Global warming bill on political tipping point

A global-warming tipping point is approaching, but not the one alarmists predicted of an irreversible, overheated climate. Instead, it’s a political tipping point that can determine whether the economy will be handed over to Draconian, top-down government control on the pretense of curbing global warming, or whether the free market will be left to function […]

Polling locations

Today is primary election voting day for New Mexico. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must be a registered member of a political party to participate in the primary election. Information: 763-5591. •

Portales residents elect first female mayor

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Mayor candidate Sharon King and city council candidate Oscar Robinson watch as vote tallies are written for display Tuesday night. Both candidates won their races. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political […]

Citizens running for political office deserve recognition

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Municipal elections are today. There’s a part of me that’s drawn to politics. Sometimes it attracts me like wanting to win the lottery, sometimes it’s like rubbernecking a train wreck. Running for office came up recently in a phone chat with my big brother in Florida. He often tries to […]

Court ruling advances free speech

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment is healthier following a Supreme Court decision Thursday that strengthens its roots: protecting political speech. The court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the federal government cannot restrict how corporations and labor unions may spend money to advocate for or against candidates for political office. […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Left nor Right embracing liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When those on the political Left refer to defenders of the free market system as “right wingers,” there is understandable concern about how the term is being abused. Classical liberals, the supporters of both economic and civil libertarianism, have been anything but “right wingers,” quite the opposite. In […]

Environment lesser issue to worry about

Freedom New Mexico Political and economic realities threaten the Obama administration and the European Union’s mutual quest to combat global warming. Temperatures aren’t helping much, either. Globally the warming trend effectively ended more than a decade ago. These inconvenient facts don’t bode well for December’s climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where campaigners against global warming […]

Admiration for Kennedy immeasurable

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, was one of the remarkable political characters of American political history. As the youngest child of a remarkable political dynasty, he overcame tragedy, an early reputation as a political lightweight, his own personal demons and sometime […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians elected to serve people

Politicians elected to serve people I detest polarized politics. The fact that virtually all the Republicans vote against a Democrat bill and vice versa is terrible. Political parties and their elected representatives are supposed to serve their constituents — not their party — and this is exactly what is happening at the Town Hall meetings. […]

Politics won’t be Kennedy’s lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]

President proves history repeats

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Although I am no historian, I do have an interest in what happened and why, especially involving big economic events of the past. One such event is The Great Depression. I just attended a superb weeklong conference at Cato University, where not only did I present a couple […]

Palin’s sudden exit amateur political move

Freedom New Mexico Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s apparent exit from politics is as inscrutable as her meteoric rise to national prominence. On Friday, she held an unexpected press conference, where she announced she would not run for re-election and dropped the blockbuster news that she was also resigning from office in the middle of her […]

Lobby group encourages political involvement among local business owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure told area political and business leaders Thursday it’s time they get involved in the political process to protect their interests. Environmental legislation, taxes, health care, regulatory and legal reform and other legislative moves, she said, are continually impacting business. “We are […]

Legitimate political views need protection

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration can’t understand why so many people are angry at a new Department of Homeland Security report assessing the threat the nation supposedly faces from “right-wing” extremists. Of course, a nation this large is home to extremists and potentially violent people who subscribe to every sort of ideology, but the Homeland […]

Editorial: President has good start on education

For better and for worse, President Barack Obama has been reasonably consistent in trying to put in place as policy some of the broad and ambitious hopes he expressed during his campaign. Many aspects of his broad vision are alarming to those who see a larger and ever-growing government as more of a problem than […]

Sending troops to Afghanistan wrong solution

Freedom New Mexico During the political campaign President Obama repeatedly said

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s […]

Some gun retailers say shortages political

By Chelle Delaney and Thomas Garcia Guns and ammo are getting hard to find in eastern New Mexico. And the folks who sell them say it is largely political. Retailers say there is a definite shortage of some types of guns and ammunition. They think some

We all proclaim personal message

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We are nearing the end of the political season. The television news is full of debate news, poll data, interviews with candidates and red and blue state maps. The national election consumes much of the news. Even locally, there are many important races to watch. Have you noticed the political […]