Wilson to stop in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a candidate for the U.S. Senate will be in Portales on a “Listening Tour” from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Rough Rider Room, First and Abilene, according to a press release. Wilson’s staff said the purpose of the visit is to field questions and discuss issues with residents. […]

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 […]

Some candidates out of touch when food involved

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s a guy running for president, and he’s facing all kinds of questions. One question spoke volumes, and it wasn’t about terrorism, taxes or gasoline. Instead, it was about milk, and how much stores charge for a gallon. His answer was $1.50. I won’t name the candidate because I haven’t […]

Torture tactics not cure-all

Editorial One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as a legitimate […]

Lack of support shouldn’t justify forced participation

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While we can sympathize with some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea […]

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 […]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. […]

DeLay legacy already determined despite outcome of legal issues

Editorial Seen from a liberty perspective of the American people, Rep. Tom DeLay’s career was a failure. The Texas Republican, undergoing a trial for alleged ethics violations, announced this week that he would not seek re-election this fall. There’s no doubt Rep. DeLay is a talented, tough political infighter. He is a major reason Republicans […]

Your state legislators on the lighter side

Q. What’s your favorite political joke? Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton: Where does the word politic come from? Latin for poly, meaning many; and tic, meaning blood-sucking parasite. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa: President George Bush was at a news conference, he was talking about Iraq, Washington and the economy. A reporter asks him ‘Did […]

Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Responsible spending urged for Legislature

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Area lawmakers are urging responsible spending during the 2006 state Legislature even after record oil and gas receipts pumped the state coffers full of extra money. The state’s revenue from oil and gas leases jumped by $92 million in 2005 compared to 2004, according to state figures. Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Portales residents pleased with hearing

By Tony Parra Portales residents wearing canary-yellow shirts stepped off the school buses at Greyhound Arena about midday Friday with a feeling of optimism. They had been to the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing in Clovis to show support for Cannon Air Force Base and mostly felt good about their efforts. “There was never […]

City may receive thousands for roads

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Most of the $700,000 the city is scheduled to receive from the 2005 capital outlay budget is earmarked for road repairs. The budget is subject to approval by Gov. Bill Richardson. The city is scheduled to receive roughly one third of the $725,000 it requested for road improvements. Of […]

Cockfighting ban passes in House

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A proposed ban on cockfighting remains alive in the New Mexico Legislature, where the House on Tuesday voted for it overwhelmingly. The bill went to the Senate on a vote of 50-15 after brief debate. “We are as game as the gamecocks to stay […]

House budget wouldn’t severly impact Medicaid

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent The Medicaid crisis may not be as bad as officials once anticipated. That’s thanks to the state’s oil and gas revenues. Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, whose district includes Quay County, said after all, Medicaid won’t be the financial nightmare that officials once imagined it would be. Moore said […]

Governor delivers State of the State address

David Arkin And … they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]