Rep. Lujan holding town hall meeting by telephone

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Rep. Moore planning run for Liutenant Governor seat

Freedom New Mexico Former state Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton, has set his sights on the lieutenant governor’s office. Moore, who last year opted not to run for re-election for his District 67 seat, announced his bid on Tuesday. “As a small businessman myself, I understand how challenging it is right now for people and […]

GOP candidate plans 2010 run for 3rd Congressional District seat

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Adam Kokesh believes a revolution is needed to return America to its constitutional principles — and there’s an easy way or a hard way to do it. “The good way,” Kokesh said, “is to elect candidates who know the Constitution and will uphold democracy and its principles.” He is […]

Rep. Paul’s call for federal audit on right track

Freedom New Mexico Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has used his newfound prominence (coupled with deep concern over the ongoing financial crisis) to push for a measure that has long been close to his heart. Paul, whose spirited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year elicited a great deal of enthusiasm and intensity but […]

Rep. Crook: Hosting state meeting helped put face on community

Freedom New Mexico This week’s Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis was informative and educational but more than anything, it put a face to the community, according to state Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “When the other legislators have the opportunity to be in your community and see exactly what we are and what we’re about, […]

Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would […]

Measure on deep water wells gains momentum

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican Rep. Mimi Stewart’s bill to give the state engineer authority over brackish water in deep wells sailed through its second committee hearing Monday, winning unanimous approval. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee saw fit to add a clause calling the need for the legislation an “emergency” after six […]

Feb. 11, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 38 Go hemp A measure introduced by Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, would set up guidelines for the “growing, licensing, selling and processing of industrial hemp in the State of New Mexico.” House Bill 403 would spend $150,000. Of that, $100,000 would go to New Mexico State University to set up a […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, and freshman Rep. Dennis Roch has heard, “that I have no idea how far behind I am already.” Or is he ahead of the curve? Roch, a Tucumcari Republican who was elected to fill the House seat left vacant by Brian K. Moore, […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

Freedom New Mexico Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created […]

Campos named to leadership post

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, has been elected to lead the Western region of the Council of State Governments, according to a release. The region is made up of Republican and Democratic legislators in 13 states. CSG-WEST is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., with sister organizations in New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Economy top issue in local discussion with U.S. Rep. Wilson

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The shaky U.S. economy dominated the discussion at the Elks Lodge Tuesday morning, where U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson spoke as a representative for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Audience members expressed frustration about the $700 billion federal bailout plan, citing the recent case of AIG executives who spent $400,000 […]

Political events set in Clovis

U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., will host a townhall with undecided voters today from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 218 North Sycamore Street. New Mexico for Barack Obama is hosting a roundtable discussion with veterans at 5 p.m. today at Hastings.

Udall discusses energy issues in Portales stop

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom Udall made a stop on the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Portales Wednesday as a part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Udall faces U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM in his bid to replace retiring Republican senator Pete Domenici. Speaking to students and […]

Musician/congressman moves disability bill forward

By Tom Philpott Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is the first […]

Local Briefs July 6

PNT Staff Reports Udall staffer to visit Clovis, Portales A staff member for Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in Clovis and Portales this week, according to a news release.Udall staff member Christopher Neubauer will be available to meet with area residents. Anyone wishing to make an appointment may do so by […]

U.S. Rep Pearce talks political issues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., is in his third term representing New Mexico’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives. It is also his final term, as he is running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the upcoming retirement of Pete Domenici. He is running against U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson in the Republican […]

Rush declares for Dist. 63 rep

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PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County resident and fourth generation New Mexican, Matt Rush,

ENMU students quiz Wilson on politics, policies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty got the opportunity to quiz U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., on her positions at a Q & A session sponsored by the student senate Monday. Wilson listed for the crowd of close to 100 that packed the Pecos Room at […]

Legislators to consider health care

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The 2008 New Mexico Legislature begins its 30-day session Tuesday in Santa Fe. This year’s session focuses on the state budget, but other issues come into play at the governor’s request. One of the top issues this year promises to be Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for universal health coverage. […]