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  •  I wondered about Richardson's response to the (5+ / 0-)

    voting issue and recounts.  I had thought that with a dem gov there would be an opportunity to check out the voting fraud in its entirety.  Turns out that Richardson might as well have been Blackwell.  He blocked recounts and inquiries at every turn.  So tell me, how much did he get in funding from the touch screen companies?

    •  Richardson = Blackwell? (7+ / 0-)

      That's taking it a little far.  Richardson, after all, has a PAC which concentrates on registering Hispanic and Native American voters.  

      But he did drop the ball on the election recounts.  Some people will NEVER forgive him for that.  Others, like me, just end up being less than enthusiastic about him, while recognizing his strengths.  (He is pretty good on international diplomacy, for one obvious example.  His worst day is way better than Condi's best on that score...)

      He wasn't very actively interested in the bills for voting reform either, which were mainly pushed through by grassroots work.  But now that it's passed, he jumps to the front of the line to take credit for it.

      Sigh.

      •  I've read accounts... (3+ / 0-)
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        Cho, CalNM, la urracca

        Here on dKos from frustrated election protection activists who said that they worked hard (without success) to dissuade Richardson and the NM SoS from aquiring software like GEMS and machines from Diebold, ES&S, etc. —  I'd like to see if I can find some of those comments (or diaries).  They were further frustrated when Richardson blocked the Kerry v. Bush recount.  It is interesting to see him claim to be a "leader" in the area of election protection — interesting, but not at all surprising.

        I too am from New Mexico, and am most certainly an Anyone But Richardson kind of Kog.  I've noticed your amazing restraint in that regard.  I on the other hand, felt so completely betrayed by the man who is now Governor, that I often feel compelled to warn folks to look at him very closely before jumping on the band wagon.

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        peace

        •  I reserve my "assertive" criticism... (5+ / 0-)
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          Cho, peace voter, CalNM, Dallasdoc, la urracca

          ...for the other side of the aisle.  Most visibly, the anti-Pombo campaign.  Also, I am - for the most part - a fan of understatement.  I am not wild about Richardson, but I think his odds of actually being nominated as being quite small.  So I don't worry too much about it.

        •  three like-minded newmexicans (4+ / 0-)

          I'm not enthusiastic about Richardson, either. Blocking the vote recount, taking credit where not due, persecuting Wen Ho Lee, staged photo ops in the Valle Vidal; etc.

        •  Amen to that, Peace Voter (0+ / 0-)

          and I don't discount the threat of the DLC loving Big Bill Bloozy. His strategy is to hope the big 2/3 knock each other out leaving him an opening with his "great credentials." Any one look up his voting record when he was on the hill? I reckon I'll have to one of these days.

          He has recently shown up after a brief absence looking many pounds thinner  --  liposection anyone? He talks about having tried many diets that just havn't worked but nary a word of what worked this time.

          PELOSI '07 'cause we can't wait until '08

          by samddobermann on Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 03:31:24 AM PST

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    •  good question (4+ / 0-)

      " So tell me, how much did [Richardson] get in funding from the touch screen companies?"

      — glitterscale

      I'd love to know the answer.

      Soon after Patricia Madrid was elected as NM Attorney General, she removed the State of New Mexico as a plaintiff in a lawsuit which, if successful, would have compelled the EPA to perform an independent assessment of the radioactive dump for plutonium contaminated nuclear weapons waste located near the Carlsbad National Caverns.

      I was dismayed.  I went to the offices of the Secretary of State to review the records which listed her campaign contributors.  Just as I anticipated, I found name after name of contributors who worked for the Department of Energy or for the primary contractor for the radioactive dump or business people who in some way profitted through the project.

      Sad but true.  Until we have public financing of campaigns we'll have the best government that big corrupt money can buy.  We'll have politicians who answer to the special interests instead of looking out for the people they are supposed to serve.

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