Peanuts popular at Capitol

They used to call it “The City Different” years ago. I haven’t heard Santa Fe called that in a while though, I checked last week and it is indeed still different. I’ve written a whole lot of New Mexico Legislature stories over the years but strangely enough I had never been in Santa Fe while […]

Insider trading perfectly legal on Capitol Hill

Freedom New Mexico Want to get rich? Get elected to the U.S. Congress. Recent revelations show that a lot of members of Congress came to Washington to do good — and stayed to do well. Very well. The most celebrated case involves Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the speaker of the House of Representatives from 2007-10 […]

Luxuries harder to come by

Ipanema is a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, the seacoast located capitol of Brazil. I have never been to Ipanema, nor to Rio. Astrid Gilberto, the Latina jazz singer who made that area famous in her 1964 bossa nova classic, “The Girl From Ipanema,”is now 71 years old. That is hard to imagine, when one […]

Attending Legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 […]

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Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol. It decided 33-8 to open conference committees to the public, […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

Meet the 47th New Mexico Legislature

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Freedom Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski, Rick White Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa • Age: 44 • Occupation: Restaurant owner • District: 63, serving De Baca, Curry, Guadalupe and Roosevelt counties • Time served: Second term. • Legislative priorities: The transmission bill for renewable energy, Fort Sumner treatment facility, Martin Luther King overpass, Curry County Civic Center, […]

Ornaments from N.M. students to be displayed on tree at nation’s capitol

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Carol Dorazio, administrative assistant to the deputy superintendent of Clovis schools, sorts through Christmas ornaments that will be sent to decorate the New Mexico Christmas tree in Washington D.C. this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Harvested from the Santa Fe National Forest, an 80-foot spruce is going on a […]

Farwell town folk recognize 100-year anniversary

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The story of how Farwell was founded nearly 100 years ago really begins in Chicago. That’s where two merchandising brothers took up an offer from the state of Texas to build a new capitol building in Austin, and where the transformation of the western Panhandle began. In September, the […]

Courts could use dose of common sense

By Mona Charen There was a time when “fear of God” meant piety, or at least conscience. Today, it more accurately describes the worldview of secular liberals who get itchy and twitchy at any reminder of our religious roots as a nation. Thus, we are currently treated to the spectacle of the American Civil Liberties […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Muleshoe man part of Reagan goodbye

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer A Muleshoe man said he felt he was part of history when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to see the casket of former President Ronald Reagan as it lay in state in the nation’s capital. Gil Rennels, a fifth-generation Texas Republican and co-owner of Gil Lamb Advertising/Channel 6 in […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]

Editorial: Visitor’s center classic case of mismanagement

A new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol — under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2005 — is already telling a more accurate story of Congress than planners had hoped. The underground 580,000-square-foot facility, located on the east side of the Capitol, and intended to share the history of Congress, is symbolizing the […]