Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico will be posting here every week until the election. On behalf of MyDD, I welcome him here. I hope the community will do the same. As many of you have seen, he is also sponsoring the Governors forecast, which will help keep MyDD running in the weeks leading up to the election. I am proud and honored to have such a distinguished and successful member of the Democratic leadership here, and there are few more distinguished and successful than Governor Richardson. I expect his posts to be very useful to our community, as they will highlight many races that need our help--Chris
On Sunday, September 10th, I returned to New Mexico from Sudan after a successful mission to
secure the release of imprisoned Chicago Tribune journalist and New
Mexican Paul Salopek and his two Chadian colleagues. Our goal was
accomplished through diplomacy, respectful face-to-face communication
between me and President Al Bashir that allowed us to come to a reasonable
agreement -- something that would have been impossible had I invoked the
threats and bluster that characterize our nation's foreign policy under
Even though we were far from Darfur on this trip, the consequences of
generations of violence pervade every barren acre of Sudan. Meanwhile, as
the Bush administration's misguided occupation of Iraq continues to
deteriorate and waves of bloody violence push the country toward civil war
with no end in site, the genocide in Darfur has continued and hundreds of
thousands of people have suffered unspeakable atrocities.
George Bush has concentrated so many of our nation's resources on Iraq
that he's taken his eye off the ball everywhere else, doing little to stop
the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan or nuclear proliferation in
North Korea and Iran. Unlike Bush, who is unable or unwilling to talk to
anyone with whom he disagrees, the rapport Al-Bashir and I developed during
our talks made it possible for me to encourage the President to accept the
UN peacekeepers that Sudan so desperately needs.
It is time for a new American foreign policy -- a policy based on
diplomacy, strong alliances, and the use of our great military only as alast resort. But while we will have to wait until 2008 to change
our foreign policy, we have an opportunity right now to help the millions of
Americans who have been abandoned by Washington. In the absence of federal
leadership on health care, education, border security, disaster
preparedness, the environment, renewable energy, fiscal responsibility and
economic development, it is up to states -- and governors -- to get the job
Look around. In Wisconsin, in Arizona, in Michigan, in New Hampshire, and
in my state of New Mexico, Democratic Governors are making a difference. Our
states have balanced budgets. Our states are expanding access to health
care. Our states are creating jobs, investing in renewable energy, and
making schools work. In the 2006 midterm elections, there are 36 Governors
races -- 36 opportunities to make things better.
We don't have to wait for 2008 -- working together, Democrats and the
Netroots can win in 2006 and build a track record of success for years to
That's why I'm committed to supporting and building the progressive
online infrastructure we need to win now. It's why the Democratic Governors Association is stepping
up our internet efforts to serve as a clearinghouse for information on races
around the country and how people can get involved. It's why I've set up a
page at ActBlue.comto highlight our candidates, and why it's so important to activate ActBlue
fundraising for every state. And it's why I'm proud to partner with MyDD to
sponsor the Governor
Between now and election day, I'll be posting here at MyDD on races
around the country about once a week. I hope you'll follow the links to get
more information and get involved in any way you can -- online, on the
ground, in campaign offices and at polling places on Election Day. I look
forward to continuing this discussion on how we can best work together, so
please leave your comments and questions on this post and I'll answer as
many of them as I can.
Here are the latest updates on gubernatorial races around the
country:KS - Sebelius Leads by 20.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has a
20-point lead over her opponent, Republican Jim Barnett, according to a new
poll, conducted by SurveyUSA
for KWCH Channel 12 Eyewitness News andThe Wichita Eagle
, showed 58 percent of Kansas voters interviewed
would vote for Sebelius while 38 percent would vote for Barnett.
Sebelius campaign website
NH - Lynch Maintains Healthy Lead.A new poll by the Concord Monitor shows Gov.
John Lynch holding a huge lead over Rep. Jim Coburn of Windham, the
Republican nominee for governor. Lynch was favored 61 percent to Coburn's 24
percent in the poll. Lynch's support has surged in two years and transcends
party lines: Nearly three-quarters of independents and 21 percent of
Republicans endorsed Lynch in the poll.
Lynch campaign websiteOH - Clinton Campaigns for Strickland.Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for gubernatorial nominee
at a luncheon that harkened the faithful back to better
days. Pointing to government scandals in Washington and Columbus, Clinton
said Republicans have abused their power and voters are ready to end
one-party control of government in Ohio.
Strickland campaign website
CO - Mountain States Turn Blue. Democrats have made
gains in recent years in the eight states in the Rocky Mountain West. In
Colorado, Democrats have a chance to win the open governor's race. Democrat
Bill Ritter, a former Denver prosecutor, has a
17-percentage-point lead over U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, a Republican,
according to a recent Rocky Mountain News poll. If Ritter wins,
Democrats could be governor in five of the eight Mountain West states.
Before the 2002 election, all these states -- Arizona, Colorado, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming -- had Republican
governors.Ritter Expands Lead.
Democrat Bill Ritter has a remarkable
17-point lead over Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez in the race for
Colorado governor, accord
ing to a Rocky Mountain News/CBS 4 poll
of likely voters. Fifty
percent of voters surveyed said they were likely to vote for Ritter, versus
33 percent for Beauprez.
Ritter campaign websiteMI - Granholm Widens Lead.
A new survey is out with
Governor Jennifer Granholm widening her lead over Republican challenger Dick
DeVos. Fifty-percent of the people surveyed in the Epic-MRA
said they will vote for the incumbent, while only 42 percent say
will vote for DeVos.
Granholm campaign websiteFL - Sierra Club Backs Davis.
The Sierra Club on Monday endorsed U.S. Rep. Jim
in the governor's race. Davis used the endorsement to repeat his
campaign theme that he is the candidate of change versus Republican Charlie
Crist, whom Davis says represents the status quo. "Congestion and sprawl are
a threat to our quality of life and to community," Davis said. "We will
start thinking and planning more regionally when it comes to transportation,
when it comes to water, when it comes to planning and parks."
Davis Announces Running Mate. Democratic gubernatorial
Davis has tapped former Miami state Sen. Daryl Jones to join the ticket
and possibly become modern Florida's first African-American lieutenant
governor. "Daryl Jones has a record of leadership and commitment to public
service that the people of Florida can trust," Davis said. "We share a
vision for a Florida in which the voices of working men and women are heard
in Tallahassee and the issues most important to Florida's families are at
the top of the agenda."
Davis campaign website