Candidate signs reported stolen

A Curry County Commission candidate said more than $250 worth of campaign signs have been stolen from various locations throughout the community. In a police report filed May 21, Gloria Wicker told police more than 25 of her campaign signs were taken from locations where she placed them three days earlier. A Democrat, Wicker is […]

Alive Campaign comes to Clovis

Five Baylor University students are scheduled to bike into Clovis today promoting suicide prevention. They’ll be in Fort Sumner on Saturday.

McCain strategy brings optimism to race forefront

Freedom New Mexico In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went further. But it’s considerably more […]

Campaign matter turned into 1960 fiasco

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1960 I was a bachelor, age 29, and I moved into the the downtown building where Dr. Dean Merrritt had his medical practice. He also had an empty “art room” upstairs, where he used to paint. He rented it out to me, and I had my own art […]

Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]

Opinions matter, even small ones

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I have a lot of opinions. But today, I’ll just give you three. They’re not enough for individual columns, but each has pop culture, sports or political merit. • One of my friends has joined an online group dedicated to creating a worldwide carrot shortage on May 15. The […]

Clinton rhetoric missing the mark

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist It was only a few months ago pundits left and right were calling the Hillary Clinton campaign a runaway train. With Clinton and Barack Obama in a close race for the Democratic nomination, it looks as if those predictions may be wrong. Likewise, you can take a grain of salt […]

Obama takes delegate lead

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Photo: Rick Wood Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters gathered Tuesday at the Kohl Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama powered past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for Democratic convention delegates Tuesday on a night of triumph sweetened […]

Romney drops out

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. “I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall […]

Edwards quits Democratic presidential race

By NEDRA PICKLER and BECKY BOHRER NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. “With our convictions and a little […]

Obama wins South Carolina in racially charged primary

By David Espo and Charles Babington: The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially-charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was running […]

United Way makes ‘08 goal

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico had to go into overtime, but it did reach its 2008 fundraising on Wednesday, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. She said the organization collected about $580,000 as of Wednesday, which is $15,000 over its campaign goal. The campaign, which had an original deadline of last […]

United Way extending campaign

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were so […]

Economic policies make Republican race tough to call

By Freedom New Mexico Republican voters are having a hard time settling on presidential candidates, now that the party has three separate winners after its first three major primaries. In Michigan on Tuesday, Republican Mitt Romney salvaged his political campaign, which had been withering following losses in New Hampshire and Iowa. Arizona Sen. John McCain […]

Richardson officially out of presidential race

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after poor finishes in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. “It is with great pride, understanding and acceptance that I am ending my campaign for president of the United States,” he […]

Richardson drops out of presidential race

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press MERRIMACK, N.H. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power. Richardson planned to announce the decision today, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge […]

Candidates overlook power of pets

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico The presidential race is becoming so competitive candidates are asking for their children’s help. John Edwards, for example, has been bringing his two kids, Jack, 7, and Emma Claire, 9, on the campaign trail with him. Hillary Clinton persuaded her daughter, Chelsea, 27, to accompany her while campaigning in […]

Paul campaign is surprising step for freedom

By Freedom New Mexico Ron Paul, the libertarian-oriented and commendably anti-war 10-term Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate, has in some ways been the most interesting phenomenon of the early going in the campaign. Paul’s Internet-oriented supporters are not only fervent, they have supported him with record-breaking amounts of money, most notably in two single-day […]

Hillary takes pork barrel politics

By Freedom New Mexico It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton favors a Nanny State approach to what ails us. Indeed, she seems to prefer it even for what doesn’t ail us. Sen. Clinton has promised $5,000 handouts to all newborn babies so they one day can buy homes or attend college. She wants $1 billion […]