Lawmakers shouldn’t sneak compensation

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There he sits, does Bulldog Bill, glowering. Looking every bit like the mascot on the beer can. The governor is not a happy man. The Legislature has done him wrong. There is, however, just the tease of a wry smile as Gov. Bill Richardson awaits legislative bills requiring his signed […]

Capital outlay give and take process

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Construction crews with LCI 2 Inc. dig the new lagoon Tuesday at the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Clovis. The state Legislature allocated $1.4 million in capital outlay funds for the project. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Year after year, local officials approach state legislators with palms outstretched, in aspiration […]

Legislators, lobbyists and Leno: Yikes

By Ned Cantwell: State coulumnist This is a wonderful time of year for civics students. They get to see how the system works here in New Mexico. Here’s how it works. We pay tax when we fill the tank, earn a paycheck, or eat a meal at a restaurant. For the test at the end […]

Who are these folks? Residents unable to name local lawmakers

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Those seeking fame and name recognition should stray from the realm of state politics. Here in eastern New Mexico, the men and women of the state Legislature are widely unknown, despite the approaching 30-day legislative session, which will send local lawmakers to Santa Fe, where they will dole out […]

Real price fixing takes place in Congress

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Since allegations of oil company price-gouging has become topical, let’s look at real price manipulation. Suppose a dairy farmer wants to sell a gallon of milk for 25 cents less than his competitors. Would you want him fined or jailed? Federal Milk Marketing Orders would do just that. Americans pay […]

ENMU students lobby legislators for projects

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University students are on a crusade to convince legislators to fund a renovation of the anthropology facility and to upgrade the lighting in the theater building. Members of the school’s five-person student lobbying committee spent time two days in Santa Fe earlier this week talking with area […]

Legislative watchdogs

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Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes monitors New Mexico state legislative activity on the Internet on Thursday in her office at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active […]

Legislature not just for lawmakers

Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Mike Miller knows how government works. He knows state lawmakers and he’s a “people person.” He likes to talk. In many ways the Portales resident is a prototype lobbyist, a profession that much like sports runs in seasons — in annual stints of 30 or 60 days. “Santa Fe is […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Local lawmakers head for Legislature

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CNJ photo illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The […]

Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Thank lobbyists for minimum gas prices

Walter Williams A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. […]

Big Bill is in for fight with legislators

By Ned Cantwell The Bill is in for a fight this time. He might as well try to pry raw steak from a rabid dog’s mouth. Bill Richardson is the best politician we’ve seen in New Mexico. Smooth as a Dairy Queen frosty and just about as cool. Some call him Rapid Bill, that moniker […]

Teachers’ retirement fund $2.3 billion short

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, […]

State legislators get Christmas in July

By Ned Cantwell It is now officially illegal to hate in the state of New Mexico if one commits a crime based on that hate. Hate is also a biblical no-no. Interesting thought: If people paid attention to what’s in the Good Book, would we need legislators? New Mexico legislators, though, certainly do adhere to […]