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  • Bill Richardson isn’t ‘Ready for Hillary.’

    06/24/2014 4:18:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor who held in two senior positions in President Bill Clinton's administration, was labeled a turncoat in 2008 for endorsing Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now, as Clinton weighs a second presidential run in 2016, Richardson wants the political world to know he's not on board -- yet. When I called Richardson last week soliciting his thoughts on Clinton's book tour, the first thing Richardson said was, "You know I'm not in the 'Ready for Hillary' camp, right?" "It's because of our differences when I endorsed Obama," Richardson said. "The differences haven't healed,...
  • Cruz-Derangement Syndrome: Not 'Touched by an Angel' But...Clipped by an Alleged Anglo

    05/08/2013 12:01:54 PM PDT · by IChing · 8 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 5/8/13 | Donald Joy
    The tawdriness of American identity politics reached a new low this week as former New Mexico governor, frustrated 2008 democrat presidential candidate, and serial corruption suspect Bill Richardson offered his take on the junior senator from Texas. On Sunday, Richardson was a guest on ABC’S This Week when he said that because Ted Cruz doesn’t support amnesty for illegal aliens, he shouldn’t be considered an Hispanic! “Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic,” Richardson said. Such a politically perverse statement reminds me of how a...
  • More Bill Richardson: Everyone’s misinterpreting what I said about defining Ted Cruz as a Hispanic

    05/07/2013 7:03:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/07/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via the Free Beacon. He says he didn’t mean Cruz can’t be defined as Hispanic, just that Cruz shouldn’t be defined exclusively by race. His problem is that he’s saying this against a backdrop of 25 years of liberals accusing Clarence Thomas of being inauthentically black because his politics are right-wing rather than left. And political operatives on both sides understand that if Cruz lands on the ticket in three years, attacks of this sort in ways subtle and not will be thrown at him. Peter Beinart wrote a piece for Newsweek this morning titled “Yes, Democrats Can Be Racist”...
  • There's Only One Response For Bill Richardson's Accusation That Ted Cruz Isn't Hispanic...

    05/06/2013 10:08:45 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-6-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Bill Richardson recently insinuated that Senator Ted Cruz doesn't really count as a Hispanic. See the story at Breitbart.There's only one response to this idiot.
  • Former Gov. Richardson on Sen. Cruz: 'I don't think he should be defined as an Hispanic'

    05/06/2013 6:42:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/06/2013 | Rick Moran
    Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has taken it upon himself to re-define an entire ethnic group. Speaking on an ABC News web chat following his appearance on "This Week," Richardson revealed a bigotry so deep and profound that it makes right wing anti-Hispanic loons look reasonable by comparison. And yes, Richardson is Hispanic himself. It doesn't matter. Bigotry is bigotry wherever it rears its head. And in that interview, Richardson took bigotry out of the closet and paraded it in front of anyone watching. From Brietbart: "I'm not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican...
  • Rep. ROHRABACHER (1999) -- How the Clinton Administration brought the Taliban to power

    09/28/2001 7:01:18 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 40 replies · 2,520+ views
    Senate testimony | April 14, 1999 | Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
    April 14, 1999, Wednesday COMMITTEE HEARING SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE ON NEAR EASTERN AND SOUTH U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS) HOLDS HEARING ON THE CRISIS IN AFGANISTAN  WASHINGTON, D.C. SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS), CHAIRMAN U.S. SENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT (R-MO) U.S. SENATOR GORDON H. SMITH (R-OR) U.S. SENATOR ROD GRAMS (R-MN) U.S. SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS (R-WY) U.S. SENATOR PAUL DAVID WELLSTONE (D-MN), RANKING MEMBER U.S. SENATOR ROBERT G. TORRICELLI (D-NJ) U.S. SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES (D-MD) U.S. SENATOR CHRISTOPHER J. DODD (D-CT) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA) THE HONORABLE KARL F. INDERFURTH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ...
  • Biography: Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/11/2006 10:39:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 3,423+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | September 12, 2006 | Farzana
    Ahmed Shah Masood (c. 1953–September 9, 2001) (variant transliterations include Ahmad, Massoud, etc.) was a Kabul University engineering student turned Afghan military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, earning him the nickname Lion of Panjshir. Various transliterations include: Ahmad / Ahmed / Akhmad / Achmad, Shah / Schah / Chah, Massoud / Massud / Massood / Mas’ud. Ahmad Shah Massoud was born 10.06.1332 (01.09.1953)[2] in Jangalak[3]/ Panjsher[5]as son of police commander Dost Mohammad Khan. At the age of five, he started grammar school at Bazarak and stayed there until second grade....
  • Bill Richardson: I’m “afraid” of Marco Rubio

