GI Bill reform needs fine-tuning

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist In perhaps any other year, the new Republican plan for enhancing the Montgomery GI Bill, which Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) introduced this week with Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.), would win high praise from advocates for service members and veterans. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill […]

County Commission District 4 Profile: Seth Martin

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Courtesty photo Seth Martin is a District 4 County Commission candidate Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Seth H. Martin Party affiliation: Republican Age: 35 Occupation: Farmer/ small business […]

Republican candidates share conservative, education platforms

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, remembers the late 1970s, and a meeting for the Curry County Republican Party was three people. He was much happier at Tuesday’s Republican candidate forum at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, with 17 speakers representing 10 races. But he knows there’s work ahead. “I think Republicans […]

Events center top County Commission issue

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Republican candidates spoke about their candidacies to members of the community Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library in a public forum. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Those seeking Republican nods for the Curry County Commission agreed Clovis needs beautification. They also agreed zoning isn’t the answer. They also agreed the […]

McCain should work to unite Republicans

Freedom New Mexico As the Democratic candidates duke it out in what is becoming a surprisingly long and bitter nomination process, Republican nominee John McCain should be shoring up his base and expanding his appeal in preparation for the general election. But perhaps the McCain campaign and many of his supporters are putting too much […]

March 9, 2008 Club Notes

Republican Women’s ClubThe Republican Women’s Club met Feb. 5. The meeting was called to order by Lavonn Guthals. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were approved.The guest speakers were Heather Wilson, Randy Crowder, Dan East, Marco Gonzales and Fred Van Solen. The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., March 11 at Dakota’s Steakhouse, 816 Lexington […]

Republican preferred

Editors recently asked readers if they prefer Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Some answers: • “I prefer Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton because she does not appreciate the military … But being a Republican, I wouldn’t vote for either.” — Gerald Majewski • “Really don’t prefer either one, but would go with Hillary on account of […]

GOP faithful still have tough choices to make

Freedom New Mexico The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the front-runner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already […]

Clinton threat to core principles of freedom, liberty

Freedom New Mexico Despite polls showing Barack Obama surging, and despite his surprise victory in several states on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday widened her lead and apparently strengthened her grip on the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Thanks largely to a sizable win in California, Clinton more than off-set smaller state wins by […]

Clovis leads at half

The Clovis Wildcats led Trinity Christian 47-33 at halftime in a non-district boys basketball game in Lubbock. Jaye Crockett led Clovis (20-0) with 15 points, Bryce Hill added 14 and Jaden Isler 10. • • • Bob Knight resigned Monday as coach at Texas Tech, a stunning midseason move by major college basketball’s winningest men’s […]

Heather Wilson to visit Clovis

U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is scheduled to be in Clovis on Tuesday. She’s scheduled to attend a Clovis Water Policy Advisory Committee meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall, followed by a Curry County Federation of Republican Women meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steak House and a Clovis […]

Feb. 3, 2008 Club Notes

Claud Rainy Day Extension Club The Claud Rainy Day Extension Club met Jan. 9 with Lola and Aloha Starbuck. Fourteen members read the “Club Women’s Collect” together. Ann Carter read “Still.” There was discussion of the float in the Christmas Parade, the turnout of the public and the minimal publicity. Future meetings were planned, including […]

Republican presidential candidates

By Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected. Today we focus on leading Republican candidates. We looked at Democrats on Wednesday. Mike Huckabee Although former Arkansas Gov. (and ordained Baptist minister) Mike Huckabee’s […]

Economic policies make Republican race tough to call

By Freedom New Mexico Republican voters are having a hard time settling on presidential candidates, now that the party has three separate winners after its first three major primaries. In Michigan on Tuesday, Republican Mitt Romney salvaged his political campaign, which had been withering following losses in New Hampshire and Iowa. Arizona Sen. John McCain […]

Romney wins Michigan GOP primary

By Liz Sidoti and Glen Johnson: The Associated Press DETROIT — Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday in his native Michigan, a win he desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days. Romney was the […]

Michigan legal complaint unfounded

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are times in our political process where legal recourse is needed. Now is not that time; Michigan is not that place. On Tuesday, the state featured a competitive Republican primary, with Mitt Romney winning with support from both Republican and Democratic voters. Why did Democrats vote for Romney? […]

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. […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Club Notes

The Curry County Federated Republicans met in December for their traditional “Christmas Tea.” The featured speaker was Sen. Clint Harden. He gave an overview of the upcoming elections in 2008 and also gave a question and answer session. Rube Render was in attendance to explain what was going on across community and state levels. The […]

Obama, Huckabee win Iowa caucuses

By David Espo and Mike Glover: The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation’s first black president, captured the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, opening test in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory in the Republican […]

Paul campaign is surprising step for freedom

By Freedom New Mexico Ron Paul, the libertarian-oriented and commendably anti-war 10-term Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate, has in some ways been the most interesting phenomenon of the early going in the campaign. Paul’s Internet-oriented supporters are not only fervent, they have supported him with record-breaking amounts of money, most notably in two single-day […]