope to see you start the South Carolina for Richardson blog and join our group.

Update: Even National Journal's The Hotline picked up on Laurin's post.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Dendahl Strikes Again

First John Dendahl was out there stereotyping Hispanics as drunks, and calling legislators racists for not imposing tougher penalties against drunken driving. Now he's back calling teachers socialists. New Mexico FBIHOP has the scoop.

Not being from New Mexico, it's really hard for me to believe that Dendahl is the best the GOP has to offer. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's ready to hand the election over to Governor Richardson, by shooting his mouth off, but is he really the best candidate the New Mexico Republican Party could find?

Once again I say to the people of New Mexico, you have a choice: if you want a blowhard, vote for Dendahl. But, if you want a governor, vote for Richardson.

Santa Fe New Mexican Richardson File

The Santa Fe New Mexican has created a file of "everything Richardson". To check out their coverage of Governor Richardson, you can go here.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Richardson to NH: I'll Be Back

While in New Hampshire the past couple of days, Governor Bill Richardson assured the good people of the Granite State that he'd be back to campaign there even if the DNC moves the Nevada caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire in the Presidential primary schedule.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says New Hampshire remains "the epicenter of Presidential politics" and yesterday promised to campaign in the state regardless of when the first-in-the-nation primary is held - even if he violates a national Democratic Party rule by doing so.

[...]

"I believe New Hampshire has had a special place in Presidential politics," he said at a fund-raiser for Manchester Alderman and state Senate candidate Betsi DeVries at the state Teamsters hall on Goffstown Road.

"I have tremendous respect for New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary. It's a great test for candidates. It's grassroots. New Hampshire is the epicenter of Presidential politics," Richardson said.

If he runs, he said, "I will be here and I will campaign."

Governor Richardson definitely appears to be laying the groundwork for a run for the White House. With Nevada, a Western state with a growing Hispanic population, possibly moving up on the schedule, and a personal style that is well-suited to the retail politics style of the New Hampshire primary, and the most extensive resume of any potential candidate, Bill Richardson will be a viable contender for the Presidency if he decides to run. We look forward to that day.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Governor Richardson to Visit NH Again

Governor Richardson will be back in New Hampshire in the next couple of days in order to stump for state Senate candidates, meet with Young Democrats and for a reception with the general public. The details are here.

If the little bird that told me that Richardson was headed to NH this week goes to any of these events and reports back to me I'll post the details here.