    07/31/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies
    Univision News ^ | July 30, 2012 | EMILY DERUY
    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says that he is afraid of Marco Rubio’s ability to cut into President Obama’s Latino support. Richardson, a Mexican-American who ran against Obama in 2008 for the Democratic presidential nomination, said that the freshman Florida senator is one of the Republican Party’s fastest-rising stars who could make the GOP more appealing to Latino voters both in this election and in future ones.
  • Bill Richardson's Enron

    10/01/2002 1:26:11 PM PDT · by woofie · 23 replies · 331+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2002 | David N. Bossie
    <p>The story is all too familiar. Several months ago, before WorldCom and in the wake of Enron and Global Crossing, Peregrine Systems, Inc., a lesser-known San Diego-based software company, announced it had overstated its earnings by $100 million — while "independent" accounting firm Arthur Andersen was overseeing the books. Another corporation, another lie, and another investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department.</p>
  • Crony Capitalism and President Obama: How the System Really Works

    06/10/2012 8:50:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2012 | Marita Noon
    President Obama’s attacks on Romney’s record while at Bain Capital have opened the window on what is being called “Obama’s public equity record”—with Romney’s surprise news conference in front of failed solar manufacturer Solyndra and new campaign ads bringing the Obama administration’s record into the spotlight. Suddenly the “green jobs” record is being carefully examined and “giving taxpayer money to big donors, and then watching them lose it” is back in the news. In his book, Throw Them All Out, Peter Schweizer says: “These programs might be the greatest—and most expensive—example of crony capitalism in American history. Tens of billions...
  • Richardson Is Paid To Promote Listed Terror Group (Ex-NM Gov)

    03/10/2012 3:42:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Sat, Mar 10, 2012 | Thomas Cole
    Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is one of several former top U.S. government officials pocketing large fees to speak in support of an Iranian group that is listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. Richardson, a former energy secretary and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in Washington, D.C., in January and in Paris in February to call on the State Department to remove the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, from the terror list. During the ’70s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of...
  • Could Mitt Romney be America's first Hispanic president? (CNN)

    01/12/2012 3:23:34 PM PST · by DelanoSAlways · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ruben Navarrette
    San Diego (CNN) -- Mitt, we hardly knew ye. Or should I say, "primo!" As much as it embarrasses me to admit it, given some of his views and how he expresses them, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and I could be distant cousins. Romney's father, George, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and so was my grandfather, Roman. Que? You didn't know that Mitt Romney was half-Mexican? It's true. In fact, if he makes it to the White House, in addition to becoming the first Mormon in the Oval Office, he could also be the nation's first Hispanic president. Don't...
  • Chatty Richardson Mum On Fed Probe

    01/10/2012 8:26:26 PM PST · by CedarDave · 3 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Mike Gallagher
    This is the fourth federal investigation of former Gov. Bill Richardson or his administration ... One ended with no charges but a strongly worded letter that the state’s procurement system had been corrupted. It did cost Richardson a position as commerce secretary under President Barack Obama. A second investigation ended with two heavily redacted federal appeals court decisions and no charges. A third, involving state investments, entered the federal investigation equivalent of interdimensional space where we may never hear of it again. And now we are on No. 4, which centers on how Richardson and friends paid off a threatened...
  • Richardson Feels New Heat ( NM )

    11/30/2011 10:43:44 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    wsj ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2011 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    A federal grand jury is investigating former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson over possible campaign-finance violations stemming from his 2008 presidential run, including allegations that he arranged for supporters to pay off a woman who planned to say they had engaged in an extramarital affair... Several of Mr. Richardson's close associates have been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony
  • Feds Probe Richardson Campaign (NM)

