Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

Webcast ignites debate in Legislature

By Kate Nash and Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary […]

Editorial: Vice presidential debate won’t decide election

Sarah Palin’s performance Thursday night will probably not be enough to turn GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign around. He missed the opportunity for a game-changing breakthrough by not siding with the American people and opposing the $700-billion (plus $100-billion-plus in “sweeteners”) financial bailout. However, with her confident, folksy, fluent performance in the vice presidential […]

Students debate national issues

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer More than 70 Eastern New Mexico University students attended a political debate that covered key issues facing the nation’s future. The debate was organized by the Student Association for Voter Empowerment organization. “I am really pleased with the turnout tonight,” said Jamie Grady, SAVE president, after the debate. “The […]

Editorial: Debate shows few differences

From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers on foreign policy […]

Debate team numbers spike from offseason recruiting

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Word of mouth travels fast, especially within the walls of Portales High School. When PHS students heard that four members of their debate team competed in the national competition last spring in Las Vegas, Nev., many more wanted to participate. The club went from a little more than a […]

National debate no substitute in Senate race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since last November, both Tom Udall and Steve Pearce have been racing toward this November, and the election for the Senate seat left vacant by Pete Domenici’s retirement. They’ve disagreed on many issues as they’ve met people across New Mexico, and they’re set to disagree on “Meet the Press.” […]

Hospital officials talk universal health care

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital officials discussed the upcoming legislative debate over universal health care in New Mexico with board members at their regular meeting Tuesday and said the outlook wasn’t good for hospitals. Administrator James D’Agostino said he was flabbergasted by newspaper stories that Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., a group […]