Saturday, June 30, 2007

URGENT: Make a Difference -- Donate Tonight!!

Friends -

It's paramount that we contribute whatever amount we can spare before midnight tonight!!!

I realize that we can't all contribute large sums -- but it isn't about large sums -- this is about all of us contributing an amount, no matter how small. Just as every vote counts - every cent counts.

I have set up a special fundraising site exclusively for Colorado for Richardson. I'd like to request that any of you who plan to make donations, to PLEASE donate through this site on the Richardson for President site:

This is our official Colorado for Richardson fundraising site -- and by all of us making our donations exclusively through this site, we can keep track of the total amount we've raised in Colorado and show the Governor the vast support he has in our state!

So please make your campaign donations through this site:

Thank you all so much for any amount that you can give at this time! Also - please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to please consider a donation to Governor Richardson's campaign to change America!

We're making a difference!

Thanks -


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Help Bill Richardson End the Iraq War:

From Governor Bill Richardson:

I've been saying it for months. And just this morning, at the Take Back America conference, I made it crystal clear: my position on Iraq is totally different than every other candidate.

I want to start bringing ALL of our troops home right now -- every last one.

While other candidates push plans to get troops out sometime in Spring 2008, I am calling for all troops out in 6 months.

And, perhaps more importantly, while every other major candidate voted for or supported recent legislation with loopholes that allow Bush to leave an indeterminate number of troops indefinitely in Iraq, I want ALL of our troops out -- every last one.

That means no airbases, no embedded soldiers training Iraqi forces, no troops in the Green Zone. Zero troops. I would leave the customary small marine contingent at the embassy, but if that became unsafe, then I'd bring them home too.

I've had my campaign set up a website with the sole purpose of generating the grassroots support needed to get our troops home:

And I hope you will join me.

Sign the petition calling on Congress to end the war NOW and bring ALL the troops home.

Here's the deal: over 70% of Iraqis want us out of their country. Over 60% think its okay to kill Americans. At the rate we're losing American lives, over one thousand American troops will be killed this year alone. In a war where our troops are the #1 target, who are the poor souls we'd choose to leave behind?

Every indication is that Iraq is not getting safer -- it's getting more and more dangerous. Waiting until September to act will only lead to more lost American soldiers. We must act now.

That is why I am calling on Congress to de-authorize and end this war BEFORE they leave for their summer break.

The American people are with me -- we want this war over NOW and ALL the troops out.

Now we just have to pressure those in power to do what they've been elected to do.

I have had it with cautious leadership -- we need bold action. Congress can end this war now -- but they seem dead-set on waiting until the fall to do anything. I see no reason to give George Bush any more time to come up with absurd excuses and stalling tactics to drag out this war any longer.

Thank you for joining me to end this war now, and bring all of our troops home.


Bill Richardson

Friday, June 15, 2007

Colorado Springs to host 2008 Colorado Democratic State Convention!

The 2008 Colorado Democratic State Convention will be held in Colorado Springs!

The Road to the White House will go through Colorado Springs!

The following is from the blog of Colorado Democratic State Party First Vice Chair Dan Slater:

Remember Weld County? Remember how they were so red for years that the election of Jim Riesberg to represent Greeley in 2004 was seen as a fluke by many? Then, do you remember how we held our 2006 State Assembly in Greeley? Maybe you didn't notice, but people came from out of the woodwork to help put on a great event in Greeley for us. Those volunteers didn't just go back home and sit in their easy chairs after the Island Grove Events Center was cleaned up. Instead, they spread out across the communities of Weld County and worked for victory in 2006.

Then, something amazing happened. Bill Ritter -- a Democrat -- won Weld County. Now, I'm not saying it was all due to that little soiree we held at Island Grove in May that did it. But I think most folks would agree that it helped.
Last night, the members of the State Party's Site Selection Committee made another historic decision: they are recommending that the road to the Democratic National Convention in Denver go through Colorado Springs. They are recommending that the road to the second Democratic United States Senator from Colorado go through Colorado Springs. To be fair, the decision was not easy. Broomfield Democrats put together an amazing bid; I was foaming at the mouth to be able to produce a state convention and assembly at the new Broomfield Events Center. But there were just too many advantages to going to El Paso County to ignore, and that's why the decision by the Committee was unanimous.

Here's some of the Party's press release this morning:

DENVER, Colorado

The Colorado Democratic Partys Site Selection Committee last evening unanimously voted to recommend that the 2008 State Democratic Convention and Assembly be held at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. The decision followed intensive work, including site visits, by leaders of both Colorado Springs and Broomfield to woo the Democrats to their respective communities. Pursuant to Party rules, the Partys Executive Committee will vote in July on whether to accept the recommendation.CDP First Vice Chair and Site Selection Committee Chair Dan Slater talked about the process. "The members of the Site Selection Committee have worked extremely hard over the past two months to ensure that every possible angle of these bids have been examined. While we were very impressed with the bid from Broomfield, in the end, the bid from El Paso County Democrats excelled in every area: technical, political, and in terms of community support. El Paso Countys Democratic Party has proven to be one of the most energetic in the state, and we are confident that they will be the ideal hosts for us in May of 2008."
State Party Chair Pat Waak praised the work of the Committee. "I am very pleased that we had such a hard-working group of people willing to work on this task. Im confident the Executive Committee will support their recommendation, and Im excited to nominate our next United States Senator in Colorado Springs." Waak said that the choice of historically-Republican El Paso County meshed well with the Partys "64-County Strategy". "Were competing in all parts of this state. Democrats have better ideas, are better organized, and have better candidates. To consistently win statewide, we have to be willing to take on Republicans everywhere, and were doing that. Colorado Springs is changing, as weve seen with the elections of Representative Michael Merrifield and Senator John Morse. Were proud to honor those changing dynamics by bringing the state to Colorado Springs next May."
This was the second time the Colorado Democratic Party had used a competitive site selection process to choose the site for the state assembly/convention. In 2005, the Party chose Greeley as its site for the 2006 State Assembly, and the resulting energy from that event is partially credited by many for Governor Bill Ritters historic victory in Weld County in 2006. The Site Selection Committee is comprised of 10 members, plus a non-voting chair, appointed by the State Party Chair. Of the ten members, at least one must come from each of Colorados seven Congressional Districts, guaranteeing geographical diversity. A Request for Proposals was sent out to each county Democratic chair in April, 2007, with Broomfield and Colorado Springs submitting bids in May, 2007.As noted, the decision has yet to be ratified by the State Executive Committee, which will likely be meeting on July 21 in Pueblo. But I'm hopeful that the Executive Committee will see the same advantages we saw and endorse this decision.
Dan Slater: "I had to drive through Colorado Springs to get back home last night. Since there was already a fundraiser for Representative Michael Merrifield and Senator John Morse going on, I thought I'd stop by and somewhat-informally congratulate the El Paso Dems on their success.
There just happened to be a reporter from the Colorado Springs Gazette there, and here's some of what is up on the Gazette today:
A site-selection committee for the state party unanimously agreed Wednesday that Democrats hold the partys 2008 state convention in Colorado Springs. The partys executive committee still must ratify the recommendation next month, but several sources said thats merely a formality. The May convention will be a two-day affair at several hotels and the World Arena, culminating in the expected nomination of Congressman Mark Udall as the partys U.S. Senate nominee. It is a separate event from the weeklong Democratic National Convention that will be held next summer in Denver. Still, the state convention is expected to attract 6,500 peo- ple, most of whom will come from outside the area, staying at city hotels and eating in local restaurants. No figures were available late Wednesday on the exact economic impact, but Mayor Lionel Rivera, who wrote a letter to support the bid, said Republican state conventions that have been here have typically filled all the hotel rooms in the southwest part of town. "Were going to play everywhere, including the reddest parts of the state," Dan Slater, chairman of the selection committee, told Democratic leaders at The Warehouse restaurant. "This county is in play." His optimism as well as the idea of a state Democratic convention in El Paso County would have seemed laughable in mid-2002, when no Democrats held local office and Libertarians put more candidates onto the ballot here. State Rep. Mike Merrifield, a Colorado Springs Democrat elected in the fall of that year, said he would have been "shocked" by such an announcement at that time. But local Democrats put together an enticing package this year, showing that hotels and the convention could be within walking distance of each other. They also emphasized the importance of El Paso County Democratic votes to winning statewide races. "Pretty clearly, the state party recognizes the tectonic shift thats occurring in El Paso County," said state Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs. A tectonic shift indeed. And we're just beginning...
As a resident of Colorado Springs, I am thrilled by this exciting news -- and I look forward to a strong show of support for Governor Richardson -- at BOTH of next year's Colorado conventions!!
Together, we're going to change America!
Richardson for President ~ I Believe!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mea Culpa

Hi friends -

I apologize for not updating the blog as often as I used to.

I've been insanely busy of late....

As many of you know, I'm the Grassroots Director for the Richardson Campaign in Colorado....a position and effort which is quite time-consuming.

I also have my other life and job as a writer...which is also very time-consuming as I'm currently at work on a number of different projects.

I'm also preparing the launch of an exciting new website and program for Richardson supporters across the country. (More details to follow soon.)

