Opposition for ‘Obamacare’ voiced

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., addresses the crowd at Tuesday evening’s health care town hall at the Clovis Civic Center. Approximately 400 came to the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If the crowd at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was indicative of eastern New Mexico, it’s […]

Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

Kernan: Cling to your goals

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Freedom New Mexico correspondent: Heather Bumguardner From left, Robert Parker, Dylan Radcliff and Cage Riley wait to receive their diplomas at Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement ceremony Saturday in the Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University graduates were urged Saturday to cling to their goals and continue doing their […]

Udall cancels town hall meeting

CNJ staff Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has canceled a town hall scheduled for Friday. According to an e-mail from the senator’s office, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is making a last-minute trip to New Mexico to tour the state’s national labs, “and I will be joining him for his trip to highlight the importance of […]

College takeover unlikely

By John Sena: The Santa Fe New Mexican A sign on the window of Sen. John Arthur Smith’s office on Friday might dash the hopes of people wanting a state university to acquire the College of Santa Fe campus. “Senate Finance Committee Will Not Meet For Remainder of The Legislative Session,” the sign says. Supporters […]

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

Bingaman discusses omnibus package

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., spoke to radio reporters Tuesday about the economic stimulus package, and the 2009 omnibus spending bill that is before the Senate this week.

Sen. Bingaman submits Ute bill

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced a package of bills Wednesday including proposed authorization of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The package could be voted on as soon as Sunday.

Guns flying off the shelves with election in balance

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Stephen D. Powell takes time to aim a Barrett 50 BMG Thursday at Patriot Outdoors. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Guns are flying off the shelves at local gun shops, according to gun store owners. Store owners said the election and the possible victory of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. […]

Sen. Stevens’ conviction hurts waning GOP

Freedom New Mexico Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ conviction Monday on all seven federal corruption charges is being viewed in terms of the Nov. 4 general election, which is understandable given that the nation is in the final week of a long and grueling presidential race. From that horse-race perspective, it’s obvious this is more bad […]

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event

Freedom New Mexico Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said Thursday. Rush is the […]

Working class will foot bill in tax cut plan

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare

Clovis Community College recipient of federal grant

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will receive $820,338 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office. The funding is aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and math programs. The grant will allow the school to upgrade existing […]

Biden can’t correctly define patriotism

Freedom New Mexico Where did U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., come up with his definition of patriotism? Republicans have made a mockery of the word since the Bush administration’s ill-fated decision to invade Iraq, and now the Democratic nominee for vice president seems to want his own definition of the word. Biden, speaking last week […]

Backing off Palin daughter best path for media

By Kevin Wilson The teams are complete for the presidential election battle. The fight is between Barack Obama and John McCain, and the undercard is between Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. I could write about the glass ceiling that may be shattered. I could talk about the expanded roles small states […]

Best option for senator is resignation

Freedom New Mexico It is ironic how often great malefactors get tripped up on matters that seem picayune by comparison. Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens has for decades had a reputation as one of the most shameless, unapologetic and relentless pork barrelers in Congress. Sen. Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate — since […]

Senate approves funding for Cannon

CNJ staff A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to construct […]

Podcast: Sen. Bingaman talks to N.M. radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday talked to New Mexico radio reporters about a bill he introduced on forest restoration that will come before tomorrow’s Energy Committee meeting.

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 […]

Podcast: Sen. Jeff Bingaman talks to N.M. radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about a variety of topics, including his decision to support Senator Obama for president. Click here for the podcast. 00:00 – Bingaman talks about his decision to announce his support Senator Obama for president. 04:25 – Bingaman talks about the Senate Democratic […]