Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

Boys State teaches how government works

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Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer Chase Keeling-Atwood, 17, left, and Stone Shoaf, 16, discuss who will fill specific positions in their state government offices Wednesday afternoon during the 2011 New Mexico Boys’ State program. Keeling-Atwood serves as New Mexico state governor in the program and Shoaf as lieutenant governor. Alisa Boswell Fictional New Mexico state […]

GOP leadership heading down familiar path

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans, having won back control of the House of Representatives with campaigns that suggested they had learned their lessons about extravagant spending during the Bush years, named their committee chairmen last week. The choices signaled for the most part that the Old Bulls and the old ways may be predominant in […]

Exploratory campaigns concerning

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…” I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” […]

Mudslinging doesn’t add to campaigns

Freedom New Mexico If you can’t say anything nice … you might as well run for office. Every year brings primaries and general elections for various posts at the local, state and federal levels. Every year brings tactics aimed at making candidates look — no other word for it — bad. And every year, the […]

Trade issues should concern U.S. consumers

Freedom New Mexico With national election campaigns shifting into high gear, one subject voters aren’t hearing much about is trade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic economy on the front burners, international trade is shunted aside, to be trotted out when a candidate needs to score points by pointing out how […]

Campaigns are first for YouTube

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist After speaking to a group of veterans in South Carolina last April as part of his “Straight Talk Express,” Sen. John McCain was asked by an audience member when the United States would send an “airmail message to Tehran.” The senator stopped for a moment, then reminded the audience of […]

Taxpayer-funded campaigns never were good idea

Freedom Newspapers Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be […]

Mudslinging campaigns insult democracy

A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. I never thought about it […]