Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

GOP candidates not ready for prime time

Freedom New Mexico The most-recent Republican presidential debate was a weary two hours of television, and not much help for any candidate. Front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his streak of appearing not ready for prime time, and potentially offending his party’s base. Sound-bite answers to complicated questions are offensive to begin with. What are […]

Monday morning briefing: Business women, fun and games and a candidates debate

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Women in business There’s a seminar for women who own small businesses Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The PTAP Woman Owned Small Business Seminar is at the Business Enterprise Center Board Room in the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce building. Information: 935-7827 […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Texas discovery sparks debate on Clovis culture

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Alisa Boswell Archeologists burrowing in the dirt of central Texas are stirring up a scientific debate that could change history as we know it in eastern New Mexico. At issue is the recent discovery of artifacts at an archeological site on Buttermilk Creek, Texas. The artifacts found have been dated between 13,200 and 15,500 years […]

EPA debate doesn’t belong in courtroom

Freedom New Mexico It’s risky to predict what the U.S. Supreme Court will do, but a broad consensus in the media this week concluded justices are likely to dismiss a case brought by California and five other states seeking to use “public nuisance” lawsuits to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. That would be the proper decision. […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

Corruption, illegal immigration top attorney general debate

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Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Incumbent and Democrat Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, also the Ninth Judicial District attorney, are contending for the office. Portales Mayor Sharon King moderated the debate, hosted by the […]

Attorney general debate set at ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democrat incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race tonight . The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High […]

Attorney general candidates to debate

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race Tuesday. The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High Plains […]

Debate organizers seeking questions from voters

PNT staff reports KENW-TV and New Mexico First are sponsoring a debate between candidates in the local Congressional District, and are looking for voters to help choose the questions, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University. Candidates for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan and Republican challenger […]

State delegation urges more time for flyover debate

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the commander of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico to allow the public more time to comment on planned low-altitude training flights in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray […]

Leave politics out of climate debate

Freedom New Mexico A consortium of national scientific academies has scolded the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for down-playing uncertainties about global warming, failing to point out when its claims of catastrophe were based on weak evidence and misrepresenting some findings as peer-reviewed by scientists, when they weren’t. The findings of the InterAcademy Council […]

Political debate taking toll on Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides by Border Patrol […]

Disruptive protests hurt student’s cause

The campus at the University of California-Irvine has become a hotbed of tension between Muslim and Jewish students, divided along the always-contentious debate surrounding Israel and Palestine. The latest major incident occurred Feb. 8, when a raucous group of 11 students, mostly from UCI and including the president of the UCI Muslim Student Association, repeatedly […]

Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

Group, worker suing state for workers compensation benefits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

ENMU professor, debate coach retiring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After 33 years of teaching and wearing many hats at Eastern New Mexico University, Anthony Schroeder, professor of communications and director of the debate and forensics team, is retiring. Senior communications major Erin Griffith had Schroeder as a professor for two class and as debate coach. She meet him […]