Five constitutional amendments on ballot

Kevin Wilson Five constitutional amendments are up on the November ballot. Unless specifically noted in the text of the amendment, changes are effective immediately. Arguments are suggested by the state’s Legislative Council Service staff. Amendment No. 1: The proposal is to create an exemption of the state’s anti-donation clause, which bars government entities from giving […]

State constitution questions on Texas ballots

The following state constitutional amendments will be on every Texas county ballot in November’s election. Monday was the final day to register for elections. Proposition 1 (HJR 132) “The constitutional amendment authorizing the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a […]

GOP candidate calls for Constitutional values

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Courtesy photo Adam Kokesh plans to run for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District next year. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Adam Kokesh believes a revolution is needed to return America to its constitutional principles — and there’s an easy way or a hard way to do it. “The good way,” Kokesh said, “is to […]

Constitution still inspires hope, freedom

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Parmer County election results

General election results for Parmer County: Proposition 1 The continuation of constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items for Angelo State University. For 240 Against 119 Proposition 2 Authorizing $500 million in general obligation bonds to finance educational loans to students and authorizing a bond enhancement agreement. For 219 Against 155 Proposition 3 A […]

Texas General Election propositions

The General Election in Bailey County will be held at the Bailey Coliseum. Here are propositions in the Texas General Election. Proposition 1 The continuation of constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items for Angelo State University. Proposition 2 Authorizing $500 million in general obligation bonds to finance educational loans to students and authorizing […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

Constitutional power questionable

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Each year since 2004, on Sept. 17, we commemorate the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 American statesmen. The legislation creating Constitution Day was fathered by Sen. Robert Byrd and requires federal agencies and federally funded schools, including universities, to have some kind of educational program on the […]

Internet gambling ban serves no one

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist The House of Representatives voted 245 to 159 to pass the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Because of a rule requiring two-thirds approval, the measure didn’t pass. Its sponsor, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce it again when only a majority is needed for passage. If enacted, it […]

Not crisis yet, but executive power bears watching

Freedom Newspapers A term few Americans are familiar with has become almost a commonplace during Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings. How has the judge used the term “unitary executive,” and why has President Bush used the term more than 100 times in “signing statements” issued when he signs bills into law? Most recently, in signing […]

Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

Train of principles has left the station

Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist Charity to man’s fellow man is praiseworthy, and Americans are the most generous people on Earth. An article in Philanthropy magazine (November/December 2004) quoted American philanthropist Daniel Rose saying: “American private charitable contributions this year will exceed $200 billion, equal to about 10 percent of the total federal budget; … […]

Divorcees make constitutional challenge

By Tom Philpott Lawyers for divorced service members and retirees have filed a weighty constitutional challenge to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, charging widespread violations of “due process” and “equal protection” rights in the way the law is written and enforced. What might be described as the legal muscle behind the lawsuit became […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Free State Project a last bastion of liberty

Walter Williams Last week’s column provided unassailable evidence that the protections of liberty envisioned by the Constitution’s framers mean little today. I was pleasantly surprised by the responses from fellow Americans expressing disgust and fear over what our nation is becoming. Several asked how we can regain our liberties. My short answer is: I’m not […]

Constitutional change benefits children

By Michael J. Davis Even before New Mexico was a state, our leaders envisioned a state land trust that would provide support for public education. Today’s school children benefit from their foresight. Through continued careful management, we can help to guarantee that future generations are well educated in mind, body and heart. But we have […]

Governor promotes education reform during stop at Clovis school

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks about the upcoming election and education reform to a group of listeners Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. By Jack King Two proposed state constitutional amendments would eliminate bureaucracy and fund badly needed school reforms, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. Richardson spoke in the […]

Area reps wary of funding for plan

By Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase […]