Legislature needs common-man focus

by Ned Cantwell Looking for an opportunity to become totally enraged about a political system that favors the businessman while screwing the little guy? Follow me. There is a move under way to place hurdles in the path of regulations, long, long overdue, to protect convenience-store workers. Because late-night convenience clerks are particularly vulnerable to [...]

Texas special session seen as waste of time

The Texas Legislature’s 150 state representatives and 31 state senators debated and bickered, but ended up adjourning May 17, two days before the scheduled end of the special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. They concluded their session without finding a new way to pay for the state’s public schools. All Texans have to show [...]

Don’t ignore lobbyists’ gift in Legislature

Ned Cantwell New Mexico lobbyists, I’ve always thought, were nothing more than paid beggars. To my mind, the only thing that separated them from the guy on the street corner with a “hungry-need-work” sign is they wore nicer clothes. What I’ve always thought was if there came a day when I had to decide between [...]

Overreactions can get people in trouble

Ned Cantwell Newspaper junkies can’t pass a row of racks without sticking in a handful of quarters. Serious print addicts have been known to pick up classified throwaways and spend the lunch hour reading about used refrigerators. There’s a reason for this. Read long enough and deep enough and you uncover wonderful nuggets not likely [...]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook [...]

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 [...]

City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. [...]

Amendment a raid on the state’s future

By Brian Moore Many of you have seen a letter published in the Albuquerque Journal from Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, about education reform and the Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. I thought perhaps your readers might appreciate a different view. Let me start by saying that I agree about the need for true [...]

School board passes lean budget

By Gary Mitchell After juggling figures for several days and trying to trim jobs in the school district, Clovis school administrators presented what they described as a “lean, mean” budget of $58 million to school board members Tuesday. Board members agreed, approving the budget unanimously. The budget had to be cut back as a result [...]