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  • Darryl Glenn Looks for 'Labor Day Magic' - Colorado Republican has much ground to make up...

    08/30/2016 5:21:13 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug 29, 2016 8:42 AM | Eric Garcia
    The Republican Senate candidate in Colorado has been trailing Sen. Michael Bennet in recent polls but he is hoping for some "Labor Day magic." Darryl Glenn has consistently lagged behind Bennet by double digits in one of the few competitive Senate seats that Democrats are defending this cycle. Glenn won his five-way primary race in June after the campaign of former state Rep. Jon Keyser imploded. “I’m just not sure what happened here,” veteran Republican communications consultant Sean Duffy told The Denver Post. “You would think that a gentleman with his oratorical skills and background … you would think there...
  • Darryl Glenn explains 1983 assault charge that was dropped (Colorado)

    08/01/2016 4:53:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    KRDO News ^ | July 28, 2016
    Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn says he was defending his mother against an abusive father in a 1983 altercation that led to a misdemeanor assault charge against Glenn. Glenn, the Republican challenger to Democrat Michael Bennet, had previously denied he was arrested when asked about the charge by The Denver Post, which reported his statement on Thursday. The charge against the then-18-year-old Glenn was dropped. Glenn said he did not remember the incident until he spoke this week to his mother about it.
  • Are Republicans Writing Off Darryl Glenn’s Chances? (NRSC won't support conservative)

    07/02/2016 8:22:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    morningconsult.com ^ | 6/30/16 | Eli Yokeley
    Darryl Glenn, a tea party favorite, on Tuesday secured the Republican nomination for Senate in Colorado, one of the only places where the GOP thought it had a real chance to pick up a seat in 2016. But as the El Paso County commissioner makes his first run for statewide office – a challenging feat for even the most seasoned and well-financed politician in a purple state like Colorado – it is not clear that the Republican establishment is willing to give him a hand against Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. Senate Republican leaders instead appear to be focusing the...
  • This Conservative Insurgent Pulls Close in CO Senate Without Establishment Help

    07/01/2016 11:57:29 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1 July, 2016 | Phil Shiver
    After the establishment National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) showed favor to John Keyser in the GOP primary for Colorado’s Senate race, not many thought Lt. Daryl Glenn had a shot, except for conservatives. But he easily won the primary and now he’s within striking distance of taking down liberal Sen. Michael Bennet, all without aid from Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party establishment. The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) backed Glenn recently calling him a “truly exceptional candidate that will be a game changer for the country.” Now, in an email to supporters, the SCF says they’re internal polling has Glenn...
  • UNDER WATER: Bennet Not Even at 50 Percent Support in Denver Metro

    05/31/2016 6:10:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    According to a new poll by former Colorado Democratic Party Chair and pollster Floyd Ciruli (yes, Floyd, we know, you’re an independent now), embattled Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is flopping with Denver Metro voters. In fact, his approval numbers are at 49%. Ouch. ... The metro area produces more than half (56%) of the state’s vote and about 65 percent of the statewide vote for Democrats, so rolling out of those seven counties with a big margin is a Bennet priority.” If Bennet can’t even close the deal with the metro Denver voters – where he needs a large...
  • Labor Union Won’t Endorse Michael Bennet ( Colorado )

    05/25/2016 8:31:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 24, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Democrat under fire from supporters in own party. Sen. Michael Bennet was the only Democrat in Colorado not to be endorsed by the largest union in the state. The incumbent will not have the help of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this fall, as the union’s 130,000 members voted to not support the candidate over his positions on trade. ... many union members were unhappy with Bennet’s support of a measure last year that gives the White House more power to cut international trade deals. Bennet has already come under fire from Democrats for...
  • Bennet Touts Campaign Donor in First Ad

