Renewable aspect of House energy bill unrealistic

By Freedom Newspapers August is one of our favorite months. Congress is on annual recess. Washington’s sausage-making machinery is idle. No new laws are being cranked out. The republic is temporarily safe from congressional meddling. The problem with August is that September follows. Sooner or later, Congress will reconvene, and take up the legislation left […]

Democrats didn’t do nearly enough to stop earmarks

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats, attempting to make good on their pledge to be more fiscally responsible than ousted Republicans, actually eliminated pork-barrel earmarks from spending bills the GOP left unfinished. As well, rules were changed to require members, for the first time, to identify their earmarks, in the hope that more transparency might shame […]

Elitist tendencies surface during Texas session

By Freedom Newspapers The 80th Texas Legislature, which ended earlier this month, might have seemed to many people to be one of the longest 140 days in recent memory. State leaders made their standard public appearances to pat themselves on the back and claim the session a success, but the general feeling was a relief […]

Congress licking chops over pork

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats did an admirable job of purging pork barrel projects — also called earmarks — from spending bills that were left unfinished when Republicans were ousted from power last fall. They had to do something, given all their campaign rhetoric about those fiscally feckless Republicans. But whether they can for long […]

Writer remembers past city cashier

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1989 a tribute by CNJ staff writer Todd S. Bergmann was printed in the Clovis News Journal about Bert Cabiness, who they called the city cashier. That tribute has been edited and follows. While most people do not enjoy parting with their money, they enjoyed meeting Bert Cabiness. […]

Representatives should proudly display stance

By Freedom Newspapers Should Texans know how their legislators vote on all major items? The answer should be obvious. How else would Texas residents know whether legislators are properly representing their interests? But some people surely will be surprised to find that Texas lawmakers don’t record all votes, and they like it that way. Six […]

Legislature passes halfway point

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With the 60-day session of the 2007 New Mexico Legislature just past the midway point, local legislators say the pot’s just beginning to boil at the Roundhouse. “Right now we’re in the middle of a lot of things,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said. “This is where it really gets busy.” […]

Legislator: No surprises in session so far

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Bills would benefit ENMU

Freedom Newspapers A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which […]

GOP sinking in fiscal woes sends an SOS

Freedom Newspapers I t may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, […]

Small steps may help, but won’t put stop to pork

Freedom Newspapers There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will […]

Barbecue recipe part of Taiban resident’s fame

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian One of the most famous characters at Taiban was “Mac” McMillan. “His real name was Chester C. McMillan, and he had a bar there, a kind of family-like place where his family and neighbors would gather, dance, have a few drinks, play pool and eat Sally’s pimento cheese sandwiches,” said […]

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Lawmakers approve funding for new 9th District judge

Staff and wire reports The 9th Judicial District may soon have a new judge and the District Attorney’s office may add a prosecutor. Lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Wednesday that would allocate $2.2 million for seven new district judges throughout the state, according to The Associated Press. The new 9th Judicial District judge […]

House, Senate pass bill to aid uninsured

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department would set up a program to help buy health insurance for children of the working poor under legislation endorsed by both the House and the Senate on Tuesday. The bills are backed by the Richardson administration as one way to tackle the problem of […]

Water project could get boost from Legislature

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the project. […]

Legislative watchdogs

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Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes monitors New Mexico state legislative activity on the Internet on Thursday in her office at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active […]

Clovis man sentenced to six years in prison

By The Associated Press CLOVIS — A Clovis man accused of printing and passing thousands of dollars in U.S. currency has been sentenced to six years in prison. Terry Maes, 25, pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery and was sentenced Wednesday by state District Judge Teddy Hartley, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Evidence showed […]

Kerry’s bills were hardly core issues of liberty

Freedom Newspapers O ne factor voters should consider in the presidential race is John Kerry’s record as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the issues that were important enough to him to bring to the Senate floor. In the third debate, President Bush charged, “I think it’s important, since he talked about the Medicare plan […]