GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet exactly which challenges will be included in what is likely to become a final consolidated challenge. But several constitutional arguments […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Bingaman: House sends health bill to Obama

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said New Mexico has a lot to gain from the historic bill the House of Representatives approved today, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature. The measure, which Bingaman helped to write, was adopted by the Senate three months ago.

Bingaman talks health bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about historic health insurance reform legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman032210m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the historic health insurance reform […]

Hounds, Angelo split wild twin bill

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Evidently, the Angelo State Rams don’t take kindly to blowing a seemingly insurmountable lead. In the definition of a “wild” Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University scored eight runs in the top of the seventh — the last four with two out — to […]

Richardson visits Clovis to sign Ute water authority legislation

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gov. Bill Richardson signs House Bill 15 into law Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint power agreement into a utility authority. Looking on is Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, who introduced the bill. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility […]

Gov. Bill Richardson to sign bills in Clovis & Albuquerque tomorrow

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will travel to Clovis and Albuquerque tomorrow, Saturday March 6th, to sign bills passed by lawmakers during the regular legislative session. In Clovis, Governor Richardson will sign HB 15 creating the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority which will help Eastern New Mexico communities as they develop a long-term […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Hounds split twin bill, series at Cameron

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — First baseman Mitch Wolfe drove in a pair of runs and Eastern New Mexico University pitching worked around nine walks and six hits Saturday to beat Cameron 5-2 for a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the opener, Logan Grimes pitched a seven-inning complete game to lead […]

Hounds, Cameron split LSC twin bill

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Catcher Paden Vendrely had three hits, including a key two-run double, and right-hander Jerry Manning pitched into the seventh inning as Eastern New Mexico University beat 19th-ranked Cameron 7-3 Friday in the opener of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. The Aggies rallied for four runs in the sixth inning […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies […]

Ute water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. […]

Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

Campaign money bill hits snag

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With time running out for this Legislature, a bill that would prohibit campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors hit a bump Monday in the House of Representatives. After debating House Bill 118 for more than an hour, sponsor Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, asked to “roll […]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

Hounds sweep twin bill, win series

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU’s Mitch Wolfe dives safely back to second base on a pickoff play during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader against Southeastern Oklahoma State at Greyhound Field. CNJ staff PORTALES — What a difference a week makes. Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, outscored 37-3 in an […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Bill delays agency mergers to 2011

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While legislators have been slow to act on governor’s task force proposals to consolidate state agencies, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to set up another task force to make specific recommendations for next year’s Legislature. Gov. Bill Richardson’s efficiency task force, headed by former […]

Senate votes to override second Richardson veto

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican For the second day in a row, the state Senate has voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson of a bill passed last year. The Senate voted 34 to 4 Tuesday to override Richardson’s veto of Senate Bill 460 from last year’s session. The […]