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  • What Happens If Coffman Says No (CO Senate race)

    05/21/2015 4:02:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Congressional Quarterly Politics ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016. Coffman will have breakfast Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will surely make the case to convince the four-term lawmaker to try and join him across the rotunda. Asked about recruitment efforts, Coffman quipped, “Pressure, pressure, pressure.” Coffman is taking his time. He told CQ Roll Call a decision...
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Bob Schieffer to Rubio: As president, would you sign immigration bill you helped pass in the Senate?

    04/20/2015 1:24:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Rubio’s right that this is a hypothetical and that nothing like the Gang of Eight bill could pass the House right now. But Mickey Kaus is right that it’s a darned fine gotcha, a way to gauge how far Rubio’s willing to go in renouncing his signature “achievement” as a senator. What if Rubio defeated Hillary next year and the party’s leadership decided to capitalize by doing something splashy to show Latino voters that the new, Rubio-led GOP was ready to engage them like never before? A bill like the Gang of Eight bill getting past the House isn’t...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • 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)
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Obama heading to Peninsula homes of two major tech stars on June 6 fundraising swing

    05/18/2013 7:28:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/18/13 | Carla Marinucci
    President Barack Obama will star at an “intimate” $32,400 per head June 6 fundraising dinner and discussion in the Portola Valley home of star Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and his wife, Neeru, according to the invite obtained by the Chronicle. The dinner is one of two events in Peninsula private homes on Obama’s upcoming fundraising swing here, which benefits the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In addition to the Khosla home dinner, Obama will also attend an earlier reception in the home of Marci and Mike McCue of Palo Alto. McCue co-founded Flipboard, and serves as its CEO. Senator...
  • Cruz: Path to Citizenship Would 'Jeopardize' Immigration Bill

    04/23/2013 7:04:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 23rd, 2013 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that including a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants in any comprehensive immigration bill would jeopardize the likelihood of the legislation passing. “I think if instead the bill includes elements that are deeply divisive--and I would note that I don’t think there is any issue in this entire debate that is more divisive than a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally--in my view, any bill that insists upon that jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration reform bill,” Cruz said at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing, according to CNS News....
  • 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...
  • Senate votes highlight Dem divisions over Keystone pipeline, carbon taxes

    04/06/2013 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 03/24/13 1 | Ben Geman
    Senate votes on climate change and the Keystone XL oil pipeline laid bare divisions among Democrats — and underscored why the White House, not Congress, will be where the critical climate decisions reside in President Obama’s second term.Several votes during the freewheeling debate over a nonbinding budget plan provided a political barometer of where the chamber, including vulnerable Democrats, stand on the topics. Advocates of the proposed pipeline scored a symbolic victory Friday when 62 lawmakers voted for an amendment backing the project to bring oil from Canadian tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries. Seventeen Democrats supported Sen....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • GOP says 5,000 non-citizens voting in Colorado a 'wake-up call' for states (12,000 registered)

    03/31/2011 12:30:26 PM PDT · by Liz · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/31/11 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the panel’s chairman, called the study “a disturbing wake-up call” that should cause every state to review its safeguards to prevent illegal voting. “We simply cannot have an electoral system that allows thousands of non-citizens to violate the law and vote in our elections. We must do more to protect the integrity of our electoral processes,” Harper added. Colorado Secretary...
  • Audio of Appointed Dem CO Senator Michael Bennet on Peter Boyles show yesterday

    11/02/2010 8:02:11 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 10 replies
    For an unknown reason, Michael Bennet decided it would be a good time to call Peter Boyles' show yesterday. Bennet is an appointed Dem U.S. Senator for Colorado filling the vacancy that was left when Ken Salazar joined the Obama admin. Many have commented that he sounded odd, almost high in this strange, short phone call to Boyles. Go Ken Buck!
  • 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...
  • Union 'Card Check' a Smokescreen for Lame Duck Pension Bailout (more generational theft)

    10/29/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | Friday, October 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Big Labor is pouring money into two Democratic U.S. Senate races, attempting to secure a union pension bailout during a lame duck session of Congress. As previously reported on HUMAN EVENTS, new Federal Accounting Standards Board rules set to take effect on Dec. 15 threaten to shake up unions and the businesses entangled in multi-employer union pension plans that have been mismanaged and underfunded well before the 2008 financial upheaval. The economic downturn has only exacerbated the problem. Recent reports show hundreds of thousands of dollars in union cash pouring into races for Democratic Senate candidates Michael Bennet and Joe...
  • National Football League Backs Reid Over Angle; Invests $340,000 to Save Incumbent Congress

    10/28/2010 6:27:35 PM PDT · by Justaham · 149 replies
    csnews.com ^ | 10-28-10 | Matt Cover
    The National Football League’s political action committee—Gridiron PAC—has weighed in on the hotly contested U.S. Senate election in Nevada that pits conservative Republican challenger Sharron Angle against Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. The PAC has given $10,000 to Reid—the maximum it can give in a single election cycle—and no money to Angle, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by OpenSecrets.org. The NFL’s PAC also contributed to other incumbent Democratic senators facing viable challengers this year, giving $5,000 to Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas; $5,000 to Russ Feingold of Wisconsin; $5,000 to Barbara Boxer of California; $5,000 to Michael Bennet of...
  • 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
  • Labor helps key Senate Dems (Joe Manchin, Michael Bennet), but abandons most House Blue Dogs

