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 […]

New campaign law limits more than just finance

The Supreme Court decision Wednesday upholding most aspects of the campaign finance limitation law passed by Congress last year affirms that when it comes to a trendy fixation of the political class, the Constitution — even the First Amendment, on which this court has generally been not bad — means little or nothing. Simple language […]

Tariff did more harm than good to U.S. trade

Freedom Newspapers We can appreciate a president who is big enough to admit when he’s made a mistake. It’s even more gratifying when such conversions come in reference to some matter of high principle or personal conscience. But we see none of that in news that President Bush is preparing to reverse himself on a […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

Business Briefs 11/25

Realtors raise $3,738 for campaign costs Roswell, Hobbs and Clovis Realtor associations have surpassed their 2003 fund-raising goals for the Realtors Political Action Committee and have received special recognition from RPAC of New Mexico. The Clovis Board of Realtors raised $3,738. Its original goal was $960. The money was contributed by 42.2 percent of its […]

Arrest of Russia’s richest man could be election ploy

Freedom Newspapers The arrest of the richest man in Russia, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, on charges of embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion, could be a signal of a titanic political struggle over the future course of the country. Khodorkovsky, who was chairman of Yukos Oil, reputed to be Russia’s richest company, has in the past used […]

Afghani candidate making plans for reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers Hamid Karzai, the interim leader of Afghanistan who just announced his candidacy for president in the election scheduled for next year, may face political revolt as he returns from an extended tour of the United States and Britain. He was interviewed via conference call recently and some journalists came away with a little […]

Senate Democrats use same old plays to hinder candidate

Freedom Newspapers Miguel Estrada meet Mike Leavitt: Utah’s governor is the latest political football to be kicked around Capitol Hill by Senate Democrats hoping to score a few points with their key constituencies, and chip away at the president’s policies and popularity. Estrada, as readers will recall, was a Bush administration selection for the federal […]

USA PATRIOT Act could turn US into police state

Freedom Newspapers In the days of fear and paranoia after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Congress acted swiftly to show the American public that lawmakers were doing something about the terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the USA PATRIOT Act was ill-considered — many members of Congress didn’t even read the bill before voting […]

Amendments 1, 2 not a political fight

Carroll Leavell I strongly object to the tenor and claims of your newspaper’s recent commentary, “Beware more control of our schools.” To set the record straight: These Constitutional amendments are about taking decisive action to fix our failing schools. We are 46th in the country in how we pay our teachers. We are 45th in […]

Deja vu disaster in Medicare drug benefit awaits

Senior citizens who eagerly await a Medicare prescription drug benefit might want to be careful what they wish for, if history is any guide. The political positioning over a Medicare drug entitlement has reminded longtime Capitol Hill watchers of a similar scenario from June 1988 when Washington enacted the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act that turned […]

The battle for Supreme Court seats beginning

The rumor mills in Washington are active and the natives are anticipating a knock-down, drag-out imbroglio, perhaps as early as this summer, of the sort that everybody officially deplores for the damage done to collegiality while privately relishing every blow. Two Supreme Court justices might decide to resign, giving President Bush the opportunity to nominate […]

Death of waitress served notice to politicians

By Don McAlavy Sometime after 3 a.m. on March 30, 1949, Ovida “Cricket” Coogler was killed in Las Cruces. She was 18, stood 5 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 100 pounds. She worked as a waitress. She was called “Cricket” because of the clicking noise made by her spike-heeled shoes as she walked. She […]