Iraq war offers no easy solution, deserves debate

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about […]

Campaign laws providing way to halt freedom of speech

Freedom Newspapers The nation’s founders wrote the First Amendment explicitly to protect political speech. A healthy democracy is dependent on the ability of citizens, activists and politicians to express their views forcefully and with the widest possible latitude in the hopes that a free-for-all of ideas will lead to an informed voting public. Politicians and […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

Rules to limit government shouldn’t change

Freedom Newspapers As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial nominations, it might be useful to put the tradition of filibustering in context. The filibuster in its present form is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which says the two houses of Congress can make their own rules. In the early years, both […]

Last debate Bush was focused, eloquent

by Mona Charen There was one moment in the final presidential debate in which John Kerry was downright likable. When offering up the standard gallant remark that he, Bush and Bob Schieffer had all “married up,” Kerry had the presence of mind to realize instantly how that sounded coming from not just the only man […]

Portales native tracks presidential debates

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A former Portales resident is part of a group trying to bring a grassroots feel to the national presidential debates. Heather Balas, a 1987 graduate of Portales High School and 1991 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, is the director of voter education for the non-profit, non-partisan Commission on Presidential […]

Bush rebounds, but Kerry is formidable

Freedom Newspapers Friday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis saw both candidates in prime form, giving voters a good picture of each. President Bush did much better than in his first debate, this time not grimacing and mostly avoiding the twisted syntax, repetition and lack of compelling detail that hurt him the first time around. […]

Cheney bested Edwards — and Bush — in debate

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday night’s debate between the vice presidential candidates was more substantive than last week’s between the presidential candidates. Vice President Dick Cheney’s even-handed, informed performance was dramatically better than President Bush’s halting, repetitive answers. Even Sen. John Edwards came across in some ways better than his principal, Sen. John Kerry. Most important, Cheney […]

Doing homework makes debates worth watching

Freedom Editorial If you’re not careful, watching one of the presidential debates that begin this week could leave you spending 90 minutes to get nothing more than sound bites. However, with a little work, voters can take something from the debates between President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. The debates begin Thursday […]

Traffic amendment a blatant attack on right to free speech

Freedom Newspapers Last week, an important case regarding free-speech rights was argued in federal court in the nation’s capital. Although it attracted little attention, it has the potential to widen the debate about federal drug policy — and has already highlighted the intellectual weakness of the most fervid drug warriors. At issue is the Istook […]

Experience vs. fresh approach in DA debate

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District Attorney Brett Carter, left, and Matthew Chandler debate during the 2004 District Attorney Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Rick Cornelison, center, monitored the debate. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of 9th Judicial District […]

Forum to give public chance to question attorney candidates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico residents will have their chance to drill two district attorney candidates at a forum on Tuesday. The event will pit 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter against opponent Matt Chandler in a public debate organized by a Clovis Community College student legal group. The event begins […]

Reporters Notebook

High school students from around the state will have a chance to become New Mexico’s best debaters at the State High School Speech Tournament. The event will be held today through Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. This is the 25th year Anthony Schroeder, professor of communications at ENMU, is organizing the event at the […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]