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  • Congress looks into New England power outages

    04/26/2012 6:27:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Although lawmakers wanted information on what is wrong with New England's aging electric power grid, they heard from a Connecticut utility Thursday about what that utility is doing right. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he called for the hearing because of the electricity outages in New England last year caused by bad weather and an emerging pattern in the United States of more frequent and stronger storms. "We know that there will be another storm that will knock down our power lines," Bingaman said. Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to...
  • Bingaman Senate career shows how to get rich in public service

    05/13/2011 6:08:21 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5/12/2011 | Ron Arnold
    But why does the chairman of Energy and Natural Resources own substantial stock in General Electric, Arch Coal, and oil companies like Occidental, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Concho Resources, among others? And mining giants Freeport McMoran, and Barrick Gold? And why does a Finance Committee member own stock in Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and many more? And why does a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee own stock in pharmaceuticals like Merck, Abbott Laboratories, startup research labs and many more?
  • Pearce Calls on New Mexico Republicans to Take Thoughtful Approach to 2012 US Senate Race

    02/23/2011 5:54:41 PM PST · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    People for Pearce ^ | February 23, 2011 | Steve Pearce
    Text of email sent to supporters this p.m. (not yet on website): Friends, Like everyone else, I was surprised by Senator Bingaman's decision to retire. He served us well and we need to thank him for his service. The retirement of a Senator causes a huge political vacuum in any state and is magnified in less densely populated states like New Mexico. The selection of a candidate needs to be a well thought out decision that is the culmination of much input from family, various leaders and organizations around the state. During the last two days I have talked to...
  • Another senator planning to retire [Jeff Bingaman, (D-NM)]

    02/18/2011 11:05:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE — As Senator Jeff Bingaman shook hands of those congratulating him on his years of service, he turned to the crowd and said: “Sure seems like a wake in here, doesn’t it?’’ The 67-year-old Democrat announced yesterday that he would retire after the end of his current term, which ends in two years. The decision was the latest in a string of departures to hit congressional Democrats as they head to the 2012 elections.....
  • Bingaman retires, Napolitano out in 2012 Senate contests

    02/18/2011 2:24:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    First, the bad news for Democrats. Another seat that they hoped to defend with a relatively moderate incumbent will instead go open in a state that has grown more Republican. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will end his Senate career at four terms: Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, announced Friday he will not seek a fifth term. The New Mexico Democrat’s announcement complicates the efforts of Democrats to hold the Senate’s majority in 2012. In 2008, Democrats won the other New Mexico Senate seat when Tom Udall won the open seat from retiring Republican incumbent...
  • Jeff Bingaman to Retire (and another one bites the dust)

    02/18/2011 11:04:07 AM PST · by bilhosty · 10 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 2/18/11 | Erin McPike
    New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman will announce his retirement today, Democratic sources confirmed. Bingaman, who is serving his fifth term, is among the most senior Democrats in the Senate. He also serves as chair of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson has shown interest in running for the New Mexico Senate seat in 2012, and some reports suggest her candidacy would be contingent on Bingaman's decision. Wilson lost a Republican Senate primary in 2008 to Congressman Steve Pearce. Pearce subsequently lost the race to now Democratic Sen. Tom Udall and has since returned...
  • AP sources: Democratic Sen. Bingaman to retire

    02/18/2011 10:11:14 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic officials say Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico intends to retire next year rather than seek a new term. Bingaman would be the latest in a string of departures to hit Democrats as they look ahead to the 2012 election season.
  • Bingaman safe, Johnson Dems’ only threat in open seat race (NM - US Senate, PPP [Demo] pole)

    02/09/2011 9:42:55 AM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | February 8, 2011 | Public Policy Polling
    New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman generally cruises to re-election, and if he chooses to go for a sixth term, he would start off as a heavy favorite. But there has been some speculation he will instead retire. In his stead, Democrats should still be in strong shape to hold his seat unless popular former Governor Gary Johnson declines a run for president to make a bid for Congress’ upper chamber instead. With a 56-27 approval-disapproval margin, Bingaman is more popular at home than all but four of the 77 colleagues which PPP has measured in the last year or so....
  • Sen. Bingaman is making a big mistake with his dangerous wilderness bill

