Payroll tax cut should be made permanent

On the payroll tax cut, Republicans are playing tiddlywinks. Democrats are playing poker. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress want to extend the 2 percentage-point cut in the payroll tax — the Social Security tax most workers pay — that was enacted in December 2010. The tax cut expired in December 2011, but […]

Proposal would split Quay County into four districts

Thomas Garcia A bill introduced by House Democrats Friday during the a special session of Legislature proposes splitting Quay County into four legislative districts. “This bill will remove me from representing Quay, Union and Harding County,” said Rep. Dennis Roch. Roch said HB 39 was introduced by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and would split Tucumcari’s […]

Bipartisan uprising gaining momentum

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans have been joined by Democrats in separate strategies to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases. If successful, they could delay or end the agency’s plans, leaving regulatory authority to Congress, where an emission-restricting bill died last year. At the least, Congressional votes on the EPA’s […]

Letter to the editor: Dems putting freedom in danger

Dems putting freedom in danger It is not good to have a super majority in Washington. That is what we have now, held by the Democrats. Because they had this great majority, they passed a government health care (one payee) bill involving 2,500 unread pages and passed behind closed doors. This bill forces the American […]

Letters to the editor: Need to let Democrats do their job

Need to let Democrats do their job Some questions for all our local Tea Partiers/Republicans who are so upset with our national debt: Where were you between 2002 and 2009? Why weren’t you upset and yelling loudly when the Bush administration was spending all those trillions of dollars on immoral, illegal wars in Iraq and […]

Obamacare repeal efforts must continue

Freedom New Mexico I t may be overly optimistic to believe this is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare. But when the White House urges Senate Democrats to scale back one of the most egregious provisions of the so-called health care reform law, something significant has begun. Even though two Senate votes failed Tuesday, […]

Constitution exists to guide our nation

Freedom Newspapers W ith George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, many Democrats invoked the Constitution when they criticized the administration’s anti-terrorism policies. With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, many Republicans invoked the Constitution when they criticized the overhaul of health care. In both cases, the […]

Breathe easier: greenhouse tax has been killed

Freedom New Mexico After scaling back ambitious plans to cap and effectively tax greenhouse emissions in nearly every industry, Senate Democrats last week conceded they couldn’t get the necessary 60 votes to pass even a bill to regulate only electric utilities. The failure to impose a cap-and-trade regimen before the August recess is a major […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

Governor’s race ‘historic and unique’

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Max Best of Clovis places his ballot into a voting machine Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. Best said it’s his “civic duty to vote. You can’t complain if you’re not taking part.” By David Stevens: FNM editor New Mexico Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: “I […]

Brown’s win sends clear message

By Tom Mullen: Guest columnist A Massachusetts miracle happened Tuesday with the incredible victory of Republican Scott Brown in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic icon Sen. Edward Kennedy until his death last year. This almost unbelievable result is an astounding majority voter rebellion […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Jennings wins Senate clash

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Although most of his fellow Democrats wanted to replace Tim Jennings as the state Senate’s president pro-tem, the Southern New Mexico conservative held on to his post Monday with the help of Republicans and a handful of Democrats. The outcome of the leadership struggle, in which the more progressive […]

Voters have more than two Nov. 4 choices

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans want to give tax credits to individuals and families who choose to purchase health-care coverage. The Democrats want to force most business owners to provide health-care coverage to their employees. So yes, there is a clear difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue, just as there are […]

Nominations could use some fireworks

Freedom New Mexico The Democrats’ nominating convention in Denver at the end of the month is shaping up to be more interesting than the scripted-for-television displays of party unity these dreary affairs have become. Maybe it won’t be as interesting as the conventions of yore dominated by smoke-filled (perish the thought nowadays!) back rooms where […]

Ready to vote?

New Mexico’s Democrats and Republicans have their own Web sites, if you’d like to get ready for the June 3 primaries:

Nader unlikely to make impact

So, Ralph Nader, the regulation advocate cleverly disguised as a consumer advocate, is running for president. Again. Democrats who thought he set things up for the 2000 election, when he ran as a Green Party candidate, to be stolen are gritting their teeth already, but the likelihood of the master manipulator of the media doing […]

GOP faithful still have tough choices to make

Freedom New Mexico The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the front-runner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already […]

McCain seizes GOP command on Super Tuesday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Democratic Party of Curry County volunteer Larry Moreno directs Helen Gay toward the voting booths after handing her a ballot during the Democratic caucus Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential […]

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]