Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on […]

Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Portales man facing felony burglary charges

PNT staff A Portales man has been arrested on charges of breaking into two vehicles. Geraldo McCain, 24, is charged with two counts of auto burglary, a fourth degree felony. He was arrested late Sunday after Portales Police received reports that he was seen trying to enter cars and succeeding at getting in two of […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

PHS students choose McCain in mock election

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Maybe there is hope for John McCain yet. Based on the results of a vote by students in Mark Gallegos’ government classes at Portales High School, the Arizona Republican won by a slight margin. Citing Barack Obama’s nationwide popularity among young voters, Gallegos was surprised by the result based […]

Local Briefs Oct. 24

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said […]

Oct. 22, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Democrats wrong to criticize McCain’s campaign action How dare Barack Obama and Harry Reid criticize John McCain for suspending his campaign? Obama would do well to remember they are U.S. senators first — elected to serve the American people — and presidential candidates second.

Profile: Cindy McCain rallies for global causes

MCT photo: Chuck Kennedy Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, supports many humanitarian efforts. By Jill Zuckman: Chicago Tribune Editor’s note: Here is the second of a two-part profile of Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Last month, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, was profiled. […]

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 […]

Cindy McCain: Military mom

MCT photo: Brian Baer Cindy McCain has one son at the U.S. Naval Academy and another serving in the Marines. Her father was a B-17 bombardier in the Army Air Corps during World War II. By Jill Zuckman: Chicago Tribune Editor’s note: Earlier this month, columnist Anita Doberman profiled Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic […]

Editorial: Swing voters need more from McCain

Well, Sen. John McCain has largely succeeded in his mission to firmly claim control of the Republican Party and to give his campaign the largest possible boost going into the fall contest for the White House. First off, McCain went to the Republican National Convention still struggling to convince the conservative grass roots they should […]

Analysis: Obama and Dems scored

By Steven Thomma: McClatchy Newspapers DENVER — Barack Obama and the Democrats had their moment, and it was a quite a moment. Now America pivots to John McCain and the Republicans.

Editorial: Off-shore drilling promises to help U.S. oil supply

Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A poll last October […]

Updated Roosevelt County election returns

Roosevelt County Election Returns These are being updated throughout the night, keep checking back. RepublicanPresidentJohn McCain 555Ron Paul 84 U.S. SenatorSteve Pearce 357Heather Wilson 286 U.S. RepresentativeDistrict 3Marco E. GonzalesDaniel K. East State SenatorDistrict 27Stuart Ingle District 42Gay G. Kernan State RepresentativeDistrict 63Matthew D. Rush District 66Keith Gardner District 67Dennis J. Roch 67 District AttorneyMatthew […]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

McCain needs

Editorial As the Democratic candidates duke it out in what is becoming a surprisingly long and bitter nomination process, Republican nominee John McCain should be shoring up his base and expanding his appeal in preparation for the general election. But perhaps the McCain campaign and many of his supporters are putting too much stock in […]

From carrots to politics, a few opinions

Kevin Wilson I have a lot of opinions. But today, I’ll just give you three. They’re not enough for individual columns, but each has pop culture, sports or political merit. l One of my friends has joined an online group dedicated to creating a worldwide carrot shortage on May 15. The group already has 180,000 […]

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 […]

‘Straight Talk Express’ ready for boarding

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor I’ve been taking great pleasure in the way the presidential race is going. My enjoyment is partly because my guy John McCain has the nomination sewn up, but also because those around me aren’t happy with the way things are going. I have a wife, brother and coworker who […]