Additionally, I've been helping out my Dad, as he recently started a new job and needed my assistance with a few things.

I'm trying to do it all...and do it all well...but sometimes that's easier said than done, as there are only so many hours in the day. I promise to try and update the blog as frequently as I can....please forgive me, though, when I get a little behind.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

-- Michelle


Michelle Lindsey
Colorado Grassroots Director
Bill Richardson for President

The Official Colorado for Richardson Group - Join Today:

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Event with Governor Bill Richardson in Pueblo

Hi friends:
Here are the details on the event with Governor Richardson, in Pueblo, on Friday, June 8.
I will be in attendance and look forward to hopefully seeing some of you there!
If you plan to attend, please e-mail me at as I need to give the folks in Pueblo a tentative head-count.
-- Michelle
Michelle Lindsey
Colorado Grassroots Director
Bill Richardson for President


Please Join
Lawrence & Julie Anaya * Dr. Tom Autobee * Debbie Duran * Terry Hart
Deborah Kalb * Ray & Linda Kogovsek * Joe & Jim Koncilja
Del & Joyce Olivas * Bo, Gilbert, Diana & Rudy Ortiz * Jane Wilson
Wally & Sharon Stealey * Senator Abel Tapia * Ken & Gala White * Michelle Lindsey

For a cocktail reception with

Governor Bill Richardson
Candidate for President of the United States

Friday, June 8, 2007
Pueblo, Colorado

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Reception at the Koncilja Law Offices
125 B Street, Pueblo, CO
$1,000 – Patron * $2,300 - Leadership Circle

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch at the Olde Carriage House on the River Walk
102 S. Victoria, Pueblo, CO
$100 – Guest * $250 - Friend

To RSVP -- please contact Katherine Dey at 202-543-3182

Please make checks payable to Bill Richardson for President, Inc. and mail to
JYP Consulting, 303 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Washington DC 20002 or bring with you to the event. Contributions to Bill Richardson for President , Inc. are not tax deductible for Federal income tax purposes, and are limited to $2,300 per individual ($4,600 per couple) per election. Federal multi-candidate PACs may contribute $5,000 per election.
Paid for by Bill Richardson for President, Inc.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Events with Governor Bill Richardson - in Denver - June 7

Hi friends:

Here are the details on the two events with Governor Richardson, in Denver, on Thursday, June 7.

-- Michelle
Michelle Lindsey
Colorado Grassroots Director
Bill Richardson for President


Please Join
Polly Baca * Hon. Alice Borodkin * Joan Coplan * Tom Downey * Tim Kubik
Lawrence Martinez * Joelle Martinez * Ramona Martinez * Debbie Marquez
Bill Mitchell * JW Postal * Mike & Sara Stratton

For a cocktail reception with

Governor Bill Richardson
Candidate for President of the United States

Thursday, June 7, 2007
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
American G.I. Forum –Mile High Chapter
1717 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO
Sponsor - $250
Friend - $100

To RSVP please contact Katherine Dey at 202-543-3182 or


Please Join
Linda Alvarado * Steve Arent * Polly Baca * Rep. Alice Borodkin * Josh Brodbeck * Norm Brownstein * John Chase * Don Ciancio * David Cole * Joan Coplan * Rev. Patrick Demmer * Tom Downey * Richard Evans * Cole Finegan * John Frew * Bob Hanfling * Hon. Mark Hogan * Michael Huttner * Greg Kolomitz * Ramona Martinez * Lawrence M. Martinez * Bill Mitchell * JW Postal * Mark & Kathryn Raynes * Rick Reiter * Blair Richardson * Gil Roman * Alan Schwartz * Mike & Sara Stratton * Tom Strickland * Ted Trimpa * Jamie Whyte

For a cocktail reception with

Governor Bill Richardson
Candidate for President of the United States

Thursday, June 7, 20077:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Home of Blair & Kristin Richardson
1991 East Alameda Avenue, House #1
Denver, CO 80209


* $2,300 - Richardson Leadership Circle * * $1,000 - Patron *

To RSVP please go to click here or contact Katherine Dey at 202-543-3182 or
If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to make a contribution, click here.

Richardson leading Hillary in New Hampshire poll -- Go vote for our Gov!!

Friends and Team Richardson members -

New Hampshire's WMUR (one of the hosts of Sunday's debate) is running a poll on who won the debate.
Gov. Richardson is leading Hillary 32% to 30%!!! (and is far and away from the other candidates)

I know we've been madly passing the word on this all day - but let's stay with it!!

Let's win this one for Team Richardson!!!

