Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

BRAC addition stays in bill

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of the amendments — […]

Funds set aside for Cannon construction

Freedom Newspapers A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that […]

Taser bill appears dead

Freedom Newspapers A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

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 […]

Ingle never imagined long senate career

Portales farmer Stuart Ingle receives countless phone calls, wears a jacket and tie for two months straight and addresses his co-workers through the lieutenant governor. It’s a process the state senator been doing for 20 years. Ingle, who was sworn into the Legislature in 1985, now represents Portales as the minority leader in the state […]

Lunch becomes political learning session

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our state senator, Stuart Ingle. We happened to see each other where we were both having lunch and decided to have coffee and dessert together. While we sat there chatting and munching, his cell phone interrupted him (a […]

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 […]