Five constitutional amendments on ballot

Kevin Wilson Five constitutional amendments are up on the November ballot. Unless specifically noted in the text of the amendment, changes are effective immediately. Arguments are suggested by the state’s Legislative Council Service staff. Amendment No. 1: The proposal is to create an exemption of the state’s anti-donation clause, which bars government entities from giving […]

State constitution questions on Texas ballots

The following state constitutional amendments will be on every Texas county ballot in November’s election. Monday was the final day to register for elections. Proposition 1 (HJR 132) “The constitutional amendment authorizing the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a […]

Wildfire prevention legislation passes House with Rep. Luj

[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVIqngINll0 ]WATCH REP. LUJAN OFFER HIS AMENDMENT Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act with Rep. Luj

Senators toss key amendments

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist To protect its prerogative of adding billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects to defense bills, the Senate last week passed its fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill without allowing votes on 101 pending amendments, some of them important to service personnel. About a third of the ignored amendments would have improved […]

Surveillance act sets dangerous future precedent

Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who […]

Aug. 27, 1921

Wrigley’s chewing gum claimed to keep teeth clean, breath sweet and throat soothed in an advertisement. … A number of citizens met at the courthouse to hear discussion of the 11 amendments to the constitution by members appointed by the forum committee of the Chamber of Commerce. It was noted there were few Republicans and […]

Commission OKs industrial park design

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners approved the design Tuesday for the Clovis Industrial Park, which will be constructed in the county. Plans are already under way for two biodiesel plants in the 237-acre park, and it could include a business incubator, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. […]

Defense policy showdown on its way

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House and Republican Senate leaders are rumbling toward a defense showdown with their GOP rank and file that could embarrass President Bush and take a rare wartime slap at Pentagon authority. When the Senate returns this fall and resumes debate on a defense bill, several […]

Showdown on detainees, bases delayed

By Liz Sidoti: 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 […]

Curry voters: No on everything

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Hannah Borden, 7, helps her father Billy Borden vote in Tuesday’s special election at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Although one state constitutional amendment won handily, the second amendment still was in doubt as of press time late Tuesday night. Voters have given Gov. Bill Richardson new powers he […]

State’s voters head to polls

Jack King The stakes are high — and so may be the costs — of today’s special election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. so that voters can decide on two state Constitutional amendments and a proposed county gross receipts tax increase. Of the two amendments, No. 1 would create a […]

Teacher asks for ‘yes’ vote on amendments

Wendy Hubby By now, most citizens of Curry County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teacher of 17 years in Clovis, and as a parent of one child in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens to please pass the two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 […]

Clovis residents speak out on two amendments.

By Gary Mitchell A special election presenting voters with two proposed constitutional amendments focusing on education is scheduled for Tuesday. Polls will be open at regular voting precincts from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Amendment No. 1 would transfer the state Department of Public Education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of education. […]

Amendment answers lie in the past

Clint Harden After serving as the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s Department of Labor for eight years and now as the State Senator for District Seven, I have crisscrossed this state talking and listening to hundreds if not thousands of New Mexicans. What I have heard is the top priorities of the state are water, […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

Amendments 1, 2 not a political fight

Carroll Leavell I strongly object to the tenor and claims of your newspaper’s recent commentary, “Beware more control of our schools.” To set the record straight: These Constitutional amendments are about taking decisive action to fix our failing schools. We are 46th in the country in how we pay our teachers. We are 45th in […]

Beware more control of our schools

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To […]

Richardson to push education reform

By Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at 2:15 p.m. at Yucca Junior High School in Clovis and then at 4:30 p.m. at Portales High School. Officials said he will […]