GOP voters have little choice in race

Freedom New Mexico Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination suffered its first real setback, a resounding loss to Newt Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. The former House speaker’s first victory is the latest manifestation of the trepidation GOP conservatives and Tea Party activists have for the former Massachusetts governor. Still, Republican voters […]

Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Portales businesses upbeat on liquor sale approval

Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Commissioners tackle jail issues

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Robin Fornoff A sometimes frustrating nine-hour marathon meeting of Curry County commissioners ended with what seemed like more questions than answers for fixing problems at the troubled jail. County Manager Lance Pyle presented commissioners with a lengthy report of problems needing immediate attention at the jail, most of them costly. He also suggested several ways […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

Texas voters weigh in

Staff and wire reports AUSTIN, Texas — Texas voters have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have given counties the same bonding powers as cities and town, while passing a measure to allow cities and counties to enter contracts with one another without creating a new tax district. Under Proposition 4, Texas counties would have […]

Voters seek leaders who have new ideas

Contenders for the Republican nomination for president would best serve voters in tonight’s debate if they focused on ideas and their own records, rather than anti-Obama rhetoric. This debate could be the most telling thus far because it may be the first to feature Texas Gov. Rick Perry alongside the other candidates, should severe wildfires […]

Discouraging poor voters shortsighted

We bailed out a bunch of “too big to fail” investment banks, then found a way to blame it on poor people who couldn’t afford a house. We cheered when Florida decided to drug-test welfare applicants, then stopped paying attention when the testing costs outpaced any savings. And now we’re trying to discourage poor people […]

Portales restaurant owners petition for Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cattle Baron bar tender Donovan Finley prepares a lime for a drink Wednesday at the restaurant. The restaurant is one of three in Portales collecting signatures on a petition calling for a vote on whether to continue the prohibition of liquor sales on Sunday. Argen Duncan A petition is calling […]

Affordable Housing Plan election Tuesday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Hotel Clovis in downtown Clovis is the center of today’s special election regarding affordable housing. Kevin Wilson Voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of an affordable housing plan for the city. The plan allows an exception to the state’s anti-donation clause for the purpose of […]

Affordable housing plan goes to vote Tuesday

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Sharna Johnson When Clovis voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will decide whether to • give the city authority to reduce private developers’ permitting fees; • donate city-owned property to private developers; • give grants and loans to develop city-owned property in the downtown area; • give grants for weatherization and rehabilitation of privately […]

Voter count goes up

CNJ staff The number of registered Clovis voters has gone up in the weeks since a referendum election was approved for the city’s affordable housing plan. But Curry County officials don’t think there’s anything that clearly connects new registrations to the city’s Aug. 2 election. Tuesday was the final day voters could register to cast […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

Two-mill levy approved by more than two to one margin

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Patricia Myers casts her vote Tuesday at Barry Elementary School. Myers said she always votes, even if she has to brave bad weather. Liliana Castillo Voters in Tuesday’s school board election approved a two-mill levy by more than a two to one margin. The levy is a renewal […]

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]

Lame ducks take advantage of last session

To the surprise of most observers, the lame-duck session of Congress proved to be prolific in passing legislation. Whether it was productive is another question. The existence of lame-duck sessions, that period in which legislators rejected by voters in November get to pass new laws before the winners assume office in January, is one of […]

School board announces upcoming elections

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Tuesday announcing upcoming school board elections. Board members from districts three, four and five are up for election in February. The election affects Member Rodney Muffley in District Three, President Mark Lansford in District Four and Vice President Terry Martin District Five. The […]

Voters have let county know who’s in charge

By a stunning 73-27 percent margin, Curry

Statewide election results

United States RepresentativeDistrict 1• Martin T. Heinrich (D) — 110,046• Jonathan L. Barela (R) — 103,207United States RepresentativeDistrict 2• Harry Teague (D) — 74,466• Steve Pearce (R) — 93,124United States RepresentativeDistrict 3• Ben R. Lujan (D) — 118,842• Thomas E. Mullins (R) — 90,209 Governor and Lt. Governor• Diane D. Denish and Brian S. Colon […]