Time again for fearless predictions

By Kevin Wilson I start this year, like I do every other, with an edition of “Kevin Wilson’s Fearless Predictions.” I make these predictions with the utmost confidence, because I know people way smarter than me have screwed up predictions far worse than I have. It was Bill Gates who once said a computer with […]

Democrats announce caucus schedule

Registered Democrats in New Mexico can now request absentee ballots for the Feb. 5, 2008, presidential preference caucus, according to a news release. The request form is available by mail, fax, e-mail or download at: DPNM Headquarters, Attn.: Absentee Ballot Request Form, 1301 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505)830-3650 (phone); (505)830-3645 (fax); or www.nmdemocrats.org. […]

Petty maneuvering delaying budget for fiscal year

If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has no […]

Congress approves spending proposal

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ending dual spending battles with President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into next year and government agencies through September. Bush was expected soon to sign the measure, which includes $70 billion for military operations in Iraq […]

Proposed tax increase could mean trouble for those in all brackets

Editorial Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called tax “reform” […]

It’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Director weighs in on state Republican party

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Scott Darnell, communications director for the Republican Party of New Mexico, visited Clovis this week to speak at a joint meeting of Curry County’s Republican Party and Federated Republican Women. Darnell, 23, managed Vickie Perea’s unsuccessful run in 2006 for secretary of state. He spoke to the Clovis News Journal […]

Republicans use Democrats’ strategy to block bills

Editorial The first 100 days of Nancy Pelosi’s reign of error as speaker of the House have come and gone. Several times over, actually. And what does Congress have to show for it? Little to nada, legislatively speaking, and even lower public approval ratings than the besieged President Bush. Not that we’re complaining. Most of […]

Colon to visit Portales today

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This story was edited for clarity, length and style. Brian Colon was elected in April as the new chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. An attorney in Albuquerque, he will be in Portales at 4:30 p.m.today at the home of Dr. Jim Le, 2111 Boxwood Street. The event is […]

Congress anxious to put pork back on its menu

Editorial Congressional Democrats did an admirable job of purging pork barrel projects — also called earmarks — from spending bills that were left unfinished when Republicans were ousted from power last fall. They had to do something, given all their campaign rhetoric about those fiscally feckless Republicans. But whether they can for long hold the […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Next two years could bring interesting politics

As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced by Robert Gates, […]

Democrats not guaranteed total sweep of congress

With the midterm elections less than a week away, many races look a little tighter than they did to most of the pundits a few weeks ago, when forecasts of potential upsets by Democrats in the House and Senate were as common as campaign promises. Tom DeLay’s old seat in Texas now looks winnable by […]

Political expert sees interesting general election

Timothy Krebs is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Krebs, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago, has been at UNM since 1992. His research interests include urban political campaigns and elections and local political institutions. The following is an interview with him about the General […]

Area Democrats hold luncheon

All Democrats are invited to have lunch with Roosevelt County Democratic Women at noon on Monday in the Conference Room at Roosevelt General Hospital. The topic of the meeting will be New Mexico legislative priorities. Officers for 2006 will be elected at this meeting. Those who attend can serve themselves in the hospital cafeteria and […]

Ingle re-elected as minority leader

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — State Senate Republicans have re-elected their leaders, leaving Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Minority Whip Leonard Lee Rawson in those posts. “It’s nice to know folks have confidence in you,” said Ingle, who ran unopposed for the post. “I’ve had the job for the last four […]

Area democrats like Kerry; Elida, Floyd pass mill levy

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Roosevelt County democrats on Tuesday selected Sen. John Kerry as the guy they hope to dethrone President Bush, while Floyd and Elida residents voted to tax themselves to help keep their schools in tip-top shape. In the first New Mexico caucus in more than 30 years, […]

Local democrats meet with presidential campaign officials

Tony Parra The Iowa Caucus has kicked off the 2004 election year and the Roosevelt County Democrats are all in agreement of one thing: No more George W. Bush. About 50 democrats met to hear officials representing the campaigns of Howard Dean and Sen. John Kerry at the Memorial Building on Monday. “I’ve thought a […]

Letters to The Editor

So New Mexico Democrats question the Bush administration’s evidence against Iraq do they? I wonder why? The Democrats voted for the war resolution because of polls. They turned against it when foreign leftists screamed in the streets. They were for the war when it was a brilliant success. And now that it is making hay […]