Friday, November 16, 2012

Michael Bennet

Gang of Eight – member
     Bi-partisan members attempting to negotiate deficit reduction deal

Michael Bennet

Senator                        Colorado          Democrat
Appointed 2009
Elected 2010

Aging (Special)
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                   85
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                       93
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                        89                   
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                      43
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                        67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                               20
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                          36

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                         8
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                  8
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                 0
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in the 111th Congress:     2009 – 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal DC firearms limits and semiautomatic weapons ban
Yes      Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
Yes      Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
Yes      Regulate Financial Firms
            Regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
Yes      Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
No       Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Michael Bennet (D)      851,590  48%                          11,536,750
                        Ken Buck (R)                 822,731  46                               4,953,818
                        Bob Kinsey (Grn)            38,768    2

                        Grn      Green Party


Population 2010:                      5,029,196
State Rank:                               22nd
Change since 2000:                 up 16.9%

Urban:                                      80%
Rural:                                       20

Denver                                     600,158
Colorado Springs                   416,427
Aurora                                     325,078
Fort Collins                             143,986

Median Income:                          56,334
Median Home Value:                237,800

Private Employment:                 78%
Government Employment:         15
Self-Employed:                             7
Poverty:                                    12
Blue Collar:                              19
White Collar:                            63

Median Age:                            36
Over 65:                                   10%
Under 18:                                 25

High School Graduates:            89%
College Graduates:                   36
Graduate Degree:                     13

Veterans:                                  11%

Registered Voters 2010:
Democrats                                   812,389
Republicans                                 874,962
Independents                               789,851
Voter Turnout -                         1,787,730
Turnout, Voting Age -              47%

White:                                      70%
Black:                                         4
Hispanic:                                  21
Asian:                                         3
Native American                        1                     

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                1,288,576        54%
John McCain (R) -                   1,073,589        45

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            1,101,255        52%
John Kerry (D) -                      1,001,732        47

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