Candidates debate personal politics, dual commission service

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson KTQM candidate forum moderator Grant McGee, right, goes over ground rules Monday evening at the KTQM studio south of Clovis. McGee has moderated the forums, held for city, county and state elections, since 2000. Kevin Wilson Debate from the Monday night KTQM candidate forum ranged on roles — the role […]

Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Gingrich right on immigration viewpoints

Freedom New Mexico Genuine, Reagan-era conservatives will thank Newt Gingrich for his reasonable statement about immigration. In a Republican debate last week, Gingrich said: “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. […]

Redistricting plans stir up debate

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Current districts Robin Fornoff By most accounts, it’s boiled down to two choices. One changes little. The other changes everything and brings the threat of a lawsuit, according to Curry County Commissioner Robert Sandoval. At stake is who will represent county voters in the 2012 election and beyond. Commissioners plan to make their critical decision […]

GOP candidates not ready for prime time

Freedom New Mexico The most-recent Republican presidential debate was a weary two hours of television, and not much help for any candidate. Front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his streak of appearing not ready for prime time, and potentially offending his party’s base. Sound-bite answers to complicated questions are offensive to begin with. What are […]

Monday morning briefing: Business women, fun and games and a candidates debate

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Women in business There’s a seminar for women who own small businesses Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The PTAP Woman Owned Small Business Seminar is at the Business Enterprise Center Board Room in the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce building. Information: 935-7827 […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Affordable Housing Plan meetings begin Monday

Kevin Wilson The debate on the city’s affordable housing plan — to be decided in an Aug. 2 special election — is hitting every district of the city. City officials are pushing a citywide town hall, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, and five follow-up “neighborhood meetings” […]

Texas discovery sparks debate on Clovis culture

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Many artifacts of the Clovis culture have been excavated from the Blackwater Draw site and are now kept on site and in the Miles Anthropological Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. The Clovis culture has been identified as the oldest North American culture, but artifacts which outdate the culture may […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

Jail, courthouse issues echo previous debate

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Judge Teddy Hartley talks with visitors in the hallway of what used to be the Curry County jail on the third floor of the courthouse. After a new jail was built in 1993, the area that previously housed 33 inmates was converted to office space for the courts. Sharna […]

Attorney general debate set for Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democrat incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race Tuesday. The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High Plains […]

ENMU to host AG candidate debate

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will host a debate Tuesday between candidates for the office of New Mexico Attorney General. The debate between Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler is set for 6 p.m. in the Zia Room of ENMU’s Campus Union Building. It is scheduled to last an hour, and […]

Longtime newsman talks debate, media

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Longtime ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is moderating New Mexico’s three House of Representatives debates on New Mexico’s public television stations. Kevin Wilson Sam Donaldson praised succinctness from his debaters Saturday evening in the KENW studios. And he jokingly insisted it of himself. “Time me,” Donaldson told the KENW crew […]

Debate organizers seek public input

Freedom New Mexico KENW-TV and New Mexico First are sponsoring a debate between candidates in the local Congressional District, and are looking for voters to help choose the questions, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University. Candidates for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan and Republican challenger […]

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Political debate taking its toll on Border Patrol

Freedom New Mexico Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides […]