Federal order will divide magistrate elections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Election procedures for Curry County’s magistrate court judges are about to be changed, leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. On August 18, the Curry County commission is holding a public hearing to explain creation of two magistrate divisions, replacing the at-large voting system. However, the hearing […]

Iraq voter turnout offers sign of hope

Freedom New Mexico The Iraqi provincial elections, a prelude to national elections later this year or early next year, were carried out almost

Despite election outcome, area largely Republican

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer There were no surprises about the results of the Nov. 4 presidential election among political party leaders in eastern New Mexico. While President-Elect Barack Obama won the state, Republican John McCain was a decisive winner in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties. Curry County Republican Chairman Rube Render said he […]

Voters line up as registration deadline nears

CNJ Staff Curry County Director of Elections Connie Jo Lyman said the last minute rush to register, “Is wilder than I have ever seen it in 23 years.” Lyman said Monday there is little doubt people don’t want to miss their chance to vote in this election. “They seem to think (Monday’s) the last day […]

Candidates’ plans for peace just gibberish

Freedom New Mexico Can it be that elections tend to bring out whatever latent stupidity candidates and their supporters may harbor, or that they induce people to say stupid and simplistic things in the belief that voters respond only to the stupid and simplistic? What inspires such dire reflection at this moment is the increasingly […]

New round of elections

Tuesday was the day to sign up for county and state elections across New Mexico.

School bond overwhelmingly passes

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CNj staff photo: Tony Bullocks Trudy Cole casts her vote in the Clovis Municipal Schools bond election Tuesday at Mesa Elementary School. The $12-million general obligation bond was approved by 84 percent of the voters. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Voters overwhelming approved a $12 million general obligation bond for four years during Tuesday’s […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Club Notes

The Curry County Federated Republicans met in December for their traditional “Christmas Tea.” The featured speaker was Sen. Clint Harden. He gave an overview of the upcoming elections in 2008 and also gave a question and answer session. Rube Render was in attendance to explain what was going on across community and state levels. The […]

House pulls for better poll turnout

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots last […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

Middle-East tide of democracy is encouraging

Freedom Newspapers It is fairly easy to see that something important is happening in Lebanon, a move in the direction of independence and the idea of a civil society with democratic underpinnings that is reflected elsewhere in the Middle East. It is more difficult to figure out why it is happening just now, what forces […]

Iraqi elections not cure-all, but definitely a start

CNJ staff Maybe, just maybe, the transformationists were right. We use the term to describe those inside the Bush administration and out who predicted that the democratization of Iraq would spark a wider transformation in a part of the world, the Mideast, where tyranny still largely reigns in one form or another. And while the […]

Dictators, autocrats stage phony elections

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Isn’t it revealing that autocrats and dictators around the globe bother to stage phony elections in order to claim legitimacy? Remember Saddam Hussein telling Dan Rather in 2002 that he had won 99 percent of the vote? Fidel Castro routinely claims to receive overwhelming majorities in his rigged elections, and throughout […]

Elections were critically important victory

Freedom Newspapers Only the most naive optimist would believe Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq mark the end of bloodshed and hardship in that war-torn land. But only the most stone-hearted pessimist would disdain the spectacle of millions of Iraqis lining up to vote and dancing in the streets as insignificant. Iraq indeed passed a crucial […]

America: Best thing going on the planet

by Grant McGee On Wednesday morning we’ll wake up in a new America. A revolution will have occurred overnight. The federal executive regime in charge in Washington will either repulse the opposition or be overrun by it. It ought to be a relatively quiet revolution as it has been for over 200 years, the battle […]

Readers: Clovis mudslinging was mild

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “How do you think local candidates acted in the primary elections? Were they professional … or did they sling too much mud?” Some responses: “I (didn’t) see anymore mudslinging during this election cycle than previous elections. What did bother me was the county manager’s backing of a specific […]

Decision made in rocky ENMU election

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In an election marred by confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, a student election board declared Brett Trembly Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president on Monday. Trembly, a senior from Belen, received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. […]

Iraq’s interim constitution first step of many

Freedom Newspapers It took a while, and the delay has been a profound embarrassment to the United States and the Iraqi Governing Council. But Iraq now has an interim constitution, signed by all 25 members of the council. It’s a start, but only a start, on a road whose destination few would be foolish enough […]

Iraq/U.S. transfer of power requires rare delicate touch

Freedom Newspapers Just about the time polls show Americans increasingly skeptical about how we got into Iraq and whether we’ll ever get out, and as the violence that had receded slightly after the capture of Saddam Hussein rose dramatically in January, the Bush administration must confront a delicate set of problems related to handing governance […]

Democrats prepare to name a candidate

By Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in more than 30 years when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt […]