Big Brother has enough snooping powers already

Freedom Newspapers Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the bill is supposed […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]

Bingaman: Base expecting more growth

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled […]

Reconciliation betrays intent of founders

Freedom New Mexico As the full-court-press by his administration to pass a health insurance bill that polls show most Americans oppose or have serious reservations about, we will have more to say about the curious faux-populist tactics President Barack Obama is using as he becomes increasingly desperate. For now let us just remark that it […]

Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Senate votes to override second Richardson veto

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican For the second day in a row, the state Senate has voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson of a bill passed last year. The Senate voted 34 to 4 Tuesday to override Richardson’s veto of Senate Bill 460 from last year’s session. The […]

Senator Discusses new DWI legislation and senate efforts to create jobs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today discussed new bipartisan legislation to prevent drunken driving crashes. He also talked about a new Senate proposal to create jobs and support small businesses. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by […]

Panel derails tougher DWI bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Some state senators cited financial reasons as a Senate committee on Monday effectively killed a bill that would have increased DWI penalties. Currently there is no mandatory jail time for first-time DWI offenders in New Mexico. However, Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, […]

2-6 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 12 Here comes the judge A new district judge position would be created for the First Judicial District under a bill approved unanimously Friday by the Senate. The disrict includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, also creates a […]