    11/16/2011 3:20:14 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | Mike Gallagher
    A federal grand jury in Albuquerque is investigating former Gov. Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign for possible financial irregularities. The grand jury has been hearing testimony in secret since at least September, and a number of witnesses have been granted immunity, according to defense attorneys familiar with the general outlines of the investigation. Neither the U.S. Attorney’s Office nor the FBI would confirm or deny the existence of the latest investigation. But the Journal has learned that one area under scrutiny is whether money from campaign supporters was used to settle a threatened lawsuit against Richardson in the fall of 2007...
  • Richardson to leave Cuba bitter, with no prisoner

    09/13/2011 3:07:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies
    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he would leave Cuba after exhausting all possible avenues to try to win the release of a jailed U.S. government subcontractor, adding that he was treated so poorly he doubted he could ever come back to the island as a friend.
  • Bishops Back License Law (NM - Support continuing licenses for illegals)

    08/17/2011 12:58:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 17, 2011 | Dan Boyd and Rene Romo
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s push to repeal the 2003 law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses is generating opposition from the state’s Roman Catholic hierarchy. The state’s Catholic bishops, an active voice in many hot-button political issues in recent years, are urging Martinez and state lawmakers not to scrap the controversial law, contending it benefits public safety and the economy. A statement released this week and signed by Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces and Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, asserts the law leads to more drivers having auto insurance and allows immigrant...
  • Editorial: Do All Roads in N.M. Lead to Pay to Play? (More Richardson legacy)

    07/13/2011 9:40:53 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Wed, Jul 13, 2011 | ABQ Journal Editorial Board
    How does a company bidding on a $38 million state road contract end up with confidential documents regarding the job? Taxpayers deserve an answer if New Mexico wants its public procurement process to have any credibility. It is undisputed that FNF Construction, the second-lowest bidder and the company the Richardson administration tried to give the job of rebuilding 18 miles of Interstate 10 south of Las Cruces, got the internal documents. And, according to the story in Sunday’s Journal by investigative reporter Colleen Heild, they would have succeeded except that federal officials who held the purse strings balked at the...
  • NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, Richardson

    05/21/2011 5:58:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/20/11
    NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, RichardsonArticle by: Associated Press Updated: May 20, 2011 - 3:35 PM LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A New Mexico judge charged with bribery in a scandal tied to former Gov. Bill Richardson pleaded not guilty Friday, then was booked, fingerprinted and ordered to hand over his passport. State District Judge Michael Murphy is accused of telling a potential judicial candidate that if she wanted a seat on the bench she needed to donate to the Democratic Party through a political activist linked to Richardson. Allegations in a special prosecutor's report...
  • New corruption allegations in NM may involve Bill Richardson

    05/16/2011 2:52:42 PM PDT · by MAKOTHEDOG · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | May 15, 2011 | by Ed Morrissey
    Just when Bill Richardson appeared to be in the clear on corruption charges in New Mexico, new allegations of pay-for-play during his administration may envelop the former Governor again. A grand jury indicted a sitting district judge on charges of corruption for buying his appointment from Richardson in 2006, and a whistleblowing judge believes the rot went all the way to the top: Third Judicial District Judge Mike Murphy allegedly said he gave $4,000 to get appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Bill Richardson in 2006, and told several people that other judicial appointees had to give money as well....
  • Former Officials Didn't Pay Plane Bills (NM-Richardson out of state trips)

    05/04/2011 8:01:59 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 4, 2011 | Thomas J. Cole
    The high-flying administration of Gov. Bill Richardson left town without paying all its air travel tabs. Nearly $24,000 in bills for use of the state jet and other government aircraft still hadn't been paid when Richardson left office Dec. 31, according to the General Services Department. The flights were taken over several years, and one bill was 5 years old. The General Services Department has four airplanes and bills agencies for their use. On April 1, the department sent past-due notices to six executive agencies. The billings covered at least 15 round-trip flights between May 2006 and November 2010 and...
  • Bill Richardson: Osama bin Laden's death changes climate on energy

