Obama needs to act rather than speak

Freedom New Mexico The State of the Union message wasn’t always the media spectacle it has become. President Thomas Jefferson simply delivered a written report to Congress, and that precedent was maintained for more than a century, until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, who decided to deliver his message to Congress in person. The growing […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Sing out loud, sharp knives and an act of defiance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Joyful noise Three Eastern New Mexico University groups are set to perform a holiday concert Friday and they need you. The Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and University Singers perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Audience […]

Government doesn’t need to act as parents

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which will decide whether California’s blanket ban on people under age 18 being allowed to purchase certain violent video games will stand. The justices seemed sympathetic to the idea that there should be some way to shield minors from violent games in […]

Affordable Care Act impacts federal benefits

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented Jan. 1 affecting eligibility and benefits for appropriated civilian employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Flexible Spending Account programs. One of the provisions of Public Law 111-148 changes FEHB dependent eligibility rules. […]

Commentary: Even one suicide is too many

By Chief Master Sergeant James A. Roy: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force WASHINGTON, D.C. — An alarming trend is happening in our Air Force, and we need your help. We’ve had a drastic increase this year in the number of suicides among our total force airmen — active duty, guard, reserve and civilians. […]

Attorney general candidates discuss open government

Ticket feature: Pop musician Brian Hyland to perform at music festival

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Courtesy photo Pop musician Brian Hyland has been making music since 1960 and continues to write and record at his home in California. Liliana Castillo Pop musician Brian Hyland has been curious about the Clovis Music Festival for years, being a friend with return act Bobby Vee. “I always had been asking him about it,” […]

Education leader: Act locally to improve schools

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Progress is being made at the national and state levels for broad improvements in the public education of military children, but parents still should be involved at the local level to affect change the most, the head of the Military Child Education Coalition said. “With great […]

Press release: Senator discusses upcoming EPW hearing, DISCLOSE act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about an Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing tomorrow on chemical facility security that will feature testimony from the CEO of an Albuquerque water purification company. He also discussed today’s procedural vote in the Senate on the DISCLOSE Act, and a resolution he […]

Former Tucumcari city official files whistleblower suit

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari city official who filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act was fired last week. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said John “Marty” Garcia was terminated as city treasurer July 6, but declined to state the reason, citing […]

Press release: Senator discusses green infrastructure for Clean Water Act, Small Business Lending Fund Act, Wall Street reform and comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about new legislation he recently introduced called the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act. He also discussed pending small business and jobs legislation and this week’s anticipated final vote on Wall Street reform in the Senate. To listen to the audio, click here. […]

Lawsuit calls for MVD to offer voter registration forms

Kevin Wilson A non-profit group is hoping its efforts will drive more people to the voting booth this November and in elections beyond that. The New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles recently entered a settlement with Project Vote, bringing the state department in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The act requires […]

Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in mind when those […]

Clean Air Act battling point for Senate Dems

Freedom New Mexico Senate Republicans fell short last week, 47-53, of overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but exposed a significant split among Democrats that may bode ill for passage this year of comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation. As the Washington Post reported, the contentious vote “suggested the Senate is far […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

Officials: Ute water project construction could begin next year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Postmaster John Yeast provides an overview to Curry County Commission Chairman Robert Sandoval and other county officers Tuesday during a tour of the Gidding Street post office building. Last month, commissioners announced plans to purchase the building for $750,000 and rent space to the post office. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Udall discusses radiation exposure act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with reporters from around the state about legislation he introduced on Monday to update the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and Wall Street reform, which the Senate is expected to begin debating this week. To listen to the audio, click here.Below is a time key of […]

Recovery act to expand local broadband Internet service

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke today, joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator Tom Udall and former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya on a press conference call, announced a $11.2 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in eastern New Mexico and […]

Job creation numbers grossly inflated

Last week marked the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the Obama stimulus package. The White House, not surprisingly, put on a full-court press, releasing a report that claimed the stimulus saved the country from having a recession degenerate into a full-blown depression, “saving or creating” some 2 million […]