Chairman: Where did funds go?

Under Democratic control the last four years, the House voted to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved benefits and health care. The new Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s time to learn where a lot of those dollars went and to provide […]

My turn: Tex-Mex best of both worlds

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In a recent political advertisement, Brian Colon, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, says of Republican gubernatorial candidate, Susana Martinez, “Susana es una Tejana!” There’s that dirty “T” word I’ve heard many times. Translation: Susana is a Texan. Might as well say, “Heaven forbid we allow a Texan in our Roundhouse!” “Why,” I thought, “has there […]

Their view: Candidates campaign for lieutenant governor

New Mexico has five Democratic candidates running for lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s primary. Three Republicans are seeking the post. We recently invited all to write a 300-word response to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Republican responses were published in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Brian Colon, Lawrence Rael and […]

Their view: Elections will be telling of Democratic tactics

Portales’ Sharon Faulkner regularly writes letters to the editor. Here’s her latest: “I wonder why the Democrats don’t seem to have primaries anymore? “We all know that most Democrat rank and filers are outraged at this current crop in Congress (so called) that ran as pro-faith, life, freedom, justice, etc., and have taken part in […]

Their view: Denish touts rural economic development plan

Diane Denish, Democratic candidate for governor, has rolled out a small business and rural economic development plan aimed at creating jobs, according to her website, www.dianedenish.com Her plan is aimed at increasing access to capital, cutting administrative red tape and using technology to help small, rural businesses connect with helpful resources, she said. From her […]

Volunteer profile: Linda Uttaro

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Name: Linda Uttaro Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired school administrator of Clark Co. School District (Las Vegas, Nev.) Volunteer work: Uttaro is engaged in several volunteer efforts. She joined the Roosevelt Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer in the gift shop and assists in the distribution of commodities once a month at the Memorial Building. Also, Uttaro […]

April 30, 1955

John Burroughs was named Roosevelt County Democratic chairman after former chairman John Joe Wilkinson was appointed assistant to state Democratic chairman Tom Brown of Artesia. During Brown’s illness, Wilkinson would be in charge of the party’s state affairs.

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

Freedom New Mexico Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created […]

Local Briefs Nov. 12

PNT Staff Reports Democratic Women to meet Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the Roosevelt General Hospital conference room. The theme of the meeting will be “Happy Holidays,” which will be a program looking toward the New Year. All Democrats are invited to participate in planning. Pick up a tray in […]

George defeats Paternoster for probate judge

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Approximately 67 percent of the registered voters in Roosevelt County voted for Republican Barbara A. George as the probate judge. George defeated Democratic opponent Mark B. Paternoster by 2,274 votes. “I feel that I can be of a great help to the residents of Roosevelt County,” George said after […]

Democratic women to meet

PNT staff Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Meb Bolin, retired economics professor, will present insights into the current economic crisis. The meeting is open to the public.

Lujan hosting town halls

Freedom New Mexico Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Editorial: Drastic reform could help avert Japanese crisis

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned suddenly, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party somewhat adrift and the government tied in knots as the economy drifts toward recession. This makes him the second Japanese prime minister to stay in office for less than a year. A country that has been viewed as a model […]

Livestock Sale turns 20

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The Democratic National Convention may have a bigger balloon drop later this week but it’s doubtful they’ll be having any more fun than the young people who participated in the 20th annual Roosevelt County Livestock Sale Saturday. The sale marked a milestone complete with a balloon drop and party […]

Lujan wins Democratic nomination, East gets GOP nod, in 3rd District

By DEBORAH BAKER ALBUQUERQUE — Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Ray Lujan won the Democratic nomination for a northern New Mexico congressional seat, while Rio Rancho contractor Dan East got the Republican nod. They will face each other in the November general election for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Tom Udall. It’s expected to […]

Local Briefs, May 16, 2008

Democratic Women to meetRoosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday at noon, in the Conference Room at Roosevelt General Hospital.Van Robertson, Democratic Candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives District 67, will be the principal speaker. All Democrats are invited to attend. Records to be purged soonRecords are available at the Special Education […]

Lujan says he’ll stand up to special interests

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Portales News-Tribune to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by […]

Local Briefs, April 18, 2008

Democratic Women to meet Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Craig Cosner, candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives District 67, will be the featured speaker. All Democrats are invited to attend. CAFB adjusts flying hoursLocal residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours […]

Hopefully Spitzer investigation not political in nature

No question, there has been a satisfying sense of what-goes-around-comes-around pleasure in the downfall of resigned Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as there is when almost any politician is made an object of public disgrace. Spitzer was notorious as a confrontational, even bullying kind of character who as New York’s attorney general sometimes stretched […]