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Monday, April 02, 2007

Your Turn


I'll be back posting regularly on Wednesday but in the meantime, it's your turn. Think about it, pace about it, then have your say in the comments of this Open Thread. You must have SOMETHING on your mind.

April 2, 2007 at 08:00 AM in Open Thread | Permalink


so, who's your favorite to run against Wilson and Domenici?

Posted by: Jd | Apr 2, 2007 12:28:20 PM

David Iglesias for US Attorney General!

Posted by: Post American | Apr 2, 2007 2:47:54 PM

I kinda like the idea of Congressman Udall running against Domenici.

Posted by: Linda | Apr 2, 2007 4:46:17 PM

And btw, in case anyone didn't receive this, or hear about it yet. The most excellent news coming from Senator Feingold and Senate Majority Leader Reid.

It seems they already have a plan if Bush Vetos the Supplemental Bill the Senate just passed and I am a happy camper with this news.

Yes! They will push to start
redeployment within 120 days and to STOP FUNDING by March 08. YEAAAAHHHH!

Go ahead Bush, veto that spending Bill. Go RUSSSSSSSS!



April 2, 2007

Washington D.C. -U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that they are introducing
legislation that will effectively end the current military mission in Iraq
and begin the redeployment of U.S. forces. The bill requires the President
to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment,
as required by the emergency supplemental spending bill the Senate passed
last week. The bill ends funding for the war, with three narrow
exceptions, effective March 31, 2008.

“I am pleased to cosponsor Senator Feingold’s important legislation,” Reid
said. “I believe it is consistent with the language included in the
supplemental appropriations bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the
Senate. If the President vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and
continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this
legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period.”

“I am delighted to be working with the Majority Leader to bring our
involvement in the Iraq war to an end,” Feingold said. “Congress has a
responsibility to end a war that is opposed by the American people and is
undermining our national security. By ending funding for the President’s
failed Iraq policy, our bill requires the President to safely redeploy our
troops from Iraq.”

The language of the legislation reads:

(a) Transition of Mission - The President shall promptly transition the
mission of United States forces in Iraq to the limited purposes set forth
in subsection (d).

(b) Commencement of Safe, Phased Redeployment from Iraq - The President
shall commence the safe, phased redeployment of United States forces from
Iraq that are not essential to the purposes set forth in subsection (d).
Such redeployment shall begin not later than 120 days after the date of
the enactment of this Act.

(c) Prohibition on Use of Funds - No funds appropriated or otherwise made
available under any provision of law may be obligated or expended to
continue the deployment in Iraq of members of the United States Armed
Forces after March 31, 2008.

(d) Exception for Limited Purposes - The prohibition under subsection (c)
shall not apply to the obligation or expenditure of funds for the limited
purposes as follows:

(1) To conduct targeted operations, limited in duration and scope, against
members of al Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations.

(2) To provide security for United States infrastructure and personnel.

(3) To train and equip Iraqi security services.



Posted by: Linda | Apr 2, 2007 4:50:55 PM

I'd be tempted to run for congress myself, but I don't think the people are ready for someone like me just yet... heheh.

Anyway, having enough problems as is with my apartments.

Posted by: Randall | Apr 2, 2007 6:26:49 PM

Do you think Reid will follow through on his threat today to cut off funding for the war?

As for who should run against Domenici--anyone who can beat him.

I am hoping he won't actually run again. Maybe the DA scandal will convince him to retire--wouldn't this be nice.

Posted by: Mandalas | Apr 2, 2007 7:07:46 PM

Mandalas, I hope so. After all, it's now all over the news, so I don't see how he would back away now.

This is the happiest I've been for sometime. Yeah RUSS!, THANK YOU SENATOR REID.

Posted by: Linda | Apr 2, 2007 7:43:25 PM

A bit off the current topic, but since it's an open thread, here's my short rant:

Can it really be called "justice" if the outcome of a case can be determined by who has the (better) attorneys, particularly when so many can't even afford attorneys?

Sorry, just kind of moody and tightly wound.

Posted by: Randall | Apr 2, 2007 9:36:17 PM

Read article regarding impeachment of bush/cheney at www.twinscape.com

Posted by: Matt | Apr 3, 2007 2:38:59 AM

I would like to see Sen Ortiz Y Pino Run for US Senate or Us Congress. He has a lot of integrity, very articulate, experienced and intelligent. Secondly; Why does everyone assume, when Bush says he will veto the $125 BILLION supplemental war funding, that he is telling the truth? He seldom tells the truth and furthermore, with a signing statement or 2 he could get around any non-binding or semi-binding watered down calles for "re-deploying" (thats not the same as bring them home!) troops to Kuwait. We need to wake up and act like adults and stop peeing in our pants every time some of our favorite Dems talk a bit tougher. The big fact is this war is a big huge money maker for a lot of people and those people are very involved with everything that goes on in the government. The $125 Billion is what this war is all about. How many 1000 megawatt wind turbins would $125 Bll. buy and what % of US energy consumption would it supply?

Posted by: dan gips | Apr 3, 2007 7:49:02 PM

Ditto on that, Dan. I'd love to see Ortiz y Pino hold a more powerful office.

Posted by: Randall Sobien | Apr 3, 2007 7:58:26 PM

Eric Griego or Martin Heinrich to run against Wilson. Tom Udall to run against Domenici. Martin Chavez to run for dogcatcher.

Posted by: JLC | Apr 4, 2007 9:08:33 AM

My thoughts JLC. What a team they would make!

Posted by: jeanne | Apr 4, 2007 11:40:34 AM

Seriously, I would like to see Marty Chavez run for Domenici's seat. He has the fundraising ability and the statewide recognignition. He is a much better representative of New Mexicans than either Heather Wilson or Pete Domenici and he could survive in the politics of Washington.

Terry Riley

Posted by: Terry Riley | Apr 4, 2007 3:01:09 PM

I would rather keep Senator Ortiz y Pino for us and maybe have him run as Governor!

Posted by: Linda | Apr 4, 2007 3:30:06 PM

Chavez should not run for anyting ever again he is all hat and no cattle.

Posted by: Mandalas | Apr 4, 2007 4:02:33 PM

I'd rather have Marty Chavez as Senator than Governor if I have to have him at all. He'd do less damage among 100 Senators than he'd do as chief exec of our state. Because he gets so many moderate Republican votes, I think he could win against Domenici who seems to be losing it mentally and physically. The question is could he win in the Dem primary. Doubtful.

How about Denish skipping her run for guv and running for the Senate? She has support all over the state.

Posted by: Red or Green | Apr 4, 2007 7:28:25 PM

The thing I've noticed about Marty is that people either practically worship him or think that he's the devil in a business suit. Personally, I lean more toward the devil in a business suit idea of him. Granted, he's had some good ideas, but... well, that's beside the point.

The main point is that for whatever reason, Marty is very divisive. For prominent positions, I think that one who most reasonable people can at least tolerate is the best thing right now, considering what's been going on in the government for the last 6 years.

Posted by: Randall Sobien | Apr 7, 2007 9:01:18 AM