Heather Wilson to seek senate seat

By The Associated Press Rep. Heather Wilson intends to seek the Senate seat being vacated in New Mexico by fellow Republican Pete Domenici, the Associated Press has learned. Wilson made the decision Thursday after meeting with her family and notified her staff Friday morning. She was calling supporters around New Mexico to tell them of […]

Rumsfeld steps down

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday congratulated Democrats on their takeover of the House and strong gains in the Senate and announced he had selected a new defense secretary to oversee the increasingly violent conflict in Iraq. Bush, reaching into the administration of his father, said that former CIA Director Robert Gates […]

Religions unite over outlandish enemy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I offer three cheers for Katherine Harris. Harris has brought this nation together, done a more effective job of uniting people than any prayer breakfast, sensitivity class or Benetton ad I’ve ever seen. Thanks to her, Christians and Jews, Muslims and atheists, Republicans and Democrats are now standing as one […]

Congress passes bill for $51.8 billion in relief

By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting with extraordinary speed, Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. President Bush pledged to make it “easy and simple as possible” for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. “We’re not asking for […]

GOP could use new leadership in Congress

Freedom Newspapers It’s a sad sign of how starved Republicans in the House of Representatives are for leadership that they continue to rally around Majority Leader Tom DeLay, even as doubts deepen about the ethics of the former Texas exterminator whose delicate touch earned him the nickname “The Hammer.” For the sake of the party […]

GOP needs to let filibuster continue as designed

Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Stewart fans will probably remember the moment in the classic movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” where Stewart’s title character explains, “Now, I had some pretty good coaching last night, and I find that if I yield only for a question or a point of order or a personal privilege, that I […]

Social conservatives on wrong side

By Leonard Pitts This falls into the category of being careful what you wish for. Me, I have long wished the Republican Party would offer black voters a credible alternative. For years, I have tweaked the GOP for its inability to attract black voters. Especially since the black community, though often derided as ultra-liberal by […]

New Mexico’s top races

The Associated Press President 1,483 of 1,495 precincts – 99 percent George W. Bush, GOP (i) 333,631 – 50 percent John F. Kerry, Dem 322,657 – 49 percent Ralph Nader, Ind 3,556 – 1 percent Michael Badnarik, Lib 2,128 – 0 percent David Cobb, Grn 1,092 – 0 percent Michael Peroutka, CST 689 – 0 […]

Former Lt. Gov. not interested in heading GOP

David Arkin Clovis native and former New Mexico lieutenant governor Walter Bradley says he would run for the state’s GOP Party leadership post as a “last resort.” The state’s GOP Republican Party has until April 17 to elect a replacement for Sen. Ramsay Gorham, who quit her post last week. She also has announced that […]

Bush, GOP should match deeds to words

Freedom Newspapers Serious small-government Republicans are no doubt going through cognitive dissonance right now. Their party generally espouses the philosophy of limited government, especially on fiscal matters, but now that Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress, they are spending more wildly than liberal Democrats. As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, “Confounding President […]