50-State Blog Network Weekly Roundup


Hello, I'm LP from New Mexico FBIHOP, part of the 50-State Blog Network.  The Network is a group of community blogs from around the nation that blog about local issues.  They also allow diaries, so you can write your two-cents on local issues as well.

Every Friday, one of us compiles a Roundup of notable posts from the blogs on the network.  This week, I volunteered, and the following are stories that either I found by reading, were sent to me by blog authors or readers or just came to me in a vision.  If you want to help out,  Minnesota Campaign Report has graciously agreed to compile the State Blog Roundup on June 1. Please send recommended stories this upcoming week to: mncampaignreport [at] yahoo.com . To volunteer to compile a future round-up contact Clem G. at wvablue [at] gmail.com.

Oh, and as always, feel free to take this post and put it up on your blog.  Just attribute it to me or the 50-State Blog Network.  Thanks, and on to the Roundup!

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NM-02: Pearce Afraid of DCCC Entrance

[Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP]

Heath Haussamen has the goods on a letter Rep. Steve Pearce sent to supporters asking for cash.  Cash to stave off Bill McCamley, Al Kissling and the DCCC.

It is no surprise the ultimate far-right GOP representative would resort to scare tactics even in fundraising for his own campaign.  But the tone of his fear of the DCCC is palpable.  He almost dismissed McCamley and Kissling out of hand, but read what he had to say of the DCCC below the fold.

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NM-Sen: Pete Domenici in More Trouble Than He Thinks?

Much was made of the amount of money Sen. Pete Domenici raised in the first quarter of this year.  Team Domenici touted the $393,000 raised in the first quarter and the $541,116 cash on hand number as of the end of the first quarter of 2007.

Domenici's campaign finance director, Heidi Fuller, said "It shows he's running an aggressive campaign." They clearly wanted the public to believe this -- but was it true?

Let's take a look at how much money the rest of the Senators up for re-election raised.

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP

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NM-Sen: Madrid to Take on Domenici?

New Mexico Dems have been waiting for someone to step up to the plate to take on Sen. Pete Domenici.  Tom Udall's name has been bandied about, as has Rick Homans.  But a blast from the recent past may beat them all to the punch -- Patricia Madrid.

According to an inside source, the former New Mexico Attorney General is considering a run against Sen. Pete Domenici.  In her last run for office, she fell to Rep. Heather Wilson by less than 900 votes.

So why would Madrid be considering a run for Senate?  There are actually some very real reasons why it would be worthwhile.  

Read the reasons under the fold.  Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP, Daily Kos and Swing State Project.

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NM-01: Potential Challengers to Wilson Mull Options

Rumors of Democrats getting ready to take on Heather Wilson for her seat in Congress have been floating around since November.

Clearly, whichever Democrat goes against Wilson will have money behind him or her (more on that below).  So who is stepping up to the plate?  State Rep. Al Park?  State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino?  Former Albuquerque City Councilman Eric Griego?  Nope.

Check it out under the fold.  Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

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NM-02: Democrats Lining Up to Challenge Pearce

While central-New Mexico Democrats hope that someone has the courage to step into the ring against Heather Wilson for the November 2008 election, down south, Democrats are virtually lining up to take on incumbent Republican Representative Steve Pearce.

The district leans heavily towards Republicans.  Pearce easily won, 59%-40%; but it wasn't as big a victory as Democrats had around the state (Rep. Tom Udall won re-election 75-25%, Sen. Jeff Bingaman won 70%-30%, and Governor Richardson won 69%-31%).  The district went for George W Bush over Kerry 57.71% - 41.26%.  Not exactly a blue district.

More under the fold.

A similar version of this was crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP and Daily Kos.

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NM-01: Reuters Poll Shows Madrid Up Big

I don't think that I can quite believe that the news is this good -- a Reuters poll has Patricia Madrid up ten points on Heather Wilson.

They have a little snippet in the Washington Post.

NEW MEXICO 1 - Five-term Republican Rep. Heather Wilson trails Democrat Patricia Madrid 50-40 percent in this Albuquerque-based swing district.
That's all it says on the race, but out of the 15 races polled, Democrats lead in 11 of them.

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP

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NM-Gov Poll: Richardson Cruising to Victory

Bill Richardson is cruising on his way to victory; he is ten feet from the finish line, sipping on some bottled water and sauntering across the line, all while tugging his fellow Dems downticket to victory behind him.

The latest poll numbers bear this out.

Crossposted at NM FBIHOP

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How top candidates can help Dems sweep New Mexico

I'm not sure why Rasmussen decided to waste time polling these two races.  There is a much more competitive and important race in NM in the First Congressional district, with Patricia Madrid and Heather Wilson neck and neck.

But at least this is some good news for Democrats.  Richardson and Bingaman both have hefty leads, and look to cruise to victory.  Which leads to a question -- what can they do to help those down on the ballot?

First, the poll numbers.

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NM-Gov Poll Released; Richardson with Large Lead

Yesterday, the Albuquerque Journal's congressional polls were released (my look at Madrid-Wilson and the other congressional races).  Today, we have the state polls.  And it's no surprise that Governor Bill Richardson has a healthy lead.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters surveyed in the Journal's first poll of the season said they would vote for Richardson in the Nov. 7 election. Twenty-eight percent backed Dendahl.

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP and Daily Kos

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