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Tracking Betty McCollum in Media

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D., MN–4)

McCollum seeks huge funding increase for Indian schools

Minnesota Post: Derek Wallbank: “Rep. Betty McCollum has asked House appropriators to approve five times more money to fix federally managed Indian schools than President Obama requested in a bid to dramatically slice the time it would take for the more than 60 schools in poor or worse condition to come up to acceptable standards.” More…

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum visits College

Univ. of Minn. College of Veterinary Medicine: Rep. Betty McCollum visited the College on April 1 to take part in a roundtable discussion about the College’s work in many academic areas. “You serve a critical role and are a unique resource for me,” the congresswoman told the group. More…

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum on Latest Employment Data: We Must Do More for Struggling Americans

April 02: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Press Release: In response to the Department of Labor’s announcement that the economy gained 162,000 jobs in March 2010, Rep. McCollum said, “This is the largest job gain in a single month in the past three years. Although these are positive results, we must do better, especially for many Minnesotans who are still struggling to find work.” More…

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Internships

MPSN: The Muslim Public Service Network summer fellowship program provide American Muslims with an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to American society, while defusing the tide of misunderstanding that Muslim Americans face today. Internships for Previous MPSN Fellows include the Office of Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN). More…

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Working Families Day rally focuses on jobs

Workday Minnesota: Barb Kucera Cement mason Jessica Keeley had a message for lawmakers Wednesday at the state Capitol: “We want to collect paychecks – not unemployment checks!” National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum were among the speakers who echoed that message. View video.

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum Joins Congressman Vernon Ehlers in Support of the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 4755)

April 08: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Press Release: “Lake Superior is a priceless natural resource for Minnesotans, and it needs to be protected.” More…

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Minnesota Congress members score high with Catholic group

Minnesota Independent: “NETWORK, a social-justice lobby formed in 1971 by a group of 47 nuns, has released a report card on Congress. A number of Minnesota’s delegates have scored 100 percent, including the state’s two Catholics, Reps. Betty McCollum and James Oberstar.” More…

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U.S. Representatives ‘Head the Class’ in Twin Cities Schools During Teach for America Week

April 09: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Press Release: Rep. McCollum, D-5th District, served as a guest teacher during Teach For America Week. Rep. McCollum engaged with kindergarten and fourth grade students at College Prep Elementary in St. Paul.”Providing every child a quality education is a great investment in Minnesota’s future. To make that possible, we need effective, passionate teachers,” Congresswoman McCollum said. More…

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Betty McCollum does John Kline’s work because he refuses

MN Progressive Project: “Rep. John Kline (R-MN) isn’t well known for much of anything.  That’s because up until this year, he’s been a do-nothing back-bencher…His do-nothing-ness has come to this — Rep. Betty McCollum is doing his job for him.” More…

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McCollum Praises Congressman Bart Stupak As He Announces His Retirement from Congress

April 09: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Press Release: I will miss Bart’s leadership on protecting the Great Lakes and his tireless determination to protect consumers and fight for working families. More…

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Earmarks and the Minnesota delegation

Minnesota Public Radio: The Office of Management and Budget today released an analysis showing Washington lawmakers obtained about 2,000 fewer “earmarks” in the last year. Still, 9,192 earmarks, costing taxpayers more than $11 billion, made it into legislation. Betty McCollum: $28,214,000. More…

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Support for Israel runs on party lines

The Boston Globe: “Similarly, it is true that 333 US House members, a hefty bipartisan majority, endorsed the robustly pro-Israel Hoyer-Cantor letter to Clinton. But there were only seven Republicans who declined to sign the letter, 91 Democrats — more than a third of the entire Democratic caucus. Rep. McCollum refused to sign the letter.” More…

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McCollum Honors Victims of Oklahoma City Bombing, Warns Congress that Overblown Rhetoric Aids Anti-Government Extremists