    05/04/2011 5:23:02 AM PDT · by library user · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | May 4, 2011 | by Robin Bravender
    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes that Osama bin Laden's death will spur President Barack Obama to promote climate change legislation. “My hope is that from this success in the foreign policy arena two days ago, that he will be emboldened to take once again to the Congress legislation — not just to increase a renewable energy standard — but climate change legislation that this country and the world need,” Richardson said Tuesday at a Climate Leadership Gala hosted by the Earth Day Network in Washington. Climate change legislation, particularly anything labeled as toxic as “cap and trade,” is...
  • Richardson records sealed for 8 years (NM - What's he got to hide?? /s)

    02/01/2011 7:35:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 31, 2011 | Steve Terrell
    About two weeks before he left office, Gov. Bill Richardson's staff handed over his office's records to the State Records Center and Archives. But there was one condition. Richardson agreed to turn over his records under the condition that for the next eight years, only four people would have access or be able to grant access to the documents — Richardson himself; his chief of staff, Brian Condit; general counsel Justin Miller; and scheduler Janis Hartley. Richardson's action is allowed under a state law passed in 1967, Records Center Director Sandra Jaramillo said ... Attempts to reach Richardson and his...
  • Gov. Martinez Unhappy With 11th-Hour Deal (NM-Richardson sweetheart union deal on last day)

    01/24/2011 12:47:48 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 22, 2011 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    Former Gov. Bill Richardson signed a contract with a child care workers union on his last day in office that the new administration says could cost taxpayers a half-million dollars. The contract covers an estimated 2,600 child care workers under contract with the state Children, Youth and Families Department to provide home care for the children of low-income parents. It sets up an arbitration and grievance process for child care providers who take state payments and establishes a system in which dues are deducted from paychecks and sent directly to their union. Martinez's staff contends the contract will require CYFD...
  • Spaceport America Faces Delays, Tough Questions (NM-Another Richardson Legacy Boondoggle)

    01/17/2011 8:28:06 AM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 16, 2011 | Colleen Heild
    Once aimed at completion last year, the $209 million taxpayer-financed project in the southern New Mexico high desert stands half-finished. In her first two weeks in office, a wary new governor sacked both the Spaceport Authority's board and its executive director. Records show the ambitious project launched under Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson has faced construction delays and a lack of planning. Competition from other states interested in commercial space flights continues to loom. There's also the prospect that the state may need to spend an additional $10 million to $20 million to build a second runway to deal with the...
  • The Audacious Deal that Didn't Get Done (NM-Richardson Corruption)

    01/13/2011 8:14:17 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Journal Editorial Staff
    Unsettling revelations about the Richardson administration keep coming to light even as the former governor eases back into private life. In the midst of ongoing federal investigations into pay-to-play allegations and insider investment deals involving the State Investment Council and the Educational Retirement Board comes word of a fishy deal that died thanks to some sharp-eyed former state staffers. What was afoot was a plan to invest $100 million of New Mexico taxpayers' money in a Baltimore casino deal. The arrangement included a familiar cast of characters — former State Investment Officer Gary Bland, Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer, and former...
  • Miss him? He's Back! (Bill Richardson)

    01/11/2011 6:31:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Roundhouse Roundup ^ | January 11, 2011 | Steve Terrell
    In his quest to become "anonymous and insignificant" former Gov. Bill Richardson today got himself appointed to be a "goodwill ambassador" for the Organization of American States. Secretary General (José Miguel) Insulza asked former Governor Richardson to assume once again the charge of Special Envoy for Hemispheric Affairs, a position he held from 2006 to 2007. The meeting gave the North American politician an opportunity to share with the head of the hemispheric Organization his gratitude for the trust placed on his experience, which will allow him once again to confront the challenges of regional migration as OAS Special Envoy....
  • Market 'wonder' granted clemency ( Eddie Gilbert and Bill Richardson )

    12/31/2010 9:12:39 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | December 29, 2010 | Steve Terrell
    An 88-year old commercial real-estate magnate — and Bill Richardson campaign contributor — convicted of embezzling and stock manipulation is among 19 people who received executive clemency this year from New Mexico's outgoing governor. Eddie Gilbert, who in the 1950s was called "the boy wonder of Wall Street," served two prison sentences for crimes committed in New York decades ago. A Richardson spokesman said Wednesday that Richardson's action regarding Gilbert is not an actual pardon...Richardson does not have the power to pardon federal crimes. The governor of New Mexico also doesn't have the power to pardon crimes committed outside the...
  • UPDATED: Hispano Round Table: Richardson Doesn't Speak for Us

