First lady making campaign stop in Clovis

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CNJ staff First lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Clovis on Wednesday to campaign for her husband’s re-election, local Republicans said Thursday evening. Rube Render, a member of the Curry County Republicans central committee, said the first lady is scheduled to appear some time in the afternoon. The tentative location for the campaign […]

McCain’s pledges mean to further stifle free speech

Freedom Newspapers Who or what made Arizona Sen. John McCain the arbiter of appropriate political discourse in America? The answer, of course, is John McCain, with the eager assistance of liberal pundits who view the senator’s carefully cultivated reputation as a “maverick” and Republican heretic as a stamp of respectability and virtue. The only thing […]

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The presidential campaign is stalled debating the inflammatory merits and demerits of the candidates’ Vietnam War service — even as America has an actual war being conducted by an actual president, George W. Bush, whose leadership the country has viewed for nearly four years. And there’s an actual challenger, Sen. John Kerry, who has a […]

Kerry should offer support for gun rights

Freedom Editorial P resumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry has amassed perhaps the most liberal voting record in the Senate, as Republican campaign ads will repeatedly remind voters during the campaign season. Yet Sen. Kerry could potentially win the election by going to the right on at least one important constitutional issue: the right to keep […]

Kernan rolls in District 42 primary

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gay Kernan’s hard work is done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, on Tuesday in the state’s primary by a 60-40 percent margin to seal the Senate District 42 seat. It was Kernan’s first election victory. She was appointed to her current seat by former […]

Chandler crushes Carter

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Matt Chandler talks on his cell phone as he looks at election results on the computer during Tuesday’s primary election at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly […]

DA race means tough choice

CNJ Editorial T uesday’s primary election ballot features five contested local races. One in particular has created a stir big enough to already have attracted heavy voter turnout. The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Republican primary has spurred about 2,000 Curry and Roosevelt County residents to vote early. The two-Republican race has inspired voter registration increases […]

DA challenger outspending incumbent

By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler has raised nearly $4,200 more than incumbent Brett Carter in the campaign for district attorney, according to campaign finance records filed Thursday evening State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports on May 10 and May 27. Through Tuesday, Chandler had raised $29,007.84 and spent $25,696.03; Carter had […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]

Hobbs school teacher takes campaign to constituents

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]