    04/08/2016 5:26:44 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/7/2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet’s first ad of the election cycle touts one of his campaign donors, the New Belgium Brewing Company. Bennet released his first television spot Thursday, which features the senator talking about beer and farmers. “They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or sometimes, these guys’ treasure,” Bennet says, pointing to a herd of cows. The ad then cuts to Bryan Simpson, who is only introduced as a “brewery worker” in Fort Collins. Simpson praises Bennet for working against a federal regulation of how breweries can sell spent grain, or leftover malt beer makers can...
  • SIDING WITH THE EPA: Bennet Votes for Waters of The U.S. Rule ( Colorado )

    11/05/2015 6:59:42 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | November 4, 2015
    While everyone was voting in Colorado elections Tuesday, scant attention was paid to how our U.S. Senators voted on a measure that is extremely important to our entire way of life. We'll give you a hint - it's water. A bill by our Wyoming neighbor, Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, would have required the EPA to rewrite the egregious Waters of the United States rule to give states and the agriculture industry more protection. WOTUS, as it's known, is the latest and worstest regulation issued by the Obama administration to regulate ponds and ditches in neighborhoods and farms as navigable...
  • D.A. George Brauchler opts against U.S. Senate bid (Colorado)

    09/30/2015 3:36:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Aurora Sentinal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt
    Republican attempts to recruit a well-known challenger for a Colorado Senate race suffered a setback Wednesday when a prominent prosecutor said he wouldn’t run against Democrat Michael Bennet. George Brauchler, lead prosecutor in the case against convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, responds to questions during an interview Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Brauchler said that the jury's refusal to sentence Holmes to die for one of the worst massacres in the country's history does not mean the public is growing wary of capital punishment because only a single juror blocked the execution. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Arapahoe County District...
  • Bennett ups his demands, as PM’s coalition-building goes to the wire

    05/05/2015 2:19:04 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/5/2015 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    ime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett were engaged in a game of chicken Tuesday night, with Bennett demanding a more prominent role for his party in the next coalition, and Netanyahu knowing that he has to tell the president by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday that he has formed a majority government. Bennett was said to be demanding the job of foreign minister or defense minister, and the post of justice minister for colleague Ayelet Shaked, with Uri Ariel also getting a substantive ministerial post. Reports throughout Tuesday said Bennett had “put his cellphone on Airplane Mode,”...
  • VICIOUS CYCLE: Bennet Angers Wingnut Base, Panders to Win Them Back, Alienates Moderates ( CO )

    03/30/2015 10:27:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 30, 2015
    Already pegged by The Hill as one of the most vulnerable U.S. Senators facing re-election in 2016, and the only Democrat on that list now that Sen. Harry Reid has decided to retire, Michael Bennet is still scrambling to consolidate his base. With his polling numbers hovering just above the 50% mark among Democrats and Democrat activists actively protesting his fundraisers, we cannot blame him one bit. Bennet’s latest pander was an amendment he introduced last week that effectively declared climate change to be a national security issue. While this might mollify the environmental extremists who comprise a meaningful spot...
  • 10 senators who could lose in 2016

    12/29/2014 4:26:06 PM PST · by george76 · 78 replies
    the hill ^ | December 28, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map. They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states resident Obama carried twice. Democrats won't have any red-state senators facing reelection and could be buoyed by a favorable presidential-year electorate. ... 1. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 3. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) 7. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) 10. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Bennett: Obama Administration 'Throwing Israel Under the Bus'

    10/28/2014 8:52:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10/28/14 | Elad Benari
    “The United States administration is planning to throw Israel under the bus,” Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday night, responding to harsh words against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu which were attributed to senior officials in the Obama administration. “Israel is stronger than all those who curse it,” said Bennett, after Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic quoted officials in Washington as having described Netanyahu as “chickens**t”, among other things. “The prime minister is not a private individual, but the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole. Serious curses such as these against the Israeli...
  • Oversight member on Lois Lerner: ‘Now I see why IRS is scared to give up emails’

    04/17/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 107 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-16-14 | Patrick Howley
    Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups. One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is “scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.” IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committee’s investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight. “The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party...
  • Jewish Home Unfazed by Lapid's Threat

    12/08/2013 12:45:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    The Jewish Home party responded coolly Sunday to a thinly veiled threat by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, to remove the Jewish Home from the Coalition and replace it with another party if negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) make progress. "The person who assembles the Coalition is the prime minister," said Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, "and he will decide who will be in the Coalition." When she was asked by Channel 2's reporter about the negotiations with the PA, Shaked replied, "As we have already said in the past, as long as...
  • Obama runs immigration bill from White House, according to new report

    06/16/2013 10:50:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/17/13 | Neil Munro
    The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker. “‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it,’” a senior Obama official told author Ryan Lizza for the pending article. White House officials also believe the emerging bill will be a huge success for President Barack Obama.
  • The IRS Ten: The New Keating Five

    06/13/2013 6:09:47 AM PDT · by joygrace · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.13.2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Nine senators, congressman follow pattern of S&L scandal: contributions and intervention. So here’s the formula. An independent agency of the U.S. government. United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor to said United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor who wants something from said independent agency. Add it all together and what you get is — The Keating Five. And the IRS Ten. Let’s start, by way of illustrating how the game worked, with The Keating Five.
  • Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS (pols sicced IRS onto Tea Party)

    05/15/2013 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 5/14/13 | BRIAN WALSH
    With Washington gripped by a trio of exploding scandals – from Benghazi to government spying on news outlets, to thug tactics by the IRS – Senate Democrats seem to be hoping that if they just yell loud enough, voters will overlook a key role they played in at least one of them. The pols quickly sensed the political toxicity associated with Friday's admission by the IRS that they selectively targeted conservative organizations for special government scrutiny, and so Democrats didn't waste any time springing into action. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, for example, vowed congressional hearings and...
  • IRS SCANDAL HITS CO: Did Sen. Bennet in 2012 Request IRS Target of Conservative Orgs? ( Colorado)

    05/14/2013 7:18:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 14, 2013
    Internal Revenue Service to investigate conservative groups? Was the IRS to read between the lines of his request? A keen observation by View from a Height blogger Joshua Sharf may have tied Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bennet, who now chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to the most recent Internal Revenue Service scandal. Late last week, the IRS came under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups, such as the Richmond Tea Party, for inappropriate intrusion into their business dealings. According to the DailyMail, the Richmond Tea Party received a letter in January 2012 asking that they complete a 55-question document that...
  • There’s no such thing as a free immigration amnesty ($6.3 Trillion)

    05/06/2013 9:00:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 5-6-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    Amnesty, and particularly citizenship, for people who broke the law to get here is bad policy because it rewards law breakers and advantages them over law abiders. It’s also very costly, as a study released by the Heritage Foundation demonstrates, The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer: Executive Summary Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue: Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Means-tested welfare benefits. There...
  • Denver Public Schools fixing out remainder of controversial 2008 debt deal (Michael Bennet)

    04/17/2013 8:28:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | : Apr 6, 2013 | Heather Draper
    Denver Public Schools has quietly put the rest of its controversial variable-rate bonds with swaps on the market to sell as fixed-rate debt. Five years after issuing a 30-year, $750 million school pension bond that turned into a financial quagmire for the district, DPS is selling $519.8 million in fixed-rate, refunding certificates of participation (COPs), set to price during the week of April 15, according to an announcement Friday from Fitch Ratings. ... DPS "fixed out" — or issued debt at a fixed interest rate — half of the original $750 million in debt in 2011, and paid nearly $42...
  • Why the Democrats' campaign man voted 'no' (DSCC chairman Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo))

    01/01/2013 11:28:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/01/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    **SNIP** “While I do support many of the items in this proposal – for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans – I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package,” Bennet said. “Without a serious mechanism to reduce the debt, I cannot support this bill.” “Putting the country on a sustainable fiscal path and bringing our debt under control is incredibly important to our economy and our standing in the world and is a top priority for me,” Bennet continued. “I remain committed to continue...
  • Mofaz: Following Orders Are Essential to our Survival

