Romney wins Michigan GOP primary

By Liz Sidoti and Glen Johnson: The Associated Press DETROIT — Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday in his native Michigan, a win he desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days. Romney was the […]

Clinton, McCain win NH primaries

By David Espo and Philip Elliott: The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House. Sen. John McCain powered past his Republican rivals and back into contention for the GOP nomination. […]

McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]

Leslie Eldon McCain

Leslie Eldon McCain, 80, of Bovina died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at his residence near Bovina. He was born June 2, 1925, near Finney, Texas, to William Claude and Leona Grace (Lesly) McCain. He married Rose Lee Sanders in Levelland, Texas, in Dec. 30, 1951. He was a farmer and raised cattle. He was one […]

Smith, Sandy

Sandy Smith, 47, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1958, in Portales to Ruby and Roy McCain. She moved to Roswell with her family when she was 4 years old. They returned to Portales 10 years later. She worked for a year at Boothe Pharmacy before […]

McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

Torture ban chance to rebuild U.S. credibility

Freedom Newspapers President Bush tried to put as good a face on it as possible, but his decision to support an amendment by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain to ban torture and “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment at U.S. prison camps was a defeat for him. It came after months of administration resistance to the […]

House can learn from military in self-regulation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nationís capital in recent months was the 90- 9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now itís time for the House to do likewise. Setting […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local man meets President Bush

Animated, humorous and erudite. Those are the words Clovis Republican Rube Render used to describe President George W. Bush’s speaking style at a town hall meeting last week in Albuquerque. “I was very impressed with the President’s speaking ability,” Render said. Rube and his wife Marge traveled to the town hall meeting that brought together […]

Government regs don’t have place in private business

Freedom Newspapers It’s delicious. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, media darling, reputed maverick and co-author of the restrictive McCain-Feingold campaign “reform” law that was supposed to make political campaigns free of “dirty” money, seems to have been caught with his hand in a corporate cookie jar. Seems Cablevision Systems Corp., the country’s eighth-largest cable company, […]

‘Campaign reform’ on way to Web

Freedom Newspapers The 2004 election cycle marked the first time the Internet played a substantial role in U.S. presidential campaigns, from Howard Dean’s successful Internet fund-raising to publicity for the swift boat veterans to criticism of Dan Rather and “60 Minutes” to scores of individual bloggers. Political scientists and other students of politics could be […]

Legislating sports serves no interest in government

Freedom Editorial If you shine a spotlight anywhere in the country long enough these days, Sen. John McCain will eventually show up to stand in it. He seems drawn to camera lights and can’t seem to resist the temptation to meddle in matters that don’t concern government. McCain’s posturing is potentially significant, and even dangerous, […]

McCain’s pledges mean to further stifle free speech

Freedom Newspapers Who or what made Arizona Sen. John McCain the arbiter of appropriate political discourse in America? The answer, of course, is John McCain, with the eager assistance of liberal pundits who view the senator’s carefully cultivated reputation as a “maverick” and Republican heretic as a stamp of respectability and virtue. The only thing […]

Teague, Molly

Molly Teague Services: Have been held. Molly Teague, 64, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her home in Portales. She was born Feb. 6, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas, to Ruby and Walter Rogers. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James, Bob and Wally Rogers; and three sisters, Jean Mays, Betty […]

Brown, Inez

Inez McCain Brown, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Aug. 25, 1908, in Hamlin, Texas, to Bertha and Henry Clay Bush. She grew up on the family farm in Paducah, Texas. She married Lee McCain in 1924. They moved to Portales in […]

Willmon, Arnita McCain

ARNITA WILLMON Services: Have been held. Arnita McCain Willmon, 91, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on May 18, 1912, in Smithfield, Texas, to Charles Robert and Nancy Jane Wilkinson McCain. As a young woman she enjoyed singing with her three sisters, and playing […]