    12/30/2010 6:45:45 PM PST · by CedarDave · 14 replies · 348+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 30, 2010 | Sue Major Holmes/AP
    The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico, representing more than 50 groups, unanimously passed a resolution saying the Democratic governor was "ruthless, dishonest, deceptive, dishonorable, contemptuous and abusive" toward their community, failed to create a promised state Department of Hispano Affairs, and misled prominent Hispanic groups with that promise. A spokesman for the governor, Gilbert Gallegos, said Richardson "will not lower himself to respond to such a ridiculous assertion." The resolution said the Hispano Round Table was making "a national and international call to censure Richardson." The resolution demanded he "immediately stop representing and speaking for or on behalf of...
  • A Pardon for Billy the Kid? Those Are Fightin' Words (NM-Richardson's last act)

    12/30/2010 11:34:29 AM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies · 22+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | * DECEMBER 30, 2010 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Billy the Kid was a killer and a thief. So why is the governor of New Mexico thinking of pardoning him? Because he was also a snitch. Stephanie Simon explains why New Mexico may give Billy The Kid a pardon for a crime he committed in 1879. Plus, President Obama may cut corporate taxes and why 2010 was turbulent for airline travelers. The outlaw testified against three men accused of gunning down a one-armed lawyer in 1879. Some historians say he would never have done so unless he had been told he wouldn't be prosecuted for some of his crimes....
  • UPDATED: DNA Computer Server Moved to Santa Fe (NM-Richardson's last gasp)

    12/29/2010 7:05:11 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
    Gov. Bill Richardson's administration and Gov.-elect Susana Martinez continued to play tug-of-war Wednesday over a state operation that is charged with processing DNA samples and maintaining related records on thousands of criminals across New Mexico. The incoming Republican governor, Democratic legislative leaders, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocacy groups and others have opposed the department's plan to relocate the lab.
  • State Fair Commission Takes Turkey Off Menu (NM-Richardson's last hurrah denied)

    12/29/2010 11:15:24 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Thomas J. Cole
    The State Fair Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, had been scheduled to consider an eleventh-hour, back-room deal enabling the Downs at Albuquerque to build a new slots casino. Craig Swagerty, general manager of Expo New Mexico, the agency that runs the fair, said the meeting was canceled because he didn't expect a quorum of commissioners to attend. Maybe commissioners realized the deal just didn't look good with Richardson leaving office Friday. The Downs and its officers — including Richardson good buddy Paul Blanchard — contributed more than $300,000 to Richardson's two campaigns for governor. Blanchard also was...
  • Web Post Sparks Rumor (No basis for Richardson replacing Hillary as SOS)

    12/28/2010 8:51:25 AM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 28, 2010 | Michael Coleman
    Whether he was simply ruminating to the world or had inside information, an Albuquerque pastor and freelance columnist sparked international speculation about Gov. Bill Richardson's next career move with an article suggesting the departing governor might become America's next secretary of state. Michael Williams, who runs a family counseling ministry in Albuquerque and pens occasional columns for the website Examiner.com, wrote a Christmas Eve piece saying that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was contemplating retirement and that Richardson is a natural replacement for her in the Obama Cabinet. What happened next shows the bizarre nature of information in the Internet...
  • (Video)Report: Hillary Stepping Down, Bill Richardson Taking Over State

    12/27/2010 12:19:57 PM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 28 replies · 2+ views
    A report says Hillary Clinton could step down as Secretary of State and would potentially be replaced by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
  • Scandals Dogged Richardson's Terms (NM-his hand in every pocket)

    12/27/2010 9:38:37 AM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 26, 2010 | Mike Gallagher
    Gov. Bill Richardson took the oath of office in 2003 under the shadow of two federal investigations — one involving national security and the other dealing with stock price manipulation. He leaves office this week with another probe lingering, this one into how the son of a good friend and political adviser made millions of dollars from state investments. In between, there was the investigation into allegations of state contracts for campaign cash that derailed his nomination to President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Richardson's appointments of political advisers, supporters and contributors went deep into state agencies, boards and commissions, eliminating the...
  • 'Richardson likely to succeed Hillary Clinton'(Coal in our stockings barf alert)