    12/22/2012 1:36:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Shaul Mofaz, Kadima chaiman responded to remarks made by Bennett to Channel 2 during an interview in which he said, "If I would receive an order to remove a Jew from his house and expel him, me personally, my conscience would not allow it. I would ask the commander for an exemption." Mofaz reacted, saying, "There is no place in Israel, not in the regular army and not in the reserve army, to disobey orders. One's political views should not affect his ability to perform a task. An evil spirit calling for disobedience in exchange for a handful of votes...
  • PM Hints at Disclusion of Bennett from Coalition

    12/22/2012 1:32:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu implied Saturday night that he would not include the Jewish Home party in any potential coalition in the next Knesset. In an interview with Channel 2, Netanyahu addressed Bennett's recent claim that if he were in the IDF and ordered to expel Jews from their homes, he would ask to be relieved from duty, saying, "This is very serious. The future of the country rests on the army and executing orders. I'm saying a simple thing: Whoever is adamant about refusing orders - will not sit in my cabinet." .....
  • Bennett: I Won't Evict Jews from Their Homes

    12/20/2012 3:56:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett was slammed on Thursday evening when he said during a television interview that he would not be willing to evict Jews from their homes. Bennett, who served in elite IDF units including Sayeret Matkal and continues to serve to this day as a reservist, said during an interview with the "Mishal Cham" program on Channel 2 that if he ever receives an order to evict Jews, he would ask his commander to release him from his position. Bennett said he would be willing to serve time in prison over this issue. "If I receive an...
  • Udall and Bennet Side With Obama on Key Energy Vote

    06/23/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Colorado Observer ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Stricherz
    Colorado’s two Democratic senators sided with the White House on Wednesday when they voted to affirm what one GOP senator called “the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.” The rule, which proponents say is necessary to limit harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants, but that opponents say will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket, narrowly survived an attempt at repeal yesterday. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet opposed a measure that would have overturned the controversial EPA rule. The measure failed on a 46-to-53 vote yesterday. ... Udall and Bennet joined seven other Senate Democrats from major coal-producing...
  • NO COUNTRY FOR OLD INCUMBENTS

    06/04/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/3/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    A storm is not a good time to be at the wheel of a ship and a worldwide economic disaster is not a good time to be at the wheel of the ship of state. Hard times are supposed to bring great men to the fore, but instead we have some of the sorriest men in history trying to find the wheel, sleeping off a bender in their cabins or debating whether a wheel even exists. Obama is bad, but he's not exactly up against rival statesmen. After parading around with a one-man cult of personality, launching international projects with...
  • Photo ID OK ( Colorado )

    07/12/2011 10:15:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | July 11, 2011
    WE BELIEVE it’s vital to maintain the integrity of our election system. That’s why we support laws that require photo IDs to be presented at the polling place. Carrying a photo ID has become a part of American life. You can’t cash a check, board a plane, enter a federal courthouse or even buy full-strength Sudafed over the counter without one. Yet it was disconcerting when 16 Democratic U.S. senators, including Colorado’s Michael Bennet, recently asked the Department of Justice to review new voter ID laws in six states. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder they claimed that...
  • Arrest Made in Threat on Sen. Bennet's Office

    01/10/2011 2:01:38 PM PST · by Washi · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Jan. 10, 2011 | The Atlantic
    A spokesman for Western Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) e-mails: We can confirm that there was a threat against Senator Bennet's office and that the FBI working with the Capitol Police have arrested the individual responsible for the threat. Per their advice, we are referring inquiries related to this matter to the Capitol Police. Michael has full confidence in the law enforcement agencies handling the case and remains focused on his job serving the people of Colorado
  • GAMES THAT LAME DUCKS PLAY

    11/30/2010 3:47:03 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 1+ views
    Noisyroom.net ^ | 11-30-2010 | AJ
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has presided over the Senate for the past four years and we’ve just learned today that his current Lame Duck session is “RIGGED.” Color me surprised! A hot mic picked up Senator Michael Bennet’s words… “It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.” Welcome to our world Senator Bennet. We’ve known for quite a while that our government apparatus is rigged. Take for example, the Food Safety Bill which...
  • Bennet wins in Senate race

