Harden’s hat in ring

Freedom New Mexico State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election. Harden said he believes his experience will help to address several important issues the state will face during the next four or five years. “We have to do something about the education funding formula,” he said. “We have to […]

Voters go to polls today in municipal elections

PNT Staff Report Early voting concluded Friday for today’s municipal election, said Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. She said 83 people voted early in-person and 16 people requested ballots by mail. The new voting machines will be used for the municipal election, she said. Four city council seats are up for election. Alfredo Bachica Jr., […]

Guthals to run for county spot

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis business owner said he plans to run in the county election. Charles Guthals, 71, said he will run for the District 5 County Commission seat. The seat is currently held by Tim Ashley, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits. Guthals said he believes his experience as a […]

Reception slated for Clovis mayor

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a reception Wednesday honoring Mayor David Lansford, according to a city news release. The event will be held 4 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to the release. Lansford, who has served as mayor since 1996, announced in November he would […]

Taxpayer financing of elections an idea long past its prime

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be a good […]

Kenyan violence showing no sign of dying down

Most observers hoped the violence that flared up on Kenya following a flawed election Dec. 27 that dubiously returned President Mwai Kibaki to power would eventually calm down. But attacks and counterattacks last weekend in the Rift Valley, most notably in the tourist gateway city of Nakuru, which was considered safe until a few days […]

Kenyan violence shows divisive potential of elections

One of our more cherished beliefs, or at least desires, is that democratic governance is a key to a stable, productive society in which differences can be worked out through the political process. Recent riots, murders and displacements in Kenya might cause some to question whether the most visible sign of democratic rule, elections, are […]

Gay Kernan states intention to run

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PNT Staff Report Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, announced Monday her intention to run for re-election in District 42. Kernan has represented District 42 for five years. The district consists of Lea County and also parts Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves and Eddy counties. Kernan’s legislative priorities include improving education, providing fair and balanced funding to the schools […]

Campaign season

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor People say they don’t like them. New research may bear that idea out, but most people agree that negative campaign advertising works. “There’s an interesting distinction between what candidates call a contrasting issues ad and a negative ad,” said Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico […]

Davis wins spot on hospital board

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Peggy Davis has been declared the winner in District 3 of the Roosevelt General Hospital Board election, by a margin of 160 to 84, according to officials with the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. “I am excited beyond words,” Davis said of her election win. In Tuesday’s election, Davis received […]

Hospital board election today

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elections for Roosevelt General Hospital board members will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, according to officials with the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office. “It is for those persons in hospital District 3 and 4,” said Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk. Running in District 3, which encompasses […]

11-4 Local Briefs

RGH Board election set for Tuesday Election day voting for Roosevelt General Hospital board members will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. District 3 votes at Calvary Baptist Church and District 4 at the Memorial Building. For information contact the Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 356-8562.

Heather Wilson to seek senate seat

By the Associated PressRep. Heather Wilson intends to seek the Senate seat being vacated in New Mexico by fellow Republican Pete Rep. Heather Wilson intends to seek the Senate seat being vacated in New Mexico by fellow Republican Pete Domenici, the Associated Press has learned. Wilson made the decision Thursday after meeting with her family […]

Vote-by-mail promising system

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties buy […]

Bond’s fate in voters’ hands

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With early voting closed and the election slated for today, residents will soon know the outcome of the proposed bond for the Portales Municipal School District. Voters are being asked whether $9.5 million in General Obligation Bonds will be issued to help construct a new school facility to replace […]

Bond election slated for Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Education is your best investment” is the slogan being used by the Portales Municipal School district in support of the upcoming bond election that will take place on Tuesday. “I’m really excited about this,” said Don Thomas, community committee member. “We just want to encourage everybody to get out […]

State approves funds for facility

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal School officials received word the state committee that funds school construction has OK’d $11.8 million toward a new elementary school in Portales. The district hopes to match those funds via a September bond election. On June 12, school officials, along with a team from architect firm Greer […]

Political speech regulations revisited following ruling

Editorial In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious concerns about […]

School board seeks election

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education set the wheels in motion to try and build a new elementary school which would replace Lindsey and Steiner elementaries by the fall of 2009. At Monday’s regular meeting the board voted to pursue a bond election in September and OK’d a […]

May 11, 1960

• Gov. John Burroughs received 2,399 votes in Roosevelt County during the Democratic Primary election, while his opponents Joe Bursey received 1,476 and Tom Holland received 146 votes. • Miss June Hahn was chosen as Girl of the Month by the North Portales 4-H Club. • The Thursday Drive-in special at Mac’s was a ham […]