Their view: Republican budget example of class warfare

Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the House Republican budget proposal. The following is the statement of Ron Pollack, executive director of the consumer health organization Families USA, about that development:

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to […]

Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Gingrich right on immigration viewpoint

Freedom New Mexico Genuine, Reagan-era conservatives will thank Newt Gingrich for his reasonable statement about immigration. In a Republican debate last week, Gingrich said: “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. […]

Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Sending troops not proper response to violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

GOP candidates not ready for prime time

Freedom New Mexico The most-recent Republican presidential debate was a weary two hours of television, and not much help for any candidate. Front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his streak of appearing not ready for prime time, and potentially offending his party’s base. Sound-bite answers to complicated questions are offensive to begin with. What are […]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

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 […]

Chairman: Where did funds go?

Under Democratic control the last four years, the House voted to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved benefits and health care. The new Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s time to learn where a lot of those dollars went and to provide […]

Lawmakers re-elected to caucus positions

Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque Hilton.

Expect same from GOP congress

Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — as have the […]

Short wins magistrate judge seat

Argen Duncan Republican Linda J. Short won the Roosevelt County magistrate judge position Tuesday with almost 77 percent of votes. Her opponent, Democrat James “Jim” W. Lee, had 1,018 of the 4,385 votes in the race. “I’m very happy,” Short said. Short plans to attend three weeks of new judges training starting Nov. 15 in […]

Their view: Corruption needs to be stopped

Matt Chandler, Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general, is concerned about corruption in government. Here’s a snippet from a recent guest column Chandler wrote for nmpolitics.net:

Their view: Martinez says she’s focused on crime

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she will be tough on crime if she’s elected. From her website (www.susanamartinez2010.com):

Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton. Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117. David Craig tallied 57 votes. With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the […]

Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received. There was no Democrat […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Lyons wins Republican PRC District 2 nod

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a 13,863 to 9,249 edge, Lyons had a lead of 4,614 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November General Election, Lyons faces Stephanie […]

Their view: Candidates respond to essay question

New Mexico has three Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s primary. Five Democrats are seeking the post. We recently invited all to respond to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Democrat responses will be published in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune. Here is a sampling of Republican responses […]