    12/25/2010 9:22:34 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 56 replies · 6+ views
    Korea Times ^ | December 25, 2010
    US “troubleshooter” Bill Richardson, who just returned from a trip to North Korea, is likely to be tapped to succeed Hillary Clinton to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Yonhap News Agency said Saturday citing a report. “Numerous sources are pointing toward New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as possibly replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2011,” Exminer.com said. The possibility is opening up, with some circumstantial signs backing up the view. For example, the current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, is suffering from heart conditions and she is said to want to spend...
  • Gov. Plans To Focus on Peace (NM-Richardson [Hurl alert])

    12/23/2010 10:55:03 AM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 23, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he will establish a Santa Fe-based international peacemaking institute after leaving office at year's end. Richardson, who returned to New Mexico late Tuesday after an unofficial mission to North Korea, told the Journal in a Wednesday interview that the institute will focus on brokering peace accords and rescuing hostages. The two-term Democratic governor has secured an office in Santa Fe's downtown area and plans to call the institute the Richardson Center for Peace and Dialogue. "It's not going to be big," Richardson said. "It's not going to be affiliated with anybody. It will...
  • 'Full report' sought from Richardson

    12/20/2010 4:06:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/20/10 | MATT NEGRIN
    Bill Richardson’s trip to North Korea isn’t approved by the Obama administration, but he’ll give officials a “full report” when he returns, the State Department says. The New Mexico governor is on a “private visit” to North Korea and “did not ask our permission before he went,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters on Monday. “We did not approve his visit
  • N. Korea says Richardson delivered 'present' for leader Kim Jong-il

    12/20/2010 10:01:00 AM PST · by FromLori · 43 replies
    YonHop News ^ | 12/20/2010
    - North Korea said New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson met Monday with a ranking official of the communist country to deliver "a present" for leader Kim Jong-il. A two-paragraph dispatch by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) suggested Richardson has failed to meet with the 68-year-old leader amid festering regional tensions.
  • Richardson in N.Korea, hopes to 'make a difference'

    12/16/2010 4:11:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/16/10 | Dan Martin
    Richardson in N.Korea, hopes to 'make a difference' by Dan Martin 1 hr 34 mins ago BEIJING (AFP) – Veteran US troubleshooter Bill Richardson arrived Thursday in North Korea, saying he hoped he could "make a difference" as Seoul announced plans for a live-fire drill on a key frontline island. Richardson's visit comes less than a month after the North sparked global alarm and racked up regional tensions with its deadly shelling of the South's Yeonpyeong island and revelations of an extensive uranium enrichment programme. South Korea on Thursday announced a major reshuffle of its military aimed to boost the...
  • Blitzer headed to North Korea (CNN's Wolf to tag along Bill Richardson)

    12/15/2010 8:47:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | Wolf Blitzer
    Blitzer headed to North Korea By: CNN’s “The Situation Room” Anchor Wolf Blitzer Beijing, China (CNN) - New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrived here just a little while ago - a short layover on the way to Pyongyang, North Korea. I am traveling with him covering his four day private visit to North Korea. I've been to China and South Korea - including the DMZ - but never to North Korea and am looking forward to seeing it.
  • New Mexico's Richardson confirms North Korea trip

    12/08/2010 1:45:03 PM PST · by jhpigott · 58 replies
    WASHINGTON | Wed Dec 8, 2010 4:03pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Wednesday he would travel to North Korea from December 16-20, hoping to ease mounting tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear program and belligerence toward South Korea. "I am increasingly concerned with the recent actions by the North Koreans, which have raised tensions and are contributing to instability on the Korean Peninsula," Richardson said in a statement, saying he was going as a private citizen. "I am not carrying any messages, but I want to be helpful during this volatile period," Richardson said....
  • Richardson Deserves Credit for Big Ideas (NM: semi-barf alert)

