Tuesday morning briefing: Calling young artists and pumpkin for oil

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Art contest The Congressional Art Competition is under way. This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. All entries from students in eastern New Mexico must be submitted to Sen. Ben Ray Luj

Letters to the editor: Elected should represent, not direct

Elected should represent, not direct It seems to me the same attitude portrayed by our federal and state governments permeates our city and county commissions; that their constituents aren’t competent to know what is best for themselves or their tax dollars. The county commission, regardless of a resounding vote against the judicial complex building plan, […]

State rep. launches health reform Website

CNJ Staff Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., has launched a health insurance reform Web page. The Web page includes information about his position on health care reform, links so that constituents can read the full bill, and a new contact form that allows constituents to outline their opinions on health care and send them to […]

Denish touring state

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish is touring New Mexico this week, answering questions from constituents inside a Department of Tourism bus. A news release from her office reports she’ll be traveling more than 500 miles, visiting eight towns in three days. “I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible” said Denish in the news […]

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 […]

Who are these folks? Residents unable to name local lawmakers

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Those seeking fame and name recognition should stray from the realm of state politics. Here in eastern New Mexico, the men and women of the state Legislature are widely unknown, despite the approaching 30-day legislative session, which will send local lawmakers to Santa Fe, where they will dole out […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]