Redistricting power is killing democracy

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist In the heyday of communism, lots of countries held regular elections but never seemed to vote anyone out of office. The people in power always won. The “democratic” procedures were just a facade disguising the irrelevance of the people. Back then, Americans felt our system was superior, because we could actually […]

Decision to endorse Israeli plan bad for foreign relations

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s apparent endorsement, in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday, of an Israeli plan to hold on to at least five major Israeli settlements on the West Bank, is a major turnaround in American foreign policy. It might redound to the short-term benefit of Sharon’s Likud Party […]

Children celebrate holiday show

By Michelle Seeber Six-year-old Joelle Strickland of Clovis played around Sunday at her church — riding on her daddy’s shoulders while visiting with friends of the First United Methodist Church’s Good Friday Passion Play Drama pizza party. She was one of 18 children celebrating the gathering’s Easter play which was held on Friday at the […]

Former Lt. Gov. not interested in heading GOP

David Arkin Clovis native and former New Mexico lieutenant governor Walter Bradley says he would run for the state’s GOP Party leadership post as a “last resort.” The state’s GOP Republican Party has until April 17 to elect a replacement for Sen. Ramsay Gorham, who quit her post last week. She also has announced that […]

Republicans outnumber Democrats

By David Arkin Republicans are No. 1 in Curry County. For the first time in the county’s 95-year history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Web site. As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,547 people or 45 percent of voters in the county, were registered Republican while 8,277 […]

Area lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Recount in Taiwan election will slow country’s progress

Freedom Newspapers W hen the United States advises other coun- tries around the world to emulate its demo- cratic ways, it probably doesn’t mean having elections so close that they resemble Florida in 2000 and lead to weeks of uncertainty. But that’s what happened in Taiwan last weekend, and the echoes could reverberate for years. […]

‘Better kids in community’ at party with fatal shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sheriff surprised at names of those attending event. Preliminary investigation of Saturday night’s fatal shooting north of Clovis indicates that Justin Tyler Mitchell, 19, was killed with his own pistol by a longtime friend, according to law enforcement officials. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said he’s known the victim and his […]

Party antics end in death

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies and the New Mexico State Police responded about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a shooting incident in a trailer at the 1300 block of County Road 13. Details were sketchy at press time, but preliminary reports indicated that a young adult male was shot in the head by another person, […]

Democrats now pressing for veteran votes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Democrats are love-bombing America’s 26.5 million military veterans. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s leading presidential candidate, begins his victory speeches on primary nights by thanking veterans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, in the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address in January, pledged […]