Effort under way to open conference committees

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

Academy conflict unlikely to end quickly or easily

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

Here’s a Great Measuring Stick for Character

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist I wasn’t looking for anything particularly profound the other day, just enjoying a good book, a great story, and a quiet meal when I stumbled across a little nugget of wisdom that surprised me. Sometimes that which is truly profound and wise reaches out and grabs us unexpectedly. Well, […]

Oregon law reins in liberal land-use policies

Freedom Newspapers One shouldn’t put too much stock in the blue state vs. red state phenomenon described by political analysts. One of the most significant victories of the Nov. 2 election for believers in limited government came in the heart of blue country. Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 37, which reins in some of the […]

Governor signs capital financing

CNJ STAFF and WIRE REPORTS When Gov. Bill Richardson signed measures into law on Wednesday to finance $485 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, $14 million in projects he cut using his line-item veto powers included money that had been destined for Clovis and Curry County. Funds of $250,000 set aside to renovate a […]

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 […]