‘Hollow force’ concerns surfacing

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. Such references, in light of current force quality and the amount of money used to modernize weapons, infrastructure and benefit programs over the past decade, […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

Their turn: New Mexico soldiers in Bataan deserve honor

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reintroduced legislation Thursday to honor the veterans who defended Bataan and suffered through the Death March with the Congressional Gold Medal. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was a cosponsor of the bill. Here’s snippets from the Udall’s press release.

Gays pressing for equal benefits

The dismal failure by the congressional “super committee” to deal with the nation’s debt crisis leaves the Department of Defense facing automatic $55-billion-a-year spending cuts from 2013 through 2021. This is in addition to defense cuts of near-equal size already planned across the same decade. President Obama promised before Thanksgiving to veto any attempt to […]

Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Redistricting plan would split Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico A redistricting plan that has passed the New Mexico state senate would break Roosevelt County among two congressional districts, including a split inside the Portales city limits. Senate Bill 22, which passed the Senate on a 27-14 vote, awaited introduction in the House of Representatives. The plan would split Roosevelt County by […]

Time to put our differences aside

Stubborn Congressional liberals and my way or the highway tea party zealots are laying a heap of hurt on all of us. Hey, kids, it’s time to climb out of the sandbox. As this is being written the stock market is bouncing around like a deranged pogo stick. Business, the working stiff, retired folks. We […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Gaming, Congressional art and more wind

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie, who surfs the Internet each week to find the most exciting games. Game: Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition Genre: Fighting System: 3DS What is it? This addition to the franchise is fast, frantic […]

Bipartisan uprising gaining momentum

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans have been joined by Democrats in separate strategies to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases. If successful, they could delay or end the agency’s plans, leaving regulatory authority to Congress, where an emission-restricting bill died last year. At the least, Congressional votes on the EPA’s […]

Lujan wins 3rd Congressional District

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Steve Pearce reclaimed his old job on Tuesday, beating incumbent Democratic Rep. Harry Teague to win back the U.S. House seat he relinquished two years ago as the representative for southern New Mexico. With 63 percent of precincts reporting in unofficial returns, the Republican challenger had […]

Pearce, Mullins win GOP congressional primaries

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce will get a chance to win back his old job as a U.S. representative, defeating a little-known Republican primary challenger in the 2nd Congressional District race. Pearce, a three-term former congressman, defeated Roswell-area farmer Cliff Pirtle in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Pearce said campaigning across the […]

Grad headed to Air Force preparatory school

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Portales High School graduation senior Timothy Sando holds his certificate of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in the PHS library. In high school, he played baseball and soccer and was inducted into the National Honor Society. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections A Portales High School senior […]

Portales grad headed to Air Force prep school

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales High School senior has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, from which he could continue to the academy itself. To get the appointment, Timothy Sando had to complete a lengthy Air Force Academy application process that included a medical exam, essays, teacher […]

Congressional republican candidates stump in Clovis

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre in Clovis sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing […]

WASPs awarded Congressional Gold Medal

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski Betty Wall Strohfus, a Women Airforce Service Pilot from Minnesota, sings the “Star-Spangled Banner” during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol March 10. More than 200 WASPs attended the event, many of them wearing their World War II-era uniforms. By Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski: Secretary of the […]

Veterans group trains to assist base honor guard

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USAF photo: Greg Allen Senior Airman Nathan Rogers, right, 27th SOW Honor Guard, watches as Edward Noll, a member of American Veterans, Post 14 practices the proper techniques in flag folding for military funeral honors. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Honor guardsmen from Cannon teamed up with American Veterans Post members in Clovis […]

Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time […]

Program aids military spouses with careers

Office of the Secretary of Defense With Congressional authorization in Public Law 110-417, the Department of Defense is implementing the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Program to provide resources and assistance for spouses of active duty services members, Guard and Reserve with a spouse on orders for one year. The goal is to support a […]

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]