Communications official speaking at Party meeting

CNJ Staff Scott Darnell, communications director for the Republican Party of New Mexico, will be the speaker at the meeting Tuesday of the Curry County Republican Party and Curry County Federated Republican Women. The joint meeting is 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Darnell managed Vickie Perea’s campaign in her unsuccessful run for New Mexico secretary […]

Ruling revisits political speech regulations

By Freedom Newspapers In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious […]

Reform laws give justices chance to make statement

By Freedom Newspapers A case argued last week to the U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the absurdity of relatively recent reform laws that restrict political speech during the period just before an election. Such laws require regulators and courts to make absurdly fine distinctions that such bodies are not really qualified to make and should not […]

United Way exceeds goal

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Incoming United Way of Eastern New Mexico President Leo Lovett, left, and Executive Director Erinn Burch present the award for Volunteer of the Year to outgoing United Way President Don Thomas at the awards banquet. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet […]

Presidential hopeful has big plans for ’16

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., made an announcement Monday about his political plans for the 2008 presidential campaign. He said he and his family would make a decision “later this year.” Gripping words. Some will tell you Hagel is doing the right thing, focusing his efforts on our current issues […]

United Way reaches goal for 2006-07 fund-raising

CNJ Staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its 2006-2007 campaign goal of $525,000, with donations and pledges totaling $525,955.48, officials announced Friday in a news release. During the final day, United Way received corporate and individual gifts and pledges that put the fund-raising effort over the top, the release said. Curry and Roosevelt […]

United Way goal on horizon

By CNJ staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM […]

Free immunizations available for children

By CNJ staff The Clovis Health Office, which is located at 1216 Cameo St., will offer free immunizations beginning Monday. The free clinic is part of the Tiny Tots Need Their Shots campaign. Free flu shots will also be available for children ages 6 months and older. According to Registered Nurse Connie Fiorenzio, the flu […]

Past political campaigns lot more fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I once asked a gubernatorial candidate to give me one word that would describe why he put himself on the awful election campaign trail, and after a moment, he looked at me and said, “Ego.” So now that all the election rhetoric is over and the winners are happily getting […]

McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]

Victory missing from ballots this year

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist It is almost surreal to watch the 2006 campaign wind down to its conclusion. The one overriding issue is the war in Iraq. Polls reflect deep public unhappiness with the course of the war, and Democrats will most likely reap the benefit of this frustration. And yet neither party offers […]

Republican ad provides comic relief

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Democrats are complaining about a Republican ad that ran in Tennessee making fun of Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. It features mock voters giving dumb reasons to vote for him, such as “Terrorists need their privacy,” “Harold Ford looks nice — isn’t that enough?” and “So he took money from […]

Friend upholds scrappy relationship

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist My friend hasn’t been in touch much recently. Barney from New Jersey used to call quite often, our conversations normally ending with one of us slamming down the receiver. Barney thinks New Mexico is a backward state and that I am a hick columnist. It’s not too hard to understand […]

Money, service mean sure Senate win

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist I think Sen. Jeff Bingaman is going to get beat in November by his Republican opponent. I also think Lordsburg High School will defeat La Cueva in the state football championship game, Santa Fe will become a conservative enclave, Carlsbad Caverns bats will relocate to White Sands National Park, and […]

United Way to start drive Thursday

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials are hoping to raise 9 percent more than last year’s goal of $482,005, or $525,385. “It’s a reasonable goal,” Executive Director Erinn Burch said, “but I’d like to blow it out of the water.” The organization will celebrate its fall fund-raiser campaign […]

Political anomalies: Nothing new there

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The always reliable “everyone does it” as an excuse for conduct everyone should not be doing has a new cousin. Comes now the cop-out “it’s nothing new.” “Everyone does it,” coupled with “it’s nothing new,” gives tacit approval to all sorts of nefarious behavior. For example, it would certainly seem […]

Tax dollars not meant for political gain

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Stop what you are doing right now. Get a pad and pencil. This is important. What I am about to report will save you thousands. Ready? OK, here goes: If you buy generic drugs rather than brand-name drugs it will be cheaper. A whole lot cheaper! Listen, don’t lavish e-mail […]

GOP change suggests bloody campaign

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist After winning the primary election as the Republican nominee to face Gov. Bill Richardson in November, Santa Fe physician Dr. J. P. Damron was fired by his party. Check that. He wasn’t fired. He voluntarily resigned as a candidate. Dr. Damron’s resignation so surprised New Mexico Republicans who did not […]

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]