    11/03/2010 7:25:44 AM PDT · by MissTed · 60 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 11/3/10 | Kevin Smith, Allison Sherry, Michael Booth
    Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will be elected to the U.S. Senate after pulling ahead of challenger Ken Buck this morning. Long after most Coloradans -- including the candidates and their supporters -- had gone to bed, returns from Denver and Boulder moved Bennet past Buck and into the lead, 47.5 percent to 47.1 percent. A recount would be required if the difference between the two candidates' vote totals is less than one-half of 1 percent of the highest vote total, or about 3,900 votes based on current tallies. Bennet leads by nearly 7,000 votes with an estimated 30,000 still...
  • A Disjointed Bennet (Colorado) Finally Goes on Radio, Asks for Votes, Cuts Call Short

    11/01/2010 2:52:07 PM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/1/2010 | Michael Sandoval
    In a rather disjointed and impromptu call, Sen. Michael Bennet finally joined the Peter Boyles program on the local morning talk radio circuit, asking to remind voters how important the election was and to get out and vote, while the host (Boyles) repeatedly asked him why he had not been available to talk on the program since his appointment to the U.S. Senate in January 2009. Via CompleteColorado.com, who grabbed the audio soundbite, the entire segment lasts less than three minutes. Boyle’s presses Bennet on his failure to appear on the show: “I actually didn’t know that ‘why now,’ just...
  • Michael Bennet tries to explain why he welcomed Obama in CO during primary but not during general

    10/28/2010 9:55:55 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/27/2010 | YouTube (CNN originally)
    Michael Bennet tries to explain why he welcomed Obama in CO during primary but not during general: Video
  • Sunlight Foundation: CO Sen. race ranks 2nd for outside money ( Karl Rove mentioned )

    09/26/2010 1:54:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Denver Post ^ | September 23, 2010 | Curtis Hubbard
    Colorado’s U.S. Senate race second in the nation in terms of the total spent by outside groups in support or opposition of the candidates... outside groups have spent $3.61 million in the Senate race that pits Democrat Michael Bennet against Republican Ken Buck. That total trails only the $3.65 million spent by outside groups in the Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak. Among those who’ve plunked down the most money are the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has spent $1.67 million going after Buck; while American Crossroads, a group backed by former Bush political advisor...
  • Bennet "Its of no interest to me" on Murtha airport boondoggle

    09/16/2010 6:41:49 AM PDT · by TexasGunRunner · 1 replies
    Red State ^ | 15 Sep 2010 | Erik Erickson
    Ken Buck and Michael Bennet had a debate the other day. Ken Buck posed a simple question to Bennet: Did you vote for $1.5 million for an airport named after Jack Murtha that serves no more than 20 passengers a day? Bennet’s answer? Yes, “but it certainly was not of interest to me.” Buck replies, “I think $1.5 million is certainly of interest to all of us.” Link to YouTube of 40 second clip:Ken Buck Gets the Truth From Michael Bennet on His Concern for Earmarking Link to YouTube video of ABC expose of Murtha airport boondoggleABC News: Murtha Airport...
  • Romanoff and Clinton roar back in the battle of presidential robo-calls ( CO )

    08/10/2010 7:38:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Denver Post ^ | August 9, 2010 | Michael Booth
    Andrew Romanoff entered the presidential robo-calls/appearances derby today, with a late entry from former President Bill Clinton. Clinton also brought up a fairly unexplored topic in this campaign, mentioning Romanoff as “the top-line candidate.” Tuesday’s results in Colorado may well turn up an indicator of how much Democratic candidates want to be seen with Obama for the general election campaign.
  • Colorado Senate: GOP Hopefuls Remain Slightly Ahead(Buck 48% Bennett 39%; Norton 47% Bennett 40% )

