Portales Past: April 4, 1950

April 4, 1950: Former mayor Floyd T. Kennedy was re-elected by Portales voters after a four-year absence. Kennedy defeated future New Mexico Gov. John Burroughs, 916 votes to 596.

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

Portales residents elect first female mayor

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By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political newcomer, picked up 32 percent of the vote Tuesday, edging three competitors. She said she had “no idea” why voters chose her over Steve Davis, Gary Watkins and Dennis Lopez, […]

Early votes more than triple 2008 numbers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Senate votes to override second Richardson veto

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican

Votes show tide turning against Dems

Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s election results may not signal that the Republicans are back as a party capable of putting together a winning national coalition, and the result in New York’s 23rd congressional district might presage a bitter intraparty squabble. But as much as White House spokespeople attempted to downplay the significance of gubernatorial elections […]

House votes against capital punishment

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Unmarried couples bill stalls again

By Steve Terrell A domestic partnership bill on Monday fell short of the votes it needed to clear a state Senate committee. The tie vote meant the Senate Judiciary Committee remains a roadblock for backers of legislation allowing unmarried partners in New Mexico — same-sex and otherwise — many of the same rights and privileges […]

Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary […]

Ute bill makes progres in Senate

Freedom New Mexico A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed […]