Friday, March 30, 2007

36 Hours and Counting!!! Let's Turn Up the Heat!!!

Let's give what we can -- and turn up the heat!!

From the Campaign:

The Presidential election is 19 months away. The first primary is 9 months away. But our first big test is 36 hours away.

I'm in this race for the long haul. We are planning a year-long campaign -- we are already putting staff in the field, opening offices, and holding events all over the country. Your early support makes this possible, and now I need your help again to enter the next phase of the campaign strong.
We are less than $40,000 away from our goal for the week. I want to hit that $500,000 mark and I want you to be a part of that victory. Every media outlet and each candidate, in both parties, are going to look at our quarterly report for hints about the strength of our supporter base. I know you are here with me, strong and by my side -- now let's show the media pundits that I have what it takes to fight strong through to November, 2008.
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I'm going to spend the rest of the year traveling across the country meeting voters, listening to their concerns and sharing my ideas. I'm going to tell them about my plan to provide universal health care coverage; I'm going to share my vision for a foreign policy based on reality not ideology; and I'm going to show them how I can make the United States a leader in the fight against global warming. I'm going to convince voters that I am the person with the experience and record to reverse six years of disastrous decisions by the Bush administration.
And I'm going to do all of this with your help. Thank you again for all that you have done these first months, and all I know you will do to help over the next year.

Bill Richardson

Richardson to travel to North Korea

Richardson to travel to North Korea

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
Fri Mar 30, 11:43 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson plans to travel to North Korea for meetings with government officials from the hardline communist nation.
Richardson plans to make the trip in early April, officials familiar with the trip told The Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because plans were still being completed.
The New Mexico governor is a frequent diplomatic traveler. He was in Sudan in January to meet with government leaders and made a trip to the Darfur region where he visited refugee camps.
Richardson — a former congressman, U.N. ambassador and energy secretary in the Clinton administration — trails his top Democratic rivals in public opinion polls.
The United States and other nations have been trying to get the secretive regime of Kim Jong Il to curb its nuclear weapons program. At international disarmament talks in Beijing last month, North Korea pledged to shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor in exchange for energy aid and political concessions.
However, the country refused last week to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks until millions of its funds frozen at a bank were released.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

TV ALERT: Governor Richardson on "The Daily Show" and "Hardball"


Governor Richardson will be a guest, this afternoon, on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" (MSNBC) and, this evening, on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central). Check your local listings!

Richardson article in the New York Observer: "He is clearly the most qualified to be President."

Not posting it here in its entirety, as it's rather lengthy, but it's a must-read:

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vote for Governor Richardson in the Presidential March Madness Poll

Governor Richardson defeated Al Gore in the previous round of the Presidential March Madness Poll. In the round now underway, he is pitted against Hillary Clinton. Voting ends at midnight tonight - so vote immediately and please tell your friends!!! Vote now:

Friday, March 23, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth Edwards...

I was deeply saddened today to hear the news that Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer had returned. She is a brave and extraordinary woman and an inspiration to so many people around the world - myself included. I have great affection and respect for Mrs. Edwards and my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Governor Richardson has issued the following statement:

“Barbara and I send our thoughts and prayers to Elizabeth and John as they deal with this latest challenge. Elizabeth has been an inspiration and role model to all of us with her courageous and very public fight against breast cancer. I am hopeful and optimistic that Elizabeth will continue to win her fight. In the meantime, we should all redouble our commitment to supporting efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.”

I'd like to invite and encourage everyone to please visit the following sites to help the support the fight against breast cancer:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

USNews: Giddyup, Sundance!

From USNews' Washington Whispers:
Giddyup, Saundance
We told you (below) that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had lost enough weight to make his horse, Sundance, very happy. And here's the proof from his campaign.
Also from Washington Whispers:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee isn't the only fatty who hit the treadmill and dieted—he lost 110 pounds and several chins—to get ready for a 2008 presidential run. Now we can add New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to the list. "When I made the decision to run for president, I realized it was time to get serious about losing weight and exercising more," he says. "The campaign lifestyle can wreak havoc on your diet and your waistline." Once a lean kid athlete, Richardson chubbed up during his days as a lawmaker and cabinet official in Washington and as United Nations ambassador in New York, where he was known for his big appetite, long cigars, and sips of wine. But that was 30 pounds ago.
After trying virtually every fad diet, he's now on a doctor-prescribed, nutritionist-supervised diet familiar to thousands: He replaces two meals with special shakes, actually eating only one real meal a day. He snacks on veggies or an energy bar. And he works out with a trainer. "He loves to eat," says spokesman Pahl Shipley, "so it has been difficult." Richardson says he still wants to shed 10 pounds, but his staff isn't so happy with that news. "I've got even more energy and stamina," he says, but he also admits, "I get cranky." Still, says Richardson, the only Hispanic in the 2008 race, "I'll tell you what. My horse is happy about my diet."

