Longtime Republican legislator beat odds

Don McAlavy : Local Columnist A career in politics began for a young man in 1960. Back in 1960, a young farmer decided he’d run for position as state representative of Curry County, the job held by Frank Foster. Now right there you have to admire this farmer for his courage — Foster was like […]

Clinton needs to be treated as real threat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to […]

4/19 Letters to the editor

Legality, not race, main immigration issue Why is it that someone can come into our country illegally and demand that they be made citizens? First off, I am in no way a racist. I have nothing against Mexicans or any other race of people. But I do have a problem with the illegals coming over […]

Politician should act before he’s praised

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Barack Obama is not Jesus. Forgive me for pointing out what ought to be obvious. But I feel the need after reading the umpty-millionth profile (this one appearing last week on the front page of USA Today) in which seemingly every exhalation of his name was accompanied by angels singing […]

1/25 Letters to the editor

Parental care missing in suspect’s life Hold the phone! According to the article in Thursday’s CNJ, (“Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental”), Benito Valdez was 12 years old when he started dating a 15-year-old girl. Within three years, they had their first child. That made him a father at 15 years, while the mother was 18. […]

Republicans need return to limited-government roots

Freedom Newspapers The decision by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay not to attempt to keep that position — though he still claims he will be vindicated soon of the campaign-finance violations with which he has been charged in Texas — has opened up a race to fill that post. It should be an occasion […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]

Republican leaders need wake-up call

Mona Charen Perhaps you’ve heard the one about the 700 firefighters from a variety of states who volunteered to do rescue work following Hurricane Katrina? They sat in a hotel room in Atlanta for days getting sexual harassment training from FEMA officials. No joke. Note to Republicans eager to shovel new money at federal agencies: […]

Money politics replace Republican ideals

Mona Charen It’s not possible, is it? Rep. Tom DeLay did not say the Republican Congress had achieved a “victory” over wasteful spending? What a sense of humor! This, just as Congress is rushing to blanket the Gulf Coast in a thick quilt of taxpayer funds? Who are these Republicans? A little over a month […]

Sooner or later, we pay for government

Steve Chapman For those Americans who hate sending money to the Internal Revenue Service, here’s the good news: President Bush says he is not going to raise taxes to pay for the costs of Hurricane Katrina. And here’s the bad news: He’s already raised them. That happened the day he signed a bill laying out […]

Patriot Act change hopefully sign of reform to come

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Rules to limit government shouldn’t change

Freedom Newspapers As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial nominations, it might be useful to put the tradition of filibustering in context. The filibuster in its present form is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which says the two houses of Congress can make their own rules. In the early years, both […]

Common sense is why Dems hate Bolton

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled “The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations.” If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton’s take on […]

Black vote fertile ground for Republicans

By Mona Charen Donna Brazile is uneasy. She has noticed something highly threatening to her party, and she’s sounding the alarm. In a column for Roll Call newspaper, Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager, warns her fellow Democrats that Republicans are seeking to make inroads into the African-American vote. “Once they (black voters) start listening to […]

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 […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]

Democrats continue their race-baiting

By Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist There they go again: The Democrats are race-baiting — attempting to suggest that the Republicans purposely excluded or miscounted the votes of African-Americans in the 2004 election. And why not? It worked so well last time around. The myth that African American votes went uncounted in Florida has achieved the […]

Harden officially declared winner

Staff reports The Secretary of State’s office on Friday officially declared Clint Harden, R-Clovis, the winner of the District 7 Senate seat. The incumbent Harden defeated Democratic challenger Bob Frost of San Jon by 36 votes, following a recount of paper ballots in Taos, Union and Colfax counties. Harden’s win means the Senate will continue […]

Ingle retains Senate GOP position

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — State Senate Republicans have re-elected their leaders, leaving Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Minority Whip Leonard Lee Rawson in those posts. “It’s nice to know folks have confidence in you,” said Ingle, who ran unopposed for the post. “I’ve had the job for the last four […]

Bush’s message was well received by the voters

Freedom Newspapers P robably the best analysis of the election that we’ve read comes from William Saletan of the left-leaning Slate magazine, who argues that President Bush had a simple coherent message, compared to Sen. John Kerry’s muddled and inconsistent views. Unlike many liberal commentators, Saletan hasn’t allowed his preferences to get in the way […]