Lieutenant governor candidates attend forum

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation from each other on most audience questions at the High Plains Patriots forum. Most of all, the three Republican candidates all carried the same message — if you want conservative government, elect one of us and some […]

GOP candidates back health care lawsuit

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the campus and airwaves of Eastern New Mexico University to make their pitches. Republican governor hopefuls Janice Arnold-Jones, Pete Domenici Jr. and Doug Turner faced questions in front of about 100 audience members Tuesday at the Becky […]

Public hearing set for road closure

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A public hearing is set for April 19 at Portales City Hall to consider a request from J.D. Heiskell and Company to close off East Commercial Street to traffic. City Manager Tom Howell said although the city is not required to have a public hearing, the hearing is for […]

Bayh decision leaves questions unanswered

Freedom New Mexico It is generally praiseworthy when a politician announces that he “doesn’t love Congress” and has come to the conclusion that he can serve the public more effectively from a position in the private sector. Thus, Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh’s announcement that he will not seek a third term in November is […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Local legislators brace for special session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Cowboys can offer simple solution

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This cowboy advice column is inspired by the Ventura County Star. Three cowboys answer questions about love and life.

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Sotomayor’s stances on issues remain unclear

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Judiciary Committee no doubt will have many relevant questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor concerning what role, if any, her gender, ethnicity and empathy play in her judicial reasoning, her judicial temperament and her judicial philosophy. For today we’d like to explore what her written opinions tell us […]

Lujan fields questions on health care, water project during ENMU visit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Health care and a major water improvement project dominated questions Congressman Ben Ray Lujan fielded from Eastern New Mexico University students. Lujan said he was a little surprised to see a large turnout of students for his visit. “Students have a lot of responsibilities,” Lujan said. “Typically when you’re […]