Schwarzenegger should have clear strategy for future

Freedom Newspapers California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger (and who thought we’d be writing that six months ago?) is likely to have about three months of “honeymoon” to make policy changes and establish an imprint on the state’s government. This fact, and the fact that he will have to present a budget proposal to the Legislature by […]

Governor answers chef, water questions

By Ned Cantwell Gov. Bill Richardson does not, as this column alleged a few weeks ago, sit around all day eating Cheez-its. That was ugly, mean, and just plain wrong. Gov. Richardson sits around all day eating potato chips. No, not really. The governor doesn’t sit around all day at all. He works like a […]

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 […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]

Politics could do with a shot of religion

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico’s food tax, this column has harped, is not fair. It places more of a burden on the poor than it does on the rich, and that is bad policy. Since the state of New Mexico needs this revenue to exist, it is argued, the food tax cannot be eliminated. Sure […]