April 13: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Press Release: Rep. McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on the House floor, regarding H.Res. 1206. This resolution commemorates the victims who died in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. “The Members of this House Democrats and Republicans – have a duty and an obligation to end the dangerous name-calling that can only inspire the extremist militias and phony patriots. In the most free, prosperous and greatest democracy on earth it is time to return to a civil, decent debate of public policy. I don’t want another ‘Oklahoma City’ to ever take place again.” More…

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NEA finds friends in Congress

Politico: Marin Cogan: National Endowment for the Arts Chair Rocco Landesman was on the Hill testifying for the NEA’s FY 2011 budget. “Although Landesman stressed that supporting the arts should be a bipartisan effort, it was hard not to notice that the Arts Advocacy Day was made by and for liberals. Amid actors and arts advocates, only Democratic officials spoke. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn) also spoke.” More…

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Tracking Tim Johnson in Media

Sen. Tim Johnson – SD

Amendments and Impasse May Hamper Banking Bill

New York Times: The Obama administration, while focused on the health care debate, has been stepping up political pressure over the financial regulatory overhaul. The Treasury secretary held separate meetings this week with several members of the Banking Committee: Michael F. Bennet, Democrat of Colorado; Michael D. Crapo, Republican of Idaho; and Tim Johnson, Democrat of South Dakota. More…

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It’s Time to Move Forward on Financial Regulatory Reform

March 22: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: Sen. Johnson released the following statement as the Banking Committee passed landmark financial regulatory reform legislation: “I am pleased that we are moving forward legislation that will create better regulation and protect consumers and Main Street small businesses.” More…

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Growth Energy adds staff

The Hill: Jim Snyder: Katy Ziegler Thomas is joining the group as chief of staff. She previously was the vice president for government relations at the National Farmers Union and is also a former aide to Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). More…

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Johnson Hails Historic Passage of Health Reform as Bill Moves on to the President

March 22: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “This is truly a historic day for our country. After debating the notion of health care reform for generations, meaningful legislation will now be signed into law by President Obama. My vote to reform our health care system will likely be one of the defining moments of my time in Congress.” More…

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Chairman Johnson Asks Department of Defense to Continue Troop Housing, Energy Security Projects at Budget Hearing

March 23: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: Johnson took a hard look at the Administration’s budget request, which includes a total of $1.8 billion in funding for military construction projects, primarily in Afghanistan.  The Chairman stressed the need to provide proper, timely housing for our troops overseas while also providing jobs and other economic incentives in the country. More…

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The Significance of Last Night’s Vote on Finance Reform

Washington Independent: Mike Lillis: On the much more comprehensive bill passed by the Banking panel yesterday, though, Johnson indicated a change of tune, saying he was “pleased” Congress is moving to “modernize” the nation’s finance system. His vote in favor of the reforms, which are sponsored by Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), provided the proof. More…

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Johnson Attends White House Signing Of Health Care Bill

March 23: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I was proud to be on hand as President Obama signed into law an achievement that has evaded Republican and Democratic Administrations for generations.” More…

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SD Senators Sound Off On Health Care Lawsuit

KELOLAND: Senator Tim Johnson was the only member of South Dakota’s congressional delegation to vote for the health care reform bill, but he doesn’t support the lawsuit against the bill. “I support the bill, and I support the reconciliation bill, and I’m opposed to the frivolous step that South Dakota has taken,” Senator Tim Johnson said. Johnson believes health care reform will stand up to the test in court. More…

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Johnson Introduces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Bill

March 24: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “This disease is entirely preventable, and yet it is estimated that nearly 8,000 South Dakotans are living with FASD,” said Johnson. More…

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Johnson Announces $22,705 in Funding for Miller Fire Department

March 24: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I am pleased that the fire department will receive funds to acquire much needed life-saving equipment. This funding is a wonderful example of my Hometown Prosperity Plan to invest in the public good.” More…

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Senate Passes Package to Improve Health Care Bill

March 25: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I am pleased the Senate has passed a package of important changes to improve the legislation President Obama signed into law earlier this week.” More…

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South Dakotans Will Start to See Benefits of Health Reform This Year

March 25: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I know that when the dust settles, South Dakotans will see the positive impact this bill will have on our economy and their bottom line.” More…

