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  • The Hard Line | Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson share their thoughts on the debate

    08/06/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    NewsmaxTV ^ | 8-5-2015 | Ed Berlinger
    Published on Aug 5, 2015 Commentators of The Viewers View, share their thoughts on the debate, why they feel Donald Trump will be our next president and what they feel about the state of the African-American community in America under the Obama administration.
  • Admiral: Carrier gap in Persian Gulf hinders war effort

    07/30/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Herosmith · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 30, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten and Chris Church
    WASHINGTON — A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration’s nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence — the first since 2007 — under intense questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the Senate Armed Services Committee weighs whether approve the admiral’s nomination as chief of naval operations. “Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir,” Richardson...
  • Rick Perry again asks state judge to toss indictment citing vague charges

    01/31/2015 3:14:50 PM PST · by SSS Two · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 1/30/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    <p>AUSTIN – Former Gov. Rick Perry again Friday asked a state judge to toss out the indictment accusing him of abusing his authority.</p> <p>Perry’s lawyers said the charges against the former governor were too vague and failed to allege a violation of the law.</p>
  • Report: Feds Cut Secret Plea Deal-- Protects Prince Andrew, Other Powerful Politicans From Charges

    01/05/2015 6:27:09 PM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    A secret plea deal for Britain’s Prince Andrew’s pal Jeffrey Epstein protected the prince and any other high-powered friends who may have used his alleged sex slaves, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. Federal prosecutors promised they “will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein” if the Wall Street money manager pled guilty to two relatively minor state underage sex charges that put him in a local jail for 13 months, the confidential plea agreement obtained by Radar says. A lawsuit filed by four women, who say federal prosecutors illegally ignored them and kept them in the dark...
  • Bill Richardson: Kim Jong Un a 'victim' of bad publicity

    01/03/2015 4:08:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a “victim” of bad publicity, according to Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador. “He has been the victim, Kim Jong Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention, with the Sony hacking, with [being] taken to the International Criminal Court by some U.N. countries, a number of other very destabilizing moves that he has made, shooting the missiles, nuclear testing,” Richardson said on Friday on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall.”
  • Taliban 'Could Cut Links With Al Qaeda'

    09/11/2012 3:33:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10th September 2012 | Sam Kiley
    The Taliban may be prepared to renounce terrorism and sever links with al Qaeda, accept a power sharing role in a new Afghan government and even tolerate American bases in their country, according to a new report. A panel of four experts from the Royal United Services Institute interviewed four senior figures - each one part of the "pragmatic" or "moderate" part of the Islamist movement - at a secret location in the Arabian Gulf. The four figures, among them two former Taliban ministers, a Mujahideen commander and a well-connected negotiator, surprised the experts by insisting that they had no...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • 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,...
  • Teen arrested in Scranton cabbie's murder

    05/24/2014 7:36:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    The Scranton Times Tribune ^ | May 23, 2014 | JOSEPH KOHUT, PETE CAMERON and DAVID SINGLETON
    As detectives escorted Aazis Richardson from Scranton Police Headquarters Friday night, he gave a simple explanation for shooting a McCarthy Flowered Cab driver twice in the back of the head. “That’s what I do to people that don’t listen.”
  • Ted Cruz’n on “Raw Brain Power”

    05/11/2013 8:09:40 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-11-2013 | MOTUS
    Hey, did you see what Senator Cruz tweeted out last week ahead of Big Guy’s “all-hat-no-cattle” trip to Texas? Here it is: That seems a little dismissive on Ted’s part doesn’t it? Even a little derisive? If I were Senator Cruz, I’d make sure all my tax records were in order: IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their exemption applications…in some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy… Yikes! That last part – about the list of donors - is a little disconcerting....
  • Carville's Panicked Dog Whistle to the Left: STOP Ted Cruz WHILE YOU STILL CAN...

    Commence w/ the Palin treatment, evilmonkeys! Some people might be startled to hear Democratic strategist James Carville out there on ABC's This Week (with fellow Clinton alum Stephanopouos) -the 'progressive' home field- praising conservative rising-star Ted Cruz up-and-down like this- yet it appears that's precisely the reaction he was looking for: 'I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years. I further think that he’s going to run for president and he is going to create something. ... I’ve listened to excerpts of his speech in South Carolina. He touches every button, and this guy...
  • How Cozy – Bill Richardson Works Both Sides of Ex-Im Bank

