Caucus is a new circus with the same clowns

Editorial Anyone who couldn’t understand why former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the one-time front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, received a paltry 18 percent vote in the Iowa caucuses need only to have listened to the candidate after his third-place finish. Dean, red-faced and determined, shook his arms, pointed, and vowed to fight state after […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]

SBP, healthcare top retirees’ wish list

Tom Philpott Advocates for military retirees will press Congress this year to enact two more major benefit reforms, one to improve the oft-criticized Survivor Benefit Plan and another to move the government nearer to providing free healthcare to a generation of older retirees. Neither is expected to be backed by the Bush administration. The top […]

No justification for abortions after partial birth

Freedom Newspapers The renewed debate over a federal ban on partial-birth abortion has reminded us of the unwillingness of abortion supporters to accept even the most sensible restrictions on the controversial practice. The Senate last week passed, and President George W. Bush has vowed to sign, a carefully crafted and limited law that would outlaw […]

Democrats have late doubts about war

Steve Chapman The costs of occupying Iraq are growing more obvious and more imposing every day, and Democrats bridle at forcing Americans to bear them. During a recent presidential debate, one candidate after another assailed President Bush for his $87 billion request, which includes $20 billion for rebuilding the country. Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri […]

Congress should repeal unclear federal RAVE act

Remember the federal RAVE Act, which was controversial when introduced last fall, then added to the popular Amber Alert bill without hearings? It was designed to crack down on promoters of all-night music parties at which, according to drug enforcement authorities, young people like to use the drug MDMA, or “ecstasy.” Critics claimed the RAVE […]