Hobbs school teacher takes campaign to constituents

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]

Speak up and share your opinions — online

By Tom DiFrancesca III If you haven’t already, you are going to read and hear “the sanctity of marriage” quoted a lot in the next few months. Whether or not you agree with the current definition of marriage, you have a right to be heard, and to share your opinion with our elected officials. Congress […]

Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

Limiting outsourcing will have penalties

Thomas Sowell Every political campaign seems to have some buzzword, and this year’s buzzword is “outsourcing.” Since the economic recovery has not yet reached the stage when new jobs are being created to the extent expected and hoped, the idea that American jobs are being sent overseas has political mileage, whether or not it has […]

Bush administration manipulates facts

Leonard Pitts Jr. Two plus two — I have this on good authority — equals four. So how do you feel about that? Do you support that interpretation or do you think it should be changed? Yes, I know. You’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Well, asking that question tells me something about you. […]

Endorsements have a time, place, person

Ned Cantwell A politician’s worst nightmare has to be waking up one morning to the “Today Show” to learn he has just been endorsed by Britney Spears. “I just think Western Clark would do a real good job when he gets to the round office, or whatever you call that thingee,” the gum-popping teen idol […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

New Mexico clash may be more interesting than caucus

By Ned Cantwell The presidential primary season consists of a series of political contests only a little less organized than the election to decide who will be junior class historian at Clovis High School. And New Mexico is right in the thick of it. Well, at least not at the rear of it, thanks to […]

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 […]

Taiwan-China situation needs delicate touch

Freedom Newspapers P resident Bush seems to have finessed a potentially explosive situation during main land Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to the White House earlier this month. But there is more delicate diplomacy ahead to keep the mainland-Taiwan situation calm. Perhaps the least dangerous course is to keep the current myths alive. What concerns […]