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. […]