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Giago: Veterans claim racial discrimination by VA

Native American Times: Tim Giago: “Several months ago I wrote about one such veteran named Andres Torres, an Oglala Lakota, living in Rapid City. What has happened to this veteran since then?…“I took the article you wrote in the Native Sun News to the offices of Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Thune (R-SD) and Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) and either they are unable to help or they don’t care,” Torres said.” More…

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House Lawmakers Voice Concern About Google Buzz

National Journal: Juliana Gruenwald: A group of House Energy and Commerce members are urging the FTC to investigate complaints that Google’s Buzz social networking service and some of its other services may harm consumer privacy.

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Josh Steffen: “Where the hell is South Dakota’s John Thune & Tim Johnson on this? Even Herseth… get her in here too.” More…

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Johnson Announces Mobridge Housing Commission to Receive $33,894

March 29: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I am pleased that Mobridge will receive funding to help struggling South Dakotans improve their circumstances,” Johnson said. The community housing commissions in Sioux Falls and Brookings received similar funding. The three grants totaled $144,478 for South Dakota. More…

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Johnson Announces $134,000 to Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate for Energy Efficiency

March 30: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate will receive $134,000 and Todd County will receive a $50,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The funding, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will be used to help improve energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel emissions and promote economic development. More…

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Strategist chosen as Lusk Fellow

Brookings Register: Political and media strategist Steve Jarding has been chosen as the 2010 Lusk Fellow by the faculty of the South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has managed campaigns or served in senior roles for Democratic senators including Tim Johnson of South Dakota. More…

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Johnson Comments Following President’s Plan to Expand Off-Shore Oil Drilling

March 31: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “I am pleased that President Obama is moving forward with an energy agenda that lessens our dependence on unstable countries in the Middle East. This is no silver bullet, and expanding off-shore drilling will not solve all of our energy problems overnight. We must also continue our efforts to expand renewable energy production, including in the areas of wind, ethanol and biodiesel.” More…

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Tracking John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet in Media

Mayor John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper: “Occupational Privilege Tax Is Wrongheaded”

The Huffington Post: Thursday morning on Mike Rosen’s conservative KOA radio show, Denver Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper called Denver’s occupational privilege tax “wrongheaded” while taking a question from a listener. (Click here for audio)

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Andrews: A long road to November

Denver Post: John Andrews: “Any of the GOP contenders, whatever their shortcomings or the party’s past lapses, would obviously work harder for limited government — the imperative right now, before our country goes bankrupt — than would a Sen. Bennet, a Sen. Romanoff, or a Gov. John Hickenlooper as liberal Democrats.” More…

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Denver ranks 4th in U.S. in energy-efficient buildings

U.S. EPA.gov: The Denver area ranks 4th in the nation on a list of metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy efficient buildings. The list, released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), highlights buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009. “With the creation of Greenprint Denver, the City began requiring municipal office buildings to reach Energy Star status to reduce utility costs,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. More…

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Dick Wadhams on health care: “America will be in great political turmoil after the passage of this bill — and I think that’s good”

Denver Westword: Michael Roberts: Dick Wadhams, head of the Colorado Republican Party refers to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as Hickenritter. “I don’t think this guy has the foggiest idea who he is or what he represents.” More…

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“We’re just not going to spend a lot of time responding to name-calling,” he stresses. “It’s not how we’re going to run this campaign,” Hickenlooper spokesman George Merritt said in response to Wadhams. More…

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Incredible corruption surrounding immigration in Colorado: Romer, Ritter and Hickenlooper

Before It’s News: Frosty Woolridge: “Governor Ritter refuses to enforce the immigration laws passed by the Colorado legislators in 2006.  Mayor John Hickenlooper continues his “Sanctuary Policy” that grants immunity to criminal aliens. Additionally, he won’t enforce Initiative 100, passed by Colorado voters, that impounds cars of criminal aliens caught in traffic arrests.” More…

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Hickenlooper expresses a bent for business

