Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]

Area entities asked for capital outlay priorities

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File photo Curry County administration submitted capital outlay requests for Curry County roads, the Curry County Adult Detention Center and the Curry County Courthouse. Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or […]

Lawmakers make ready for upcoming bills

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Kevin Wilson New legislators for eastern New Mexico report a steep learning curve in their first state legislative session. But, as sessions go, this year’s 60-day affair is the best one to learn from, as budget woes mean there’s little extraneous legislation coming. “All sessions are defined by how many dollars there are and where […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: “Born in the USA,” New Mexico legislators off and running

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Legislators re-elected to caucus positions

CNJ staff Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque […]

Legislators say tone of session unusual

Different, unusual, fatalistic. Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the reasons local leaders have come up […]

Bill delays agency mergers to 2011

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While legislators have been slow to act on governor’s task force proposals to consolidate state agencies, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to set up another task force to make specific recommendations for next year’s Legislature. Gov. Bill Richardson’s efficiency task force, headed by former […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Rep. Dennis Roch, of Tucumcari, brought comic relief to an otherwise somber legislative breakfast in Clovis Wednesday morning. Legislators told attendees there is no money in state coffers for local projects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as […]

Legislators to hear requests from city, county officials

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Legislators may be hearing a few requests for the upcoming session. But there’s little hope they’ll be able to grant them. A rough financial forecast has legislators pessimistic capital outlay will be available for needs city and county organizations will have during Friday’s Clovis/Curry County Legislative Breakfast. The event, […]