More should be expected from candidates

Monday night provided a window to much of what is wrong with presidential politics and what we should — but currently don’t — expect from those seeking the highest office in the land. President Bush made a taped appearance on the TV game show “Deal Or No Deal,” primarily to acknowledge the service of a […]

New proposal would hurt more than help

Freedom New Mexico Out on the campaign trail, most of the presidential candidates have been going on at length about how important it is that affordable health insurance be made available to every American. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has taken a significant step toward making that goal unobtainable. At least the affordable part. By […]

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]

Edwards quits Democratic presidential race

By NEDRA PICKLER and BECKY BOHRER NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. “With our convictions and a little […]

Giuliani to bow out of presidential race

By DEVLIN BARRETT ORLANDO, Fla. — Rudy Giuliani was always a long-shot for the Republican presidential nomination, a brash New Yorker who backed gun control, abortion and gay rights in a party dominated by Southern conservatives. The only surprise was that he lasted as long as he did as the national front-runner. The former New […]

Richardson officially out of presidential race

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after poor finishes in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. “It is with great pride, understanding and acceptance that I am ending my campaign for president of the United States,” he […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Question of the Day

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Richardson drops out of presidential race

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press MERRIMACK, N.H. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power. Richardson planned to announce the decision today, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge […]

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. […]

Attorney firing flap certainly not last battle for Bush, Congress

Freedom Newspapers As President Bush and the Democratic Congress head for a confrontation over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, it is possible to see some justice on both sides. It would be best if they reached a compromise, but both sides seem to be spoiling for a fight. The Senate and House judiciary committees […]

Richardson padding presidential résumé

Guest Editorial Editor’s note: The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., published this editorial in its Saturday edition. Its owner, Freedom Communications Inc, also owns this newspaper. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who has punched every ticket a politico can in his quest to amass a White House-worthy resume, has been diligently working the […]

Use of signing statements could threaten liberty

Freedom Newspapers It has long been viewed as an anomaly, even a curiosity, that President Bush, who has been more jealous of the powers and prerogatives of the presidency than any recent inhabitant of that office, has not used his power to veto a single law passed by Congress. Recent surveys of his use of […]

Reporter’s notebook: Squadron receives presidential citation after 60 years

Ret. Col. William Creech waited 60 years for his squadron to receive a presidential citation. The former Cannon Air Force Base commander said he grew tired of school children not knowing what he and others in the Army Air Corp’s 528th fighter squadron did in World War II. Creech said his squadron, dubbed the Dragonflies, […]

Some still claim past election was stolen

by Jim Lee It’s time to write about something even more scary than Halloween — the election is Tuesday. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word scary. When things go reasonably close to the way they should, presidential elections are not evil occasions. Maybe it’s because of my legal training or all those political science classes […]

Portales native tracks presidential debates

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A former Portales resident is part of a group trying to bring a grassroots feel to the national presidential debates. Heather Balas, a 1987 graduate of Portales High School and 1991 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, is the director of voter education for the non-profit, non-partisan Commission on Presidential […]

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The presidential campaign is stalled debating the inflammatory merits and demerits of the candidates’ Vietnam War service — even as America has an actual war being conducted by an actual president, George W. Bush, whose leadership the country has viewed for nearly four years. And there’s an actual challenger, Sen. John Kerry, who has a […]

Readers listen, but don’t always agree

Ned Cantwell And the readers write, a columnist’s blatant self-promotion to let his editors know that somewhere out there in the nine towns where his column is published, someone is listening. n A column bemoaning the hand-cuffed arrest of an Alamogordo veterinarian who wouldn’t divulge the name of an employee who brought in an injured […]

Kerry’s campaign fails to connect with audience

Freedom Editorial D emocratic presidential nominee John Kerry had more than 50 minutes to make his case to the public, and to show a more human side that even his supporters say is lacking, yet put in no better than a passable effort. In the beginning of his acceptance speech on Thursday, and at a […]

Veep process should be more democratic

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist John Kerry is looking for a running mate, and he’s getting lots of advice: Pick John Edwards to make the ticket competitive in the South. Pick Dick Gephardt to energize organized labor. Pick Bob Graham to bolster support in the key swing state of Florida. Here’s my advice to Kerry on […]

Democrats prepare to name a candidate

By Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in more than 30 years when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt […]