We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and practices that many take […]

Identifying with candidates essential

By Baxter Black Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter. It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman — the relationship between getting unruly third graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation […]

Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

Candidates have yet to touch on several topics

This is the first time since 1928 there has been no incumbent president or vice president running in either party’s primaries. That has made for a fairly wide-open race, with no clear favorite — or at least with all the reputed favorites having to weather serious doubts and challenges. Several candidates took a flyer on […]

Fire chief candidates to interview Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Interviews for the position of Portales Fire Chief will take place on Friday in Portales. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the position for fire chief became available after the former chief, Raul Muniz left Portales to move to Arizona to further pursue his education. Retired from the […]

Torture tactics not cure-all

Editorial One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as a legitimate […]

Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

Early voter turnout judged as favorable

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Early voting results for today’s primary elections are in, and County Clerk Janet Collins said Monday it was a good turnout considering the circumstances. The county clerk’s office received 556 early votes, and the alternate early voting site at the Portales Public Library received 111. “I am very pleased […]

Candidates weigh in on money, trash

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charles Bennett wants to give back to the county he raised his children in, while Bill Cathey vows to do the best job he can, but only one will win the race for Roosevelt County Commissioner for District 3 in November. The commissioner candidates were some of the candidates […]

Sheriff debate begins

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer People will get the chance to hear how two sheriff’s candidates envision law enforcement working for the next four years Thursday as part of the Roosevelt County candidate forum. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and county officials are putting together a forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in […]

Sheriff’s race to be decided in June

By Tony Parra With the June primaries coming up some Roosevelt County residents may not realize that unless they are registered Republicans they will not be able to make a choice for county sheriff. The race for the sheriff’s position is between two Republicans, incumbent sheriff Tom Gossett and sheriff’s deputy Darren Hooker. The primary […]

Nominating conventions get under way today

By Andy Jackson Lance Pyle received an earful of calls this week from political candidates soliciting his support, and his mailbox has been overflowing with candidate mail in recent days, he said. Pyle is one 17 Democratic and 10 Republican delegates from Curry County who are attending the state’s political party nominating conventions today at […]

Municipal candidates sound off

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By William Thompson Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Monday night at the Memorial Building to hear candidates for city […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

Curry starts over on jail administrator

By Tonya Garner The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven interested candidates […]

Local News Briefs (Jan. 6)

Curry County institutes burn ban CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners have banned all outdoor burning — everything from fireworks to barbecuing on a grill — to try to prevent grassfires. Grassfires that broke out last Sunday burned more than 53,000 acres along New Mexico’s eastern boundary around Hobbs, Tatum and Logan, south of Curry County. […]

Officials release names of candidates for judicial seat

By CNJ Staff The names of the four candidates for a new judicial seat in the 9th Judicial were released Friday by officials at the University of New Mexico law school after the application process closed. They are: • Robert S. Orlick — resident of Curry County and is an attorney. • Kent Peterson — […]

School board: Five candidates running for three spots

By Kevin Wilson When Feb. 1 comes around, voters from across Roosevelt County will be picking their school board representatives. Voters in Portales districts, however, will have a few more choices. Five people are running for two open district spots on the Portales school board, while candidates for the positions in Dora, Floyd and Elida […]

Campos, Grider debate on District 63 issues

By David Irvin CLOVIS — State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours Wednesday over topics such as gangs, water and education in a debate held at Clovis Community College. Both are seeking the District 63 office in the Nov. 2 General Election. Campos said the […]