Richardson’s zeal could negatively impact his future

Freedom Newspapers It should surprise few New Mexicans that Gov. Bill Richardson admits he goofed in handling tax legislation rejected by the state Legislature during the just-completed special session. He clearly did misjudge lawmakers’ level of cooperation. Admitting his error is important for him if he expects to get anywhere with them when the regular […]

Legislature wraps up

SANTA FE (AP) — The Legislature finished its work when the House gave final approval to a measure financing nearly $1.6 billion in highway and transportation projects over the next seven years. Before lawmakers headed home Wednesday, Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed the Legislature and other state leaders. The highway legislation, which Gov. Bill Richardson […]

Politicians make for quotable quotations

Ned Cantwell Kids say the darndest things. So do politicians. I am inspired by Billy McKibben, the colorful former state senator from Hobbs. That southeastern New Mexico community, its economy once pumped flush by oil production and supply companies, is drilling for new economic vitality in the fertile fields of the gambling industry. At a […]

Governor has no excuse for reckless driver

Ned Cantwell This Washington Post guy hung around with Gov. Bill Richardson for a week and wrote about it. It is not surprising that a reporter from one of the nation’s premiere dailies would want to spend a week with Bill. Everyone does. He is a national media darling. Tom Brokaw likes Bill. Wolf Blitzer […]

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 names 100-person education task force

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state senators representing eastern New Mexico and a Portales school teacher are among 100 people on a committee appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to recommend changes in the state’s education system and the agency that runs it. Richardson said he is reaching out to rural residents who rebuffed his school […]

Area educators: Secretary will explore new territories

By Darrell Todd Maurina Exactly what the new cabinet-level secretary of education will do hasn’t been decided. But local educators have some ideas of the type of person they’d like to see in that office. A constitutional amendment passed last week by voters requires that the newly-formed Department of Education be “headed by a secretary […]

Curry voters: No on everything

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Hannah Borden, 7, helps her father Billy Borden vote in Tuesday’s special election at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Although one state constitutional amendment won handily, the second amendment still was in doubt as of press time late Tuesday night. Voters have given Gov. Bill Richardson new powers he […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

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 […]

Clovis lawyer named to bench

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Joe Parker was appointed to the 9th judicial district bench by Gov. Bill Richardson Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager […]

Clovis: Mixed feelings on Amendments 1, 2

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. Some responses: “Amendment 1 could save money that could be utilized somewhere else. As far as Amendment 2 goes, I know the schools could probably use more money, but the Land Grant money has been there since before […]

Education best done by local people

By Clyde Davis Since college graduation, it has been a point of pride, and practicality, for me to maintain my public school teaching credentials. In addition to teaching full time, I have had the chance to substitute frequently in a number of states, and in a number of districts within those states. Quality education is […]

Amendments 1, 2 not a political fight

Carroll Leavell I strongly object to the tenor and claims of your newspaper’s recent commentary, “Beware more control of our schools.” To set the record straight: These Constitutional amendments are about taking decisive action to fix our failing schools. We are 46th in the country in how we pay our teachers. We are 45th in […]

Beware more control of our schools

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To […]

Democrats feigning shock in California

Thomas Sowell In hip and non-judgmental California, Democrats are suddenly expressing shock over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past sex life, his father’s politics, and the example that his movies may have set for the young. Senator Dianne Feinstein expresses alarm over the fact that Arnold used ugly-looking military weapons in movies about military combat. Democrats are shocked, […]

Richardson to push education reform

By Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at 2:15 p.m. at Yucca Junior High School in Clovis and then at 4:30 p.m. at Portales High School. Officials said he will […]

Governor doles out funds

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Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Brian Condit, right, with legal and political affairs, and Caleb Chandler, center, of Clovis, after a press conference Wednesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King Clovis will get $800,000 from $10.5 million in federal money allocated for the southeastern and southern parts of the state, Gov. Bill Richardson announced […]

Richardson to hold local press conference

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Clovis this morning to announce funding allocations for critical water and housing projects in this part of the state, according to state officials. The governor was to field a news conference in the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Public Library from 8:30-9:15 a.m. today to announce funding […]

Brack’s seat may remain open for some time

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get […]