It’s about face

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Senate Democrats use same old plays to hinder candidate

Freedom Newspapers Miguel Estrada meet Mike Leavitt: Utah’s governor is the latest political football to be kicked around Capitol Hill by Senate Democrats hoping to score a few points with their key constituencies, and chip away at the president’s policies and popularity. Estrada, as readers will recall, was a Bush administration selection for the federal […]

Texas 11 not exactly roughing it at hotel

By Ned Cantwell Texas lawmakers are in New Mexico for an extended stay. These guys, like true American patriots before them, have grit. They have guts. They have determination. They have first class room service. They have found, like most Texans, New Mexico is a fun place to spend the summer. The 11 Texas Democratic […]

Senate confirms Clovis judge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal […]

Brack makes cut in nomination

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Clovis judge goes to U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

A longtime Clovis attorney and state district court judge will appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon for hearings to confirm his appointment to the federal district court bench in New Mexico. If approved by the Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Judge Robert Brack will become one of five federal […]

The battle for Supreme Court seats beginning

The rumor mills in Washington are active and the natives are anticipating a knock-down, drag-out imbroglio, perhaps as early as this summer, of the sort that everybody officially deplores for the damage done to collegiality while privately relishing every blow. Two Supreme Court justices might decide to resign, giving President Bush the opportunity to nominate […]

Report urges benefits to go to most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]

Panel OKs projects at Cannon AFB

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee has approved a request by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici to authorize defense funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, including a new aerospace ground equipment complex. The Cannon-related items are included in the FY2004 Defense Authorization Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Armed […]