    01/08/2013 6:52:48 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    lonelyconservative.com ^ | 1-8-13 | Lonely Conservative
    Isn’t this just cozy? Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) is working both sides of the Export-Import Bank. Not only does Richardson sit on the bank’s advisory committee, he’s also a board member of one of its loan recipients. The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently steered hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans to Spanish green energy conglomerate Abengoa, which happens to share an advisory board member with the bank. The Ex-Im Bank approved a $78.6 million direct loan to Spain-based Abengoa in December. It also approved a $73.6 million direct loan to a wind farm in Uruguay, which...
  • Corruption Scandals Don’t Stop U.S. Reps from Winning Reelection

    11/07/2012 11:58:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 7, 2012
    Jesse Jackson Jr.’s victory in Illinois is the latest example of a congressman winning reelection under a dark cloud of corruption, illustrating that in some districts voters are blindly loyal to certain beloved candidates. Jackson, son of the famed civil rights con man with the same name, is not the only U.S. House member to accomplish this feat. We’ve seen this around the country in the past few elections, most notably in Florida and Louisiana. We’ll get back to those after going through Jackson’s remarkable reelection this week despite being out half a year with a mysterious “mood disorder.” A...
  • Playing politics with Benghazi

    10/21/2012 11:09:54 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-21-2012 | State of the Union
    Bill Richardson and Newt Gingrich on foreign policy politics and the WH response to Libya attacks.
  • 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....
  • How Democrats Say "Crony Corruption" in Spanish: Abengoa

    08/04/2012 8:09:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    town hall ^ | 8-4-12 | Marita Noon
    This chapter looks at the Spanish company Abengoa that received more than $2.8 billion in loans and grants—making them the second largest recipient of the $16 billion doled out through the DOE 1705 loan guarantee program. From the introduction of this serialized book, the thumbnail says: Abengoa has two solar projects: Solana and Mojave Solar. Solana’s Fitch rating is BB+. Just before Christmas, 2010, the company received $1.45 billion from the DOE for a solar thermal plant, to use parabolic trough technology in Gila Bend, AZ. Mojave Solar’s rating was BB. Yet the company received $1.2 billion in September 2011...
  • Ethics panel finds Richardson guilty, fines her $10K

    08/01/2012 9:14:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    The House Ethics Committee has found Rep. Laura Richardson guilty of violating rules that prohibit pressuring her staff to perform campaign work and personal errands and is recommending that the House issue a reprimand and fine her $10,000. The panel also found that Ms. Richardson, a Democrat from California, obstructed the Ethics panel’s investigation by altering or destroying evidence and a deliberately failed to respond to a subpoena for documents. The committee also said she attempted to influence the testimony of witnesses. Ethics Committee Chairman Jo Bonner, a Republican from Alabama, and ranking member Linda Sanchez, a Democrat from California,...
  • Texas is Rising (for Newt Gingrich)

    04/16/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    J Forbes ^ | April 16, 2012 | not stated
    The video says it all. Texas is Rising for Newt Grinrich.
  • 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...
  • Democrats Can Vote For Progressive Darcy Richardson

    02/04/2012 7:05:02 AM PST · by Son House · 8 replies
    Irregular Times ^ | 1/13/2012 | J. Clifford
    You may remember how, last year, the New Progressive Alliance burst upon the scene, with the goal of promoting a liberal candidate to challenge Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primaries. This month, they found that candidate. This week, the New Progressive Alliance endorsed the presidential campaign of Democrat Darcy Richardson. Darcy Richardson campaign button “Darcy Richardson is the best way for Democrats sick of the past three – and 30 – years’ needless compromises to register their dissent,” says the New Progressive Alliance. Unlike Stephen Colbert, Darcy Richardson is actually on the ballot – in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and...
  • 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...

    12/03/2011 1:47:43 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 9 replies
    National enquirer ^ | December 1, 2011 | DICK SIEGEL
    New probe into another failed 2008 presidential bid -- of New Mexico governor BILL RICHARDSON has a decidedly JOHN EDWARDS flavor du jour. He allegedly ponied up campaign funds to silence a woman’s affair claims.
  • 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...
  • Darcy Richardson Files in New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary

    11/12/2011 5:22:38 AM PST · by Son House · 15 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | October 21st, 2011 | Richard Winger
    As of mid-day, October 21, only two individuals have filed to be on the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, Barack Obama and Darcy G. Richardson. However, filing doesn’t close until October 28. Darcy Richardson is the author of six books, all non-fiction books involving U.S. political history. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and has recently worked in the financial services industry. He has extensive political experience, and he frequently blogs at UncoveredPolitics.
  • Rep. Laura Richardson (RAT-California) tries to head off ethics probe