    12/07/2010 4:48:09 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 7, 2010 | Winthrop Quigley
    Any casual observer can easily see how [NM] state government is structured to prevent things from happening. And that is why, as his eight years in office wind down, I find myself, grudgingly, tipping my hat ever so slightly in the direction of Gov. Bill Richardson. For better and for worse, and, I have little doubt, motivated largely by his desire to be president, Bill Richardson changed a state that is designed to change only rarely. ... Richardson pushed through tax law changes, got the state Constitution amended by popular vote to increase funding for schools, established a Department of...
  • Richardson: No Furloughs Necessary (NM)

    09/01/2010 12:43:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 1, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    Gov. Bill Richardson has announced furloughs and layoffs will be avoided in the latest round of state budget-cutting, which takes effect today. Richardson's office just sent out a news release in which the two-term Democratic governor said he'll use $1.4 million in federal stimulus money under his control to help executive and judicial branch agencies avoid furloughs.
  • Gov.'s Approval Rating Tanks (NM-Richardson)

    08/29/2010 3:21:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 29, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    Gov. Bill Richardson's job approval rating has plummeted as he nears the end of his second term and nearly two out of three New Mexico voters think the state is on the wrong track. The Democratic governor's approval rating has eroded significantly in the last two years, a new Journal Poll found. The state has been hit hard by recession and budget cutting has followed. The administration has been clouded by investigations of pay-to-play politics. Just 33 percent of proven, likely voters surveyed statewide Aug. 23-27 said they approved of the job Richardson is doing. Sixty-three percent said they disapproved...
  • NM gov meets with lawman Pat Garrett's descendants

    08/04/2010 1:32:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies
    ap ^ | Aug 4 | BARRY MASSEY
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Descendants of frontier lawman Pat Garrett personally delivered a message to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that they're opposed to a posthumous pardon for outlaw Billy the Kid, who was killed by Garrett nearly 130 years ago.
  • Immigration: Richardson Sees McCain Going Squishy If Re-Elected

    07/07/2010 5:22:24 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Seriously: is Bill Richardson trying to wreck John McCain? Ask yourself: what would be the one thing most likely to undermine McCain with Arizona Republican Senate primary voters? Surely it would be the possibility that if re-elected, born-again immigration hawk McCain would revert to the squishiness that led him to collaborate with Ted Kennedy on a "path to citizenship" for illegals. Yet on this evening's Ed Show, that's exactly what the New Mexico governor—twice—imagined McCain might do. View video here.
  • Law in Arizona Causes a Split for Governors on Border

    07/06/2010 7:14:35 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 22 replies · 3+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 6, 2010 | Randall Archibold
    PHOENIX — For nearly 30 years, the governors of the states that line both sides of the United States-Mexico border have gathered to celebrate border bonhomie. They issue proclamations and pledges to work together, air grievances and concerns behind closed doors and pose for the cameras in symbolic showings of cooperation. But this year the 28th annual conference has collided headlong with Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, inspiring bitter recriminations among Mexican governors and rancor among some American ones.... Arizona Governor Jan Brewer happens by rotation to be the chairwoman and host of this year’s conference, scheduled for September at...
  • Bill Richardson "Kind of Sad About Arlen Specter"; "Surprised" by His Loss - Video

    05/19/2010 7:47:38 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 269+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 19, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson saying he is "kind of sad about Arlen Specter" losing the U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania to Rep. Joe Sestak. Richardson agreed that Specter's loss "surprised him," but said the country is in an "anti-incumbency" mood. Specter has no one but himself to blame. First he was a RINO, then he decided to be a complete turncoat. How can anyone be "surprised" he lost?
  • Gov. Blames Journal for '1 of Worst' Label (NM-Richardson)

    04/26/2010 1:14:43 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 420+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 22, 2010 | Micheal Coleman
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington chose New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for a dubious distinction Wednesday, naming him to a list of the nation's most unethical and incompetent governors. Richardson's office called the Washington, D.C.-based group's report on him "ridiculous" and cited the Journal as the culprit for his inclusion. "Governor Richardson has led the way for ethics reform in New Mexico," said Richardson spokeswoman Alarie Ray-Garcia. "It's also difficult to take it seriously, since it relies almost exclusively on the Albuquerque Journal as its source." The CREW group cited Richardson, a Democrat, for using state investments to...