GOP voters have little choice in race

Freedom New Mexico Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination suffered its first real setback, a resounding loss to Newt Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. The former House speaker’s first victory is the latest manifestation of the trepidation GOP conservatives and Tea Party activists have for the former Massachusetts governor. Still, Republican voters […]

GOP lacks frontrunner for presidency

Freedom New Mexico An ancient Chinese curse says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in an interesting time. As Charles Dickens said in a Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the […]

Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election campaign, […]

House GOP should make Obama blink

Freedom New Mexico This isn’t time to go wobbly. Republicans in the House of Representatives need to maintain their discipline of standing firm against any tax increases in a deficit-reduction bill. The “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill the House approved Tuesday likely will stall in the Senate. But it provides the basis of a budget […]

GOP should hold firm on Medicare

Freedom New Mexico May was a lousy month for the Republican plan to overhaul Medicare. A prominent GOP candidate for president criticized it, a seat in Congress was lost because of it, and the party started trying to distance itself from the whole thing. That’s regrettable, because reinventing Medicare is vital to our nation’s economic […]

GOP looking to wean public off government

Freedom New Mexico I t isn’t likely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, but the GOP’s proposed spending plan for next year and the next decade is one of the most encouraging signs out of Washington since the Reagan revolution. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., got everyone’s attention Tuesday when he unveiled a GOP proposal to reduce […]

GOP ready to reform Obamacare

Congressional Republicans are part of a strategic legislative challenge to roll back Obamacare. The effort no doubt will be fruitless this year, but it sets the stage for November electioneering, which could lead to substantive legal challenges in next year’s new Congress if the GOP gains significantly, perhaps even winning control of one or both […]

GOP turning against war in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico The tipping point in public support for America’s war in Afghanistan may end up being a statement earlier this month by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He blurted out that the war in Afghanistan was “a war of Obama’s choosing” and “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted […]

Pearce, Mullins win GOP congressional primaries

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce will get a chance to win back his old job as a U.S. representative, defeating a little-known Republican primary challenger in the 2nd Congressional District race. Pearce, a three-term former congressman, defeated Roswell-area farmer Cliff Pirtle in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Pearce said campaigning across the […]

Martinez wins GOP gubernatorial primary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez became the nation’s first Hispanic woman nominated for governor Tuesday night and will face Democrat Diane Denish in the general election to decide who becomes New Mexico’s first female governor. It will be the third time in U.S. history that two women will run […]