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bill Richardson: "I have done here in New Mexico what I can do as president - make a difference in the lives of the American people"

Richardson says he'll call special session

Associated Press
Saturday, March 17, 2007

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday - just not enough of it.
The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, "we still have business to finish."
He said he will call the Legislature back into a special session beginning Tuesday to act on a highway package, ethics measures, crime bills, a domestic partnership proposal, and more.
"We're on a roll, so let's continue that roll," Richardson told a room full of bleary-eyed legislative leaders and cabinet secretaries just after the 60-day session ended, by law, at noon.
"I have done here in New Mexico ... what I can do as president ... make a difference in the lives of the American people," Richardson said.

Read more:

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Richardson pitch: Regular guy with extraordinary résumé

From CNN:

Bill Richardson is on a diet, and he hates it.
He's lost about 30 pounds so far, but laments, "I am kind of miserable succeeding." It is classic Richardson, disarming and oh-so-very-normal, a confession delivered from the grandeur of the New Mexico Governor's Mansion overlooking Santa Fe.
The Democrat is widely expected to announce his full-fledged candidacy for president by the end of the month. A sit-down chat with him opens a window on his campaign strategy: He will run as an ordinary guy with an extraordinary résumé.
The son of a Mexican mother and an American businessman, the bilingual Richardson grew up in Mexico City but was educated in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. If successful, he would be this country's first Hispanic president.
He believes his résumé is a good fit for the times: former energy secretary when the country is looking for a way out of dependence on Middle East oil; former ambassador to the United Nations at a time when the country's international diplomacy is under fire; a governor in a party that has its most presidential success with governors (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton); a westerner as his party looks to the usually Republican region as fertile territory.
Richardson has also been a congressman and a diplomatic troubleshooter.
"I am not just somebody who looks pretty and votes ... and gives a speech", says Richardson. "I have actually done it."
There is a bit of Energizer Bunny to Richardson. His sometimes beleaguered staff says he works constantly, usually juggling several things at once. He has brought industry, jobs, a budget surplus and recognition to New Mexico. He was re-elected in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote.
Albuquerque Journal reporter Leslie Linthicum, who has covered the governor for years, calls him "pragmatic, a fixer of problems," not so much passionate about issues, more about getting things done.
Signature issues
He says his signature issues on the presidential campaign trail will be foreign policy and energy independence.
He is opposed to the war in Iraq, saying that if elected, he would have U.S. forces out within a year, combining that withdrawal with diplomacy. On social issues, he is opposed to gun control. He supports abortion rights and gay rights but opposes gay marriage.
Critics say he is vindictive, short-tempered and a publicity hound. Some lawmakers accuse him of using the state agenda to buff up his presidential credentials. (Others, however, say New Mexico residents are excited about the prospects of a first-ever presidential candidate from the state).
Republican state Sen. Stuart Ingle told CNN that Richardson is probably "the best governor I have ever seen in getting publicity."
Richardson cops to being demanding of staff and forceful in pushing his agenda, saying, "I am aggressive. I do push hard. I try to get my legislation passed. ... I go to the public a lot."
The governor would begin as a long shot, and he knows it. He notes "rock stars" (read: Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) in the race, but says that shouldn't deter anybody. He says he is exactly where he wants to be -- "moving up."
A CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted March 9-11 shows just 3 percent of registered Democratic voters pick Richardson as their favorite.
His presidential exploratory committee was set up in January. The Associated Press reported in mid-February that Richardson raised $2 million during an Albuquerque fundraiser. In Iowa, when asked about his fundraising, he assured reporters, "We'll be respectable."
Richardson is convinced he can connect with voters, who he believes want to see somebody like themselves. He says he is "not the most consultant-driven candidate of perfection." Recently described as "inelegant," Richardson says that may be accurate, but that is me. ... I am also real."
He would like to drop 10 more pounds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Governor Bill Richardson Signs New Mexico Cockfighting Ban

March 12, 2007
(Santa Fe, NM) – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today enacted a ban on cockfighting in New Mexico.
With his signature, Senate Bill 10, a long sought statewide ban on cockfighting, became the law in New Mexico.
“Senate Bill 10 is fair and it is humane, said Governor Richardson. “I am proud that New Mexico will now move beyond cockfighting and join the 48 states that have already banned this outdated practice.”