Go to: and look for the survey, to the right of "Conversation with The Candidates" (half way down on the right). Go now and vote for our favorite Governor!!!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Debate Videos

YouTube videos of Governor Richardson at Sunday's New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate:

Campaign Press Release: Governor Bill Richardson Has Strong Showing in Second Democratic Presidential Debate

Official press release from the Richardson Campaign:
Governor Bill Richardson Has Strong Showing in Second Democratic Presidential Debate

Governor Richardson's strong and bold positions on key issues show the clear difference between real experience and political rhetoric

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE— At tonight's Democratic Presidential debate in New Hampshire, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson tonight firmly established himself as the candidate with the strongest positions on the key challenges facing this country and showed that he is the most qualified to be the next President of the United States.

"The other candidates have policy positions and Bill Richardson has real-world experience dealing with those challenges," said David Contarino, Governor Richardson's campaign manager. "Tonight he separated himself from the other candidates and showed voters in New Hampshire and across the country that he will be a strong and effective President that can bring this country together and restore America's standing in the world."

On Iraq:
Bill Richardson has the strongest plan to get US forces out of Iraq without leaving residual troops. Congress should vote, before the summer recess, to de-authorize the Iraq War under Article I and the War Powers Act and to withdraw all US forces- with no residual troops – within six months after that vote.

On Energy and Global Warming
Governor Richardson is calling for a "man-on-the-moon" effort, a ten-year intensive plan to reduce our dependence on oil by 50% and our global warming pollution by at least 20%. He is proposing tough fuels mileage standards for vehicles and incentives to stimulate production of more efficient and alternative fuel vehicles. The Governor also believes that a mandatory carbon emission cap-and-trade program will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The League of Conservation Voters calls Governor Richardson's plan the "most aggressive of all the candidates", and the Sierra Club says Governor Richardson has "raised the bar."
Health Care
Governor Richardson believes in universal health care to provide quality, affordable coverage for all Americans. His plan would give people the choice to keep their current coverage or obtain coverage through an existing, well-established program. The Richardson plan can be paid for without raising taxes and will not create a new bureaucracy. The plan will also ensure our Veterans have the quality health care they deserve by providing them with a Hero's Health Card, meaning they can get care at a provider of their choice instead of traveling long distances to the closest VA facility.
Governor Richardson was the only candidate to say he will make education a priority, including increasing teacher salaries (including a national minimum wage for teachers), access to pre-k for all four year olds, eliminating junk food from schools, mandating physical education in schools, and giving every American the chance to attend college or vocational school.
The Governor is very familiar with Sudan and the conflict in Darfur and believes the United States must lead the world in helping to stop the genocide that has already claimed more than 200,000 lives. The US must use every available diplomatic tool, including the possibility of the US boycotting the upcoming summer Olympics, to persuade China to pressure Sudan to allow UN peacekeeping forces into Darfur.
Governor Richardson believes in comprehensive immigration reform that includes dramatically improving border security, enforcing sanctions against employers that knowingly hire illegal workers, using diplomacy to engage Mexico, and creating an earned path to legalization for the 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, providing they meet strict requirements- passing a background check, learning English, paying fines and back taxes, and following a detailed application procedure. The Governor believes keeping families together must be a priority with any immigration plan, and he will not support any guest worker program that does not provide basic worker protections and could create a permanent underclass of immigrant worker.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

CNN: Richardson appears to be winning sign wars

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) — He may be fourth in most polls, but New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson appears to be winning the sign wars here in Manchester.
We did an informal count of the number of campaign posters and signs as we drove from downtown Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, to Saint Anselm College, where tonight’s debate is being held — and the winner appears to be the New Mexico Democrat.
There were Richardson signs on the front lawns of just about every house as we drove through a residential area right next to campus.
We’re giving second place in our informal poll to former Sen. John Edwards. There were a number of Edwards supporters posted at all four corners of a busy intersection about two miles from the debate site. And just outside of the school, there’s a large Edwards banner on an elevated platform machine.
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton apparently will not be out done. Just four driveways up the street from the Edwards banner, there was an even larger Clinton banner on another such cherry-picker machine.
There were a few Dodd and Biden signs, but we didn’t witness any signs or supporters for Sen. Barack Obama.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Awesome Daily Kos Diary

My friend Cara of New Mexicans for Richardson has a terrific diary up over on Daily Kos:

Please read and pass it on!!

Democratic Presidential Debate

Hi friends -

Just a reminder that the next Democratic Presidential Debate is tomorrow - Sunday, June 3.
The debate will air live (7:00 Eastern, 5:00 Mountain), from New Hampshire, on CNN.

Please watch and tell all your friends and family to tune in as well!

To join the virtual Richardson for President Debate Party please go here: