Editorial: Off-shore drilling promises to help U.S. oil supply

Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A poll last October [...]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general [...]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

McCain needs

Editorial As the Democratic candidates duke it out in what is becoming a surprisingly long and bitter nomination process, Republican nominee John McCain should be shoring up his base and expanding his appeal in preparation for the general election. But perhaps the McCain campaign and many of his supporters are putting too much stock in [...]

From carrots to politics, a few opinions

Kevin Wilson I have a lot of opinions. But today, I’ll just give you three. They’re not enough for individual columns, but each has pop culture, sports or political merit. l One of my friends has joined an online group dedicated to creating a worldwide carrot shortage on May 15. The group already has 180,000 [...]

Taxpayer financing of elections an idea long past its prime

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be a good [...]

‘Straight Talk Express’ ready for boarding

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor I’ve been taking great pleasure in the way the presidential race is going. My enjoyment is partly because my guy John McCain has the nomination sewn up, but also because those around me aren’t happy with the way things are going. I have a wife, brother and coworker who [...]

Voter debate over ‘true conservatism’ ultimately pointless

A critical drumbeat that Arizona Sen. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough persists into a second week after Super Tuesday gave him a dominating lead for the Republican nomination for president. McCain is widely viewed as the presumption nominee with a commanding total of party convention delegates. But concerns about McCain’s true commitment to conservative issues [...]

Neither party in any shape to advance cause of liberty

He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play politics, and decided [...]

Republicans still have time to unite or change minds

The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the frontrunner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already is working to [...]