More press coverage to follow....

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Democratic front-runners may find Richardson is running close at their heels

Chicago Sun-Times:

March 11, 2007
Sun-Times Columnist

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is viewed by Democratic insiders as rising to the top of the party's second-tier presidential candidates, becoming a leading vice presidential prospect and an increasingly possible nominee for president.
Richardson's past service as a member of Congress, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of energy makes him a more experienced public servant than any of the first-tier Democratic candidates: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. A Mexican American and a Westerner, Richardson is seen as strong in the critically important bloc of states that include Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, in addition to New Mexico.
While Richardson now trails his front-running Democratic rivals by a wide margin, his strategists consider him a strong competitor in New Hampshire. A victory in that state's first-in-the-nation primary could propel him to the head of the pack.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Governor Richardson Enacts Landmark Clean Energy Bills

Governor Bill Richardson Enacts Landmark Clean Energy Bills to Create Jobs, Keep Air Clean

March 5, 2007

Governor Bill Richardson today signed two major cornerstones of his clean energy agenda. Senate Bill 418 will dramatically increase New Mexico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and our use of clean electricity. House Bill 188 creates a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to promote clean energy jobs and help New Mexico both develop our clean energy resources and market them to other states.
“I am proud today to sign a bill that will quadruple New Mexico’s use of clean electricity by 2020,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “Promoting renewable electricity keeps our air clean and it will help New Mexico meet my aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals. It will also help continue to create new jobs, like those at Advent Solar in Albuquerque, and aid ranchers who want to diversify into the lucrative wind energy market.”
In 2004 Governor Richardson signed New Mexico’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard into law. This mandated that 5% of New Mexico’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2006, increasing to 10% by 2011. Senator Michael Sanchez’s Senate Bill 418 requires that at least 15 percent of an electric utility's power supply come from renewable sources by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020.House Bill 188 – sponsored by Representative Jose Campos -- establishes a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority that will help New Mexico export solar, wind and other renewable energy and further build our high-wage, and high-tech economy.“
The Transmission Authority and the Renewable Portfolio Standard work in combination to dramatically position New Mexico to develop our vast renewable energy resources,” said Joanna Prukop Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources. “We've just positioned our state to become extremely competitive in all aspects of clean energy development and the benefits that come with it.”
Under Governor Richardson’s leadership, New Mexico has become the nation’s the Clean Energy State. In the past few weeks alone Governor Richardson has signed a major, five state climate change agreement, announced a new Tesla electric car plant for Albuquerque and a biodiesel plant in Clovis, NM.
“I am proud that both these bills passed with bipartisan support,” said Governor Richardson. “That is because New Mexico is hungry for clean energy and the good jobs that come with this new industry.”

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Radio Iowa: Richardson says Iowans like an underdog

Richardson says Iowans like an underdog

Friday, March 2, 2007, 2:14 PM
O.Kay Henderson

New Mexico Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson says Iowans like an underdog and he plans to aggressively campaign here for support in the Iowa Caucuses.
"I'm going to be coming here not with big rallies in gyms," Richardson says, referring to competitors who've drawn huge crowds in their appearances here this year. "...The last message I want to give Iowans is keep your powder dry. Wait 'til you get a chance to talk to me and see what I'm about...I care deeply about doing well here in Iowa."
Richardson is here today and tomorrow, with several meet-and-greet events scheduled in central Iowa. He contends Iowa politics are "grassroots" oriented and give him an opportunity to do well against bigger name candidates like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who are drawing the big crowds. "I like the fact that Iowa likes underdogs," Richardson says. "I like the fact that Iowans like to see candidates face-to-face in house parties."
Richardson served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and he says that gives him experience in the foreign policy that is unmatched by the other candidates. "I know how we could get out of Iraq. I know how to restore America's international standing," Richardson says. "...I believe that I'm the candidate with the best experience."
Richardson openly concedes he is "not a rock star" -- a line often uttered by former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack when he was running for president. Richardson, who won re-election as governor of New Mexico in November, says he will not "have the resources" -- meaning the money -- that Clinton and Obama will amass, but Richardson says there is an opening for a "grassroots" candidate like him in the 2008 race.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Message from Michelle

Hi friends -

Just a little FYI....

I apologize if it seems that the blog is not updated as often as it should be. I try to get on here daily and update things, but lately I've had trouble getting the Blogger login site to load. It seems that 80% of the time the site won't load for me...either I'm having computer problems, or it's a site snafu, or something. Just didn't want you guys to think I was wigging out.

New articles and updates will appear whenever I'm able to login to the site!