    11/25/2010 7:56:20 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/25/2010 | Ron Arnold
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman is being called our worst border security threat. Angry Dona Ana County residents have branded the New Mexico Democrat's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act as "Bingaman's Bandit Boulevard" for proposing a 50-mile-long safe haven for Mexican drug runners -- and worse. John Hummer, former chairman of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, reminded his community of the no-motorized-vehicle clause in wilderness laws. The Border Patrol can't patrol.... A U.S. Border Patrol document obtained by The Examiner shows the nationality and number of OTMs arrested last year. A few samples: Afghanistan (12); Indonesia (95); Iran (42); Iraq...
  • Auto IRAs a Smart, But Depressing, Choice

    09/08/2010 11:41:26 AM PDT · by Rogle · 6 replies
    Jeff Bingaman (D NM) plans to require employers to set up automatic IRAs for their employees — who would be required to "opt out" if they don't want to participate Snip which targets businesses with 10 or more full-time employees that don't already offer a 401(k) or other qualified retirement program Snip Under Bingaman's plan, prompted by the Obama administration, employees would be automatically enrolled in an Individual Retirement Account, with at least 3 percent of their wages going into it. They could opt out. Their employer would get a tax break equal to the cost of administering the program.
  • Wilderness bill puts Teague in a tough spot

    08/04/2010 8:36:43 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 7 replies
    New Mexico Politics ^ | 8/4/2010 | Heath Haussamen
    The Dońa Ana County wilderness bill that New Mexico’s U.S. senators and local activists are trying to push through Congress before the end of the year puts U.S. Rep. Harry Teague in a very tough political spot. The Democratic is in a difficult re-election battle against former GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. It’s a Republican-leaning district in a Republican leaning year, and Pearce already has an advantage.
  • Fine: Lehman Brother's, others drove oil barrel prices up

    07/17/2010 1:27:05 PM PDT · by greenwill · 19 replies · 4+ views
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | 1/09 | Daniel Fine
    The sudden crash in oil prices might be the smoking gun that shows speculation, rather than supply and demand, drove the huge run-up in oil futures last year.
  • US senator likens oil spill to Titanic as hearings open (Gasbags grill BP execs, invoke Challenger)

    05/11/2010 9:35:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 432+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/10 | Olivier Knox
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A leading US senator blamed "a cascade of failures" Tuesday for a disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill and likened the crisis to the sinking of the Titanic and space shuttle Challenger explosion. Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman, leading the US Congress' first hearing into the catastrophe, also warned against "snap judgments" like ceasing all offshore drilling or shrugging off the crisis and pursuing business as usual. "If this is like other catastrophic failures of technological systems in modern history -- whether it was the sinking of the Titanic, Three Mile Island, or the loss of the Challenger...
  • Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare

    09/30/2009 12:01:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies · 2,380+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/30/2009 | Jeffrey Young
    Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs. Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits. Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote. The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants...
  • Bingaman Says Health Bill Vote Maneuver Is OK (NM)

    08/27/2009 9:03:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies · 1,288+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 25, 2009 | Michael Coleman
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Monday that he would support using a controversial budget maneuver called reconciliation to pass a major overhaul of health care policy this year if the Senate can't reach a bipartisan deal. The New Mexico Democrat, speaking to an audience of about 200 at a forum in Albuquerque, said he would prefer to pass a bill supported by both Democrats and Republicans. But he said he would vote to use the annual budget reconciliation bill — which requires only 51 votes in the Senate and is not subject to a filibuster — if that is the only...
  • New Mexico Dem Sen. Bingaman Hears Constituents Sound Off Against ObamaCare - Video 8/18/09

    08/19/2009 9:33:05 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 367+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of New Mexico citizens letting their voices be heard on Government Health Care to New Mexico Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Those who spoke were almost uniformly against the ObamaCare legislation being proposed by Democrats. One man told Bingaman that the Federal Government is "broke." "Why should we turn over another 6.5% of our GDP to you?" . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Statement by the President on the Health Care Reform Legislation Passed Today...

    07/15/2009 3:23:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 40 replies · 2,620+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | July 15, 2009 | n/a
    Notes: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 15, 2009 Statement by the President on the Health Care Reform Legislation Passed Today by the Senate HELP Committee "Today, thanks to the unyielding passion and inspiration provided by Senator Edward Kennedy, the HELP committee he chairs has produced a proposal that will finally lower health care costs, provide better care for patients, and ensure fair treatment of consumers by the insurance industry. Like the legislation produced by the House of Representatives, this proposal would offer Americans...
  • US Sen Bingaman Outlines Climate Change Energy Legislation

    03/05/2009 7:21:34 AM PST · by jessduntno · 12 replies · 616+ views
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES ^ | Today | Talley
    US Sen Bingaman Outlines Climate Change Energy Legislation WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Influential Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has set the stage for a congressional battle with the Obama Administration over upcoming climate legislation. Bingaman, who heads the Senate Energy committee, outlined Thursday a package that would give a major boost to the renewable energy, efficiency and transmission sectors and reveals that, despite their censure of the oil industry, Democrats acknowledge that crude oil will play a vital role in the nation's energy mix for years to come. Speaking to reporters at a Platts Energy Forum, Bingaman said his energy...
  • Top policy-makers and economists to hold symposium about US action on climate change [RINO/Rat/NWO]

    03/03/2009 7:30:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 806+ views
    March 3rd event will bring leading experts from U.S. and abroad to Capitol Hill.Embargoed: February 18, 2009, 6:00 a.m. EST Contact: Ben Edwards Email:Bedwards@cgdev.org, Tel: +1 202 416 0740 Further information available at www.usclimatesymposium.comWASHINGTON, February 17, 2009 - U.S. legislators and business leaders will meet with experts on climate change economics and policy at the Capitol building in March to discuss the challenges and opportunities for U.S. leadership on climate change, it was announced today. U.S. and international policymakers will join climate experts for the one day bipartisan and bicameral event. The cosponsoring Senators to date are Senators Bingaman (D-NM),...
  • Bingaman and Hutchison Renew Effort to Enact Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act [McCain alert]

    01/16/2009 6:57:16 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 783+ views
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today renewed their push to enact legislation to reduce drug-related violence in the border region by cracking down on organizations smuggling weapons illegally from the United States into Mexico.  Senators Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Jon Kyl, and John McCain are also cosponsors of the legislation. Ongoing violence in Mexico is having a devastating impact on Mexico and is raising concerns for border communities on both sides of the border.  In 2008, more than 5,300 people were killed in Mexico -- double the number in the previous year.  More...
  • Fax Sent To Lead Dog Democrat Senator Bingaman Who Is For Return Of unFairness Doctrine

    10/28/2008 4:05:57 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 7 replies · 296+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 10/28/2008 | JoeClarke.Net
    The following fax was sent in CAPS to New Mexico's Senator Bingaman who is unabashed in his desires to quench Talk Radio By reviving the Fairness Doctrine. DEAR HONORABLE SENATOR BINGAMAN;AS A DISABLED FROM VIETNAM, USMC VETERAN I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR YOUR PLANS FOR ATTACKING CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO BY REINSTITUTING THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE WHICH DOES NOT OFFER ANY SORT OF FAIRNESS WHEN LOOKING AT THE TOTAL BROADCAST FORUM. THE DEMOCRAT PARTY'S VOICE IS ALREADY WELL REPRESENTED BY ALL OF THE TELEVISION NETWORK PROGRAMMING, PUBLIC BROADCASTING,& MOST PRINT PUBLISHERS. IN YOUR DESIRE TO MANDATE THAT JEFF BINGAMAN'S VIEWS BE BROADCAST...
  • Sen. Feinstein staffer unsure if she would support "fairness doctrine" for universities