Denver Post: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper told a business group that it’s “crazy” to raise fees or taxes when revenues are down, or for Colorado to be known as an anti-business state. He also faults Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration which he says sided with “overboard” environmentalists in crafting new oil and gas regulations. More…

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Ritter, Hickenlooper make amends after last week’s spat over oil, gas regs

Denver Post: The Spot: Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper had nothing but praise for each other today, although it was a different story last week. The two Denver Democrats chatted with each other this morning at the Westin at the before they each took the stage to speak at the Sustainable Industries Economic Forum. It was the first time the two have talked in person since they tangled last week over oil-and-gas regulations developed under the Ritter administration. More…

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Governor candidate John Hickenlooper getting a feel for campaign

Steamboat Pilot: Mike Lawrence: Hickenlooper welcomes input and perspective from the Western Slope. The Denver Mayor is learning on the fly in his statewide campaign for governor and that he’ll to talk about how state government can add value to businesses. He said job creation is the No. 1 issue he hears about from Western Slope residents. More…

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Steve Adams: ‘Son of Colorado’ promises help is on the way

Washington Examiner: Steve Adams:  In Colorado, unemployment, government mandates and taxes are the particularly decisive issues among voters; therefore, are equally decisive with the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Indeed, Hickenlooper assures voters he is pro-business and GOP challenger, McInnis, points out that Ritter, too, claimed to be pro-business, and look what happened. The state GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams expresses his confidence with McInnis: “He’s a son of Colorado.” More…

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Justify use of city sewer fees

Denver Post: Should the fees Denverites pay for sewers be used for such things as snow removal or alley improvements? The issue came to light after a report from the city auditor, Dennis Gallagher, who was trying to figure out whether the city’s wastewater enterprise fund was being used appropriately. The report questions decisions made by those in the administration of Mayor John Hickenlooper to pay for things such as curb and gutter maintenance from the fund. More…

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Woman who was at crisis center plans to sue Denver over pregnancy

Denver Post: A woman who contends she was impregnated at age 17 by a staffer overseeing her at a city of Denver crisis center in 2006 filed a notice of claim against the city Thursday seeking $2 million in damages.”The mayor is running for governor of Colorado on a platform that says he cares about kids, and yet you have one right here, and he is homeless, and all this happened under the mayor’s watch,” Civil rights activist Alvertis Simmons said. “This mother and child need help.” More…

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Hickenlooper visits Berthoud

Berthoud Recored: Hickenlooper visited EnergyLogic, a business in Berthoud which was selected as an Energy Star Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency. Hickenlooper said that EnergyLogic was chosen from over 17,000 candidates and these unsung heroes are people he wants to see. More…

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Hickenlooper campaigns at chamber

Highlands Ranch Herald: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for governor, stressed his business credentials and support for suburban issues during a campaign stop at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. More…

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Denver weighs methods to discourage banks from foreclosures

Denver Post: Denver officials looking to slow foreclosures in hard-hit neighborhoods might take a cue from other cities and states: Tell banks to do more to help residents keep their homes or risk losing hefty government deposits. Meanwhile, Mayor John Hickenlooper said through a representative that he could not take a stance without more specifics. More… ………………………………………………………………….

Governor candidate gets down to business

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper met with Grand Junction entrepreneurs at their headquarters in Grand Junction on Friday. More…

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Campaign stop aims to make city a Hick town

Coloradoan: Hickenlooper was in Fort Collins on Friday, visiting with businesses and their owners as he toured Northern Colorado for his campaign. During the meeting, he also said he hopes to see the majority of education funds stay in the classroom, particularly during the next several years as education in the state undergoes budget cuts. Hickenlooper also spoke about energy, recognizing that in the future petroleum will run out, and he praised Gov. Bill Ritter for helping set the road for a long transition to a reliance on natural energy. More…

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Planning livable communities

Denver Daily News: Congressman Ed Perlmutter joined local officials yesterday to promote the Livable Communities Act. “The beauty of what Congressman Perlmutter’s created is that it’s not prescriptive, it’s not government coming in and saying, ‘You must do this,’” said Hickenlooper. More…

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Restauranter Sentenced For Money Laundering

CBS 4 Denver: Dan Tang, owner of Heaven Dragon, a popular Thornton restaurant, will pay a hefty fine and serve 18 months in prison as part of his sentence for money laundering. Those charges stem from a connection with a massive Asian marijuana cultivation operation. The restaurant is lined with photos of Tang with politicians like former president George W. Bush, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulani and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. More…

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Sen. Michael Bennet

Senate Passes Fiscally-Responsible Jobs Bill, Measure Now Heads To President’s Desk

Michael Bennet–U.S. Senator: Newsroom–Press Releases: “The bill we passed today (March 18) is good for Colorado — it gives our small businesses the tax relief they need to invest in their companies, grow and create new jobs for Coloradans.” More…

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Congressional bank bill targets fraud

Denver Post: A congressional proposal to reform oversight of the nation’s banks includes safeguards that could prevent potentially fraudulent loan transactions. A provision backed by Sen. Bennet, D-Colo., is expected to close a regulatory gap that allowed managers for the now-failed bank to provide loans to borrowers who pledged to put stock into the bank — transactions known as “tying schemes” if coercion is proved — outside bank examiners’ notice . More…

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Sen. Bennet’s bad news may be real bad news for Sen. Bennett

The Hill: Sean J. Miller and Aaron Blake: The real loser in Tuesday’s Colorado caucuses wasn’t Sen. Bennet. It was Sen. Bennett. Sen. Michael Bennet’s (D-Colo.) 50-41 loss to Democratic rival Andrew Romanoff shows what an activist-driven process can do to an incumbent in this environment. Utah, the other party’s activists have the ability and the motivation to unseat Sen. Bob Bennett (R). More…

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As a Follow-Up to Administration’s Education Blueprint, Bennet Pushes to include Bill to Attract & Support Talented Principals In High Needs Schools as Part of ESEA

Michael Bennet–U.S. Senator: Newsroom–Press Releases: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) considers reforms to education. Sen. Bennet applauded the Administration’s emphasis on school leaders and urged the Senate to include keys of the School Principal Recruitment and Training Act in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). “We need to address the chronic shortage of principals in high-needs schools by providing the support necessary to recruit high-quality principals. This bill will help transform an outdated system of recruiting and supporting talent in our schools that need it most.”  More…

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Politicos divide over earmarks

Denver Daily News: U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton yesterday lashed out at her potential Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, for having voted against the amendment which places a one-year moratorium on earmarks. But she also attacked those in her own party who voted against the proposal. “It’s questionable which is more insulting: Senator Bennet’s hypocrisy on earmark reform or the fact that Republicans joined him to help kill this commonsense measure,” said Norton. More…

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Sen. Bennet slips between worlds of reform, fundraising

Denver Post: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has settled on the persona of a Washington reformer as seen in his ambitious ‘fix-it’ agenda in his first campaign ad this week. Sen. Bennet (D) released the TV ad as an attempt to show him as a D.C. outsider, as well. More…

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Sen. Bennet notches another White House visit

Colorado Springs Gazette: One day he’s on TV deriding Washington. The next day he’s standing in the White House Rose Garden watching the president sign a bill into law. Is Colorado’s newest senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, an insider or an outsider? This year, as Bennet seeks his first election to a seat he was appointed to last fall, Bennet is sending both messages to voters. More…

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Will Romanoff’s Move Put the Public Option Back On the Table?

Huffington Post: David Sirota: Sen. Bennet has spent the last month and a half touting his letter demanding a public option — and getting a lot of press for that move. Colorado Senate Democratic candidate Andrew Romanoff issued a statement that will put significant pressure on his primary opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), to offer the amendment instead. But now, thanks to Romanoff’s demand, Sen. Bennet will have to put up or shut up. More…

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Bennet Supports and Improves Wall Street Reform

Michael Bennet–U.S. Senator: Newsroom–Press Releases: The Senate Banking and Urban Affairs Committee adopted three of Sen. Bennet’s additional amendments to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. More…

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TELL IT TO THE CHIEFTAIN: MICHAEL BENNET