    10/28/2010 8:27:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Alexander Bolton
    Organized labor is holding its nose and spending money to protect key Democrats in the Senate, hoping to create a bulwark to hold back Republicans in the House. But labor has abandoned 26 House Democrats who did not support the union agenda in the 111th Congress, leaving them to be pounded by corporate-funded third party groups. Two of the nation’s biggest labor unions, AFSCME and SEIU, have spent generously on independent expenditures to help Democratic House candidates. But Blue Dog Democrats and other Democratic centrists who did not support healthcare reform or the Employee Free Choice Act are facing a...
  • Michael Bennet: Obama Isn't That Popular Among Independents in Colorado (Video)

    10/27/2010 5:54:39 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 6 replies
    HAP ^ | 10/27/10 | hap
    CNN interviews Democrat Michael Bennet and wants to know why Obama, who supported Michael Bennet in the primary and stumped for him a few months ago hasn't been back to campaign for Bennet who is in a tight race with Ken Buck. BENNET: "The personal reaction from Independent voters...might not make it helpful" (Video)
  • Rasmussen: Buck 48%, Bennet 44%

    10/27/2010 3:47:57 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 42 replies
    Republican Ken Buck still holds a slight lead over incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet as Colorado’s U.S. Senate race heads down to the wire. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Buck earning 48% support to Bennet’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Two weeks ago, the candidates were in a near tie with Buck leading 47% to 45%, the closest the...
  • U.S. Senate race poll: 9 days left,0 point difference

    10/24/2010 8:12:42 AM PDT · by nbenyo · 29 replies
    Colorado's U.S. Senate race has clenched into a dead heat nine days before polls close, as incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet climbed to meet GOP hopeful Ken Buck's early lead, each man garnering 47 percent support among likely and actual voters, according to a Denver Post/9 News poll.
  • No compromises with Obama, says Ken Buck

    10/21/2010 11:27:52 AM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2010 | Dan Balz
    Ken Buck has a message for President Obama and the leadership of his own party: He'll make no compromises if he gets to Washington. Obama and some Republican leaders might feel pressure to work cooperatively on various major issues next year, including the deficit. If the comments by Buck, Colorado's Republican Senate nominee, are any indication, the conservatives trying to win races this fall have a different view of what their mandate will be. Buck, who is in a tight race with appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D), said in an interview that he would be willing to work with Democrats...
  • Rasmussen - Colorado Senate: Buck (R), Bennet (D) Are Nearly Tied (Let's help fight for Buck!!)

    10/16/2010 3:45:21 PM PDT · by DestroyLiberalism · 30 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/16/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and his Republican challenger Ken Buck are in a virtual tie in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as the candidates prepare for a nationally televised debate on Sunday. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado shows Buck with 47% support to Bennet’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer another candidate in the race, and another four percent (4%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) These findings move the race from Leans Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. This is the closest...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Obama administration acknowledges discussing job with candidate

    06/05/2010 10:37:49 AM PDT · by thecodont · 7 replies · 443+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | June 4, 2010 | By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau
    The White House confirmed Thursday that an aide had dangled the prospect of a government job in front of another contender for the Senate — prompting Republicans to call for a criminal investigation. Democrats, however, maintained that the administration was guilty of nothing more than good politics. White House officials said the aide discussed a possible federal post last year with Andrew Romanoff, a Senate candidate in Colorado, in a bid to avoid a contentious primary with Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
  • Denver Post Finally Gets Around to Mentioning Romanoff Job Offer Allegation Again

    05/28/2010 3:59:53 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies · 828+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 28, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Well hallelujah! After 8 months of being in a silent lockdown mode on the subject of whether the White House offered the Democrat Senate candidate from Colorado, Andrew Romanoff (photo), a job if he would remove himself from the primary race, the Denver Post has finally gotten around to reporting on it again following their initial September story. By strange "coincidence" the Post's sudden willingness to once again broach this subject happened just hours after their bizarre silence on this topic was pointed out by various blogs on the web including the NewsBusters blog of your humble correspondent yesterday. The...
  • D.C. job alleged as attempt to deter Romanoff (vs. Sen Bennet in CO Dem Senate Primary)

    05/27/2010 12:15:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 5 replies · 345+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 09/27/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT | Michael Riley
    WASHINGTON — Not long after news leaked last month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington. Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to The Denver Post. Romanoff turned down the overture, which included mention of a job at USAID, the foreign aid...
  • Denver Post Goes Silent on Senate Candidate Job Offer Scandal (Not the Sestak Scandal)

