Rangel’s actions not without consequences

It is always a little sad to see prominent and powerful people brought low, especially when the fall is due to their own weaknesses and a certain sense of invulnerability that powerful people sometimes acquire. It is also the case that the line can be difficult to draw between business-as-usual in Congress and outright criminal […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

Sharna Johnson In the race between Gary King and Matt Chandler for state attorney general, corruption and border security have dominated discussions. Democrat incumbent King has stood behind his record and taken the position that his opponent lacks the diversity of legal experience required of the office. Chandler, Republican 9th Judicial District Attorney and Clovis […]

Attorney general candidates spar on corruption, border security

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State attorney general candidates Matt Chandler, left, and Gary King debated in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building on Tuesday night. Topics included immigration reform, fighting corruption and the federal health care rules. Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at […]

Attorney general race centers on fighting corruption

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — When New Mexico last elected an attorney general, it was against a backdrop of a corruption scandal involving two former state treasurers. Since then, a powerful former lawmaker was sent to federal prison, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Washington ambitions were derailed by a pay-to-play investigation and a former secretary of state […]

Time to rethink U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of reducing corruption in an endemically corruption-riddled regime and being able actually to deliver services to the people after U.S. […]

Freedom of information should be celebrated

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Sometimes you just need a little perspective. Last month, while politicos and activists of every stripe were hunkered down in the Roundhouse, I slipped away to meet with two small delegations of African officials. They had come to America to learn about public transparency and anti-corruption efforts in an experienced […]

Chandler running for state attorney general

ALBUQUERQUE: Republican Ninth District Attorney Matt Chandler announced his candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General today. Standing in front of the Metropolitan Courthouse that became the center of a corruption scandal that brought down former Senate President Manny Aragon, Chandler said that the New Mexico Attorney General must be more aggressive in rooting out corruption […]

Gubernatorial candidate pledges end to corruption

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Allen Weh, Republican candidate for governor, said he plans to bring integrity back to state government. Allen Weh said unraveling corruption and doing away with unnecessary or irrational regulations are top priorities for him if he should become governor. Weh spoke to a group of more than 75 during a […]

Torres calls CNJ a fourth time

Fugitive Noe Torres called a Clovis News Journal reporter Friday afternoon for the fourth time since Dec. 19. In the more than a 30 minute call, Torres, as he has in his previous calls, professed his innocence and alleged corruption on the part of investigators and prosecutors. The only new information Torres provided was that […]

Dendahl sees corruption, education as biggest issues

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksRepublican gubernatorial candidate John Dendahl stops by the Clovis News Journal Thursday afternoon to answer some questions about himself and his campaign. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against Democrat incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson. Q: What qualifies you […]

4/19 Letters to the editor

Legality, not race, main immigration issue Why is it that someone can come into our country illegally and demand that they be made citizens? First off, I am in no way a racist. I have nothing against Mexicans or any other race of people. But I do have a problem with the illegals coming over […]

Despite scandal, U.N. avoiding accountability

Freedom Newspapers Some of the words were stern. Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker lectured the U.N. Security Council, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan in particular, that Annan and members of the entire organization need to change the way they operate or face a worldwide loss of support from the public. If Kofi Annan had any […]

Mexican reporters’ bravery deserves recognition

Freedom Newspapers The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a […]

A thought that lasted a lifetime

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Each time I drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my Marshall Junior High School days. Back then, Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, the funeral home was located across the street and Safeway stood at the end of Mitchell. Even though those relics are long gone, […]

Patriot Act proof America should curb government

Freedom Newspapers T he indictment of three current and former Clark County, Nev., and Las Vegas officials in conne ction with a probe of alleged kickbacks from a strip-club owner would be a fairly routine story — a lucrative activity lots of people in government want to regulate heavily, which almost always leads to opportunities […]