Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

Engagements — April 17

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Mullinax-Harden [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Clyde E. Buddy and Jackie Mullinax of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Lindsay Nicole Mullinax of Clovis to Clinton Dustin Harden of Clovis. He is the son of state Sen. Clinton D. and Kathy Harden of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 25, 2011, […]

Harden’s hat in ring

Freedom New Mexico State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election. Harden said he believes his experience will help to address several important issues the state will face during the next four or five years. “We have to do something about the education funding formula,” he said. “We have to […]

Legislators: Session on schedule

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area legislators say the current session is on track to finish as scheduled. The budget has moved from the House to the Senate and was being reviewed Saturday by the Finance Committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. “It looks pretty decent,” he said. “There may be some changes.” The […]

Minimum wage boost hits Tuesday

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage of […]

Mandatory sentencing bill introduced to Senate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would mandate five-year minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offenders. The bill could be heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks, he said. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he has invested […]

Funding bill passes Senate committee

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Freedom Newspapers The Senate Conservation Committee passed a $255 million bill Tuesday that includes $40 million for the Ute Water Project, according to Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. The bill, which calls for non-recurring dollars to fund seven projects around the state, is heading to the Senate Finance Committee for review. “Any of the committees have […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

Legislators review session

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By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy and biscuits. The morning meal, hosted by the Association for Industry and Commerce (ACI), reviewed the recent session, with commentary by local senators and representatives. About $1.7 million for regional capital outlay projects was […]

Meth, drug rehab top local legislators’ lists

By Andy Jackson Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of the kitchen,” he […]