    05/27/2010 11:58:24 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies · 599+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 27, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    A Democrat candidate running against a Senate incumbent is offered a job by the White House as an incentive to drop out of the primary race. Sounds like the Joe Sestak scandal in which he alleged that someone in the White House offered him a job in order to drop out of the race against the incumbent senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter. Right? Well, yes. However, this also perfectly describes another similar scandal in which it is alleged that the White House offered a job to Andrew Romanoff (photo) in order to drop out of the primary race for the...
  • 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.
  • Obama to stump for Bennet in Colorado

    01/29/2010 6:29:10 PM PST · by snarkpup · 28 replies · 742+ views
    Grand Junction Free Press ^ | Thursday, January 28, 2010
    The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will visit Colorado in February to attend an event with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. ... Bennet faces former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the primary. Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck are among at least a half dozen Republican candidates.
  • Give Me Liberty, Not National Healthcare

    12/05/2009 4:49:40 PM PST · by writer33 · 73 replies · 1,240+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 12/05/09 | Chris Davis
    I come to you with a matter of unequivocal importance, as it relates to the current health care reform bill currently under deliberation in the United States Senate. It is my understanding that you support the public option for health care reform, or as it states on your website, “Reform must result in every American having access to affordable health coverage and reasonable prescription drug costs.” As a constituent, I urge you with a sincere and fervent passion to oppose this bill. The matter at hand is of very great importance to the preservation of the precious liberties we have...
  • (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...
  • Freshman Dem: Passing Health Care Reform Worth Losing My Seat (Rush is Right, Suicide Bomber 'Rat)

    11/22/2009 8:31:16 AM PST · by kristinn · 49 replies · 2,178+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, November 22, 2009 | Martina Stewart
    SNIP"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 the bill you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job?” CNN’s John King asked Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Sunday’s State of the Union. “Yes,” Bennet bluntly and simply replied. Bennet was appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down from the Senate to serve as President Obama’s Interior Secretary.SNIPNote from Kristinn:Media Matters excoriated Rush Limbaugh last week for saying...
  • 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.
  • Romanoff has eye on Senate (Colorado)

    08/30/2009 2:11:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 1,221+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | August 29, 2009 | Michael Riley and Christopher Osher
    Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is poised to mount a Democratic primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. Urged to challenge Gov. Bill Ritter as he seeks re-election in 2010, Romanoff has instead turned his attention to next year's Senate race, sources close to Romanoff told The Denver Post. One source reported that Romanoff offered a campaign position to a veteran Democratic strategist. Romanoff could not be reached for comment Friday night, but several people close to him said they expect him to announce next month. Wally Stealey, a longtime lobbyist and political mover in Pueblo, said Romanoff called...
  • 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...
  • 2010 Senate Elections: 8 Democratic Incumbents Approval Below 50%

    07/02/2009 8:20:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 71 replies · 3,086+ views
    various polls ^ | 7/2/09 | Dangus
    Blanche Lincoln, AR 45% Public Policy Polling, March Barbara Boxer, CA 48% Survey USA, June 12-14 Michael Bennet, CO 34% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (trails Rep. Beauprez) Christopher Dodd, CO 37% Quinnipiac, April (trails several) Roland Burris, IL 17% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (likely to lose primary) Harry Reid, NV 34% Mason-Dixon, June 18-19 Kirsten Gillenbrand, NY 24% Marist (disapproval rating also below 50%) Byron Dorgan, ND (only poll in this red state was commissioned by DailyKOS) Also in possible danger but above 50% approval: Daniel Inouye, HI leads Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, but he'll be 86, and...
  • 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,...
  • Buck: I’m leaning toward Senate race (Colorado)

    03/29/2009 9:03:27 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 619+ views
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | March 25, 2009
    Weld District Attorney Ken Buck said Tuesday that he’s leaning toward running for Senate in 2010 against Senate appointee Michael Bennet. However, Buck said he has ruled out running for other offices while on his listening tour around the state. Buck said he likely will file paperwork to run for the Senate seat in April and then will announce his candidacy. He declined to give a date for his announcement. Bennet, a Democrat, was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the Senate after Ken Salazar left his seat to take a position in President Barack Obama’s cabinet. Buck, a Republican,...
  • It's the Senate for Bennett

    01/02/2009 8:24:14 PM PST · by The Shrew · 51 replies · 2,535+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 3, 2009 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    Gov. Bill Ritter is shattering conventional wisdom in tapping the popular but politically untested Michael Bennet, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, as the U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar. The surprising move, expected at a state Capitol news conference Saturday, perplexed many political insiders, most of whom considered Bennet the darkhorse candidate in a field crowded with big name, political veterans like Bennet's old boss, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. To some, the reaction wasn't head-scratching. It was jaw-dropping.
  • It's the Senate for Bennet [Colorado]

    01/02/2009 9:26:21 AM PST · by george76 · 86 replies · 1,679+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 2, 2009 | Lynn Bartels
    Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to name his U.S. Senate replacement pick on Saturday, ending a brief but frenzied period of speculation about who will take the seat of Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar. The selection would be preliminary, since Salazar is not expected to resign his U.S. Senate seat until sometime after Jan. 15, when he faces a confirmation hearing — and later...