Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Thank lobbyists for minimum gas prices

Walter Williams A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. […]

Big Bill is in for fight with legislators

By Ned Cantwell The Bill is in for a fight this time. He might as well try to pry raw steak from a rabid dog’s mouth. Bill Richardson is the best politician we’ve seen in New Mexico. Smooth as a Dairy Queen frosty and just about as cool. Some call him Rapid Bill, that moniker […]

Teachers’ retirement fund $2.3 billion short

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, […]

State legislators get Christmas in July

By Ned Cantwell It is now officially illegal to hate in the state of New Mexico if one commits a crime based on that hate. Hate is also a biblical no-no. Interesting thought: If people paid attention to what’s in the Good Book, would we need legislators? New Mexico legislators, though, certainly do adhere to […]