Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Their View: Deficit reduction plan far from perfect

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office issued this press release Tuesday

Debt Dilemma: Interactive media on the federal budget and deficit

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Their view: Social Security doesn’t add to deficit

Social Security doesn’t add to deficit This a press release from Democracy for America on leaving the Social Security program intact: Either House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn’t understand how Social Security works or he doesn’t care. Just hours after President Obama said Social Security cuts and privatization are off the table, Cantor said Social […]

Legislators prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Their view: Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He warns lawmakers that eliminating tax credits may not help heal the state’s budget woes. Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit With a $400 million budget deficit facing lawmakers when they return to Santa Fe, the […]

Hounds erase eight-run deficit, win opener

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored eight runs in the top of the seventh — four after two were out — then added four more in the eighth for a 14-10 victory over Angelo State Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. Trailing 10-2 […]

Rambelles overcome deficit to beat Zias

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Camille Perkins scored 23 points and Angelo State rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the first half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 69-57 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball. The win keeps the Rambelles (12-12, 5-5 South) in the hunt for one […]

Hounds earn split

Freedom New Mexico Freshman center fielder Luis Quinones, starting the second game after preseason All-American Jereme Johnson suffered a leg injury in the opener, hit a two-out RBI single to right-center in the bottom of the eighth Friday to lift Eastern New Mexico University to a 14-13 win over Southeastern Oklahoma, The Savage Storm rallied […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

Zias, Hounds fall at ENMU soccer pitch

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Sixty-seven minutes seemed like plenty of time to try to make up a one-goal deficit, but Eastern New Mexico University’s women had a trouble finding shots. Northeastern State scored twice in a nine-minute span, then battened down the hatches and held off the Zias 2-1 in a Lone Star […]

Rams advance to state baseball semifinal

The Portales Rams baseball team came back from an early 4-run deficit to defeat Sandia Prep 16-9 Wednesday. The win propels them into a semifinal game against the winner of Hope Christian and St. Michaels on Thursday. Ram senior Tom Sullivan hit, not one, but two homeruns in the seventh inning to spark an 8-run […]

Portales claims consolation title at Mel Otero

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent RIO RANCHO — Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez was concerned after falling behind by double digits against a Los Lunas team that had demonstrated admirable offense patience in the first two rounds of the Mel Otero Invitational. But Los Lunas (4-4) was unable to hold on to an 11-point […]

San Jon girls hang on late to post victory

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer DORA — In her first experience as a basketball coach, San Jon’s Kristi Cargile learned the game, like many other sports, can be one of inches. Danielle Lee led the visiting Lady Coyotes with 19 points, and San Jon held off a dominant performance from Dora senior Rana Terry […]