    07/20/2010 4:37:35 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 13, 2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    The top Republican contenders continue to hold modest leads in the race for the U.S. Senate in the toss-up state of Colorado, with county prosecutor Ken Buck now running slightly stronger than former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton against the top Democratic hopefuls. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado finds Buck earning 48% support against incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennett who gets 39% of the vote. If former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is his Democratic opponent, Buck leads by a narrower 47% to 42% margin. A month ago, Buck posted a 46% to 41% lead over...
  • Sen. Bennet Boots Intern Over Fund-Raising Pitch ( Pay to Play )

    07/11/2010 9:23:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    wsj ^ | July 8, 2010 | Stephanie Simon and Brody Mullins
    Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign said today that it dismissed a summer intern who allegedly told a person seeking to talk to the senator about pending legislation that she could secure a one-on-one meeting for a $2,400 donation. “With a donation of $2,400 or more,” Garofano allegedly wrote, activists pressing for the fuel-standards bill “can schedule a one-on-one hour long meeting with the Senator.” Hosting “an event for $5,000 or more,” the email said, would offer “a better chance to lobby Michael.” Bennet, a Democrat, was appointed to his seat last year and is now running his first-ever political campaign....
  • Clinton Endorses Romanoff Over Incumbent Bennet

    06/29/2010 6:36:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | June 29, 2010 | Kyle Trygstad
    Throwing a wrench in the gears of Democrats pushing the candidacy of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Bill Clinton today endorsed Bennet's primary challenger, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The move solidifies the fact that Clinton and Democratic leadership in Washington are not always on the same page. The White House is so firmly in support of Bennet that it discussed other potential jobs in Washington with Romanoff that he could explore instead of running for Senate. "Colorado is far better off today because of Andrew Romanoff's leadership. America will be too," Clinton writes in an email to supporters titled,...
  • Sen. Bennet: I knew White House urged Romanoff not to run

    06/12/2010 7:26:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 437+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/10 | J. Taylor Rushing -
    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was aware the White House had urged Andrew Romanoff not to challenge him in a primary. Bennet told The Hill he knew beforehand that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina had reached out to Romanoff in hopes of avoiding a primary challenge to the incumbent Bennet. “Yeah, I was aware,” Bennet said. “Right.” Romanoff, a former state House speaker, attracted headlines recently by stating he was contacted by Messina last September with various job offers... The White House also contacted Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in hopes of avoiding a primary...
  • An Uncomfortable Robert Gibbs Refuses to Answer Questions on Sestak Job Offer - Video

    05/20/2010 6:26:45 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 703+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 20, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refusing to answer a question as to whether Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a job by the Obama Administration in order to get him to drop his run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against Sen. Arlen Specter. Gibbs hemed and hawed, but would not really give an answer.
  • Sen. Bob Bennett Ousted at Utah GOP Convention

    05/08/2010 10:50:23 PM PDT · by rxsid · 41 replies · 1,499+ views
    newsmax ^ | 5/8/2010 | newsmax
    "Sen. Bob Bennett Ousted at Utah GOP Convention SALT LAKE CITY – Republican Sen. Bob Bennett was thrown out of office Saturday by delegates at the Utah GOP convention in a stunning defeat for a once-popular three-term incumbent who fell victim to a growing conservative movement nationwide. Bennett's failure to make it into Utah's GOP primary — let alone win his party's nomination — makes him the first congressional incumbent to be ousted this year and demonstrates the difficult challenges candidates are facing from the right in 2010. "The political atmosphere obviously has been toxic and it's very clear that...
  • Romanoff wins Denver caucuses, other counties still out

    03/16/2010 8:45:48 PM PDT · by UAConservative · 6 replies · 626+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 16, 2010 | John Ingold and Jessica Fender
    Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has opened up a sizable lead over incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in preliminary results from Democratic caucus straw polls this evening. Romanoff scored the biggest coup of the night so far when he decisively won the preference polls taken in Denver precincts, 60 percent to 35 percent. That has helped him for the present to push away from Bennet in what had been a neck-and-neck contest during the night's earliest returns. Results from some of the state's largest counties — including Boulder, Jefferson and Arapahoe — are still to be reported, though. And...
  • TPM: Polis pushed Bennet to circulate public option letter

    02/28/2010 8:31:49 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 342+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | February 26, 2010 | Michael Riley
    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has received plenty of attention — and from progressive groups, plenty of praise — for authoring a letter pushing Democratic leaders to save the public option through a parliamentary maneuver known as reconciliation. He mentioned the letter in a missive to supporters citing differences with primary opponent Andrew Romanoff But according to a report this week on the liberal blog TalkingPointsMemo.com (TPM), the idea belonged less to Bennet then to his House colleague, Jared Polis (D-Boulder), who worked out the strategy with a coalition of progressive groups hoping to revive the government-run health insurance option.
  • (D-CO) Bennet willing to sacrifice seat over health vote

    11/22/2009 1:06:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 114 replies · 2,748+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/22/2009 | Josh Gerstein
    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Sunday that he will vote for landmark health care reform legislation even if it means he will be defeated at the polls next November. "If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you, if you support that bill, you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job? " CNN's John King asked Bennet on the "State of the Union" program. "Yes," said Bennet, a former Denver public schools chief who was appointed to the Senate...
  • Loose Lips, Pink Slips?

    11/22/2009 12:22:26 PM PST · by Stoutcat · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 11-22-09 | Stoutcat
    Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) lays it on the line: [see video] He doesn’t care what his constituents want, he’s going to toe the Democrat line, even if it means he loses his job in 2010. That said, I have to admire Sen. Bennet; at least he has the courage of his (party’s) convictions, and is willing to say so, with no ambiguity or equivocation. Asked a direct yes-or-no question, he simply answers “No.” We could wish for that same simplicity from the rest of our elected officials...
  • Rasmussen 2010 Colorado Senate Poll: Norton (R) 45%, Bennet (D) 36%

    09/16/2009 3:41:56 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 42 replies · 1,999+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 9/16/09
    Next year’s U.S. Senate race in Colorado is a lot more crowded this week, and incumbent Michael Bennet has some serious competition on hand. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Colorado voters finds Bennet trailing former Republican Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton 45% to 36%. Norton formally announced her candidacy on Tuesday. In that contest, seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and 12% are undecided. Another newcomer, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, is expected to announce his candidacy today (Wednesday), challenging Bennet for the Democratic Senate nomination next year. In a match-up with Norton, the highest profile Republican...
  • Election 2010: Colorado Senate Race

    09/11/2009 2:48:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 544+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 10, 2009
    Senator Michael Bennet finds himself in a toss-up with two potential Republican challengers, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Bennet ahead of Buck 43% to 37%. With Frazier as the opponent, Bennet is essentially even... Any incumbent who polls less than 50% is considered potentially vulnerable. Polling released earlier showed that the Colorado Governor’s race is also potentially competitive in 2010.
  • Gun-Shy

    07/24/2009 7:02:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,942+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2009 | Dana Milbank
    How do you outgun the NRA? Very, very carefully. Mark Pryor knows all about that. The Democratic senator from pro-gun Arkansas was nowhere to be seen on the Senate floor during Wednesday's showdown over a proposal, championed by the National Rifle Association, that would have gutted state gun-control laws across the nation. Toward the end of the vote, Pryor entered the chamber through the back door, took a few steps inside, flashed a thumbs-down to the clerk, and retreated as fast and furtively as somebody dodging gunfire. Several minutes later, the Democrats had racked up more than enough votes to...
  • Michael Bennet's donors deliver ( Colorado Senate race )

    05/26/2009 6:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 637+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 05/26/2009 | Burt Hubbard
    Michael Bennet's record U.S. Senate fundraising pace is built on out-of-state donations, Colorado donors concentrated in Denver, and well-heeled associates from his past endeavors in politics and business. It's a tried-and-true formula for neophyte politicians, especially those in swing states defending Senate seats where the price of victory may be more than $10 million. A Denver Post analysis of the $1.4 million the Democrat raised in the first three months of 2009 showed: • Less than half of the $1.1 million he raised from individual contributors came from Colorado. He received more than $100,000 from donors in New York, Washington,...