    11/03/2011 6:28:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/02/11 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Rep. Laura Richardson tries to head off ethics probeBy JOHN BRESNAHAN | 11/2/11 11:42 PM EDT Rep. Laura Richardson is lobbying members of the House Ethics Committee in a last-ditch bid to avoid a formal investigation into allegations that she pressured her staff to engage in banned political activities while on her congressional payroll. The California Democrat sent a private letter to all 10 members of the secretive panel Tuesday, stating that she would agree to a minor sanction such as a public reprimand over the alleged violations. But Richardson urged her House colleagues not to move forward with a...
  • 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...
  • Ethics group calls for FBI investigation into Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)

    06/29/2011 6:51:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    An ethics watchdog group is calling for the FBI to conduct a criminal investigation into Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced Tuesday that it has obtained internal e-mails from Richardson’s office that the group says shows the California Democrat forced her congressional staff to work on and contribute to her campaign. Richardson denies the allegations.“Internal emails regarding a fundraising event dubbed ‘Democratic Idol’ show Richardson Chief of Staff Shirley Cooks told employees they were required to attend the event, wearing staff shirts embroidered with the phrase ‘37th Congressional District,’” CREW said in a statement Tuesday....
  • Ethics watchdog calls for FBI to investigate Rep. Richardson (D-CA)

    06/28/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    Allegations of ethics violations within the office of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) are worthy of a criminal investigation, a leading ethics watchdog group charged Tuesday. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the FBI to probe allegations that Richardson habitually threatened her congressional staff with their jobs if they didn't work on her campaign. “Rep. Richardson presented staffers with an odious choice: work on her campaign, or lose their jobs,” Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said in a statement. CREW says it also has evidence – based on internal emails – that Richardson's staff was asked to do...
  • Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations

    06/28/2011 11:06:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/28/11 | Jonathan Strong
    New documents disclosed in a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) appear to show California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson and her staff clearly violating congressional ethics rules and potentially federal law. The documents show Richardson using official taxpayer resources for political events, including fundraisers. “Rep. Richardson didn’t just violate House rules, she likely committed crimes,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director. In one instance, Richardson’s chief of staff, Shirley Cooks, told all of Richardson’s aides in an email from her official House account, “All staff are required to attend” a fundraiser held Sept....
  • Corruption investigations not slowing Richardson (D-NM)

    06/05/2011 11:53:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    AP ^ | June 5, 2011 | BARRY MASSEY
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The whiff of scandal cost Democrat Bill Richardson a job in President Barack Obama's administration. Now, the former New Mexico governor's political legacy are threatened again because of investigations into separate pay-to-play schemes, including allegations that campaign contributions influenced his appointment of judges. Richardson denies wrongdoing, as he did two years ago when he withdrew his commerce secretary nomination because of a federal grand jury investigation.
  • 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....
  • Richardson: Bin Laden death should lead to cap-and-trade

    05/04/2011 5:12:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Richardson: Bin Laden death should lead to cap-and-trade POLITICO Published 04:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 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...
  • 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...
  • Letter indicates Rep. (Laura) Richardson (D-CA) ethics probe

    03/11/2011 5:23:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | March 11, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A letter of resignation sent by a former staffer to Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Cali.) appears to indicate that ethics investigators are probing the Los Angeles-area Congresswoman -- a fact Richardson has denied to local reporters. In a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO, the congresswoman's former district scheduler, Maria Macias, reveals that she was interviewed under oath by ethics investigators, alluding to possible ethics and workplace rules violations. "The office does not comment on confidential personnel matters," Richardson spokesman Ray Zaccaro told POLITICO, who also declined to reveal the subject of the investigation, which is confidential under Congressional...
  • 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...
  • Richardson backs ElBaradei, Obama critic

    01/31/2011 9:02:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 01/31/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind Mohamed ElBaradei in Egypt on Monday, even as the Nobel laureate criticizes the Obama administration for its approach in the region. Richardson, who recently flew to North Korea on what the White House said was an unofficial trip, said on MSNBC that ElBaradei is the United States’ “best hope” to replace Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who he said he hopes “goes soon.” He acknowledged that ElBaradei, whom protesters have embraced, has been “taking shots at the United States.” ElBaradei told CNN on Sunday from his home that President Obama’s approach...
  • 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...
  • NM governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid (Glad we have no real issues facing us)

    SANTA FE, N.M. — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. As it turns out, the feud isn't completely over. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is considering granting a posthumous pardon to Billy the Kid, angering descendants of Garrett who call it an insult to recognize such a violent outlaw. Three of the late lawman's grandchildren sent a letter to Richardson this week that asked him not to pardon the outlaw, saying such an...
  • New Mexico Governor Considers Pardon for Billy the Kid

    07/30/2010 6:34:35 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 27 replies · 1+ views
    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is considering granting a posthumous pardon to Billy the Kid, angering descendants of Garrett who call it an insult to recognize such a violent outlaw.
  • 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...