    10/22/2008 4:20:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 31 replies · 980+ views
    Feinstein office ^ | 10-22-08 | doug from upland
    Democrat Congressman Jeff Bingaman created some controversy on with host Jim Villanucci KKOB in New Mexico yesterday when he hinted what the Democrats are going to do in the next Congress. They intend to stop conservative talk on the radio by reinstituting the "fairness doctrine." The fairness doctrine, of course, is only to affect radio. LISTEN TO THE COMMENTS. I took the opportunity to call a supporter of the fairness doctrine, who has been very public in support of such assault on free speech. That person would be California Senator Diane Feinstein. FEINSTEIN WEBSITE AND CONTACT INFORMATION. A staffer named...
  • Senator Bingaman(D-NM) Wants 'Fairness Doctrine' Back

    10/22/2008 1:32:43 PM PDT · by paltz · 22 replies · 949+ views
    EYEBLAST ^ | 10/22/08 | EYEBLAST
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) told yesterday KKOB's Jim Villanucci yesterday he would want to reimpose the so-called fairness doctrine AUDIO
  • Jeff Bingaman: You know what would be sweet? Bringing back the Fairness Doctrine

    10/22/2008 12:21:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 1,066+ views
    hotair.com ^ | October 22, 2008 | Allahpundit
    The closer we get to a filibuster-proof Democratic majority, the more I think my earlier take about them wanting to avoid pushing this is wrong. The risk is that it’ll galvanize conservatives, but if they get a huge mandate in two weeks and can pass some crowd-pleasing legislation early on to shore up their popularity, why wouldn’t they press their advantage by trying to knock Limbaugh et al. onto satellite radio? Bingaman knows how to sell it, with exalted language about a “higher calling.” Imagine how much more exalted it’ll sound coming from The One, after he has one of...
  • Free speech in jeopardy; Sen. Bingaman hopes 'Fairness Doctrine' is reinstated

    10/22/2008 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 66 replies · 2,634+ views
    MarkLevinFan.com ^ | October 22, 2008 | Sergeant Tim
    Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) was asked by KKOB talk-radio host Jim Villanucci if, "There would be a push to reinstate the 'Fairness Doctrine'?" His answer was, "I hope so." Like all liberals, he thinks free speech should be protected just as long as all the speakers agree with him. Senator Bingaman also said all media should be regulated "at a higher level." Yet surely, he does not want America to end up like the old Soviet Union where all speech was controlled. Therefore, to be fair, Congress should place into the 'Fairness Doctrine' that the right-halves of every newspaper in...
  • With no law in place on conflicts of interest, investments don't stop lawmakers from voting

    07/06/2008 5:34:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 182+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 5-16-08
    The law is full of exceptions, and when it comes to conflicts of interest involving personal investments, Congress found a big one: It didn't write a law. While Congress prescribed a strict conflict-of-interest law for the judiciary, which prompted Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to remove himself from a punitive-damages case involving Exxon Mobil, it didn't apply the same test to lawmakers. That has allowed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to oppose bills that would hurt Irving-based Exxon, in which Ms. Hutchison owns stock valued between $100,000 and $250,000, according to disclosure reports. *snip* Some experts say different rules apply to...
  • Delegate update: NM SEN backs Obama

    04/28/2008 3:38:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54+ views
    NBC ^ | April 28, 2008 | Domenico Montanaro
    Obama just picked up the support of Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), the campaign announced. Bingaman chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Obama leads among senators 15-12 among senators, not including those from Michigan and Florida. But factoring in even the support Clinton has from Sens. Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Bill Nelson (FL) -- Carl Levin (MI) is uncommitted -- Bingaman gave Obama the lead, 15-14. Obama has now picked up five superdelegates to Clinton's two since her nearly double-digit win in Pennsylvania.
  • With Bingaman Endorsement, Obama Takes Senate Support Lead

    04/28/2008 2:54:43 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 9 replies · 102+ views
    Wasgington Post ^ | April 28, 2008 | Jonathan Weisman
    Sen. Barack Obama officially pulled ahead today in the scramble for endorsements from colleagues in the U.S. Senate, thanks to Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Never one of the Senate's most high-profile members, Bingaman now has a claim to political fame: He put Obama over the top after his long slog to catch Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had a head start in winning the support of her peers. Obama now has 14 endorsements to Clinton's 13. Obama will also get the vote of Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who has not officially endorsed him but said he will support...
  • Sen. Bingaman Endorses Obama

    04/28/2008 12:25:24 PM PDT · by woofie · 20 replies · 146+ views
    The Page ^ | April 28th | Mark Halperin
    Sen. Bingaman Endorses Obama New Mexico Senator and superdelegate throws his support behind (Obama)
  • BINGAMAN: ALBUQUERQUE RECEIVES FUNDING TO COMBAT METH

    09/14/2007 6:09:33 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 252+ views
    LexisNexis ^ | Sep. 13, 2007 | Unknown
    EFF BINGAMAN, SENATOR, SENATE For Immediate Release Bingaman: Albuquerque Receives Funding to Combat Meth Contact: Jude McCartin (202) 224-5521 September 13, 2007 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Albuquerque Police Department has been awarded a $446,454 federal grant from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to help fight methamphetamine use. Funding will be used to help combat the manufacture, use, and distribution of meth, and to collaborate with other entities in the prevention and treatment of meth abuse. ``The funding awarded today will help the Albuquerque Police Department continue its efforts...
  • Global Warming Hysteria Has Arrived

    04/04/2006 7:56:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 66 replies · 1,535+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | April 4, 2006 | Dr. Roy Spencer
    On April 4, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a white paper that Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) released on a mandatory cap and trade program for carbon dioxide emissions. The majority of panelists that will provide testimony in the hearing are for a cap-and-trade program, suggesting the Committee views global warming to be a serious problem and that a cap-and-trade approach is the preferred mechanism for fighting it. The hearing's timing couldn't be better, as it coincides with an intense global warming propaganda campaign by the media that is...
  • Iraqi Trip Verifies Anti-War Vote (NM - Bingaman)

    03/28/2006 7:42:50 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies · 259+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 28, 2006 | Michael Coleman
    WASHINGTON— Sen. Jeff Bingaman voted against the war in Iraq three years ago and after visiting the war-torn country late last week, he said he stands firmly behind his vote. The New Mexico Democrat— who traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq with five other senators before returning to Washington on Saturday— said that Iraq is more dangerous than before the 2003 invasion. And there is no end in sight to U.S. involvement, he said. "I think it was the right (vote)," Bingaman said Monday in an interview. "Iraq was not related to terrorist threats. We were not justified in going...
  • Bingaman wants probe into VA 'sedition' investigation of nurse (Finally getting tough on leftists)

    02/10/2006 10:46:41 PM PST · by balch3 · 21 replies · 1,109+ views
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | AP
    AP) - Sen. Jeff Bingaman asked Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson for a thorough inquiry of his agency's investigation into whether a VA nurse's letter criticizing the Bush administration amounted to "sedition." The agency's human resources office ultimately cleared her of any wrongdoing, but Bingaman, D-N.M., said Tuesday he was concerned the VA investigated Laura Berg of Albuquerque in the first place. Merely opposing government policies and expressing a desire to change course "does not provide reason to believe that a person is involved in illegal subversive activity," he said. Bingaman said such investigations raise "a very real possibility of...
  • Website For NM Republican Senate Candidate Is Up

    01/16/2006 5:18:36 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies · 1,355+ views
    A urologist and former chemical engineer, McCulloch seeks to be New Mexico's next U.S. Senator.
  • Democrats Don't Know Jack???(Abramoff)

    01/04/2006 1:09:32 PM PST · by radar101 · 22 replies · 1,641+ views
    NRSC Newsletter ^ | Dec. 14, 2006 | NRSC
    Tribal Clients And Associates Of Jack Abramoff Have Contributed Over $3.1 Million To Democrat Party Interests Between 1997 And 2004. (Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed December 2005; Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed December 2005) National Democrat Party Affiliated Committees Received Over $1.2 Million From Indian Tribe Clients And Lobbying Associates Of Jack Abramoff. (Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Internal Revenue Service Website, www.irs.gov, Accessed April 21, 2005) The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Received Over – $430,000 The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)...
  • Bingaman has $1.4M in re-election account

    11/04/2005 1:29:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 224+ views
    KRQE ^ | !0/04/05
    SANTA FE -- US Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico has stockpiled $1.4 million dollars in his re-election campaign account. The latest federal campaign finance reports show the Democrat has collected more than $450,000 in contributions during the third quarter of the year. That means Bingaman had more campaign cash at the end of September than any member of New Mexico's congressional delegation who is up for re-election next year. Bingaman also held a significant advantage over Republican challenger David Pfeffer of Santa Fe. Bingaman spent about $2.6 million on his 2000 re-election campaign. He won with 63 percent of...
  • How Some Senators Plan to Vote on Roberts

    09/22/2005 3:38:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 784+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/5
    All 55 Senate Republicans are expected to vote for John Roberts' confirmation as Supreme Court chief justice next week. The 44 Democrats are less unified. Democrats who have announced their support for Roberts (8): Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Max Baucus of Montana, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Kent Conrad of North Dakota. Democrats who voted for Roberts on the Judiciary Committee (3): Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.
  • David Pfeiffer (R-NM) Exploring U.S. Senate Campaign

    08/23/2005 6:07:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies · 1,197+ views
    The Free New Mexican ^ | August 19, 2005 | Tom Sharpe
    What I have been doing is exploring the possibility of running," he said. "I've been traveling around the state, going to Republican functions to meet with county chairs and party activists."
  • Recent Party-Switcher May Run For U.S. Senate In New Mexico

    05/26/2005 11:20:41 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies · 1,704+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2005
    Santa Fe City Councilman David Pfeffer, a decorated Vietnam veteran who recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican column, says he is “on the cusp” of challenging Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
  • Democrat Ex-state Senator Becomes Republican, Expectes To Challenge Jeff Bingaman In New Mexico

    03/03/2005 7:15:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 1,569+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 17, 2005
    Other possible candidates include ex-Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, ex-state Rep. John Sanchez, and state Rep. Dan Finley.
  • Reid/Pelosi say Bingaman/Menendez to Deliver Spanish-Language Response State of the Union

    02/01/2005 6:38:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 811+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/01/05
    Sen. Bingaman and Rep. Menendez to Deliver Spanish-Language Response to the State of the Union Tuesday February 1, 5:31 pm ET WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Co-Chair of the Senate Hispanic Task Force, and Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, will deliver the Spanish- language response to the President's State of the Union. Sen. Bingaman represents New Mexico, the state with the largest proportion, 42 percent, of the Hispanic population. As Co-Chair of the Senate Hispanic Task Force,...
  • Evangelical Leader Threatens to Use His Political Muscle Against Some Democrats

    01/01/2005 1:14:36 AM PST · by DBeers · 76 replies · 3,697+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2005 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    COLORADO SPRINGS - James C. Dobson, the nation's most influential evangelical leader, is threatening to put six potentially vulnerable Democratic senators "in the 'bull's-eye' " if they block conservative appointments to the Supreme Court. In a letter his aides say is being sent to more than one million of his supporters, Dr. Dobson, the child psychologist and founder of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family, promises "a battle of enormous proportions from sea to shining sea" if President Bush fails to appoint "strict constructionist" jurists or if Democrats filibuster to block conservative nominees. Dr. Dobson recalled the conservative efforts...
  • 60+ Senators in 2006! (Vanity)

    11/12/2004 11:21:54 AM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 82 replies · 4,028+ views
    11/12/2004 | Me
    Hey there, GOP-activist Freepers - This is no time to rest on our laurels and take it easy! Let's start going for that filibuster-proof 60+ vote majority in the Senate in 2 years. (Who knows how many Soopreems might retire after the midterm elections?) Here are the Democrat Senators facing re-election in 2006: In states that Bush won: NM: Bingaman, Jeff WV: Byrd, Robert (are his longterm plans to die in office?) ND: Conrad, Kent NE: Nelson, Ben (is he a possible party switcher?) FL: Nelson, Bill In states that Bush lost: HI: Akaka, Daniel WA: Cantwell, Maria DE: Carper,...
  • Life After Daschle

