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 […]

Clinton wins Florida primary but no delegates at stake

By Mike Glover: The Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. — Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Florida Democratic primary Tuesday night, an event that drew no campaigning by any of her presidential rivals and awarded no delegates to the winner. But Clinton promptly declared it a welcome victory. The New York senator, fresh off her lopsided loss […]

Bush, House make tax rebate deal to stimulate spending

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With unprecedented speed and cooperation, Congress and the White House forged a deal Thursday to begin rushing tax rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most tax filers by spring, hoping they will spend the money just as quickly and jolt the ailing economy to life. Rebates would be even higher […]

McCain wins South Carolina; Romney wins Nevada

By Davd Espo: The Associated Press Sen. John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary Saturday night, avenging a bitter personal defeat in a bastion of conservatism and gaining ground in an unpredictable race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in Nevada caucuses marred by late […]

Time again for fearless predictions

By Kevin Wilson: FNM Columnist I start this year, like I do every other, with an edition of “Kevin Wilson’s Fearless Predictions.” I make these predictions with the utmost confidence, because I know people way smarter than me have screwed up predictions far worse than I have. It was Bill Gates who once said a […]

Democrats announce caucus schedule

Registered Democrats in New Mexico can now request absentee ballots for the Feb. 5, 2008, presidential preference caucus, according to a news release. The request form is available by mail, fax, e-mail or download at: DPNM Headquarters, Attn.: Absentee Ballot Request Form, 1301 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505)830-3650 (phone); (505)830-3645 (fax); or www.nmdemocrats.org. […]

Final federal budget better late than never

Editorial If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has […]

Democrat’s tax reform just a way to soak the rich

Freedom New Mexico Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called […]

Life’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Carbon tax may be best way to halt polluters

Freedom Newspapers Michigan Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through which any major climate change measures must pass, is calling the bluff of colleagues who demand that something, anything, everything be done to address global warming. And while Dingell’s gambit might backfire, given the atmosphere of alarmism that […]

Republicans use Democrat’s play to block bills

By Freedom Newspapers The first 100 days of Nancy Pelosi’s reign of error as speaker of the House have come and gone. Several times over, actually. And what does Congress have to show for it? Little to nada, legislatively speaking, and even lower public approval ratings than the besieged President Bush. Not that we’re complaining. […]

Congress left with no choice but to fund war

Freedom Newspapers C ongress finally has done what seemed inevitable from the outset, passing a bill late Thursday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, to the tune of about $95 billion. And it’s without a timetable for beginning the withdrawal of American troops or even imposing standards regarding troop training, […]

Time for Iraq diplomacy has passed

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnistSpeaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq ( Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the […]

Congress licking chops over pork

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats did an admirable job of purging pork barrel projects — also called earmarks — from spending bills that were left unfinished when Republicans were ousted from power last fall. They had to do something, given all their campaign rhetoric about those fiscally feckless Republicans. But whether they can for long […]

Alternative tax problem needs permanent fix

By Freedom Newspapers According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as […]

Division might cure federal budget busting

By Freedom Newspapers We’re about to find out whether divided government really means more prudent spending by the government, as some of us have hoped. President Bush’s $2.9 trillion budget spending proposal, delivered Monday, offers a small dollop of hope. Whether the newly empowered Democratic majority in Congress shreds it by insisting on higher domestic […]

Address follows historical suit of false hope

By Freedom Newspapers You could tell this was a president for the first time facing a Congress controlled by the opposition party, and not coming from a position of strength. President Bush was sober, almost somber at times, and his proposals at least gave the appearance of being calculated to appeal to more than a […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Earmark errors won’t stop with Democrats

By Freedom Newspapers If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, […]

Election results may cause U.S. harm

Letters to the Editor Let me be among the first to congratulate the Democrats for taking back both houses of Congress and to express my deep appreciation to those who voted them in. At least we no longer have to be exposed to those horrible, corrupt Republicans with their scandals! And, it is quite comforting […]