Politics full of unfamiliar terms

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Earlier this week, a cnjonline.com poll gave readers three choices on new Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson — “He’s a Reaganesque leader I’m voting for,” “Let’s wait and see” and “I’m not impressed.” As of Monday night, 39 percent had gone with Reaganesque. Mind you, that’s hardly a scientific poll, […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Bush wins four more years

The Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a long night of poll watching and an hour or two of sleep, President Bush was back in the Oval Office Wednesday when he got the call he was waiting for: John Kerry was on the line to concede. Bush planned to address the nation in midafternoon. The president […]

Roosevelt backs Bush

By Mike Linn In a nip-and-tuck race for the presidency, Democrats and Republicans in Portales were still waiting late into the evening for a victor — even though Roosevelt County resoundingly favored President Bush. Nationwide, CNN reported 246 electoral votes for Bush and 188 for John Kerry at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It takes 270 […]

Students get large headstart on voting process

By Tony Parra Some extremely early voters selected their U.S. presidential candidate on Monday, 10 years before the government actually recognizes their vote. Some students from Portales elementary schools have voted and others will vote today for the candidate they would like to see serve for the next four years. Steiner Elementary first-graders voted on […]

ENMU students debate platforms

By Tony Parra There were no video cameras, no crowd of reporters, no analysts, however, debaters argued for President George W. Bush and presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday in the Becky Sharp Auditorium on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. College Republicans and Democrats of ENMU weighed in on the issues and tried […]

Residents unchanged by first debate

By Laurie Stone Local residents were asked before Thursday’s debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry to answer basic questions afterwards: Lela Jo Halliday, rancher, Democrat Overall thoughts of debate: The debate as a whole was good. Bush would be better as President because Kerry is not strong enough or knowledgeable enough […]

Choose your own adventure in rhetoric

By Kevin Wilson Trying hard to invalidate the flip-flop arguments? Or are you trying to prove that Bush is really turning the corner? Like John Edwards said, help is on the way. What follows is the only speech you’ll need this election season. When you come to the items in parentheses, cross out the first […]

Residents weigh in on presidential race

By Stephanie Ramirez: PNT Correspondent The presidential election is just two months away and New Mexico is considered a key state by both Democrats and Republicans. Here’s what a few Portales residents are thinking about the race and who they plan to vote for between George W. Bush and John Kerry: • Marcia Brooks, 66, […]

Nothing changes in the NEA

By Neal McCluskey For an instant, the National Education Association (NEA) seemed poised to turn a corner. “Let me send my kids to the schools where yours go,” NEA president Reg Weaver exhorted a Florida crowd in May, sparking hope that the leader of the nation’s largest teachers union was about to demand school choice. No […]