Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

History teacher wants Harden’s job

State Sen. Clint Harden will have an opponent this November in the race for the 7th district.

Ballot lists candidates, not ideology

Freedom Newspapers A critical drumbeat that Arizona Sen. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough persists into a second week after Super Tuesday gave him a dominating lead for the Republican nomination for president. McCain is widely viewed as the presumption nominee with a commanding total of party convention delegates. But concerns about McCain’s true commitment to […]

Hostility will do nothing to change U.S. fortunes

Freedom New Mexico He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play […]

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 […]

Domenici nominates local student to West Point

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, issued the following announcement today. WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici today announced that he plans to nominate Portales student Kaci Tibbs for potential admission to West Point this fall. Tibbs, a student at Clovis Christian School, is one of 50 students from across the state selected for nomination to one […]

Sen. Gay Kernan plans to run for re-election

CNJ staff Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, announced Monday her intention to run for re-election in District 42. Kernan has represented District 42 for five years. The district consists of Lea County and also parts Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves and Eddy counties. Kernan’s legislative priorities include improving education, providing fair and balanced funding to the schools and […]

Candidates’ plans will cost us big in the long run

By Freedom New Mexico As the primaries near, promises will get thicker than flies in a pigsty. Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton already sets the pace. Consider these, for starters. If you elect her, Sen. Clinton promises to give a $5,000 handout, which she calls a “baby bond,” to every newborn child to help them buy […]

Oct. 12, 1942

Sadoth Chavez pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Felix Bass, a former sailor from Littlefield, Texas, after a fight that resulted from a crap game near Melrose. … The Clovis News-Journal reported that U.S. Sen. Dennis Chavez was urging Curry County residents to go after federal funds when the federal government announced it was […]

Education Digest: Lockwood scores earn $6,000 grant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Lockwood Elementary will receive a $6,000 New Mexico Department of Public Education grant for showing an improvement in math and reading proficiency, according to a press release from Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia. The Department of Public Education awarded about $1.5 million to 89 schools that showed reading and […]

Sen. Clinton’s health-care plan no miracle cure

By Freedom Newspapers HillaryCare is back with a promise to make health care more affordable, more available and with more choices for everyone. But if Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care program financed with $110 billion a year in new taxes becomes law, health care will be substantially more expensive, health insurance will be much less […]

Sept. 22, 1928

The Clovis News reported that a person had been working in the vicinity of Clovis picking pieces of metal off the highways and had collected 280 pounds from Clovis to Portales. … Pickwick Stages offered round trip fare to San Diego or Los Angeles for $54. … Sen. Joe Robinson, Democratic vice-president nominee, was scheduled […]

Democrats didn’t do nearly enough to stop earmarks

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats, attempting to make good on their pledge to be more fiscally responsible than ousted Republicans, actually eliminated pork-barrel earmarks from spending bills the GOP left unfinished. As well, rules were changed to require members, for the first time, to identify their earmarks, in the hope that more transparency might shame […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]

Time for Iraq diplomacy has passed

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnistSpeaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq ( Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the […]

Making the rounds

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks at the Roundhouse Review Chamber Breakfast at Clovis Community College on Friday morning. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer State lawmakers gave local business and civic leaders a glimpse into the legislative session that ended March 17 at a Friday breakfast. The gathering was organized […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

Milk laws leave no room for innovation

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more shameful actions Congress took last year was crushing an innovative dairyman who found a way around federal dairy regulations that artificially raise the price of milk. It was a bipartisan conspiracy, embodied in an amendment never subjected to committee hearings. Hein Hettinga is a Dutch-born dairyman who started […]

Local groups start eyeing state session

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Christmas lists — of a certain sort — were given Thursday at the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. At the early morning gathering, local civic leaders shared their legislative requests with state lawmakers, who gave a peek into the session around the bend. The 2007 state […]

Domenici’s fashion faux pas makes waves

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s the deal. You go to the Vatican and expect to find Pete Domenici holding forth in St. Peter’s Square and Pope Benedict taking notes. When Pete Domenici walks into a building, doors open before him, rooms grow quiet in his presence. You wonder when is the last time Pete […]