    11/05/2004 6:13:29 AM PST · by OESY · 19 replies · 2,211+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2004 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    ...President Bush has won a clear mandate for his big second-term agenda, including the giants of Social Security reform and tax overhaul. Yet his ability to do anything still rests with the Senate.... Republicans [picked] up Democratic seats in both Carolinas and Georgia, as well as Louisiana and Florida. They weathered storms in Kentucky and Oklahoma, and even held Alaska. But the big daddy came with the overthrow of Mr. Daschle. That ouster... was as much a repudiation of obstructionism as it was Mr. Daschle's own record. [C]onsider not just the Republicans' numerical gains, but their ideological ones. With the...
  • Wife: Soldiers in Iraqi Abuse Case Are Scapegoats

    05/05/2004 12:08:53 PM PDT · by antonia · 100 replies · 296+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Tue May 4, 2004 10:45 AM ET | Sue Pleming
    Wife: Soldiers in Iraqi Abuse Case Are Scapegoats Tue May 4, 2004 10:45 AM ET By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners were following orders and are being used as scapegoats to protect their superiors, the wife of one of the soldiers and the lawyer for another said Tuesday. Martha Frederick defended her husband, a soldier who faces prosecution for the abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. " He was told to do these things and when he did them he thought that he was doing them in the sense...
  • Bingaman wants state declared disaster area due to drought

    10/29/2003 1:18:28 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 180+ views
    KOBTV ^ | 10/15/03 | AP
    (AP) – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has asked Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to declare all of New Mexico a disaster area because of the drought. A statewide declaration would make farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. The agency is part of Veneman’s department. Bingaman has written a letter to Veneman saying that crop conditions around New Mexico have slowly worsened all summer. He says the New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Service estimates 80 percent of apples and cherries are in poor to very poor condition. And the New Mexico Democrat says crops such as...
  • Nonsense of the Senate

    10/23/2003 5:22:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 217+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | October 23, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>Anyone who thinks a single Senator doesn't matter should take a look at yesterday's failed attempt to limit runaway class-action lawsuits. Fifty-nine Senators voted in favor of going to a floor vote on the measure, one vote short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.</p>
  • Removal of Saddam has 'enhanced the security' of US (SENATE votes 95-2)

    10/15/2003 5:41:43 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 30 replies · 205+ views
    US Senate ^ | October 15, 2003
    Statement of Purpose: To express the sense of Congress that the removal of the Government of Saddam Hussein has enhanced the security of Israel and other United States allies. Vote Counts: YEAs 95 NAYs 2 Not Voting 3 (see link above)
  • Senate votes 95-2 (removal of Saddam Hussein enhanced security of Israel & other US allies)

    10/16/2003 11:21:11 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 15 replies · 252+ views
    senate.gov ^ | 10/16/03
    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate Vote Summary Question: On the Amendment (Graham (SC) Amdt. No. 1806 As Modified ) Vote Number: 384 Vote Date: October 15, 2003, 06:03 PM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Agreed to Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1806 to S. 1689 (Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Security and Reconstruction Act, 2004 ) Statement of Purpose: To express the sense of Congress that the removal of the Government of Saddam Hussein...
  • Where Would You Want Your $24 Billion in Taxes to Go?

    06/23/2002 9:18:51 AM PDT · by Mom_Grandmother · 26 replies · 911+ views
    FOXNEWS/Bill O'Reilly, Talking Points ^ | 6/23/02 | Bill O'Reilly
    <p>Where Would You Want Your $24 Billion in Taxes to Go? Speak up, it's your money, how many Americans have no "health care" or "medicine" they so desperately need?</p> <p>A bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Bingaman and Senator John McCain.</p>