State spending cuts badly needed

There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the governor vetoed a $128 million tax increase on New Mexico businesses. In the other, she trimmed $100,000 from a housing oversight program. These […]

De Baca sheriff retains position

CNJ staff Dennis A. Cleaver retained his position as De Baca County sheriff by beating former Fort Sumner Police Chief Wayne Atchley for the Democratic seat in Tuesday’s primary. Cleaver, who will run unopposed in November, gathered 263 votes to 163 for Atchley as 48 percent of De Baca County’s 1,362 voters participated in the […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

Brown’s win sends clear message

By Tom Mullen: Guest columnist A Massachusetts miracle happened Tuesday with the incredible victory of Republican Scott Brown in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic icon Sen. Edward Kennedy until his death last year. This almost unbelievable result is an astounding majority voter rebellion […]

Press Release: Dodge announces for Campos seat

On Nov. 24 businessman, retired educator and veteran George Dodge Jr. announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives District 63. The seat is currently held by Representative Jose Campos, who is seeking the Democratic nomination of Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico. As owner of two businesses in Santa […]

Kennedy dead at 77

The Associated Press BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy […]

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

CNJ staff Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created following […]

Obama aides prefer pricey regulations

Freedom New Mexico With his choices of top aides in the areas of economics and national security, President-elect Barack Obama veered toward the center of the Democratic Party. He’s mostly appointed people who initially supported the misbegotten Iraq war (and keeping nominal Republican Robert Gates on) to national security posts and people with Clinton-era experience […]

Lujan hosting town halls

Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Resignation leaves Japan

Freedom New Mexico Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned suddenly, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party somewhat adrift and the government tied in knots as the economy drifts toward recession. This makes him the second Japanese prime minister to stay in office for less than a year. A country that has been viewed […]

Obama’s lack of experience hurts campaign

Freedom New Mexico Presumptive Democratic candidate Barack

Lujan tours eastern New Mexico

While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Freedom New Mexico to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Udall. Currently, Lujan […]

Health care debate needs two players

Freedom New Mexico Well, at least the presidential campaign will offer something of a debate on the issue of health care. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama disagree only over whether buying standardized government-approved health insurance will be mandatory for all Americans (Hillary’s plan) or only for children (Obama’s approach). Both anticipate […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]

Obama, Clinton split New England, duel in Ohio and Texas; McCain gains GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton split a pair of New England primaries Tuesday night and vied for bigger prizes in Ohio and Texas in a riveting Democratic presidential race. Arizona Sen. John McCain, an unflinching supporter of the war in Iraq, clinched the Republican nomination. “We are in Iraq […]

Clinton rhetoric missing the mark

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist It was only a few months ago pundits left and right were calling the Hillary Clinton campaign a runaway train. With Clinton and Barack Obama in a close race for the Democratic nomination, it looks as if those predictions may be wrong. Likewise, you can take a grain of salt […]

Feb. 5 – Caucus

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A couple helps each other with their ballots at the Democratic caucus at the Clovis-Carver Library on Super Tuesday. The chair of the Democratic Party of Curry County said 400 people voted in the first 90 minutes of the caucus.

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]

Curry County Democrats to vote for presidential nominee

The Curry County Democrats submitted the following press release: On Tuesday, February 5, New Mexicans will vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus to choose which candidate will represent the Democratic Party in the November general election. Voting will take place from noon to 7:00 p.m. at 184 sites across New Mexico. The February 5 […]