Pueblo Chieftain: Richard Fouch: “Sen. Bennet could begin the Washington reform by resigning.” More…

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Obama’s education chief pops in at Denver school

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was impressed with a Denver school which works to link teacher evaluations with performance pay. Duncan was in Denver for a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. More…

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Bennet: Historic Investment in Childhood Nutrition Will Reduce Childhood Hunger and Give Colorado Kids Access to Healthy Meals at School

Michael Bennet–U.S. Senator: Newsroom–Press Releases: Sen. Bennet, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today (March 23) applauded the committee’s bipartisan passage of a $4.5 billion investment in child nutrition over 10 years. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 aims to improve the nutrition of kids in Colorado, reduce child obesity rates and reduce child hunger. More…

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Moderate Dems To Reid: We Want A Bill

National Journal: Energy and Environment: Twenty-two Democrats, including many moderates, are urging the Senate to pass climate and energy legislation this year “with a renewed focus on jobs and a reduced dependence on foreign oil,” according to a letter they sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., late Friday. More…

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Earth to Sen. Bennet: You Now Have Absolutely No Reason to Not Offer the Public Option Amendment

Huffington Post: David Sirota: “So what is really going on here? Increasingly, it looks like Bennet is trying to trick Colorado Democratic primary voters and appease the insurance industry at the same time.” David Sirota is working to keep the movement for a public option alive by delivering petitions to Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.” More…

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City pays extra for contracted-out transit expenses

Colorado Springs Independent: J. Adrian Stanley: Transportation Working Group participants are working on a plan that would ask voters to approve a special tax to fund transit. Also, City Councilor Jan Martin says she’s asking U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to secure federal money for bus service, instead of the much more common grants that are only for capital projects. More…

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Sen. Michael Bennet Reacts To Health Care Bills Passing

KRDO: Sen. Michael Bennet (D) has telling words when it comes to how the health care bills were passed.”I’m please that a bill passed,” said Bennet. “I’m sorry in the way that it passed. I think the process from the very beginning to the end in the Congress was horrible.” More…

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Dems who voted ‘no’ on health face primary problems

Washington Examiner: Heather Hunt: Romanoff will use the bill to unseat his incumbent challenger, Sen. Bennet. Sen. Bennet voted for the health care bill, but Romanoff claims he could have pushed harder against the insurance industry. “Romanoff may use that, and it is a close primary, but so far Bennet is ahead and has the support and money to win the nomination,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. More…

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Bennet hears business woes, defends new health care plan

Pueblo Chieftain: Sen. Bennet met with 20 business people at the Latino Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic problems. Sen. Bennet also defended the new health care legislation signed by President Barack Obama a week ago, claiming it was important progress in helping businesses deal with the high costs of health insurance. More…

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The Five Most Important Senate Fundraising Reports

Washington Post: Chris Cillizza: The first fundraising quarter of the year comes to a close, bringing to an end a make or break three months for many federal candidates around the country. Andrew Romanoff is one of the five Senate candidates who have the most to gain (or lose) in his fundraising reports. Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado state House, drew some positive press when he beat appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in the state’s Democratic caucuses earlier this month. But, that victory will be rendered almost entirely meaningless if Romanoff can’t show an ability to stay within financial shouting distance of Bennet in advance of their primary faceoff in August. More…

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Bennet: Coloradans’ Ideas Will Make Washington Work Better for the People

Michael Bennet–U.S. Senator: Newsroom–Press Releases: Sen. Bennet, today (April 01) released a video on his Plan for Washington Reform, which includes earmark reform, lobbying reform, campaign finance reform, Congressional spending and filibuster reform. More…

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Tea Party Express rails at policies in Colo. stops

Denver Post: Hundreds of Coloradans turned out Wednesday at separate Tea Party Express gatherings in Grand Junction and Denver to send messages to representatives in both Washington and Colorado. “For 2½ months, I wrote Michael Bennet asking him not to vote for health care,” said Gray, 60, a registered Libertarian. “I never received one word back except for his newsletter.” More…

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